Week 10 will simply be known as the week of the upset. The Texans defeated the Bengals with their backup quarterback leading the way. The Chicago Bears beat the St. Louis Rams on the back of the suddenly carefree and happy Jay Cutler. Finally, the Detroit Lions get a win over the Green Bay Packers on the road, which had not happened in 24 years.
Yes. I would say there were some pretty surprising results last week.
It was also a week of some serious quarterback shuffling as Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford and Brian Hoyer are in line to miss some time with injuries and Nick Foles has been benched. We can’t wait to see what Week 11 holds in store for us.
Heading to the Show
Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS: Eli is playing some good football despite the loss last week to the Patriots. He now has 21 touchdown passes against only six interceptions. Those are top 10 and stud like numbers.
Time to Take a Seat
Tyrod Taylor, BUFFALO: The running game is clicking for the Bills and the passing game has taken a back seat. In the last three games, Taylor has averaged only 12 completions while failing to throw more than a single touchdown pass in his last four games.
Derek Carr, OAKLAND at Detroit: Look for a letdown (or return to earth) performance from the Lions defense this week after winning in Green Bay. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will be too much for the Lions banged up secondary.
Jay Cutler, CHICAGO vs. Denver: The Broncos defense has shown cracks the last two weeks and Cutler has been terrific of late. He is spreading the ball around and has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception in his last two games.
Tony Romo, DALLAS at Miami:
If Romo hits the field then he hits our starting lineups. This offense is poised for a breakout game and the return of Tony should spark that. The Dolphins just allowed Sam Bradford to complete 19-of-25 passes for 236 yards and a score.
Russell Wilson, SEATTLE vs. San Francisco: This is a get healthy matchup for Wilson and the Seahawks offense. Quarterbacks are completing 68% of their passes against the 49ers and have tossed 14 touchdowns. We also look for some ground production from Wilson after he ran six times for over 50 yards last week.
Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY at San Diego: The Chargers are giving it up to quarterbacks having given up an average of two touchdown passes per game over their last four contests. Smith will build on the solid game he had last week against the Broncos through the air and with his legs (he had 33 rushing yards on six carries last week).
Matt Hasselbeck, INDIANAPOLIS at Atlanta: Look for Hasselbeck to be a game manager and hand the ball off a lot in his latest starting stint. The Colts will ask him to not lose games as opposed to go out and win them. Not a recipe for big fantasy numbers.
Brock Osweiler, DENVER at Chicago: Nope. Not until we see what the kid can do against ‘live’ competition. The garbage time stats he had last week were nice but not enough to trust him during the stretch drive of the fantasy season. Give it a week to gauge if Osweiler has any rapport with the offense.
Kirk Cousins, WASHINGTON at Carolina: Last week’s fantasy outburst was purely matchup based for Cousins, as the Saints pass defense is simply awful. The Panthers have held quarterbacks in check to the tune of 11 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. It’s back to benching “Captain Kirk.”
Ryan Tannehill, MIAMI vs. Dallas: I’m not convinced a two-touchdown day against the Eagles is enough to start trusting Tannehill. Especially against a Dallas pass defense that hasn’t allowed 300 passing yards in a game since week four and has allowed merely 10 total scores to quarterbacks this year.
Case Keenum, ST. LOUIS at Baltimore and T.J. Yates, HOUSTON vs. New York Jets: It’s a twofer! Do not start Yates against a strong defense…or any defense for that matter. That one is simple. Just in case any owners are looking to be the smartest guy in the room and roll out Keenum in a very juicy matchup. Don’t do it. The Rams are going to live and day through the running game with Todd Gurley while Keenum will be a game manager.