It’s week 10 of the NFL season and voting day for the presidential election is here. Regardless of which candidate you supported, you have to admit that the media coverage on Election Day was pretty exciting. The coverage made it feel as if it were a live draft. You watched intently to see what the next states results would be. Kind of like seeing who drafts the next franchise quarterback. Too bad they don’t allow trades in elections, it would make things a lot more interesting.
With playoffs around the corner, we can now see what the fantasy MVP race looks like. Early on it looked as if Robert Griffin III was going to run away with the title. Since Week 7, though, RGIII has averaged just 17 fantasy points allowing Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson to close the gap. Doug Martin with his 100 fantasy points over the past two weeks has ascended to 4th overall. So who has your vote for Fantasy MVP? Who do you think will finish the year strong to finish as the top player? Right now it is too soon to tell but Arian Foster and Doug Martin have an easier schedule coming up than Adrian Peterson does. Peterson still has to face the Bears twice and the Texans.
Teams on a bye in Week 10: Cardinals, Browns, Packers and Redskins
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.
Doug Martin– 25 carries for 251 yards and 4 touchdown, 4 receptions for 21 yards. Martin laid the smack down in fantasy leagues this week and has scored 100 fantasy points over the past two weeks. This is the most points scored by a fantasy player since 2003 when Clinton Portis ran for 218 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Chiefs. According to Shark League scoring, Martin scored 60 fantasy points. Marin has jumped up in rankings since week 7 going from 7th to 2nd among running backs.
Brandon Marshall– 9 receptions for 122 and 3 touchdowns. Getting Marshall back with Jay Cutler has proven to be a good thing provided that Cutler isn’t throwing interceptions. Marshall has already surpassed his touchdown total from last year with seven this season. He is averaging about seven catches, 100 yards and a touchdown per game. At this pace he would set career numbers in each category with 118 receptions for 1,594 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson– 17 carries for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. I think Peterson wants his fantasy title back as the best running back in the league. Even though Martin put up 60 points and Arian Foster had 21 points, Peterson leaped into 1st among running backs with a 37-point performance.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.
Hakeem Nicks– 1 reception for 10 yards. Granted, Nicks hasn’t been healthy all year, but he hasn’t been much of a factor this season. His season average of 11.5 fantasy points per game is inflated by his Week 2 performance of 35 points. For the other five games he’s appeared in, he’s averaging just 6.8 fantasy points.
Eli Manning 10-for-24 for 125 yards and 1 interception. Some of Nicks’ lack of production is due to Manning’s numbers. The past two weeks Eli has been pretty weak as he’s averaging 6.5 fantasy points in those games with no touchdowns.
Christian Ponder 11-for-22 for 63 yards 1 interception. Peterson ran wild while Ponder struggled in this game. Ponder has been up and down this season. Ponder has been better that Alex Smith, Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub, overall this season, but is a risky week-to-week starter in larger leagues.
Good quarterback matchups this week:
Tom Brady against the Bills. Brady has had some big games against the Bills, in fact over the past five meetings Brady has thrown three or more touchdowns in each of those games. The Bills are allowing 248.4 passing yards per game (24th in the NFL) with 16 touchdowns allowed. They are giving up 22.7 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Looks for a well rested Brady to throw a ton in this game.
Tony Romo at the Eagles. Welcome to the Unemployment Bowl becuase whoever loses this game is pretty much in a deep hole for the rest of the season and there will be people looking for new jobs at the end of the year. Romo hasn’t been terrible as a fantasy quarterback but the interceptions have hurt his stats. The Eagles are allowing 229.4 passing yards per game (15th in the NFL) with 12 touchdowns allowed. Half of those touchdowns have came over the past three games as they are giving up 18.2 fantasy points per game. This is going to be a pretty good battle to watch.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Ryan Tannehill against the Titans. If your hurting at quarterback because of injuries or bye weeks, Tannehill could be a one week play for you. Last week Tannehill almost reached 300 yards passing and had a touchdown. He is capable of a 400-yard game like he had in Week 4, so it is worth a shot. He’ll face a Titans team that is allowing 272.7 passing yards per game (27th in the NFL) and are tied with the Redskins for 20 passing touchdowns given up this season. The Titans give up 23.8 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Good running back matchups this week:
Mikel LeShoure at the Vikings. The Lions last week got their scores on the ground as LeShoure punched it in three times and matched his highest fantasy scoring total, matching Week 3, with 28 points. LeShoure has a good opportunity to put up some points this week facing a Vikings team that has allowed 100 yards or more rushing in three straight games. The Vikings are allowing 117.3 rushing yards per game (18th in the NFL) with seven touchdowns. They are giving up 16.6 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Marshawn Lynch against the Jets. Lynch has been on fire with three consecutive games with 100-plus yards and five on the season. If only he could score more with just four on the year. The Jets defense is near the bottom of the league allowing 141.4 rushing yards per game with nine touchdowns. They are giving up 20.8 fantasy points per game this season.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Giants. The Giants last week allowed Isaac Redman to run over them for 147 yards and a touchdown. Green-Ellis will be able to run well this week against a defense allowing 118 rushing yards per game (19th in the NFL) with six touchdowns allowed. The Giants allow 17.3 fantasy points per game against running backs.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Carson Palmer against the Ravens. Palmer has been a good reserve quarterback as he’s currently the 11th best quarterback in fantasy leagues. He faces a Ravens team that has been poor in pass defense as they rank 22nd in passing yards allowed but they have been tough to score on with just six touchdowns on the season. That makes for a poor fantasy play for Palmer this week. Palmer’s remaining schedule looks promising with the Saints, Browns, Chiefs and Panthers to come. The Ravens allow 16.2 fantasy points per game.
Drew Brees against the Falcons. This is the first of two meetings between the Saints and Falcons. The Falcons are still undefeated and are playing very well. They are holding teams to 228.9 passing yards per game with only eight touchdowns allowed. The Falcons are giving up 17.5 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. This group has given up just one multi-touchdown game this season back in Week 4.
Jay Cutler against the Texans. It’s going to be tough for Cutler to throw three scores to Brandon Marshall this week. The Texans are 4th in the NFL with 203.8 passing yards per game and have allowed 13 touchdowns to nine interceptions. Six of those touchdowns came against Aaron Rodgers. They are also 3rd in the league with 25 sacks. Expect a tough outing from Cutler. Could it be as bad as Week 2 against the Packers when he threw four picks? We’ll have to wait and see. Houston is holding fantasy quarterbacks to 16.9 fantasy points per game.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Ryan Mathews against the Buccaneers. Is anyone else surprised that Mathews has not missed any games since coming back from injury? This season Mathews has been decent but not great in any game this year. He has just one touchdown on the year which isn’t good. He’ll face a Bucs team that is now the No. 1 run defense in the NFL, allowing 77.2 rushing yards per game with only six touchdowns. The Bucs are allowing 14.8 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Arian Foster against the Bears. Foster is averaging 23.6 fantasy points per game and hasn’t had a game below 19 points all season. The Bear pose a tough matchup for him though, as they are holding running backs to 13 fantasy points per game. The Bears are allowing 88 rushing yards per game with just two rushing touchdowns all season. This game will feature two tough defenses and has the makings of a very low scoring game.
Chris Johnson against the Dolphins. Johnson has put together four good weeks and he’s scored in two of the past three games. This week he’ll face a tough Dolphins team that has not allowed more than 79 rushing yards in a game. They have gone seven games straight without allowing a touchdown and are holding fantasy running backs to 11.3 fantasy points per game.
Week 10: The Fantasy MVP race is just heating up and there is more than just one player that can come away with the top spot.