• Isiah Pacheco sets career highs: The Chiefs' three-man backfield became a two-man backfield, with Pacheco taking all the rushing work.
• Christian Watson’s three-touchdown day: The rookie receiver was finally healthy, and the Packers offense took advantage.
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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (Rostered in 36.2% of leagues on ESPN)
Goff threw for 236 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 10 road victory over the Bears.
- The Lions passer ranks top-10 at the position in passing yards (2,277) and passing touchdowns (15) this season. And he’s accomplished this despite several injuries to wide receivers and D’Andre Swift.
- The Lions have the fourth-easiest schedule for quarterbacks going forward.
- Other quarterbacks played well in Week 10 and might be available on waivers, but they either have poor upcoming schedules or are backups who won’t hold their starting jobs.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers (5.7%)
Pickett led the Steelers to victory with 199 passing yards, 51 rushing yards and one rushing score.
- Pickett recorded a career-high eight rushing attempts after setting a previous-career high last week with seven.
- The Steelers have the third-best schedule for quarterbacks during the fantasy playoffs. All three teams they face are in the bottom half of the league in terms of allowing points to the position.
- He’s not someone to pick up in the short term, but if he continues to grow as a player and continues to run with the ball, he could develop into a viable fantasy starter when it matters most.
Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs (23.2%)
Isiah Pacheco started his third straight game for Kansas City, but this time he turned the Chiefs’ three-man backfield into a two-person unit.
- Pacheco took a clear majority of snaps on early downs, gaining 82 yards on 16 carries.
- Jerick McKinnon remained the receiving back and the short-yardage back.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire‘s playing time has generally declined over the past two seasons, but this is a new low. He didn’t receive a single carry in Week 10.
- The Chiefs have the fifth-easiest schedule over the rest of the season. They should have several more games with scripts that will allow them to go run-heavy late in the game.
- Pacheco can not only be added, but he can also be put in starting lineups when the Chiefs are expected to dominate their opponents.
Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24.3%)
White received his first NFL start, taking over from Leonard Fournette as the lead back in Tampa Bay.
- White took every snap on the first drive.
- Fournette started the second drive. After that, the two mainly rotated by drive, although the drives were typically long enough for both players to play on most drives.
- White got to end the first half and start the second half, which doesn’t typically happen when a backfield has this kind of rotation.
- He set a career-high in rushing attempts before halftime. He ended the game with 105 yards on 22 attempts.
- Fournette suffered a hip injury in the third quarter.
- White played 20 of a possible 25 snaps after the Fournette injury, with Ke’Shawn Vaughn giving White a break at times.
- The Buccaneers have a bye week, so White is more of a long-term option.
- The Bucs are willing to let their lead back take over 80% of offensive snaps, so White has top-10 potential if Fournette is injured or if they opt to give the backfield to White full-time.
Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders (37.5%)
The Commanders running back has run the ball at least eight times in every one of his NFL games.
- Robinson had started to lose playing time to Antonio Gibson, but the injury to J.D. McKissic has presented Robinson with more opportunities.
- He ran the ball 13 times and caught two passes in the Commanders' loss to the Vikings last week.
- The Commanders play again tonight on Monday Night Football.
- He hasn’t been particularly effective rushing the ball so far this season, so if he can improve his play to go along with his efficiency, he could become a borderline fantasy starter.
- The Commanders have the easiest schedule for fantasy running backs over the rest of the season.