Week 10 of the 2017 NFL season is nearly in the books and there are a number of major takeaways. Here’s what you need to know from every game on the Sunday slate.
This just in. The Saints have the best running back duo in the league, and it isn’t close. Ingram topped all backs in fantasy scoring this weekend with 21 carries for 131 yards and three scores. Kamara wasn’t far behind him with 138 scrimmage yards and a score on 17 touches. As impossible as it is two have two RB1s on the same team, that’s exactly what’s happening in New Orleans right now.
With both Packers running backs forced from Sunday’s contest, we saw Jamaal Williams rack up 20 rushing attempts for 67 yards. While that isn’t the most impressive total, Williams did do a nice job and forced an impressive seven missed tackles. He’ll be a priority waiver claim this week with the potential to start in Week 11.
Marvin Jones disappeared.
He was one of the hottest wide receivers in fantasy entering the week, but Jones did almost nothing for fantasy owners with just one catch for 22 yards. So what caused Jones to cool off so dramatically? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t entirely clear. The Browns did not use Jason McCourty to shadow Jones, but Matthew Stafford didn’t look Jones’ way often regardless with just two targets thrown his direction. Jones moves back into volatile WR2 territory going forward.
Frustration, thy name is DeMarco.
Oops. He did it again. Just when the fantasy masses were off DeMarco Murray, he went out and put up a massive fantasy week with 72 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. While it’s unlikely he produces a similar stat line again this season, Murray has shown us that we should keep considering him a risk/reward RB2 as long as he’s healthy going forward.
JuJu Smith-Schuster locked in as the No. 2.
There was a lot of speculation on how the Steelers would deploy their wideouts going forward, but it appears we have our answers. Even though Martavis Bryant’s role was expanded this week, he was still clearly behind Smith-Schuster in the pecking order. Smith-Schuster was on the field in 2-wide sets, which is certainly what you wanted to see if you picked up the rookie receiver. He’s now solidified as a WR2 option going forward. Brown had a down week in this contested, but he’s poised to bounce back with four home games over the next five weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic trick: Making fantasy points disappear.
With no Jameis Winston or Mike Evans, fantasy points were few and far between for the Bucs’ skill position players. Fitzpatrick struggled mightily and managed just 187 yards and a score on 17 completions. His poor performance isn’t good news if Winston is indeed sidelined for longer than his initially two-week timetable.
Feeling Adam Thielen.
The Vikings wideout straight up dominate Washington’s secondary, racking up eight catches on 11 targets for 166 yards and a score. While many tend to think of Thielen as the No. 2 option in Minnesota, Sunday’s performance showed this is very much a 1 and 1A situation with Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Don’t call it a comeback. The rookie running back returned from his team-imposed suspension and managed a disappointing 33 rushing yards. However, Fournette owners shouldn’t panic. He dominated the touches in the backfield with 19. T.J. Yeldon was second on the team with nine touches. Bigger days are ahead for Fournette, so use this as a potential opportunity to buy low on Fournette if your trade deadline hasn’t past.
Jared Goff continues to roll.
The second-year man got big for the second week in a row, tossing 355 yards and three scores against the Texans. Goff has a lot of appeal for the stretch run, but he’s far from matchup-proof at this point in his career. Fantasy owners should look to fade Goff in Week 11 with a tough matchup on tap against Minnesota.
Tevin Coleman’s stock on the rise.
This is why you stash handcuffs. Coleman stepped into the lead role after Devonta Freeman exited with a concussion and proceeded to put up 87 scrimmage yards and a score on 21 touches. With Freeman likely to be out in Week 11, Coleman is very much in the RB1 conversation.
Even C.J. Beathard can put up fantasy points on the Giants.
Yep, it’s that bad for the Giants right now. Beathard racked up 288 yards and two scores through the air with an additional 15 yards and a score on the ground. At this point, we need to attack this Giants pass defense for fantasy purposes every week. Next up: Kansas City.
Rex Burkhead’s stock is on the rise.
The former Bengals running back led the Patriots backfield in snaps on Sunday night with 36 and had 13 touches, which was one fewer than Dion Lewis. Burkhead found the end zone and posted 65 scrimmage yards. Burkhead’s PPR upside makes him very appealing for the fantasy stretch run.