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NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Giants vs. Houston Texans

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) runs with the ball against New York Giants defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley: 35 carries, 152 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards

Darius Slayton: 3 receptions, 95 yards, 1 touchdown

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Brandin Cooks’ return: The Texans’ disgruntled receiver returned to the team after not being traded and missing last week, but he didn’t see his usual snap share.

  • The team stripped him of his captain status before the game.
  • Cooks also appeared on the injury report with a wrist ailment, which left him limited in practice.
  • He caught four passes for 37 yards.
  • Phillip Dorsett and Chris Moore started at wide receiver for Houston last week. They fell back to third and fourth on the depth chart, but both saw more playing time than usual with Cooks subbing out more frequently.
  • Nico Collins missed last week due to injury. He was Houston’s top wide receiver in this game, both in terms of offensive snaps and targets.
  • Cooks used to be a must-start in most fantasy leagues, but this is a situation that could get worse rather than better.
  • This makes Collins a waiver wire option in deeper leagues, as he could be the top wide receiver in Houston for the rest of the season.

Texans’ tight end room continues to evolve: The Texans tested out a complicated four-man rotation at tight end in recent weeks but went to a three-man unit in this game, with Brevin Jordan serving as a healthy inactive.

  • Jordan Akins was the primary receiving tight end, but O.J. Howard also saw plenty of playing time in receiving situations. Teagan Quitoriano primarily served as a blocker.
  • Akins caught three passes for 72 yards, making it likely he remains the top receiving tight end.
  • This is still a situation to completely avoid. Jordan was the player who seemed to have the best chance of having any fantasy relevancy this winter, but that became less likely today.

Kenny Golladay’s return: Golladay saw his first offensive action since Week 4, but his return was overshadowed by a recent addition.

  • Golladay was still limited all week with a knee injury.
  • Isaiah Hodgins was added off waivers from the Bills a week ago.
  • David Sills, who was once a starter, was inactive. His playing time was on the decline throughout the season.
  • Marcus Johnson also plummeted down the depth chart. He had been a starter in recent weeks.
  • Golladay, Hodgins and Darius Slayton rotated as outside wide receivers in the first half, and Wan’Dale Robinson manned the slot in three-receiver sets.
  • Golladay was benched at halftime, with Hodgins and Slayton seeing all of the work in the second half.
  • Hodgins is worth a waiver target in very deep leagues, as he went from a bottom-of-the-roster player to a potential starter over the rest of the season.

Lawrence Cager complicates Giants’ receiver room: Cager became the Giants’ primary tight end after making his team debut in Week 8 prior to their bye.

  • He took the majority of snaps in two-tight end sets, as well as 11 personnel, but served primarily as a blocker.
  • Cager played more offensive snaps in this game than in his first two NFL seasons combined.
  • Tanner Hudson remained the team’s third-down tight end.
  • Daniel Bellinger is confident he can play again this season after he had surgery for his eye injury, but this makes it even more unlikely Bellinger can be fantasy relevant once he returns.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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