Week 10 is just one more Kansas City prime time snoozer away from completion and Sunday was packed with big fantasy performances and unfortunately, concussions. Let’s dive right into the biggest news from Sunday’s slate of action, highlighted by yet another monstrous outing from the best running back in the galaxy…
Adrian Peterson: Peterson was at it again on Sunday, rolling over the Lions for 171 yards and a touchdown. Take a seat and digest this four game stat line: 629 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns for a beefy average of 157.3 yards per game. The Vikings now head into their bye week and will return with a tough slate of defenses the rest of the way (CHIx2, @HOU), but even the stingiest of defenses won’t be able to slow this train down.
Fred Jackson: After a solid outing (115 total yards, 2 scores), Jackson sustained an undisclosed head injury late in Buffalo’s game at New England. More details will be released this week, but this could signal the glorious return of the C.J. Spiller show…be sure to set your DVR!
Jay Cutler: Cutler was doing his thing on Sunday night (40 yds/2 INT) when he was knocked from the game with a concussion. Jason Campbell then came in and couldn’t get the Chicago offense out of the driveway. If Cutler is out in week 11, Campbell gets the start against San Francisco which means he won’t be worth a pickup unless you play in a 3 QB league.
Michael Vick: The concussion parade made a stop in Philadelphia this week, as Michael Vick’s Sunday was cut short with a head injury. If Vick misses week 11, it will be the Nick Foles show as the Eagles continue their implosion. This team is a wreck and I wouldn’t feel good owning anyone involved.
Brandon Myers: The best fake football plug-in tight end received a concussion of his own on Sunday after catching 5 balls for 57 yards. Oakland gets New Orleans next week, so Myers may miss out on a huge opportunity for fantasy points. More news will be released this week.
Joe Flacco: While the Ravens dismantling the Raiders, Flacco racked up some huge numbers (3 TD Passing/1 rushing) and cracked 300 yards passing (341) for the first time since week 4. Flacco is still a second string fantasy quarterback but will have some decent moments when he hooks up with speedster Torrey Smith, as he did this week.
Matt Ryan: Matty Ice did exactly what we expected him to do on Sunday, as he roasted the New Orleans defense for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mark your calendars for week 13, when the Falcons and Saints meet again.
Marcel Reece: Reece was productive while filling in for the Raiders’ heap of injured running backs, as he rushed for 48 yards and caught 7 passes for 56 yards receiving. Note that mid-week buzz machine Taiwan Jones received a measly three touches, so Reece will be the main man until the Raiders injury woes subside.
Calvin Johnson: Megatron steamrolled the Vikings on Sunday for 207 yards on 12 catches. This makes back to back big games for ‘Tron, and he finally found the endzone this week for the first time since week 3. Saddle up and ride the Lions’ stud into fake football playoff country.
Danario Alexander: A week after a 61 yard effort, Alexander racked up 134 yards and a score in week 10. Robert Meachem is now an afterthought in San Diego, so Alexander appears to have a decent workload upcoming for the Bolts. Make sure to snag this guy if he is hanging around on your waiver wire.
Hakeem Nicks: Nicks had his first “Hakeem Nicks” outing since week 2, as he finally showed signs of life despite the continued struggles of Eli Manning. Nicks has got a decent run of opposing defenses upcoming, which will bode well for the Giants receiver if Eli can get his noggin’ screwed on straight.
Danny Amendola: After a three game absence, Amendola picked right up where he left off while going for 102 yards on 11 catches. A fantasy playoff schedule of @BUF, MIN, @TB looks pretty good for Danny boy, so the patient owners who held onto the St. Louis wide out will be handsomely rewarded.
Jimmy Graham: 146 yards this week for Jimbo, who also chipped in with his 3rd and 4th touchdowns over New Orleans’ last three games. Graham’s ankle seems to be fine, as he is getting plenty of air on his goal post dunks.
Greg Olsen: 102 yards and 2 scores for Olsen this week, who is now averaging roughly 5 catches per game. Olsen won’t sniff the Graham/Gronk tier of tight ends, but he does have some value as a lower TE1. A nice matchup with Tampa awaits Olsen in week 11.
Tony Gonzalez: Gonzo went bonkers on the soft Saints defense on Sunday, with 11 catches for 122 yards and 2 scores. Gonzalez had a trio of mediocre games prior to this outing, but 2012 has been a great year for the ancient Falcons tight end, who made his NFL debut in 1978.