Week 10 Recap: Beast Mode Magic
November 9, 2014 | Jeff
Week 10 is now nearly complete, with just one Monday night Philadelphia and Carolina matchup to go. Sunday was packed with big time performances, led by outbursts from a heap of the NFL’s best wide receivers. One of fantasy’s best running backs turned in an amazing performance as well, with Marshawn Lynch beasting his way into the end zone a whopping four times. It was raining Skittle in Seattle as Lynch stacked up 163 total yards in addition to the four touchdowns and many fake football matchups were likely determined by the Beast himself. Let’s dive in and check out other highlights and lowlights from Sunday’s fantasy football action…
Calvin Johnson: He’s back! The great ‘Tron returned to the fake football scene in a big way, catching seven of 15 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Johnson finally looked healthy after struggling with an ankle injury for most of the first half of the 2014 season and is now ready to lead fantasy teams to glory down the stretch. A trip to Arizona is up next for Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions.
Dez Bryant: Dez’s fantasy owners welcomed back Tony Romo with open arms as the Dallas quarterback hooked up with Bryant six times for 158 yards and two scores. After Brandon Weeden held Dez to two grabs in Week 9, this was a nice return to form for the stud Cowboys receiver. Dez now has four touchdowns in his last three games and is up to eight on the season. Dallas will now return from London and enjoy their bye week, giving Romo another week to rest his back before he and Dez hit the fantasy home stretch.
Denard Robinson: Shoelace continued his hot play on Sunday, finding the end zone twice while Jacksonville was getting drubbed by Dallas. Robinson has now scored four touchdowns over his last four games and is averaging 104.8 total yards per game over the same span. Fake footballers can continue to trust Robinson as we head toward the playoffs, as a healthy workload (19.3 touch avg over the last month) will keep his floor high.
Mark Ingram: Another beefy workload and yardage output was turned in by Mark Ingram on Sunday as he turned 27 carries into 120 rushing yards. In weeks 8-10, Ingram averaged 27 carries and 130.7 rushing yards as he has been a true workhorse in New Orleans. The looming return of Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will nibble at his snap count a bit but owners shouldn’t be frightened of this new rock solid running back option. Cincinnati is waiting for Ingram and the Saints in Week 11, so another strong performance will be coming.
Justin Forsett: Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro were both active for Baltimore on Sunday, but it was still Justin Forsett leading the way with 112 yards and two scores on 20 carries. Forsett was skunked in the passing game this week, but this was still a solid fantasy performance from Baltimore’s top back. Forsett and the Ravens have a bye upcoming in Week 11, so fantasy owners will have their waiver wire gem back in Week 12.
Martavis Bryant: The fireworks continued from rookie Martavis Bryant this week as he exploded for four catches for 143 yards, which included an 80-yd garbage time touchdown catch. Bryant now has six touchdowns in his first four career games and has become a nice option alongside Antonio Brown. Bryant will attempt to continue his blazing hot streak next week at Tennessee.
Charles Sims: Sims made his NFL debut on Sunday and with Doug Martin inactive, it was Sims (eight carries), Bobby Rainey (six carries), and Mike James (four carries) splitting the backfield work for the Bucs. With Martin on the mend, this backfield is going to become more of a jumbled mess as the weeks move along and is entirely avoidable for fantasy owners. Sims is the back of choice at the moment, and that is who I would feel most comfortable rostering as we head into Week 11.
Peyton Manning: After an extremely slow start that included two interceptions, Manning smothered the Raiders with five touchdown passes in just over a quarter of game time. C.J. Anderson started things off with an impressive 51-yard screen pass for a score just prior to the two-minute warning in the first half and by the time the third quarter was over, Peyton had racked up five scores. Manning and the Broncos travel to St. Louis in Week 11 where the air attack will continue.
Carson Palmer: Palmer threw for 241 yards on Sunday but was knocked from the game with a torn ACL in his left knee. This is terrible news for the Cardinals and won’t do any favors for the fantasy stock of the Arizona receivers, although rookie John Brown did have another late-game touchdown catch from backup Drew Stanton. It will be all Stanton moving forward, so added emphasis may be put on feeding Andre Ellington as the fantasy playoffs approach.
Aaron Rodgers: The fake football world thought Ben Roethlisberger’s back-to-back six touchdown performances were quite impressive, but Aaron Rodgers decided to up the ante as he completed the feat in a single half. Rodgers was white-hot on Sunday night, chucking six touchdown passes before intermission as the Packers embarrassed the Chicago Bears. Jordy Nelson was the recipient of a large portion of Rodgers’ work, as he snagged six passes for 152 yards and two long touchdowns. Rodgers and the Pack host Philadelphia in Week 11 in what should be another high scoring affair.