Week 10 fantasy roundup

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Baltimore's aptly named "three-headed monster" continues to ravage the fantasy village. Like any monster, it is a powerful creature, often gobbling up yardage and producing fantasy points. However, it continues to strike terror, as you never know which head will be the one doing the gobbling. Despite indicators to the contrary, Willis McGahee was Baltimore's primary runner against Houston and gnashed his way to 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns. After speculation that Ray Rice would be the primary running back, Rice had only nine carries for 19 yards and was out-rushed by teammate Le'Ron McClain (25 yards on five carries). At least Joe Flacco has been fairly consistent, regularly throwing for less than 200 yards. This time, though, he threw for two touchdowns. One was a beautiful "on-the-money" 43-yard touchdown to Yamon Figurs for his only catch of the day. Another went to Todd Heap, who had a five-catch, two-touchdown, 58-yard receiving day. Figurs and Heap became more involved in the offense because Derrick Mason was injured early and missed nearly a half. But Mason returned later and looked fine, totaling three catches and 41 yards. I would keep expectations low on Heap, and Figurs is Baltimore's third wide receiver option. Even Troy Smith saw some action in the "Suggs Package", and tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Heap. It seems that Baltimore wants to have every position be a platoon, but it is hard to argue with their recent results. While Baltimore looked like a scoring machine, Houston looked like an old jalopy. Of course, when Sage Rosenfels threw four interceptions, not much could be expected. Rosenfels did throw for 294 yards and Andre Johnson still had a decent game, catching seven passes for 66 yards. Owen Daniels was targeted in the end zone, but Haloti Ngata intercepted that pass and Daniels had a fairly quiet day. Kevin Walter stepped into the void and scored a touchdown to go along with 85 receiving yards. Johnson remains a must-start and the rules for Walter remain the same: If you expect Daniels and Johnson to both have big days, sit Walter. Otherwise, Walter makes a decent WR3. However, there was a disturbing outing for owners of Steve Slaton, who had only six carries and was out-rushed by Ryan Moats, who had only 34 yards. Slaton now has just 122 rushing yards in his last three games. I suggest trying to buy low on Slaton, if possible. --Mark Strausberg

With 16 points coming off special teams and defense (18 if you count the extra points), this was a weird game. You should definitely continue to start either of these two defense/special teams, if you have one of them. Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Grant? He's returning to RB1 status, as he managed 75 yards and a touchdown against a tough Minnesota rushing defense. Chester Taylor? Still a worthwhile handcuff with 84 receiving yards, including a 47-yard scamper on a short pass for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers failed to pass for a touchdown for the first time in six weeks and had only 142 yards, but remains a low-end QB1. Gus Frerotte on the other hand, had the mixed bag of two passing touchdowns, three interceptions, and 151 passing yards. Frerotte is proving to be worth keeping as your backup fantasy QB. With neither QB passing for a whole lot, the receivers on both teams had marginal days, Donald Driver, who had been coming on strong lately, led all Packer receivers with five catches for 46 yards and Bobby Wade led all Minnesota wide receivers with three catches for 24 yards. You can ignore Wade, but keep him an eye on Sidney Rice, who had a three-yard touchdown catch, and is becoming a threat to score every time he plays.-- M.S.

We expected Thomas Jones to have a good game. But we'll admit it: we didn't expect him to have a three-touchdown 146-yard day. Jones has become an exceptional RB2 when the matchup is a good one. However, if you can sell high, do so. The good news for Brett Favre's owners is that he didn't throw any interceptions. The bad news is that he threw for only one touchdown and 167 yards. Favre remains a QB2. Meanwhile, Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles remain borderline WR2s after neither scored and each only had one catch. Dustin Keller was the most valuable Jets receiver, catching six balls for 107 yards and a touchdown. But, unless you're in a 14-team league or deeper, Keller should not be considered unless your TE has a horrible matchup. Keller was far more valuable than any Ram this weekend. Kenneth Darby led all St. Louis rushers with 32 yards. Torry Holt had one catch for five yards. Holt probably has a couple more decent games left in him, but there is no reason to keep him on your team while waiting for them. Meanwhile, fantasy sweetheart Donnie Avery, disappointed again by only catching two passes for 29 yards. Trent Green and Marc Bulger both had equally ugly stat lines that we'll spare you from rehashing. With bye weeks now out of the way, even an owner in a 14-team, two-QB league should ignore the Rams QB situation. -- M.S.

Jay Cutler had a season-high 447 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Even though Cutler has a turnover in seven of nine games, the passing yards and touchdown throws more than make up for those pesky interceptions and fumbles. Eddie Royal consistently got open on the Browns cornerbacks and finished with six receptions for 164 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown catch. Royal has had at least six receptions in four of the past five games, and has scored in two straight games and should be started weekly. Brandon Marshall had a couple of drops, but still managed to haul in six balls for 89 yards and a touchdown. Tony Scheffler was left wide open downfield several times and totaled four catches for 92 yards. Backup tight end Daniel Graham caught the other touchdown among his three catches for 50 yards. Due to a myriad of injuries, the Broncos rotated running backs, with Ryan Torain getting the majority of carries until he got hurt. Torain has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and is out for the season. The running game is now in the hands of Selvin Young, who only carried the ball once for two yards, and is still dealing with a nagging groin injury. Peyton Hillis gained 24 yards on the ground, and is now the No. 2 running back for the Broncos. If he's still available in your league, pick him up immediately. Brady Quinn's season debut went well, as he threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns. However, Quinn was given a very vanilla game plan, and his longest completion went for 30 yards. While Quinn is worth a pickup, you shouldn't start him unless you're desperate. Quinn looked for Kellen Winslow Jr. often, with Winslow catching 10 balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Braylon Edwards had only one reception for 15 yards, and Quinn rarely looked for Edwards. Edwards clearly has lost the confidence of the Browns with his drops. However, because of his play-making ability, you are taking a chance benching him, so unless you have better options, keep him in your lineup and hope that he works his way through his issues. Donte' Stallworth had his best game as a Brown, grabbing four balls for 48 yards, and he could see more targets with Edwards scuffling. Stallworth is not worth starting yet, but keep your eye on him. Jamal Lewis had success running the ball early in the game, but the Broncos made some adjustments, and Lewis finished with 60 rushing yards and one touchdown. -- Matt Wirkiowski

David Garrard threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, and now has a pair of two-touchdown outings in his past three games. Still, Garrard remains a borderline play for your starting fantasy quarterback slot. Garrard spread the ball around, connecting with nine different receivers. Marcedes Lewis had four receptions for 64 yards, while Matt Jones had five receptions for 62 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with a bruised thigh. Lewis has become a bigger part of the offense lately. After catching seven balls in the first five games, he has 14 receptions in the past four games. Jerry Porter caught his first touchdown of the year, and totaled two catches for 33 yards. Porter should remain on your bench despite the touchdown. Troy Williamson had only one catch for 10 yards, but it went for a touchdown. Williamson, at best, is a bench player. After doing basically nothing the past two weeks, Maurice Jones-Drew responded with a huge game, totaling 91 yards and three touchdowns. Fred Taylor had his best game since Week 3, with 97 total yards, but still hasn't scored a touchdown, and should remain on your bench. Daunte Culpepper started for the Lions, but was only 5-for-10 for 104 yards and one interception, and was benched after three quarters in favor of rookie Drew Stanton. Stanton completed 6-of-8 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown. Regardless who leads the Lions, there's no reason to roster either quarterback. Calvin Johnson caught two balls, but made them count, as he totaled 92 yards. Backup tight end John Owens caught Stanton's touchdown pass, and finished with just that one catch, which went for one yard. Shaun McDonald finished with four receptions for 37 yards and is not an option for your lineup. Rookie Kevin Smith had his best day as a pro, rushing for 96 yards and finishing with 123 total yards and one touchdown. Smith will be a good flex play against weaker run defenses going forward. This performance by Smith may officially signal the end of Rudi Johnson's fantasy relevance, as he only had two rushes for four yards. -- M.W.

Julius Jones had his best game since Week 3, rushing for 88 yards. However, Jones hasn't scored since Week 3 and should be on your bench. Maurice Morris had only one carry for 11 yards, and hasn't scored this season. Morris is not worth a roster spot. Seneca Wallace finished with 185 passing yards and one touchdown. Wallace injured his groin in the first quarter, which limited his mobility, but he remained in the game. Koren Robinson snagged five balls for 38 yards and a touchdown, but also dropped a possible touchdown pass in the third quarter. Bobby Engram and John Carlson also caught five balls a piece. Engram finished with 63 yards, and Carlson had 54 yards. Chad Pennington threw for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Pennington has thrown for more than one touchdown only twice, and should be only used as an injury replacement. The Dolphins used their "Wildcat" formation effectively, scoring two touchdowns with it, in the running game. Ricky Williams had his first 100-yard rushing game since 2005, and totaled 126 yards and one touchdown. Ronnie Brown had 66 total yards and one touchdown. Brown has now gone five consecutive games without totaling 100 yards. Brown should be used as your third running back option, while Williams, despite the nice performance, should remain on your bench barring an injury to Brown, or one of your starters. Ted Ginn Jr. caught his first touchdown pass off a flea-flicker, and finished with four receptions for 67 yards. Ginn has now produced meaningful fantasy points in two of his past three games, and may be worth a start if he continues to improve. Greg Camarillo had a disappointing afternoon, finishing with only four catches for 21 yards. -- M.W.

Marshawn Lynch failed to provide any useful fantasy numbers once again, and if you've got other options you may be tempted to consider them. However, Lynch faces Cleveland, Kansas City and San Francisco the next three weeks. Trent Edwards never got into a good rhythm, and passed for 120 yards and one touchdown, while throwing two interceptions. Edwards has now had three straight games in which he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and should be glued to your bench. With only 13 completions, the Bills receivers didn't get a lot of opportunities, and Lee Evans was especially quiet, finishing with two receptions for 22 yards. Roscoe Parrish paced the Bills with four receptions and 31 yards, while James Hardy hauled in two balls for 21 yards and one touchdown. Evans is still worth a spot as your WR3 because of his big-play ability, but Hardy and Parrish are bench material at best. Matt Cassel had a rushing touchdown, which is the silver lining in a game in which he threw for 234 yards and zero touchdowns. Cassel has now gone eight quarters without a touchdown pass, and is not a fantasy starter. Wes Welker was a busy man, catching 10 passes for 107 yards. Welker is a great start in PPR leagues, as he has had at least six catches in every game, but not a good start in touchdown leagues, as he has only one. Randy Moss nabbed five balls for 53 yards, and hasn't scored since Week Seven. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his first 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 105 yards and one touchdown. Green-Ellis has now scored in four consecutive games, and should be in your lineup as a regular flex play. -- M.W.

Donovan McNabb threw three touchdowns and spread the ball around to seven different receivers, as the Eagles put up 31 points on a very good Giants defense. DeSean Jackson led the wideouts with four catches and 61-yards, while L.J. Smith got the start over Brent Celek and posted a respectable three-catch, 36-yard effort. The touchdowns went to Jason Avant, Kevin Curtis, and Hank Baskett. If you're ranking the Eagles wide receivers in terms of fantasy value, Jackson would be first, followed by Curtis and Brown. Avant and Baskett aren't worth your time. Brian Westbrook had a rare off day, accumulating only 59 yards of total offense. He's dealing with some injuries right now, and his production may be a little down over the next few weeks as he tries to get healthy. If you're struggling and looking for a way to shake up your roster for the stretch drive, consider dealing Westbrook in a blockbuster. Eli Manning had his second consecutive good outing, throwing for two touchdowns, although his 191-yards marked the fifth straight game that he's failed to reach 200-yards. He remains a steady, lower-end, tier one quarterback. Brandon Jacobs punished Philadelphia defenders all night on his way to 126 yards and two touchdowns. He's a must-start every week, and with the Giants running game operating at such a high level, Derrick Ward has quietly been averaging 54.4 yards per game. He had 17 carries for 53 yards against the Eagles, and is an option if you're in desperate need at the RB3 or flex position. Kevin Boss caught a touchdown for the third game in a row, and led New York with six catches for 69 yards. Manning is really starting to look Boss' way, especially near the goal line, making him a must-add tight end if you don't have one of the top-flight options. Plaxico Burress caught a 17-yard touchdown, but it was his only catch. Burress hasn't been over 60 yards receiving since Week 2, and is averaging just under three catches a game since returning from a team-imposed suspension. He's still a threat at the goal line, but Burress should no longer be considered one of the elite fantasy receivers. -- Chris Ryan

Tyler Thigpen's improving play -- 27-of-41 for 266 yards and three touchdowns -- has added another fantasy dimension to the Chiefs offense, namely Mark Bradley, who had nine catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Bradley is averaging six catches and 62.2 yards over the last three weeks. He's definitely worth a pickup, and considering the Chiefs soft upcoming schedule, could prove to have some value over the rest of the season. Ditto for Thigpen. With Jamaal Charles dealing with an ankle injury, Dantrell Savage got the bulk of the Chiefs rushing load. He ran decently, putting up 44 yards on 12 carries, but with Larry Johnson's impending return, it's probably time to cut ties with all other Kansas City running backs. Philip Rivers had his seventh multi-touchdown game, and threw for 316 yards. With all the weapons at his disposal and the need for the Chargers offense to put up tons of points, Rivers is one of the best options at the QB position. Vincent Jackson continued his strong play with five catches for 83 yards, and with Chris Chambers hampered by an ankle injury, Malcom Floyd had four catches, 76 yards, and a touchdown. When Chambers gets fully healthy, Floyd will be expendable again, but as long as he's playing, he's worth starting. Jackson has become one of the more consistent WR2s in fantasy. -- C.R.

If there was any doubt remaining about whether or not Peyton Manning was benchable against top-flight defenses, his 240-yard, three-touchdown effort should clear things up. Reggie Wayne broke out of his mini-slump by catching six balls for 116 yards and a long touchdown. With the Colts offense getting back in stride, Wayne will return these types of numbers much more frequently. Even with the Colts offense operating at a fairly high level, Marvin Harrison was a non-factor once again. That doesn't bode well for owners looking for a late season re-emergence from Harrison. Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes split the rushing workload, with Addai receiving 12 carries and Rhodes seven. Like last week, Rhodes looked to be the better runner, averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Addai was held to just 34-yards, and could be in line to lose more time to Rhodes, if his ineffectiveness continues. Unless one runner rises to primary ball-carrier status, neither should be in your lineup. Ben Roethlisberger attempted a surprising 42 passes, completing 30 of them for 284 yards. He threw three interceptions with no touchdowns, and has now thrown eight picks in his last three games. He shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup right now. With Willie Parker out for the foreseeable future, Mewelde Moore becomes a must-start running back. He only rushed for 57 yards against the Colts, but had six catches for 48 yards and scored twice. Expect similar numbers until Parker returns. Hines Ward posted a season-high nine catches for 116 yards, but Santonio Holmes disappointed his owners yet again. His inability to catch the deep pass made his four catch, 29-yard performance more the norm than the exception this season. At this point, there are probably not many takers for Holmes, but he's worth shopping around because things don't look to be getting any better in Pittsburgh. -- C.R.

The Bears held LenDale White and Chris Johnson to a combined 22 rushing yards, but they couldn't find an answer for journeyman Kerry Collins. Collins threw for a season-high 289 yards and two touchdowns. The 289 yards was the most Collins had thrown for since he passed for 331 yards on December 31, 2005. With cold weather and a suffocating Bears run defense, Collins stepped up to the challenge. Collins still doesn't have any more value than as a fantasy backup. White and Johnson are still a dynamic duo, and should continue to produce stellar stats in the coming weeks. Both White and Johnson make fine RB2 plays each week. Bo Scaife caught 10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Collins looked to Scaife often. Justin Gage caught his second touchdown and caught four passes for 47 yards. Gage is the only Titans receiver worth owning, but he is a matchup play at best in three-wide receiver leagues. Rex Grossman passed for 173 yards and a touchdown as the Bears offense couldn't find any sort of rhythm. Grossman confirmed that he still has happy feet and doesn't have the consistency to be an NFL quarterback. Matt Forte continued his dual ground/air attack, totaling 126 total yards and a touchdown. Devin Hester caught four passes for 54 yards and was close to breaking off a few of those receptions for touchdowns. Hester is a WR3 at this point. Greg Olsen caught five passes for 40 yards and is a fairly reliable tight end. -- B.R.

Drew Brees attempted a season-high 58 passes and finished with 422 yards and two touchdowns. Brees did throw three interceptions, but there still isn't a more valuable fantasy quarterback. Marques Colston returned to fantasy relevance, catching seven passes for 140 yards. Seemingly healthy, Colston is primed for a strong second half. Lance Moore caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Moore should receive a majority of the looks that don't go to Colston, and is a WR3 or flex play going forward. Jeremy Shockey caught only two passes for 16 yards, and has seen Billy Miller become the more valuable Saints tight end. Miller caught five passes for 65 yards. Pierre Thomas led the Saints with six rushing attempts and gained 26 yards. Down the whole game, the Saints were forced to pass most of the second half. Deuce McAllister rushed for only 18 yards, but did score a receiving touchdown. With Reggie Bush returning in the coming weeks, McAllister and Thomas shouldn't be anything more than backups. Matt Ryan continued his impressive rookie season, passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan hasn't approached the status of a fantasy quarterback deserving a weekly start just yet, but he appears to be the real deal and someone worth owning in keeper leagues. Michael Turner rushed for 96 yards and his seventh touchdown. Turner has been frustratingly inconsistent, but is a RB2 when the matchup is right. Jerious Norwood caught a 67-yard touchdown pass and ended with 105 total yards. Norwood should be owned as the handcuff to Turner, but hasn't established enough consistency to be a flex play. Roddy White caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. White is clearly a Top Five choice at the position. Michael Jenkins caught six passes for 72 yards, and is proving that he just may live up to expectations. Jenkins should be owned in any format. -- B.R.

DeAngelo Williams took advantage of some extra opportunities for carries and rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Stewart was limited with a bum heel, so Williams was the primary running back for the Panthers. Williams has proven he can produce on a weekly basis. Jake Delhomme hopes to forget his outing, after he threw four interceptions and passed for only 72 yards. Delhomme did throw a touchdown to Muhsin Muhammad. This was a brutal game for Delhomme, and probably a sign that he should stay on any team's bench. Muhammad finished with 38 yards and is a reliable WR3. Steve Smith was held to only one catch for nine yards. Chalk this up as just a bad game, and Smith should be primed for a big outing next week. JaMarcus Russell was inactive, so Andrew Walter got the start for the Raiders. Walter wasn't much better than Delhomme, throwing for 143 yards and two interceptions. Justin Fargas was effective on the ground, rushing for 89 yards on 22 carries. As long as Darren McFadden is out with turf toes, Fargas is worth a flex start. Michael Bush had 73 total yards and benefits the most from McFadden's injury. Zach Miller had three catches for 42 yards. Miller hasn't scored since Week 4, but provides adequate yardage for a tight end. -- B.R.