Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week 10
In Week 10, we saw the Buffalo Bills score 41 points, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints both top 50, and Julio Jones score a touchdown for the second consecutive week. Here are my risers and fallers after another wild Sunday.
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL)
It appears the change of scenery is doing wonders for Cooper. He’s had 11 catches on 18 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown since being traded, and is clearly the focal point of the Dallas passing game. It took no time for him and Dak Prescott to develop a chemistry, as Prescott posted his two highest completion percentages this season in the two games he’s had Cooper. Dallas was desperate for a receiver. They gave up a lot to get Cooper, and so far they’re taking full advantage of his skills.
Corey Davis (WR – TEN)
Don’t look now, but the Tennessee Titans’ offense has awoken. After averaging just 15 points per game through the first seven games of the season, the Titans put up 28 and 34 in their last two outings, and Marcus Mariota has played phenomenally. It was Mariota’s injury and poor play that was keeping Davis down to start the season, but in the last two games he’s seen 20 targets and caught 13 balls for 181 yards and a touchdown. The former fifth overall pick has a lot to offer when playing in with a quarterback that can actually move the ball.
David Johnson (ARI – RB)
New offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has unleashed Johnson just like he said he would. He solved the mystery of using Johnson as a receiver. Since Leftwich took over, Johnson has 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets. He’s also been better on the ground since the offensive coordinator switch, posting his highest and third-highest yards per carry rates of the season in the last two games. The Cardinals still have one of the worst offensive lines in football, but Johnson’s volume is beginning to pay off.
Aaron Jones (RB – GB)
Jones is finally free. Sunday was a career day for him, rushing the ball 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while adding three receptions for 27 yards. Jamaal Williams, in comparison, only touched the ball three times and did not receive a target. The starting running back in the Packers offense is an RB1, and the future looks bright for Jones.
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC)
Drafting Fournette in the first round may have already done irreparable damage to your fantasy team, but if you’re still in the playoff hunt, you now have a reason to be positive. Until Week 10, Fournette had not finished a single game this season, but he’s back now, and he’s a workhorse. Jacksonville said there wouldn’t be any limitations on Fournette in his return and they were true to their word. He received 29 total touches in his first week back and turned them into 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It certainly wasn’t efficient, but at the end of the day, he’s going to put points on the board.
Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
When Carson returns from injury, it may not be to the job he had prior. Rashaad Penny finally broke out on Sunday, outcarrying and outproducing Mike Davis, who had been ahead of him on the depth chart until that point. Pete Carroll said after the game that “he looked like the guy we thought he would look like,” and all signs point to him being more involved going forward. Carson should still see some work, and may still be the “starter” for now, but this could be the beginning of the end for his ride as a consistent producer.
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS)
In his career, Peterson has not let age or injury get in his way. We’ve seen him come back time and time again, and recover in ways that normal people, even athletes, just don’t. What could hold Peterson back now, however, is the fractured Washington offensive line. The Redskins lost both of their starting guards last week to season-ending injuries, and left tackle Trent Williams is out with a thumb injury for at least a couple more weeks. Peterson has averaged just 3.08 yards per carry in his last two games, and it won’t get any easier with all of the linemen out.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Through the first five weeks of the season, Ekeler was the RB15. He was a reliable RB2 you could start as a flex and was getting close to 10 touches a game. More recently though, it seems the offense is going in another direction. In his last two games, Ekeler has only received seven total touches for 53 yards. The Chargers have so many ways they can beat you, and so much firepower between Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, and Tyrell Williams, that consistency from Ekeler just isn’t in the cards.
Mike Evans (WR – TB)
Evans is impossible to predict. He started the season on fire, putting up three touchdowns and 367 yards in his first three games with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Then once Jameis Winston took over, he was held in check and out of the end zone. Now, in Fitzpatrick’s return as the starter, Evans has four catches on 16 targets for 76 yards over his last two games. With the amount of quality pass catchers the Bucs have and an uncertain quarterback carousel, it’s really hard to see any form of consistent play coming from Evans.
Keelan Cole (WR – JAC)
Cole reached a new low on Sunday, as he was not targeted once by Blake Bortles. Bortles actually moved the ball well and threw for 320 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks, which makes it even worse that Cole wasn’t involved at all.