Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 10
Here’s a look at the studs and duds of Week 10. We’ll look at one stud and one dud from each of the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions. The purpose of this exercise is not simply to identify the best and worst at each position but to find players who had over- or underwhelming performances that warrant discussion.
Stud: Russell Wilson (SEA)
17/26; 176 Yards; Three Touchdowns; 92 Yards Rushing
It hasn’t reflected in the win column, but the Seahawks look like they’ve hit their typical midseason stride even without all of the usual star power. Wilson just posted his best rushing game of the year, even though it appears it can’t be counted on as a consistent contributor to his fantasy production these days. Tyler Lockett has taken the next step as a pro receiver, developing into an unlikely TD machine for a Seahawks team deprived of red zone threats. Seattle also has their choice of running back from a few guys who all seem capable of popping off for a big gain between series of hard runs, which opens up the passing game for Wilson. He only has one more scary matchup remaining in 2018, against the Vikings at home on Monday Night Football in Week 14. But the Seahawks also happen to play the Chiefs in Week 16 – championship week. As it currently stands the Seahawks could be fighting for their playoff lives on the bubble around that time, and the Chiefs will likely need that game to secure the top seed in the AFC. All signs point to a high-scoring affair, making Wilson a solid acquisition for teams that have been operating with a fluid QB potion.
Dud: Andy Dalton (CIN)
12/20; 153 Yards; One TD/Two INTs
It takes a special kind of incompetence to be trailing for an entire game and only end up with 20 pass attempts, but the Bengals found a way (and the relief only threw it three times, by the way). The Saints defense is not that good, and Cincy was playing at home and coming off of a bye. Dalton was likely a popular streaming option this week, as he should have been. New Orleans is a buzz saw, but Dalton couldn’t even put up a fight. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards or three touchdowns since beating the Falcons in September, and he’s played the most appetizing group of defenses imaginable: PIT, KC, and TB. Now he has to play in Baltimore and vs. Cleveland – two divisional opponents with great defenses. Dalton was a nice early-season option, but it’s time to cut him loose.
Stud: Nick Chubb (CLE)
20 Carries for 176 Yards; One Touchdown; Three Receptions for 33 Yards and a Touchdown
Chubb has been a steady producer since the Browns traded away Carlos Hyde, but his owners have been waiting to see that explosiveness he flashed back in Week 3 when he popped off to the benefit of absolutely no one. Everyone on the Browns offense looked great against the Falcons, but most teams do. Luckily Cleveland’s defense is good enough that Chubb will still be in a position to receive carries even when the passing game isn’t clicking. He’s got it all right now – the floor, the ceiling, and the volume. Holding on to Chubb could end up being a season-winning decision for players who had faith in his ability to take this role and prosper in it.
Dud: Marlon Mack (IND)
12 Carries for 29 Yards; Two Receptions for Nine Yards
Mack was bound to come crashing down to earth following two consecutive games in which he had 150 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. Jacksonville might be a dumpster fire, but their defense has the talent, and there’s no shame in struggling against this front like Mack did. If his owner in your league is overreacting then definitely try to make an offer, but hopefully you’re not playing with people that short-sighted. What’s important is that Andrew Luck looks good, which will open up this run game and provide opportunities for Mack going forward.
Stud: Corey Davis (TEN)
Seven Receptions for 125 Yards; One Touchdown
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was having an All-Pro season, shutting down everyone who crossed his path. Of all people, it’s Corey Davis who ends his streak. Sure, Corey Davis was a high draft selection and is obviously quite talented, but it’s strange to think that Davis and Marcus Mariota could do what Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams could not. At this point, it’s safe to say that the only thing Davis has to worry about is his own quarterback, who has been inconsistent at best. Clearly, he was good this week, but we need to see Mariota string together at least one or two more strong outings before even contemplating whether or not he’s turned a corner. Their schedule is very manageable, but many of those upcoming games are divisional, which always makes things tougher to project.
Dud: Jarvis Landry (CLE)
Two Receptions for 22 Yards
Cleveland just won in dominant fashion – something that hasn’t been said in years – and Jarvis Landry had almost nothing to do with it. Yes, Nick Chubb and the run game directed the offense, but Baker Mayfield was far from bad, throwing for 200 yards and three touchdowns. The problem, at least for Landry, is that Mayfield is never asked to throw a lot. In fact, Baker Mayfield has never once thrown even 30 pass attempts in any game this year. Landry made his hay as an underneath volume pass catcher, something that doesn’t exist in this offense. There’s no denying his talent, but until the Browns start putting the ball and the game in Mayfield’s hands more often, Landry simply can’t be a reliable fantasy option.
Stud: Eric Ebron (IND)
Three Receptions for 69 Yards; Two Touchdowns; One Rushing TD
He’s on this list nearly every week, but not by design. It’s just by chance that Eric Ebron happens to be one of the biggest stories at tight end for the 2018 season. Having broken out and fulfilling some of his potential while Jack Doyle was sidelined with an injury, most of us expected Doyle to force him into a lesser role upon returning, which is exactly what happened in Week 8. But after a Week 9 bye, the Colts came out guns blazing, featuring Ebron as their primary red-zone option. It’s starting to look like the problem in Detroit was more the Lions than it was Ebron himself, which isn’t too surprising in hindsight. He’s a talented player playing with a hot quarterback who deserves to be started with confidence.
Dud: Benjamin Watson (NO)
One Reception for One Yard
The Saints just hung 51 points, and Watson had… one catch for one yard? Frankly, his role in this offense has become completely impossible to figure out. He’s just as capable of being involved as he is disappearing. It’s mostly the product of New Orleans having two stud running backs who hog all of the touches in games like these, but let’s not forget that the Saints have basically no pure pass-catchers after Michael Thomas on this roster, so you’d think Watson would have some sort of secure production. Apparently not.