Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 10
The 10th NFL Sunday is in the books, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the good (Lamar Jackson), bad (Ezekiel Elliott), and ugly (Rams’ offense) from a fantasy football point of view. Take note that fantasy scores are listed in terms of half PPR scoring, and you can see the complete player results over at FantasyPros’ nifty sortable results page.
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 34.8 FP
Yes, Kirk had the highest fantasy score (half PPR) of any player from any position on Sunday. We all knew Kirk was Arizona’s top receiver, but that hasn’t translated to much fantasy upside throughout the season. Well, a matchup against the generous Buccaneers’ defense changed that, and Kirk posted a rewarding 6-138-3 line on Sunday.
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 33.4 FP
This should come as no surprise. Jackson has been a fantasy beast this season, and his opponent (Cincinnati) has given up huge numbers this season. L-Jax toasted the Bengals for the second time this year, tossing three touchdowns and running for a 47 yard score that was reminiscent of Michael Vick in his prime. Jackson should be able to keep producing at home against Houston next Sunday.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 32.1 FP
The Chiefs defense has been vulnerable against the run this season, and Titans’ running back Derrick Henry took full advantage with 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns. That helped ignite a 35-32 upset victory over Kansas City despite Patrick Mahomes returning (and playing well). The Titans have a bye next week before facing the Jaguars on November 24.
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 27.8 FP
Cook will continue to serve as the focal point of Minnesota’s run-first offense, which translated to 183 total yards and a touchdown on Sunday Night Football. With that, Cook remains the second-best fantasy running back through ten weeks, only trailing Christian McCaffrey.
OUT OF NOWHERE
Daniel Jones (QB – NYG): 30.3 FP
I’m not sure this was “out of nowhere” when you consider the opponent. The Jets have been giving it up on defense lately, and Jones took advantage of a pass-heavy game script to pile up 308 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants have a bye next week, but it will be extremely difficult for the rookie to post similar numbers at Chicago on November 24.
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG): 29.1 FP
Slayton checked in as the top receiver on the other side of Jones’ rewarding stat-line against the Jets. The Giants’ wide receiver hauled in 10-of-14 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns, which represented the second-highest fantasy score of the position this week. Slayton’s value moving forward depends on the health of Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, who were both out against the Jets.
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): 17.4 FP
Rudolph had a birthday on Saturday, and Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins gave him a pair of belated gifts in the form of touchdowns. Rudolph has been mostly irrelevant for fantasy purposes this season, and Sunday’s performance seems like more of an outlier than anything. It will be difficult for the Vikings’ tight end to duplicate this, especially when wide receiver Adam Thielen returns from injury.
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 0.0 FP
Kupp was healthy on Sunday, but he didn’t record a catch. The Rams’ offense had problems in Pittsburgh, as Jared Goff was only able to patch together 5.7 fantasy points himself. This was a bad day for Kupp while facing a surging defense led by Minkah Fitzpatrick, and fantasy backers should refrain from pressing the panic button.
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 5.6 FP
If you told me Daniel Jones had 30 fantasy points, I would’ve assumed Barkley played a huge role as a receiver. Instead, the Jets let almost everyone else from the Giants’ offense beat them, but Barkley only tallied 31 total yards. He was reportedly banged-up in this game, so we’ll need to monitor his status moving forward.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): 7.3 FP
The Vikings were clearly keying in on Elliott, who ended up with 47 yards rushing on just 2.4 yards per carry. Game flow funneled production to the Dallas passing game, resulting in big fantasy days for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. Regardless, Zeke finds himself in an excellent bounce-back spot next week, as he’s facing a Lions’ defense that ranks bottom-five against the run.
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 10.0 FP
Rodgers wasn’t terrible on Sunday, but this is now back-to-back games with disappointing fantasy production. Despite that, Green Bay moved to 8-2 on the season, and their quarterback remains in the MVP conversation. The weather likely played a role in Rodgers’ modest output, as snowy conditions forced the Packers to focus on the running game to punch in three touchdowns.