Fantasy Football Week 10: By The Numbers
The weirdest part of Week 10 wasn’t the distribution of fantasy scoring, but more so that certain teams just decided they didn’t want to win. The Falcons beat the Saints handily, the Dolphins somehow triumphed against the Colts, and the Titans beat the Chiefs and officially removed their title as “The Most Weirdly Boring Team in the NFL” — initially provided by yours truly.
Even in those defeats, fantasy stars still produced on those teams, so as far as we’re concerned, it’s pretty much business as usual.
One thing I didn’t include below: there was a certain Cardinals running back that may have been a first-round pick on your team, and he may have yielded negative points in Week 10 depending on your league settings, and it’s looking increasingly likely that he is no longer as dominant as he once was. I’m aware of it and it’s important, but I assumed his owners were still healing and I didn’t want to re-open any wounds.
Oh, I just did it anyway? My fault. Sorry, David Johnson owners.
Here’s the rest of your Week 10 by the numbers:
Receptions for both Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley in a very weird Rams loss to the Steelers in Week 10. I’m no coach or anything, but getting those two involved would probably be a decent idea. What do I know?
The percentage of Aaron Rodgers’ completions that went to Davante Adams. Rodgers had 17 completions, and Adams hauled in seven of them. This is more in line with what we were anticipating in terms of a Packers passing distribution.
Passing touchdowns for Baker Mayfield! He finally did it. He finally threw more than one. So proud of him.
The number of Panthers that caught a pass. That’s it. D.J. Moore had ten receptions, Greg Olsen had eight, Christian McCaffrey had six, Curtis Samuel had four, and Jarius Wright had one. Usually teams have around eight receivers or so. The takeaway: don’t get cute trying to take a flier on anyone on the Panthers that isn’t named above.
Derrick Henry’s rushing yard total minus Ryan Tannehill’s passing yard total for the Titans in a surprising victory against the Chiefs. Henry rumbled for 188 rushing yards, while Tannehill threw for 181 on 13 completions. However you have to get it done, right?
Touches for Kareem Hunt in his 2019 debut. Hunt had four carries and seven receptions, and it seems like he’ll be used as a receiving back moving forward. For what it’s worth, I’m not downgrading Nick Chubb with Hunt’s arrival. Hopefully Hunt’s usage just makes the Browns better and helps Chubb as a result.
Receiving yards for Robby Anderson against the Giants, while Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas posted 84 and 81 yards, respectively. Anderson is now reasonably dropable in all formats, as his upside seems to have completely vanished.
Targets for Eric Ebron in Week 10, which he turned into five receptions for 56 yards. It’s hard to endorse a tight end timeshare, but Ebron seems to be a fairly consistent piece of the offense if you’re desperate and streaming.
Targets for Tyreek Hill in Week 10, the most of any receiver in any game in 2019. He turned it into 11 receptions for 157 yards and a score, and he’s back to being a potential overall WR1 any given week.
Touches for Ronald Jones in the Bucs’ win over the Cardinals in Week 10. Eight of those touches were receptions, and I can now comfortably endorse Jones as the lead guy in Tampa Bay, though it took us a while to get here. If he stays even remotely this involved in the passing game on an ongoing basis, he’ll join the weekly RB2 conversation.
The number of RB carries for the Lions on Sundays. The distribution was as follows: J.D. McKissic: 10, Paul Perkins: seven, Ty Johnson: five. It seems that all of that waiver money spent on Ty Johnson may have been a waste. Sorry guys.
Receptions for Michael Thomas in 2019 after a 13 reception, 152 yard eruption in Week 10. He also has 1,027 receiving yards. Just so we’re all on the same page, this is being written after Week 10. This man still has seven games left to play, and he already has a full season’s worth of stats. Crazy.
Receiving yards for Deebo Samuel on Monday night against the Seahawks, which is a season (and technically career) high for Samuel. He benefited from the injury to Emmanuel Sanders, but keep an eye on Samuel’s role moving forward, as Jimmy Garoppolo could use a reliable weapon in Sanders’s absence.
Receiving yards for Amari Cooper on 11 receptions in a massive showing on Sunday night. Cooper also added a score. He now has 106 yards or more in three of his past five games, and he has three touchdowns in that span. Any concerns about his productivity should be far, far away at this point.