Sun Nov 09 06:42pm EST
For fantasy purposes, the best match-up of Week 10 appeared to be LaDainian Tomlinson versus the Chiefs.
LT is inarguably the greatest running back of this decade; Kansas City's defense is inarguably the worst unit against the run in the NFL. This is why Tomlinson was No. 1 in our running back ranks. He's looked healthy in recent weeks, and the Chiefs can sell-out to stop the run and still fail to slow it down.
But this season, regardless of match-ups, it's the Philip Rivers Show every week for San Diego. The Chargers QB passed for 316 yards and two TDs on Sunday, and he delivered 18 fantasy points. His gigantic receivers -- Vincent Jackson (6-5), Malcom Floyd (6-5), Antonio Gates (6-4) -- did most of the damage, combining for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers is now involved in a tight three-quarterback race with Jay Cutler and Drew Brees for top scoring honors on the season.
Meanwhile, Tomlinson is involved in something like a 12-man race to be the tenth best fantasy running back. He wasn't useless in Week 10 -- he finished with 78 rushing yards and 39 receiving -- but he's not the LT you thought you were drafting. And the biggest factor in Tomlinson's fantasy decline is Rivers' ascent.
Commenters are already discussing the San Diego offense and the tendencies of Norval Eugene Turner. Feel free to join them, after the bullets.
• It's hard to watch Marvin Harrison drop passes -- especially touchdown passes. With 8:18 remaining in the third quarter, Harrison had a step on William Gay, but an 18-yard strike from Peyton Manning skipped off his hands. It was a footsteps situation, with a safety closing.
Late addition: If you've invested in Harrison in fantasy leagues, go read Jason Cole's post-game piece.
• After repeated viewings of the DeAngelo Williams 69-yard touchdown, it's still tough to explain how he got away from both Hiram Eugene and Rashad Baker. They had him. Simultaneously. Spun him around, in fact. Watch it for yourself.
• Get off the ledge, Steve Slaton owners. Ryan Moats is not a threat. Moats received five of his seven carries in the final minutes, with his team trailing by four touchdowns. If it makes you feel any better, Slaton had a 58-yard second quarter TD reception negated by an Owen Daniels holding penalty.
• Leading 40-3 at the beginning of the fourth quarter against St. Louis, Brett Favre hit tight end Dustin Keller for a 30 yard gain. Three plays later, Thomas Jones rushed for his third TD. The Jets didn't exactly run up the score in the second half -- they led 40-0 at the break, then coasted -- but Favre and Jones received more work than seemed necessary in a game that was never in doubt.
Another late addition: Check out the Rams report card from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "F, D+, D, F, F..." And those Ds are generous.
• Hit of the day nominee: Defensive tackle Eric Foster split a double team, then drilled Mewelde Moore on the one yard-line. That play forced the Steelers to settle for a field goal, giving them a 20-17 fourth quarter lead.
• The spread attack continues to work for Tyler Thigpen. Kansas City's quarterback had an excellent day (27-for-41, 266 yards, three TDs), and many of those numbers were shared by Tony Gonzalez (10 receptions, 113 yards). Jamaal Charles injured (or reinjured) an ankle in the first quarter, which led to his three-carry day. Assuming that Larry Johnson returns in Week 11, Charles would again have the change-of-pace role, if healthy.
For the record: That late, potentially game-altering pass interference penalty on Clinton Hart should not have been called, and Gonzalez wasn't lobbying for a flag.
In early web voting over at the Kansas City Star, almost two-thirds of the respondents support the end-of-game decision to go for two. "Don't care" is receiving four percent of the vote, but that segment tends to have low turnout.
• The Manning-to-Dominic Rhodes fourth quarter TD was well-designed and perfectly executed. Manning looked off every Pittsburgh DB, then dropped a pass just over Troy Polamalu's hand to Rhodes, who'd been left alone after play action. That TD turned out to be your game-winner.
• The next time Brad recommends some uninteresting current or former Bear, just do yourself a favor and add the guy. No matter who it is. Ricky Proehl, Marcus Robinson, James Scott ... anyone. Just add him.
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• Maurice Jones-Drew went untouched on two of his three short touchdowns at Detroit, and he was only touched lightly on the third. The Lions entered Week 10 allowing 161.8 rushing yards per game, so the big day from MJD wasn't unexpected. We'd compare the Detroit defense to a sieve, but sieves are actually designed to stop things.
• Also bad: the St. Louis defense. Thomas Jones ran over and around various Rams, finishing with 26 carries for 149 yards and three TDs. He's your Week 10 fantasy scoring leading so far. Jones sits in the clubhouse with 32 points.
That Jets-Rams game really seemed over in the first quarter when Marc Bulger was obliterated by a blitzer, then Calvin Pace returned the QB's fumble 50 yards for a score. Incredibly, the Jets led 40-0 at half. Trent Green replaced Bulger in the second half.
• Ray Rice got the start for Baltimore, but the workload distribution looked like this: Willis McGahee had 25 carries for 112 yards and two TDs, Rice had seven for 17, and Le'Ron McClain had four for 19. Both of McGahee's TDs were short, and well within the McClain zone.
That game's first touchdown belonged to receiver Yamon Figurs, and it seemed like a replay of last week's Joe Flacco-to-Mark Clayton score. Derrick Mason left early with a shoulder injury, but he returned in the second half.
• You probably don't need a fantasy expert to tell you that A) you should always start the Tennessee Titans defense, and B) you should start basically any D that gets to face Rex Grossman. But if you needed convincing on either issue, check out the highlight of Chris Hope's interception. Cortland Finnegan gets the assist for tipping a poorly thrown ball that was intended for Marty Booker.
What looked good about that Finnegan/Booker match-up anyway, Rex?
For the second straight week, the turf at Soldier Field seemed to be an issue. Chris Johnson and LenDale White both slipped while attempting to cut in the first half at Chicago, and the Titans had -5 net rushing yards at halftime. Credit for that number obviously goes to the Bears defense, too. They kept dozens of men in the box all day, which helps explain the 289 passing yards from Kerry Collins.
• Matt Ryan's first half was nearly perfect (10-for-13, 145 yards, one TD), and his second half wasn't bad, either. The rookie finished 16-for-23 with 248 yards and two touchdown passes. Ryan's quarterback rating was twice as good as Drew Brees' (134.0 to 66.7), but Brees had the edge in fantasy scoring, 22 to 17. It helps when you throw 58 passes and you're playing from (way) behind. Lance Moore and Deuce McAllister had the TD receptions for New Orleans, and Marques Colston caught seven passes for 138 yards.
If you were watching Fantasy Football Live today, you heard a strong pro-Jerious Norwood message. The advice paid off when Norwood turned a short throw into a 67-yard TD. A pair of excellent downfield blocks by wide receivers cleared the path.
• The move of the day so far is Chester Taylor's dismissal of Desmond Bishop on a 47-yard TD reception. Adrian Peterson had the massive day we expected (30 carries, 192 yards, one game-winning 29-yard TD), and the Vikings won an entertaining game, 28-27. Aaron Rodgers did very little with a great match-up, finishing with just 142 passing yards and no scores. Mason Crosby was wide-right on a long field goal attempt at the end.
• Ted Ginn Jr. beat double coverage and made a beautiful catch on a long first quarter TD pass from Chad Pennington (highlight here, at NFL.com), and the Miami Wildcat narrowly edged Seattle, 21-19. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown both scored touchdowns out of the Wildcat, to no one's surprise. Williams went 51 yards for his score, and he outraced corner Marcus Trufant to the goal line.
• Another week, another BenJarvus Green-Ellis TD. He's found the end zone in four straight games, and he topped 100 rushing yards today for the first time. If you like time-of-possession blowouts, you enjoyed the Pats-Bills game. New England had a 15:20 advantage.
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