Week 10 Rankings

Patrick Daugherty
Chet Gresham runs you through the Week 7 NFL injuries

Updated on 11/10/2013 at 12:00 PM ET. 

Contrary to popular belief, the C.J. Spiller hype didn’t come out of nowhere. Spiller finished as fantasy’s No. 7 running back last season, both by raw points and weekly average. That, along with his prodigious physical skill, underrated durability and the Bills’ new run-minded head coach made him an easy pick for top 4-5 overall value.

Only things didn’t go to plan. Having entered the season with a consecutive-games played streak of 37, Spiller totaled a disappointing 55 yards from scrimmage in Week 1. He improved to 117 yards on only 19 touches in Week 2, but things went downhill from there, as Spiller tweaked his quad in Week 3 and sprained his ankle in Week 4. The injuries coincided with Fred Jackson stinging two of the league’s best run defenses in the Jets and Ravens for 159 yards on only 23 carries (6.91 YPC). Spiller should have rested for the Bills’ Thursday night trip to Cleveland in Week 5, but instead gutted out eight carries for 66 yards, scoring a 54-yard touchdown in the process. Spiller then had 10 days to get better for Week 6, but he didn’t, looking more ragged than he did in Week 5. He still somehow managed 55 yards on 10 carries, but appeared as limited as you will ever see someone on a football field.

Again, Spiller should have rested, but again he didn’t, suiting up for Week 7. This is where his season reached its nadir. Gaining all of seven yards on nine touches, Spiller looked like an old man only capable of running in a straight line, checking himself out of the game and limping after every single carry. On his longest scamper, an 11-yarder in the first quarter, Spiller avoided contact, got to the sideline and … kept running. In so much pain he couldn’t apply the brakes, Spiller ran a solid 10-15 yards out of bounds before motioning to the trainer. For whatever reason, Spiller stayed in the game, but went to near comical lengths to avoid contact on his final eight touches. The Bills finally got the message: Their running back needed a rest.           

Spiller got one in Week 8, and lo and behold, returned rejuvenated in Week 9, rushing for a season-high 116 yards on only 12 carries (9.7 YPC) while adding two catches for an additional 39 yards. A third of Spiller’s carries gained at least eight yards, while his receptions went for 12 and 27. Spiller’s nearly unmatched change-of-direction skills appeared all the way back, providing hope for fantasy owners who have gotten next to nothing out of their first-round pick, and emboldening his coach to remove him from the Week 10 injury report. "When they're off the injury report, then I feel they're fine," Doug Marrone said Wednesday. “(As) soon as someone comes off the injury report, I'm thinking that he's full go."

The really good news? Spiller’s return to full health comes as the Bills’ schedule is softening up. Even including the Jets’ league-leading run defense, Buffalo’s final seven opponents are allowing a collective 4.2 yards per carry, and 119 rushing yards per game. When you remove the Jets, those numbers increase to 4.3 and 127. On tap for Week 10 is the Steelers, who are permitting a very un-Steeler like 4.2 yards per carry and 131.3 yards per game. Marrone sounds like a man who wants to take full advantage of Spiller’s newfound health. "I think the more we can get his hands on the ball, there's an opportunity for him to make a big play,” Marrone said Wednesday. “So that's something we're always striving for."

Spiller’s season didn’t start the way anyone wanted it to, but nevermind that. It stinks, but it happens. All that matters now is that he’s in perfect position to redeem himself. Might it be a bit too late for some fantasy owners? Yes. But can it be better later than never for a vast majority who took the first-round plunge? Absolutely. Spiller is a special talent. Special talents don’t let a bad stretch ruin their season, or Fred Jackson steal all their glory. They rise to the top, and for Spiller, the ascent should start now.     

Week 10 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning at SD -
2 Drew Brees vs. DAL -
3 Matthew Stafford at CHI -
4 Philip Rivers vs. DEN -
5 Tony Romo at NO -
6 Andrew Luck vs. STL -
7 Robert Griffin III at MIN -
8 Russell Wilson at ATL -
9 Cam Newton at SF -
10 Nick Foles at GB -
11 Colin Kaepernick vs. CAR -
12 Andy Dalton at BAL -
13 Jay Cutler vs. DET Questionable (groin)
14 Jake Locker vs. JAC -
15 Terrelle Pryor at NYG Probable (knee)
16 Ben Roethlisberger vs. BUF -
17 Eli Manning vs. OAK -
18 Ryan Tannehill at TB -
19 Case Keenum at ARZ -
20 Matt Ryan vs. SEA -
21 Joe Flacco vs. CIN -
22 Christian Ponder vs. WAS -
23 E.J. Manuel at PIT Questionable (knee)
24 Chad Henne at TEN -
25 Carson Palmer vs. HOU -
26 Mike Glennon vs. MIA -
27 Seneca Wallace vs. PHI -
28 Kellen Clemens at IND -


QB Notes: Peyton Manning returns from the Broncos’ bye needing to average 320 yards per game to break Drew Brees’ single-season yardage record of 5,476. Currently averaging 365, Manning is on pace for 5,838. San Diego enters Week 10 with the league’s No. 27 pass defense, allowing 275 yards per game. … Unusually, Brees enters Week 10 not on pace to break his own record, but he’s still well on track for his fourth 5,000-yard campaign. Dallas’ 31st ranked pass defense isn’t going to slow him down this weekend. Of the six 5K campaigns in NFL history, Brees owns three of them. Until 2008, Dan Marino was the lone member of the 5,000-yard club. … Matthew Stafford enters Week 10 third in average fantasy quarterback points (26.2). That’s well ahead of his disappointing 2012 average (22.8), and just a shade behind his 2011 mark (26.5). The matchup is right in Chicago’s newly mortal defense. … Not only has Philip Rivers erased all memories of his nightmarish 2012, he’s on pace for new personal bests in yards (4,946) and completion percentage (72.7). He’s also on track for 34 scores, which would tie his career high from 2008.

Coming off his second best fantasy effort of the season (25.7 points), Tony Romo must match wits with Drew Brees on the Superdome’s speedway. Romo underperformed in three straight plus matchups between Weeks 6-8, but as was the case in Week 5 against the Broncos, that won’t be an option against the Saints. A big day is coming. … Coming off a fluky zero-touchdown effort in what was otherwise one of his best starts of the season, Robert Griffin III gets a Vikings defense allowing the second most fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks. Great matchups haven’t always translated to fantasy success for RGIII this season, but the Vikings’ broken-down secondary is going to offer little-to-no resistance. Fire him up without a second thought. … Quietly fantasy’s No. 10 quarterback over the past five weeks, Russell Wilson gets a Falcons defense allowing the 10th most points to rival QBs even though it's faced only two top-15 quarterbacks. Wilson will be the third.

Why does Wilson get the call over Cam Newton? It’s not a slam-dunk decision. Newton is coming off one of the best four-game stretches of his career, but has been fattening up on the some of the league’s most wayward teams (Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis). Now he gets a 49ers defense that’s not only playing its best football of the season, but getting Aldon Smith back. Of course, the Niners haven’t faced a quarterback as good as Newton since Weeks 2 and 3, when they lost to Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. If Newton can keep his good thing going against the best team in football on the road, his thus far career-defining streakiness might finally be a thing of the past. … To trust Nick Foles or not to trust Nick Foles, that is the question. In the span of two starts, Foles has had perhaps the worst performance by any quarterback this season, and one of the greatest games in NFL history. Here’s guessing he’ll split the difference against the Packers, who are more susceptible to the pass than run, and won’t be able to pressure Chip Kelly’s offense by matching points in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Even if he gets off to a slow start in Lambeau, another face-plant shouldn’t be in the cards for Foles.    

Doggedly declared a bust by every fantasy owner who couldn’t understand why he wasn’t racking up huge totals in blowout wins, Colin Kaepernick has averaged 24.9 fantasy points over his past three starts, which would rank fourth on the season behind only Manning, Brees and Stafford. Now up another weapon in the passing game with the return of Mario Manningham, Kaepernick should continue to trend in the right direction even as he squares off with one of the league’s best defenses. … In theory, as fantasy’s No. 5 quarterback over the past three weeks, Andy Dalton deserves to be higher on this list. But as anyone who saw last Thursday night’s game can attest, this isn’t necessarily a new Dalton. That being said, as anyone who’s seen Dalton over the past two years can attest, this is indeed a more dangerous fantasy quarterback than he’s been in the past. Thanks largely to the best supporting cast he’s ever had, Dalton should find himself in the top-12 more weeks than not, even if his on-paper skill-set is still top 20, at best. … Playing the best football of his career, Jake Locker gets a Jaguars defense struggling against all quarterbacks, and fresh off getting demolished by dual-threat Colin Kaepernick in Week 8. Locker is an excellent bye-week streamer.      

Terrelle Pryor (knee) is expected to be fine for Sunday’s inviting matchup with the Giants. … Eli Manning has failed time and again to take advantage of plus matchups this season, but has another one in a Raiders defense allowing a 68.7 completion percentage. He’s a high-end QB2. … Case Keenum has burst onto the scene like very few have the past few seasons, but going on the road against one of the league’s best defenses, he’ll be without his play-caller Gary Kubiak. If Keenum can keep dropping bombs under those circumstances (he already has 11 completions of 25-plus yards), we’re going to have a player flirting with QB1 value on our hands. … Does No. 19 seem unfathomably low for Matt Ryan? It is, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned it. The owner of a 2:7 TD:INT ratio and 5.91 yards per attempt over his past two starts, Ryan is going to be hard pressed to shake his slump against the league’s most physical secondary. … Coming off one of the better spot starts by a 34-year-old former high school coach in recent memory, Josh McCown gets a Lions pass defense allowing 273 yards per game. … Wait and see with E.J. Manuel. … Don’t bother seeing with Seneca Wallace.     

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Week 10 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. WAS -
2 Reggie Bush at CHI Probable (knee)
3 LeSean McCoy at GB -
4 Matt Forte vs. DET -
5 Marshawn Lynch at ATL Probable (knee)
6 Eddie Lacy vs. PHI -
7 Alfred Morris at MIN -
8 Frank Gore vs. CAR Probable (ankle)
9 Knowshon Moreno at SD Probable (knee)
10 Chris Johnson vs. JAC -
11 Zac Stacy at IND Probable (ankle)
12 DeMarco Murray at NO Probable (knee)
13 Lamar Miller at TB -
14 Fred Jackson at PIT Probable (knee)
15 Mike James vs. MIA -
16 C.J. Spiller at PIT -
17 Le'Veon Bell vs. BUF -
18 Danny Woodhead vs. DEN -
19 Andre Ellington vs. HOU -
20 Giovani Bernard at BAL -
21 Maurice Jones-Drew at TEN Probable (knee)
22 Ben Tate at ARZ Questionable (ribs)
23 Darren Sproles vs. DAL Probable (concussion)
24 Ryan Mathews vs. DEN -
25 Steven Jackson vs. SEA -
26 Rashad Jennings at NYG -
27 Trent Richardson vs. STL Questionable (ankle)
28 Ray Rice vs. CIN -
29 Pierre Thomas vs. DAL -
30 Joique Bell at CHI -
31 Rashard Mendenhall vs. HOU Probable (toe)
32 Shonn Greene vs. JAC -
33 Mike Tolbert at SF -
34 Donald Brown vs. STL -
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at BAL -
36 DeAngelo Williams at SF Probable (quadriceps)
37 Jonathan Stewart at SF -
38 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. SEA -
39 Montee Ball at SD -
40 Peyton Hillis vs. OAK -
41 Andre Brown vs. OAK Probable (leg)
42 Brian Leonard vs. MIA -
43 James Starks vs. PHI -
44 Daniel Thomas at TB -
45 Dennis Johnson at ARZ -
46 Roy Helu at MIN -
47 Bryce Brown at GB -
48 Bernard Pierce vs. CIN -
49 Kendall Hunter vs. CAR -
50 Mark Ingram vs. DAL -
51 Benny Cunningham at IND Questionable (ankle)
52 Tashard Choice at PIT -
53 Robert Turbin at ATL -
54 Marcel Reece at NYG -
55 Michael Bush vs. DET -
56 C.J. Anderson at SD -
57 Denard Robinson at TEN Probable (hamstring)
58 Lance Dunbar at NO Probable (hamstring)
59 Felix Jones vs. BUF -
60 Joseph Randle at NO -
61 Isaiah Pead at IND -

RB Notes: It was about this time last season that Adrian Peterson went on the warpath. Coming off one of his best games of 2013, the matchup is right in a Redskins run defense allowing a weekly 117 yards, and over a touchdown per game. … Although only AD is averaging more rushing yards per game, LeSean McCoy has seen his fantasy stock fall as he’s found the end zone just once in his past four games. It’s a fluke, and one that should correct itself if Chip Kelly’s offense can build on last week’s beatdown of the Raiders. … Tied with McCoy for the second most yards from scrimmage per game (121.9), Reggie Bush is going to feast on a Bears defense allowing shockingly bad numbers to opposing runners over the past five weeks (754 yards rushing, nine touchdowns). … Coming off his best game of the season (24 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, 179 yards from scrimmage), Matt Forte enters Week 10 as fantasy’s No. 1 running back over the past three weeks. Allowing 4.7 yards per carry, the Lions aren’t going to slow him down, no matter who’s under center for Chicago.  

By Pro Football Focus’ count, Marshawn Lynch’s 44 “missed tackles” are the most in the league by 12. … Eddie Lacy’s 545 yards rushing are the most in the league by 74 over the past five weeks. There’s not going to be any mystery about the Packers’ game plan against the Eagles without Aaron Rodgers, but that doesn’t mean Philly is going to be able to stop it. Lacy is a beast who’s running like he never left the SEC. … Third in the league in rushing yards per game? Alfred Morris, whose 5.2 yards per carry continues to lead all running backs (he’s behind Terrelle Pryor and Russell Wilson). He’s not going to face much resistance against a Vikings defense that can’t stop anything. … Frank Gore has four touchdowns over his past two games, but is squaring off with a Panthers run defense allowing just 79.1 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. Gore’s volume keeps him in the top 10, but he doesn’t have the top-five upside he’s been sporting most weeks. … Is Knowshon Moreno’s RB1 status living on borrowed time? Averaging just 2.91 yards per carry over his past three games/43 totes, Moreno was ominously out-touched 3-1 by Montee Ball on goal-line carries in Week 8. Moreno should maintain at least RB2 value, but he’s not a bad sell-high candidate.      

So that’s what it’s like when Chris Johnson tries? Coming off his best game of the season, CJ2K now gets a Jaguars defense allowing the second most points to enemy running backs. Jax is allowing a comical 161.8 rushing yards per game, and has been stung for 13 scores on the ground. It all sets up very well for Johnson’s Week 10 prospects, though it’s worth noting that neither of his Week 9 TDs were of the “goal-line” variety. Johnson scored from 14 and 19 yards out. Shonn Greene actually out-carried Johnson 3-0 inside the Rams’ 10-yard line. As was the plan all along, Greene appears to be Tennessee’s short-yardage hammer. It’s a touch of gray to Johnson’s seeming resurrection as he embarks on the soft portion of his schedule. … If not for Eddie Lacy, no player would have more rushing yards over the past five weeks than Zac Stacy. Coming off back-to-back 125-yard efforts on the ground, Stacy will do battle with Indianapolis’ No. 27 run defense. The centerpiece of the Rams offense is a viable RB1 for Week 10. … Is it time to trust Lamar Miller? The survey says yes after Miller turned his two biggest workloads of the season into 241 yards from scrimmage and 5.71 yards per carry. Daniel Thomas is a zombie who still won’t go away (23 touches the past two weeks), but he’s finally riding obvious shotgun to Miller’s driver. You drafted Miller as your RB2, now use him as such.

Averaging just 3.5 yards per carry coming into Week 9, Mike James exploded for 28-158 against the Seattle freakin’ Seahawks. It was a surprising blow up for an unproven player stuck in an undesirable situation, but James will have a chance to build on it against the Dolphins, who are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Rival RBs are averaging 24.5 points per game against the Fins, and have totaled 1,319 yards from scrimmage in eight contests. James will need the Bucs to avoid getting put away early to have a big night on the national stage, but the Dolphins haven’t buried anyone lately. He’s worth an RB2 dice roll coming off what could very easily end up the best game of his career. … Fantasy’s No. 22 running back thanks almost solely to his 49/391/3 line as a receiver, Danny Woodhead is doing battle with a Broncos defense allowing a good but not great 4.5 catches per game to opposing runners. Woodhead has shown enough to be trusted as a FLEX option even in tough matchups. … Giovani Bernard (ribs) is on track for his usual role against the Ravens.     

Nevermind Rashard Mendenhall’s (toe) health/role. Andre Ellington is going to push 15 touches per game from here on out, and that translates to real FLEX value for a player averaging 7.7 yards per carry, and 8.17 yards per touch. … With Arian Foster (back, hamstring, who knows what else) looking unlikely for Week 10, Ben Tate (ribs) will gut things out as the Texans’ lead back for the second consecutive week. He should get a goal-line look or two, but doesn’t have an easy assignment in a Cardinals defense allowing only 3.47 yards per carry. He’ll be backed up by Dennis Johnson. … Consider Week 9 our latest humbling reminder: Never trust Ryan Mathews as more than a FLEX option. We apologize for last week’s error. … Trent Richardson has a plus matchup in St. Louis, but he’s had no shortage of plus matchups as a Colt and is still averaging just 2.98 yards per carry. We’ll consider his free-fall over when we see it. … You could do worse for an emergency FLEX option than Rashad Jennings. … As is the case with T-Rich, consider Ray Rice’s slump over when you see it. His Week 9 performance was a major, major concern coming off Baltimore’s bye week. … Peyton Hillis will supposedly lead the Giants’ committee this Sunday. That means you need to wait Andre Brown out for at least one week. … If at all possible, avoid the Panthers’ burgeoning committee against the 49ers’ stout run defense.   

Week 10 Receivers    

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson at CHI Probable (knee)
2 Dez Bryant at NO Probable (back)
3 A.J. Green at BAL -
4 Brandon Marshall vs. DET -
5 Demaryius Thomas at SD -
6 Wes Welker at SD Probable (ankle)
7 Andre Johnson at ARZ -
8 Pierre Garcon at MIN -
9 DeSean Jackson at GB Probable (ankle)
10 Victor Cruz vs. OAK Probable (neck)
11 Keenan Allen vs. DEN -
12 Antonio Brown vs. BUF -
13 T.Y. Hilton vs. STL -
14 Jordy Nelson vs. PHI -
15 Eric Decker at SD Probable (toe)
16 Alshon Jeffery vs. DET -
17 Vincent Jackson vs. MIA -
18 Torrey Smith vs. CIN -
19 Cecil Shorts at TEN Probable (groin)
20 Larry Fitzgerald vs. HOU -
21 Hakeem Nicks vs. OAK -
22 Denarius Moore at NYG -
23 Kendall Wright vs. JAC -
24 Emmanuel Sanders vs. BUF -
25 Golden Tate at ATL -
26 Mike Wallace at TB -
27 Anquan Boldin vs. CAR -
28 Steve Smith at SF -
29 Terrance Williams at NO -
30 Marvin Jones at BAL -
31 Greg Jennings vs. WAS -
32 Stevie Johnson at PIT Probable (hip)
33 Roddy White vs. SEA Questionable (hamstring)
34 Harry Douglas vs. SEA -
35 Michael Floyd vs. HOU -
36 Kris Durham at CHI -
37 Riley Cooper at GB Probable (illness)
38 Marques Colston vs. DAL Questionable (knee)
39 Rueben Randle vs. OAK -
40 James Jones vs. PHI -
41 Brian Hartline at TB -
42 Brandon LaFell at SF -
43 DeAndre Hopkins at ARZ -
44 Marlon Brown vs. CIN Probable (finger)
45 Doug Baldwin at ATL -
46 Rod Streater at NYG Probable (hip)
47 Eddie Royal vs. DEN Questionable (foot)
48 Kenny Stills vs. DAL -
49 Lance Moore vs. DAL -
50 Cole Beasley at NO -
51 Leonard Hankerson at MIN Probable (hamstring)
52 Mike Brown at TEN -
53 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. STL Probable (-)
54 Ted Ginn at SF -
55 Chris Givens at IND -
56 Marquise Goodwin at PIT Probable (hamstring)
57 Nate Washington vs. JAC -
58 Jerricho Cotchery vs. BUF -
59 Jacoby Jones vs. CIN -
60 Vincent Brown vs. DEN -
61 Jason Avant at GB -
62 Jarrett Boykin vs. PHI -
63 Mario Manningham vs. CAR -
64 Andrew Hawkins at BAL -
65 Rishard Matthews at TB -
66 Jerome Simpson vs. WAS -
67 Tiquan Underwood vs. MIA -
68 Jermaine Kearse at ATL -
69 Cordarrelle Patterson vs. WAS -
70 Austin Pettis at IND -
71 T.J. Graham at PIT -
72 Stephen Burton at TEN Questionable (concussion)
73 Andre Roberts vs. HOU -
74 Griff Whalen vs. STL -
75 Justin Hunter vs. JAC -
76 Markus Wheaton vs. BUF Probable (finger)
77 Robert Meachem vs. DAL -
78 LaVon Brazill vs. STL -

WR Notes: Since returning to a full workload in Week 7, Calvin Johnson has caught 23 passes for 484 yards and three touchdowns. The yards would rank 34th for the season, and ahead of the likes of Mike Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald and many, many others. … No one in the NFL is more overdue to explode for a monster game than Dez Bryant. Here’s guessing he’ll have one in a shootout in New Orleans. … A.J. Green entered Week 6 mired in a four-game slump. Four weeks later, he’s leading the league in receiving thanks to a 44/501/2 outburst in Weeks 6-9. The Ravens aren’t going to slow him down. … Demaryius Thomas’ 2013 hasn’t generated a whole lot of buzz, but he enters Week 10 No. 6 in average fantasy receiver points, and on pace to roughly equal his 94/1,434/10 2012 with a 96/1,370/12 2013. Thomas has 44 more yards after the catch than anyone in the NFL. … Held below 75 yards only twice all season, Brandon Marshall is on pace for his fifth career 100-catch campaign, and third straight 1,200-yard season. Marshall has cleared 1,000 yards every year since 2007.      

Wes Welker has caught fewer than six passes only twice, and been held out of the end zone in exactly one of eight games. … Andre Johnson has caught 13 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns since Case Keenum took over at quarterback. The duo appears to be a match made in heaven. Johnson now leads the league in yards per pass route run at 2.86 … Pierre Garcon’s long overdue yardage explosion finally came in Week 9, and he could easily make it back-to-back monster efforts against a Vikings defense allowing the ninth most points to opposing receivers. Garcon has caught fewer than six passes just once in 2013, and been held below five catches only one time in his past 13 games. … Leading the league in receptions with 61, expect Antonio Brown to respond to his Week 9 benching with a vengeance against a Bills team allowing the second most fantasy points to enemy wideouts. … Fantasy’s No. 5 receiver over the past five weeks, Keenan Allen hasn’t been held below 67 yards in any of his past five games, and is averaging a weekly 6.2/99. There’s a big day to be had against a Broncos defense allowing the third most passing yards in the league.  

Quietly fantasy’s No. 2 receiver over the past five weeks, things aren’t going to stay quiet for T.Y. Hilton much longer. Now the focal point of the Colts’ aerial attack, Hilton should average 10-12 weekly targets in an every-down role. When you give a player with Hilton’s big-play ability that many looks, huge games — like his three-touchdown effort in Week 9 — are sure to follow. The Rams’ highly burnable secondary is just dying to serve up long completions. … Victor Cruz’s (neck) Week 9 status is a bit up in the air, but he’ll be a big-time threat for a WR1 afternoon against the Raiders’ Laissez-faire secondary if he can suit up. … One of the league’s very best receivers this season, it’s painful to rank Jordy Nelson so low, but so is life in a Seneca Wallace-led offense. Nelson could still easily prove his ranking wrong, but the potential for a dud is there for a player who almost never has them. … Torrey Smith has cooled a bit following his torrid start, but has still been held below 75 yards only twice in eight games. Second in the league in yards per catch at 19.6, he’s going to eat more often than not.    

Now the Jaguars’ unquestioned No. 1 receiver following Justin Blackmon’s latest suspension, Cecil Shorts has a tough Week 10 matchup in the Titans’ No. 7 pass defense, but will have garbage time to fall back on if he’s locked up out of the gate. … Larry Fitzgerald is as healthy as he’s been all season, but there’s no guaranteeing it will translate to more fantasy value with Carson Palmer under center. Fitz is averaging 4.5 catches for 59 yards … Mike Wallace is quietly averaging 5.3 catches for 76 yards over his past four games after averaging 3.8/44 in his first four, but still has only one touchdown on the season. That’s not what the Dolphins or fantasy owners had in mind. With Darrelle Revis increasing his press coverage in recent weeks, Wallace could be in for a long Monday night. … A big part of Denarius Moore’s turnaround has been his improved hands. Moore has dropped just one pass after muffing nine a year ago, and boasts a 58.2 catch percentage after turning in a 46.4 mark in 2012. Moore is on pace for 64 catches, 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns. All three totals would be new career highs.  

With 13 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown over his past two games, Emmanuel Sanders is a solid WR3 bet against a Bills defense that’s been getting burned all season long. … Golden Tate is averaging 8.3 yards after every one of his catches, which leads the league. The problem, of course, is that his 35 catches rank just 43rd. … Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) is finally on track to return, but will be doing so against Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and the rest of Seattle’s elite defense. With his health still a question mark, he’s the lowest end of WR3s. … Marvin Jones was held to four catches for 66 yards in Week 9, but had a long touchdown called back by a dubious holding penalty, and saw his snap percentage jump from 32.7 to 53.7. The red-zone dynamo is worth another shot as your WR3. … With Roddy White back and Seattle in town, the dream is quickly dying for garbage-time hero Harry Douglas. … Averaging 5.3 catches for 59 yards over his past three games, Kris Durham is a WR4 who can be called on in a WR3 pinch. … With at least 88 yards in three of his past four games, Riley Cooper has improved himself from WR5 dice roll to WR4 dice roll.

Week 10 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. DAL Questionable (foot)
2 Antonio Gates vs. DEN -
3 Vernon Davis vs. CAR -
4 Julius Thomas at SD Questionable (ankle)
5 Jordan Reed at MIN -
6 Tony Gonzalez vs. SEA -
7 Jason Witten at NO -
8 Martellus Bennett vs. DET -
9 Greg Olsen at SF -
10 Tim Wright vs. MIA -
11 Garrett Graham at ARZ Probable (thigh)
12 Coby Fleener vs. STL -
13 Tyler Eifert at BAL -
14 Charles Clay at TB -
15 Heath Miller vs. BUF -
16 Zach Miller at ATL -
17 Jared Cook at IND -
18 Brandon Pettigrew at CHI Probable (hamstring)
19 John Carlson vs. WAS -
20 Delanie Walker vs. JAC -
21 Zach Ertz at GB -
22 Scott Chandler at PIT -
23 Andrew Quarless vs. PHI -
24 Brent Celek at GB -
25 Brandon Myers vs. OAK -
26 Rob Housler vs. HOU Questionable (groin)
27 Joseph Fauria at CHI -
28 Marcedes Lewis at TEN Probable (calf)
29 Mychal Rivera at NYG -
30 Dallas Clark vs. CIN -
31 Ben Watson vs. DAL -
32 Ladarius Green vs. DEN -
33 Ed Dickson vs. CIN -
34 Logan Paulsen at MIN -

TE Notes: Jimmy Graham: Over his foot issue. Graham and A.J. Green are the league’s only receivers with at least five 100-yard games this season. … Held below six catches just once in his past five games, Antonio Gates will do battle with a Broncos defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. … With Jimmy Graham being the other, Vernon Davis is one of only two tight ends averaging more than 12 fantasy points per game. Davis is putting up a weekly 13.4. … Julius Thomas’ ankle injury appears unlikely to hold him out for Week 10. Averaging 11.6 fantasy points, Thomas has been held out of the end zone just twice in eight games. … Jordan Reed’s four-catch, 37-yard Week 9 was nothing more than a mediocre game. All good players have them from time to time. Reed remains locked in as a high-end TE1.

Drawing more defensive attention than perhaps any player in the league, Tony Gonzalez will still have TE1 outbursts like the one he did in Week 9, but his dud rate will be higher than it’s been in the past. Gonzalez’s upside is such that he remains a top 6-8 play. … Martellus Bennett gets a Lions team he stung for eight catches and 90 yards in Week 4, only this time, the game is at Soldier Field. … Averaging a good but not great 4.3/53.3, Greg Olsen isn’t a high-upside play as he soldiers through a foot injury against a 49ers team allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. … Tampa’s Tim Wright is averaging 4.6 catches over his past five games, and now gets a Miami defense allowing the third most fantasy points to enemy tight ends. He’s a legit TE1 in a week where Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron are on bye.     

The matchup is right for Garrett Graham — no team is allowing more fantasy points to tight ends than Arizona — but with only one five-catch or 60-yard game on his résumé, he’s hard to trust as more than a bottom-barrel TE1. … Coby Fleener’s role will continue to increase, but until we actually see it translate to increased box-score productivity, he’s nothing more than a dice-roll TE1. … Charles Clay and Heath Miller have both settled in as acceptable plug-and-play starters, but little else. They are players who won’t hurt you, but ones you need to upgrade. … Unless all you want is a shot at a random touchdown, Zach Miller isn’t your man. … If you were starting Kyle Rudolph — which would have been a problem — hopefully you can do better than John Carlson for a replacement. … Zach Ertz’s Week 9 shouldn’t be taken as a sign of things to come. … The same is true for Andrew Quarless.   

Week 10 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Matt Prater at SD -
2 Dan Bailey at NO -
3 Garrett Hartley vs. DAL -
4 Matt Bryant vs. SEA -
5 Nick Novak vs. DEN -
6 Adam Vinatieri vs. STL -
7 Blair Walsh vs. WAS Probable (hamstring)
8 Greg Zuerlein at IND -
9 Kai Forbath at MIN -
10 Mason Crosby vs. PHI -
11 Steven Hauschka at ATL -
12 Phil Dawson vs. CAR -
13 Justin Tucker vs. CIN -
14 Alex Henery at GB -
15 Shaun Suisham vs. BUF Probable (hamstring)
16 David Akers at CHI -
17 Sebastian Janikowski at NYG Questionable (ribs)
18 Caleb Sturgis at TB -
19 Dan Carpenter at PIT -
20 Robbie Gould vs. DET -
21 Rob Bironas vs. JAC -
22 Josh Brown vs. OAK -
23 Mike Nugent at BAL -
24 Graham Gano at SF -
25 Rian Lindell vs. MIA -
26 Jay Feely vs. HOU -
27 Randy Bullock at ARZ -
28 Josh Scobee at TEN -

Week 10 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at ATL -
2 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
3 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. STL -
4 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
5 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
6 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at TB -
7 Panthers Def/Spec Team at SF -
8 Bengals Def/Spec Team at BAL -
9 Broncos Def/Spec Team at SD -
10 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
11 Bills Def/Spec Team at PIT -
12 Texans Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
13 Raiders Def/Spec Team at NYG -
14 Eagles Def/Spec Team at GB -
15 Redskins Def/Spec Team at MIN -
16 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
17 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
18 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
19 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
20 Lions Def/Spec Team at CHI -
21 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
22 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at NO -
23 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
24 Rams Def/Spec Team at IND -
25 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
26 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
27 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
28 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at TEN -