Week 10 Fantasy Fact Sheet
Is this Maurice Jones-Drew's last stand for Fantasy owners? Our Nathan Zegura looks at that and breaks down all of the stats, trends and matchups for Week 10.
Every week I will give you facts that you need to know about every matchup in the NFL to help you set your lineup for the highest probability of winning. Four teams are off this week, including the rejuvenated Tom Brady and the Patriots, so we will have to dig deep to find some bye week fill-ins for your teams. We have a lot to get to, so let's get right into the facts.
Redskins at Vikings, Thu., 8:30 p.m. ET
Robert Griffin III
26-plus Fantasy points in three of his four career games in domes, with
nine total touchdowns. Three of the last four quarterbacks to face the
Vikings have scored at least 23 Fantasy points and the four have
combined for nine total touchdowns.
• Alfred Morris received his first 20-carry game of the year in Week 9 and responded with a season-high 121 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Morris has now run for at least 80 yards in three straight games, has 90-plus yards in three straight and has at least 14 Fantasy points in three of them.
• The Vikings have allowed seven running back scores in the last five games and are giving up 20 Fantasy points per game to the position during that span.
• Pierre Garcon has at least five catches in every game, but has just one touchdown in his last six games. The Vikings have allowed a receiver to score in seven straight games and have given up nine total receiver touchdowns during that span. Garcon -- who is coming off of a season-high 177 yards receiving on seven catches in Week 9 -- will look to stay hot against the Vikes, who have already allowed five different 100-yard receivers.
• Jordan Reed had only five targets against the Chargers in Week 9, his lowest since becoming the starter. He will look to right the ship against a Minnesota team that just gave up eight catches for 102 yards and a score to a slumping Jason Witten . The last four Fantasy relevant tight ends to face the Vikings are averaging 12 Fantasy points per game.
• Christian Ponder had a solid 19-point Fantasy day in Week 9 thanks to another rushing touchdown, his fourth on the year. Ponder is tied with Cam Newton for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback this year.
• Adrian Peterson has received 20-plus carries in four games this year. In those four games, he averages 117 yards and a touchdown on the ground per. No team gives up more Fantasy points to running backs in 2013 than the Redskins (22.3).
• The Redskins have allowed multiple receiver touchdowns in each of the last two games. Could Greg Jennings -- who led the Vikes with nine targets and six catches in Week 9 -- score for the first time on American soil this year?
• Tight ends have 60 yards or a touchdown in seven of the Redskins eight games this year.
Lions at Bears, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
has thrown for
more than 350 yards in each of his last two games this season. He has
five total touchdowns in his last two games against the Bears, but has
not reached 300 yards passing against them in three straight.
• Reggie Bush had 18 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown on the ground along with four catches for 34 yards in the first meeting with the Bears. The Bears have allowed at least 25 Fantasy points to backs in each of their last four games while giving up 660 total yards and eight touchdowns along the way.
• Calvin Johnson had four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Bears this year. He has 100-plus yards with a touchdown in four of his last six games, including a total of 23 catches for 484 yards and three scores in his last two games alone.
• An opposing secondary receiver has scored in two of the last four games against the Bears this year. Kris Durham , who has 17 catches over the last three games, led the Lions with 58 yards receiving in the first meeting with Chicago.
• Brandon Pettigrew had a season-best seven catches (for 57 yards) in the first game against Chicago. With all of the injuries to their linebackers, the Bears have allowed 79.3 receiving yards per game to tight ends over the last four weeks.
• Three straight quarterbacks and four of the last five have thrown for multiple scores and produced 20-plus points against the Lions. Quarterbacks are averaging 2.2 touchdown passes and 21.6 Fantasy points per game during that span. So either Josh McCown or a returning Jay Cutler is a quality start.
• Matt Forte has at least 117 total yards with a score in two straight against the Lions. He has 100 total yards or a touchdown in every single career game he has played against Detroit. The Lions have not allowed 100 total yards or a touchdown to backs in two straight games, but Forte enters Week 10 with 10-plus points and a Top 24 finish in every single game this season.
• Alshon Jeffery led the Bears with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the first game against Detroit. He has 100 yards receiving or a touchdown (10-plus points) in four of his last five games.
• Brandon Marshall will look to end a two-game scoring drought against the Lions and believe it or not, he has just 11 Fantasy points combined in those two games.
• Martellus Bennett has been a Top 12 tight end in three of his last five games and hauled in eight passes for 90 yards in his first game against the Lions. Detroit has allowed a tight end to top 60 yards or score in two of its last three games.
Bengals at Ravens, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
has 300-plus yards
passing in four straight games, but his streak of three-plus passing
touchdowns ended at three when he was blanked in the scoring department
by the Dolphins in Week 9. The Ravens have given up multiple passing
scores and more than 18 points only once since Week 1 and it came last
Cleveland. No quarterback has produced 20 points against the Ravens in
Baltimore, but three of the last four overall have 18-plus points. It
should be noted that Dalton has only two touchdown passes in four career
games against the Ravens.
• Giovani Bernard exploded against the weak Miami run defense for 79 yards and two scores on only nine carries. Bernard has not seen 10-plus carries in three straight games and has more than six Fantasy points in just two of his last six.
• BenJarvus Green-Ellis has just one rushing score in his last six games and has been held below 35 yards rushing in four of his last seven.
• The Ravens are the toughest defense for running backs to face in 2013, giving up just 10.25 Fantasy points to the position. Only one running back group all season has scored on the Ravens or eclipsed 12 Fantasy points. Over the last four games, backs are averaging just 7.75 Fantasy points per game against the Ravens, but two of those groups did run for more than 100 yards.
• Marvin Jones should have had his touchdown streak extend to four games in Week 9, but his score was called back by a holding penalty. He played a season-high 50 snaps and ran a season-high 41 routes in that game. Remember, it was No. 2 receiver Greg Little (122 yards) and slot receiver Davone Bess (two scores) who torched the Ravens in Week 9.
• Joe Flacco has tossed multiple touchdown passes and topped 20 Fantasy points in two of his last three games. Three of the last six quarterbacks to face Cincy have topped 20 points and thrown multiple touchdowns. The other three did not throw a single touchdown pass and averaged just 8.5 Fantasy points per game.
• Ray Rice is in a massive slump and it continued against the Browns, as he was held to 17 yards rushing on 11 carries. Rice has rushed for more than 50 yards in just one game this year and has found the end zone in one of his last six starts. Lamar Miller became the first back to produce 10 Fantasy points in five games against the Bengals last week and hopefully Rice can benefit from the absence of Geno Atkins.
• Torrey Smith has 75-plus yards receiving in six of his eight games this year but has only one score on the season. Mike Wallace turned in a solid six catches for 82 yards against the Bengals last week, but only two receivers have produced 10 Fantasy points against Cincy in their last six games.
• Marlon Brown caught two touchdowns against the Browns and now leads the Ravens with five scores. It might be tough against the Bengals this week, however, as opposing No. 2 receivers have just one touchdown against Cincy all year, third fewest in the NFL.
Bills at Steelers, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
finally showed the
form that made him a first round pick this year, ripping off 116 yards
on 12 carries and adding two catches for 39 yards. It was a season-best
155 total yards for Spiller, who played 23 snaps in Week 9, his highest
total since Week 4.
• In Week 9, Fred Jackson failed to reach 10 Fantasy points for only the second time all year. Still, he ran 16 times for 77 yards and added one catch for 22 yards to produce a solid 99 total.
• Pittsburgh has allowed three rushing scores in each of its last two games and has given up a league-high 11 running back rushing scores this year (1.4 per game). Over the last two weeks, the Steelers have allowed 298 yards rushing and five scores to running backs, which adds up to an average of 28 Fantasy points per game. Four different players -- three of which were running backs -- have produced more than 10 Fantasy points against the Steelers on rushing totals alone.
• With EJ Manuel under center for four games to start the year, Steve Johnson caught two touchdowns and produced eight or more Fantasy points three times. The Steelers just gave up three receiver scores to the Pats in Week 9 and with Johnson moving both in and out of the slot (where the Steelers have struggled), Johnson, who averaged nine targets per game with Manuel, could be a solid No. 3 option.
• Six of the last seven defenses to face the Bills have produced 10 or more Fantasy points and opposing defenses are averaging 14.4 Fantasy points per game during that span. The Bills are giving up 17 Fantasy points per game to opposing defenses in their last four road games.
• Scott Chandler only had three catches for 26 yards against the Chiefs but received a team-high nine targets. He has been targeted 20 times the last two weeks and the Steelers have allowed a tight end to score in two of their last three games.
• Ben Roethlisberger is coming off of a massive 400-yard, four-touchdown game against the Pats in Week 9. It was his second game of 400 yards this year and his second game with multiple passing scores. Buffalo has allowed a league-high 20 passing scores this year and seven quarterbacks have already thrown for multiple scores against them. Even with Alex Smith doughnut, quarterbacks have thrown 11 touchdowns in the last four games against the Bills, and three of them have topped 30 points.
• Le'Veon Bell has 99 total yards or a touchdown in three straight games and is averaging 11 points per game during that span. The Bills have allowed only one running back to rush for a score all year and none have found the end zone in three straight. The Bills are, however, allowing 124 total yards per game to the position.
• You are starting Antonio Brown , but his running buddy Emmanuel Sanders is worth a look as well. Sanders has been targeted 11 times in each of the last two games and has 14 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown. He now has 90 yards receiving or 70-plus with a score in three of his last four games.
• Jerricho Cotchery leads the Pittsburgh receivers with five touchdowns and three games with a touchdown. He caught seven of his eight targets for 98 yards and three scores against the Patriots in Week 9.
• A receiver has scored in every game but one against Buffalo and the Bills are allowing 205 yards (fourth most), 1.7 touchdowns (league-high) and 30 Fantasy points (second most) per game to the position. Three of the last four receiver groups and five of the last seven have caught multiple touchdowns and produced 31 or more Fantasy points.
• Heath Miller has not scored in two straight games and has not reached 50 yards receiving in three straight. The Bills have allowed three tight end scores in their last three games (two to Jimmy Graham ), but only Greg Olsen back in Week 2 has reached 50 yards against them all year.
Eagles at Packers, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
tied the NFL record
with seven touchdown passes against the Raiders in Week 9 and amazingly,
he had only six incompletions. Foles now has 20-plus Fantasy points and
multiple scores in three of his four games this year (one was not a
Foles start as he came on in relief of
• LeSean McCoy has not rushed for 60 yards in three straight games and has not rushed for a touchdown in four straight. After averaging over 20 carries per game in his first six, McCoy has taken just 15 carries per game over the last three.
• Riley Cooper loves him some Nick Foles . In Foles' three starts, Cooper has 15 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns. He caught five passes for 139 yards and three scores last week against the Raiders and has not produced fewer than 88 yards in any of Foles' starts.
• DeSean Jackson has a touchdown grab in three of the four games with Foles under center and has three total in his three starts.
• Eddie Lacy leads the NFL with 545 yards rushing over the last five games. He has taken 119 carries (at least 22 in every game) in those five games and has 100-plus total yards with a touchdown in three straight games. He ran for a career-high 150 yards in Week 9 and takes on a Philly defense that just gave up over 100 yards rushing to Rashad Jennings last Sunday.
• Jordy Nelson was the target of eight of Seneca Wallace 19 pass attempts once he took over on Monday night. They connected on just three of them for 40 yards, but Nelson was clearly Wallace's top option in the passing game.
• James Jones was eased back into action, but suffered no setbacks with his knee and should be ready for a full workload in Week 10. Last week, the Raiders No. 2 receiver, Rod Streater , had five catches for 98 yards.
• The Eagles have not allowed a receiver to score in back-to-back games, but they did give up 240 yards to the Oakland receivers in Week 9. For the year, the Eagles allow 221 yards and 31.3 Fantasy points per game to receivers, both league highs.
Seahawks at Falcons, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
passing scores in three straight games and four of his last five. That
matches up well with an Atlanta pass defense that has allowed multiple
passing scores in seven of eight games this year and multiple
quarterback scores in every single game. Wilson had his first career
300-yard passing game (385 and two scores) and ran for another 60 yards
and a touchdown against a much better Falcons defense in the 2012
• Wilson has 25 or more Fantasy points in three of his last five games and is averaging 22 points per game during that run.
• Atlanta has allowed multiple receiver scores in two of its last three games and has given up 11 receiver scores, third most in the NFL.
• Seven of the 11 receiver scores given up by the Falcons have gone to secondary receivers, with five to opposing No. 2 WRs, fourth most in the NFL. Jermaine Kearse caught both of his targets last week for 43 yards and a score and Doug Baldwin led the Hawks with 10 targets (40 percent of Wilson's Week 9 passes), six catches, 75 yards and a score of his own in Week 9. Obviously if Percy Harvin finally returns it would further complicate things, but there are Seahawk receivers other than Golden Tate who you can start in Week 10 against Atlanta.
• Even though the Seattle D is struggling, the Falcons have produced 20-plus Fantasy points for the defenses of both the Cardinals and the Panthers over the last two weeks.
• In his first six games, Matt Ryan had thrown 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions. In his last two games, he has two touchdown passes and seven interceptions. No quarterback has produced 20 Fantasy points against the Hawks in four straight and the position has totaled three touchdowns and six interceptions while averaging 9.75 points per game during that span.
• Seattle has allowed Zac Stacy (134 yards) and Mike James (158) to run all over them the last two weeks. They have given up 351 yards rushing and 23.5 Fantasy points to running backs in the last two weeks alone. Believe it or not, a running back has 100 yards rushing or a touchdown in six of the last seven games against Seattle, including four straight on the road. So maybe Steven Jackson (solid 76 total yards on 16 touches against Carolina) is worth a look this week.
• No wide receiver group has hit 150 yards against Seattle in four straight games and they just held Vincent Jackson to 11 yards. In fact, no outside receiver has reached 60 yards in any of those games against Seattle and they held Larry Fitzgerald , Nate Washington , Jackson and Chris Givens to a combined 102 yards receiving.
• Harry Douglas has 80-plus yards in three straight games for the Falcons -- with 120 in two of them -- but this could be a challenge. If Roddy White returns from his injury, I'd want to see him first and only consider Douglas an option, albeit a tough one this week.
• A total of 327 of Tony Gonzalez 476 yards have come in three games this year and he has three of his four scores in them as well. Gonzo has not reached 40 yards in any of his other five games, but Seattle just gave up 58 and a touchdown to Timothy Wright in Week 9. Only two tight ends all year have topped 60 yards against the Hawks, and they both did it in the same game, but hopefully we get good Gonzo in his season of feast or famine.
Rams at Colts, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
is a beast! He is the
only running back in the NFL with 125-plus yards rushing in back-to-back
games this year and punched in his first rushing touchdowns of the year
in Week 9. Stacy followed up a 134-yard effort against Seattle with 27
carries for 127 yards and two scores against the Titans. He also caught
six passes for 51 yards and Stacy now has 13-plus points in three
straight games. Backs have rushed for 116 or more yards in three of the
last four against the Colts, so look for Stacy to keep rolling.
• For what it's worth, the opposing No. 1 receiver has scored in four straight games against the Colts, who have allowed multiple receiver scores in three of their last four games. Could mean Chris Givens (four catches and at least 55 yards in both of Kellen Clemens starts) is worth a look, and it could also mean nothing because the Rams receivers have been consistently unreliable.
• Andrew Luck has three scores and 30-plus points in back-to-back games. He has 20-plus and multiple scores in four of his last five games as well. The Rams have allowed multiple passing scores in six of nine games this year, but no quarterback has produced 20 Fantasy points against them in six straight.
• Trent Richardson has a grand total of 32 carries for 97 yards in his last three games combined. Chris Johnson (150 rush and two scores) and Shonn Greene (66 total and a touchdown) both scored last week for the Titans against this Rams defense that has given up 10 running back rushing scores this year, second most in the NFL.
• T.Y. Hilton was a star in the making and with the injury to Reggie Wayne , he has become one immediately. In his first game as the featured receiver for Andrew Luck he beat the Texans on short, intermediate and deep routes while lined up outside and in the slot en route to a massive day of seven catches for 121 yards and three scores. Houston had allowed just two receiver scores total entering that game! Hilton is a matchup nightmare and will be lighting up scoreboards the rest of this year. He should fare well against the Rams, who have allowed a league-high nine touchdowns to the opposing No. 1 receiver.
• Coby Fleener has 60 yards or a score in two straight games and four of his last seven, but the Rams have not allowed a tight end to score since Week 4 and they have not even allowed 50 yards to the position since Week 3.
Jaguars at Titans, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
led the NFL with 52 targets and caught 26 passes for 337
yards (84.3 per game).
• Over the last two weeks, Mike Brown has been targeted 14 times and has caught eight of them for 163 yards and a touchdown. He has 10-plus Fantasy points in both games and will be counted on even more now with Blackmon suspended for the rest of the year.
• Unfortunately, Week 10 could be tough for both Shorts and Brown. No wide receiver has produced 10 Fantasy points or scored in six straight games against the Titans, who are giving up a league-low 9.8 points per game to the position since Week 2.
• If there was ever a week to go with Maurice Jones-Drew this has to be it, right? The Titans have given up 20-plus Fantasy points to backs in four straight games. During that span, every opposing starter has produced 17 Fantasy points and three straight have scored two touchdowns en route to 22-plus points. Backs are averaging 171 total yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 26 Fantasy points per game against the Titans over those last four games.
• MJD has at least 15 Fantasy points in three straight starts against the Titans and topped 95 yards rushing in every single one of them.
• Jake Locker stunk against the Rams in Week 9 but has a shot at redemption against the Jags. Five of the last six quarterbacks to face the Jags have produced multiple touchdowns and no quarterback has been below 17 Fantasy points against them during that span. Quarterbacks are averaging 26.5 points per game against the Jags over those last six and they have given up a league-high three-quarterback rushing touchdowns.
• To be fair, no quarterback has produced 20 Fantasy points against the Jags on passing totals alone in three straight, and that includes Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers .
• Running backs have multiple touchdowns and 30-plus Fantasy points against the Jags in three straight games. Four backs have produced 12 or more Fantasy points and five have hit at least eight points against the Jags in that run. Over the last three, the Jags have given up 578 total yards (391 rushing), seven touchdowns and a ridiculous 94 Fantasy points to the position.
• For the year, Jacksonville has allowed 100-plus running back yards a league-high six times. No team has allowed more running back yards per game than the Jags 130 this year, and they also give up a league-worst 4.7 yards per carry.
• Chris Johnson is coming off of a season-best 150 yards and two scores rushing against the Rams in Week 9. He has 100 total yards with a score in each of his last two games.
• Shonn Greene played his first extensive action of the year in Week 9 and had 66 total yards and a score on 10 touches himself. He is a flex option this week.
• The Jags have allowed a wide receiver score and 22-plus points to the position in five of the last six games. Nine have gone to opposing secondary receivers, so Kendall Wright , who is averaging six catches per game over his last seven, would be my top choice.
• Nate Washington had a zero last week on four targets. Yes, I am sick about it.
• The Titans have 10-plus points in only one of their last four games, but they do face the Jags, who have 10-plus for every opposing defense this year and 14-plus in seven of eight games total.
Raiders at Giants, Sun., 1 p.m. ET
• The Giants have not allowed an offensive touchdown or field goal in
nine straight quarters! They have scored at least 13 Fantasy points
in each of their last two games and take on an Oakland team that has
produced 11-plus to opposing defenses in three straight games.
• Quarterbacks threw for multiple scores and had 20-plus Fantasy points in six straight games to start the year against the G-Men. Over the last two weeks, they have not allowed a single touchdown and gave up just six points to the position (granted it was against Josh Freeman , Michael Vick and Matt Barkley ). Terrelle Pryor has just one passing touchdown in his last three starts and has not topped 16 Fantasy points in any of them, despite rushing for 256 yards and a touchdown in those three games.
• Rashad Jennings rushed 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and added seven catches for 74 yards in relief of Darren McFadden against the Eagles on Sunday.
• In their last five games, the Giants have faced Jamaal Charles , Matt Forte , Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy twice. None of them have rushed for 70 yards and the Giants have given up only one rushing touchdown in that span. In the last two games, AP and McCoy combined for 76 yards on 28 carries (2.7 yards per carry).
• Denarius Moore has scored in three of his last five games with Pryor at quarterback and the opposing No. 1 has scored in three of the last five against the Giants.
• Nick Foles just completed 22 of his 28 passes for 406 yards and seven scores against this Oakland defense. He is, however, only the second quarterback to toss multiple scores (Philip Rivers was the other and he also topped 400 yards) or produce 20 Fantasy points against the Raiders in their last five games. Eli Manning has multiple passing scores in just one of his last seven games, but this seems like a good matchup to become Fantasy relevant once again.
• Andre Brown will make his 2013 debut on Sunday against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed a running back to score in six straight games and the opposing primary ball carrier has at least 10 points in every game. However, Oakland has given up just 244 yards rushing (61 per game) on less than 3.0 per carry over the last four weeks, so don't expect a massive debut.
• The opposing No. 1 receiver has 80 yards or a touchdown in seven of eight games against the Raiders this year. DeSean Jackson got back on the right track against them and hopefully Victor Cruz can end his four-game scoring drought.
• The Raiders have allowed the opposing No. 2 to score and produce at least 14 Fantasy points in two straight and three of the last four games. Maybe Hakeem Nicks will end his 11-game scoring streak or maybe Rueben Randle (who has a touchdown in three of his last four, but had no catches in his last game) steals his thunder once again.
Panthers at 49ers, Sun., 4:05 p.m. ET
has multiple scores
in three of his last four games and is averaging a robust 25.5 points
per game during that span (thanks to two 30-point efforts). The 49ers
allowed multiple passing scores to both
Week 9 bye. Quarterbacks are averaging 19.7 points per game against the
49ers over the last three games.
• Mike Tolbert led the Carolina backs in terms of snaps played in Week 9 with 44 and punched in a touchdown for the fourth straight week to go with 37 total yards on nine touches. He now has 11 touchdowns in his last 11 games for the Panthers.
• DeAngelo Williams played 29 snaps in Week 9 and rushed 13 times for 42 yards and added two catches for 12 yards. Jonathan Stewart played 19 snaps and led the backs with 65 total yards (nine carries for 43 yards and three catches for 22 yards). The 49ers have allowed only one running back rushing score since Week 3, but they have given up at least 14 running back points in four straight games (15.5 per game).
• Steve Smith has not reached 70 yards receiving in a game yet this year in eight tries. He had eight games of 70-plus last year, including four games of more than 100 yards receiving. The opposing top target has at least 70 yards receiving in three straight against San Francisco, but he has caught only one touchdown during that span. Only two opposing No. 1 receivers ( Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson ) have scored on the 49ers in 2013.
• Greg Olsen has a touchdown in each of his last two games. His foot injury also seems to be behind him as he topped 60 yards for the first time since suffering the injury in Week 9. The 49ers have given up just one tight end score in their last four games and are allowing just five points per game to the position during that span.
• The Panthers defense has 10-plus Fantasy points in four straight games and five of six this year. They have three games of 20-plus in the last six as well. However, no defense has topped six Fantasy points against the 49ers in five straight games.
• Colin Kaepernick has a rushing touchdown in each of his last two games -- with three total during that span -- to go along with 122 rushing yards. He has at least 19 Fantasy points in three straight games and is averaging 22.3 points per game during that span. The Panthers have not allowed multiple passing touchdowns or 17 Fantasy points to a quarterback all year. Carolina has not allowed a 300-yard passer in seven straight games and is giving up a league-low 10.8 points per game to the position.
• Anquan Boldin does not have a touchdown catch in four straight games and has just one in his last seven. He has eclipsed 75 yards receiving in just one of those games as well. No receiver has scored or reached 10 Fantasy points in six straight games against Carolina.
• Mario Manningham will be back this week and is worth an add, but the Panthers allow the second fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers in the NFL at 14 per game.
Texans at Cardinals, Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET
has been phenomenal
for the Texans, averaging 10.5 yards per attempt and throwing four
scores in two games. In Week 9, Keenum joined
as the only two quarterbacks to produce 20 passing
Fantasy points against the Texans. Two of the last three quarterbacks to
face the Cardinals have thrown for multiple scores, but
(25) is the only quarterback to reach 20 points against
that defense since Week 3.
• Ben Tate will likely be the main man and is coming off of a gritty performance that saw him run 22 times for 81 yards against the Colts. Only Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch have reached 90 yards on the ground against the Cards this year. Arizona has only allowed two running backs to score on them this year and they were Lynch and Gore's running buddy, Kendall Hunter .
• For the year, the Cardinals are giving up just 72 yards rushing per game to backs -- fourth-fewest in the NFL -- and they give up the fifth fewest Fantasy points at 12.5 per game.
• Andre Johnson ended his 11-game touchdown drought in emphatic fashion in Week 9. He caught nine of his 13 targets from Keenum (including a red zone target for a score ... what a notion!) for 229 yards and three scores! Calvin Johnson remains the only No. 1 receiver to score on Patrick Peterson and the Cards this year, but Harry Douglas also hung 121 on him in Week 8. In Keenum we trust!
• DeAndre Hopkins scored in Keenum's first start and the opposing No. 2 receiver has scored in two straight against the Cards.
• Garrett Graham caught four of his six targets for 46 yards in Week 9. He is a bye week flier at tight end against the Cards, who allow the most yards (93), touchdowns (1.0) and Fantasy points per game (14.8) to the position.
• Carson Palmer has not produced 20 Fantasy points in a game since Week 1, but he does have multiple passing scores in two of his last three games.
• Andre Ellington took advantage of Rashard Mendenhall absence in Week 8 and was the No. 1 overall Fantasy back with 162 total yards and a score on a season-high 17 touches. He has been a Top 12 Fantasy back in two of the last three weeks and has 80-plus total yards in three of his last four games. The Texans have allowed five running back scores in their last six games. They have also given up at least 90 yards rushing and 124 total in four of their last five games as well ( Trent Richardson and the Colts were the lone exception ... shocker).
• T.Y. Hilton just burned the Texans for three touchdowns in Week 9. They had only given up two receiver scores total prior to that game. Larry Fitzgerald has a touchdown in two of his last three games and has scored in all four games in which he has received at least seven targets.
• Michael Floyd has also scored in two of his last three games and has five or more catches in four of his last five.
Broncos at Chargers, Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET
runners with eight rushing touchdowns and nine total touchdowns this
year. Moreno has scored 13 touchdowns while producing 10 or more Fantasy
points in 11 of his last 13 games. The Chargers had not allowed a
running back to score on them all year until the Skins punched in four
short rushing scores in Week 9.
• Julius Thomas could be at less than 100 percent even if he plays due to his ankle injury. The Chargers have not allowed a tight end to score or reach six Fantasy points since Week 1, including the red hot Jordan Reed last week.
• Only two of the last seven quarterbacks to face the Broncos have thrown for multiple touchdowns, but four of them have produced 21 Fantasy points or more. Two quarterbacks -- Tony Romo and Andrew Luck -- both produced four or more touchdowns and 35-plus Fantasy points. Philip Rivers has multiple passing scores and 22-plus points in five of his eight games and three of his last five. Rivers also tossed two scores in each of his last two against Denver and the Broncos are giving up 317 yards (third most) and 21.75 points per game to the position this year (10th most).
• Ryan Mathews saw his streak of 20-plus touches and 100-plus total yards end at three after he saw just seven carries for 34 yards in the team's overtime loss to the Washington. Mathews played only 15 snaps in Week 9 after playing 35 or more in each of his three 100-total-yard efforts.
• Danny Woodhead led the Chargers runners with 46 snaps in Week 9 and had 16 touches for 99 total yards. He caught seven passes for 77 yards and had a touchdown overturned, so it was almost a massive day! Woodhead has at least four catches, 47 yards receiving and 70-plus total yards in six straight games.
• The Broncos have allowed a running back to score in every single game this year and they have allowed a league-high four receiving scores to running backs, which is great for Woodhead. Running backs have scored 15-plus Fantasy points against the Broncos in seven of eight games this year and have topped 100 total yards in three straight and four of the last five.
• Keenan Allen has at least six catches, 100 yards and a touchdown in three of his last four games. He has been a Top 12 Fantasy tight end in every one of those games. Two of the last four opposing No. 1 receivers ( Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon ) have produced at least 140 yards receiving and 19 Fantasy points. The other two -- Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne -- combined for six Fantasy points. Allen is hot though and I expect the Chargers to be airing it out.
• Antonio Gates has not scored in four straight games, but he has six or more catches in three of them. Amazingly however, he has topped 60 yards in just one of those games and is averaging just 4.25 Fantasy points per game. The good news is that two straight, four of the last six and six of eight tight end groups this year have produced at least nine Fantasy points against the Broncos. Denver is giving up 83 yards per game to tight ends, second most in the NFL.
Cowboys at Saints, Sun., 8:30 p.m. ET
• Last year in Week 16,
helped win many Fantasy Football championships when he lit up the Saints
for 416 yards and four touchdowns. Only two quarterbacks have thrown for
300 yards, multiple scores or topped 15 points against the Saints pass
defense all year.
(23) back in
Week 1 and
(26) in Week 5.
Romo has tossed multiple touchdown passes in five of his last seven
games and has thrown 17 total touchdowns during that run.
• DeMarco Murray received only four carries but ran for 31 yards against the Vikings in Week 9. He is expected to receive a much bigger workload this week against the Saints, who have allowed a running back to score 10-plus Fantasy points in five straight games. The Saints have also given up a running back touchdown in three straight games and five of the last six with six total scores allowed during that span.
• Dez Bryant leads all wide receivers and tight ends with six goal line touchdowns (five yards or less) this year. He trails only Jamaal Charles (seven) among all position players. Dez, who has scored or reached 75 yards in just one of his last four games, had 224 yards and two scores against the Saints last year.
• After catching 18 of his 21 targets from Week 4 to Week 7, Terrance Williams has caught just four of his last 16 looks from Romo. Williams has scored in four of his last five games, but he has two catches and less than 65 yards in three of those games.
• Jason Witten came back with a big game against the Vikings, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He had just 80 yards in the three previous games combined. In the four games in which Witten has been targeted nine or more times, he has a total of 28 catches for 336 yards and four touchdowns. In the other five games, he has 17 catches for 169 yards and no touchdowns. This should be a high volume game for Witten as the Cowboys try to keep pace with the Saints, who have not allowed a tight end to score in four straight games.
• Pierre Thomas has at least 80 total yards in four straight games and 90-plus in three of them. With Darren Sproles (concussion) banged up, Thomas -- who is fifth among all running backs with 44 targets and fourth with 39 catches -- hauled in seven passes for 66 yards in Week 9 against the Jets. He could repeat that this week against a Dallas defense that gives up the third most catches (7.12) and second most yards (57.3) receiving per game to opposing running backs.
• Lance Moore led the Saints receivers in targets (10) and catches (six) while netting 70 yards against the Jets, but was third amongst the receivers with 30 routes run. He scored in Week 8, so he has been very solid since returning from injury and he did score against the Boys in Week 16 of last year. Dallas has given up only one receiver score in their last four games, but I bet that changes after Week 10.
• Nick Toon actually led the Saints receivers with 55 snaps played and 43 routes run last week. Kenny Stills was second with 44 snaps and 37 routes.
• Marques Colston has not scored since Week 1 and has not produced 20 yards receiving in a game since Week 5.
• Drew Brees is averaging 361.5 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game at home this year. He has at least 330 yards with multiple touchdowns in every single game there and threw for 446 yards and three scores in his last meeting with Dallas.
Dolphins at Buccaneers, Mon., 8:30 p.m. ET
has six total
touchdowns in his last two games, but still does not have a single game
of 20 Fantasy points this year. The Bucs have given up at least three
quarterback scores and 28 Fantasy points to the position in four
straight games, so maybe Tannehill will be a Monday night delight.
• Lamar Miller (4.8 yards per carry) has at least 20 touches and 110 total yards in each of his last two games and set his career-high in rushing yards each week. Miller is coming off of his first 100-yard rushing game against the Bengals and takes on a Tampa defense that has allowed five backs to post 10-plus Fantasy points in their last four games. During that span, backs are averaging 141 total yards, one touchdown and 18.5 Fantasy points per game.
• Mike Wallace has not scored in six straight games (but did have six catches for 82 yards last week) and it has been five straight for Brian Hartline . With Darrelle Revis playing more man-to-man in Week 9, No. 1 receiver Golden Tate was kept in check by the Bucs, but both No. 2 Jermaine Kearse and slot receiver Doug Baldwin scored. Tampa Bay has given up six receiver scores in its last four games alone.
• Charles Clay has not reached 40 yards receiving in three straight games. Tampa has not allowed 50 yards to a tight end since Week 2.
• Mike Glennon has been a Top 12 quarterback in three of his last four games, but will take on a Miami defense that has not allowed a quarterback to produce 10 Fantasy points in four straight games.
• Mike James will try to build on his impressive 28-carry, 158-yard effort (and awesome jump pass touchdown) against the Seahawks and should have success against the 'Fins. Miami has allowed at least 17 Fantasy points and a running back touchdown in seven straight games. Five of the last six running back groups to face Miami have produced at least 24 Fantasy points, and Miami has given up 298 yards and four scores rushing (55 Fantasy points) in the last two games alone.
• Vincent Jackson saw only four targets in Week 9 and was held to a season-low two catches and 11 yards against Seattle. Prior to that game, Jackson averaged 15 targets, 6.5 catches, 89.5 yards and a touchdown per game with the rookie quarterback. He will take on a Miami team that has allowed a league-low one touchdown to receivers this year, but A.J. Green did torch them for 128 yards and 11 catches last week.
• Timothy Wright has a touchdown in each of his last two games and has produced at least nine Fantasy points in three of his last four games. In fact, since Week 6, Wright is the No. 5 overall Fantasy tight end. After giving up six tight end scores in their first four games, the 'Fins have not allowed a single tight end score or six Fantasy points to the position in their last four.
Thanks for reading another installment of The Fantasy Fact Sheet and good luck in Week 10.
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