Back was the word of the day for Week 10.
Tony Romo's back held up, and he was again a Fantasy star. Calvin Johnson was back on the field, and he had a standout performance. And Carson Palmer is back on the injured list, possibly for the rest of the season.
Beast is also a word for the week with Marshawn Lynch tearing up the Giants with 21 carries for 140 yards and four touchdowns and one catch for 23 yards, but he was expected to dominate in this matchup. We didn't know how Romo would do with his back injury, and he looked great against the Jaguars in London.
He was 20-of-27 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns, and he helped Dez Bryant (or vice versa) have a big game with six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Jason Witten also chipped in with five catches for 33 yards and a touchdown, and the only negative was Terrance Williams, who had no catches on two targets.
Dallas has a bye in Week 11, but you should feel confident with Romo moving forward. He should remain a starting Fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season.
In Detroit, Johnson looked great with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 15 targets against the Dolphins. He could have had three touchdowns with Brent Grimes making an incredible interception on an underthrown pass from Matthew Stafford, and Johnson had another pass in the end zone knocked away. Johnson missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, but he should be able to close the year as a top receiver in all leagues.
The worst news was Palmer going down with a potential torn ACL during Sunday's game against the Rams. It comes on the heels of Palmer signing a three-year, $50 million contract extension, but he could be lost for the season.
Drew Stanton will start for the Cardinals, and he could be an option for Fantasy owners in two-quarterback leagues. Andre Ellington and Larry Fitzgerald will remain starting Fantasy options even with Palmer out, but Michael Floyd is droppable at this point after he had one catch for 11 yards on four targets Sunday. He now has four Fantasy points combined in his past three games.
John Brown should benefit with Stanton after Brown had five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. Two of Brown's best games this season have come with Stanton under center.
Player on the rise
It's always a good thing when a quarterback gets his best weapon back, and that's what happened with Stafford and Johnson, who had been out the past three games with an ankle injury. Stafford was 25-of-40 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Miami. Johnson had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, and this was Stafford's fourth game of the season with at least 20 Fantasy points, three of which have come with Johnson active. He has a tough matchup in Week 11 at Arizona, but this game should give you all the confidence needed to start Stafford in all leagues for the rest of the year.
Player on the decline
The 49ers escaped with a much needed 27-24 overtime victory at New Orleans on Sunday, but Colin Kaepernick again had a miserable Fantasy outing with just 14 points. He was 14-of-32 passing for 210 yards and one touchdown and four carries for 24 yards with a fumble. He now has just one game with more than 15 Fantasy points since Week 4, and it will be tough to trust him in Week 11 in what should be a favorable matchup at the Giants. I would actually start Kaepernick next week, but I can understand the trepidation based on his recent level of lackluster play.
Quarterback injuries: Carson Palmer
Quarterback waivers: Mark Sanchez (69 percent ownership), Robert Griffin III (57 percent), Michael Vick (25 percent), Josh McCown (17 percent), Zach Mettenberger (8 percent), Ryan Mallett (7 percent), Drew Stanton (1 percent)
Of note: There might not have been an easier layup than Ben Roethlisberger against the Jets in Week 10. Roethlisberger was the hottest quarterback in the NFL with 12 touchdowns in his past two games, and the Jets were terrible against opposing passers all season. Well, the Jets changed the narrative on us in a big way. Roethlisberger was 30-of-43 passing for 343 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for 15 Fantasy points. We expect him to rebound in Week 11 at Tennessee, but maybe he's just not that good on the road. He has 18 touchdowns at home and five touchdowns in five road games, so hopefully he can turn that around against the Titans. ... In that same game, Michael Vick was 10-of-18 passing for 132 yards and two touchdowns and eight carries for 39 yards. He finished with 20 Fantasy points for the first time since Week 2 in 2013. Vick will remain the starter for the Jets after their Week 11 bye, and he's a good quarterback to target off waivers if you need a starter in deeper leagues. ... Matt Ryan played well in Week 10 against Tampa Bay, but he underperformed as the Start of the Week with just 16 Fantasy points on 20-of-31 passing for 219 yards and a touchdown. Ryan could have had at least one more touchdown when Devin Hester dropped a pass in the end zone, but the result is what it is. The positive is Ryan was sacked just once, and with the overall bad play from quarterbacks this week he should still finish as a Top 12 option. I'll start Ryan again in Week 11 at Carolina. ... Russell Wilson was great running the ball with 14 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, but he struggled throwing the ball against the Giants with 10-of-17 passing for 172 yards and two interceptions. He finished with 18 Fantasy points and now has 18 points or less in four of his past five games. I'd be hesitant to start him in a tough matchup at Kansas City in Week 11. ... Ryan Tannehill ran into his toughest opponent since Week 3 against the Chiefs, and he had his worst performance of the season at Detroit. He was 27-of-38 passing for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and he had no rushing yards, which snapped a five-game streak with at least 35 yards on the ground. The Dolphins lost left tackle Branden Albert (knee) for the game and possibly the season, and Tannehill should not be started in Week 11 against Buffalo on Thursday.
Player on the rise
Lynch had arguably the game of his life against the Giants on Sunday with a season-high 140 rushing yards on 21 carries and a career-best four touchdowns. After a three-game stretch with just six Fantasy points in each outing, Lynch had 25 Fantasy points against Oakland in Week 9 and then 40 points against the Giants. I was completely wrong on Lynch this season since I thought he would struggle after last year's 400-touch workload, but he's been just as good as ever the past two games and shows no signs of slowing down. The buy-low window on Lynch is closed, and he should again be dominant down the stretch no matter the matchup.
Player on the decline
Chris Ivory was the best running back for the Jets with 14 carries for 51 yards against the Steelers, but five Fantasy points in a good matchup is disappointing. He now has just seven Fantasy points in his past two games, and this game ended a streak of six games where Ivory had 10 or more carries and got at least nine Fantasy points. The Jets have a bye in Week 11, and Ivory should remain stashed on your bench. He faces the Bills in Week 12, and Ivory had 16 Fantasy points against Buffalo in Week 8. He should be considered a low-end starter or flex option in that matchup.
Running back injuries: Ronnie Hillman
(foot), Lamar Miller (shoulder), Reggie Bush (ankle), Peyton Hillis
(concussion), Michael Cox (ankle), Dexter McCluster (knee)
Running back waivers: Andre Williams (74 percent ownership), Tre Mason (64 percent), Carlos Hyde (60 percent), Charles Sims (45 percent), Bryce Brown (43 percent), Alfred Blue (33 percent), Jonas Gray (33 percent), Isaiah Crowell (30 percent), Benny Cunningham (26 percent), Theo Riddick (22 percent), Joseph Randle (14 percent), C.J. Anderson (3 percent)
Of note: Hillman was able to play through his foot injury, but he struggled against the Raiders with six carries for 13 yards and two catches for 9 yards. Peyton Manning missed Hillman on a wide-open touchdown, and then Hillman's Fantasy owners watched as Anderson stole the show with 13 carries for 90 yards and four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Montee Ball (groin) was inactive in Week 10, but he should return in Week 11, possibly with a prominent role. It could be messy now if Anderson gets in the mix, but I would rank the Broncos running backs for the rest of the season as Ball, Hillman, Anderson and Juwan Thompson. There won't be a clear-cut lead back, but Ball should be the best of the bunch. ... Fred Jackson (groin) was active against the Chiefs on Sunday, but he was limited to three carries for 10 yards and four catches for 39 yards. Bryce Brown was the best running back with seven carries for 35 yards and six catches for 65 yards, but he lost a fumble just before he crossed the goal line. Anthony Dixon also played well with nine carries for 62 yards. Buffalo plays at Miami on a short week Thursday night, and I would rank the Bills with Jackson, Brown and Dixon. As long as Jackson is healthy, he should be the best running back in Buffalo, with Brown a close second if he can limit the fumbles. ... Charles Sims made his NFL debut against the Falcons, but he didn't play well with eight carries for 23 yards and two catches for 17 yards and a lost fumble. The good news is Sims led Tampa Bay in carries, and he could be the No. 1 option in the backfield moving forward. Bobby Rainey was a huge disappointment with six carries for 14 yards and four catches for 42 yards. We'd stay away from both in Week 11 against Washington, but Sims' arrow is pointing up based on his workload. ... The 49ers relied on Frank Gore at New Orleans, and he came through for Fantasy owners with 23 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 2 yards. The carries were his most since Week 4, the rushing yards were his most since Week 5, and he scored his first touchdown overall since Week 4 and on the ground since Week 2. It was easily his best road game of the season, and we hope he can keep rolling in Week 11 at the Giants, who just got demolished by Lynch. ... Steven Jackson had his best game of the season at Tampa Bay with 16 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He scored in consecutive games for the first time all season, and both games were outdoors. His previous season-high in rushing was 60 yards, so hopefully this is something to build on. We would start Jackson again in Week 11 at Carolina. ... Justin Forsett had his best game of the season against the Titans with 20 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns for 23 Fantasy points. He could have had a third touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but the Ravens opted to run out the clock. He is the only running back in Baltimore worth starting after Bernard Pierce (eight carries for 31 yards against Tennessee) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (three carries for 10 yards) continue to negate each other.
Player on the rise
There was some concern Mike Evans would struggle with the Buccaneers starting Josh McCown over Mike Glennon, but McCown didn't hinder the hot rookie. Evans had seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta on nine targets, and he now has 42 Fantasy points in his past two games and double digits in points in four of his past five games. Evans has played three full games with McCown and has 23 targets over that span. He should remain a must-start option in Week 11 at Washington. As for Vincent Jackson, he had eight catches for 75 yards on 13 targets. Jackson has become a solid PPR option the past two weeks with 14 catches, but he has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in standard leagues on the season and is a No. 3 receiver in that format moving forward.
Player on the decline
It might be time to drop Marques Colston in the majority of leagues. He had two catches for 36 yards against the 49ers on four targets -- one less than Mark Ingram -- and he now has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points on the season. He has four points or less in each of the past three games, and it's too hard to trust him even in a good matchup. The Saints play the Bengals at home in Week 11, but until Colston starts to post consistent production he should remain on your bench in most leagues. The only reliable receiver for the Saints is Brandin Cooks, who had another solid game at home with five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Whenever the Saints play at home you should keep Cooks active.
Wide receiver injuries: Allen Hurns
(concussion), Bruce Ellington (ankle), Devin Hester (ankle), Cecil Shorts
Wide receiver waivers: Dwayne Bowe (66 percent ownership), Jordan Matthews (47 percent), John Brown (32 percent), Jarvis Landry (7 percent), Preston Parker (0 percent), T.J. Graham (0 percent), Chris Hogan (0 percent)
Of note: Martavis Bryant has been active for four games this season, and he's scored a touchdown in every game with six over that span. He had four catches for 143 yards and a touchdown at the Jets and should be started in all leagues in Week 11 at the Titans. ... Anquan Boldin finally scored against someone other than the Rams with six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown at New Orleans. He now has 15 Fantasy points in consecutive games with at least six catches in four games in a row and at least 93 receiving yards in three of his past four outings. He should remain active in Week 4 at the Giants. Conversely, you can't trust Michael Crabtree right now after he had just three catches for 62 yards on eight targets. He now has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in his past six games. ... Torrey Smith is taking over for Steve Smith as the best receiver for the Ravens. Torrey Smith had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown on eight targets against the Titans, and Steve Smith had three catches for 17 yards on seven targets. Torrey Smith now has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games, and Steve Smith has four games in a row with six points or less. ... It was great to see Julio Jones and Roddy White play well against the Buccaneers. Jones had eight catches for 119 yards on 11 targets, and White had six catches for 72 yards on six targets. Both should remain must-start options in Week 11 at Carolina, but Jones has now gone six games in a row without a touchdown. Let's hope that streak ends against the Panthers. ... Odell Beckham is going to be a star. He had seven catches for 108 yards on nine targets at Seattle, and he ran past Richard Sherman on one play where the two were matched up. Beckham now has 15 catches for 264 yards in his past two games on 20 targets, and he's the only reliable receiver for the Giants right now. Rueben Randle is droppable after he had five catches for 39 yards on 10 targets. Randle has at least nine targets in each of his past seven games, but has failed to reach double digits in Fantasy points in any of them. ... Sammy Watkins struggled Sunday against the Chiefs after he was able to play through his groin injury with just four catches for 27 yards on 10 targets. He should rebound in Week 11 at Miami, and he had eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins in Week 2.
Player on the rise
Jason Witten was awful to start the season with single digits in Fantasy points in his first seven games and only one touchdown over that span. But he scored a touchdown in two of his past three games after he had five catches for 33 yards and a touchdown on seven targets against the Jaguars in London. We hope Romo starts to rely on him more as the season goes on, and he has 22 targets in his past three games. Fantasy owners who had patience with Witten are being rewarded.
Player on the decline
Vernon Davis has become a non-existent Fantasy option. It's hard to say he's bad because he had just four targets against the Saints, but he finished with only one catch for 8 yards. Davis now has one game with double digits in Fantasy points on the season and six combined Fantasy points in his past four games. I have no problem dropping Davis in the majority of leagues because this is looking like a lost year for Davis, who last scored a touchdown in Week 1.
Tight end injuries: Delanie Walker
Tight end waivers: Charles Clay (65 percent), Jared Cook (35 percent), Kyle Rudolph (30 percent), Jace Amaro (20 percent), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (7 percent)
Of note: Mychal Rivera had another good game for Fantasy owners against Denver with six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He now has three touchdowns in his past two games and at least eight Fantasy points in his past three outings. He is worth starting in Week 11 at San Diego based on his recent level of play. ... Fantasy owners worried about Julius Thomas were thrilled with his performance against the Raiders with six catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. The targets, catches and yards were his most since Week 5, so Thomas needed this game. We hope he stays hot for the rest of the season. ... Charles Clay had a quiet game in a standard league with seven catches for 45 yards at Detroit, and he dropped a touchdown in the game. But in PPR leagues he was solid with 11 Fantasy points and now has 12 catches in his past two games. He faces Buffalo in Week 11 and had seven catches for 31 yards at Buffalo in Week 2. ... Heath Miller let me down with just three catches for 29 yards on three targets at the Jets. He's just not getting enough targets to help Fantasy owners, which is disappointing. He can be cut in all leagues.