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Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 10 WRAPUP

-A real changing of the offensive guard seems to be taking place in the New Orleans Saints offense and it won't make the fantasy football owners of QB Drew Brees happy.  With the running game going bananas, Brees completed just 18-of-25 passes for 184 yards and ZERO passing scores.  He did score a rushing touchdown but one has to wonder now if the Saints offense is going to put a hurting on Brees' numbers moving forward.  For now we are inclined to think this was a one-game deal but the fact of the matter is that Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have been tremendous since the start of October.  Something to watch.

-Meanwhile on the other side in the Saints-Bills tilt, Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor was pulled early after completing just 9-of-18 throws for 56 yards and a pick.  Taylor became a popular add this week after accounting for a boatload of scores last week versus the New York Jets but it needed to be noted that much of that was achieved in garbage time.  The fact of the matter is that Taylor remains very flawed as a pure passer and his status in fantasy football is that of a backup in single-passer formats.

-Ridiculous is the only way to describe the rookie campaign of Saints running back Alvin Kamara after he went all video game Sunday in rushing for 106 yards and a score on 12 carries, while adding five catches for 32 yards in the team's blowout win over the Buffalo Bills.  Kamara has become an even better Darren Sproles in the Saints offense and in PPR formats he is a stud of a RB 1.  Incredible.

-Not to be outdone, fellow Saints back Mark Ingram picked up three more rushing scores on the ground as he picked up a total of 131 yards on 21 carries.  Ingram had a tough one last week but he has been tremendous in three if the last five games running the ball.  Ever since Adrian Peterson was sent on his way, Ingram has really pushed toward RB 1 status despite the great rookie year of Alvin Kamara.

-An ugly day at the office was had by Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard whose all-or-nothing results this season have really tested the patience of his fantasy football owners.  Howard managed just 54 yards on 15 carries and he did nothing in the passing game with zero receptions.  The ascension of rookie QB Mitch Trubisky certainly has not helped Howard's chances of putting forth big games since he is now facing a steady stream of 8-men in the box and so he should just be graded as a RB 2 going forward.

-While overshadowed by the running game, Saints wideout Michael Thomas reaffirmed his WR 1 status as he hauled in 9 passes for 117 yards in the win over the Bills.  Yes he has been light on scores but Thomas being a number 1 target in arguably the most potent offense in the league is a big deal.

-Davante Adams has been the only Green Bay Packers wideout that has actually yielded some useful numbers since Aaron Rodgers went down and he kept that going Sunday by catching five balls for 90 yards and a score.  Adams is more of a short-yardage target which is why raw QB Brett Hundley keeps looking his way at a high level and not to deep-threat Jordy Nelson and that will keep him in WR 3 territory for the time being.

-Adam Thielen is really starting to elevate himself to the upper echelon of receivers in fantasy football as he continues to pile up the numbers on a weekly basis.  Thielen caught 8 balls for 166 yards and a score Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings held off the Washington Redskins.  Especially in PPR formats, Thielen has been something else and in those formats you can say he is at WR 1 territory.

-More injury woes at QB for the Packers as now Brett Hundley is hurt as he tweaked a hamstring Sunday in the team's win over the Bears.  Hundley had a decent day despite the injury as he completed 18-of-25 throws for 212 yards with 1 TD.  He had some good deep throws and protected the football which were encouraging signs. The biggest takeway here would be that every win the Packers can pick up would make it more likely the team will allow Aaron Rodgers to come back onto the field is he can later in the season.

-Matthew Stafford has been a stud in almost every game this season for both the Detroit Lions and his fantasy football owners and Sunday was more of the same as he completed 17-of-26 throws for 249 yards with 3 TD's and a pick.  Stafford is as pronounced a gunslinger as there is in the entire NFL and his game is perfect for fantasy football purposes.  Keep riding him as a QB 1.

-The Packers may now be down to third-string back Jamaal Williams after both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery left injured Sunday.  Williams still just managed 67 yards on 20 carries and added one only catch for another 7 yards.  The fact of the matter is that the rookie back has not shown much when given the chance to play but he figures to be a bellcow back next week if both Jones and Montgomery are out.

-Stefon Diggs has not found much in the way of consistency in his career but he still flashes nice ability overall.  He caught four balls for 78 yards and a score Sunday but right now in PPR formats he is a just WR 2 and in standards a 3 until that consistency is discovered.

-On paper New York Jets running back Bilal Powell had a nice matchup Sunday versus a weak Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense but the guy apparently didn't get the memo as he rushed for just 30 yards on 10 carries, while adding 1 catch for six yards.  The lack of receptions was especially disappointing for Powell and the rough game could give the team more incentive to go with rookie Elijiah McGuire next week.

-The rookie season of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has gone off the rails the last two weeks to say the least.  After earning a suspension by the team in Week 9, Fournette was terrible on Sunday in rushing for just 33 yards on 17 carries, while adding two catches for another 13 yards.  In other words, it was a complete bomb of a day for Fournette.  Despite the ugly two weeks, we still love the overall ability here and would even make a play on Fournette if his owners are getting antsy.

-Elijiah McGuire could be picking up some steam as a runner for the Jets as he rushed for 22 yards on 8 carries, while adding four catches for another 36 yards.  While not a good outing overall, McGuire has terrific speed and could be in line for some more work moving forward.

-It is getting tough to watch Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray hobble through each week but at least he is getting some scores as he picked up two on the ground Sunday as part of his 14 carry day for 42 yards.  Murray did add four catches for 30 more yards but Derrick Henry is always breathing down his neck to make his owners a bit uncomfortable.

-Austin Ekeler may be a popular add off waivers this week after the Los Angeles Chargers speedster rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries, while adding five catches for 77 yards and two scores.  This is not what Melvin Gordon's owners want to see but there could be some room for Ekeler on fantasy football rosters going forward based on this game.

-Sometimes there are some mid-season waiver wire gems that come out of nowhere and that is especially true with a previously mediocre veteran.  Case in point is wideout Robert Woods who has literally exploded onto the fantasy football map the last two weeks and on Sunday went nuts to the tune of 8 catches for an obscene 171 yards and two scores.  With the Los Angeles Rams offense looking like the Greatest Show on Turf, Woods needs to be utilized as a WR 2 each week.

-Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan may finally be getting the hang of the Steve Sarkisian offense as he was hot again Sunday in completing 22-of-29 throws for 215 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Ryan has thrown for two scores in each of the last three games and his fantasy football owners should feel more secure running him out there moving forward.

-Maybe the San Francisco 49ers don't need Jimmy Garappolo after all?  Rookie QB C.J. Beathard made his case for the starting job on Sunday by dissecting the pathetic New York Giants defense by completing 19-of-25 passes for 288 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Beathard also added at third score on the ground in picking up 18 yards rushing to give the 49ers their first win of the season.  Be that as it may, Beathard will be supplanted by Garrappolo real soon and thus has zero fantasy football value.

-Now the number 1 receiving target on the Giants, second-year wideout Sterling Shepard showed his ability in major terms Sunday by catching 11 balls for 142 yards in the team's loss to the 49ers.  Shepard has always hinted at big-time talent and he showed that off Sunday.  While scores may be tough to come by, Shepard has some top WR 3 ability in fantasy football terms.


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