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2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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Week 10 of NFL football did not start off how we envisioned. During the Seahawks and Cardinals game, the main storyline was injuries. There were eight notable injuries to just Seahawks players alone. The main injury was Richard Sherman rupturing his Achilles which will sideline him the rest of the season.

Doug Baldwin let his voice be heard after the game as he told reporters, “Thursday night football should be illegal.” This isn’t the first time we’ve heard comments like this and it certainly won’t be the last. Some teams go from playing Sunday or even Monday night, straight to a Thursday night game.

Thursday night games have hindered health safety for some players. I can see this issue to propel over the course of the season.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Recap

This week might’ve been the most unpredictable week thus far for fantasy owners. Guys like Austin Ekeler, DeShone Kizer, Case Keenum and Chester Rogers headlined the top of the leaderboards for the week.

You truly never know what will happen in the fantasy football world. A busy, yet interesting week leaves for much discussion. It’s time for the weekly winners, losers and injuries from Week 10.

Winners

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

With Drew Stanton leading the team at quarterback, all he can do was feed the veteran receiver. Fitzgerald was the lone bright spot to a poor Cardinal offense Thursday night. The 34-year old saw a game-high 14 targets on the night, catching 10 of them for 113 yards.

With the running game getting shut down all night long, Larry Fitz had to compile against a stout but injured Seahawks secondary. Most of the production came late in the fourth quarter in garbage time. Things don’t get any better for a depleted Cardinals offense as Drew Stanton will not suit up Week 11 when they face the Texans.

Blaine Gabbert will get the start. It will be imperative to keep looking Fitzgerald’s way next week. View him more as a high-end WR3 against a favorable Texans defense.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Embed from Getty Images What a performance from Mark Ingram and the Saints offense. They controlled the whole game and the Bills stood no chance. Ingram carried the ball 21 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. This was by far his best performance of the year.

He started the game off hot as he had 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the game. From there it was smooth sailing for Ingram owners. Every time the team would drive down the field, Ingram was there for the goal-line carries and he converted them for three scores.

It was truly a dominating performance from Ingram, Kamara and the whole Saints offense. He now has three games of 100+ rushing yards and a total of seven rushing touchdowns on the year. He’ll be a strong RB1 next week as he faces the Redskins defense.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen had himself a day to remember. He was shredding the Redskins defense as he ended up with eight catches for a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown. The big-play ability Thielen possesses weekly was on display Sunday afternoon. He had three catches go for more than 30 yards.

Entering Sunday, he ranked second in the league in catches for 20 or more yards with 11. After this performance, Thielen’s numbers will be near the top in almost every major statistical category for wide receivers. He truly is one of the most underrated receivers in the league.

This performance was a wake-up that he can be a real threat to opposing defenses. He is the only receiver in the league to catch at least five passes in every game this season. Thielen has monopolized targets in the Minnesota offense lately.

A healthy Diggs this week didn’t stop Thielen from seeing double-digit looks from Case Keenum. He’s got very high upside during any given week and will face off against the Rams defense for Week 11. He can be viewed as a solid WR2, with WR1 upside moving forward.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Robert Woods? Ye, Robert Woods. It was a career day for the 25-year old. The catches and yards were both season highs. Woods has now caught four touchdown passes during the past two weeks. He is clearly Goff’s go-to guy as he’s become a vital point to the Rams offense.

Although he may not have the sexiest resume up to this point, Woods has had at least five catches in five games this season. He is frequently used in the red zone and makes up to be a solid flex play each week. The Rams were in control of the game since the first quarter.

The highlight play was when Goff connected with Woods for a 94-yard touchdown. He just flat out burned his defender on a simple go-route, the rest was history. The much improved Jared Goff is feeding copious targets to a player that averages 14.5 yards per catch. Woods and the Rams will face off against the Vikings next week. It’s a much tougher defense but Woods should be viewed as a solid flex option for the week.

Losers

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Embed from Getty Images Things haven’t been going so well for Lockett ever since he broke out during week eight. He caught only one pass Thursday night for 16 yards. During the past two weeks, he has caught just three passes for 26 yards.

He certainly has the big-play ability whenever he steps out on that field, especially with a guy like Russell Wilson throwing him the ball. It was a very favorable matchup for Lockett but couldn’t get things going as he only saw two targets. Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin had themselves two big games respectively.

Week 11, Lockett goes up against the Falcons defense. The Falcons defense has been tough against opposing wide receivers. A defense that has given up 70 or more yards to a receiver just four times. Being a boom-or-bust receiver lately, Lockett may be tough to trust as a starter next week.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

Tyrod has the best game of the season a week ago against the Jets. How would he perform the next week? By completing just 9 of 18 passes for a mediocre 56 yards and an interception. Taylor and the Bills failed to get anything going all game long against the Saints. The storyline for the team was punts.

The Saints defense held them to only three points as New Orleans just manhandled them at their place. Taylor was pulled in the third quarter when the game was well out of reach. It’s been clear that he’ll remain the starter moving forward. The Bills don’t have a whole lot to look forward to through the air. The Chargers are next up for Tyrod and the Bills. The bench may be the best spot for him during Week 11.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

The streak comes to an end. He had back-to-back solid games and followed it up with a dud Week 10. Catching only two passes for nine yards during the loss to the Steelers.  He had only had two catches or less twice before this week. The nine yards receiving were a season low for Doyle.

The only Colts players to actually perform well were Jacoby Brissett and Chester Rogers. It’s not time to panic on Doyle as he has seen a great amount of targets and has been used as a solid TE1 recently. Doyle and the Colts get a Week 11 bye week and then host the Titans during Week 12. He can be viewed as a low-end TE1 moving forward throughout the fantasy season and into the playoffs.

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

It’s been a very shaky season for Hunter Henry. Many were expecting the second-year pro to breakout this season as Gates inches closer to retiring. He was held to only one catch for seven yards during the loss against the Jaguars. The past two games have been very rough for Hunter Henry owners.

Producing three catches for 18 yards have fantasy owners frustrated at this point. Both tight ends haven’t had solid seasons by any means. At this point, it might be wise to bench both guys until we start to see more consistent play from either one of them.

They have both been non-factors way too often in games and that trend may continue as the season slowly winds down. Henry will face off against the Bills next week. The bench is where he belongs for this matchup.

Injuries

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Embed from Getty Images It was a quick exit for Aaron Jones during the matchup against the Bears. The initial diagnosis is a sprained MCL, but we will know more after an MRI on Monday. The injury will likely sideline Jones for a couple weeks. It’s a tough sight to see for a depleted Packer team without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse. Montgomery left the game against the Bears with a rib injury. His day ended with six carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of his day was when he found a hole towards the left side and ran for a 37-yard score.

The injury bug hit the Packers hard Sunday as they are now forced to feed rookie Jamaal Williams. Randall Cobb may be in line for some carries moving forward as well. Things just keep getting worse for the Packers.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Another early exit to a running back. Freeman took a big hit to the head during the first quarter against the Cowboys. He was diagnosed with a concussion and would not return to the game.

The Falcons fed Tevin Coleman during the absence of Freeman. It’s uncertain if he will play next week but my guess is that he will suit up against the stout defense in Seattle. This will be a situation to monitor as the week goes on.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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