It’s a wrap for Week 10 in the NFL and with the Paris terror attacks fresh on our minds, it’s important to keep in perspective that life is more than football, sports, etc…, its precious time that we have on this planet, that should be valued and treated with care, as any day could be our last.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the NFL Week 10 in review.
Five key storylines from Week 10
1. Chip’s Chokers
For the first time in like forever, the Eagles got off to a hot start. They were up 16-3 early in the first half and for some reason, they let their foot off of the Dolphins necks and they lost 20-19. The game saw another missed field goal by Caleb Sturgis, along with a concussion for Ryan Mathews and a concussion and shoulder injury for Sam Bradford. With the Bradford came the return of the butt fumbler, Mark Sanchez.
Back to the return of the Sanchize. The one good that came with him as QB was the tempo of the offense. The Eagles offense moved like we think a Chip Kelly offense should move like. However, with the good, comes the bad. Sanchez knows how to get the Birds offense down the field, but he always throws that crucial interception, as was the case when he threw one in the end zone with 4 minutes left in the game. Granted, it wasn’t all his fault. Miles Austin stopped running for the ball and well, the rest is history. Miraculously, the Eagles are still only a half game out of first place in the NFC East behind the Giants.
2. Washington Onslaught
When you’re team desperately needs a win, who are you going to call? Just call the New Orleans Saints. Their secondary is a straight up disaster. Kirk Cousins was able to carve them up and put a 47 spot up on them. Like the Eagles, lady luck is shining down on Washington as well, as they’re tied for second place with the Eagles and are only a half-game behind the Giants. The Saints had no answer for Cousins, Jordan Reed or Matt Jones. Washington has a big time matchup next week when they travel up to Carolina to play the undefeated Panthers. Every game going forward is a big one for them. Can they keep pace with the Giants and Eagles? Only time will tell.
3. The Big Red Machine
Don’t look now folks, but here comes Andy Reid and his Chiefs. I know that this adds salt to the wound of Eagles fans, but after starting the season off 1-5, the Chiefs have now won 3 in a row and are within striking distance of the suddenly cold, first place Broncos. Led by their defense, the Chiefs dominated the Broncos on Sunday 29-13. Reid’s crew is rollin’ now and playing with a whole ton of passion. They found a solid replacement for Jamaal Charles, with Charcandrick West and Alex Smith is starting to play much better than he was playing early on in the season. The Chiefs are one of those teams that if they sneak into the playoffs, teams better watch out.
4. The ups and downs for the Patriots
It was a day of good news and bad news for the New England Patriots. The good news is that they managed to win and stay undefeated at 9-0 with a last second field goal against the Giants to win 27-26. The bad news is that they appear to have lost Julian Edelman (broken foot) for the rest of the regular season. After surgery on Monday, he could be in line to return to the team early in the playoffs. This is a huge loss for the Pats, but if any team can withstand this devastating news, it’s the Patriots. Next man up will be Danny Amendola, so yes, you should run to the waiver wire to pick him up. Expect a bigger dose in the offense of LeGarrette Blount and Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots will be fine for now, but should Edelman be out longer than expected, it could have terrible ramifications for Belichick’s bunch.
5. Duck Season
Did you ever have a pet that was old and you knew that the end was near for him and you felt really bad because there was nothing that you could do? Welcome to the final days of Peyton Manning. I love his competitive spirit, but I do believe he chose to stay in the league 1 too many years. He had another miserable game on Sunday, as he threw 4 interceptions against the Chiefs in a 29-13 loss. The Broncos have now lost 2 in a row and the Chiefs are breathing down their necks and at this point there’s no way to stop the Broncos bleeding as long as Manning is starting. Watch here as Manning plays duck, duck, goose.
Dear God, what the hell was that? It’s time to take the old dog out to the back shed and put him out of his misery already. On Monday came word that Manning has a foot injury and will not play this coming Sunday against the Bears. It’s for the best. Let the man go out with dignity.
Waiver Wire Watch (*Keep an eye on, **Time to consider it, *** MUST Grab)
Each week, I will supply you with a list of players that you should consider adding from the waiver wire. Above, I listed the three tiers of players they are. So let’s take a look at the guys that you should be paying attention to. To qualify as a Waiver Wire guy, I’ll only consider those players that are owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues at the time of this writing.
***Danny Amendola (NE – WR) – 27% owned – Julian Edelman broke his foot on Sunday, so the next man up is Danny Amendola. He needs to be owned everywhere, but don’t be surprised if Brandon LaFell gets a lot of love in the Pats offense as well.
**Kirk Cousins (WAS – QB) – 33% owned – Cousins exploded this week against the Saints, and while the Saints defense is dreadful, Cousins is better than guys like Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford, so you could do a whole lot worse.
**Matt Jones (WAS – RB) – 47% owned – Once a hot waiver pickup, Matt Jones is back on the map after having three receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown against the Saints. Alfred Morris left the game with a rib injury, so that also makes Jones a more intriguing option on the wire.
*Jay Ajayi (MIA – RB) – 18% owned – One of my bold predictions before the season was that despite missing the first half of this season with an injury, Jay Ajayi was going to prove to the Dolphins that he’s their back of the future. In his first two games of the season, he’s had five plus carries and 40+ yards in each game. The Dolphins are slowly working him in to the offense and his workload will continue to increase. If Lamar Miller goes down with an injury, watch out!
***Kansas City Chiefs (DEF) – 40% owned – Do you need a reliable defense on your fantasy team? Well, the Chiefs are your answer. In their last three games, they’ve put up 12, 14 & 19 fantasy points consecutively and they’re only getting warmed up. If they’re out on your wire, grab them now and thank me later.
Here are Week 10’s Studs:
1. Kirk Cousins (WAS vs. NO) – Cousins had a monster day against the Saints as he was 20/25 for 324 yards and four touchdowns. If only Washington could play the Saints every week…
2. Joe Flacco (BAL vs. JAX) – Flacco was 34/45 for 316 YDS and threw three touchdowns against the Jags. It’s been a rarity for him to show up on this list this year, so let’s give him a standing ovation.
3. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT vs. CLE) – Big Ben came in as a reliever on Sunday when Landry Jones went down and boy did the Steelers look better when he got in there. He was 22/33 for 379 YDS with three touchdowns in the Steelers mauling of the Browns.
1. Adrian Peterson (MIN vs. OAK) – Peterson was running like a man on a mission against the Raiders as he had 26 carries for 203 YDS and one touchdown. The Vikings are quietly 7-2 and are a dangerous team thanks to Peterson.
2. Jeremy Langford (CHI vs. STL) – Langford had a monster day on Sunday against a very tough Rams D that looked awful against the Bears. Langford ha d 20 carries for 73 yards and rushed for one touchdown to go along with seven receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown. It was an all-around sensational performance for Langford.
3. Charcandrick West (KC vs. DEN) – Another big time performance on Sunday came from Charcandrick West. West had 24 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown to go along with three receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown.
1. Martavis Bryant (PIT vs. CLE) – Martavis Bryant and the Steelers rolled all over the Browns on Sunday, as he had six receptions for 178 yards and one touchdown. Big time game for one of the future stars of the game.
2. Antonio Brown (PIT vs. CLE) – Bryant’s teammate, Antonio Brown did what he does best on Sunday when he had 10 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. When Big Ben plays, Brown is the best WR in the game.
3. Michael Floyd (ARI vs. SEA) – Floyd has been playing great football as of late and Sunday was no different when he had seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks in a big division matchup. Cards got a big W as they continue their quest for a Super Bowl.
1. Zach Miller (CHI vs. STL) –The Bears pulled a huge upset in St. Louis and Miller was a big reason why they won as he had five receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears are finally starting to play well.
2. Rob Gronkowski (NE vs. NYG) – Gronk had five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown against the Giants. He continues to be the best TE in the game and he’s sure to see more targets with the Edelman injury.
Kansas City Chiefs (vs. DEN) – The Chiefs D was all over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday as they had five interceptions for 20 fantasy points. That’s three games in a row with double digits in fantasy points and they look to be getting better as the season progresses.
Cairo Santos (KC vs. DEN) – Sticking with the Kansas City theme, Cairo Santos had a monster day as well with 21 fantasy points. He was five for six with FGA’s and he added two XP’s.
Here are Week 10’s Duds:
1. Peyton Manning (DEN vs. KC) – Manning was five for 20, for 35 yards, zero touchdowns and he had four interceptions. I hate to do this to him and pile on, but it’s time for him to retire.
2. Marcus Mariota (TEN vs. CAR) – After a phenomenal game last week against the Saints, this is somewhat of a letdown. Mariota was 16/24 for 185 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception against the undefeated Panthers.
3. Nick Foles (STL vs. CHI) – Foles has been awful this season and now he’s been benched by Jeff Fisher. On Sunday he was 17/36 for 200 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. Looks like the Rams/Eagles trade from the offseason was a wash. Both Bradford and Foles suck.
1. Darren McFadden (DAL vs. TB) – The Cowboys are a mess! They are now losers of seven in a row and Darren McFadden’s performance didn’t help the cause. He had 17 carries for 32 yards against a very bad Tampa Bay team. As an Eagles fan, this is fun to watch.
How I feel watching the Cowboys self-destruct…
2. DeAngelo Williams (PIT vs. CLE) – After a monster performance last week, DeAngelo Williams came back to earth with 17 carries for 54 yards. The Steelers didn’t need him yesterday, but he’ll need to be better than this for Pittsburgh to make the playoffs.
3. Latavius Murray (OAK vs. MIN) – I have to be honest, I had higher hopes for Murray this season. While the Raiders are much improved, Murray should be doing more. Against the Vikings on Sunday he had 12 carries for 48 yards. That’s not getting the job done.
1. Jeremy Maclin (KC vs. DEN) – KC is rolling now, but Jeremy Maclin put up a clunker against the Broncos on Sunday. He had three receptions for only 17 yards. That’s a killer if you were relying on him.
2. Stefon Diggs (MIN vs. OAK) – Diggs bombed this one. I expected a bounce back game from him this week, but that didn’t happen. He had two receptions for 44 yards. A great future talent, but he reeked in this game.
3. Jordan Matthews (PHI vs. MIA) – Captain drop ems’ had a typical 2015 Matthews performance against the Dolphins as he had three receptions for 21 yards. The Eagles need certain guys to step up and Matthews is one of those guys. Unfortunately, he’s not doing it.
Matthews lost his wind at one point in the game, thanks to this hit…
That had to hurt!
1. Owen Daniels (DEN vs. KC) – Daniels had a big time game last week, but crashed into reality this week. He had just one reception for 14 yards. Terrible!
2. Julius Thomas (JAX vs. BAL) – Prediction time. Julius Thomas will be on my duds list for the rest of the season. He stinks in Jacksonville. I hope the money was worth it to go there because it’s doing nothing for his NFL career. He had two receptions for 23 yards. That’s flat out weak sauce.
St. Louis Rams (vs. CHI) – The Rams gave up 37 points to the Bears at home and only managed two fantasy points. Chicago came out of nowhere here and spanked the hell out of the Rams.
Caleb Sturgis (PHI vs. MIA) – The bum strikes again. He missed a chip shot in the first half. The Eagles ended up losing by one. A field goal is worth three points. You do the math.
Here’s a brief look at the results of Week 10 in the PhillyInfluencer.com Fantasy Football league:
It was PhillyInfluencer.com war games week in the PI league as there were two PI vs. PI matchups on the schedule. In the first matchup, I took down 215 Sean (@Sean_Brace) to win my second game in a row. The game wasn’t close, but it doesn’t matter as both of our teams have been terrible this year. In the second PI vs. PI matchup, Minitron’s Juice Stand (@Anthony_DiBona) absolutely slaughtered Cunning Stunts (@nickpiccone). It was a bloodbath, but it is what it is.
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