Once again, the NFL did not fail to disappoint us in a wild and wacky week 10. Some big favorites lost (Phily), some coaches made strange decisions (Atlanta), some QB controversy emerged (Arizona), and some teams continued to follow their coach’s new beat (San Francisco). Lots to talk about throughout the week as we break down where we stand headed into the playoff stretch. Throughout the week keep coming back to FantasyCPR for all your rankings, injury updates, and start/sit advice. Each week on Monday morning, we’ve been breaking down a shining star (met high expectations), rising star (exceeded expectations), falling star (failed to meet expectations), and hurting star (injury to follow throughout the week) from each game. So here’s your NFL Star Watch for week 10.
Houston 37, Tampa Bay 9
Shining Star: Arian Foster-84 yards on 17 carries and a TD plus a tidy 102 yards on 4 catches and another TD. If you drafted him #1 overall this is why. O, and after a bye he gets Andre Johnson back to help distract defenses.
Falling Star: LaGarrette Blount carried only 10 times since his team was behind and only was able to get 34 yards.
Rising Star: Aurelius Benn had more targets than Mike Williams and hauled in the same measly 2 passes (for 47 yards). It’s hard to tell how much this was due to the Texans defense of just that Tampa was behind early. When they’re behind their offense is completely different. Benn might be worth an add though since he’s getting more run in the offense the last few weeks.
Hurting Star: No fantasy injuries to report.
New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23-in OT
Shining Star: Every Saint in the passing Game: Drew Brees-322 yds and 2 TDs, Jimmy Graham-7 catches for 82 and a TD, Marques Colston 8 catches for 113 yards.
Falling Star: Darren Sproles-was contained well by the Falcons D managing only 3 total yards from scrimmage and 4 catches. Julio Jones-2 catches for 9 yards on his 5 targets.
Rising Star: Hugh Douglas-8 catches for 133. He’s emerging as a huge 3rd threat as defenses focus on White and Jones. It’s good for the passing game all around though, the more weapons there are to get involved.
Hurting Star: Sean Payton returned to the sideline on crutches and led his team to victory, but there were no fantasy injuries to report.
Tennessee 30, Carolina 3
Shining Star: Chris Johnson-finally semi-broke-out. 130 yards on the ground and a TD plus another 44 on 4 catches. Tennessee’s defense also piled up major points however your league scores D’s and could have won your week if you rolled the dice with them. It’s a little hard to tell if they’re good or Carolina was that bad today, but they were the sneaky start of the week.
Falling Star: Cam Newton- at least for a week Cam disappointed his owners by only throwing 212 yards, rushing for 55 and not finding the end zone. He’ll be back, but this was one he’ll try and forget.
Rising Star: Damian Williams exploded onto the scene with 5 catches, 107 yards, and a TD. He’s worth an add if Hasselbeck has the time to pick apart D’s like he did today.
Hurting Star: No Fantasy injuries to Report.
Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17
Shining Star: Rashard Mendenhall-had only 44 yards rushing but his 2 TDs and 26 yards receiving still make him the star of this defensive-minded game.
Falling Star: A.J. Green-let some owners down with his 1 catch performance. Thankfully it was a TD of 36 yards, but hopefully his knee injury is short-term only (see below)
Rising Star: Andrew Hawkins did his best Antonio Brown impression as he hauled in 5 of his 6 targets for 56 yards. If Green goes down he’d be worth a speculative add.
Hurting Star: AJ Green thinks he’ll be back next week from his hyper-extended knee, but stay tuned for the latest throughout the week. Leon Hall the Bengals top CB also may miss time.
St. Louis 13, Cleveland 12
Shining Star: Steven Jackson-had another throwback game with 128 yards rushing, 3 catches and 23 yards receiving. The only thing missing was a TD.
Falling Star: Sam Bradford-Not the fantasy breakout yet as Bradford again struggles even against the lowly Browns. His 155 yards, TD, and a INT make him droppable in all formats (except as just insurance).
Rising Star: Chris Ogbonnaya-19 carries for 90 yards and 2 catches for 19 yards. No TDs but he’s getting the carries and the yards that there are in this offense (which isn’t many). If you need a bye week flex you could do worse. If they ever did score a TD, he’d be a good bet to be the one to get it.
Hurting Star: The Rams lost 5 players to injury but none of fantasy significance.
Dallas 44, Buffalo 7
Shining Star: Tony Romo-A surgical 23-26 for 270 and 3 TDs. Demarco Murray also gets a mention here for his 135 and a TD to go with 6 catches for another 36.
Falling Star: Ryan Fitzpatrick-146 yards and a TD is bad. Add in 3 INTs and maybe he just had a couple good weeks at the beginning and this is who he is. Fine for insurance, but I hope he’s not your only QB option.
Rising Star: Donald Jones-reemerged with 10 targets and 6 catches for 51 yards. If you grabbed Laurent Robinson his 3 catches for 72 yards and 2 TDs proved useful this week.
Hurting Star: No fantasy injuries to report.
Jacksonville 17, Indianapolis 3
Shining Star: MJD-finally rewarded his long-suffering owners with 114 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on 3 catches.
Falling Star: Pierre Garcon-hit and miss again for Garcon. This time he and Painter failed to connect for their big gainer and he only went for 30 yards on 3 catches.
Rising Star: Jacob Tamme-He’s excelled in place of an injured Dallas Clark in the past and since these QBs (Painter or if they make the change to Orlovsky) use their safety valve he’ll again see the targets. He hauled in 6 of his 8 targets this week for 75 yards. If you’re desperate at TE for next week’s byes he’s probably the best available.
Hurting Star: No fantasy injuries to report
Denver 17, KC 10
Shining Star: Tim Tebow-I guess. Not a great game but 69 yards passing and a TD and 43 yards running and a TD were the best thing in this low-numbers affair. He won.
Falling Star: Denver receivers-With only 2 completions, it’s obvious the Broncos will pass as little as possible. Decker might be ok (1 catch for 56 yds and a TD) but other than that Broncos receivers are a waste. On the other side of the ball Dwayne Bowe’s 2 catches for 17 yards didn’t exactly show ‘em how it’s done either
Rising Star: Lance Ball carried for 96 yards on 30 carries in the absense of the 2 starters. If the guys ahead of him are out, he’s a guy to own.
Hurting Star: Willis McGahee left with a hammy injury on the first series. He was joined on the sideline by Knowshow Moreno with a knee injury later in the first quarter. Stay tuned to see who if anyone is available for next week since to call this a run-first offense would be the understatement of the year. Matt Cassel didn’t play the final series, so if you were using him, I’m sorry that you had to.
Miami 20, Washington 9
Shining Star: Reggie Bush- had the only 2 TDs in this game to go along with 47 yards on the ground and added 4 catches for 37 more yards. Not a great game, but the best of the group here in this FG affair.
Falling Star: Jabar Gaffney-3 catches for 37 yards. He’s not really, nor was he ever, a #1 receiver option.
Rising Star: Leonard Hankerson-the Redskins rookie WR from Miami emerged as one of Rexy’s favorite targets. He caught 8 of his 9 targets for 106 yards and may be valuable if Grossman continue to start and look his way.
Hurting Star: Hankerson did leave early, but said the injury should be good for next week. No injury to John Beck; Shanahan just decided to play with his QBs like he plays with his RBs (all of whom I would try to avoid)
Arizona 21, Philadelphia 17
Shining Star: Larry Fitzgerald-His fantasy owners are sure hoping that Skelton’s the QB going forward after his 7 catch 146 yard and 2 touchdowns performance.
Falling Star: Michael Vick-This whole Eagles squad was horrible today with the exception of LeSean McCoy. Vick threw for 128 and 2 picks and ran for 79 with no TDs on the day. De-Jax couldn’t even bother to get out of bed for the game, and Jeremy Maclin had 2 catches for 6 yards. All around, an extremely forgettable day for the Iggles.
Rising Star: John Skelton-How about going on the road against the dream team defense and hangin’ 315 yards and 3 TDs? Think that’ll get you a starting gig? We’ll have to wait and see.
Hurting Star: Maclin did miss some time, but finished the game so should be good (or at least healthy) going forward.
Seattle 22, Baltimore 17
Shining Star: Marshawn Lynch-showed up today and although I’m not sure if there were any earthquakes in his 109 rushing yard, 5 catches, 58 yard receiving, 1 TD performance.
Falling Star: Sidney Rice-caught only 2 balls for 14 yards today in a Lynch-centric offense. It’s hard to know if/when he and T-Jax are going to hit or miss. Also missing was Anquan Boldin who grabbed only 2 of his 9 targets for 22 yards.
Rising Star: Ed Dickson has been on and off my fantasy teams all year because Flacco targets the boy. Today he grabbed 10 of his 14 targets for 79 yards and 2 TDs. He’s a hit or miss TE, but when this offense has to throw it likes to throw his way.
Hurting Star: No major fantasy injuries to report.
Chicago 37, Detroit 13
Shining Star: Da Bears D/ST-3 return TDs 2 on picks and 1 on a punt (why would you ever kick to Hester?). Hope you started ‘em if you had ‘em. Lovie’s D is back for real
Falling Star: Matthew Stafford-4 picks took the tarnish off his 329 yards and a touch. The real let down though was Jay Cutler who only threw for 123 yards and no TD’s as his team played from ahead all day long.
Rising Star: Earl Bennett caught all 6 of his targets and was the only receiver on Chicago with multiple catches as he went for 81 yards. He’s established himself as Cutler’s go-to receiver especially in pressure situation. The Bears will need offense besides Forte and it may be Earl Bennett who emerges as their “other” threat.
Hurting Star: Matthew Stafford played with a broken hand but was able to go and said he’ll be good for next week, but make sure you’ve got a back up.
San Francisco 27, New York Giants 20
Shining Star: Mario Manningham-6 catches for 77 yards and a TD. Not a lot of fantasy points for the big dogs in this one. Manningham had a nice day when he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to go.
Falling Star: Frank Gore had his first career 0 yard game on 6 carries and had 1 catch for 8 yards. He missed time due to a knee injury and was ineffective when he was in as the Giants keyed on stopping the run.
Rising Star: Delanie Walker emerged as a TE weapon for the 9ers as he hauled in 6 of his 7 targets for 69 yards. He and Davis make a solid 2 TE set for Harbaugh’s offense in the revitalized Bay Area offense.
Hurting Star: Frank Gore hurt his knee so monitor his progress throughout the week to see his status for next week’s game.
New England 37, New York Jets 16
Shining Star: Tom Brady-Can’t argue with the 329 yards and 3 TDs against a Jets pass defense that had been shutting down everybody.
Falling Star: Shonn Greene had 61 yards on the ground and added 14 on 2 catches but against this defense the “ground and pound”ers were hoping for much, much more.
Rising Star: Jeremy Kerley is getting more looks in the Jets passing game and turned his 8 targets into 4 catches for 79 yards. This is a team that wants to run, but looks like it needs to pass so he might be worth a flier if you need somebody for the bye next week.
Hurting Star: Devin McCourty (Pats CB) injured his shoulder on a hit from a teammate and didn’t return. No major fantasy injuries to report.