Week 10 Wrap-up: Keepin' up with the Jones'

What a week 10, huh? The Jets and Ravens break the 40 point mark, Brady Quinn makes his big debut…and the Bills drop from first to last in the AFC East! The biggest achievements of the week though by far came from some of the league’s running backs, primarily Thomas Jones of the Jets, and Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars, who both had three touchdown games. In addition to the Jones’, I think an honorable mention is also deserving of Adrian “All Day” Peterson, who broke the 200 yards from scrimmage mark in the Vikings exciting, last minute victory over the Packers. (By the way, all three running backs were on the Hit list this week!) Anyways, let’s jump into the action that took place in week 10…

  • New York Jets 47, St. Louis 3: While I predicted a solid game from Thomas Jones, I was not prepared for what transpired Sunday afternoon when he dominated the Rams defense to the tune of 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns. What’s nearly as amazing as T-Jones’ performance was the fact that Brett Favre, Laveranues Coles nor Jericho Cotchery really contributed much of anything to this slaughter. Rookie tight end Dustin Keller had the biggest game of his short career with 107 yards receiving and a score, but the player who paid off the most for fantasy managers (besides Jones) was kicker Jay Feely, who had five extra points and four field goals, which equated to 21+ fantasy points in most leagues.
  • Jacksonville 38, Detroit 14: My question is how many people started Maurice Jones-Drew this week? MJD has been extremely frustrating to own in fantasy football this season and has really only been worth playing three out of nine weeks the Jaguars have had a game so far (week 3, 6, 10…every third game actually…do I sense a big game in week 13 against the Texans?) So when he goes for 91 combined yards and three touchdowns, how many of you were screaming in joy? And how many in regret? In other news, Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith had a solid game with over 90 rushing yards and a score and is becoming a guy you can feel semi-confident starting as a RB2 or flex play against mediocre or worse defenses. Also, what is going on with Detroit’s quarterback situation? Nevermind…I just remembered that I don’t care.  
  • Baltimore 41, Houston 13: You know it’s a pretty exciting week in the NFL when the Baltimore Ravens drop a 40 spot on someone! Whether you like it or not, rookie quarterback Joe Flacco (185 yards passing, 2 TD) has been much better than advertised for the Ravens and has become a capable fantasy backup…something you haven’t heard about a Baltimore quarterback in a long, long time. Switching to the subject of the team’s running game…I’m glad I don’t have any of those guys (McGahee, McClain and Rice.) Big day for Willis, as he rushes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s still a mystery as to which guy will get the bulk of the fantasy production for the team on a week-to-week basis. On a side note, it was nice to have a Todd Heap sighting…and I when I said that Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels was “prone to turn the ball over”, I wasn’t lying. 
  • New England 20, Buffalo 10: Not much of fantasy relevance going on here (except for the fact that I was forced to play BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and his 100+ yards and a score, in our blogger league…and it paid off!) I am very happy to see the Patriots beat the Bills though. I enjoy the fact that Buffalo fans are slightly depressed after realizing their team lost to a quarterback who never started a game in college.
  • Atlanta 34, New Orleans 20: When your team’s leading rusher is a wide receiver who gained 30 yards on a trick play, you know you’re at a slight disadvantage. Even with Marques Colston (seven receptions for 140 yards) finally making some contributions to fantasy football, it wasn’t enough to stop Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (248 yards, 2 TD) and Michael Turner “The Burner” (96 rushing yards, TD) from knocking them into last place in the division.
  • Tennessee 21, Chicago 14: Another close one for the Titans, but another victory in the books (only 7 to go!) I’m not sure how in the world the Bears held LenDale White and Chris Johnson to a combined 22 yards on 24 carries…but it didn’t matter with Vodka Collins (289 yards, 2 TD) at the helm. Big game here for Bears rookie tailback Matt Forte (126 combined yards, TD) and for anyone who rolled the dice and started Tennessee’s tight end Bo Scaife (10 receptions for 78 yards and a TD) this week…especially if you’re in a PPR league.
  • Miami 21, Seattle 19: Not sure how this game ended up being so close with the Seahawks offense looking so terrible in the first half, but the Dolphins pulled it out and created quite a mess in the AFC East. Ricky Williams busted a 51 yard yard touchdown and finished with 105 yards on the day…but other than that, not a whole lot of interest going on here.
  • Minnesota 28, Green Bay 27: Did I mention that “Purple Jesus” was ready to roll at home? Oh, I did. If you had Adrian Peterson on your team, you are obviously pretty happy with his 225 combined yards and a touchdown performance (but could we have gotten another score or two?!) 
  • Indianapolis 24, Pittsburgh 20: First it was the Texans, then the Patriots, and now the Steelers who let the Colts hang around in a game and come back at the very end to win when they definitely should have lost. Pittsburgh running back Mewelde Moore (105 combined yards, 2 TD) did all he could to carry Big Ben’s heavy ass (284 yards…and 3 INT!) and the rest of the team, but it wasn’t enough with vintage Peyton Manning (240 yards, 3 TD) and Reggie Wayne (114 yards, TD) on the other side of the ball.
  • San Diego 20, Kansas City 19: Is Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen (266 yards, 3 TD) a viable fantasy quarterback at this point? I know I won’t be starting him, but he’s someone to consider if you’re in a keeper (or very deep) league. As with Brady Quinn did with Kellen Winslow, Thigpen looked often to his Pro Bowl tight end as Tony Gonzalez (10 receptions for 113 yards, 2 TD) had a huge game that nearly was enough to give Kansas City a big upset victory against the Chargers. By the way, who is Dantrell Savage? You won’t find him on this weeks The Wire…that’s for sure.
  • Carolina 17, Oakland 6: As a fan of football, it pains me to even pay this game the respect needed to put it on this list. Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams had a big rushing day with 140 yards and a score, but the pathetic-ness that the two teams called “quarterback play” (combined 22 for 61 passing, for 219 yards, 1 TD and 6 INT) detracted from all of that. Is an NFL team allowed to have a quarterback depth chart that reads: JaMarcus Russell, Andrew Walter, and Marques Tuiasosopo?
  • New York Giants 36, Philadelphia 31: I have to admit that Brandon Jacobs (126 yards, 2 TD) is an underrated running back in the NFL, and I wish I had him on at least ONE of my fantasy teams. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (194 passing yards and 3 TD, plus 35 rushing yards,) had a solid game, but the defending Superbowl champions are obviously the team to beat in the NFC.
  • Denver 34, Cleveland 30 (Thursday): Not to beat a dead horse, since this game took place days ago, but I’m sure this game made a lot of fantasy managers happy going into the weekend (I know it made me happy!) Between Jay Cutler’s monster 447 passing yard, three touchdown performance, Eddie Royal’s 164 receiving yards and a score, or Kellen Winslow’s 111 yards and two trips to the end zone, this game could have potentially put your team up nearly 50 points or so before Sunday’s games even happened. Besides all that though, it was good to see the young guys contribute to the fantasy football world, with Browns quarterback Brady Quinn throwing for 239 yards and two scores in his professional debut, while rookie running back Ryan Torain rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos.
  • Arizona 28, San Francisco 10 (Projected): Kurt Warner has a field day, hitting Boldin and Fitzgerald for touchdowns, while the 49er’s offense can’t seem to get out of it’s own way. If all goes according to plan (i.e. what I’m hoping for), Cardinals rookie running back Tim Hightower will have another big game as well, breaking the century mark and finding the end zone.