Stars of Week 10 

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: 22-25, 328 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs

RB: Nick Chubb, CLE: 20 carries, 176 yards, 2 TDs (3 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD)                     

WR: Allen Robinson, CHI: 6 catches, 133 yards, 2 TDs

TE: Eric Ebron, IND: 3 catches, 69 yards, 2 TDs (1 carry, 2 yards, 1 TD)

So what do we have here? No Rams, no Chiefs, no Saints and no Patriots in this week’s honor roll – in a week with each of those teams being active.

Let’s start at QB, with Ben Roethlisberger picking apart the Panthers’ defense last Thursday night. Roethlisberger has been maddeningly inconsistent for fantasy purposes over the last few seasons, but he remains a low end QB1 who plays decidedly better at home.

Nick Chubb has benefited greatly from the Browns post-Hue Jackson youth movement, and he gashed the Falcons for more than 200 combined yards and 3 TDs. He’s a mid to high end RB2 going forward.

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has been a disappointment this year, with not very many yards and just a few TDs. Well, Robinson had his best game as a Bear, surpassing the century mark in yards and finding the end zone twice. He’s been a WR3/flex level player up until week 10, so keep him there unless we see additional progress in the coming weeks.

Eric Ebron has been a TD machine this year, with three more TDs this past weekend against the toothless Jaguars. That puts Ebron at 10 TDs through nine games. He’s a legit TE1, albeit one that’s very TD dependent. 

Week 10 Takeaways – A Closer Look

Each week we take a closer look at a handful of performances and sort out what such performances mean going forward.

Mitch Trubisky, QB – CHI: 23-30, 355 yards, 3 TDs (3 carries, 18 yards, 1 TD)

Analysis:  The optimistic hope going into the 2018 season was that Trubisky would have a Jared Goff like ascent, now that he has his own QB whisperer in Coach Nagy. The 2018 season has brought us a division leading Bears squad, an ascending offense and a much improved Trubisky. How much has Trubisky improved? Well, his statistics show a vastly improved QB, with a passer rating of 101.6 and a QBR of 73.7, compared to rookie season numbers of 77.5 and 33.6, respectively. The eye test has also shown Trubisky having taken big steps, but not to the same level as the stats indicate. Trubisky has roasted weakling defensive squads such as the Lions, Bucs and Jets, while struggling against the Bills, Seahawks and Cardinals. Viewing this from a fantasy prism, Trubisky vacillates between a QB1 and QB2 dependent upon matchup. Start him with confidence against weaker defensive foes, but exercise caution when he faces the tougher defenses. 

Aaron Jones, RB – GB: 15 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs

Analysis: We’ve looked at Jones and the Packers RB situation previously, but the earth has moved a bit – in the right direction – and it’s time for us to revisit. I’ve mentioned since the preseason that Jones is the best RB from the Packers group, but it took Coach Mike McCarthy a long time to figure this out on his own. Well, we finally had a breakthrough this past Sunday. Jones dominated the backfield touches and snaps, out-carrying Jamaal Williams 15 to 3, outrushing him 145 yards to 3 and out-snapping him 42 to 14 (per Pro Football Focus). And guess what? Jones averaged just under 10 yards a carry, scored two TDs and played an instrumental role in helping the Cheeseheads beat the Dolphins. Now that the light bulb has gone on in McCarthy’s head, Jones moves into solid RB2 territory, with upside to boot. On the flip side, Jamaal Williams should be stashed on a bench, only used if Jones gets injured. Start Jones with confidence the rest of the way.

Rashaad Penny, RB – SEA: 12 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: The Seahawks were widely mocked for taking Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2018. Based on Penny’s performance thus far, the criticism has been deserved. Penny has fallen to third on the Seahawks’ RB depth chart, and up until this past Sunday, has looked slow with no wiggle. With Chris Carson out against the Rams, Penny got his name called early in the first quarter, and he showed signs of being an NFL caliber running back. Penny found the end zone on an 18 yard run, and also showed great burst on a 38 yard scamper. Coming into the game, Penny had 146 yards rushing on 42 carries – which amounts to a 3.48 YPC. Penny averaged 9 YPC against the Rams, and looked like a completely different player. So how does this impact his fantasy value? Well, Penny goes from having no value to some value, but unless Carson misses additional games, Penny will not be usable except for the deepest of leagues (think 16 plus teams). Penny will likely cut into Mike Davis’ carries, so Davis should also be tethered to your bench if rostered unless Carson is out. Penny’s performance does give hope for those in dynasty leagues, however. If you’ve got an open spot in your dynasty league, not a bad idea to take a flyer on Penny to see if his role increases in the next year or two. Otherwise, this is still Carson’s job when healthy.

Corey Davis, WR – TEN: 7 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: Corey Davis was highly sought after on draft day as a second year sleeper, but he has largely disappointed owners through the first half of the year. Through his first eight games, Davis scored only 1 TD and only had one game surpassing 100 yards, and his game log included performances with 10, 24 and 34 yards. Well, against the Patriots this past Sunday, Davis put together his second best game of the season, finding the end zone and comfortably eclipsing the 100 yard mark. So has Davis finally broken through? Count me as a cautious ‘yes’ vote here. Davis has always had tantalizing tools, but he has been limited in large part by the performance of his quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Titans have shown signs of life the last two weeks, and Mariota has had more time to adjust to the Titans’ new offensive scheme. The Titans are now rolling, and Davis is the undisputed alpha receiver in their passing game. You should comfortably move Davis back into your starting lineups, and look for WR2 value down the home stretch. 

Rapid Fire Pickups

Each week we throw out potential free agent pickups from each position for deeper leagues, in each case 1) someone who has NOT been featured above, and 2) a player available in most leagues.

QB: Dak Prescott, DAL

RB: Josh Adams, PHI

RB: Giovani Bernard, CIN

WR: Maurice Harris, WAS

WR: Josh Reynolds, LAR (next man up with Cooper Kupp out for the year)

TE: CJ Uzomah, CIN

Week 11 Rankings 


  1. Patrick Mahomes, KC       @LAR
  2. Jared Goff, LAR                KC
  3. Drew Brees, NO               Phi
  4. Cam Newton, Car             @Det
  5. Matt Ryan, Atl                  Dal
  6. Aaron Rodgers, GB           @Sea
  7. Carson Wentz, Phi            @NO
  8. Russell Wilson, Sea          GB
  9. Deshaun Watson, Hou      @Wsh
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB         @NYG
  11. Andrew Luck, Ind             Ten
  12. Dak Prescott, Dal             @Atl
  13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit     @Jax
  14. Philip Rivers, LAC             Den
  15. Mitchell Trubisky, Chi       Min
  16. Kirk Cousins, Min             @Chi
  17. Marcus Mariota, Ten         @Ind
  18. Lamar Jackson, Bal          Cin
  19. Eli Manning, NYG             TB
  20. Matthew Stafford, Det      Car

Running Backs:

  1. Todd Gurley II, LAR         KC
  2. Alvin Kamara, NO            Phi
  3. Saquon Barkley, NYG       TB
  4. Melvin Gordon, LAC         Den
  5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dal            @Atl
  6. Christian McCaffrey, Car   @Det
  7. Kareem Hunt, KC             @LAR
  8. David Johnson, Ari           Oak
  9. James Conner, Pit            @Jax
  10. Leonard Fournette, Jax     Pit
  11. Joe Mixon, Cin                 @Bal
  12. Aaron Jones, GB              @Sea
  13. Tevin Coleman, Atl           Dal
  14. Kerryon Johnson, Det       Car
  15. Mark Ingram II, NO         Phi
  16. Dalvin Cook, Min             @Chi
  17. Tarik Cohen, Chi              Min
  18. Marlon Mack, Ind            Ten
  19. Phillip Lindsay, Den         @LAC
  20. Dion Lewis, Ten              @Ind
  21. Adrian Peterson, Wsh      Hou
  22. Lamar Miller, Hou            @Wsh
  23. Chris Carson, Sea           GB
  24. Alex Collins, Bal              Cin
  25. Jordan Howard, Chi         Min
  26. Doug Martin, Oak           @Ari
  27. Jalen Richard, Oak          @Ari
  28. Peyton Barber, TB           @NYG
  29. Chris Thompson, Wsh     Hou
  30. Austin Ekeler, LAC           Den
  31. Derrick Henry, Ten          @Ind
  32. Mike Davis, Sea              GB
  33. Royce Freeman, Den       @LAC
  34. Josh Adams, Phi             @NO
  35. Ito Smith, Atl                 Dal
  36. T.J. Yeldon, Jax               Pit
  37. Nyheim Hines, Ind          Ten
  38. Theo Riddick, Det           Car
  39. Jacquizz Rodgers, TB      @NYG
  40. Rashaad Penny, Sea       GB

Wide Receivers:

  1. Michael Thomas, NO       Phi
  2. Adam Thielen, Min          @Chi
  3. Julio Jones, Atl                Dal
  4. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG   TB
  5. DeAndre Hopkins, Hou    @Wsh
  6. Antonio Brown, Pit          @Jax
  7. Tyreek Hill, KC                @LAR
  8. Davante Adams, GB        @Sea
  9. Keenan Allen, LAC           Den
  10. Brandin Cooks, LAR         KC
  11. Mike Evans, TB               @NYG
  12. Robert Woods, LAR         KC
  13. Stefon Diggs, Min           @Chi
  14. Emmanuel Sanders, Den @LAC
  15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit  @Jax
  16. T.Y. Hilton, Ind                Ten
  17. Alshon Jeffery, Phi           @NO
  18. Amari Cooper, Dal           @Atl
  19. Tyler Boyd, Cin                @Bal
  20. Corey Davis, Ten             @Ind
  21. Sammy Watkins, KC        @LAR
  22. Marvin Jones Jr., Det       Car
  23. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari        Oak
  24. Allen Robinson, Chi         Min
  25. M. Valdes-Scantling, GB  @Sea
  26. Kenny Golladay, Det       Car
  27. Devin Funchess, Car       @Det
  28. Golden Tate, Phi              @NO
  29. Demaryius Thomas, Hou  @Wsh
  30. Sterling Shepard, NYG     TB
  31. Doug Baldwin, Sea          GB
  32. Tyler Lockett, Sea            GB
  33. Courtland Sutton, Den     @LAC
  34. John Brown, Bal              Cin
  35. Michael Crabtree, Bal       Cin
  36. Calvin Ridley, Atl             Dal
  37. Anthony Miller, Chi          Min
  38. DeSean Jackson, TB        @NYG
  39. Christian Kirk, Ari           Oak
  40. Josh Reynolds, LAR         KC

Tight End:

  1. Travis Kelce, KC              @LAR
  2. Zach Ertz, Phi                 @NO
  3. O.J. Howard, TB              @NYG
  4. Greg Olsen, Car              @Det
  5. Austin Hooper, Atl            Dal
  6. Jimmy Graham, GB          @Sea
  7. Jack Doyle, Ind                Ten
  8. Trey Burton, Chi              Min
  9. Eric Ebron, Ind                Ten
  10. Jared Cook, Oak              @Ari
  11. Evan Engram, NYG          TB
  12. Jordan Reed, Wsh           Hou
  13. Kyle Rudolph, Min           @Chi
  14. C.J. Uzomah, Cin            @Bal
  15. Vance McDonald, Pit       @Jax
  16. Ricky Seals-Jones, Ari     Oak
  17. Jeff Heuerman, Den        @LAC
  18. Benjamin Watson, NO     Phi
  19. Gerald Everett, LAR        KC
  20. Nick Vannett, Sea           GB

Defense/Special Teams:

  1. Chicago Bears                 Min
  2. Arizona Cardinals            Oak
  3. Baltimore Ravens            Cin
  4. Houston Texans              @Wsh
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers          @Jax
  6. Carolina Panthers            @Det
  7. Los Angeles Chargers      Den
  8. Indianapolis Colts           Ten
  9. Minnesota Vikings           @Chi
  10. Washington Redskins      Hou
  11. Tennessee Titans            @Ind
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars        Pit
  13. Cincinnati Bengals          @Bal
  14. New Orleans Saints         Phi
  15. Dallas Cowboys              @Atl