Week 10 Studs and Duds


Welcome to Studs & Duds with me, Kari Thomas (@12ozCurlSports).  This article will aim to point out stud and dud performances from players that either overperformed or underperformed based on their matchup during the week.  Any fantasy points in this article are based on 0.5 PPR and 6 points per touchdown.  I hope you enjoy and give me a follow!  I welcome any feedback.

Studs

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger 22/25/328, 5 touchdowns, 1 sack; 45.8 Fantasy Points
Ben Roethlisberger torched the Panthers for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns on Thursday Night Football.  In what looked like a tough matchup, Ben and the Steelers rocked the Panthers world in an easy win of 52-21.  The Steelers go on the road to Jacksonville for this week’s matchup.  They’ve been a tough opponent for the Steelers, so it could turn into somewhat of a shootout if Bortles and crew can hold it together.

Mitchell Trubisky 23/30/355, 3 touchdowns, 1 sack; 42 Fantasy Points
Mitch Trubisky and the Bears beat the Lions at home and continued their dominant season.  He passed for 355 yards and threw two touchdowns to Allen Robinson and one touchdown to Anthony Miller.  He’s been a solid fantasy asset more weeks than not, but he and the Bears will face a tough test against the elite Minnesota defense at home this week.

Baker Mayfield 17/20/216, 3 touchdowns, no sacks; 28.6 Fantasy Points
Baker Mayfield had a flawless game against the leaky Atlanta Falcons defense on Sunday as he passed for three scores to three different receivers.  The Browns are on a bye this week but will be on the road their next two matchups against Cincinnati and Houston.  Mayfield doesn’t project to put up huge fantasy numbers the remainder of the season. 

Marcus Mariota 16/24/228 2 touchdowns, 2 sacks; 25.8 Fantasy Points
Marcus Mariota turned in a solid fantasy performance against the Patriots on Sunday.  The Titans finally decided to utilize Corey Davis in their game plan which assisted the win greatly.  Mariota connected with Davis for a total of 125 yards and a touchdown.  It’s encouraging to see the Titans and Mariota play well against an eternal playoff contender.  We will see what they dial up this week against the Colts in Indianapolis.

Running Back

Nick Chubb 176 rushing yards, 33 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns; 34.4 Fantasy Points
Nick Chubb ran all over the Falcons to the tune of 176 rushing yards.  He added on 33 receiving yards and had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown.  His rushing touchdown went for a spectacular 92 yards which is the longest in the Brown’s franchise history.  The Browns have a bye this week before heading to Cincinnati where he should be able to put up solid fantasy numbers again.

David Johnson 98 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns; 33.8 Fantasy Points
David Johnson had a monster fantasy day against the Chiefs defense where he ran for 98 yards and tacked on 85 receiving yards with two touchdowns.  Byron Leftwich and co are utilizing the back the way he’s meant to be used.  He gets another juicy matchup against the Raiders this week where I expect him to be utilized in a similar fashion.

Aaron Jones 145 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns; 30.7 Fantasy Points
Aaron Jones ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 30+ point fantasy day Sunday.  Miami has been allowing backs a decent number of fantasy points, but the Packers gave Jones opportunities he hasn’t previously seen this season.  His matchup this week is a bit tougher, but he should still see opportunities and his explosiveness gives enough reason to keep him in lineups.

Leonard Fournette 53 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns; 25.4 Fantasy Points
Leonard Fournette returned to action for the first time since week 4 and turned in a solid fantasy day.  He ran for 53 yards and caught another 56 yards while rushing for a touchdown and catching one as well.  The Colts defense has been giving up plenty of fantasy points to running backs this season, but the Steelers are ranked 5th against the run which will be a tough test for Fournette.

Wide Receiver

Allen Robinson 6 receptions for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns; 28.3 Fantasy Points
Allen Robinson returned to the field and erupted for 133 yard and two touchdowns on Sunday.  He missed the previous two games with a groin injury but returned and helped the Bears to their win over Detroit.  He will likely be shadowed by elite defender Xavier Rhodes this weekend which projects to be an incredibly tough matchup.

Corey Davis 7 receptions for 125 yards and 1 touchdown; 22 Fantasy Points
Corey Davis finally had a solid fantasy day as the Titans took the Patriots down.  He’s a target hog and should have another solid fantasy day against the Colts secondary on Sunday.  While the Colts have been better against the pass recently, his target share is reason enough to keep him in play.

Anthony Miller 5 receptions for 122 yards and 1 touchdown; 20.7 Fantasy Points
Anthony Miller’s 5 receptions for 122 yards and touchdown led to a great fantasy day for the rookie.  He’s the second option behind Allen Robinson and while he isn’t necessarily a red zone target (Trey Burton fills that role for the most part), he could have a big role in Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

Zay Jones 8 receptions for 93 yards and 1 touchdown; 19.3 Fantasy Points
Zay Jones and the Bills took the Jets down in surprising fashion.  He isn’t someone I’d want to roster at the moment but the fact that he was able to get something going with Matt Barkley is encouraging.  We will see if the Bills go back to Josh Allen after their bye but Matt Barkley’s play on Sunday should give them reason to start him again.

Tight End

Zach Ertz 14 receptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns; 33.5 Fantasy Points
Zach Ertz had a monster game against Dallas.  He’s a perennial starter in the dumpster fire of a position that is the tight end but I couldn’t not list him as a stud this week after his 14 reception performance.  Ertz is setup for another solid day against the leaky New Orleans defense on Sunday.

Eric Ebron 3 receptions for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns; 26.6 Fantasy Points
Eric Ebron has become an every week starting tight end.  He’s a big red zone target for Andrew Luck and should continue to be utilized there the rest of the season.  The Colts face a tough Titans secondary that didn’t allow a passing touchdown to Tom Brady last week but I still expect Ebron to put some points up as he’s become a reliable option for Andrew Luck.

Austin Hooper 10 receptions for 56 yards and 1 touchdown; 16.6 Fantasy Points
Austin Hooper’s boom-bust potential makes him a good option at a position with limited options.  He performed well against a good Browns secondary and gets the Cowboys defense next that just allowed over 100 yards and two touchdowns to Zach Ertz.

Vance McDonald 4 receptions for 44 yards and 1 touchdown; 12.4 Fantasy Points
Vance McDonald has become a reliable target for Big Ben in an offense that has plenty of great weapons.  He should continue to see targets this weekend as the Steelers head to Jacksonville to take on the Jags. 

Duds

Quarterback

Tom Brady 21/41/254, no touchdowns, 3 sacks; 11.3 Fantasy Points
Tom Brady and the Pats lost to the Titans this week in miserable fashion.  They couldn’t get the ground game going and aired the ball out a lot which isn’t saying a ton since Brady finished the day with 254 yards passing.  The Patriots take their bye this week and then head to the Meadowlands to take on the putrid New York Jets which should be an easy win for them.

Andy Dalton 12/20/153, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 4 sacks; 8.9 Fantasy Points
Andy Dalton threw for a measly 153 yards against a Saints defense that’s been giving up the third most points to the quarterback position this season.  It was an awful showing for the Bengals as they could only muster up 14 points to the Saints 51.  They’ll have a challenge getting back on track against a solid Baltimore defense this week that’s giving up the 7th fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick 29/41/406, no touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 1 fumble; 13.7 Fantasy Points
Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 406 yards but still ended up on the duds list due to the mistakes he made during the game.  He had two interceptions, two sack and a fumble against a stout Redskins defense that came ready to play.  Had he limited his mistakes, he would’ve been a serviceable fantasy asset.  The Bucs will hit the road and play the Giants in a game that gives Fitzpatrick true boom-bust potential.

Derek Carr 24/37/243, no touchdowns, 4 sacks, 1 fumble; 7.9 Fantasy Points
Ah, Derek Carr…he’s become a perennial dud.  There’s not much to say about his play here as the Raiders have been miserable.  They weren’t expected to put much of a fight up against the Chargers defense and they met that expectation.  Things won’t get easier on the road in Arizona as the Cardinals defense should feast upon the errant Raiders.

Running Back

Jordan Howard 21 rushing yards, 11 receiving yards; 3.7 Fantasy Points
Jordan Howard couldn’t get anything going against the Lions defense on Sunday.  The Bears opted to utilize their passing down back Tarik Cohen more in this game plan.  Howard isn’t likely to turn it around this week against a Minnesota defense that ranks 9th against running backs this season.

James White -5 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards; 5.1 Fantasy Points
The Patriots couldn’t get anything going against a solid Tennessee defense on Sunday and that included James White.  He’s put up double-digit fantasy weeks every week until week 10.  He’s certainly a passing down back but even that wasn’t enough to get him up to starter-worthy this week.  The Pats take their bye and then return to take on the Jets in New York in week 12.

Kenyan Drake 27 rushing yards, 11 receiving yards; 4.8 Fantasy Points
Kenyan Drake had another sour fantasy week while the Dolphins utilized more Gore this week.  He has the potential to do well when he’s on the field, but it hasn’t translated the last couple of weeks.  The Dolphins go on their bye this week before heading to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.

Ito Smith 11 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards; 4.6 Fantasy Points
Ito Smith was only in on 29% of the Falcons offensive plays against the Browns.  The Falcons were playing from behind the whole game which makes this statistic a bit more understandable.  He will look to get more running done against the Cowboys this week which is likely a tough matchup against the rookie.

Wide Receiver

Golden Tate 2 receptions for 19 yards; 2.9 Fantasy Points
Golden Tate’s debut with the Eagles didn’t go as fantasy owners may have wished. He had just two receptions for 19 yards. Zach Ertz got the majority of the looks as the Eagles fell to the Cowboys. Going forward, Tate should get his share of targets and his matchup against the Saints this weekend should provide a good number of fantasy points.

Jarvis Landry 2 receptions for 22 yards; 3.2 Fantasy Points
Jarvis Landry has a disappointing fantasy day Sunday as the Browns beat the Falcons. He reeled in two receptions for 22 yards. The Browns should target him more in games where they aren’t playing with the lead the whole time. He’s on bye this weekend but will come back to face the Bengals secondary which should allow him to get back on track.

Mike Evans 3 receptions for 51 yards; 6.6 Fantasy Points
Mike Evans has had two poor fantasy weeks in a row. While this week was (very slightly) better than last week, it’s still troubling that the top receiver in the Buccaneers offense isn’t making catches he should be. We will see if he can get his act together when the Bucs take on the Giants on Sunday.

Tyler Boyd 3 receptions for 65 yards; 8 Fantasy Points
Tyler Boyd looked poised for a huge fantasy day with A.J. Green out and the Bengals taking on the Saints last weekend. It ended up being a bit of a dud as he finished with just eight fantasy points. Green will miss this weekends game so we will see how things shake out and if Boyd can pick up the pace against a solid Ravens defense.

Tight End

Jimmy Graham 1 reception for 14 yards; 1.9 Fantasy Point
Jimmy Graham’s usage in the Packers offense has been encouraging this season as the Packers don’t generally do a ton of passing to their tight ends.  This past weekend was not what we’ve grown accustomed to from Graham.  He will head to Seattle where he may be more needed against a tough Seahawk defense.

O.J. Howard 1 reception for 15 yards; 2 Fantasy Points
A week after appearing in the studs article, O.J. Howard had one reception for a meager 15 yards.  He should return to fantasy relevance this weekend as the Bucs take on the Giants.  He’s still a top tight end option and should continue to be plugged into lineups where other elite options aren’t available.

David Njoku 1 reception for 18 yards; 2.3 Fantasy Points
David Njoku had just one reception for 18 yards on Sunday.  It was a bummer to see him have such a stinker of a game but he’s still a top option at the tight end position.  Baker Mayfield has targeted wide receivers more often as of late and the Browns were playing with a lead that led to more running plays.  I expect Njoku to come out of the bye and be utilized more heavily when the Browns take on the Bengals in week 12.


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