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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 10 Surprise Performers

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Fantasy Football Week 10 Surprise Performers

Week 10 Surprise
John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season featured quite a few surprises. From surprising wins to breakout performances from unlikely sources, this week provided plenty of suspense and intrigue for the fantasy football world.

During the early Sunday games, the New Orleans Saints became the first team to defeat the Atlanta Falcons this season in a closely-contested matchup. During the late Sunday afternoon games, the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams finished their game tied at 24 points apiece, making this matchup the NFL’s first tie game since 2008. In a turnover-filled Sunday night game between the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears, the Texans came out on top at Soldier Field on Veteran’s Day.

Star players like Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (vs. Oakland Raiders, 30.74 points), Saints TE Jimmy Graham (vs. Falcons, 26.60 points), Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (vs. Detroit Lions, 25.60 points) and Lions WR Calvin Johnson (at Vikings, 24.70 points) had some of the top individual performances of the week. However, these elite fantasy options were obvious starts this week and weren’t necessarily surprises. Here’s a look at some surprising players at each position who had unexpected fantasy performances in Week 10.

*Fantasy points are determined by Yahoo! fantasy football default scoring settings. Ownership numbers are from Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and up to date as of Sunday, November 11. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers were not considered for this list.

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Sam Bradford - St. Louis Rams


Rams QB Sam Bradford (at 49ers, 17% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 26-for-39, 275 passing yards, two passing touchdowns

Fantasy points scored: 19.00 points

In one of his better outings of the season, Bradford found open receivers often and led the Rams down the field effectively. From finding the returning Danny Amendola for 11 catches to connecting with Brian Quick and Austin Pettis for touchdowns, he had a solid fantasy performance this week.

Honorable mentions: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (vs. Rams, 1% owned, 17.28 points), Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson (vs. New York Jets, 22% owned, 16.92 points), Vikings’ Christian Ponder (vs. Lions, 24% owned, 16.84 points)

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Danny Woodhead - New England Patriots


New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (vs. Buffalo Bills, 31% owned)

Week 10 statistics: One carry, 15 rushing yards, four receptions, 46 receiving yards, two touchdowns

Fantasy points scored: 18.10 points

In a game that featured plenty of scoring, Woodhead was able to leave his mark on the game with two touchdowns. While he made most of his damage in the passing game, he took advantage of a poor Bills defense. With Stevan Ridley still firmly entrenched as the team’s starting running back, this performance is more of an anomaly than a regular occurrence.

Honorable mentions: Saints’ Chris Ivory (vs. Falcons, 10% owned, 14.50 points), Raiders’ Marcel Reece (at Ravens, 32% owned, 10.40 points), Denver Broncos’ Ronnie Hillman (at Carolina Panthers, 8% owned, 7.30 points)

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Danario Alexander - San Diego Chargers


San Diego Chargers WR Danario Alexander (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3% owned)

Week 10 statistics: Five receptions, 134 receiving yards, one touchdown

Fantasy points scored: 19.40 points

Receiving the start this week opposite of top wide receiver Malcom Floyd, Alexander broke out early with an 80-yard touchdown for his first catch of the day. Showing nice rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers, he used his big frame nicely to catch passes thrown his way.

Honorable mentions: Seahawks’ Golden Tate (vs. Jets, 23% owned, 16.02 points), Bills’ Donald Jones (at Patriots, 8% owned, 13.40 points), Vikings’ Jarius Wright (vs. Lions, 0% owned, 12.80 points)

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Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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Panthers TE Greg Olsen (vs. Broncos, 58% owned)

Week 10 statistics: Nine receptions, 102 receiving yards, two touchdowns

Fantasy points scored: 22.20 points

With a favorable matchup against the Broncos, Olsen had his best game of the season by serving as Cam Newton’s top target once again this week. As the Panthers’ running game continues to struggle, his value continues to rise since he is the team’s only other reliable receiver outside of Steve Smith.

Honorable mentions: Ravens’ Dennis Pitta (vs. Raiders, 28% owned, 12.70 points), Bills’ Scott Chandler (at Patriots, 35% owned, 12.50 points), Buccaneers’ Dallas Clark (vs. Chargers, 12% owned, 6.30 points)

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Rob Bironas - Tennessee Titans


Tennessee Titans K Rob Bironas (at Miami Dolphins, 40% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 3-for-3 field goals made (37, 38, 53), four extra points made

Fantasy points scored: 15.00 points

As the Titans trounced the Dolphins, Bironas had an excellent game with field goal opportunities throughout the game. He also made his first 50-plus-yard field goals of the season in the fourth quarter. Despite playing on a team with a weak offense, Bironas has been a reliable kicker this year.

Honorable mentions: Buccaneers’ Connor Barth (vs. Chargers, 21% owned, 12.00 points), Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri (at Jacksonville Jaguars, 19% owned, 10.00 points), Bills’ Rian Lindell (at Patriots, 2% owned, 8.00 points)

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Colin McCarthy - Tennessee Titans


Titans team defense (at Dolphins, 6% owned)

Week 10 statistics: Three points allowed, two sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one defensive touchdown

Fantasy points scored: 23.00 points

Bironas was not the only member of the Titans who had an excellent performance. Holding the Dolphins to just one field goal, the defense had three interceptions in the game, including one by linebacker Colin McCarthy that was brought back 49 yards for a touchdown.

Honorable mentions: Buccaneers team defense (vs. Chargers, 24% owned, 20.00 points), Colts team defense (at Jaguars, 12% owned, 20.00 points), Cincinnati Bengals team defense (vs. New York Giants, 15% owned, 16.00 points)