Fantasy Football 2012: Top Week 10 Performers
Fantasy Football Top Players of Week 10
Ideally, the best fantasy football rosters win by having great overall contributions from every player on the roster. When some players struggle to score near their projected totals, players that exceed expectations and have great outputs help balance out a team’s lower scorers. To win on a frequent basis, top performances are what fuel teams to the top of their respective leagues’ standings.
In Week 10, there were many players who would fit the statements of overachiever and high-scorers. The top performers of this week range from elite options with favorable matchups to the unlikely sources of production. If owners have one or more of the players on this list, they typically put themselves in a great position to win their matchup.
Week 10 provided plenty of scoring opportunities. In total, 11 teams scored at least 28 points, meaning there were plenty of touchdowns to go around for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. This week, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for four touchdowns, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson ran for over 100 yards and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had 135 receiving yards, yet none of these players make the list as Week 10 fantasy leaders. Here’s a look at the best of the best from this week in the NFL.
*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 Monday, November 12. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game.
Joe Flacco-Baltimore Ravens
Week 10 statistics: 341 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 rushing yard, 1 rushing touchdown
For only the second time in his career, Flacco had a hand in four touchdowns in one game. Up against a beatable Raiders secondary, he dissected them all day long and even found his way into the end zone for a one-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
Honorable mentions: Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan (at New Orleans Saints, 99% owned, 27.64 points), Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford (at Minnesota Vikings, 98% owned, 25.46 points), San Diego Chargers’ Philip Rivers (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 83% owned, 23.98 points)
Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Vikings
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson - 25.60 points (vs. Lions, 100% owned)
Week 10 statistics: 171 rushing yards, 5 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 1 2-point conversion
Peterson had no trouble running past the Lions in Week 10 with his fourth straight game of at least 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. While his numbers were solid in the first half, his performance became the best among running backs after rushing to the right for a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Honorable mentions: Buffalo Bills’ Fred Jackson (at New England Patriots, 90% owned, 21.50 points), Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson (at Miami Dolphins, 99% owned, 19.40 points), Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch (vs. New York Jets, 100% owned, 19.10 points)
Calvin Johnson-Detroit Lions
Lions WR Calvin Johnson - 24.70 points (at Vikings, 100% owned)
Week 10 statistics: 207 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost
While Peterson dominated the game on the ground for the Vikings, Johnson dominated the game through the air for the Lions. Aside from his fumble, his day was nearly perfect, as he caught 12 for the 13 passes thrown his way and was a star player this week despite concerns about a knee injury.
Honorable mentions: Chargers’ Danario Alexander (at Buccaneers, 5% owned, 19.40 points), Ravens’ Torrey Smith (vs. Raiders, 93% owned, 18.70 points), Seahawks’ Sidney Rice (vs. Jets, 77% owned, 17.40 points)
Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints
Saints TE Jimmy Graham - 26.60 points (vs. Falcons, 100% owned)
Week 10 statistics: 146 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Like Johnson, Graham has also been slowed up by an (ankle) injury suffered from earlier in the season. However, this had little negative effect in Graham’s two-touchdown performance against the previously-undefeated Falcons. Next week should also serve as an excellent matchup for Graham and the Saints when they face the Raiders.
Honorable mentions: Falcons’ Tony Gonzalez (at Saints, 98% owned, 24.20 points), Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen (vs. Broncos, 58% owned, 22.20 points), Ravens’ Dennis Pitta (vs. Raiders, 28% owned, 12.70 points)
Stephen Gostkowski-New England Patriots
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski - 15.00 points (vs. Bills, 96% owned)
Vikings K Blair Walsh - 15.00 points (vs. Lions, 75% owned)
Titans K Rob Bironas - 15.00 points (at Dolphins, 40% owned)
Gostkowski made all three of his field goal attempts and finished the game against the Bills with 13 of his team’s 37 points. Walsh made all four of his field goal attempts and finished the game against the Lions with 14 of his team’s 34 points. Bironas made all three of his field goal attempts and finished the game against the Dolphins with 13 of his team’s 37 points.
Honorable mention: Ravens’ Justin Tucker (vs. Raiders, 66% owned, 14.00 points)
Denver Broncos team defense
Broncos team defense - 26.00 points (at Panthers, 72% owned)
Week 10 statistics: 14 points allowed, 7 sacks, 1 safety, 2 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown, 1 return touchdown
The Broncos defense had a field day against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, as they sacked him seven times, one which went for a safety, and picked him off twice, including one by Tony Carter that was returned for a 40-yard touchdown. The second non-offense touchdown actually came from special teams, as Trindon Holliday returned a punt 76 yards for a score in the first half.