Fantasy Football Today: Early Waiver Goals, Injury Updates & Week 10 Winners and Losers

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It’s always hard to keep up with all the news on an NFL Sunday, but that’s why you subscribe to this newsletter. Before we get into Monday’s content, here are the Week 10 headlines you need to know:

  • Aaron Jones has a MCL sprain. Looks like it’s a “slight” sprain, but Jones looks likely to miss at least one game as a result. And, with the Packers’ week off looming in Week 13, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they held him down in both Weeks 11 and 12 to give him an extra full week to recover. AJ Dillon is expected to be one of the top 12 RBs with Jones sidelined.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson suffers from an ankle injury. It could be a high ankle issue, and it looks like Patterson probably won’t play against the Patriots on Thursday. The real question is whether it will last longer than that, and NFL Network reported on Monday afternoon that it could be an absence of several weeks.
  • CeeDee Lamb has an injured arm. Lamb told reporters the injury looked more like a “charley horse” than anything else, so I hope it’s not too bad. That forced him to miss much of the second half, making his 100 yards and two touchdowns even more impressive.
  • Baker Mayfield is day to day with a knee injury. I guess Mayfield can play against the Lions on Sunday, but we’ll obviously have to see how he progresses in training. Mayfield has been pretty badly beaten all season.
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire has “a good chance” of playing in Week 11. It will be interesting to see exactly what kind of role Edwards-Helaire awaits when he returns, as Darrel Williams has been excellent as a wide receiver in his absence. It could be a real committee, and it might not be a great setup for Edwards-Helaire in his first game against the Cowboys.
  • Cam Newton will take most of the first team reps this week. Matt Rhule hasn’t fully committed to starting Newton, but we all know where it’s going. The Panthers face Washington’s soft pass defense, and Newton could be a top-12 QB this week.
  • Ben Roethlisberger’s status for week 11 is in question. Roethlisberger tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and is symptomatic, according to trainer Mike Tomlin, which means he will have to be asymptomatic for 48 hours before he can be allowed to return to the squad, in addition to the two tests negative, at least 24 hours apart. As we saw on Sunday with Mason Rudolph scoring just 16 points against the Lions, things can always get worse.

Throughout the rest of today’s newsletter, you’ll find my recaps of each game, including the biggest winners and losers from Sunday’s action – then my column of Sunday night’s first surrender goals and the breakdown by. Heath Cummings of Week 10’s main storylines, including tough questions about one of football’s biggest stars. I’ll have my full rankings for week 11 and Jamey Eisenberg’s full list of waiver priorities for tomorrow’s newsletter, and if you have any queries or trade-off questions, be sure to send them to me with the line. object #AskFFT to Chris .Towers @ ViacomCBS.com.

  1. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE 51%
  2. Wayne Gallman, RB, ATL 3%
  3. Cam Newton, QB, RCA 20%
  4. Foreman of Onta, RB, TEN 8%
  5. Jamal Agnew, WR, JAX 14%

For all my top priorities and why I’m targeting them, go here.

Here are the biggest winners from Sunday’s action, and you can read my full rundown of each game here, including winners and losers, a big takeaway, and one more thing to know for each game as well. Here are some key choices:

Winners

These players are coming out of Week 10 better than they were on arrival.

  1. Antonio Gibson. Racing against the Buccaneers is such an unsuccessful proposition for most teams that they often drop out of the race, so of course that was the week Antonio Gibson got a record 24 races. He wasn’t great with those runs (64 yards), but he scored two touchdowns and added two catches for 14 yards for his best fantasy game of the season. It’s always fair to be skeptical of how valuable Gibson can be without a passing role, but at the very least, he’s allayed any concerns that Jaret Patterson could play a significant role. That did not happen in this one despite having a game where the football team played it 34 times. One thing that would certainly help Gibson’s value move forward would be for Washington’s defense to play more like 2020 in the future.
  2. By André Swift. We’ve gotten used to Swift relying on cooldown production, so if you’d told me he only had five yards by three landings in this one, I would have been sure that he had had a bad game. However, the Lions showed a real willingness to ride Swift in this one, giving him 33 runs, which he turned into 130 yards. It’s nice to see that things don’t have to be a total disaster for Swift to be productive for Fantasy, although I wonder what might have been like today if Jamaal Williams had been healthy. The fact that two saves scored long touchdowns is a bit frustrating for Swift managers, but there’s no need to worry.
  3. Cam Newton. Matt Rhule wouldn’t fully commit to Newton as the starting QB in Week 11, but that seems almost assured, assuming he can update himself on the full playbook. He mostly played near the goal line in this one and scored two touchdowns, one with his arm and one with his legs. He has very good weapons and remains an efficient runner. There is the top-12 QB at Newton.
  4. Darrel Williams. Williams was also a big beneficiary of the change in philosophy, catching nine of nine passes thrown for 101 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was particularly impressive, as he jumped over the defenseman in the end zone to score 38 yards. It will be interesting to see what happens if Clyde Edwards-Helaire is healthy enough to play in Week 11, as I think he is clearly the better runner of the two, but has never won the kind of role in the passing game that Williams has. It could be a real committee.

Losers

It’s hard to feel better about those players coming out of Week 10 than you were when you came.

  1. Mike Williams. Sadly, I think we can safely take Williams out of the must-see conversation. He had just six more targets on Sunday, his fourth straight game with six or fewer (and his fifth in the last six). Williams had three red zone targets in this one and wasn’t used exclusively as a deep threat, which had been the problem before, but it’s impossible not to be disappointed with this performance. At this point, Williams is just a WR3. There is potential, but he’s averaged just 5.9 PPR points per game over the last four.
  2. Russell Wilson. All we heard before the game was how ‘miraculous’ Wilson’s quick comeback from finger surgery was and how he spent 19 hours a day rehabilitating the injury to recover as quickly as he did. He did it. And all I can say after the way he played on Sunday is that I wish he had taken a little longer. Wilson was appalling, completing just 20 of 40 passes for 161 yards with a few interceptions as the Seahawks were ruled out for the first time in his career as a starter. Hopefully it was just a game against Rust for him, because if this injury plagues him all season, it’s going to be a real problem for Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, obviously. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for this one.
  3. Rondale Moore. I had high hopes for Moore heading into the season, as his skills match what Kliff Kingsbury likes to do on offense, but I didn’t expect AJ Green and Christian Kirk to have any equally important roles. Moore has nine targets in the two games DeAndre Hopkins missed, with seven catches for 35 yards. He’s a great playmaker with the ball in his hands, but Moore is not yet getting enough valuable targets to be a viable fantasy starter. He’ll be a good post-hype sleeper for 2022, but you can go ahead and drop him where you still have him in the redraft leagues.
  4. TJ Hockenson. Hockenson played almost all of the snaps of this one, all but four. He mapped out 79% of the team’s passing plays, which may be a bit below what you usually expect, but not alarmingly. And yet, he was only targeted once. Once out of 23 routes completed. There’s probably nothing to worry too much about – Hockenson has had 31 targets in his previous three games, after all. But if you haven’t already, you’ve got to come to terms with the fact that Hockenson just isn’t one of those tight cleats you can depend on to beat every game. He’s been a pretty big disappointment, even as someone who hasn’t necessarily bought the hype. As pessimistic as everyone was about the Lions offense, it turns out we weren’t pessimistic enough.

Each week, Heath Cummings takes a look at the greatest fantasy storylines to try and separate fact from fiction for you. Here are the stories from this week and some of Heath’s thoughts:

  • Mac Jones to be top QB in 2021 class: “It’s probably not fair that Jones lives in the shadow of the quarterback he moved in training camp, but it’s kind of Jones’ story since the NFL Draft. And all he’s done is prove people wrong. He’s got the Patriots at 6 -4, currently in the playoffs, and his 94.1 passer rating ranks fifth among all QBs. freshman since 2000. ” See if Heath believes it here …
  • AJ Dillon is in top five RB if Aaron Jones misses time: “Jones sprained his MCL in Week 10 and Dillon didn’t miss a beat. The second-year fullback delivered 128 total yards and the only two touchdowns in a 17-0 win over It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Jones is out until at least the Packers’ Week 13 break, which would open the door to more games like Sunday, where Dillon received 23 touches. Jones is out, Dillon is not just a starter, he’s one of the most treasured backs in Fantasy. ” See if Heath believes it here …
  • DeVonta Smith is in the top 20 WR the rest of the season: “It’s not uncommon for rookie receivers to widen the second half of the season and that’s exactly what Smith appears to be doing. He has nine catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. is the fact that he did it on only 12 targets. ” See if Heath believes it here …

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