Itâ€™s funny. No matter how long you play this game, how much studying you do, how much football you watch, the unpredictableness of the NFL is inevitable. One week nobody knows who DeMarco Murray is, the next he is a household name. One week Matt Schaub is leading the Texans to perhaps being the best team in the AFC, the next he is out for the season. The joys of never knowing exactly what will happen are also our pains, and week 10 was the epitome of those sentiments. John Skelton outscored all quarterbacks save 3. Michael Bush outscored all running backs save 1. This is the top 8 scoring wide receivers, how many did you have high on your cheat sheets: Larry Fitzgerald, Denarius Moore, Laurent Robinson, Jordy Nelson, Damian Williams, Vincent Brown, Jacoby Jones, and Harry Douglas. Talk about studs!!! If it tells us anything, it is that you need FFBLife to be on top of our game now more than ever and fortunately for you we will be. For better, for worse, we will be there. That said; letâ€™s check out some more of the unpredictableness that was week 10:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Matt Schaub: Out for the year. Matt Leinart takes over at QB, worth a look in deep leagues but keep in mind he wonâ€™t play week 11 so you will only have a couple weeks out of him before playoffs. Expect a lot of running from the Houston Texans.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Matt Cassel: Out for the year most likely. Tyler Palko takes over at QB for the Chiefs. Not very attractive, most hurtful for Dwayne Bowe owners. Palko hasnâ€™t gotten much time during the regular season so letâ€™s see if his preseason stats give us anything to be hopeful for: 54.7% completion percentage with a 5.86 yards per attempt, five touchdowns to 12 interceptions with 10 fumbles. Ugh.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Knowshon Moreno: Out for year. Amen and congrats to owners everywhere. You can officially drop him without being worried he might somehow live up to being a top 15 draft choice. Willis McGahee remains the go to back and it looks like Lance Ball is the back up. Ball will get the go if McGahee is out and is worth a pickup as the Broncos are going to run until all of their running backsâ€™ legs falls off.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Michael Vick: Broke 2 ribs on Sunday and his status is unknown. Itâ€™s clear that the ribs had to be affecting him because Vick looked like the old Vick throwing the football (16-34 for 128 with no tds and 2 picks) Vick owners will want to grab Vince Young if you donâ€™t have a reliable back up option. Hopefully you do knowing you had Michael Vick as your quarterback.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jeremy Maclin: Shoulder injury early and hamstring late. He came back from the shoulder but was knocked out late in the game by the hamstring. He has been diagnosed with a separated shoulder and his status for week 11 is very much in doubt. Jason Avant might be a nice spot play with Desean Jackson in the doghouse.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mathew Stafford: Broken ring finger. He said it didnâ€™t affect his throwing. Video evidence says otherwise. 4 picks in the game matched his season total. 2 pick sixes. He says he will continue to play with a glove and play through it but owners might want to pick up Shaun Hill just in case and with bye weeks over.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Frank Gore: Knee. Missed the entire second half of week 10 but coach Jim Harbaugh says Gore should be fine going forward. If I was a Gore owner I would prepare as if Goreâ€™s workload will be severely lightened going forward as the 49ers have their division all but locked up and will need Gore as healthy as possible come playoff time. Kendall Hunter looked good in Goreâ€™s absence.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sidney Rice: Concussion. Week 11 seriously in doubt. Must get cleared, but his concussion looked pretty bad on Sunday.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â AJ Green: Hyperextended knee. Did not catch a pass following the touchdown coach in which he hurt his knee as he spend the majority of the second half on a stationary bike trying to stay warm. Big division game against Baltimore leads me to believe he will gut it out to play, but the severity is still a bit unknown.
Arian Arian Arian
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Can I please take a moment and give a shout out to Arian Foster please. I pleaded to anyone and everyone this preseason that Arian Foster should be the number 1 pick and it should be an easy decision. Vonte Leach or no Vonte Leach, the Houston Texans running attack is amazing and Arian is special in his own right. That was perfectly on display as he caught a pass and made several great cuts and moves on his way to a 78 yard TD reception. All Foster has done is end up NUMBER 2 overall through 10 weeks in standard scoring leagues despite missing the first 3 weeks of the season. Unfortunately, he will need to find the bench in week 11 as the Texans are on bye but trust that the Texans will lean on Foster (and back up Ben Tate for that matter) going forward with Matt Schaub out for the season. Oh and the Texans play the worst and third worst defenses vs the run in weeks 15 and 16, if you can get into the playoffs.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Coming into the season I was also higher on Marshawn Lynch than most. While I was beginning to lose faith as I watched Seattleâ€™s playcalling over the first few weeks, my reasoning seems to be sound. It was clear in the preseason that Lynch would start slow behind Seattleâ€™s young o line. Lynch doesnâ€™t have that special ability like an AP so he would need some solid blocking to really succeed, but in Tom Cable I believe. He turned the Raiders into that smash mouth type running team we are still seeing to this day and the Hawks are following in their footsteps as they get some continuity. Lynch now has back to back 100 yard games and they both came against top 5 run defenses. He has scored in the last 5 games he has played in and looks to be picking up momentum. Beast mode.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s become a weekly note. Iâ€™m sure this guy has forgotten more football over his years than I will ever learn but the key point in that sentence right now seems to be just that, he has forgotten a lot of football.Â How else can he justify giving Ryan Torain near featured back work following rookie Roy Heluâ€™s record breaking day the week prior. Since Torainâ€™s break out against St. Louis in week 4 Torain has averaged an outstanding 1.7 yards per carry. Man that screams NFL starting running back. Helu, however, is coming off 10 carries for 41 yards rushing against the leagues number 1 run D and for good measure threw in a Redskins franchise record 14 catches for over 100 yards receiving. For a team clearly not going anywhere, it doesnâ€™t make any logical sense to try and get your youngest and best playmakers on the field as much as possible. It is clear to everyone other than a Shanahan, their best playmaker right now is Roy Helu. Donâ€™tâ€™ forget that Shanny!
The Broncos did what?!?!
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Thatâ€™s right. 8 pass attempts, 55 rushes. 2 completions for Tim Tebow and guess what, thatâ€™s right, he won again. Not just that, but he still outscored Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, and Michael Vick in standard scoring leagues. Like it or not NFL players but Tebow is 3-1 this season. Maybe he hasnâ€™t looked great throwing, maybe he isnâ€™t close to a prototypical NFL quarterback, but he wins. He has thrown 7 touchdowns to 1 interception in what you would consider his rookie season. A guy that was deemed a project draft pick only a year and a half ago has been thrust into action early than most expected, is 3-1 for his team, and has thrown 1 interception. Thatâ€™s not bad. And please donâ€™t tell me itâ€™s all the talent around him. What throwing to Eddie Royal and Erik Decker sounds appealing? Handing the ball off the Willis McGahee (to his credit has revived his career in Denver but come on, rank him among NFL running backs) or Lance Ball helps one sleep at night? Please. And for this articleâ€™s sake we are fantasy football players, no matter how the stats accumulate. Iâ€™m Tebowing in my office as I type.
Waiver Wire Adds for week 11:
Matt Leinart ***
Vince Young ** (Vick Owners *****)
Shaun Hill ** (Stafford Owners *****)
Tyler Palko *
Lance Ball ****
Kendall Hunter ****
Denarius Moore *****
Damian Williams ****
Vincent Brown *** (watch Floydâ€™s status)
Harry Douglas *** (watch Julioâ€™s status)
Nate Burleson ** (watch Megatronâ€™s status)
Titus Young ** (watch Megatronâ€™s status)