Week ten was a bad week to be a quarterback named Matt. With Matt Schaub and Matt Cassel both likely done for the year, this week will mostly be remembered for significant injuries. Ironically, another Matt will be once again in the spotlight as Matt Leinart looks poised to make good on a second lease on life. We take a look at the dynasty landscape in our latest installment of the weekly aftermath.
Week Ten Fantasy MVP
We’ve never done this before and likely never will again, but this week’s fantasy MVP was actually the defense and special teams unit of the Chicago Bears. They scored not once, not twice, but THREE times on the Lions (two INT returns and a Devin Hester blue plate special). Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster would have been worthy candidates, but a team with Chicago as their defensive unit had a huge advantage.
Week Ten Fantasy LVP
Let’s give this one to someone who didn’t even play – DeSean Jackson of the Eagles. Jackson needs to learn that earning a new contract actually means earning it. After posting mediocre numbers and alligator arming most everything thrown to him in traffic this season, Jackson turned it up a notch by getting himself suspended for being late to a special teams meeting.
He can make all the excuses he wants, but nobody is going to pay big money to a one dimensional diva who is proving to be more of a headache than a legitimate weapon.
The virtually unbeatable lineup of the week…
QB Aaron Rodgers GB = 250 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, four touchdowns
RB Arian Foster HOU = 84 rushing yards, 102 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Michael Bush OAK = 157 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB DeMarco Murray DAL = 135 rushing yards, 36 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Larry Fitzgerald ARI = 7 catches, 146 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Denarius Moore OAK = 5 catches, 123 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Laurent Robinson = 3 catches, 73 yards, two touchdowns
TE Rob Gronkowski NE = 8 catches, 113 yards, two touchdowns
The dominant underdog lineup of the week…
QB John Skelton ARI = 315 passing yards, three touchdowns, two INTs
RB Reggie Bush MIA = 47 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB Chris Ogbonnaya CLE = 90 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards
RB Ben Tate HOU = 63 rushing yards, one touchdown
WR Damian Williams TEN = 5 catches, 107 yards, one touchdown
WR Vincent Brown SD = 5 catches, 97 yards, one touchdown
WR Jacoby Jones HOU = 2 catches, 87 yards, one touchdown
TE Ed Dickson BAL = 10 catches, 79 yards, two touchdowns
You probably lost if your lineup looked like this...
QB Jay Cutler CHI = 123 passing yards, 18 rushing yards
RB Mark Ingram NO = 11 rushing yards
RB Willis McGahee DEN = 17 rushing yards, one injury
RB LeGarrette Blount TB = 34 rushing yards
WR Sidney Rice SEA = 2 catches, 14 receiving yards
WR Dwayne Bowe KC = 2 catches, 17 receiving yards
WR Reggie Wayne IND = 3 catches, 13 receiving yards
TE Marcedes Lewis JAX = 1 catch, -4 receiving yards
I’d be worried if…
I’m banking on production from Miles Austin before Thanksgiving. Laurent Robinson is filling in well enough for the Cowboys to wait a bit and make sure Austin is 100% this time.
I think the Chad Ochocinco comeback is still going to happen this season.
I consider Knownshon Moreno anything but a total bust at this point.
I have Jacoby Ford or Darrius Heyward-Bey. It sure looks like Denarius Moore is taking over as the best Raiders wideout to own during the Carson Palmer era.
I play a team with Rob Gronkowski on their roster. This guy is posting ridiculous numbers and there may be no other TE to have in a dynasty league outside of Jimmy Graham at this point.
I have any Redskin running back. Like we’ve said 10,000 times, Mike Shanahan hates you.
I’m hoping for production from Hines Ward again. The young kids have simply taken over.
I own Kevin Kolb. John Skelton hasn’t been great, but the team has played better with him at quarterback. That may be a total indictment on just how bad Kolb has been.
I own Mark Ingram. I get that he’s been hurt, but shouldn’t we have seen a little more by now?
I hope Reggie Wayne can help me in the playoffs. He’s currently on pace for 1.8 touchdowns this season.
I’m banking on Stevie Johnson for the stretch run. He has as many 100 yard games as you do this year. Sure, it’s likely just a slump, but it’s a long slump right now.
I expect anything from Green Bay running backs. You can make the case that John Kuhn may be the best play as the Packers continue to just sling it around at will.
I expect a dropoff from Andy Dalton. This kid is legit.
I’m still looking for good things from Johnny Knox. Strange how he’s just disappeared.
I’m looking for big things from Brandon Jacobs with Ahmad Bradshaw out. It’s just not happening.
I’m hoping for consistency from Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson. It’s just weird.
I’m expecting a total fantasy faceplant from Tim Tebow. His situation is polarizing. He’s an awful passer and the Broncos know it. Thing is, they can actually win a game where he goes 2-for-8. There are simply no other quarterbacks who can put up respectable fantasy days with two completions. None – he was the 10th best quarterback this week in most formats. What would happen if he completed 8 passes? 10? 20? Oh, the humanity!
A Look Ahead to Hot Names on the Week Eleven Waiver Wire
Remember, we focus on many lesser known players here.
1. Matt Leinart, QB HOU
He was supposedly looking great in practice, so it’s time to see it in live action now.
2. TJ Yates, QB HOU
Let’s say we’re not 100% sold on Leinart.
3. Tyler Palko, QB KC
We usually don’t mention players twice on this list, but he’ll get a shot now in KC.
4. Chastin West, WR JAX
Here’s a name to put in your back pocket…or on a deep bench.
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