Week 10 brought us plenty of stellar performances, with a few coming from unlikely names. Here, in no particular order, we take a look at whose fantasy football stock rose after the Sunday action.
1. Chris Ivory - RB - New Orleans Saints
Week 10 stats: 72 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 1 reception, 12 yards
Chris Ivory most likely recorded the highlight of the weekend with his 56-yard bull-rushing touchdown. Though he only saw seven carries, the New Orleans Saints will need to adjust their game plan to cater to Chris Ivory. He's got the speed, strength and stamina. The Saints will feature him moving forward.
2. Danario Alexander - WR - San Diego Chargers
Week 10 stats: 5 receptions, 134 yards, 1 touchdown
No surprise here. Danario Alexander is starting to turn into Philip Rivers' favorite target. He started the day off with an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Pick this guy up off of the waiver wire and get him in your lineup as soon as possible.
3. Chris Johnson - RB - Tennessee Titans
Week 10 stats: 126 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 1 reception, 8 yards
Chris Johnson is steadily getting back to his 2009 form. Today, he became the first running back in the last 22 games against the Miami Dolphins to go for 100 yards in a game. He is starting to get consistent help from his offensive line, something that wasn't there when he was struggling at the beginning of the year. Look forward to watching Chris Johnson continue his success moving forward. If he was able to have success against the No. 3 rushing defense in the league, he should have no problem with anyone else.
4. Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Buffalo Bills
Week 10 stats: 352 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his lone interception on the last play of the game. His yard total proved very promising for his outlook moving forward. His total yards today were second most of any quarterback that played (Matt Ryan, 411 yards).
5. Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Week 10 stats: 9 receptions, 102 yards, 2 touchdowns
Greg Olsen had a superb game today and was easily Cam Newton's favorite target. It's a shame his efforts couldn't have resulted in a win for his Carolina Panthers team. Greg Olsen will be a TE1 moving forward.
6. Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Week 10 stats: 341 passing yards, 4 total touchdowns (1 rush), 1 interception
Where did this performance come from? Maybe it was the bye week? Whatever it was, Joe Flacco dazzled viewers today. The Baltimore Ravens will need performances such as today's more often if they want to make a run at the Super Bowl. You have got to love what Joe Flacco did today.
7. Broncos Defense - D/ST - Denver Broncos
Week 10 stats: 14 points allowed, 2 interceptions, 7 sacks, 1 punt return touchdown, 1 interception return touchdown
The Denver Broncos were headhunting today. They were successful in that. They made life miserable for Cam Newton and could make life miserable for the rest of the quarterbacks they face this year if they continue to play how they did today.
8. Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
Week 10 stats: 7 receptions, 146 yards, 2 touchdowns
Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees are back in sync. The Saints are only one game under .500, and we will be seeing more performances like this one out of Graham moving forward this year. He seems to be 100 percent healthy. It's a no-brainer. He is a TE1. You probably drafted him in Round 1 if you've got him.
9. Torrey Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Week 10 stats: 2 receptions, 67 yards, 2 touchdowns
Torrey Smith only caught two balls today, but they both were spectacular touchdowns. If Flacco continues to play how he did today, you've got to consider Torrey Smith as a WR2/WR3 moving forward.
10. Marcel Reece - RB - Oakland Raiders
Week 10 stats: 48 rushing yards; 7 receptions, 56 receiving yards
Okay, I was wrong. I have been before. I was under the impression Taiwan Jones was going to get some action today, but he hardly got any. Marcel Reece did get plenty of action, though. As long as Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are out of the lineup, Reece should be in your fantasy football lineup.
11. Tony Gonzalez - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Week 10 stats: 11 receptions, 122 yards, 2 touchdowns
Tony Gonzalez was about as reliable as it gets today. Too bad it came in the Falcons' first loss of the season. Anyhow, keep starting Gonzalez. He may be getting older, but his talent isn't going anywhere.
12. Cecil Shorts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 10 stats: 6 receptions, 105 yards, 1 touchdown
If you would like to learn more about who this guy is, check out the article I wrote before he exploded this week. Cecil Shorts is the real deal. He reminds me of Victor Cruz with his ability to shake off defenders and his blistering speed. Get him off the waiver wire before it's too late.
13. Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 stats: 8 receptions, 93 yards, 1 touchdown
Depending on how long Michael Vick is out, Jeremy Maclin's fantasy football stock will vary. We evidently saw that Maclin is rookie quarterback Nick Foles' favorite target, as they hooked up eight times for 93 yards and a touchdown today. As long as Foles is starting for the Eagles, you should be starting Maclin in your lineup.
14. Danny Amendola - WR - St. Louis Rams
Week 10 stats: 11 receptions, 97 yards
Having Danny Amendola back in the lineup is huge for fantasy owners, as he had a great day coming back from his injury. His numbers could have been even more impressive if it weren't for an illegal formation penalty that nullified an 80-yard reception Amendola caught from Sam Bradford.
15. Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
Week 10 stats: 97 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 18 yards
Frank Gore was plowing all over the St. Louis Rams all day today. He may be getting older, too, but his talent is certainly sticking with him. His performance rose his stock this week. Keep him in the lineup no matter who he plays. San Francisco has consistent success running the ball.
16. Michael Crabtree - WR - San Francisco 49ers
Week 10 stats: 5 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
Michael Crabtree rounds out the two San Francisco 49ers players with solid days. Crabtree is finally living up to the hype Niners fans were hoping for. In his last two games, Michael Crabtree has caught 11 balls for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
17. Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Week 10 stats: 199 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
Andy Dalton did a great job backing up the performance put on by his defense today. He shredded the New York Giants defense for four touchdown passes. His 199 yards weren't jaw-dropping, but his total yardage most likely would have been higher if he had more field to work with.
18. Steven Jackson - RB - St. Louis Rams
Week 10 stats: 101 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 26 yards
A lot of people have been keeping Steven Jackson on the bench because they think he's old. Chances are you didn't start him this week unless your starting running backs were Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson. If Jackson can plow through a San Francisco 49ers run defense that ranks in the top five in the NFL, he can certainly do the same against other teams moving forward. S-Jax still has plenty of fuel left in the tank.
19. Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Week 10 stats: 227 passing yards, 1 interception; 11 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Although Andrew Luck's passing statistics weren't too flashy, his stock is rising, as he keeps elevating his game week after week. Whenever a quarterback can run for touchdowns, it's obviously solid for your fantasy football team. Luck now ranks in the top five in the NFL for fantasy quarterbacks and is a must-start moving forward.
20. Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Week 10 stats: 7 receptions, 64 yards, 1 touchdown
Now that Christian Ponder isn't throwing for under 70 yards in a game and Percy Harvin is injured, Kyle Rudolph is Ponder's favorite target. Rudolph proved to be a valuable asset for the Minnesota Vikings today and can be an asset for your fantasy team moving forward.
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