In the 2010 NFL season, could luck get any worse for the elite tight ends of the league?
Star San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was a last-minute scratch in Week 9, dealing with turf toe and plantar fasciitis injuries in his feet.
Veteran backup Randy McMichael grabbed two scores in Gates' absence.
Speaking of the Bolts, the “never sit your studs mantra” never rang truer for Chargers QB Philip Rivers.
Despite missing his top three receivers, Rivers had no problem decimating a putrid Texans secondary for 295 yards and four scores.
In other news, fantasy owners had to be happy to finally have elusive Eagles quarterback Michael Vick back in their lineup.
Vick had no problem exploiting a beat-up Colts defense. Although the Colts got great pressure on the QB, Vick still finished the day with 218 passing yards and a score, with 10 rushes for 74 yards and a touchdown as well.
DeSean Jackson owners had to be equally happy, as the big play receiver flourished with Vick back under center. Jackson finished with 129 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
While a lot of the usual stars shined, there were still some top performances from guys sitting on your league’s waiver wire. Let us take a look at who they were this week.