Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Projecting the Top 25 Point Scorers
Everyone loves fantasy football. Well, everyone who didn't draft Brett Favre in the first few rounds, that is.
There are a few surprises up to this point in the season, but unlike the rest of the NFL, in which parity has become the norm, most players are performing up to expectations. (Hope you didn't take Carson Palmer and think he'd repeat last season.)
Here is the Week 10 ranking of fantasy football scorers, not including defense (but there's one kicker). Have at it!
1. Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs face off against a very weak Denver Broncos team—whose rushing defense ranks 31st in the league.
Charles is atop the league with 6.4 yards per attempt, nearly a full yard better than second place. Given the condition of the Broncos defense, Charles could really have a game to remember.
2. Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub becomes the No. 2 player on this list by virtue of not only being talented, but also facing a very poor defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While he has been good this year, he hasn’t been performing up to his 2009 numbers, when he was among the best players in the league.
Schaub should have some fun this week at the expense of the Jaguars. After last week’s heartbreaking loss, he’ll be able to get some revenge and wreak havoc in the Jaguar’s secondary.
3. Andre Johnson
Following in the same vein as Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson should be able to atone for his mistake in last week’s game.
Johnson is arguably the best wideout in the league, and should reward his owners this weekend.
4. Peyton Manning
Week in and week out, Peyton Manning proves he is a quarterback in a league of his own.
He faces a bad Bengals team that has a very mediocre defense, and he should have no trouble ripping them apart even without Austin Collie.
5. Rashard Mendenhall
The New England Patriots defense is simply not as good as it was in the early 2000s.
Rashard Mendenhall has been a workhorse for the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers, and has rewarded his owners with good yards and touchdowns.
He should put up good numbers against this poor defense.
6. Eli Manning
Eli Manning is finally proving he is worthy of his last name.
After several mediocre seasons in the Big Apple, Manning has been among the league’s best quarterbacks, with even a higher completion percentage than his brother, Peyton.
Owners should be very excited this weekend as the Giants will dismantle the Dallas Cowboys at home.
7. Adrian Peterson
Now without fumbling problems, this Adrian Peterson 2.0 has been simply spectacular this season. The only reason he’s not among the top five is that he faces a tough Chicago Bears defense on the road.
8. Joe Flacco
The Flackstar is a great quarterback with a great supporting cast. Now in his third year in the league, Joe Flacco has remained a top-flight quarterback.
He faces off against an Atlanta team with a bad pass defense and a good offense. Look for lots of fireworks.
9. LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount has been impressive these past few weeks. Despite his off-field issues, Blount has managed to put together a good season, averaging nearly five yards a carry and replacing Cadillac Williams as the primary running threat.
The Carolina Panthers are a very bad team, and their rushing defense is among the worst in the league. Look for Blount to put together a good performance against the pathetic Panthers.
10. Kyle Orton
Kyle Orton’s resurgence in Denver has continued this season, even in the absence of Brandon Marshall.
The Kansas City Chief’s pass defense is not very good, and Orton is very good. Figure it out.
11. Randy Moss
Randy Moss is an incredibly talented player when he wants to be. With Kenny Britt out, Vince Young will be looking for a new target this weekend against the Miami Dolphins. Given how much better Moss is than Britt, expect Moss to put up some gaudy numbers.
There may not be a whole lot of good justification for this, but Moss seems to perform well the first week with a new team.
12. Larry Fitzgerald
Alright, we all know the Arizona Cardinals are a very bad team. Luckily, they have one of the best wideouts in the league and are playing one of the worst defensive teams in the league over the past few weeks.
Through seven quarters, the Seahawks were outscored 74-3 against two teams at home. Larry Fitzgerald should get a lot of looks this weekend and make the Seahawks pay for it.
13. Ben Roethlisberger
The Pittsburgh Steelers have rapidly ascended to being one of the best teams in the league. Now, with Ben Roethlisberger back, they are probably the best.
While Roethlisberger’s numbers have been shaky this season, expect him to put up good numbers against a Patriots defense that is not as good as it used to be.
14. Michael Vick
Michael Vick has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently leads the league in quarterback rating, and will be playing Monday night against the Washington Redskins, who come in second to last in passing yards allowed.
The only reason Vick is not given a higher rating is because this is only his second week returning from injury.
15. David Garrard
David Garrard will be facing the worst defense in the league in the Houston Texans.
While Garrard hasn’t been able to replicate his success from the 2008 season, he should still be able to pick apart the bad Texan defense.
16. Reggie Wayne
Without Austin Collie, Manning will have to rely even more on stalwart Reggie Wayne. Given Manning’s proficiency, Wayne should have several good weeks in a row.
17. Ahmad Bradshaw
Ahmad Bradshaw is among the best running backs in the league and the Dallas Cowboys suck. Do the math.
18. Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford has been a pleasant surprise for the St. Louis Rams. He’s put up the numbers of an aged veteran on a team that was among the worst the past several years.
The San Francisco 49ers are not very good at defending the pass, and Bradford will make them pay for it.
19. Dan Carpenter
To some extent, this is a joke pick. But over the last three weeks, the Dolphins have kicked 11 field goals.
In my formats, that’s pretty good points. There’s no indication with Chad Pennington at quarterback that their offense will suddenly get more proficient.
20. Michael Turner
Michael Turner is a very talented running back, and would be higher if he weren’t facing a talented defense in the Baltimore Ravens. He should put up pretty good numbers.
21. Mark Sanchez
I’m disenchanted with Mark Sanchez.
He’s been much better this season than in his freshman season, but still hasn’t quite put it all together. But the Browns have a bad pass defense and he should be fine against them.
22. Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best has performed decently in his rookie season. Luckily, this is his week: the Buffalo Bills are the worst team in the league against the run, and it’s not even close. Expect Best to put up his best (ha ha?) numbers of the season this weekend.
23. Anquan Boldin
The Falcons have a pretty bad pass defense and Anquan Boldin is a pretty good receiver. He could easily move up a few slots on this list.
24. Wes Welker
Wes Welker would have been higher earlier in the season, but Tom Brady simply hasn’t seemed like the same quarterback since Randy Moss left.
Furthermore, they are facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.
25. Visanthe Shiancoe
Visanthe Shiancoe has been a hugely underrated part of the Vikings’ offensive attack over the past few seasons.
Now, without Randy Moss and potentially with the loss of Percy Harvin to migraines, Shiancoe will have to come up big for the Vikes. He should be perfectly capable of doing so against the Bears.