Fantasy Football Week 10: NFL's Top Surprises and Performers

Keet BaileyCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2010

Troy Smith sure surprised the St. Louis Rams.
Troy Smith sure surprised the St. Louis Rams.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

As we begin to wrap up Week 10 in the NFL, we take a look at some of the surprises from the matchups. We open up with the Denver Broncos who came out to play in Week 10.

The Broncos started the game with a 28-0 score. As the home team kept piling on the points, the fans went absolutely crazy as they finally looked to get a much deserved win. Despite giving up 29 points, the Broncos went on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 49-29.

I don’t know what they are putting in the water of these AFC West teams, but lately some of the points they are scoring makes me want to drive out west and start testing each one of these players.

We also get to move on the Dallas Cowboys who improved to a 2-7 record on the season. Most people thought that this Cowboy team would start out 7-2. It’s funny how quickly some things change. The firing of Wade Phillips seemed to motivate the team as they dominated one of the best teams in the league, the New York Giants, by a score of 33-20.

Finally, we give congratulations to the Buffalo Bills who have their first win on the season. They should have found a win much earlier, but have suffered numerous heartbreakers late in the fourth quarter and in overtime losses. They defeated the Lions of Detroit in a surprisingly defensive game by a score of 14-12.

Now let’s move on to this week’s most surprising fantasy football stars. There are some names on here that are most likely in your waiver, or you gave up on earlier in the season. Take a look:

Honorable Mention

Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals- 322 yds, 1 TD

Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks- 11 rec, 145 yds, 0 TD

Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants- 5 rec, 81 yds, 1 TD

Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 5 rush, 62 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec, 23 yds

Zach Miller, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars- 4 rec, 79 yds, 1 TD

10. Mike Goodson, RB, Carolina Panthers

I’m throwing Goodson on this list despite him getting robbed of a touchdown. He ran very hard, and at one point had over 105 yards averaging over five yards a carry. He should have been allowed to get the goal line carry, but that’s not the way the NFL works. Goodson finished with 23 carries for 100 yards, and had three receptions for 13 yards.

9. Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets

Sanchez had a solid performance against the Browns, throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns. He registered an interception as well, but got in the end zone for a rushing touchdown early in the game. Three touchdowns and nearly 300 yards of offense for Sanchez was a surprise for a QB who has been as inconsistent as him.

8. Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans

This just in: Kevin Walter is alive. That’s good news. Walter had failed to record a single reception in three previous games and hasn’t scored since Week 3. That changed this week as he caught six passes for 90 yards and scored a touchdown. Anybody who was daring enough to plug him in the Flex was rewarded with no less than 15 points.

7. Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

This was somewhat predictable as Thomas is the most reliable receiver the Jaguars have, and they faced one of the worst defenses in the league. But when I say predictable, we were thinking more of a five catch, 80-yard performance with a potential touchdown. Thomas exceeded expectations, catching eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. The funny thing is, had he not caught the lucky break off the batted hail mary, he would have finished with around 80 yards and no touchdowns.

6. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

Many fantasy owners were picking up guys like David Garrard and Ryan Fitzpatrick this week over Cutler because of his inability to prevent turnovers and inconsistency. But Cutler threw for three touchdowns in Week 10 and 237 yards. He rushed for 24 yards as well. Cutler still threw two interceptions, but he got fantasy owners no less than 19 points for the week.

5. Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy owners have been extremely frustrated with Jones’ lack of production in an offense that, for some reason, refuses to run the ball. Jones wasn’t extremely effective rushing, finishing with 14 carries for 51 yards, but he managed there receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. It’s almost guaranteed that owners have either released Jones, or sat him because of the matchup. There will be a lot of upset owners out there who missed out on his 19+ points.

4. Troy Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers

It’s time for me to eat a bit of crow on this one. I mentioned in my Player Breakdowns that Smith’s value was very limited going forward. That may just have to change. Smith took advantage of a weak secondary by throwing for 356 yards on just 17 completions. His Yards Per Average (YPA) was over 12, which is incredible. He only threw one touchdown, which is disappointing for a guy with over 350 yards, but the few owners who felt the urge to start him were rewarded with at least 19 points.

3. Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Here’s another quarterback who had an excellent day, despite playing a fantastic defense. Kitna only completed 13 passes in the entire ball game. But he threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns. His one interception was really the only downfall to his play in Week 10. Fantasy owners were rewarded with no less than 23 points.

2. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

What a great day for the Bills! They are used to having a guy on this list, whether it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve Johnson, Roscoe Parrish or Lee Evans. But for once, they have a running back on the surprise list. Jackson took over the ground game when C.J. Spiller left the game with an injury. Jackson ran for 133 yards on 23 carries, and had a touchdown on the ground. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Jackson also caught six passes for 37 yards and had a receiving touchdown. He rewarded owners with around 26 points for the day.

1. Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

It’s not often that a quarterback throws for nearly 500 yards and four touchdowns and loses the game by three scores…or even loses at all. But Matt Cassel managed to make that happen. Cassel threw for 469 yards in a Week 10 loss to Denver. He threw four touchdown passes, and most surprisingly zero turnovers. Cassel owners thrived in their leagues, most likely, as he led them with at least 32 points.

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