Week 10 of the NFL season featured many great football matchups and also produced some big numbers in the fantasy department. Some players on this list are mainstays to the high-score list, while others turned heads by providing big numbers to fantasy owners for the first time.
There were 16 players who made it into the 20+ point echelon this week—a number that can often make or break a week for fantasy owners. This list explores these players who either made their owners' days—or left their owners cursing themselves for leaving them on the bench.
Scoring is based on the standard ESPN format.
Note: The Green Bay vs. Minnesota matchup on MNF is a game that could potentially produce three to four scorers who may qualify for this list—but obviously those players can not be included now.
This list also does not include D/ST, but it should be mentioned that the Bears D/ST is this week's high scorer following the team's annihilation of the Lions—which included a return touchdown by the ever-dangerous Devin Hester.
The No. 10 spot features a tie between Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch, who matched a 19-point effort last week with 21 this week, and the surprise Arizona QB John Skelton, who makes the list in just his second week as starter for the Cards.
Both players can be deemed surprises for their performances this week. Lynch crossed the century mark against a Ravens defense that is annually one of the league's best, and Skelton led his Cardinals to a somewhat surprising win over the Eagles—outperforming fantasy sweetheart Michael Vick in the process.
Chances are that these two infuriated many fantasy owners who watched them rack up all their points on the bench.
32 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD; 5 receptions, 57 yards
Total Points: 21
21/40 passing, 315 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs; 4 rushes, 16 yards
Total Points: 21
In another tie for the No. 8 spot, we find Cowboys teammates RB Demarco Murray and QB Tony Romo. Dallas put a hurting on the Buffalo Bills Sunday with a 44-7 victory, so it's not surprising to see both key offensive forces make the list.
Murray has gone over 15 points in three of the past four weeks and has fully emerged as a top fantasy runner. Safe to say that Dallas is in no hurry to rush their original starter, Felix Jones, back.
Romo sported his second consecutive high-performing week, following 20 points in Week 9 with 22 on Sunday. He has been able to elevate his game of late, most notably by eliminating turnovers—he's avoided an interception for two consecutive weeks now.
20 carries, 135 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 36 yards
Total Points: 22
23/26 passing, 270 yards, 3 TDs
Total Points: 22
Another tie in the No. 6 spot features Titans RB Chris Johnson—not a moment too soon for owners—and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
Johnson has faced ridicule since the season started for underperforming following a holdout in which he refused to play until his salary was increased. This week marks Johnson's first time above the 12-point plateau,
It will be interesting to see if Johnson's performance was a flash in the pan—or if he has returned to top-back status.
Gronkowski, meanwhile, has set himself apart as one of the best tight ends in the NFL this season. This week marked his third 20-point week of the season. He has slowly transitioned into arguably Tom Brady's favorite target, a great position to be in from a fantasy standpoint. There is no reason to believe Gronkowski will slow down any time soon.
27 carries, 130 yards, 1 TD; 4 catches, 44 yards
Total Points: 23
8 catches, 113 yards, 2TDs
Total Points: 23
The Raiders surprised the Chargers on the first Thursday night game of the year in Week 10, in large part due to the contributions of WR Denarius Moore. The Raiders' newly-acquired QB Carson Palmer seemed to come into his own against San Diego, dealing Moore a couple of touchdown throws.
Moore has been a fantasy frustration for owners this season—after posting 20 points in Week 2 and 11 in Week 3, he has failed to crack double digits since.
Moore's huge outburst in Week 10 probably won't help his status, since it's hard to justify starting anybody after five weeks of poor performances. For those who somehow maintained faith...your patience finally paid off.
5 catches, 123 yards, 2 TDs
Total Points: 24
Considering that Rob Gronkowski made it in at No. 6 on the list and only contributed to two of Brady's touchdowns, it shouldn't be much of a surprise to see the Pro Bowler here at No. 4. The Patriots marched into MetLife Stadium and put on a show offensively on Sunday night to beat the rival Jets by three touchdowns.
Brady has produced over 14 fantasy points in every week this season, and this marked his fourth game with 20 or more. He is a clear starter week in and week out, but a risky matchup against a stingy Jets D may have had some owners second guessing starting the QB.
Those faithless few are likely kicking themselves right about now.
26/39 passing, 329 yards, 3 TDs
Total Points: 25
Similar to the Brady/Gronkowski combo, we have another pair of high-performing teammates on this list. At No. 3, we find Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, who was the benefactor of two of the three touchdowns thrown by No. 10 QB John Skelton.
This was only the talented WR's third trip into triple digits for receiving yards this year. Fitzgerald was a key catalyst in the Cardinals' defeat of the underachieving Eagles.
Fitz's highest fantasy output of the season makes two weeks in a row with at least one touchdown and 10 fantasy points. It's will be interesting if this fantasy production from the Cardinal combination will continue, or if Week 10's numbers were just a fluke.
7 catches, 146 yards, 2 TDs
Total Points: 26
The second Raider on this week's list is RB Michael Bush, who filled in exceptionally for Darren McFadden yet again in the Week 10 victory over San Diego. His ability to produce in Run DMC's absence has assured that even when the starter returns, Bush will still see his share of touches out of the silver-and-black backfield.
Bush has put up over 10 points in Oakland's last three games and appears to be a solid fantasy start for the time being. The 30 carries that Bush received this week are almost unheard of in this day and age where multi-back systems are the norm.
Judging from this week's performance, it's clear that Michael's physical running style is sustainable over a large amount of touches.
30 carries, 157 yards, 1 TD; 3 catches, 85 yards
Total Points: 29
Rounding out the list is Houston Texans RB Arian Foster. Foster has now undoubtedly established himself as one of the leagues top running backs, and his versatility out of the backfield provides fantasy owners with hope for victory week in and week out. His presence has helped the Texans emerge as one of the AFC's top tier teams this season—even without star wideout Andre Johnson.
Arian has gone over 20 points four times now this season, and has produced 18 or more in four consecutive weeks. It is impossible to find a more reliable back in this day and age, and Foster should continue to perform at a very high level for the remainder of this season and beyond.
Consider yourself smart if you took the chance at drafting this back when his health was in question at the start of the season, as it is clear those questions have all been answered.
17 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD; 4 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD
Total Points: 30