Don’t get defensive or anything, but some of the best scorers in fantasy football it seems are coming from the other side of the football. Defenses rule in 2012, and if you’re fortunate enough to grab some of these high-scoring defenses, well you’re probably in playoff position. With that being said, here’s the game ball recipients for Week 10 from the offensive side of the ball.
Joe Flacco, BAL, 341 yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD – I’ve been very critical (and rightfully so) of the Ravens QB. He’s wildly inconsistent, but in Week 10 he exploited a weak Raiders secondary for 4 total TDs. Many of his owners likely didn’t reap the benefits however, since he probably was on the bench due to his inconsistency.
Andy Dalton, CIN, 199 passing yards, 4 TDs – The biggest stat for Dalton was ZERO interceptions as the Bengals offense clicked on all cylinders and Dalton showed he can be a viable fantasy quarterback.
Fred Jackson, BUF, 80 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 4 catches for 35 yards – Please allow me to toot my own horn here. I loved Fred Jackson this week. So much that in one league I traded for him and then started him, which paid off big for me. All the talk went to CJ Spiller, and Jackson went mostly unnoticed. So, is this a sign of Jackson now reemerging in the Buffalo backfield? That’s hard to say. I just hope you listened to the Fantasy Geek and played Jackson this week.
Stephen Jackson, SL, 101 rushing yards, 1 TD – Rumors of Stephen Jackson’s demise were greatly exaggerated. While the matchup for Jackson looked bad (on paper) against the 49ers, he managed to show flashes of his one-time greatness with a solid performance, which included 2 catches for 26 yards in addition to a 100+ yard rushing performance.
Calvin Johnson, DET, 207 yards, 1 TD – What Madden Curse? Calvin finally thrilled his owners with a stat line that was familiar to him last season. So, is this a sign of things to come for Megatron?
Golden Tate, SEA, 51 yards receiving, 1 TD, 1 passing TD – Golden Tate is looking like one of those bench players that is going to make owners have to think twice about not starting him. Tate is a red zone machine and this week he even threw a TD pass.
Tony Gonzalez, ATL, 11 catches 122 yards, 2 TDs – I had a chance to acquire Gonzalez and opted not to. Then I played that owner this week, and lost. Typical, right? Gonzalez is a fantasy force and other than Gronk and Graham, there are no better tight end options in the game. Heck, Gonzalez is a must start as a flex option even outscoring many WRs too.
Greg Olsen, CAR, 9 catches, 102 yards, 2 TDs – Again, I will admit when I’m wrong. On Twitter I recommended an Olsen owner steer clear of him because he had just been so underperforming all year. I was wrong, in a big way. Olsen was a fantasy stud this week with 9 catches and 100+ yards and two scores. Now, where has that been the rest of the year? Olsen hadn’t scored a TD since September and didn’t top 100 yards all year.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Eli Manning, NYG, 215 yards passing, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble – He won this award last week, and he’s back for an encore this week. Manning had a great matchup against a vulnerable Bengals secondary, and absolutely stunk it up (again). It’s time to be concerned now and maybe slide Eli to your bench until the Giants pull out of this slump. Until then Eli, here’s now a matching pair of Game Used Socks. Enjoy.
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