As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
QB: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts — In a game in which many had high expectations of Manning, he delivered in a big way. Completing 28 of 44 passes, Manning amassed 327 yards, thrusting himself into the league leader position for yards and putting him on pace to break Dan Marino’s single season passing record. Tacking on 4 touchdown tosses, Manning finished the day with 26 fantasy points, despite two interceptions. After many near misses, Manning was finally the top QB in Week 10.
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans — Another week, another ridiculous performance from Johnson. In Week 10, Johnson accumulated 132 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving, and 2 rushing touchdowns. His 35 fantasy points marks the third time he has totaled 35+ points this season, as well as the third time he has received Fantasy Stud of the Week honors. There is a very high probability that Johnson will be the season’s overal Fantasy Stud.
WR: Randy Moss, New England Patriots — Just like Peyton Manning, Moss lived up to his hype in one of the season’s most anticipated games. Moss reeled in 9 receptions for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. The strong performance was Moss’s fifth 100+ yard game and he currently leads all receivers with 891 yards. His 29 fantasy points in Week 10 were tops amongst wide receivers.
TE: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles — In an overall underwhelming week for tight ends, Celek provided a bit of spark. Catching 6 passes for 47 yards and 1 touchdown, Celek finished the day with 10 points. While technically in a tie with Kellen Winslow, we gave Celek the nod for his touchdown, a stat rewarded in any fantasy format.
K: Connor Barth, Tamba Bay Buccaneers — On paper, Barth had a pretty good day. Kicking three fields and adding on 2 PATs is a pretty solid performance. Until you consider one thing, all three of his field goals were 50+ yards out. While some PKs were struggling beyond 35 yards, this guy was nailing 50+ yarders. His 17 points were the best amongst kickers in Week 10.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens — Traditionally a defensive powerhouse (at least in recent memory), the Ravens defense held true to form in Week 10. Pitching a shutout as well as recording 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown, the Ravens scored 24 fantasy points, better than most offensive players last week.
ROOKIE: Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals — In what may have been a breakout performance for Wells, he racked up 85 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards while finding paydirt twice (both from the ground attack). Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt refuses to name Wells the starter over Tim Hightower, but he has to be getting closer to making the call. Wells is slowly becoming a solid running back and, given improvements in the receiving and blocking game, could be a future fantasy stud.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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