Week 10 produced a lot of late-game drama as well as two of the best games of the season. The contest between the Cowboys and Steelers had seven lead changes, as did the game between the Seahawks and Patriots on Sunday night.
Having his best game as a pro, Ezekiel Elliott totaled 209 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 32-yard touchdown in the final seconds. He started the day with an 83-yard touchdown reception, gaining most of the yardage after a short catch. He was easily the highest-scoring running back of the week.
Ben Roethlisberger had the best fantasy game as a quarterback, throwing for 408 yards and three touchdowns. The difference between Big Ben’s play at home versus the road is remarkable. Keep that in mind when deciding whether to start him in the future. He has two nice matchups coming up, but after that things could get rough.
Roethlisberger’s brilliant fake spike and eventual touchdown pass to Antonio Brown nearly clinched the victory for the Steelers. Brown caught 14 passes for 154 yards and a score to lead all receivers in fantasy points this week.
Not completely overshadowed was Dez Bryant, who made six catches for 116 yards, including a 50-yard score. It was a great recovery from last week’s dud against a bad Browns defense.
Dak Prescott continued to be a solid start for fantasy owners. He threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He did lose a fumble, but that didn’t mar his fourth straight game with multiple touchdown passes.
Speaking of touchdown passes, there were 15 quarterbacks who threw for at least two touchdowns this week.
Among the best performers were Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Mariota and Russell Wilson.
Rodgers has accounted for at least three touchdowns in four straight weeks. He threw for 371 yards and rushed for 27.
Brees has been a must-start for years now, as evidenced by his 303-yard, 3 TD performance against a tough Broncos defense.
Wilson looked like his old, mobile self on Sunday night, throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns.
Mariota is arguably the hottest fantasy quarterback and just had his sixth straight great performance. He threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win over the Packers.
A big part of that win was DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. It was his fifth game rushing for more than 100 yards. He hasn’t had a bad game all year and even threw a touchdown pass this week.
Other top performers out of the backfield were Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, David Johnson and Ryan Mathews.
Mathews was a bit of a surprise after his head coach claimed Darren Sproles was the no. 1 back on the team earlier in the week.
Bell and Johnson each totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage while scoring twice. Blount scored three times while rushing for 69 yards.
In addition to Brown and Bryant, this week’s top wide receivers were Jordy Nelson, Doug Baldwin, Allen Robinson, Tyrell Williams and Stefon Diggs. Wideouts had a good week, as 10 of them had 100-yard games.
Tight ends made their impact this week with ten of them catching a touchdown. Delanie Walker led the pack with 124 yards and a score. Cameron Brate had 84 yards and a touchdown. Martellus Bennett didn’t score but had 102 yards.
That brings us to the other tight end in New England who was a bust this week. Rob Gronkowski had just three catches for 56 yards. The Seahawks are great, but Gronk is usually able to produce big numbers despite the matchup.
Tom Brady was also disappointing as he failed to throw a TD for the first time this season in addition to throwing his first pick.
Jay Cutler should have done way better against the Bucs. He had less than 200 yards passing and accounted for three turnovers. On that same note, Alshon Jeffery turned in a stinker as well. And now he’ll miss the next four games due to a PED violation.
Brandon Marshall, Ty Montgomery, DeAndre Hopkins and Mike Evans all disappointed.
Out of the backfield Carlos Hyde, Todd Gurley and Jonathan Stewart didn’t come through.
Waiver wire suggestions:
C.J. Prosise, Seahawks (23 touches-153 yards)
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks (Pete Carroll says he’s ready)
James Starks, Packers (10-44, TD)
Jamison Crowder, Redskins (4-37, TD)
Ladarius Green, Steelers (3-30, just missed TD catch)
Whichever defense is facing the Browns that week