The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Week 10 Fantasy Takeaways

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Alex Kurpeski 

The Good

Mahomes returns without missing a beat

Despite being diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap just a few weeks ago, it seems as if our favorite former MVP is back to his dominant form. Throwing for a season-high 446 yards, Pattycakes came through for numerous fantasy owners (myself included) in a week where many playoff races were likely decided. Welcome back to the matchup proof, king of fantasy football. 

Christian Kirk’s breakout game

During the offseason, I bought into the idea that Kirk might finish the season with WR2 numbers. However, through the first 9 weeks of the season Kirk had trouble breaking off big plays, as he was hindered by lower leg injuries for the majority of the first half. Week 10 was a different story altogether. Kirk was as in-sync with QB Kyler Murray as he possibly could have been. 138 receiving yards and three touchdowns later and Kirk finds himself as the WR29 (PPR) in fantasy, just a few spots away from being a WR2. If he continues to mesh with Murray, there is no doubt in my mind that Kirk will finish this season as a top 20 player at his position. 

Derrick Henry an RB1?

Beast Mode is alive and well, only it has taken the form of a new host, Titans back Derrick Henry. While Henry has had a mightily impressive campaign this far, Sunday was a real highlight for the former Heisman winner, as he trampled the Chiefs defense en route to a 188 yard rushing day and a Titans victory. While Henry’s lack of impact as a receiver will keep him behind players like Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, and Ezekiel Elliott, his usage rate as a runner continues to rise, and it’s only a matter of time before we start talking about him as a legitimate RB1. 

Lamar Jackson kills the Bengals

This game was just unfair. Jackson once again looked like the second coming of Gale Sayers as a runner, while also dishing out a variety of saucy passes. Jackson finished the day with roughly 40 fantasy points, while checking out around the third quarter. If you haven’t booked your trip yet, the Lamar Jackson hype train still has room for more passengers, as it attempts to make its way to titletown. 

Darius Slayton worth rostering in all formats

Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) hauls in a reception in the 3rd quarter against the Jets as New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) defends at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ah young love. It’s always so cute to see the rookie year romances between young QB and young receiver, and this year’s most captivating one has involved Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton. While Slayton began the year inactive for a couple of games, his implementation into the offense coincided with the decision to start Jones. On Sunday, Slayton broke through with his first career 100+ yard receiving performance, catching a pair of touchdowns from Jones. With Sterling Shepherd and Evan Engram injured, Slayton has a chance to be a very solid flex for these next few weeks. 

Waiver Wire Warriors of the Week

  1. WR Darius Slayton, NY Giants
  2. RB Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons 
  3. WR Josh Reynolds, LA Rams
  4. RB J.D McKissic, Detroit Lions
  5. WR Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders

The Bad

Barkley’s struggles continue 

If you told me that Saquon Barkley was the best running back in the NFL, I would not bat an eye. Barkley is the perfect running back, in terms of speed, size, and skill set. Yet, even the best running backs can hit some potholes in the road (just ask Ezekiel Elliott, more on him later). Barkley was stifled by the Jets defense on Sunday, running for just one yard on 13 carries. The bad news is that, well he sucked. If you needed a big performance from Barkley (who was likely the top pick in your draft) you were severely let down. The good news is that it can only get better from here. So don’t panic just yet Barkley owners. 

Elliott stifled on SNF

It’s always weird to see a player like Elliott get bottled up, but that is exactly what went down this past week on Sunday Night Football. Elliott managed just 47 yards on 20 carries, an uncharacteristically poor outing for a player who consistently hovers around triple digit yardage totals. Like Barkley, Elliott will bounce back, but this is just more proof that nothing is guaranteed in fantasy football.

Gurley continues to depreciate 

Unlike the previously mentioned running backs, Gurley is a player that will not bounce back. He simply is not the player he once was, as he once again failed to surpass the century mark as a runner. While Gurley is still a viable starting option, his ceiling is no longer that of a RB1, rather one more reminiscent of a player like Sony Michel. 

The Ugly

Hooper’s injury leaves yet another hole in the tight end landscape 

You hate to see any injuries, but this one is one of the worst in terms of fantasy football. Hooper was making a strong case to be the TE1 in fantasy this season, consistently hitting double digits in fantasy points. The knee injury that he suffered on Sunday will likely keep him out of action for a significant amount of time, leaving yet another gaping hole at the tight end position for fantasy owners. Behind him on the depth chart, there are no players capable of replacing his production, so looking towards the waiver wire would be the best contingency plan. My favorite waiver wire tight end fill-in this year has been T.J Hockenson, as his pedigree as a receiver and his snap share are very favorable. 

Bad News Bengals

The Bengals lost the battle and the war on Sunday, as receiver Tyler Boyd suffered an apparent injury in the second half of the team’s game. With Boyd, John Ross, and A.J Green hurt, the team will be left to the likes of Alex Ericson (who I kind of like actually) and Auden Tate (who I hate, not personally, just as a player). 

David Johnson no longer a startable option

Yeah, I don’t know what’s up with David Johnson. He got negative points against the Tampa defense and ended up benched in favor of Kenyan Drake. Perhaps, his days in Arizona are numbered. I sincerely hope that some of you traded him after I said to in the week 8 edition of this article. If you’re stuck with Johnson on your roster, I’m sorry, I really am.

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