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Week 10 First Impressions
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Members of the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins popped champagne as the last undefeated team, Atlanta, lost to New Orleans Sunday, but fantasy owners are more concerned with individual performance and the Falcons were as strong as ever in that category. So were Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson.

Now on to our initial thoughts of this week's action.

Oakland at Baltimore

Marcel Reese got all the playing time at running back for Oakland, touching the ball 20 times (seven receptions) for 104 yards. Taiwan Jones got less playing time than Jimmy Stewart, who was on the practice squad until Saturday.

Just when most fantasy owners probably gave up on Joe Flacco, he comes up with 341 yards and four total touchdowns.

It was a feast day for feast-or-famine Torrey Smith. Two catches, two touchdowns.

Carson Palmer (368 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) has enjoyed garbage time. In the last two weeks, the Raiders have gone down 28-10 and 34-10. As a result, Palmer has had to throw it 106 times and picked up a total of 782 yards and six touchdowns.

Denver at Carolina

Cam Newton targeted Greg Olsen early and often and then late in garbage time, hitting him for two touchdowns.

Jonathan Stewart had a 62-yard reception called back due to a holding penalty. That's just the way things have gone for Panthers' running backs this season.

Willis McGahee may find himself losing carries to Ronnie Hillman as soon as next week. The veteran has fumbled four times in the last five games and five times this season, losing four.

New York Giants at Cincinnati

A.J. Green may be un-coverable but New York should at least try. Green was left wide open deep down the right side for a touchdown on the Bengals' first drive.

Andy Dalton (199 yards, 4 TDs) has been an underrated fantasy QB all season. Sunday was a statement game against the Super Bowl Champions.

Eli Manning and the Giants helped him out, giving Cincinnati several short fields to work with. Manning will get a chance to rest his "tired arm" with the Giants on a bye in Week 11.

Victor Cruz didn't a ball until there was less than three minutes left in the first half. Cruz finished with three catches and has just 10 receptions the last three games. That's simply not enough for a player with his talent.

Tennessee at Miami

You have to hand it to Chris Johnson. He looked done as a fantasy factor in the first three weeks, but he's rushed for 817 yards and four touchdowns on 137 carries (6.0 ypc), the last seven games.

Ryan Tannehill played like a rookie against a bad pass defense (3 INTs), but at least Brian Hartline got his 10 targets and eight receptions.

His counterpart Jake Locker returned from an injury and completed just nine passes but found the end zone twice (Kendall Wright, Jared Cook).

Miami completely abandoned the run after getting down big; Reggie Bush had just four carries and one catch for eight measly yards.

Detroit at Minnesota

The Lions' defense kept Adrian Peterson under control in the first half, yet still trailed by 10 points because Jarius Wright emerged as a weapon in Percy Harvin's absence. In the second half, "AP" took over and finished with 171 yards, including a beautiful 61-yard touchdown run.

Kyle Rudolph, who caught seven balls for 64 yards and a score, is an underrated fantasy tight end.

Calvin Johnson may not be 100 percent and limited in some patterns, but he was certainly healthy enough to put up a 207-yard effort against the Vikings and has 336 yards over the past two weeks. No coincidence that Johnson when to management two weeks ago to discuss which plays worked best for him.

Buffalo at New England

C.J. Spiller is getting fewer touches than Fred Jackson, but he's averaging more yards per opportunity. Both players totaled more than 110 yards from scrimmage as it appears the Bills are finally figuring out how to efficiently use two running backs in the same game.

Stevie Johnson led Buffalo with 86 yards receiving, but Donald Jones and Scott Chandler each had more fantasy output because they got into the end zone. Johnson has scored just one touchdown in the last six games.

Tom Brady has failed to reach the 300-yard passing bonus in two of the last three games.

After a slow start, Gronkowski has almost returned to last year's production level. His touchdown catch against the Bills was the fifth in the last three games.

Danny Woodhead had his once-a-season game that will get him attention from fantasy owners (61 yards, two touchdowns), but he's not a fantasy-worthy starter.

Atlanta at New Orleans

With Julio Jones sidelined for part of the game, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez took over as featured receivers and both cracked the 100-yard mark.

Matt Ryan put up the first 400-yard passing game of his career. There figures to be a few more before he hangs it up. Unfortunately with the game on the line and the ball inside the 5-yard line he misfired on consecutive throws to Gonzalez and White.

Saints running back Chris Ivory made his case for a bigger role in the Saints offense with a 56-yard TD run in the first quarter. He touched the ball just eight times, but averaged 10.6 yards per touch.

Tight end Jimmy Graham is finally healthy and is as unstoppable as the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski. Graham earned the 100-yard bonus for the first time this season.

San Diego at Tampa Bay

In the first half, the Bucs gave us another example of why they have the worst pass defense in the NFL, missing tackles and yielding 218 yards and three touchdown passes. The Bucs' defense did play better in the second half and Rivers finished with 337 yards, but also was intercepted twice.

With Malcom Floyd missing part of the game, Danario Alexander took on a stronger role and posted his first big total of the season (5-134-1).

Doug Martin didn't get into the end zone this week, but still posted double- digit fantasy points with 119 totals yards from scrimmage.

New York Jets at Seattle

The Jets' offense is hard to look at. Even fantasy owners with a Jets player in their lineup shouldn't have to watch this mess.

New York's only score came from the defense. Is it time to end the Mark Sanchez era?

Golden Tate is becoming a touchdown machine. He caught his sixth in nine games although he has just 26 receptions. He also threw a touchdown pass.

Sidney Rice was a no-show in the first half. He didn't catch a ball until the fourth quarter, but then caught a 31-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson and a 23-yard score from Tate.

Dallas at Philadelphia

Felix Jones ran well and the Cowboys used him almost exclusively with Lance Dunbar seeing just six carries. But it's still DeMarco Murray's job when he's healthy.

The Cowboys defense/special teams had not scored all season, but tallied three times against Philadelphia in the fourth quarter.

You can only take so many hits before one of them catches up to you. Michael Vick (concussion) hit his limit in the second quarter and rookie Nick Foles made his first appearance of the season after a stellar exhibition season. Foles showed some talent on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin, but the rest of the afternoon wasn't very pretty.

Stanley Havili's 1-yard touchdown run had to annoy LeSean McCoy fantasy owners.

St. Louis at San Francisco

The Rams rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter which is more than the 49ers give up on the ground in most games. Those who gambled with starting Steven Jackson were rewarded with a 101-yard effort courtesy of his extra workload in overtime.

Danny Amendola returned from injury to lead the Rams with 11 receptions for 102 yards and had an 80-yarder called back in overtime for an illegal formation. He's a must start from here on out.

We had a Brian Quick sighting. The rookie has rarely been used with just 15 targets heading into Week 10, but scored for the first time in his career on a 36-yard catch. It was his only catch of the day.

Alex Smith left the field in the second quarter with a concussion and Colin Kaepernick assumed control of the offense. The backup quarterback is a better runner than passer and if forced into a starting role fantasy owners should look elsewhere for their starter.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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