Fantasy Recap: Week 10 Early Slate Part 2

  • Browns 17, Dolphins 39 (Dolphins -3.5 covered, O 48.5)

     

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    The Browns capitalized on a nice opening drive with a one-yard touchdown catch from Harrison Bryant, but it was all downhill from there. The Browns were outscored 39-10 from that point on, only managing points in two of their last eight drives. Tua Tagovailoa balled out while the running game did whatever they wanted to against this Browns’ rush defense. The Dolphins offense has enjoyed three straight 30-plus point games, and it finally looks like it’s returned to its full form after Tua’s injury.

     

    Top Performers

    Tua Tagovailoa: Tua is quietly in the middle of a stretch that could put him in the top tier of quarterbacks this year. This marks his third straight week where he’s thrown for at least 285 yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers, as he completed 78.1% of passes for 285 and three scores. Tua is doing an exceptional job of protecting the ball, getting the ball to his weapons, and taking downfield shots all at the same time. Tua should be regarded as a top-12 quarterback with matchup-dependent top-5 upside every week. 

     

    Jeff Wilson Jr: Wilson took over as the lead back in the Dolphins’ offense this week. Wilson played his highest snap percentage as a Dolphin at 61%, and he didn’t disappoint. Wilson carried the ball 17 times for 119 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for 24 yards. Wilson saw more carries and targets than Raheem Mostert while playing very efficiently. It seems like Wilson will be the lead back down the stretch for one of the NFL’s best offenses, putting him in the RB2 discussion moving forward. 

     

    Raheem Mostert/Nick Chubb: Despite seeing his snap share decrease to a season-low 28%, Mostert delivered for fantasy GMs. He saw eight carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while also adding four catches for 22 yards. Although Mostert played very well, this game was discouraging for fantasy managers, as it’s clear that newly acquired Wilson is the lead back at the moment. Mostert should be matchup-dependent moving forward. Chubb had one of his worst games of the season, yet he still delivered for fantasy managers. Due to the poor game script, Chubb only saw 11 carries. He turned those carries into 63 yards and a touchdown while adding 18 yards on three receptions. These 17.1 PPR fantasy points look to be close to Chubb’s weekly floor, making him a no-doubt RB1 rest-of-season. 

    Biggest Busts

    Amari Cooper: This looked to be a big spot for Cooper, but his lack of targets left fantasy managers upset. Cooper caught all three targets on Sunday, turning them into 32 yards. This isn’t too much a reflection on Cooper as he only saw three targets in a game where his offense was completely lost. Although Cooper has performed very well with Jacoby Brissett, fantasy managers should be getting excited for Deshaun Watson to come back in two weeks. Cooper remains a solid WR2 until then, and he has WR1 upside once Watson returns. 

     

    Kareem Hunt: I’m not sure why the Browns didn’t trade Hunt before the deadline, as it’s clear that they don’t want to use him. Hunt played a season-low 36% of snaps on Sunday, seeing just six carries for nine yards, adding one catch for ten yards in the passing game. The Browns clearly favor Nick Chubb in both the rushing and receiving game, so Hunt should be sat weekly until further notice. 

     

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    Texans 16, Giants 24 (Giants covered -6.5, U40.5)

     

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