Week 10 MNF Fantasy Recap

  • Commanders 32, Eagles 21 (Commanders covered +11, O44)


    Postgame: Although there were a few signs that pointed to a potentially great game on Monday night, it was remarkable to see the Commanders absolutely dominate the Eagles, handing them their first loss of the season. The Commanders controlled and dominated this game on the ground, rushing the ball 49 times, doubling the time of possession of the Eagles, while their defense was able to keep this powerful offense in check for most of the game, tallying 15.0 fantasy points. With the loss the Eagles fall to 8-1 on the season, sitting in a tie with the Vikings atop the NFC standings. Meanwhile, the Commanders jump to 5-5 on the year and sit only a half game back from the 49ers who hold the last wildcard spot. They are playing some very inspired football and may be a dark horse team that could make a run at securing a spot in the playoffs. 


    Pregame: The divisional matchup between the Commanders and Eagles, on paper, seems like it should be your typical one-sided affair.  That may not be the case.  The Commanders have been playing excellent on both sides, especially one defense, over the past few weeks.  They had won three games in a row, before giving up a trio of scores in the final 11 minutes, blowing a lead and losing 20-17 against the Vikings last week. The only team to beat the Vikings this year is the Eagles and if the Commanders were able to hang with and nearly beat the Vikings, it does not seem impossible for them to compete with the Eagles. The Commanders have allowed 21 or fewer points in each of their last five games and should be getting Chase Young back on Monday night. Meanwhile, the Eagles have been cruising this season and are the only undefeated team remaining. Last week against the Texans, the Eagles were exploited on the ground, losing the time of possession, which made the game much closer than expected.  These two teams faced off in Week 3 with the Eagles winning 24-8, but the Eagles only scored points in one quarter of that game and Carson Wentz was unfortunately still under center for the Commanders.  Round two between these squads has potential to play out much differently.




    Antonio Gibson & Brian Robinson

    Postgame: The Commanders absolutely hammered the ball on the ground against the Eagles and did so with pretty consistent success.  Gibson and Robinson combined for 40 rush attempts in this game.  The rookie Robinson was the more successful runner on Monday, finishing with 86 yards and a score on 26 attempts.  Gibson also had a decent outing, finishing with 14 attempts for 44 yards and one touchdown, adding three receptions for 14 yards.  The Commanders get the Texans next week, so both of these backs will be startable options in all formats. 


    Pregame: With J.D. McKissic likely sidelined with a neck/head injury, Antonio Gibson will once again be working as the primary passing-down back.  Brian Robinson has been very disappointing over the past few games, while Gibson has been the one finding the end zone, scoring twice in his last three games.  Gibson has been averaging 14.7 fantasy points per game during that span and ranks as the RB14 since Week 7. Robinson, on the other hand, has averaged 6.1 fantasy points over his last three contests, ranking as the RB37.  Gibson should get a good amount of usage in a game where the Commanders are projected to be trailing by multiple scores, making him the only startable option in this backfield on Monday night. 



    Terry McLaurin & Curtis Samuel

    Postgame: It is amazing what happens when McLaurin actually has a decent QB throwing him the ball.  Over his past four games, he ranks as the WR8 in PPR formats.  He finished Week 10 as the overall WR10, hauling in 8-of-11 targets for 128 yards or 20.8 fantasy points.  Unfortunately with McLaurin being hyper-targeted, that means Samuel did not get the looks on Monday night. Samuel finished the night with 28 yards on two receptions, being targeted four times. 


    Pregame:  Although Taylor Heinicke is not in standard league consideration on Monday, that does not mean his pass catchers are not.  McLaurin has paired beautifully with Heinicke since he took over under center.  In his past three games since the QB change, McLaurin has averaged 15.2 fantasy points per game and ranks as the WR12. Meanwhile, Samuel has also seen a boost in success too.  He ranks as the WR20 during the three games of Heinicke’s reign, averaging 13.6 fantasy points per contest.  Both should remain startable options in a very tough matchup against the Eagles, but fantasy GMs in PPR formats will see much more success than those with standard scoring. 


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