4th and Inches

Wow, what a display of NFL football it was in round 10 with plenty of last second results and games hinging on the final play of the game. The end result is that the previously undefeated Bengals were rolled by the Texans, meaning the only undefeated teams we have left are the (very lucky) Patriots and the Panthers. To our recommendations from last weeks article and we didn’t have the greatest week at all. Best of our selections was RB Karlos WILLIAMS (11pts), with the rest all struggling big time – QB MARIOTA (7.8pts), WR BEASLEY (0.8pts) and TE DANIELS (1.4pts). Hopefully we can turn things around for the coming weekend’s matches.

Old timer Ben ROTHLISBERGER was the QB to watch in round 10, despite playing under an injury cloud. The big warrior completed 22 of 33 passes for 379yds and 3 TDs, with only 1 interception – leading to a 26.96pt game. Ranked 27th due to missing a few games through injury, Big Ben is owned by 90% of leagues and its not hard to see why. Has a much needed bye this week to rest up.

The QB to target following last weeks games is the Redskin’s Kirk COUSINS. Having a pretty solid season ranked 16th, COUSINS is only owned by 6% of leagues, but belted out 20 of 25 passes for 324 yds and 4 TDs – amassing a very tidy 28.96 pts. Admittedly it was against a pathetic New Orleans defence, but you can only play who you’re playing. COUSINS last 3 weeks are 30, 11, and 29 pts – not bad going at all.

To the RB of the week and this time around it goes to perennial favourite Adrian PETERSON, who is really starting to get his game back on track. Ranked 2nd at the position and owned in every fantasy league, PETERSON ran for a season high 203 yds and 1 TD, and also had 13 yds receiving which combined for 27.6pts for the game. The guy is a champion.

The runner to keep an eye on – or snap up if he is available – is Chicago’s Jeremy LANGFORD. Stepping in for the still-injured Matt FORTE, LANGFORD has been on fire in the last fortnight, this time around running for 73 yds and 1 TD as well as receiving for 109yds and a second TD. A pretty complete game, registering a huge 30 pts. Currently ranked 28th, LANGFORD is only owned in 71% of leagues – snap him up if you can.

The WR of the offseason to receive the most hype was New Orleans Brandin COOKS, and after a quiet start he has begun to show what all the fuss was about. Last weekend – with his team struggling – COOKS managed 98 yds receiving and 2 TDs, for a 22.9pt game. With 5 TDs in the last 3 games and scores of 20, 13 and 23 in that time, COOKS is finally repaying the faith, currently ranked 10th and owned in 98% of leagues.

Arizona’s Michael FLOYD is the receiver to target this week, having accepted 7 catches for 113 yds and 2 TDs last weekend, totalling 23.3 pts for the game. FLOYD is currently ranked 30th and only owned in 41% of leagues, but with scores of 11,12 16 and 23 in the last month he is one to consider – just watch out for his possible hamstring injury.

He’s ranked #1 at the TE position for a reason, and huge playmaker Rob GRONKOWSKI just keeps getting the job done week after week. This time he accepted 5 out of 7 passes for 113 yards and 1 TD, totalling 17.3 pts. One of those receptions led to the TD from 76 yards out – the longest of his illustrious career. With only 2 games all season under 10 pts, GRONK is quite simply an unstoppable beast.

The TE to consider if you are struggling at that position could be Chicago’s Zach MILLER. Ranked 29th but only owned in 3% of leagues, MILLER had a nice game last weekend, pulling in all 5 targets thrown his way for 107 yds and 2 TDs – giving him a whopping 22.7 pts for the match. Wow. Don’t expect that every week with Martellus BENNET in the same team, but MILLER might be worth a shot.

If you are into taking a punt on your NFL knowledge then Moneyball continue to provide weekly NFL contests that can test out your mettle. With players given a value according to their form, there are always a few bargains lurking around and this los might be the ones to consider. As far as QBs go, have a squizz at Derek CARR ($8,500) or Alex SMITH ($7,000), in the RB category consider Todd GURLEY ($8,200) or Danny WOODHEAD ($7,400), as far as wide receivers go check out Allen ROBINSON ($7,900) or Danny AMENDOLA ($5,700), and from the TEs consider Jorden REED ($6,000) or Jacob TAMME ($5,100).

Good luck but as always, remember to gamble responsibly.

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