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When the dust settles from the week 10 games, many owners will be in the playoffs and many others will be on the outside looking in. We did learn a few things this week that will help us going forward, the first of which is that the Eagles are not going to be a threat down the stretch if they can't right this sinking ship. Michael Vick is now dealing with two broken ribs, which means his previous two games of no touchdowns and three INTs may not be the worst of it. I'd lean more towards Vince Young starting in week 11, so plan on benching Vick next week.

DeSean Jackson was a late scratch due to missing a team meeting on Saturday. Without Jackson on the field, the Eagles offense was in complete disarray and it only made his case for a new contract that much stronger. In fantasy terms, Jackson is a top-tier WR that was missed.

Something else we learned is Jahvid Best may be the MVP for the Detroit Lions after this season. The Lions are 2-3 in their last 5 games and they just got blown out by the Bears. Calvin Johnson is still elite, but Matthew Stafford is no longer a must-start QB after giving up 4 INT's to a secondary that is giving up the 12th-most fantasy points this season.


John Skelton: Kevin Kolb who? Skelton lit up the box score to the tune of 315 passing yards and 3 TDs. Sure, he threw 2 INTs, but he got the job done and won a game that people didn't give him a chance in. Skelton is more a product of the Eagles dreadful play, but he came through with the 25 people who own him.

Matt Ryan: Matty Ice put up big stats in an overtime loss to the Saints. Ryan finished the game with 351 yards in the air, 2 TDs and an INT, good enough to finish in the top 5 for fantasy QBs in any format. Ryan is on the bubble for QB1's, but after a performance like this he is sure to be in a lot of starting lineups next week.

Chris Johnson: CJ2K finally got off this weekend and came through for fantasy owners who stuck with him this season. Johnson racked up 130 yards on the ground, a TD and added 4 catches for 44 yards. Those who picked up Javon Ringer can cut him loose and play Johnson as a RB1 once again.

Marshawn Lynch: Lynch is someone I was high on before the season started, but I felt like I was going to get lynched after the Seahawks basically killed any possibility of him having fantasy value. However, Lynch was able to come through this weekend with 109 rushing yards, 5 catches for 58 yards receiving and a TD. His ability to start on fantasy squads is extremely limited, so you can play him as a flex play going forward.

Denarius Moore: Moore and Carson Palmer hooked up for 5 completions, 123 yards and 2 TDs. The problem with the Raiders passing game is you can't really predict which receiver is going to come up big from week to week, and that means you are playing with fire when putting a Raiders receiver in your fantasy lineup.

Laurent Robinson: Those of you who emailed me asking about Robinson have to be very pleased with how he turned out this weekend. Tony Romo found him just three times, but he made the most of it by galloping for 73 yards and 2 TDs. You can't honestly expect this type of production every week while Miles Austin is out, but it does show that he has Romo's confidence and is worth playing as long as he is starting.

Ed Dickson: Dickson is someone I have had on my radar for a while, but the Ravens haven't used him enough to make him a viable fantasy TE before this weekend. Dickson finished this week's game with 10 receptions for 79 yards and 2 endzone visits. Don't rush out to grab him and think you are getting lightning in a bottle; the Ravens are still a defensive-oriented team that runs first on offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars defense: I told you to play the Jaguars defense and I took some heat on Facebook and Twitter because of it. I stood by my prediction and the Jaguars came through in fine fashion as they held the Colts offense to 3 points, and they even found time to rack up 5 sacks, 2 INTs and a fumble recovery. The bad news is that the Jaguars put OL Eben Britton, CB Rashean Mathis and LB Kyle Bosworth on injured reserve, ending their seasons.


Michael Vick: The reason I stay away from Vick in drafts is because he plays the game like a Kamikaze. Vick broke two ribs and destroyed a lot of fantasy playoff hopes en route to his empty 128 yards passing and 79 yards rushing. Vick is someone that everyone took way too high and now they are paying the price for it. But if you remember, I warned you before the season started.

Josh Freeman: And we are back to asking why you listened to Yahoo's rankings. Freeman walked into week 10 as their #5 pre-ranked QB and finished with a whopping 170 passing yards, 3 INTs and a lone TD. Freeman doesn't have the weapons to be a successful fantasy QB.

Willis McGahee: McGahee proved why you shouldn't put any faith in the Broncos and their sputtering offense. Whatchu Talk'n Bout Willis strained his hamstring and finished with 17 yards rushing, yet he has already been medically cleared to practice. Play anyone in a Broncos uniform at your own risk going forward.

Frank Gore: Gore is the lone bright spot in the 49ers offense, but that all came to an end this weekend when he sat on the sideline with knee and ankle injuries. When the RB you drafted with your first overall pick runs six times for 0 yards, things didn't go the way you wanted them to.

Dwayne Bowe: I guess the measuring stick for playing Bowe is to make sure I didn't recommend him. I put my eggs in his basket this week and he repaid me by catching 2 passes for a grand total of 17 yards. Despite the Chiefs sitting at 4-5 on the season, they are still just one game out of 1st place in the AFC West.

Stevie Johnson: Johnson is only as good as the Bills passing attack, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is someone I have been warning you about for a few weeks now. Johnson racked up 2 catches for 8 yards, stats not even worth mentioning. The Bills started off hot, but are fizzling out in the second half of the season.

Jason Witten: TE is an all-or-nothing position, and Witten proved that this weekend as he finished with an uneventful 37 yards. He did haul in 5 receptions to make it worth playing him in PPR leagues, but the lack of yards or scoring made him a big disappointment from a Cowboys offense that finally put some points on the board.

Baltimore Ravens defense: So many times this season I have played defenses based on who the Seahawks or Colts were facing, but that little plan backfired this weekend when the Seahawks rattled off 22 points against the Ravens. Worse than that, the Ravens only managed to get a single sack which put them at just 3 points in standard fantasy scoring formats.

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