We had some success in the ‘other notables’ section of our post last week: Alex Smith (two passing TDs and 199 yards), Denard Robinson (94 rushing yards and a TD), Alfred Morris (109 total yards with two TDs), DeAndre Hopkins (six catches for 115 yards and a TD), Jordan Matthews (40 receiving yards and a TD), and Dwayne Allen (four receptions for 48 yards and a score).
Also, Travis Kelce was the headliner for us in Week 9 and he came through. He caught four passes for 67 yards and a TD against the Jets.
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As for our advised bench plays: Andy Dalton (16th among QB fantasy points in Week 9), Chris Ivory (eight attempts for 22 yards), Allen Robinson (four receptions for 35 yards), and Garrett Graham (zero targets for the second-straight week), all of which were some of the many good calls on our part.
QB – Carson Palmer, ARI
Andre Luck, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers are off this week. In the last five weeks, the Rams have allowed seven passing touchdowns and have intercepted one pass. This season, Palmer has thrown for at least two TDs and 249 yards in every game he’s played. Last week, against a stellar Cowboys secondary, Palmer was able to throw for three TDs. Also, Palmer has yet to throw an interception at home this season.
Other notables: Matt Ryan (ATL), Mark Sanchez (PHI), and Cam Newton (CAR)
RB – Jeremy Hill, CIN
Hill was a superstar last week in his spot-start for the injured Giovani Bernard. Hill rushed for 154 yards on 24 carries (6.4 yards per rush) and scored two touchdowns against the Jaguars. Expect Bernard to miss another game because of the Thursday scheduling. Cleveland is tied for 30th in the league with 139.6 rushing yards allowed per game.
Other notables: Bobby Rainey (TB), Terrance West (CLE), and Chris Ivory (NYJ)
White missed the 56-14 beat down of Tampa Bay in Week 3, but he’s back now. In the four games in October, White was targeted 31 times. His Falcons are returning to action following the bye week and will face the Buccaneers, yet again. The Bucs have allowed six receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the last two games. Julio Jones is already a must-start. Make sure White gets the nod, too.
Other notables: Brandin Cooks (NO), Jordan Matthews (PHI), and Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)
TE – Mychal Rivera, OAK
Denver has surrendered three receiving touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the last two games. Granted, they were Antonio Gates (two TDs) and Rob Gronkowski. Rivera has been Derek Carr’s crutch. In the last two weeks, Rivera has been targeted 20 times for 15 receptions, 121 yards, and two touchdowns.
Other notables: Heath Miller (PIT), Andrew Quarless (GB), and Larry Donnell (NYG)
QB – Ryan Tannehill, MIA
The red-hot Tannehill destroyed San Diego last week to the tune of 288 yards and three TDs. However, this week, the Dolphins travel to Detroit. The Lions have allowed the fewest number of touchdown passes. In fact, they are the only team to allow less than double-digit TDs this year (nine). Looking at the last five weeks, only two teams have more interceptions than TD passes allowed: Giants (seven TDs, eight INTS) and Lions (six TDs, seven INTs).
Other notables: Kyle Orton (BUF), Eli Manning (NYG), and Alex Smith (KC)
RB – Darren McFadden, OAK
In the past three weeks, Denver hasn’t allowed a touchdown by the opposing running back. The only other teams on that list are: Kansas City (in two games) and Washington. Also, the Broncos are allowing the fewest rushing yards per game (71.6 ypg). Run DMC was held to only 20 yards on 13 carries last week against the Seahawks (1.5 yards per rush).
Other notables: Bishop Sankey (TEN), Boobie Dixon (BUF), and Tre Mason (STL)
WR – Rueben Randle, NYG
The Legion of Boom is roaring, again. Seattle’s secondary has now completed four-straight games without allowing the opposing team’s wide receivers to catch a touchdown. That list includes WRs such as: Dez Bryant and Kelvin Benjamin. With Richard Sherman likely covering Randle, I expect Eli Manning to look toward Larry Donnell and Odell Beckham Jr.
Other notables: Robert Woods (BUF), Andrew Hawkins (CLE), and Mike Wallace (MIA)
TE – Vernon Davis, SF
This season, only one tight end has scored on the Saints and it was Levine Toilolo in Week 1. Since then, Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Andrew Quarless, and Greg Olsen were all stopped from reaching the end zone. Last week, against the Rams, Davis was only targeted three times for two receptions and 19 yards. He also hasn’t tallied more than 39 receiving yards or scored a touchdown since Week 1 (44 yards and two TDs against the Cowboys).
Other notables: Jason Witten (DAL), Jermaine Gresham (CIN), and Austin Seferian-Jenkins