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Fantasy Football Winners and Losers of Week 10


QB     Ben Roethlisberger     37/46 for 408 yards, 3 TDs      37 pts.

This had to have been about as frustrating a game as you could have as a QB that didn’t result in a serious injury.  Roethlisberger, playing on a torn meniscus, completed passes at over an 80% clip and went over 400 yards—both tops amongst QBs this week.  His team desperately needed this win.  I mean DESPERATELY.  And it was there.  And the Pittsburgh defense decided they just did not want it.

In a game that featured seven lead changes (the most in an NFL game this year) including three in the last minute or so, Roethlisberger looked absolutely great against the Cowboys— but it wasn’t enough.  The Steelers, now a pathetic 4-5, find themselves 3rd place in a mediocre division which will almost certainly not be sending a wild card team to the playoffs.  It is not a stretch to say that this loss ended Pittsburgh’s season.

So in summary, Roethlisberger added to his gaudy home stats (16 TDs/2 INTs at home this year) and was a clear statistical winner this week—this is an indisputable fact.  Sadly, in all the areas he almost certainly cares about, he was a massive train wreck of a loser.  Fantasy is sometimes a harsh mistress.  But you know what?  So is reality.

RB      Ezekiel Elliott     21 carries for 114 yards, 2 TDs, 2 receptions for 95 yards, 1 TD       42 pts.

Midway through the 4th quarter of the Pittsburgh vs Dallas game, Zeke had rushed 16 times for 56 yards.  He would carry the ball 5 more times in the game.  Those 5 carries would see him more than double his rushing total and get into the end zone 2 times.  Add to that the 95 yards of receiving (and another TD) Zeke picked up, and you’ve got yourself an absolute fucking monster of a fantasy performance.

Zeke went over 100 yards for the 5th time in his last 7 games and just to be clear, in the 2 games he didn’t hit 100, he was over 90 in both of them.  Who’s a better RB right now?  David Johnson?  LeVeon Bell?  Maybe.  But not definitely.  And that’s the end of the list.

Sure, the detractors will say that anyone running behind that Cowboys’ O-line would be a superstar, and that type of thinking isn’t completely unfair.  But this is different.  This guy has all-time great written all over him.  I, for one, am done betting against him.  And I implore you—please hold me to that.

WR      Antonio Brown      14 receptions on 18 targets for 154 yards and 1 TD       36 pts.

I picked Brown as my Stud of the Week (sponsored by Fibber McGee’s) on the RSJ podcast this past week, and while he was having a solid game against Dallas, with about a minute left in the game he was still pretty far from that sort of spectacular output.  But I guess that’s why you play 60 minutes.

On what a lot of people probably assumed was the last drive of the game, Brown caught a couple passes and then was on the receiving end of a Marino-esque fake spike/pass from Big Ben that gave the Steelers the lead with like 40 seconds to go.  This made a good game a really good game, but still not a Week 10 Winner.

Then the Cowboys scored in maybe 20 seconds, giving Dallas the lead again, and giving anyone who had any kind of money down on the Steelers a massive stroke.  This also gave the Steelers the ball back with about 15 seconds left, playing against the softest, deepest prevent defense that can possibly be played.

This, my friends, is where the real fantasy greats show up.  Brown caught 2 passes in the final 11 seconds or so for about 50 yards.  On the last catch he made, he ran for probably 30 yards before he even got to where the prevent defense was.  And these 2 meaningless grabs took his game from really good, to Winner of the Week good.

TE      Delanie Walker     9 receptions on 11 targets for 124 yards and 1 TD      28 pts.

I’ll keep this brief and just hit you with the facts on Delanie Walker:

Walker is currently the 3rd highest scoring fantasy tight end in the league.  This week he had the most catches, the most targets, and the most receiving yards of anyone at the position.  He is averaging almost 19 fantasy points a game over his past 4 contests, and his quarterback Marcus Mariota is looking (unexpectedly) like an absolute fantasy juggernaut.  The Tennessee WRs are forgettable, and the targets Walker gets do not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  Tennessee is in the same division as the Colts, the Jaguars, and the Texans.

Delanie Walker is for real.


QB      Brock Osweiler      14/27 for 99 yards, 2 TDs       17 pts.

It is rare that a player who is the quarterback of a winning team will be declared the Loser of the Week.  It is rare that a quarterback who threw multiple touchdowns will be in consideration for the Loser of the Week.  Yes, it is rare for a quarterback who threw zero interceptions to be branded this week’s loser.  And yes, it is exceedingly rare for me to give the Loser of the Week Award to someone who we already expected nothing from.  But let me tell you people something: it is rare that a talentless sack of dog shit like Brock Osweiler gets to be an NFL quarterback.  So let’s just say the rule book is out the window for now.

I cannot stress to you how bad this guy is.  He has one of the best 5 WRs in football, DeAndre Hopkins (see: WRs, losers below), and is in the process of completely destroying his career.

Let me give you a (partial) list of stuff that is better than Brock Osweiler:

  1. Work Place Sexual Harassment
  2. Ticks
  3. McDonald’s Fries that have been reheated
  4. Poll Taxes
  5. When you have to throw up and have diarrhea at the same time and have to choose which one gets the toilet and which one gets the floor

Again, this is a partial list.  If I had to write a list of 100 things, it would be no problem.  As a matter of fact that’s a great idea for an article that I may write at a later date.  But here’s the deal: this guy passed for UNDER 100 YARDS against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.  He completed less than 52% of his passes—and that’s low even for him.

Osweiler is 27th in completion percentage amongst QBs (59%).  He is 26th in passing yards, 30th in passer rating, and even with his huge 2 touchdown performance against the mighty Jags this week, he has still not yet passed for 10 TDs this season.  By any rubric that exists, and by any rubrics that will be invented in the future, Osweiler is about as bad as it gets.

Osweiler makes about 18 million dollars a year.  A lot of teachers make maybe 40 grand.  What he does on a weekly basis on the football field is the teaching equivalent of coming into the classroom late and then going from student to student and alternating taking a dump on their desks and exposing yourself.  It is unlikely a teacher would keep his or her job after such a performance.  But Brock Osweiler always seems to be able to defy the odds.

RB      Todd Gurley      21 carries for 64 yards      7 pts.

Gurley was, on average, the top RB taken in fantasy drafts leading up to this season.  How crazy does that sound now?  He gets loads of carries—Gurley carried the ball 21 times this week against the Jets.  And do NOT even for one second say something to me like, “well the Jets have a pretty good defense.”  Not really.  The Jets have played 10 games this year.  They have given up less than 23 points exactly 2 times.  The Ravens scored 16 against them, and the Rams scored a full touchdown less than that.

But OK, let’s pretend the Jets’ defense is good.  Let’s pick another team.  How about the 49ers?  Well, the 49ers SHUT THE RAMS OUT, holding Todd Gurley to 47 yards on the ground.  If you take out the Gurley game, do you want to know how many yards a game the 49ers were giving up per game heading into this week?  213. Yards. A. Game. Rushing.  I swear I’m not making this number up.  That’s right, simply having played against Todd Gurley brought the 49ers rushing defense down 30 yards per game.  That is sooooo bad.  Am I referring to Gurley or the 49ers defense?  Does it even matter at this point?  They are both unspeakably terrible.

WR      Deandre Hopkins      5 receptions on 13 targets for 48 yards      9 pts.

Deandre Hopkins needs to pick a crime.  It needs to be a crime that is serious, but not too serious.  It has to be serious enough to get the attention of the media, but not so serious that he ends up doing hard time for it.  It needs to be serious enough that the NFL is going to have to suspend him, but not so serious that he’ll get a lifetime ban.  It has to be serious enough that half the teams won’t be interested in him moving forward, abut not so serious that the crazy Al Davis-like owners out there will still be willing to take a chance on him because he’s such a great talent. He needs to pick this crime right away. And he needs to go and commit it right now.

No matter the hit his reputation takes as a result of him committing said crime, it would be worth it to get away from Brock Osweiler.  If he is reading this article and thinks it sounds interesting, I am willing to brainstorm crime ideas with him to help solve this problem.

TE      Travis Kelce      3 receptions on 6 targets for 31 yards      8 pts.

Sometimes, the numbers just aren’t on your side.  Sometimes, every discernible piece of data flies in the face of what you want to see happen.  Sometimes, you can’t back a prediction up with any relevant or favorable statistics.  Sometimes, all you have to go on is pure hatred.

This was the position I found myself in this week as I struggled to pick a “Bum” for the week on the RSJ podcast—an underachiever who, with any luck, the so-called experts wouldn’t see coming.  I liked the matchups most of the top rated tight ends had for the week, so I found myself struggling to make a pick.  Then I saw Travis Kelce was going against the Panthers, who I think were the second worst team against tight ends leading up to this week’s contests.  Surely, Kelce would destroy the Carolina defense and earn his spot as a top 5 guy for Week 10.

Then I thought, “I hate Travis Kelce.  He has a show on E! that seems like it might be the worst thing that’s ever been on TV.”  And before you say, “Well, TV is great and it always has been,” keep in mind the guy who used to break up fights on Jerry Springer has his own show now.  This seemed like as good of a reason as any to pick against Kelce.  So I did.  And he sucked.  And I couldn’t feel better about it.


  • The Truth is the oldest (and wisest) member of the RSJ team. He loves reality TV, is skeptical of pass catching running backs, and thinks John Elway is the greatest quarterback of all time.


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