by Dante Pitts
At this point, you’re either gearing up for the playoffs or battling to stay out of last place in your fantasy leagues. So whether you are fighting for your dignity or battling to stay on top, I’ll recap week 10 for you, and talk about the injury that Gronk owners will be scrambling to find a replacement for.
Delanie Walker had an impressive outing against the Green Bay Packers, who have a deplorable secondary and had trouble tackling the Tight End all game. Marcus Mariota looks like he has reached mid-season form and is showing no signs of a sophomore slump. The Titans have a great match-up against the Colts next week. Considering they are fighting for playoff implications and the fact that they have not beat the Colts at home in years, expect the Tennessee Titans to come out firing on all cylinders on offense.
Cameron Brate had a pretty good outing against his hometown team the Chicago Bears. Attribute some of his success to the Bears just being an awful team. Brate caught all seven of his targets for 84 yards and one touchdown in the win. In his best performance of the season, Brate lead the Bucs in yards and receptions. Look for Brate’s production to rise as the Bucs have a short-handed receiving core.
Antonio Gates continues to be an ageless wonder as he was able to pull in four of his nine targets and has caught a touchdown pass in the last three contests. Hunter Henry has become an afterthought as Gates continues to play at a high level.
Julius Thomas had six catches on ten targets for 24 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars have been struggling all season and are usually in the position to play catch up. That means Blake Bortles will continue to sling the football as he threw 49 times on Sunday against the division foe Jacksonville Jaguars. Not too much upside for Thomas as he doesn’t provide much value without a touchdown in contest.
Ok, Gronk owners, you should have known a mid-to-end of season injury was coming. If you took Gronk in the first round and waited for him to return, you should have also anticipated that he might miss more games. Gronk played through a punctured lung on Sunday night after taking a hit from Earl Thomas. (Update: Gronk is now said to have a chest injury. Sources say it is not too serious, but is still something to monitor.) He is more than likely to miss next week’s game against San Francisco, making Martellus Bennett a huge play in DFS formats. Here are a few players that you could pick-up until you can figure out a timetable for Gronk:
1. C.J. Fiedorowicz had a poor showing this week going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brock Osweiler is still having a terrible season and threw for less than 100 yards on Sunday, but has found a bright spot hooking up with Fiedorowicz. He had 3 touchdowns in the past five games before his outing against the Jags. If you need a viable option to replace Gronk for the time being, C.J. is your man.
2. Vernon Davis is getting some production in the nation’s capital, catching 3 receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. Jordan Reed hasn’t slowed down Davis’s numbers, so expect him to keep it up for the rest of the season.
3. If you are in a deeper league, you are going to want to take a look at Vance McDonald. He caught 4 passes this Sunday and one touchdown last week. The 49ers’ offense isn’t too reliable this season but if there is one bright spot, it happens to be Vance.
DFS: Jordan Reed – Now, Kirk Cousins has plenty of options to throw to when it comes to the Redskins offence, but Reed had quite an outing against the Vikings on Sunday. Look for Reed to bounce back against the Green Bay Packers where Delanie Walker was able to have an absolute field day.