The quarterback controversy is definitely over in the city of brotherly love. If you had any doubt that Michael Vick would quickly reposition himself to secure the weekly role as the starting quarterback for the Eagles after missing four games due to injury, forget about it! Vick’s passing and scrambling skills surely added him to everybody’s Christmas list this year. Some are even chanting MVP! Don’t get too excited, though: The flash of brilliance exhibited against the Redskins on ESPN’s Monday Night Footballmay have been just that- a good night and nothing more. Time will tell. (Click here to see the highlight reel from Monday’s game.) And while Vick mesmerized everyone with his physical abilities, he was not the only NFL player to produce some stout stats for fantasy owners.
In addition to Vick’s 49.32 fantasy points in standard leagues, 13 other NFL players earned more than 25 fantasy points for their owners in week 10. Of the 14 players to score more than 25 fantasy points, Washington’s RB, Keiland Williams, starting due to injuries to running backs Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain, was the biggest surprise. His astonishing three trips into the end zone propelled him onto center stage and provided a respectable 31.90 fantasy points for the “kitty.” Judging from my research, less than 10 percent of fantasy owners believed in Williams enough to invest in the rookie running back from LSU. (I wonder what I was thinking when I needed to replace my injured RB!)
Also from week 10 in the NFL, Kansas City’s quarterback, Matt Cassel, threw for 469 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort against Denver. Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (27.00 fantasy points) rushed for 133 yards and helped the struggling Bills get their first win against a disappointing Detroit Lions team that suffered their 25th straight loss on the road. And Chicago’s Jay Cutler threw three touchdowns and two picks in the Bears’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, but only donated 21.88 fantasy points for his faithful owners.
Here is a review of week 10 in the NFL and the stats that landed these outstanding athletes on Giovanni’s Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football Fantastic Five:
Kicking off this week is Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe has reached the end zone in five straight games, but the scoring streak alone wasn’t enough to add him to the list. Bowe earned a spot on my list this week at number 5 because he caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns; earning his happy fantasy owners 30.90 fantasy points-which is normally an outstanding performance in any league! The Miami resident and former LSU Tiger has nine touchdowns on the year and just over 600 yards rushing.
Rushing his way to the number 4 position on this week’s list of Fantasy Football points leaders is Keiland Williams. The back-up running back only rushed for 89 yards and caught four passes for 50 yards, but his three touchdowns quickly added up to 31.90 fantasy points. Next week, the ‘Skins face Tennessee, then the Vikings. If Portis or Torain is healthy enough to play, Keiland Williams may have to wait on the sidelines for another opportunity to strut his stuff.
While tossing all three of his touchdowns Sunday to the rookie TE, Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ Tom Brady managed to pass for his first 300-yard game of the season. By passing for 352 yards against the Steelers, it gave Brady his 31st 300-yard game of his career. Brady has thrown at least one touchdown in every game so far this season. He has 17 for the year. More on Gronkowski later.
This week’s runner-up on the Fantastic Five list is the aforementioned Matt Cassel. Finding his team down 35-0 at the half, Cassel was forced to pass. And by doing so, the Chiefs quarterback really racked-up some nice fantasy points in the loss to the Broncos. Cassel’s four touchdown passes and 469 yards added up to 33.06 fantasy points and a second-place ranking. Remarkably, Cassel did not throw an interception in the game.
Of course the numero uno fantasy player from week 10 is no surprise to anyone! Michael Vick gave the performance of his career Monday night. After just two quarters of football, Vick had already topped 40 points. The first play from scrimmage went for an 88-yard touchdown when he expertly tossed the ball to a sprinting De Sean Jackson. At halftime, the “Vickster” was 14-for-18 with 264 yards and three TDs! Plus he had rushed for a staggering 66 yards- twice for pay dirt.
During the intermission, I told my wife that the Eagles were going to score 70 points. They didn’t, but it’s only because of the unwritten and seldom-talked-about Mercy Rule, which should have been activated early in the second quarter. Vick left the game early and finished the night with 333 yards passing on 20 completions. His six-touchdown performance promises to be the topic of many discussions this week as the Eagles prepare to host theNew York Giants on Sunday for the division lead. Can he duplicate history and rewrite the record books again? I’m sure we will all be watching.
Finally, my honorable mention goes to New England’s second-round draft choice, Tight End Rob Gronkowski. He has emerged as a serious red-zone threat this season. Gronkowski only has 220 yards receiving thus far, 72 coming from his three-touchdown game Sunday, and his six TDs on the year set a Patriots record for touchdowns by a rookie tight end. He is also the first rookie to catch three touchdowns in a single game. Too bad his 25.20 fantasy points weren’t enough to land him on the list. I believe we haven’t heard the last of Rod Gronkowski.