Fantasy football Risers/Sliders: Week 10 (cont.)
Victor Cruz, Giants -- The Chunky Soup pitchman currently stands among the top-10 among all receivers in catches, yards and touchdowns, but he has slumped, as has the Giants' passing game overall, in the last three games. In those games, Cruz has managed just 10 catches for 116 yards -- tied for 55th and 57th respectively -- with no touchdowns. The Giants go into their bye week with major fixes necessary for offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and his unit. Those heavily invested in Giants, especially Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, can only pray they'll be successful.
Chris Givens, Rams -- The promising rookie hit a roadblock when he was deactivated for the 49ers game, along with fellow rookie Janoris Jenkins, for violating team rules. With the return of Danny Amendola, the Rams played the Niners to a tie, proving that the team was just fine without him. Givens came to prominence immediately after Amendola suffered his injury and has now become a question mark after his return. A decent source of touchdowns, Givens has yet to catch more than three balls in a game, which limits his true value to fantasy owners. With byes almost over, cutting him for the stretch run is a reasonable response to someone who may or may not be there when you need him most.
Andrew Luck, Colts -- The sign of an elite fantasy player is that they put up big numbers even when they have poor games. Case in point was Luck on Thursday against the Jaguars. His 227 passing yards with no touchdowns and a pick were numbers you might expect out of Blaine Gabbert. However, Luck's value is multidimensional. He's second to RG3 in rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks with five and tied with the likes of Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch and fellow rookies Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson for eighth overall. The Patriots, Bills, Lions and Titans are coming up in the next four weeks, so the numbers should keep coming.
Carson Palmer, Raiders -- While the Raiders didn't totally abandon the running game against the Ravens playing without top tailbacks Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, Palmer was forced to carry the offense again in a blowout loss. The results on the scoreboard were ugly, but those who started Palmer had few complaints as he managed 368 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the second week in a row (and fourth time this season) the former No. 1 pick went over the 300-yard mark, something he had not done since 2007. Oakland's only real strength is a deep receiving corps (Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Myers, Marcel Reece, Rod Streater) that plays right into Palmer's hands. Due to byes and injuries, there is a short roster of usable fantasy quarterbacks in Week 11, but with the Saints on the schedule, Palmer is certainly one of them.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers -- When Alex Smith was knocked out in the first half against the Rams by a concussion, Jim Harbaugh turned the controls over to Kaepernick, the Wildcat quarterback extraordinaire who threw for 117 yards and ran for another 66 and a touchdown in the tie against the Rams. Unlike most Wildcat option quarterbacks, Kaepernick has a strong arm and added an element of mobility Smith did not. In fact, Kaepernick's 66 rushing yards placed him 15th among all NFL runners through Sunday night's game. If you've been waiting to use Tim Tebow all season you just may be the kind of fantasy owner who would enjoy having Kaepernick in your lineup next week against the Bears.
Eli Manning, Giants -- Peyton's kid brother has been through a lot recently with the effects of Hurricane Sandy and the scrutiny of the New York media after going through his roughest stretch in recent years. The Giants head into the bye having watched 99 Manning passes thrown since the last time he connected for a touchdown. The slump was understandable against the Cowboys and Steelers, but not the Bengals. There's serious cause for concern.
Michael Vick, Eagles -- A concussion did what Andy Reid was unwilling to do; send Vick to the sidelines. As disappointing as he's been, Vick consistently has provided 15 to 20 fantasy points per week, a tall order for a rookie like Nick Foles.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins -- Just when it was looking like he could be used in a pinch, the rookie was embarrassed at home by the league's easiest defense to score against. Tannehill managed a mere three points while throwing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a pick-six. Unless you're in a two-quarterback league, you can put any thought of using Tannehill aside for the rest of the year.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings -- Maddeningly invisible in recent weeks, Rudolph turned it on against the Lions, catching seven balls for 64 yards and a touchdown in Percy Harvin's absence. Leslie Frazier and his staff want Rudolph to be active in an offense short on receiving play-makers outside of Harvin.
Antonio Gates, Chargers -- The Buccaneers had no answer for any of the Chargers' big three receivers, which has become a regular occurrence for Gates, who has played his way back into the elite class of tight ends. Now he goes against the Broncos, who have allowed opposition tight ends five touchdowns in three games, including two by Gates himself.
Vernon Davis, 49ers -- He's gifted, dedicated and physically imposing, yet for the sixth straight game Davis went without a touchdown and only once during that span, against Buffalo, was he a fantasy factor at all. Next week's opponents, the Bears, don't give up much to fantasy tight ends, either, so it's unlikely that the skid will end anytime soon.
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