NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football News: Fred Jackson And Jon Kitna Leading The Day

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Jon Kitna, Felix Jones, Dez Bryant Electric In New Meadowlands Against The Giants

The New York Giants entered today with the league’s best defense by 24 yards per game, allowing only 250 a contest. Dallas Cowboys QB Jon Kitna has blown past that mark in the middle of the third quarter, distributing 327 yards and three touchdowns on only 19 attempts. RB Felix Jones has 126 total yards and a touchdown, nearly matched by WR Dez Bryant’s 104 yards plus a score.

This is already the seventh-biggest yardage day of Kitna’s 14-year career. He’s never thrown for 300 or more yards without throwing an interception, of which he has none today. He’s also thrown for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns only once. Considering today’s opponent, we could very well be witnessing Kitna’s best-ever game.

This is also the biggest game of Jones’ season and Bryant’s rookie career. With the Giants showing a little offensive life and gaining 317 yards of their own, the Cowboys are going to need to keep swinging. Jason Garrett’s first game as Cowboys coach seems to have had quite an impact on this offense. #obvious


Tim Tebow's First NFL Pass: Tim Tebow's First NFL Touchdown

Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow is now even more efficient as an NFL passer than he has been as an NFL goal line runner, throwing a three-yard touchdown to FB Spencer Larsen on his first career pass. He also ran in a score earlier, giving him a better fantasy scoring day than Peyton Manning or Vince Young.

With a career 118.8 passer rating, Tebow now has four all-purpose touchdowns in his 12 regular season Broncos snaps. Today's blowout against the Kansas City Chiefs is likely freeing up the Broncos playbook a little, plus Josh McDaniels looks like he bores pretty easily, but this does appear to be a somewhat regular component of the Broncos offense.

Denver seems to be following the model provided by Tebow's progression as a college passer. In 2006, the Florida Gators used the freshman in short-yardage sets as a passing fullback thing before moving him into a true starting role the next year. Kyle Orton's lights-out play rules out a starting job for Tebow in Denver in that short of a time span, but he's at least carved out a role for himself as a rookie in an NFL offense.


Knowshon Moreno, Tim Tebow, And Jamaal Charles On The Board In Broncos First-Half Blowout

RB Knowshon Moreno has joined in the Denver Broncos free-for-all against the Kansas City Chiefs, contributing 94 yards and a touchdown on only eight carries and two targets. He’s only 24 yards away from his career high, with a whole half to go, and the score was his first since his week two injury.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles produced just about the only highlight for Kansas City so far, a five-yard touchdown catch in the final minute of the first half. He only has 32 yards on ten touches. Charles has put up either 100 total yards or a touchdown in all but one game this season, so he remains one of the safest fantasy bets. As this half proves, he’ll get his even when everything else falls apart for the Chiefs.

Broncos goal line QB Tim Tebow also banged in a one-yard touchdown, his third of the year. It’s kind of his thing.


Fantasy Football, Week 10: Mark Sanchez With Another Stellar Performance On The Road In Cleveland

NFL analysts said QB Mark Sanchez was due for a ’sophomore slump.

Apparently, he didn’t get the memo. Last week against the Lions, the young quarterback had a phenomenal fourth quarter and overtime period en route to a 23-20 win in overtime against the Detroit Lions.

This week, he lead his team to victory yet again, completing 27 off 44 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. His fantasy owners were very happy.

Sanchez did a great job of evading the Cleveland rush and keeping the play alive. While he was sacked twice, there were three separate times that the Browns had him in his grasp, and he escaped and found receivers for completions.

The young quarterback showed a lot of poise and his decision making was much improved from that of previous games this year. When receivers were open he got the ball to them, when Browns dropped into coverage and nothing was there, he threw it away.

Great game for Sanchez as he lead his team to victory in thrilling fashion, 26-20.


Kyle Orton With Three TD Passes In Just The Second Quarter Versus Chiefs

Denver Broncos starting quarterback Kyle Orton is already having a field day - it's only midway through the second quarter. The Broncos currently lead the Kansas City Chiefs 28-0 behind Orton's arm and a Tim Tebow's goal line rush.

Orton has managed 3 passing touchdowns in only 20 minutes of football played thus far. Spreading the ball out almost evenly throughout his receiving core, Orton has 11 completions on 15 attempts for 177 yards and the 3 touchdowns. Jabar Gaffney has benefited the most from Orton's huge day (so far), catching 3 passes for 57 yards and 1 touchdown. Brandon Lloyd (2 catches for 43 yards) and Knowshon Moreno (2 catches for 27 yards) each have a touchdown catch of his own.

Coming into today's game versus the Kansas City Chiefs, Orton had thrown for 2,510 yards and 12 touchdowns on 195-316 passing. Orton has already thrown for one fourth of his season total for touchdowns and it isn't even halftime yet.


Jay Cutler, Percy Harvin, And Devin Hester Providing Bulk Of Bears-Vikings Highlights

In an ugly NFC North game featuring 12 penalties, four turnovers, and fewer than five yards per offensive play, Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin and Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester have provided at least a few moments of grace. Harvin caught a 52-yard strike from Brett Favre late in the second, followed moments later by a 19-yard Hester touchdown scamper.

Hester’s kick return game has dazzled as well, running back one kick 68 yards up the right sideline and setting up a field goal attempt, because this is still an NFC North game.

Bears QB Jay Cutler has thrown three touchdowns, which will more than balance out his two interceptions in fantasy scoring. He hasn’t thrown three touchdowns since the Bears’ week two win over the Dallas Cowboys. He hasn’t thrown two interceptions since he threw four interceptions agains the Washington Redskins two weeks ago, so you were probably already prepared for that part.


Houston Texans Andre Johnson And Matt Schaub Making Up For Running Game

With RB Arian Foster only averaging 3.2 yards per carry, the Houston Texans battery of QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson has stepped up. Johnson caught a wide-open, nine-yard toss into the end zone to tie it up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Schaub has 250 yards in the third, with 127 of them on ten targets to Johnson. The QB has only had two 300-yard games this year, and had been held out of the end zone in two of his last four games. Johnson has made the most of it, going over 95 yards in five of his eight games and ranking fourth in the NFL in yards per game.

With interceptions in back-to-back games, Schaub has also avoided turning the ball over so far. Jaguars QB David Garrard’s stats today are almost identical to Schaub’s after a 52-yard Jags TD pass, but he’s not throwing his every other pass to Andre Johnson, so.


Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson Running All Over Detroit Lions

With two of the NFL’s worst rushing defenses in one building, surely some fantasy owners took a chance with either Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson or Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best. If you went Jackson, it looks like you made the right call, as he has 80 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, and two touchdowns early in the third. Those two scores double his yearly total.

This is already Jackson’s biggest game of the season by quite a bit and since his 227-yard uproar against the Indianapolis Colts to close 2009. He tends to give up carries to whoever’s around, whether that’s been Marshawn Lynch or rookie C.J. Spiller — not to mention scrambly QB Ryan Fitzpatrick — but he’s clearly the heart of the Bills’ game plan today.

And with an 11-point lead on a Detroit Lions team missing its starting quarterback, the especially conservative Chan Gailey isn’t about to stop running the ball.


Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Winning Fantasy Showdown With Texans RB Arian Foster

One of last year’s biggest fantasy football studs, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, hasn’t been putting up his usual assortment of points this year, with only three touchdowns until today. Meanwhile Houston Texans RB Arian Foster came out of nowhere to lead the NFL in both rushing yards and total touchdowns.

But today MJD is showing the young guy a thing or two. With two touchdowns already, plus 86 total yards, Jones-Drew’s first half would rank as his third-best game this season. Foster only has 22 yards on eight carries and one passing target.

As soon as I finished typing that, Foster ran in a one-yard touchdown to conclude an 80-yard drive. You’re welcome, Foster owners. The Jags defense has ranked in the NFL’s bottom half in rushing yardage, so it’s not surprising they were unable to keep the shutout going for much longer.


Dolphins WR Brian Hartline Also Starring In Randy Moss' Titans Debut

It makes sense that Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson has collected most of Tennesee’s yardage early in Randy Moss’ first game as a Titan. But did you expect Moss to have zero catches on one target late in the second? Well, you’re probably not shocked by that. But did you expect Dolphins WR Brian Hartline to have 91 yards late in the second? No, that you did not expect.

Hartline caught a 54-yard flea flicker bomb from Chad Henne, plus three other catches to give him his season high and put him five yards short of his career high. The loft of Henne’s pass was jarring at first, as Chad Pennington started this game before immediately suffering an injury, and the viewer’s eye momentarily registered the cannon shot as having been fired by Pennington. Everybody freaked out.

Despite being a fairly consistent yardage guy, considering he plays in Miami’s collegiate offense, Hartline still only has three career touchdowns. Moss hasn’t caught more than 81 yards in a game since week 10 of 2009. Hey look, this is week 10 of 2010.


Peyton Hillis And LeGarrette Blount Tearing Up Turf Early

Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis and Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount didn’t carry the ball a whole lot during their senior years in college. Hillis spent much of his time blocking for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, while Blount spectated most of his final season after punching a Boise St. Bronco. But the two big backs have become productive NFL players, and they’re among the early stars of today’s 1 o’clock games.

Hillis entered the league tied for eighth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage and has already put 76 total yards and a touchdown on the New York Jets. Blount, a run-only back with two catches on the year, has rushed for 78 and a score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hillis has scored in all but one game this year, with Blount behind held off the scoreboard only twice in the games in which he’s played.


Chris Johnson And Ronnie Brown Trade TDs In Randy Moss' Titans Debut

Seven minutes into WR Randy Moss’ first game as a Titan, Tennessee RB Chris Johnson has a touchdown already. Moss has zero targets in WR Kenny Britt’s absence, with neither team passing all that much. That’s partly due to the fact that both are running teams, but both are also down their starting quarterbacks at the moment. Vince Young is still out for Tennessee, and Chad Pennington left very early with an arm injury for the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown actually struck first, but in second-paragraph fashion, with a two-yard dash to take advantage of a Titans fumble. Brown only has three yards on five carries against the decent Titans rushing D, but Johnson has already put up 42 yards on seven totes.

CJ2K isn’t on pace for 2K yards, but he is sixth in the league in rushing yards, and that score ties him for the league rushing scores lead with Houston Texans RB Arian Foster. Brown has been his typical fantasy nightmare, and you didn’t even notice what an oxymoron that is. Splitting touches with RB Ricky Williams, it’s hard to take advantage of Brown’s talents every week.


NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football News: Kerry Collins Will Start Over Vince Young For The Titans

Two weeks ago Jason Brewer asked, "Who starts at QB this week for the Titans?" This week the question was answered much earlier than game time. Kerry Collins took the field for pre-game warm ups and was seen taking first team snaps for the Tennessee Titans

Kerry Collins is indeed taking the first-team snaps during pregame warmups. He's starting instead of Vince Young.


This will be the first chance that Collins gets to play with the recently acquired Randy Moss since both were playing for the Oakland Raiders back in 2005. Collins was 302-565 for 3759 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions thrown that year. Moss had a relatively poor year that season, only catching 60 balls for 1005 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Jay Glazer is reporting that Young's teammates aren't exactly happy with his rehabilitation from a sprained ankle. Young apparently was seen little during the Titans' bye week and his teammates are upset that he wasn't there spending time to get back for today's game versus the Miami Dolphins

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