Another Monday, another look back on Sunday.
There's no question as to who the most productive receiver in Week 10 was, but perhaps the most significant injury this week for a receiver didn't happen to a receiver at all.
(That's what we call 'Writer trickeration')
And that job is to destroy NFL defenses and make a mockery of opposing cornerbacks. Of course, Charles Tillman and Richard Sherman had success against Calvin Johnson, but those are two guys going to the Pro Bowl and maybe All-Pro. Johnson is also All-Pro though, and that continues with 207 yards in a loss to the Vikings.
Stafford targeted Megatron 13 times and he caught 12 of those, one of which was his second touchdown of the season. He leads the NFL with 974 yards, and he has 2,655 yards over his last 25 regular season games, most in the league.
Johnson has enough fine matchups (and doesn't see the Bears again until Week 17) to remain the top receiver in fantasy and regular football.
The sleeper was worthy of the tag and caught 5 of 7 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown against Tamp Bay in his first start. Danario Alexander has a good chance to remain as Philip River's favorite target this year and build himself into solid WR2 status.
It always seemed like Danario could be better, and this might be the perfect offense for him. He has 195 yards in his last two games. Too bad they don't play the Raiders until Week 17.
It's been a slow process for the Seahawks offense to come together and that's kept Sidney Rice and Golden Tate from really being solid fantasy plays. That might be over now.
Rice had two touchdowns caught, Tate caught a touchdown and then threw another to Rice. Seattle has a bunch of guys that are better at throwing footballs than the Jets do.
Tate and Rice both have a bye this week and then with three of their last four at home, become interesting playoff plays for the stretch run. Rice might still be a touch ahead of Tate.
Torrey Smith against the Raiders (THAT'S ALOTTA POINTS)
Interesting to see that at this point in the year, Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin both have 548 yards. The biggest difference: Smith has 7 touchdowns and Boldin has just one. That showed again in a 55-point outburst over the Raiders when Smith had 67 yards and two touchdowns, Boldin had 38 yards and none.
Funny, Boldin was targeted one more time than Smith was. But it's all about where you are targeted.
(Usually best when you're targeted in a game against the Raiders.)
No, probably not right.
It looked like Miles Austin had a solid matchup and he's been very solid on a consistent basis, but he was targeted only four times and had 2 catches for 32 yards and no touchdowns. That's his lowest output since Week 5 against Baltimore, but these things happen.
It was hard to find a better receiver than Victor Cruz after seven weeks. It's hard to find a bigger disappointment over the last three. Cruz had 3 catches for 26 yards against the Bengals as the Giants and Eli Manning continue to struggle. That gives Cruz 10 catches for 116 yards combined in his last three games.
That's nothing to dance about.
Perhaps no player was hotter coming into Week 10 than Eric Decker, who had scored seven touchdowns in his last five games. That streak is very over.
Decker was targeted four times, finishing with 2 catches for 15 yards and no scores. Much different than the 11 targets for Demaryius Thomas that resulted in 9 catches for 135. With upcoming matchups against the Chargers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Raiders, there's little reason to believe that Decker won't bounce back to normal in a hurry.
Steve Smith against the Broncos (THE CHAMP IS HERE)
Champ Bailey that is. Smith was targeted seven times and ended with 1 catch for 19 yards. Like most Panthers, it's a step back from last year for Steve Smith. He has 649 yards in nine games (down 15 yards per game from 2011) and he's scored only one time.
Smith rests in that low-end WR2 status for now but should be a good play against Tampa Bay in Week 11.
Julio Jones left the game with a shin injury but returned.
Domenik Hixon left the Giants game.
Brandon Marshall might have suffered the worst injury of all, if Jay Cutler ends up missing significant time with a concussion.