Thinking Inside the Box: Week 10

Thinking Inside the Box: Week 10

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), on Nov 10, 2014

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John was named the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by FantasyPros for the 2010 and 2014 seasons, finished as runner-up in 2011 and 4th in both 2012 and 2015 for a total of five Top 5 seasons in the last six years. Cumulatively, John was the most accurate expert from 2010-15 while also winning the 2011 Fantasy Sports Trade Association award for the most accurate draft rankings. 

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Every Monday, Senior Editor John Paulsen takes to Twitter (@4for4_John) for Thinking Inside the Box, where he tweets different stats and tidbits from Sunday's box scores. We compile it here for subscribers.


Travis Kelce played 66% of the snaps, which is on the high side for him, but Bills said they viewed him as another Gronk. 2-19 (2)

Dwayne Bowe still hasn’t found the endzone, but he is the #20 WR in PPR formats over the past four weeks after 8-93 (12) vs. BUF.

Bryce Brown surprisingly played quite a bit given game flow. He played the most snaps of the BUF RBs — 13 touches, 100 yards.

Sammy Watkins played an (almost) full complement of snaps, but only managed 4-27 (10).

Kyle Orton keeps putting up solid numbers. Another 259 and a TD in Week 10. He’s the #11 QB since taking over as the starter in Week 5.

Brian Hartline played 9 more snaps than Jarvis Landry, but Landry had 9 more targets than Hartline. 7-53 (10)

Charles Clay’s 7-45 (9) looks a lot better in PPR formats. He’s the #6 TE in PPR over the last four weeks, and #8 in standard.

Damien Williams ran ahead of Daniel Thomas with Lamar Miller limited. Williams rushed for 4.9 YPC, Thomas 2.8 YPC. Added 3-27 in pass game.

Golden Tate’s production didn’t fall off with the return of Calvin Johnson — 11-109 (13). Plenty of yards to go around in DET.

DET RB snaps, touches: Bell 67%, 12; Bush 29%, 5; Riddick 12%, 5 plus the game-winning TD. Bush nicked up during the game.

Matthew Stafford is a lot better with Calvin Johnson in the lineup. 7.7 YPA with Calvin, 6.6 YPA without in 2014. #duh

Denard Robinson with another 70 total yards and two TDs, He’s the #4 RB over the last four weeks in standard, #8 in PPR. #Jaguars

Consistent production hasn’t been there for Cecil Shorts, but the targets have. 47 targets over last five games, with a minimum of seven.

Think Dez Bryant missed Tony Romo last week? 6-158-2 (8) in the Curfew Game. Terrance Williams had a goose egg on zero targets.

After zero TDs in his first five games, Jason Witten has three in his last five, and is the #5 TE over that span in both formats.

DeMarco Murray already has 280 touches for 1,514 total yards. He’s on pace for 448 touches for 2,422 total yards.

Brandin Cooks is averaging 69 total yards and .57 TD in seven indoor games this year (counting DAL). 43 yards and no TDs in 2 outdoor games.

Mark Ingram is matchup-proof?!? 139 total yards (4.4 YPC) on 30 touches in a bad matchup vs. the 49ers.

Anquan Boldin is the #16 WR in PPR and #21 in standard. He has been Colin Kaepernick’s most reliable target with Crabtree/Davis struggling.

Anquan Boldin has 90+ yards and a TD in three of his last four games.

Bishop Sankey is nothing if not consistent. Has gained between 56-77 total yards in 6 of his last 7 games. 20 touches for 77 yards in W10.

Shonn Greene fumbled at the goal line and played seven snaps. McCluster hurt as well, so Leon Washington played second fiddle to Sankey.

Justin Hunter’s fundamentals (snap %, targets) were strong heading into Week 10. He played 97% of the snaps but only saw two targets.

Delanie Walker had 37 yards receiving on the first drive and then was concussed in the 2nd quarter. Big day was foiled.

Lorenzo Taliaferro was apparently demoted after Week 9 fumble. Bernard Pierce played ahead of him but left late with an arm injury.

Torrey Smith! 5-75-1 (8) … He’s the #13 WR in standard formats since Week 4, but has seen just 5.4 targets per game in that span.

We would view Steve Smith’s recent play in a different light if not for bogus OPI call in Week 9. 11-88 (24) total in the last three weeks.

Justin Forsett is now the #6 RB in fantasy after 112 and two TDs in Week 10. Workload secure with Taliaferro demoted.

Martavis Bryant’s 80-yard TD saved Ben Roethlisberger’s fantasy line. It was a great matchup too.

Antonio Brown now has 5+ receptions and/or a TD in 31 straight games dating back to 2012. #PPRGold

Only 3-23 (5) for Percy Harvin in the passing game, but they did hand him the ball six times for 33 yards.

Matt Ryan with only 219 yards and a TD in a great matchup against the Bucs, showing zero regard for my daily stacks.

At least 87% of his pass yardage went to Julio Jones (8-119) and Roddy White (6-72-1), so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. View more photos and videos

Embedded image permalink Steven Jackson with 95 total yards and a TD in his best game of the season. His remaining schedule is favorable.

So it appears Josh McCown won’t adversely affect Mike Evans, who is now the #18 WR in fantasy after 7-125-1 (9) in Week 10.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins now has a TD and/or 50+ yards in three of his last four games.

Midway through the 2nd quarter, I regretted ranking Peyton ahead of Aaron Rodgers. Then I didn’t. Then I did again. #fantasy

As a Ronnie Hillman owner, I’m not feeling secure right now. Eight touches for 22 yards and an ankle injury. Anderson and Ball looming.

Mychal Rivera has posted 21-185-3 over the last three weeks. His 28 targets in that span leads all tight ends. #Raiders

Aside from so-so numbers from Derek Carr, the rest of the Raiders were no-shows. 10 PPR points (8-20) from James Jones though. @andybehrens

Michael Floyd is having the opposite of a 3rd-year breakout. So disappointing after fine second season.

STL RB snaps/touches: Mason 61%/18; Cunningham 41%/6; Stacy 0%/0. Cunningham got the TD (gah!).

Jared Cook (barely) scored a TD everyone! 2-84-1 (3)

Drew Stanton has three touchdown passes this season. They’ve all gone to John Brown.

Russell Wilson had perhaps the most frustrating 19.6-point game in the history of fantasy football. So many RZ/scoring opportunities.

Wilson also missed a wide-open receiver for what would have been a long TD. Rushing yards/TD saved his fantasy line. View more photos and videos

Embedded image permalink Since Odell Beckham’s season started in Week 5, he is the #19 WR in standard and #17 in PPR. Nice upcoming schedule.

I don’t even want to calculate Rueben Randle’s FP/target. Too depressing. Let’s just all agree that it’s terrible and move on.

As a Packer fan, the only bummer about SNF was that Davante Adams didn’t get in on the action.

This concludes Thinking Inside the Box for Week 10. Thank you for reading.

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