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Top 5 Fantasy Football Takeaways From NFL Week 10

The top 5 biggest fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 10, including dissecting Cam Newton's return, AJ Dillon SZN, and more.

It’s hard to stay up to date with absolutely everything that went down in NFL Week 10. Obviously you know the big storylines—Stefon Diggs roasting the Jets secondary and Patrick Mahomes returning to the fantasy elites come to mind—but it’s important to also note minor storylines, ones that might have more actionable fantasy football takeaways.

Looking at each game this week, I’ve compiled my top-5 takeaways from Week 10. Let’s get it!

Cam Newton is BAAAAAAAAACK

Last week the Panthers made headlines bringing quarterback Cam Newton back onto the roster. While Cam didn’t start this week against the Cardinals, he certainly reminded us all the immediate fantasy impact he can make. Newton played just 12% of the team’s snaps Sunday, yet still managed to score two touchdowns—one through the air, one on the ground.

Newton is definitely a top waiver priority this week as he has elite QB1 upside given his rushing floor. He did run for 12 touchdowns last year lest we forget.

To Christian McCaffrey managers who are worried about what Newton’s red zone rushing might do to CMC’s fantasy potential, don’t panic. Newton and McCaffrey played a full season together in 2018. That year, CMC finished with 1,098 yards rushing on 219 carries and scored 7 touchdowns. He also caught 107 balls for 867 yards and 6 touchdowns. He finished the RB3 in .5PPR. McCaffrey and Cam can easily live together in harmony.

Aaron Jones’ Injury Means It’s AJ Dillon SZN

Jones left Sunday’s game with what is believed to be a sprained MCL. Still waiting on confirmation and a potential timeline, but it seems Jones will be out likely three to four weeks. With that news, Green Bay’s backfield—which was becoming a committee—is now all AJ Dillon’s.

With a full workload against the Seahawks, Dillon battered Seattle’s defense for 128 total yards and 2 touchdowns. He ran the ball 21 times and also saw work in the passing game, catching 2-of-2 targets.

Dillon is rostered in over 65% of Sleeper leagues so it might be too late to add him to your team but if he’s out there, he’s waiver wire target numero uno. Dillon has league-winner written all over him as he’s stepping into an elite running back workload on an offense that looks to run and put up a lot of points.

D’Onta Foreman Is the Titans Running Back to Roster

For the second week in a row, Foreman looked like the best back in Tennessee’s backfield. After finishing with 29 yards on 5 carries last week, Foreman led the Titans with 11 carries for 30 yards plus 48 yards on 2 catches. He also led the backfield in snaps with 21.

As we’re all scrambling to figure out how to address the Titans’ backfield fantasy-wise, Foreman is a good name to target. Rostered in just 5% of Sleeper leagues, he’s certainly out on your waivers and worth investing in. The Titans play the Texans and Patriots next, both of whom rank bottom-12 in RB PPG allowed. Foreman could be a difference maker for those playing in deep leagues.

Also, with Julio Jones going on IR, Marcus Johnson stepped into his role and immediately put up 100 yards on 5-of-6 catching. Another good deep league target.

Michael Gallup’s Return Muddies the Cowboys’ Receivers

For the first time since Week 1, we saw the Cowboys’ top-3 receivers all on the field together. Unfortunately, it also marked season lows in routes run for CeeDee Lamb (22) and percentage of routes targeted for Amari Cooper (just 12%). None of the three receivers played above 75% of the snaps through the first half vs the Falcons. Obviously, Lamb was able to still put forward an absurd fantasy outing, but that level of efficiency can’t be relied upon.

Lamb did leave the game in the 4th with an arm contusion and that is certainly worth monitoring. Were Lamb to miss time, then Dallas’ wide receiver room would look a lot different. Assuming Lamb is healthy, you’re not not starting any of these receivers. But moving forward, I would expect their ceilings to be diminished and their weekly volatility to increase.

Drop of the Week: Mike Davis

Davis hasn’t gone over 45 yards rushing since Week 5 and yet he’s still somehow over 70% rostered in Sleeper leagues. Riddle me that Batman. Obviously it may feel weird dropping a Falcons’ running back with Cordarrelle Patterson nursing an ankle sprain. But Davis couldn’t even get RB1 work with Patterson off the field. Instead it was Wayne Gallman coming into the game and carrying the ball 15 times for 55 yards.

If Patterson does miss anytime, it seems Gallman will be the Falcons’ starting back and should be monitored on waivers. Davis meanwhile can safely be sent to waivers himself. If he’s not getting into the game with a Patterson injury, he’s just not getting into the game.

Bonus: Antonio Gibson Returns to RB1 Status

And all it took was being featured as my ghost for Week 10. Sigh. You’re welcome Gibson managers!