World-Herald fantasy football writer Cameron Carlow and staff writer Jake Anderson provide insight following Week 10′s NFL action.
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Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Peterson has totaled 629 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his last four games. He leads the NFL in rushing yards and has broken 13 carries for 20 yards or more — best in the league. He’s been consistent all year, and any questions of if he is fully recovered from last season’s torn ACL have been answered.
Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders: Palmer continued his good play recently with a 368-yard outing against the Ravens. This week, he faces the Saints’ 31st-ranked passing defense. Palmer is a high-risk, high-reward No. 1 option for the rest of the season.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: Heyward-Bey has now caught a touchdown in two of the last three weeks and is a reliable No. 2 receiver — something that didn’t look likely when he suffered a concussion in Week 4.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Splitting time with Fred Jackson has hurt Spiller, but he’s still been fairly productive. That won’t be a problem on Thursday against the Dolphins, though, as Jackson has been ruled out. Expect a big day from Spiller this week, then keep an eye on Jackson the rest of the way.
Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders: With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with injuries, Reece had more than 100 all-purpose yards. His biggest threat has been as a pass-catcher, which makes him especially dangerous in a PPR league. Keep an eye on the status of McFadden and Goodson, but if they can’t go, Reece deserves a starting spot.
Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: In Amendola’s first game back since his collarbone injury, he shredded the 49ers’ defense with 11 receptions for 102 yards. Don’t hesitate to start him going forward.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots: Woodhead has always been a Darren Sproles-type player — he won’t get the bulk of the carries but makes up for it in the passing game. The 5-foot-8 former Chadron State star had his first two-touchdown performance on Sunday, but he still shouldn’t be relied on to contribute consistently.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: Nelson had the bye week to recover from his sprained ankle and should see plenty of targets against the Lions’ defense, which is missing its starting safeties.
Mark Ingram, Saints: Owners were hoping that with Sproles out, Ingram would see a boost in performance. That hasn’t exactly been the case, however, as Chris Ivory has emerged as a new threat in the already-crowded New Orleans backfield. Don’t count on Ingram — or any other Saints back — to be a consistent performer.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: Olsen topped 100 yards receiving for the first time this season and added two touchdowns against the 11th-ranked Broncos passing defense. Grab him while he’s on the upswing.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: Roethlisberger suffered a sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder on Monday night. The early prognostication has him questionable for Week 11, but don’t look for any meaningful production from Big Ben until Week 12 at the earliest.
Three quarterbacks suffered concussions and look doubtful to play in Week 11: The Eagles’ Michael Vick, the Bears’ Jay Cutler, and the 49ers’ Alex Smith.
Vick’s backup, Nick Foles, is set to face the Redskins’ 30th-ranked passing defense and would be worth a look in deeper leagues. Smith’s backup, Colin Kaepernick, has a shown a lot of upside with his ability to run the ball.
Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers: San Diego and quarterback Philip Rivers needed a receiver to step up, and it wasn’t Malcom Floyd or Robert Meachem. Alexander on Sunday caught five passes for 134 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. This is the second week in a row Alexander has led the team in receiving, and he should be picked up for the playoff push.
>> Also: Donald Jones, WR, Bills; Kaepernick; Ivory; Reece