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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 10

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about.


RISING


Quarterbacks


Justin Fields, Bears: After not throwing a touchdown pass in three straight games, Fields has thrown for at least one in five straight games, including three against the Dolphins in Week 9. Add that to his rushing prowess and you've got five straight good fantasy performances.


Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: Since returning to action, Tagovailoa has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions. He's thrown three touchdowns in two consecutive games and has the Dolphins undefeated when he starts and finishes a game.


Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: He's been great all year, but this week he flashed a little more of something he's been able to do since college, though he may not have shown too much of it. His ability to scramble and make plays with his legs has him playing even better than what we're used to. He had 63 yards and a touchdown on the ground while throwing for 446 passing yards and a TD through the air Sunday night.


Running backs


Joe Mixon, Bengals: Not only did he record his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, but he also had one of the best games ever. Amassing over 200 yards of offense to go with four rushing touchdowns and a TD reception, Mixon showed he can still win you a week at times.


Kenneth Walker, Seahawks: The rookie continues to pop off, going for 109 rushing yards and two scores against the Cardinals. He's gotten into the end zone in five straight games for a total of seven touchdowns.


Austin Ekeler, Chargers: He only had 71 yards from scrimmage, but he found the end zone twice in Week 9. Ekeler didn't score a touchdown in the first three games but now has 10 for the season as he's scored both through the air and on the ground in four of his last five games.


Wide receivers


Tyreek Hill, Dolphins: He's got five games where he's amassed at least 140 receiving yards, including Sunday's 143-yard, 1-TD performance. There are no signs of him slowing down.


Cooper Kupp, Rams: You'll see I have Matthew Stafford in the falling section, which makes this selection odd, but Stafford just doesn't really throw to anyone else. Kupp hasn't had a dud all season and has five straight games of at least seven receptions. He had eight catches for 127 yards and a touchdown Sunday.


Justin Jefferson, Vikings: He notched his fifth 100-yard receiving game against the Commanders, catching seven balls for 115 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Just two yards kept Jefferson from recording five straight 100-yard games. He had 98 in Week 8 against the Cardinals.


FALLING

Quarterbacks


Aaron Rodgers, Packers: Rodgers has been steadily mediocre all year and he had one of his worst games against the Lions in Week 9. He threw three picks and has to face the Dallas pass rush and defensive backfield next.


Justin Herbert, Chargers: He did have a touchdown pass while throwing for 245 yards, but he also threw an interception and his receiving corps is hurting. He also has to face the 49ers next.


Matthew Stafford, Rams: The Rams are in trouble and Stafford has played a role in that. He's thrown for less than 200 yards in two straight games and has just one game with more than one TD pass.


Running backs


Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs: CEH started the season with four good fantasy scores but has since had three duds and a "meh" game. He had just four rushes for five yards and caught a pass for 14 yards in Week 9.


Khalil Herbert, Bears: He rushed for just 23 yards and if Justin Fields continues to have banner days rushing, it could get dicey for Herbert. David Montgomery also hurts Herbert's value.


Aaron Jones, Packers: Not good when two Packers are on the falling list. Jones had 45 total yards in the loss to the Lions and he may miss time with an ankle injury now.


Wide receivers


Drake London, Falcons: The rookie came out of the gate with three solid performances before an extended lull which has him never surpassing 40 receiving yards over the last six games.


Chase Claypool, Bears: His first game with Chicago didn't go too well, but it was just one game with Justin Fields as his QB. Still, I'm a little nervous about his prospects as Fields has yet to support any wideout this season. Claypool has good matchups coming up so we'll see how he does against the Lions.


DeVonta Smith, Eagles: Since the bye week, he has just seven receptions for 45 yards. A.J. Brown is the clear No. 1 wideout for Philly and Dallas Goedert cuts into Smith's opportunities as well.



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