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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It was in a losing effort, but Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel certainly helped many a fantasy owner with a "monster" 469-yards passing and four touchdown worth 32 fantasy points. It was his first 300+ yard game of the season and just his second since leaving New England for Kansas City.

He was one of many "newcomers" at the top of the leaderboard.

Fred Jackson, who has been a mediocre running back for the Bills averaging 39 ypg over the first eight contests, exploded against the Detroit Lions with 133 yards on the ground, 37 receiving and two touchdowns to post 32 fantasy points. Jackson's total was matched by Jacksonville's wideout Mike Thomas who caught a 50-yard "Hail Mary" game winner and totaled 167 yards from scrimmage.

That same "Hail Mary" helped David Garrard put up a big number as he was 24-for-31 for 342 yards and two touchdowns (31 points). Smart fantasy owners started him in 45% of all leagues based on the fact he was throwing against the worst pass defense in the league.

But is was not a particularly good day for quarterback scoring, at least in the seven early games. With Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers sitting on the sideline with a bye, it appeared the choices were not very good. When Peyton Manning (20-for-36, 185 yards), Brett Favre (18-for-31 for 170 yards) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (12-for-24 for 146 yards) didn't "show up," the options were even more limited

But the position made a comeback in the four o'clock games with Kyle Orton (28 points), Jon Kitna (28), Matt Hasselbeck (22), Eli Manning (22) and Troy Smith (17) putting up solid numbers.

However, it should be noted that in Week 10 of 2010, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow outscored Peyton Manning 10 points to 5 points. I wonder how many week, months or years it will be until that happens again?

Today was probably a good day for your fantasy team if you had at least one Johnson in your lineup. And it almost didn't matter which one.

Chris Johnson, the No.1 overall selection on Draft Day (RapidDraft ADP 1.74), posted a solid 117-yards, one touchdown afternoon, worth 20 fantasy points.

Houston's Andre Johnson pulled down nine balls for 146 and a touchdown for 26 points.

Calvin Johnson of Detroit was going up against a weak Buffalo defense and did what he was supposed to do - hauling in 10 balls for 128 yards and a score for 27 points.

And even the former Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco, finally showed up for his fantasy owners, posting seven catches for 86 yards and a score for 17 points.

The only Johnson who failed to live up to expectations, was Buffalo wideout Steve Johnson who could only garner three receptions for 37 yards.

But the No.1 receiver this week was Dwayne Bowe who caught 13 of the 18 passes targeted for him for 186 yards and two scores worth a league-high 39 points. These results are only through the four o'clock games which means there is still plenty of excitement left in Week 10.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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