TSN Fantasy Player of the Week

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Week 10 was all about the quarterbacks. Thirteen signal-callers cracked the 300-yard mark in passing (four more missed by fewer than 10 yards), led by Matt Cassel's 469-yard explosion.

Quarterback -

Michael Vick left no doubt who was the better player on the field Monday night versus former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb -- and for that matter, who was the best football player in Week 10. Setting the tone on the opening play, an 88-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, Vick played a nearly perfect game going 20-for-28 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 80 yards and two scores on eight carries and totaled 55 fantasy points. It's hard to imagine a fantasy player starting Vick at quarterback and losing his week's matchup.

Before the Monday night Eagles blowout win, Tom Brady was at the top of the list for quarterback performance. Picking apart the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, Brady threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions in the unfriendly confines of Heinz Field. The 35 fantasy points he earned was his best production of the season and with upcoming games against Indianapolis and Detroit, should not be the last time he makes this list.

Running Back -

Fred Jackson had done little all season to warrant recognition, but with rookie running back C.J. Spiller sidelined by a hamstring injury, Jackson made the best of his "workhorse running back" opportunity. He rushed for 133 yards and a score on 25 carries and caught six balls for 37 yards and another score to amass 32 fantasy points. With Spiller out indefinitely, Jackson will get a majority of the touches in the Bills backfield and could be a solid second- half performer.

It was about time that Maurice Jones-Drew lived up to his draft position (RapidDraft ADP 1.84) and in Week 10 he finally did. MJD combined his first multi-touchdown game of the season with a 100-yard rushing total to earn 27 points, his high this season.

Wide Receiver -

Dwayne Bowe has been a completely different receiver over the past few games. Bowe had nine catches in his first four games for 152 yards and a score, but since then has 30 receptions for 454 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 13 balls for 186 yards and two scores on Sunday, worth 39 points. With matchups against Arizona (27th-ranked pass defense) and Seattle (30th-ranked) you might get another couple of solid weeks out of the Cassel-to-Bowe hookup.

It feels like a long time ago that Roddy White helped the Atlanta Falcons to a thrilling 26-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens. But it was just last Thursday that White caught his second touchdown from Matt Ryan, this one with 20 seconds remaining, for the winning score. White finished the game with 12 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, worth 34 fantasy points.

Tight End -

For most of the season the New England rookie tight end with all the media coverage has been Aaron Hernandez, but on Sunday night it was Rob Gronkowski who was the receiving star. Gronkowski caught five balls for 72 yards and three touchdowns to total 28 fantasy points and lead the position.

Defense/Special Teams -

The Indianapolis Colts defense made the most of its opportunities, picking off Carson Palmer three times, returning one of them for a touchdown, sacking him three times and recovering two fumbles for a total of 20 fantasy points to lead all defenses.

And the winner is, without much surprise, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. The display he and the Eagles put on through the first 15 minutes and nine seconds of Monday night's game (they led 35-0 at that point), was spectacular. Vick totaled 413 yards from scrimmage and could easily have gone over the 500-yard mark had Philadelphia been challenged. However, the Eagles threw just three passes after the six-minute mark of the third quarter as they "called off the dogs" early in the contest.

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