What We Saw: Week 10

The QB List staff catches you up on everything you missed during Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.

Bills @ Cardinals

 

The most remarkable finish to a game this season gave the Arizona Cardinals a sensational 32-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills after a last-second Hail Mary pass from Kyler Murray was caught by DeAndre Hopkins in triple coverage in the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown pass. This was after a superb Josh Allen pass to Stefon Diggs gave the Bills a 30-26 lead with just 39 seconds remaining in the final quarter. The Cardinals now sit atop the talent-laden NFC West with a 6-3 record, the same as the Rams and the Seahawks. An intriguing run-in awaits. Another loss for the 7-3 Bills means the 6-3 Dolphins, who have won 5 straight, are hot on their tail.

Despite the miraculous finish, this contest was no classic, and certainly not on par with the Cardinals’ scintillating victory over the Seahawks in Week 7. The two teams shared a frustrating 16 penalties and 4 turnovers between them. The first half ended with Buffalo on top 16-9 after 6 field goals. Both quarterbacks did their best to get their team over the line with Murray prevailing in spectacular fashion. The faces on the Cardinals’ sideline when Murray connected with Hopkins at the end of the game will live on long in the memory. Absolute scenes!

 

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Quarterback

 

Josh Allen: 32/49, 284 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 0 sacks | 7 carries, 38 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards, 1 TD

 

Another all-purpose fantasy binge for Josh Allen (29.36 fantasy points) has set him on the way to end Week 10 as the No.2 fantasy quarterback in the NFL this year. Nailed on as the lead rusher as well as the signal-caller means Allen provides dual-threat production week in, week out. Today, he added another notch to the belt – a receiving touchdown from Isaiah McKenzie on a fake jet sweep to put the Bills ahead.

 

 

Allen did his best to lose his team the game. Up 23-19 late in the 3rd quarter, Allen tried to force the ball downfield in an attempt to take the game away from the Cardinals. He held onto the ball far too long, however, staring down Stefon Diggs and allowing Patrick Peterson to step in with the interception.

 

 

These mistakes have characterized Allen’s career so far, with critics seemingly wanting him to fail because of his haphazard passing style. Allen rallied in the 4th quarter, moving the chains and giving the Bills a chance to come away with the victory. The throw he made to Diggs at the end of the game was one of the best throws from any quarterback this season.

 

 

Allen is a top 5 fantasy quarterback with a high ceiling in both the passing and rushing games. The perfect concoction.

 

Running Backs

 

Zack Moss: 7 carries, 20 yards | 2 targets, 1 reception, -3 yards

Devin Singletary: 4 carries, 15 yards | 5 targets, 1 reception, -5 yards

 

If today told us anything it is that this backfield acts only to complement Josh Allen. Just 11 carries and 7 targets (from 49 pass attempts) made it a very quiet day indeed for Zack Moss (2.70 fantasy points) and Devin Singletary (2.00 fantasy points). Allen peppered the receivers with short-to-intermediate passing plays that bypassed the two backs, who ended up blocking on most downs. Moss seemed to emerge as a preferred option over the past few weeks but he could get nothing going on the ground today, totaling just 2 carries in 38 snaps in the 1st half. Singletary was anonymous too, although he did have a big 21-yard run called back in the 3rd quarter momentarily before Allen’s first turnover.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Cole Beasley: 13 targets, 11 receptions, 109 yards, 1 TD

Stefon Diggs: 11 targets, 10 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

John Brown: 8 targets, 6 receptions, 72 yards

Dawson Knox: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 16 yards

Isaiah McKenzie: 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards | 1/1, 12 yards, 1 TD

Gabriel Davis: 3 targets

 

Cole Beasley (27.90 fantasy points) turned out his best fantasy performance of the season thanks to an offensive scheme that aimed to call out the Cardinals terrible coverage linebackers. Beasley, operating primarily out of the slot, made defenders look silly today.

 

 

Beasley is a really interesting FLEX option going forward as Allen seems to prefer making those throws than checking down to the backs. Beasley is elite at the second level with his ability to lose defensive backs and pop up for his QB. It earned him a score today.

 

 

Coming into the game leading the NFL in targets, receptions, and yardage, Stefon Diggs (25.30 fantasy points) showed again today why he is the best route runner in the NFL. His chemistry with Allen is electric, and Diggs continues to make a mockery of the league’s best defensive backs. His ability to separate and come back to the ball for his quarterback is one of his best traits.

 

 

It was a fleeting appearance from John Brown (13.20 fantasy points) today, who looked a bit like his old self before leaving with another ankle injury. He had to be withdrawn following a spectacular catch that ended up being scratched due to a penalty. Brown was a popular figure last year in Buffalo but has been squeezed out by the arrival of Diggs at Orchard Park.

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

Quarterback

 

Kyler Murray: 22/32, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks | 11 carries, 62 yards, 2 TDs

 

After a scrappy, scrambling 1st half where Kyler Murray (30.90 fantasy points) struggled to deal with the looks from the Bills defensive unit, the former Oklahoma Sooner ran riot in the 2nd half to drag his team back from 23-9 down. Murray has likely surpassed Russell Wilson in the MVP talk, his legs taking him into the endzone twice again today.

 

 

Murray became the 4th quarterback in league history with a rushing touchdown in 5 straight games. Comfortably sitting as the overall fantasy QB1, Murray is a fantasy phenomenon averaging the most FPPG (fantasy points per game) of any skill position player in 2020. The final play to Hopkins caught the headlines for him both in the media and on the stat sheet. He goes into a mouthwatering rematch with Seattle next week.

 

Running Backs

 

Kenyan Drake: 16 carries, 100 yards, 1 FUM | 1 target, 1 reception, 9 yards

Chase Edmonds: 8 carries, 56 yards | 3 targets, 3 receptions, 21 yards

 

The Chase Edmonds (10.70 fantasy points) honeymoon is over. Teammate Kenyan Drake (9.90 fantasy points) saw double the amount of carries and stole a target away from Edmonds on a day when neither back nor rushing offenses showed any explosive worth. Again, Murray is the focal point of this offense and continues to eat into the Cardinals’ rushing team shares. Drake was lucky that Bruce Arians wasn’t around to bench him for coughing up a fumble during the first Cardinals drive of the 2nd half.

 

 

Edmonds looks the more complete running back, however, there just is not enough opportunity or volume when it comes. Drake is an RB2 fantasy option going forward.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

DeAndre Hopkins: 12 targets, 7 receptions, 127 yards, 1 TD

Dan Arnold: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 34 yards

Christian Kirk: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 27 yards

Larry Fitzgerald: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 13 yards

Andy Isabella: 1 target, 1 reception, 14 yards

 

The trade that brought De’Andre Hopkins (25.70 fantasy points) to the desert in Glendale is no-doubt the best trade of the year. Murray and Hopkins are completely in sync. Hopkins has now seen at least 7 targets in 8-of-9 games with Murray. Today he linked up with his quarterback at key moments to keep the Cardinals in the game, exposing the lack of coverage in the Bills secondary on numerous occasions. Watch and admire!

 

 

The rest of the receiving room is a little “meh” in truth, Christian Kirk (6.70 fantasy points) fell back down to earth after 3 monster fantasy games, catching just 4-of-6 targets. Larry Fitzgerald (3.30 fantasy) had a number of touches early but will remember this game for a bizarre interception that he could do little about.

 

 

Outside Hopkins and Kirk, there is little to get excited about in this offense from a fantasy angle.

 

— Benjamin Haller (@benjaminhaller1 on Twitter)

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