A.J. HOFFMAN

NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 10

Patrick Mahomes is the No. 1 QB. Photo via Kansas City Chiefs/Facebook

QB 

  1. Patrick Mahomes vs. ARI
  2. Drew Brees @ CIN
  3. Cam Newton @ PIT
  4. Philip Rivers @ OAK
  5. Aaron Rodgers vs. MIA
  6. Matt Ryan @ CLE
  7. Jared Goff vs. SEA
  8. Tom Brady @ TEN
  9. Ben Roethlisberger vs. CAR
  10. Russell Wilson @ LAR
  11. Andrew Luck vs. JAX
  12. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. WAS
  13. Mitch Trubisky vs. DET
  14. Carson Wentz vs. DAL
  15. Alex Smith @ TB

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley vs.SEA
  2. Kareem Hunt vs. ARI
  3. Melvin Gordon @ OAK
  4. Alvin Kamara @ CIN
  5. Saquon Barkley @ SF
  6. James Conner vs. CAR
  7. James White @ TEN
  8. Christian McCaffrey @ PIT
  9. Ezekiel Elliott @ PHI
  10. David Johnson @ KC
  11. Nick Chubb vs. ATL
  12. Joe Mixon vs. NO
  13. Tevin Coleman @ CLE
  14. Jordan Howard vs. DET
  15. Adrian Peterson @ TB
  16. Aaron Jones vs. MIA
  17. Sony Michel @ TEN
  18. Marlon Mack vs. JAX
  19. Tarik Cohen vs. DET
  20. Dion Lewis vs. NE
  21. Kerryon Johnson @ CHI
  22. Duke Johnson vs. ATL
  23. Mark Ingram @ CIN
  24. Leonard Fournette @ IND
  25. Matt Breida vs. NYG
  26. Ito Smith @ CLE
  27. LeSean McCoy @ NYJ
  28. Mike Davis @ LAR
  29. Peyton Barber vs. WAS
  30. Kenyan Drake @ GB

WR (Standard)

  1. Antonio Brown vs. CAR
  2. Michael Thomas @ CIN
  3. Julio Jones @ CLE
  4. Odell Beckham Jr. @ SF
  5. Keenan Allen @ OAK
  6. Davante Adams vs. MIA
  7. Tyreek Hill vs. ARI
  8. Robert Woods vs. SEA
  9. Tyler Boyd vs. NO
  10. Mike Evans vs. WAS
  11. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. CAR
  12. Brandin Cooks vs. SEA
  13. Cooper Kupp vs. SEA
  14. Jarvis Landry vs. ATL
  15. Julian Edelman @ TEN
  16. TY Hilton vs. JAX
  17. Josh Gordon @ TEN
  18. Alshon Jeffery vs. DAL
  19. Calvin Ridley @ CLE
  20. Marvin Jones @ CHI
  21. Kenny Golladay @ CHI
  22. Larry Fitzgerald @ KC
  23. DeSean Jackson vs. WAS
  24. Golden Tate vs. DAL
  25. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. MIA
  26. Sterling Shepard @ SF
  27. Doug Baldwin @ LAR
  28. Tyler Lockett @ LAR
  29. Sammy Watkins vs. ARI
  30. Corey Davis vs. NE
  31. Christian Kirk @ KC
  32. Tyrell Williams @ OAK
  33. Devin Funchess @ PIT
  34. Taylor Gabriel vs. DET
  35. Tre’Quan Smith @ CIN
  36. Amari Cooper @ PHI
  37. Mike Williams @ OAK
  38. DJ Moore @ PIT
  39. Dede Westbrook @ IND
  40. Donte Moncrief @ IND

TE (Standard)

  1. Travis Kelce vs. ARI
  2. Zach Ertz vs. DAL
  3. OJ Howard vs. WAS
  4. George Kittle vs. NYG
  5. Greg Olsen @ PIT
  6. David Njoku vs. ATL
  7. Rob Gronkowski@ TEN
  8. Trey Burton vs. DET
  9. Jack Doyle vs. JAX
  10. Jimmy Graham vs. MIA
  11. Eric Ebron vs. JAX
  12. Jared Cook vs. LAC
  13. Jordan Reed @ TB
  14. Austin Hooper @ CLE
  15. CJ Uzomah vs. NO

D/ST

  1. Bears vs. DET
  2. Jets vs. BUF
  3. Charges @ OAK
  4. Bills @ NYJ
  5. Colts vs. JAX
  6. Patriots @ TEN
  7. Eagles vs. DAL
  8. Chiefs vs. ARI
  9. Packers vs. MIA
  10. Rams vs. SEA
  11. 49ers vs. NYG
  12. Redskins @ TB
  13. Falcons @ CLE
  14. Colts vs. JAX
  15. Giants @ SF

J.J. Watt is headed for illustrious but strange company

Maximize opportunity before Watt gets wasted

Houstontexans.com

Thursday the reality of what J.J. Watt is facing really hit me. The Houston Chronicle reported Watt had a minor offseason knee surgery. The last three years prove he's far from immortal, though the once incredible career is back on track. For how long, no one knows. Then I finally realized it.

J.J. Watt is on pace to be the greatest defensive player to never play for a conference championship or a Super Bowl.

I started digging into the lists of the all-time great defenders and the best pass rushers in the game's history. Most of the players who would easily be considered a great on defense have at the very least won a Lombardi. If they haven't won the big trophy they've either played or been one game away.

Two names stick out on the all-time greats list. Deacon Jones played three postseason games all in the divisional round. Dick Butkus never played in the postseason. You have to go to 24th all-time in sacks, Pat Swilling with 107.5, to find a sack leader who hasn't at least played in a conference championship or better.

It's a line on almost every great's resume and Watt's missing it.

Watt's only 30 sacks away from the top 20 in career sacks. His three defensive player of the year awards in four years cemented an era of dominance rarely matched in NFL history. He will put on the gold jacket one day. It would be bittersweet to find himself among those greats having never played in a game with that level of importance.

Unless he plays in one.

Brian Gaine and Bill O'Brien can't mess this up or they will be accessories to a sports crime: cementing Watt's place as the all-time great without a huge game to his name. The Texans enter one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. They have to find a way to protect Deshaun Watson as he's the key to making sure Watt's schedule pushes beyond 16 games each year. It's no easy task, but go do it. Make the defense's job just a little easier with some powerful offense.

Give Watt and company just a second more too with better secondary play. Help him out with a better pass rush next to him and not just opposite him. There's so many things the Texans have to get right with their massive cap space and three picks in the top two rounds.

It won't all be Gaine and O'Brien's fault if they don't do it, however they have a chance, with Watson and the rest of this team, to make sure a truly significant game appears on the schedule for Watt. Just one conference championship appearance, then, who knows. Maybe the big one and the Lombardi trophy.

Now here's a thought that will shake all Texans fans.

If the Texans don't nail it this offseason and show the next few seasons they're not legit threats, maybe Watt fills the hole in his distinguished career elsewhere. Reggie White left in his 30's. DeMarcus Ware found glory with the Broncos after a long Cowboys career. It isn't unheard of to see one franchise's legend don another team's colors.

I'm not sure what would hurt Texans fans more. Knowing Watt never played in the biggest games with the Texans or seeing him get to one of those games with another team. It's the hope neither of those things happen. There are almost never happy endings in football, but Watt's story deserves one or more of those chapters.

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