Week 10 fantasy football rankings: Bank on Brees

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These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

Rodgers should bounce back after a tough loss against the Chargers. Photo by Andy Lyons/GettyImages

1 Lamar Jackson

2 Drew Brees

3 Patrick Mahomes

4 Russell Wilson

5 Aaron Rodgers

6 Philip Rivers

7 Kyler Murray

8 Dak Prescott

9 Jimmy Garoppolo

10 Jameis Winston

11 Josh Allen

12 Matt Ryan

13 Jared Goff

14 Matthew Stafford

15 Derek Carr

RB

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1 Christian McCaffrey

2 Saquon Barkley

3 Ezekiel Elliott

4 Dalvin Cook

5 Aaron Jones

6 Alvin Kamara

7 Josh Jacobs

8 Mark Ingram

9 Derrick Henry

10 Marlon Mack

11 Melvin Gordon

12 Le'Veon Bell

13 Nick Chubb

14 Jaylen Samuels

15 Chris Carson

16 Austin Ekeler

17 Tevin Coleman

18 David Johnson

19 Todd Gurley

20 David Montgomery

21 Damien Williams

22 Devin Singletary

23 Devonta Freeman

24 Ronald Jones

25 Latavius Murray

26 Jamaal Williams

27 Matt Breida

28 J.D. McKissic

29 Joe Mixon

30 Tarik Cohen

WR

Thomas comes in at No.1 this week. Photo by New Orleans Saints/Facebook

1 Michael Thomas

2 Chris Godwin

3 Amari Cooper

4 Julio Jones

5 Cooper Kupp

6 Tyreek Hill

7 Mike Evans

8 Tyler Lockett

9 Keenan Allen

10 Davante Adams

11 Stefon Diggs

12 Kenny Golladay

13 Emmanuel Sanders

14 Allen Robinson

15 D.J. Moore

16 John Brown

17 Mike Williams

18 Golden Tate

19 Calvin Ridley

20 Christian Kirk

21 Michael Gallup

22 Odell Beckham Jr

23 Marvin Jones

24 Zach Pascall

25 Sammy Watkins

26 Jamison Crowder

27 Devante Parker

28 Robert Woods

29 Marquise Brown

30 JuJu Smith-Schuster

31 Tyler Boyd

32 Larry Fitzgerald

33 D.K. Metcalf

34 Tyrell Williams

35 Danny Amendola

36 Jarvis Landry

TE

It's hard not to like Henry against the Raiders. Photo via:Chargers/Facebook

1 George Kittle

2 Travis Kelce

3 Hunter Henry

4 Austin Hooper

5 Darren Waller

6 Mark Andrews

7 Greg Olsen

8 Gerald Everett

9 Jared Cook

10 Jonnu Smith

11 Jack Doyle

12 Jason Witten

13 T.J. Hockenson

14 Mike Gesicki

15 Vance McDonald

DEF

1 Ravens

2 Colts

3 Bills

4 Saints

5 Bears

6 Cowboys

7 Rams

8 Giants

9 Chargers

10 49ers

11 Steelers

12 Vikings

13 Packers

14 Lions

15 Browns

KICKER

1 Justin Tucker

2 Wil Lutz

3 Robbie Gould

4 Harrison Butker

5 Brett Maher

6 Zane Gonzalez

7 Michael Badgley

8 Greg Zuerlein

9 Matt Gay

10 Mason Crosby

11 Matt Prater

12 Adam Vinatieri

13 Joey Slye

14 Dan Bailey

15 Steven Hauschka

Texans 20 , Colts 17

Texans vs Colts: Good, bad and ugly

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In a Thursday Night Football battle, the Texans edged out the Colts in 20-17 hard fought victory. Here's how I saw things play out:

The Good

-DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller re-established themselves as one of the best wide receiver duos in the league this game. 13 catches on 19 targets for a combined 234 yards and two touchdowns (both by Hopkins). Whenever Deshaun Watson has Hopkins on the short to intermediate stuff and Fuller stretching the field, it gives him more options in the pass game.

-Deshaun Watson completed 63.3% of his passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. While he did throw an inexplicable interception and took a sack, he still did enough to guide his team to a win. This kid is going to be a star and eventually lead his team to great things one day.

-The defense came up big against a division rival. Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney combined for 27 tackles, 19 of those were solo tackles. This wasn't an easy game. It was a grinder, and the defense deserves some love for their contribution.

The Bad

-Watson's interception in the 2nd quarter hurt their momentum. The Colts had just punted the ball to the Texans. With a 3-0 lead, they could've taken a two score lead with a touchdown drive. Instead, pressure up the middle tipped the pass and Colts corner Kenny Moore made a great play to pick it off. Sometimes good defense beats good offense.

-Back to back Colt possessions swung momentum back in their favor. At the end of the 1st half, the Texans gave up a field goal to tie the game at 10. To start the 2nd half, the Texans failed on a 4th&3 conversion. The Colts went on an 11 play drive (10 runs, one pass) and scored after Benardrick McKinney failed to make the tackle when he met Jonathan Williams in the gap.

-The Colts ran the ball 39 times for 175 yards at a 4.5 yard per carry clip. Losing the rushing yardage differential by -76, turnover game by -1, and time of possession by almost seven minutes is normally a recipe for a loss. These metrics need to be cleaned up moving forward, or else this team will be out early in the playoffs.

The Ugly

-The Colts convderted 9/15 of their 3rd down conversions. Giving up 60% on 3rd down conversions isn't what good football teams do. If the Texans expect to advance in the AFC playoff picture, they have some work to do as far as 3rd down conversion percentage.

-Dylan Cole went down with a calf injury in the 2nd quarter. He's not only one of their more athletic linebackers, he's alos the leading special teams tackler. Hopefully he's okay as this team, particularly the defense, has suffered enough injuries.

-After the field goal early in the 2nd quarter, I heard them playing "Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker. Will they PLEASE get rid of that damn song?!? I'm sure there's a rap song they can use that's better. Hell, get a local band to do a rock song. Anything but that tired ass song!

Now that the Texans have won this game and firm control of the AFC South, they have about a 75% chance at making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Colts have only about a 20% chance to make it. The Texans have five games left: Patriots, Broncos, @Titans, @Bucs, and Titans. None of those teams pose a serious threat outside the Pats. Winning all these games would give them a 12-4 record and a shot at a first round bye depending on what happens with other teams. Winning this game puts them in the driver's seat in the AFC South, and helps them in the race for a first round bye. They'll need some out side help to get first round bye in the playoffs, but health is a major component moving forward. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. With the Pats coming into town next Sunday night, the Texans have a chance to make some noise in the AFC. Next week will be the new biggest game of the Bill O'Brien era.

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