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Instant reactions from Week 10

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Welcome back, Andre Brown. We've been waiting all season for you.

The Giants got Brown back after he broke his leg in the preseason and was placed on short-term injured reserve. He made his debut in Week 10 against the Raiders, and he was awesome. Brown had 30 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 4 yards.

The Giants have had a carousel at running back all season with David Wilson, Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis, with none having sustained success. But Brown, if he can remain healthy, should solidify the job for the rest of the year. After all, he scored eight touchdowns last year in just 10 games and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.

The Giants remaining schedule is Green Bay in Week 11, Dallas in Week 12, at Washington in Week 13, at San Diego in Week 14, Seattle in Week 15, at Detroit in Week 16 and Washington in Week 17. The only real difficult matchups are the Chargers and Seahawks, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

Brown will face the Packers at home next week, and he should be considered a quality starting option in all leagues. Green Bay just allowed LeSean McCoy to run for 155 yards on 25 carries, and Brown will obviously be featured for the Giants. We hope this is the beginning of a great stretch run.

As for the rest of the Giants, they continue to show they are difficult to trust as Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks again had a bad game against the Raiders. Manning was 12 of 22 passing for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception, Nicks had four catches for 49 yards on four targets and Cruz had three catches on 37 yards on 10 targets.

Only Rueben Randle played well with three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on three targets, and he now has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past five games. The problem with Randle is he has five targets or less in each of his past four games, but he should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver moving forward.

Manning now has one game this season with more than 20 Fantasy points, Nicks hasn't reached double digits in Fantasy points since Week 5 and Cruz hasn't done it since Week 4. You can't consider any of them as must-start options heading into the game against the Packers.

Injuries of note: Peyton Manning (knee, ankle), Jake Locker (foot), Jay Cutler (ankle), Seneca Wallace (groin), Steve Johnson (groin), Vernon Davis (concussion), Tony Gonzalez (toe), Michael Floyd (shoulder), Stephen Burton (concussion)

Manning is headed for an MRI on Monday after Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget hit him low late in Sunday's game. He will likely be ready for Week 11 against Kansas City, but obviously keep an eye on what develops Monday. If Manning has to miss any time, Brock Osweiler would be worth a look off the waiver wire, but we'd be a little worried about Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas.

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Locker might have a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, and his season could be over after getting hurt against Jacksonville. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start in Week 11 against Indianapolis. Keep an eye on the news, but it's safe to release Locker in all leagues.

Wallace is expected to miss Week 11 at the Giants, and Scott Tolzien will start. He actually played well in relief for Wallace against the Eagles with 24 of 39 passing for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He threw one interception in the end zone, and Jordy Nelson nearly had a touchdown that was ruled incomplete. He also added one carry for 19 yards.

Cutler came back after missing one game with a groin injury, and he injured his left hand before suffering an ankle injury against Detroit. He also appeared to re-aggravate his groin problem. Cutler finished 21 of 40 passing for 250 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and he was replaced by Josh McCown, who was 6 of 9 passing for 62 yards and one touchdown. McCown will likely start in Week 11 against Baltimore.

Johnson had three catches for 48 yards on 10 targets at Pittsburgh before getting hurt. He will likely be questionable heading into Week 11 against the Jets, but you should plan on him being out.

Davis suffered a concussion against the Panthers, and he finished with one catch for 2 yards. Hopefully he'll be able to return for Week 11 at New Orleans, and we should know more by Wednesday.

Gonzalez hurt his toe on his left foot against the Seahawks, and his status heading into Week 11 at Tampa Bay will likely be questionable. He expects to play against the Bucs, but keep an eye on his status during the week.

Coach Bruce Arians said Floyd should be able to play in Week 11 at Jacksonville, which is a good sign. Keep an eye on what develops, but Floyd is just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best if he's out there at less than 100 percent with his shoulder problem.

Burton has some sleeper appeal moving forward as the No. 3 receiver for the Jaguars, but this is now his second concussion of the season. He will likely miss the Week 11 game against the Cardinals.

Colin Kaepernick was a bust: Kaepernick came into Week 10 as our Start of the Week against the Panthers, and he was a complete disappointment. He was 11 of 22 passing for 91 yards and an interception and four carries for 16 yards.

I was expecting Kaepernick to play like he did prior to this game when he had at least 19 Fantasy points in his previous three starts. He was also running better with 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his past two outings.

But the Panthers proved that their pass defense is for real as they shut down Kaepernick. It didn't help that Davis got hurt in the second quarter, but we're not here to make excuses. I made a bad call, and Kaepernick was a letdown. He's now a risky starting option heading into Week 11 at New Orleans.

Nick Foles, Riley Cooper shine again: Foles and Cooper were amazing again with their performance at Green Bay. Foles was 12 of 18 passing for 228 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and eight carries for 38 yards, and Cooper had three catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Foles now has 10 touchdowns in his past two games and at least 28 Fantasy points in three of his past four starts. He should be a must-start option in Week 11 against Washington.

As for Cooper, he now has five touchdowns in his past two games and 70 Fantasy points in the four games Foles has started. Like Foles, he's a must-start receiver against the Redskins.

Russell Wilson, Golden Tate dominate: Percy Harvin (hip) is expected to return in Week 11 against the Vikings, which is great. But the Seahawks didn't look like they needed him at Atlanta.

Wilson was 19 of 26 passing for 287 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and three carries for 20 yards. He now has at least 25 Fantasy points in four of his past six games, and he should be a must-start quarterback against Minnesota.

And Tate rebounded after being shut down by Darrelle Revis in Week 9 against Tampa Bay. He had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons, and Tate now has at least 16 Fantasy points in two of his past three games. He should remain a solid option against the Vikings even with Harvin back.

Tavon Austin has breakout game: Austin was fantastic in Week 2 with six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 12 targets for 16 Fantasy points. Since then, he combined for seven points heading into Week 10 at the Colts.

Finally, we saw the Austin all of us were expecting all season. He was explosive with three touchdowns -- two on offense -- and he finished with two catches for 138 yards. He also had a 98-yard punt return for a score in the St. Louis upset at Indianapolis.

He is owned in just 37 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, and he's worth speculating on in deeper leagues. The Rams have a bye in Week 11, but don't expect him to play at this level going forward -- he only had three targets against the Colts. Still, the potential is there, and he's not a bad stash candidate.

Roddy White returns, struggles: White returned after being out the past three games with a hamstring injury, but he remained absent from the box score. White finished with just one catch for 20 yards on four targets against the Seahawks.

This was obviously a tough matchup against Seattle, but we were hoping for more. He was outplayed by Harry Douglas, who had seven catches for 49 yards on eight targets.

The Falcons play at Tampa Bay in Week 11, and White will likely spend plenty of time with Revis. It's another tough matchup, and you can't plan on starting White until he proves he's back to 100 percent.

Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller look bad: The Bills had the chance to continue their success running the ball at the Steelers on Sunday. Instead, they fell flat in a disappointing performance.

Jackson had 12 carries for 55 yards and three catches for 7 yards. Spiller had eight carries for 23 yards and three catches for 11 yards.

This was the second time this season Jackson had fewer than nine Fantasy points, and he has consecutive games with single digits in points. Spiller was a letdown after he had 14 Fantasy points in Week 9 against Kansas City, and he now has single digits in points in three of his past four games.

The Bills play the Jets at home in Week 11, and both Jackson and Spiller will be risky Fantasy options. Jackson is worth using as a flex option, and you might consider benching Spiller again after his lack of work against Pittsburgh.

Waiver Wire preview: Here is a preview of the players we will highlight in Playing the Waiver Wire on Tuesday.

Quarterbacks: Case Keenum, Texans (58 percent), Josh McCown, Bears (21 percent), Jason Campbell, Browns (18 percent), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans (2 percent), Brock Osweiler, Broncos (1 percent), Scott Tolzien, Packers (0 percent)

Running backs: Donald Brown, Colts (50 percent), Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (49 percent), Shonn Greene, Titans (40 percent), Dennis Johnson, Texans (27 percent), Benny Cunningham, Rams (0 percent)

Wide receivers: Jarrett Boykin, Packers (68 percent), Tavon Austin, Rams (37 percent), Jerricho Cotchery, Steelers (36 percent), Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (33 percent), Kris Durham, Lions (16 percent), Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings (12 percent), Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks (4 percent), Andre Roberts, Cardinals (4 percent)

Tight ends: Brandon Pettigrew, Lions (27 percent), Delanie Walker, Titans (23 percent), Rob Housler, Cardinals (6 percent), John Carlson, Vikings (1 percent), Brandon Bostick, Packers (1 percent), Chris Gragg, Bills (0 percent)

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em star: Maurice Jones-Drew showed he still has something left to help Fantasy owners with his performance against the Titans. He had 21 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 33 yards. The rushing average is obviously horrible at 2.0 yards per carry, but this is now 10 catches in his past two games, which is a great sign that he's being involved in the passing game again. I don't love his matchup in Week 11 against the Cardinals, but he should still be in the conversation as at least a flex option.

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em sit special: This is usually the spot where we list a flop from the column, but Kaepernick will suffice for this week. I want to mention Ben Tate, who we had as a sit at Arizona, and he struggled with 15 carries for 56 yards and three catches for 8 yards. It appears like Arian Foster (back) will be out for the season, so Tate's value is about to skyrocket. He'll get a much more favorable matchup in Week 11 against Oakland, so consider him a must-start Fantasy option next week.

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