Carson Palmer threw for 440 yards, Chad Johnson had his best game of the season and the Bengals still lost.

The Jets beat a Patriots team that is 2-3 at home.


The Dolphins have beat the Chiefs and Bears--two playoff caliber teams--in consecutive weeks.

And the Texans beat the Jaguars for the second time this season.

Those are some of the storylines from week 10 in what has become one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory. Think about it. Is there a team out there that you can honestly say is a favorite to make the Super Bowl?

In the AFC, the Colts can't stop the run. The Patriots have lost two in a row. The Broncos still have Jake Plummer. The Chargers' defense gave up 41 points last week. And the Ravens needed a blocked field goal to get past the Titans.

The NFC is even more wide-open. Do you trust the Bears when they've been exposed several times this season when Rex Grossman is pressured? The Giants have been killed by injuries, and Eli Manning is not looking like a top-tier quarterback. And the Saints' defense got torched by Pittsburgh.

All these factors have made decision-making extremely difficult for fantasy football owners. Here are some important nuggets from week 10:

How quickly things can change

As recently as last week, I was writing about how Chad Johnson had been the season's biggest fantasy disappointment. Well, Ocho Cinco finally broke out with 11 catches for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chargers. He hadn't had a 100-yard game through the season's first nine weeks, let alone a 200-yard game. Now his numbers on the season are better than Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin.

Your top rookie

Saints receiver Marques Colston has shown no signs of slowing down. The seventh-round pick from Hofstra had 10 catches for 169 yards against the Steelers. His 869 receiving yards through nine games are the most EVER by a rookie. Colston has eclipsed 100 yards in three straight games. He's been the No. 1 fantasy receiver in 2006.

At the watering hole

Here's a good one to bring up the next time you're out with your buddies: If you could have any wide receiver on your favorite team for the start of the 2007 season, who would it be? I'm going Steve Smith. He's the most intimidating receiver, pound-for-pound, in the league. Though only 5-foot-9, Smith outworks opponents every week and makes plays when they count. Against Tampa Bay, he caught eight balls for 149 yards and a touchdown. Smith has surpassed 100 yards in three of his last four games. He's the sixth-ranked fantasy receiver despite having missed the season's first two games.

There's something about Fav-re

The Packers are 0-4 this season when Brett Favre throws an interception and 4-1 when he doesn't. The future Hall of Famer threw for 347 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Vikings Sunday. He's been solid this season with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keep in mind that last year, he threw 10 interceptions and one touchdown in the season's last five games.


The one thing I got wrong

Ok, it's not the only thing. I also said FOX wouldn't bring back The O.C. for another season after killing off Marissa last year, but that's neither here nor there. I thought Drew Brees would struggle this season. He was coming off a shoulder injury. He was on a new team. And the Saints' offensive line was supposed to be terrible. Well, Brees is the third-ranked fantasy quarterback, and the Saints are atop the NFC South. Brees had another strong game against the Steelers, posting a season-high 398 yards. He's eclipsed 300 yards in three straight games.

Not even close

LaDainian Tomlinson has nine rushing touchdowns over the past three weeks. Only one other running back (Larry Johnson) has at least nine rushing touchdowns on the season. If you have Tomlinson on your team and aren't going to make the playoffs in your fantasy league, I think it's time you find a new hobby.