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In The Spotlight – Week 9 In Review

Week 9 Fantasy Headlines:

Game Summaries & Fantasy Commentary:

Bye week: Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants & San Francisco 49ers.

Thursday Night Game:









Fantasy Focus – Cincinnati Bengals:

Miami’s Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for the game-winning safety with 6:38 left in overtime. The play was symbolic of how badly Dalton had played. The frequently off-target Bengals field general (338 passing yards, 0 TDs) tossed a season-worst three interceptions (one was a pick-six) and should have been picked at least two other times. He also lost one fumble and took five sacks.

A.J. Green topped all receivers with a career-high 11 receptions for 128 yards on 19 targets. This was Green’s fourth straight 100-yard outing. Marvin Jones (4-66-0 on seven targets) had a 50-yard touchdown pass called back because of a penalty.

Giovani Bernard racked up 104 total yards and two rushing touchdowns on 13 touches, which was his best fantasy outing of the season. Bernard scored his second touchdown on an electric 35-yard run that likely covered twice that distance. The Bengals offense sputtered after Bernard left the game with bruised ribs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (21-72-0 rushing and 0-0-0 receiving) averaged just 3.4 yards per carry.

Fantasy Focus – Miami Dolphins:

Ryan Tannehill failed to toss a touchdown pass in a game for the first time this season. However, he hit pay dirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter, which was the Dolphins’ only offensive touchdown of the game. Tannehill completed 20-of-28 passes for 202 yards with one pick and was sacked three times.

Mike Wallace topped all Miami receivers with six grabs for 82 yards on eight targets. Brian Hartline (3-39-0 on five targets) and Charles Clay (3-22-0 receiving on three targets and 1-13-0 rushing) were the other pass-catching notables.

Lamar Miller rushed for a career-best 105 yards on 16 carries and hauled in four passes for 24 yards. There was one blemish on Miller’s surprisingly rock-solid rushing outing: he lost a fumble on the tail end of a nifty 41-yard run. Daniel Thomas (12-38-0 rushing and 1-4-0 receiving) operated in a change-of-pace role and racked up most of his yardage after Miller was temporarily benched for fumbling.

Brent Grimes scored on a 94-yard interception return.

Key Injury:

Giovani Bernard (bruised ribs)

Fantasy Talk:

After three strong outings, Andy Dalton tripped up fantasy owners with a dud game. However, this is par for the course with the still-streaky Bengals passer. Marvin Jones played opposite of A.J. Green in a large majority of Cincinnati’s two-receiver sets, so I think it’s fair to say that he is the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver going forward.

Mohamed Sanu (6-62-0 on nine targets) was a stat-sheet standout in Cincinnati’s receiver corps, but keep in mind that Dalton had to throw 53 times for Sanu to have a decent outing.

Lamar Miller has toted the rock 18 times and 16 times, respectively, in the last two weeks, so it looks like the Dolphins are finally making a legit effort to him more involved. Miller should be back on the flex/fantasy RB2 radar.

Mike Wallace has been targeted 18 times in the last two weeks, so Miami is also trying to get the ball into his hands more frequently. Wallace is looking like a much safer play as a flex or fantasy WR3.

Waiver Wire Prospect:

Mohamed Sanu (for deeper leagues)


Early Sunday Afternoon Games:








Fantasy Focus – Kansas City Chiefs:

Historically, the Chiefs usually struggle when they play the Bills in Buffalo (Orchard Park), and this game was not an exception. Kansas City struggled while trying to use a pass-heavy approach in the first half, which is when Alex Smith (124 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs, 4-7-0 rushing) attempted 24 of his 29 throws. Dwayne Bowe topped the team with a season-best seven grabs for 67 yards on 12 targets, but he also had two drops.

The Chiefs wisely leaned on Jamaal Charles in the second half. He failed to hit pay dirt for the second straight week, but Charles tallied 90 rushing yards on 17 carries and six receiving yards on six catches.

The Kansas City defense scored on a 100-yard Sean Smith pick-six and a Tamba Hali 11-yard scoop-six.

Fantasy Focus – Buffalo Bills:

C.J. Spiller (ankle) shredded a usually stingy Kansas City run defense for a season-high 116 yards on 12 carries. He also hauled in two balls for 39 yards. Fred Jackson also compiled a workmanlike 16 carries for 77 yards (he was stuffed on three goal-line carries) and one catch for 22 yards.

Jeff Tuel got the start in place of the banged-up Thad Lewis (ribs, flu). The pop-gun armed Tuel completed 18-of-39 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions (one pick-six). He also scrambled three times for 17 yards. Tuel hit Marquise Goodwin (2-64-1 on four targets) on a 59-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, which was Buffalo’s only touchdown of the contest.

Stevie Johnson (5-36-0 on seven targets) was quiet most of the game. Four of his targets came on Buffalo’s final drive. Robert Woods (4-44-0 on eight targets) left in the third quarter with a knee injury. Scott Chandler (3-26-0 on nine targets) was bottled up.

Key Injuries:

C.J. Spiller (reinjured bad ankle), Robert Woods (knee)

Fantasy Talk:

Dexter McCluster proved once again to be a fantasy tease. Following two promising fantasy outings, he posted a dud (2-9-0 receiving on four targets; 1-(-4)-0 rushing) against the Bills. McCluster also dropped a wide-open deep throw. Kansas City has a Week 10 bye.

According to media reports, rookie E.J. Manuel (knee) is supposedly on track to start in Week 10. Manuel’s return should help Stevie Johnson. Don’t chase Marquise Goodwin’s touchdown grab. Goodwin is a situational deep threat, so his week-to-week production will be inconsistent.

Waiver Wire Prospect:

E.J. Manuel (deep leagues)









Fantasy Focus – Atlanta Falcons:

As many predicted, it was another bad outing for the undermanned Atlanta offense (Roddy White was inactive). Matt Ryan (20/27 for 219 yards) tossed just one touchdown pass and was picked three times (one pick-six). During the last two weeks, Ryan has thrown just two scoring strikes against seven interceptions.

Tony Gonzalez (6-81-1 on seven targets) hauled in Ryan’s only touchdown pass of the game. However, Gonzalez was targeted just once in the second half. Harry Douglas (3-82-0 on five targets) saw his streak of 100-yard games snapped at two. No other Falcons wide out caught more than one pass.

Steven Jackson ran much better than he did last week, amassing 57 rushing yards on 13 carries. He also caught three passes for 19 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers (5-19-0 rushing and 6-25-0 receiving) did most of his damage in the passing game once again.

Fantasy Focus – Carolina Panthers:

Cam Newton overcame a shaky start to pass for 249 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions. He also racked up one rushing score and 22 rushing yards on five carries.

Greg Olsen (4-66-1 on five targets) caught Newton’s lone scoring strike of the game. Olsen has scored in two straight. Brandon LaFell (6-74-0 on nine targets) topped all Panthers receivers in catches and yardage. Steve Smith (4-52-0 on 10 targets) continues to run mainly short and intermediate routes.

Carolina rolled up 131 rushing yards. Mike Tolbert (6-24-1 rushing and 3-13-0 receiving) hit pay dirt for the fourth game in a row. DeAngelo Williams (13-42-0 rushing and 2-12-0 receiving) led the team in yardage. Jonathan Stewart (9-43-0 rushing and 3-22-0 receiving) topped all Panthers in rushing yards during his 2013 debut.

Key Injuries:


Fantasy Talk:

Although Jackson still seems to lack a burst, he hit the holes with authority. It looks like the hamstring injury is no longer a worry. Jackson looks like a decent play in Week 10 against a Seattle defense that is having trouble stopping the run lately.

The return of Jonathan Stewart obviously has made Carolina’s backfield a lot murkier. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert all look like bye-week replacements or shaky low-end flex options going forward. Tolbert looks like the safest of the bunch, because he is the favorite to hit pay dirt.

Waiver Wire Prospect:

Somebody in your league probably owns Jonathan Stewart, but double-check to see if he is available.

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