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THE LOWDOWN: Week 9

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 9. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

It’s Senior Week

I’ve noticed something weird the past few weeks while watching the games, and I’m not referring to the success of C.J. Fiedorowicz. No, the question I have is: Why are so many players now including “SR.” on their jerseys? Seems like every team has at least one player with the suffix “SR”, and I refuse to believe they all recently had male heirs they named after themselves. Steve Smith Sr., Marvin Jones Sr., Mohamed Sanu Sr. …

Is this some sort of “respect” thing that I’m unaware of? Or is it some sort of feminist plot? Does it increase jersey sales? If anyone has any ideas, please drop me a line and let me know. Thanks.

Kicking a Bad Habit

A few weeks ago, a fan on Facebook took umbrage at my referring to the fact that kickers are not considered to be real football players. Now, this should be self-evident to any football fan, but this guy got very upset at my opinion on the matter. I wonder if that NFL SWJ was just as protective of the kickers after their collectively horrid Sunday last week… Mike Nugent, Sebastian Janikowski, Roberto Aguayo, Josh Lambo… all of them missed PATs or makeable FGs. In general, kickers have been missing kicks at what seems like an accelerated rate this season– something that’s likely not endearing them to both their teammates and the fans.

Are kickers “real” football players? All joking aside… no. No they’re not.

 

Interesting Players for Week

Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze …

QB

Sam Bradford? Case Keenum? Is something weird going on with Mighty Max this week? Nah… this is just what happens when there’s six teams on bye this week. Dak Prescott continues to impress, as did Cam Newton’s outfit at last week’s post-game interview.

  1. Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. Ind) – 43.12
  2. Drew Brees, NOS (vs. SFO) – 42.75
  3. Dak Prescott, DAL (vs. Cle) – 40.47
  4. Cam Newton, CAR (vs. RAM) – 38.04
  5. Sam Bradford, MIN (vs. Det) – 37.92
  6. Blake Bortles, JAC (vs. KCC) – 37.68
  7. Marcus Mariota, TEN (vs. SDC) – 37.21
  8. Philip Rivers, SDC (vs. Ten) – 36.15
  9. Case Keenum, RAM (vs. CAR) – 35.20
  10. Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. MIN) – 34.93

RB

Terrance West looks like a great value play this week, as does Christine Michael. If you’ve read my Consistency Rankings, you know that Melvin Gordon is a pretty steady producer and somebody that I’ve liked this season. Gordon is essentially the only ground threat the Chargers have on their roster, so he’s guaranteed a healthy number of totes per game.

  1. DeMarco Murray, TEN (vs. SDC) – 51.92
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (vs. CLE) – 48.19
  3. Mark Ingram, NOS (vs. SFO) – 43.44
  4. Terrance West, BAL (vs. PIT) – 41.84
  5. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (vs. Bal) – 41.49
  6. Jay Ajayi, MIA (vs. NYJ) – 38.45
  7. Latavius Murray, OAK (vs. DEN) – 38.01
  8. Melvin Gordon, SDC (vs. Ten) – 37.77
  9. Christine Michael, SEA (vs. BUF) – 37.66
  10. Carlos Hyde, SFO (vs. NOS) – 35.70

WR

The Raiders defense has more holes in it than the latest Star Wars plot, which makes it completely intuitive that both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders make the Top 10 this week. But the surprise here is the presence of Corey Coleman, who is making his first appearance since Week 2, when he went down with a broken hand.

  1. Antonio Brown, PIT (vs. BAL) – 60.03
  2. Jarvis Landry, MIA (vs. NYJ) – 57.81
  3. Corey Coleman, CLE (vs. DAL) – 56.76
  4. Kenny Britt, RAM (vs. Car) – 55.60
  5. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (vs. RAM) – 55.42
  6. T.Y. Hilton, IND (vs. GBP) – 55.40
  7. Demaryius Thomas, DEN (vs. OAK) – 54.77
  8. Allen Robinson, JAC (vs. KCC) – 54.30
  9. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (vs. OAK) – 54.25
  10. Brandin Cooks, NOS (vs. SFO) – 54.22

TE

Jack Doyle sounds like the name of some film noir detective that gets killed right after he figures out who murdered the sultry redhead, doesn’t it? Regardless, Doyle has been wildly inconsistent on the field;  half his games have seen him post 12+ PPR points, while the other half have seen paltry contribution of 10 points or less. Max sees this as one of those 12+ point weeks for Doyle.

  1. Kyle Rudolph, MIN (vs. Det) – 29.95
  2. Jason Witten, DAL (vs. CLE) – 27.36
  3. Greg Olsen, CAR (vs. RAM) – 25.37
  4. Gary Barnidge, CLE (vs. DAL) – 24.68
  5. Lance Kendricks, RAM (vs. Car) – 24.58
  6. Antonio Gates, SDC (vs. Ten) – 24.06
  7. Coby Fleener, NOS (vs. SFO) – 23.18
  8. Dennis Pitta, BAL (vs. Pit) – 23.10
  9. Jack Doyle, IND (vs. GBP) – 22.77
  10. Eric Ebron, DET (vs. MIN) – 22.63

On Bye this week: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England and Washington.

 

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 23-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to his weekly, non-sports NSFW opinions at The Riot.