Week 9 is supposed to hold few surprises. By week 9 you are supposed to know who you can trust and who you can’t, but after this week nine you could still hear the all too familiar screams of both disgust and excitement that tell us the NFL still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Let’s look at the notable fantasy players that came out of this week’s games that you need to keep in mind going forward into Week 10.
Packers vs. Bears
After three straight weeks of mediocre play,
had bounced back in the last two weeks. Then on one play early in the first quarter on Monday night he went down and stayed down. Rodgers left the game and only returned once he had street clothes on. “He has a shoulder injury,” according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
This is terrible news for Rodgers and Packer fans and just as bad for Rodgers’ owners. The best news about this whole situation is that we do not know anything yet. He could be back next week or in a few weeks. The worst case scenario, well, we just won’t go there yet, keep your fingers crossed Rodgers’ owners.
Immediate downgrade for all Packers offensive players, (kicker not included), as long as Rodgers is not in play.
Chiefs vs. Bills
There were two items of note to take away from this game. One, It’s very possible that C.J. Spiller is back and two,
Spiller, who gave you 116 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving on two catches, had the explosiveness that we saw in him near the end of last year. It seemed the week off did him well. I won’t declare him a must-start just yet, but he looked really good and should have owners hopeful for the second half of this season.
this week equals fool’s gold. Don’t buy into it. He may have had a good week, 67 yards on seven receptions, well, good by his standards and PPR standards but don’t be fooled. He is still a very insignificant part of this offense and actually got 12 targets and still only put up 67 yards and no TDs.
Vikings vs. Cowboys
is still a beast and the Cowboys are still bi-polar.
That pretty much sums up this game. There is not a lot to be happy about in Minnesota except for AP. As far as Dallas goes, they only gave
DeMarco Murray four
attempts. Four. Wow.
had a worse day than
looked good once again.
Do not worry about Bryant, he’ll get his. Murray on the other hand is a little worrisome since he is healthy and they are just not giving him the ball. Monitor that situation closely over the next few weeks and if you haven’t done so already, go ahead and pick up
, in four of the last five weeks he and
have hooked up for an average of five receptions catches a game for 50 yards, that’s not a bad bye week fill-in for deeper leagues.
Titan vs. Rams
Here we had a game where the running backs involved had their owners concerned going into the game and flying high coming out of it.
ran for 127 yards and two TDs and added six receptions for 51 yards, talk about a monster game. He has been playing at this level lately and needs to be started every week going forward.
As far as Johnson goes, he also has been steadily increasing his production as the year has progressed culminating in this week’s performance of 150 yards and two TDs with 20 yards receiving on three catches. This is what we used to expect out of Johnson and I do not think he is finished this year. I don’t expect weeks like this every week going forward but you can definitely start him with confidence.
Saints vs. Jets
will not be denied, but an injury to
(concussion) may provide
with a few more touches in the coming weeks. Also, with
may be a sneaky start in weeks to come.
The former Saint,
, is healthy again and playing like we all expected him to at the beginning of the year. He led the Jets with 139 yards rushing and one TD. His explosiveness is far superior to
’s and if he can stay healthy could help give his owners a nice RB push into the playoffs.
Chargers vs. Redskins
RGIII can’t seem to pull it together. Shanahanigans are alive and well with Alfred Morris leading the ground attack again and
just seems to be getting better every week.
Do not trust RGIII right now and never trust a Redskins’ running back.
Garcon is trust worthy. These are all items that we should have known already this season, that and
is also a consistently good play every week.
A little more surprising, however, is the disappearance of
he just is not producing and not getting the touches because of it. He makes for an inconsistent start right now and is another one that needs to be closely monitored.
on the other hand is a very solid start week-in and week-out and give yourself a double bonus in you have him in a PPR league.
Falcons vs. Panthers
’s receiving corps has been decimated and though there might be good weeks with
you just can’t trust them. The running back situation is almost as bad as
still hasn’t found his legs, yet.
In Carolina it is almost as bad with no receivers really wanting to step up and take over from
who is so hot and cold that he makes for a tough start. And as far as their back field goes, they have a four-headed monster in Newton,
and Mike Tolbert. Of the three actual running backs, Tolbert is the most consistent right now and if needed should be the running back in this group started as a flex option.