Fantasy impact of Week 9

Fantasy impact of Week 9

Game Analysis

Fantasy impact of Week 9


Tennessee Titans 23 Baltimore Ravens 20

In what looked like it was going to be an ugly offensive game on paper turned out to be an ugly offensive game in real life. Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. It’s an all too familiar stat line for Mariota owners this season.

Extra Points: Delanie Walker was questionable all week with an ankle injury. He started and caught all five targets for 71 yards…Rookie Corey Davis was active for the first time in five weeks after dealing with a hamstring injury. He didn’t make the impact owners were hoping for in his return. Davis caught just two passes for 28 yards…Alex Collins was a hot waiver wire pickup after his big game last Thursday night but the Ravens backfield continues to be a weekly headache for fantasy owners. Collins was held to only 43 yards on 13 carries (3.3 YPC) by the Titans defense. It was Buck Allen who led the way Sunday. Allen caught seven passes, gained 65 total yards and scored a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are still splitting touches but on Sunday, Kamara was the focal point of the Saints offense. Kamara rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. He was an even bigger factor as a receiver. Kamara caught six passes for 84 yards and another score to cap off a huge fantasy day.

Extra Points: Drew Brees completed 22 of 27 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. With the Saints running the ball more and its defense playing better, they haven’t had to rely as much on Brees. That’s good for the Saints but not so much for his owners…Ted Ginn only caught four passes but they went for 59 yards and a touchdown. Ginn now has at least 59 yards receiving in each of his last four games…Jameis Winston’s nightmare 2017 season continues. Winston was pulled in the third quarter. He had been playing through a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. The fact is though Winston has been struggling all season…With the offense sputtering, Mike Evans was held to one reception for 13 yards. His highlight of the day was a fight with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore…The Buccaneers have scored one touchdown in their last eight quarters. It was an 8-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Luke Stocker. The Bucs offense is a fantasy wasteland right now.

Los Angeles Rams 51 New York Giants 17

It seems like another lifetime ago when Jared Goff was struggling and looked out of place in the NFL. On Sunday, Goff torched the once formidable Giants defense for 311 yards and four touchdowns. In what would have seemed unfathomable in 2016, Goff sat on the sidelines wearing a baseball cap in the fourth quarter while Sean Manion mopped up against the hapless Giants.

Extra Points: Todd Gurley continues to rack up the yards and touchdowns. Gurley gained 104 total yards and scored twice against the Giants…Robert Woods was the Rams leading receiver Sunday. He caught four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns…Sammy Watkins and tight end Tyler Higbee each caught only one pass but they went for touchdowns. Watkins scored on a 67-yard bomb and Higbee from eight yards out. The Giants defense has now allowed at least one touchdown pass to a tight end in every game this season…Sterling Shepard returned from an ankle injury and caught 5 of 9 targets for 70 yards…Rookie tight end Evan Engram continues to be a big part of the Giants offense, especially in the red zone. Engram was targeted a team-high 10 times, hauling in four passes and a touchdown. He’s scored a touchdown in three straight games.

Philadelphia Eagles 51 Denver Broncos 23

The Eagles were the second team to hang 51 points on Sunday and Carson Wentz the second quarterback to watch most of the fourth quarter from the sidelines. Wentz threw for 199 yards and four touchdown passes. He proved he’s a Top 5 fantasy play even in a tough matchup.

Extra Points: Alshon Jeffery is heating up after a slow start to the season. Jeffery caught 6 of 11 targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He has 146 yards and three touchdowns  in his last two games…Trey Burton filled in for an injured Zach Ertz. He only caught two passes but one went for a 27-yard touchdown…Jay Ajayi made an impact in his first game with the Eagles. Ajayi rushed eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown (9.6 YPC)…The Broncos made a quarterback change to Brock Osweiler. It didn’t help. Osweiler completed 19 of 38 passes for 208 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked three times. The only good news for the Broncos offense was Demaryius Thomas got going. Thomas caught 8 of 12 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown…The Broncos use three running backs. They combined for 35 yards on 19 carries (1.8 YPC).

Carolina Panthers 20 Atlanta Falcons 17

The Panthers got the win on Sunday with Cam Newton only throwing for 137 yards and no touchdowns. Newton did rush for 86 yards and a score to help save his fantasy day but the Panthers passing game is still a concern moving forward.

Extra Points: Christian McCaffrey got a season-high 15 carries. He turned them into 66 yards a touchdown. McCaffrey also caught five balls for 28 yards…Devin Funchess took over for the departed Kelvin Benjamin as the Panthers No. 1 receiver and delivered his first strong fantasy game in a month. Funchess caught 5 of 7 targets for 86 yards…Matt Ryan threw for 311 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was only Ryan’s second 300-yard game of the season…Julio Jones caught 6 of 12 targets for 118 yards. However, Jones’ day could have been much bigger if he didn’t drop an easy touchdown pass when he was wide-open in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville Jaguars 23 Cincinnati Bengals 7

The big news from this game was Leonard Fournette being a late scratch for violating team rules. Chris Ivory started in his place, rushing for 69 yards on 20 carries (3.5 YPC). T.J. Yeldon chipped in with 41 yards on 11 carries (3.7 YPC). Ivory also caught three passes for 34 yards. Fournette will be back in the starting lineup next week.

Extra Points: The other big story from this game was also non-football related. A.J. Green’s day was cut short when he was ejected in the second quarter for fighting with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Green finished with just one reception for six yards on the day…Joe Mixon got most of the carries again (13) for the Bengals. He only gained 31 yards but Mixon finally found the end zone. He also added three receptions…Tyler Kroft caught both of his targets for 79 yards…Marqise Lee led the Jaguars in targets (12), receptions (8) and yards (75). He also scored Jacksonville’s only offensive touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts 20 Houston Texans 14

It was nice while it lasted. With Deshaun Watson, the Texans had the highest-scoring offense in the NFL. In one game without him, Houston scored 14 points against the Colts. Tom Savage went 19 of 44 for 219 yards with one touchdown. It was nice while it lasted.

Extra Points: One player who wasn’t impacted too much with Savage under center was DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 16 targets…The same can’t be said for Will Fuller. Fuller flourished with Watson at quarterback but caught just two passes for 25 yards on Sunday…Jacoby Brissett has been a good streaming option versus favorable matchups. That trend continued on Sunday. Brissett threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton had by far his best game of the season. Hilton caught five passes for 175 yards. Two of Hilton’s five receptions went for scores.

Arizona Cardinals 20 San Francisco 49ers 10

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he was going to ride Adrian Peterson on Sunday and he kept that promise. With Carson Palmer out, Peterson carried the ball a career-high 37 times for 159 yards (4.3 YPC). It’s Peterson’s second 100-yard outing in three games with Arizona.

Extra Points: Drew Stanton was solid filling in for Palmer. Stanton threw for 201 yards and two touchdown passes. However, his two touchdown passes went to Jermaine Gresham and Jaron Brown, so they were little help to fantasy owners…Larry Fitzgerald saw a team-high nine targets and managed a to pull in five catches for 70 yards…The 49ers offense is in shambles and just waiting until Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to take over at quarterback. Carlos Hyde was the only player worthy of fantasy consideration Sunday. Hyde rushed for 41 yards but made his biggest impact as a receiver. He caught nine balls for 84 yards to lead the 49ers in receiving.

Washington Redskins 17 Seattle Seahawks 14

The Redskins got a big win on Sunday but they didn’t produce many fantasy stats against the stingy Seahawks defense. Rob Kelley scored both of Washington’s touchdowns but he ran for only 18 yards on 14 carries (1.3 YPC).

Extra Points: Vernon Davis started at tight end for the injured Jordan Reed. Davis led the Redskins in targets (9), receptions (6) and yards (72).  He’ll continue to be a viable fantasy option as long as Reed is out…Josh Doctson is starting to make plays for the Redskins. He caught three balls for 59 yards, including a big 38-yard catch late in the game to set up the winning touchdown. Doctson is worth picking up in deeper leagues with the rest of Washington’s receivers struggling…Russell Wilson came just three yards short of throwing for 300 yards for the fourth time this year. Wilson finished with 297 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions He also added 77 yards rushing…Doug Baldwin (7/108/1) started the year off slowly but he’s now topped 90 yards in two of his last three games.

Dallas Cowboys 28 Kansas City Chiefs 17

The Cowboys have been leaning on Ezekiel Elliott over the last couple of games but on Sunday Dak Prescott took over. Prescott threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He added 27 yards and a touchdown rushing. It’s the fifth time this year Prescott has scored three touchdowns in a game.

Extra Points: Elliott didn’t top the century mark against the Chiefs but he still put up 93 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries (3.4 YPC)…Terrance Williams exploded versus a porous Chiefs secondary for 141 yards on nine catches. Williams only had 21 catches and 216 yards on the season coming into the game. Dez Bryant (6/73) left with an ankle injury. Be cautious about trusting Williams if Bryant is out. He’s failed in that role before…Cole Beasley caught four passes but two went for touchdowns. It’s the second time in four games that Beasley has had four receptions with two being touchdowns…The Cowboys defense held Kareem Hunt to just 37 yards on nine carries (4.1 YPC). After a red-hot start to the year, Hunt now has now failed to reach 50 yards rushing in three of his last four games…Tyreek Hill only caught two balls but one was an improbable 56-yard touchdown reception with no time remaining just before halftime.

Oakland Raiders 27 Miami Dolphins 24

Derek Carr and Jay Cutler each threw for over 300 yards Sunday night. Carr finished with 300 yards one touchdown and an interception, while Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns.

Extra Points: With Jay Ajayi in Philadelphia, Miami used both Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams at running back. Drake ran the ball nine times for 69 yards. Williams rushed for 14 yards on seven carries. Each back caught six passes. Drake gained 35 yards and Williams went for 47. Expect a similar split moving forward…Julius Thomas had his best game of the year, catching six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown…It was a big night for tight ends as Jared Cook caught eight balls for 126 yards. Cook went over 100 yards for the second time in three games…Marshawn Lynch scored twice and gained 57 yards on 14 carries.


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