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Monday, November 9, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 9 WRAPUP

Ben Rothlisberger:  Boy this guy can't get a break.  For the second time this season, Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field, this time for a sprained foot that could keep him out anywhere from a week to a month.  Reports are all over the map in terms of how long Big Ben will be out but the fact of the matter is that his loss once again is a huge one.  After a clunker in his comeback from a knee injury last week, Roethlisberger was clicking on all cylinders Sunday by completing 24 of 44 passes for 334 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Hope for a quick recovery and get set for a ground-dominant offense in Week 10. 

DeAngelo Williams:  Who needs Le'Veon Bell?  After all we have DeAngelo Williams rushing for a ridiculous 170 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns in the Steelers' late win over the Oakland Raiders.  With Ben Roethlisberger now out for 1-2 weeks with an injured foot, Williams will get a crazy workload going forward.  Anyone who snagged Williams off the wire is sitting very pretty right now as the veteran clearly has juice left in his legs. 

Antonio Brown:  We all knew that Antonio Brown was the best wide receiver in football but what he did on Sunday defies any sort of reason as he caught 17 passes for a unfathomable 284 yards.  For good measure Brown also included two rushes for another 22 yards.  All while Brown once again lost starting QB Ben Roethlisberger to injury for the second time this season.  Brown's longest reception came when backup Landry Jones late in the fourth quarter.  With Big Ben out a few weeks with the foot sprain, Brown's owners are understandably nervous again given how ordinary to even bad the numbers look in the month he was out.  That is a worry for another week though.  In the meantime marvel at what Brown just accomplished. 

Derek Carr:  We should just reserve as a spot in the Wrapup for Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr as he has been a staple in this space pretty much every week of the season.  His latest gem came Sunday when he completed 24 of 44 passes for 301 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT.  Carr is looking every bit the next big passing star in both the NFL and fantasy football and the good times should only keep going with Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper out wide.  Right now Carr is putting up top five QB numbers this season. 

Marcus Mariota:  After a few weeks of poor play more indicative of his rookie status, Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota had his best game of the season Sunday in completing 28-of-39 passes for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns in the teams OT win over the New Orleans Saints.  Mariota flashed the big time accuracy he had coming out of college and at least for this week is back into the fantasy football picture. 

Adrian Peterson:  There were some whispers about the shaky play of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson over the last month, with maybe age being a factor in the lack of typical numbers from the perennial offensive star.  Well Peterson quieted that talk Sunday by rushing for 215 yards and a touchdowns on 29 carries, while also chipping in with 2 catches for another 18 yards.  The legs were churning in this one and Peterson is showing he is not done yet.  While the overall haul of numbers is still below what we expected, Peterson could now finally be working off the rust after missing almost all of 2014. 

Sammy Watkins:  Talk about a smashing return.  After battling injuries and missing games for the majority of the 2015 season, Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins continued to disappoint.  However the big-play receiver had a banner day Sunday in catching 8 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in the team's win over the Miami Dolphins.  This is what Watkins is capable of if he can ever figure out how to stay on the field and having Tyrod Taylor back over the woeful E.J. Manuel will be a help. 
 
LeSean McCoy:  The trying season continues for Bills running back LeSean McCoy who came down with a shoulder injury, this two weeks after coming back from a serious hamstring issue.  Prior to getting hurt, McCoy was having a big day Sunday in rushing for 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, while also catching 2 passes for 7 yards.  McCoy says he will be fine for Thursday night's game versus the New York Jets but Rex Ryan was a bit more unsure.  This bears close watching and with a short week, McCoy could be in trouble as far as his status is concerned. 

Karlos Williams:  If McCoy has to sit out, the very capable Karlos Williams will be capable of helping in his teammate's place.  He was tremendous in taking over for McCoy on Sunday in rushing for 110 yards on only 9 carries and 2 touchdowns for the Bills.  A prime waiver target this week. 

Cam Newton:  The MVP season of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton continued on Sunday as he completed 15-of-30 passes for 297 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT, while also adding a rushing score and 57 yards on 9 carries.  While we have been big critics of Newton and correctly so due to his lack of big time fantasy football-worthy numbers, the guy has taken it up to another level when it comes to his production this season. 

Lamar Miller:  Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was a PPR darling on Sunday as he rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries, while also adding 97 yards on 7 catches.  Miller is in the midst of his best NFL season, with the last five weeks bordering on dominant numbers.  With the Miami passing game struggling, Miller is being used in heavy does on both sides of the offensive attack.  Right now Miller is on the border of low-end RB 1 status. 

Blaine Gabbert:  It was a decent but not great debut for San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert Sunday as he completed 15-of-25 passes for 185 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.  Gabbert continues to turn the football over like he previous did with the Jacksonville Jaguars and even in two-passer formats he has no value. 

DeMarco Murray:  It finally looks like DeMarco Murray has found some comfort in Chip Kelly's offense as he was the star of the team's Sunday night OT win over the Dallas Cowboys.  Murray rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while also catching 6 passes for 78 more yards.  While Ryan Matthews still plays often enough to be annoying, Murray is looking back to somewhat of his old self as the playoffs loom in fantasy football over the next month or so. 



 

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