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Monday, November 7, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 9 WRAPUP

-Tony Romo will need a new team if he wants to become a starting QB again as Dak Prescott reaffirmed Sunday by completing 21-of-27 throws for 247 yards and 3 TD's to go with 20 rushing yards in a win over the Cleveland Browns.  With the Cowboys performing as a top tier team on the field under Prescott this season, there is no way in hell a change will be made here.  Also in terms of fantasy football, Prescott has more than earned an every week tag even in single passer leagues.  Unbelievable.

-I mean there are no words for the utter dominance of Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott who was a monster again Sunday as he rushed for 92 yards and 2 scores on 18 carries while adding one catch for five more yards.  It is the same story every week for Elliott who has been by far the most productive pure runner in fantasy football this season but he has not done much in the receiving game for those in PPR.  Yes I have eaten a ton of crow on this and will continue to do so but there is no denying the fact that Elliott has proven to be the best runner since Adrian Peterson.

-It was an old school day for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten as he caught 8 balls for 134 yards and a touchdown.  While Witten is a few years removed from his 90-catch PPR gem days, he is still capable of a decent game like this once in awhile.

-We said it would happen eventually in terms of the resurgence of Detroit Lions wideout Golden Tate and over the last month, that is exactly what has happened as he went nuts Sunday by catching 11 balls for 79 yards and a score.  What is interetsing is that Tate and Marvin Jones have reversed their numbers, with Jones going crazy in September and Tate in October/November.  Obviously Tate is back to being a firm every week guy and as a high as a WR 2 at this pace.

-As we noted in the blub above, the rise of Golden Tate has coincided with the no-show of Marvin Jones during that same span.  Jones was a joke Sunday as he caught just 1 pass for five yards.  Clearly Tate and tight end Eric Ebron are becoming big options now for QB Matthew Stafford and his recent inconsistency is a reminder of his old Cincinnati Bengals days.  Downgraded Jones to a WR 3 who is no longer the sure bet starter he once was.

-Speaking of Ebron, he is really cementing himself as a top tier fantasy football tight end as he caught 7 balls for 92 yards in the the Lions' win over the Minnesota Vikings.  Ebron has been unstoppable at times this season and only injury has held him back.  Stat with confidence.

-Yes it was a very slow start for Miami Dolphins recent revelation RB Jay Ajayi but he finished very strong in picking up 111 yards and a score on 24 carries in the team's win over the New York Jets.  While still not a factor in the passing game, Ajayi is performing like a RB 1 in standard leagues and a RB 2 in PPR with his huge yardage.

-It was not the return expected for those who own stock in Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roehtlisberger as he was noticeably rusty in completing just 23-of-45 passes for 264 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  It was doubly disappointing since the Baltimore Ravens defense has been very accomodating to passers this season but it was not Roethlisberger's day.  No worries long-term though as Big Ben is an every weeek guy leading an awesome collection of offensive talent.

-After a long wait, New York Giants QB Eli Manning is rounding into his top ten fantasy football form as he completed 22-of-36 passes for 257 yards with 4 TD and 2 INT.  The two INT's were annoying but Manning looks now completely in sync with Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard who all big catches in the game.

-Maybe Mike Wallace has finally found a firm home in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens as he has been a terrific investment thus far by the team this season.  Wallace had a typical Wallace big day in that he was a bit light on the catches (just 4) but big on yardage (124 and a score).  A much better standard league player than a PPR one, Wallace has been as good as a WR 3 as you can get this season.

-Once again we are seeing New York Giants ace wideout Odell Beckham Jr. get better as the season goes along as he caught 4 passes for 46 yards and 2 scores in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles.  While Beckham's catches and yardage were on the low side, he is starting to find the end zone with more regularity.

-Stefon Diggs has been somewhat frustrating to own this season given his injuries and wild swings in numbers but Sunday was a good day for the slot man as he caught 13 passes for 80 yards.  Diggs was featured from the jump as the Vikings could do nothing down the field and his reputation as an emerging PPR receiver is back on track.

-Add the Minnesota Vikings backfield to the list of ones to avoid as new OC Pat Shurmer used THREE guys throughout  in equal fashion.  Jerick McKinnon went bust as he picked up just 8 yards on 7 carries and was outperformed by Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman.  Nothing to work with here.

-Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been a yawn for large portions for his still young career but he showed how capable he can be in terms of offensive potential Sunday night by rushing for THREE touchdowns in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.  Overall Murray rueshed for 114 yards and the three scores on 20 carries, while also adding a catch for 13 more yards.  Murray is far from consistent but at least he remains the clear top back on the Raiders.

-With Carlos Hyde sitting out yet AGAIN Sunday with injury, DaJuan Harris got a prime chance to show what he could do against the terrible New Orleans Saints defense.  Harris certainly opened eyes as he rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries while also catching 5 balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.  PPR numbers for sure and maybe the big game allows Harris to work now in a timeshare with Hyde when the latter returns. 

-It was a time warp for San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick who went back to his Super Bowl appearance days Sunday by completing 24-of-39 passes for 398 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT, while also rushing for 23 yards on 5 carries.  Yes he also lost a fumble but Kap at least is adapting to Chip Kelly's offense by the looks of things.  Still he is just for those in two-QB formats and even in that setup he has to prove he can repeat this kind of performance. 

-A season's worth of frustration came out Sunday for New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram who exploded for 158 yards and a score on just 15 carries, while also catching two passes for 13 more yards.  Ingram was still on the short-end of touches to Tim Hightower 24-17 though and this performance should be taken with a grain of salt since the Saints have rough Denver next week.  In other words don't get too giddy here.  Also Sean Payton is obsessed with using Hightower so a split will remain. 

-Other then Tom Brady, no one fantasy football QB gives you more comfort or piece of mind each week knowing they will put up big numbers then Saints veteran Drew Brees.  Brees tore up the 49ers defense Sunday by completing 28-of-39 passes for 323 yards with 3 TD's.  He had no difficulty playing pitch-and-catch with his receivers and Brees at 37 is stil very much on top of his game. 

-The monster last month-plus for Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota continued Sunday as he completed 27-of-43 throws for 313 yards with 3 TD's and 2 INT's.  He also rushed for 14 yards and a foruth score on 3 carries.  Mariota is now fully immersed in a major breakout season that has him as a top ten fantasy football passer and his performance is so much more impressive considering he has little to work with offensively at receiver. 




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