Top 10 Fantasy Football Performances From Week 9
RB Doug Martin
Week 9 had an explosion of huge fantasy football performances by some usual suspects and some delightful surprise players. The outburst of big numbers was mostly due to favorable matchups, which not an uncommon trend. We also saw some players reemerge in fantasy relevance, and a rookie become a must start from here on out.
Here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite crack the Top 10.
There was plenty to go around in Chicago as they posted 51 points in their win against the Tennessee Titans. Jay Cutler carved up the Titans for 3 touchdowns and 229 yards. Another big day by a Bear was Matt Forte, with 103 yards and 1 touchdown. After this pathetic showing, Tennessee’s eccentric owner, Bud Adams, said everyone’s job, coached and players, was on watch.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and 1 touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch continues to reward owners with high yardage games, putting up 5 games with 100 yards or more. Young gun, Russell Wilson, also had a solid outing against Minnesota as well, throwing for 3 touchdowns. This was the second time Wilson has thrown for 3 touchdowns this year. He, however, remains a mid level QB2 and match up play at best.
Other big names not to make our Top 10 are Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, and Ray Rice. Now put your tray tables up, seat in the full upright position, and prepare yourself for Week 9’s Top 10 Performers.
10) QB Cam Newton
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers- The Washington Redskins have been a fantasy matchup dream all year long. The two reigning Heisman Trophy winners, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III, faced off and Newton came out on top. Newton threw for 201 yards and 1 touchdown. He also ran for 37 yards on 8 carries with one rushing touchdown. Newton hasn’t seen near the fantasy production of last year, as his true value was found in his rushing stats. If he can show he can keep scoring with his legs, he may be able to recapture some of that 2011 magic for the fantasy playoffs.
9) WR Eric Decker
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos- The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Broncos all they could handle on Sunday, but Peyton and the gang improved to 5-3. Along the way Decker pulled in 2 touchdowns and 99 yards on 8 receptions. The chemistry between Decker and Manning has been phenomenal all year. Decker is currently tied for 3rd in receiving touchdowns with 7.
8) QB Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts- Is Andrew Luck an every week starter now? Yes he is. Luck had another great week against a tough Miami Dolphins defense. He threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns. This rookie quarterback is tied with his Colts successor, Peyton Manning, for passing yards this year. Didn’t think I’d be saying that through 9 weeks. His next matchups look amazing as well (Jac, NE, Buf, Det, Ten). Stick with Luck,
7) RB Mikel Leshoure
Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions- He was an unlikely name to land on this list coming into Week 9. Leshoure was a borderline flex play for most fantasy teams. 3 touchdowns later, he caught the attention of the fantasy world. Is it probable that he repeats this kind of production? No way. His effort was against the lowly Jaguars, and as always, fantasy players always regress towards their means. However, he still remains a viable flex play. He is a candidate to sell high on if at all possible.
6) QB Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers- A commoner among these Top 10 parts, Rodgers had a great day against a stout Arizona Cardinals secondary. Rodgers tossed 4 touchdowns on Sunday. He also ran for 33 yards on 8 scrambles. To no one’s surprise, Rodgers leads the league in passing touchdowns with 25. Fantasy owners will be scrambling as well this week to fill in for Rodgers during the bye week.
5) Chicago Bears D/ST
The Chicago Bears D/ST outscored Aaron Rodgers this week, and has been a dominant force for fantasy owners. This gnarly group scored 2 touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs while only allowing 13 points. Brian Urlacher pitched in with a back breaking Pick-6. This stout defense has only allowed 15 points a game this year. They are also first in takeaways with 28, 17 interceptions and 11 fumbles. Chicago is where offenses go to die.
4) QB Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders- It’s not every day Palmer out scores Rodgers in fantasy, but the fantasy owners who used Palmer as a bye week fill in will take it. Palmer tossed 4 touchdowns like Rodgers, but for almost twice the yards with 414. Sure he threw 3 picks as well, but what else would you expect? Palmer has been a solid QB2 all year, and look for more big numbers against a bad Baltimore Ravens defense.
3) WR Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears- Marshall went off last Sunday in a lopsided win against the lowly Titans. Marshall caught 3 touchdowns for 122 yards. Cutler and Marshall have rekindled their chemistry from yesteryear. He is now tied for 2nd in the league for receiving touchdowns with 7.
2) RB Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings- He leads the league in rushing yards, and has potential to be the best fantasy running back for the remainder of the season. In Week 9 Peterson ran for 2 touchdown and 182 yards. He has had 3 games in a row topping 120 yards, and a combined 4 touchdowns. He is a top 3 play versus a Detroit Lions defense that gives up an average 106 yards per game.
1) RB Doug Martin
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Muscle Hamster has struck again. This time it was for an awe inspiring 4 touchdowns and 251 yards. It was a top 5 fantasy performance… ever. He provided fantasy owners with at least 50 points, which if that doesn’t win your league I don’t know what will. There was much talk about a banged up offensive line making Martin less valuable. So much for that idea. With that Week 9 showing, he is now 3rd in rushing yards and 2nd in touchdowns for running backs. Martin led the fantasy world in scoring last week, and is poised to be a top 3 running back by the time it’s all said and done.