The ninth week of fantasy football is in the books. There were some clear busts, like Trent Richardson only putting up 53 total yards (should we still be surprised by this?), or Ray Rice with 38. There were some surprises, like Jerricho Cotchery putting up 96 yards and three touchdowns en route to over 27 fantasy points. I provide for you the week nine All Fantasy Team for the ninth week top performers.
Quarterback: Nick Foles
How could it not be Foles after that huge fantasy day? Foles went nuts on Sunday, as we all know by now, throwing for 406 yards and an incredible seven touchdowns. Foles had more touchdowns than incompletions as he went 22-28 on the day. Foles will certainly be one of the hottest waiver wire picks this week, but which one will show up in week 10, the Foles of week nine, or the Foles of week seven where he went 11-29 with only 80 yards?
Wide Receivers: Andre Johnson & Riley Cooper
Case Keenum is exactly what Andre Johnson’s fantasy owners needed. The new starter for the Houston Texans shown he isn’t afraid to target his number one receiver or throw the ball deep, as Johnson was targeted 13 times this week, securing nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. In the two games since Keenum has taken over, Johnson has 19 targets, 318 yards and three touchdowns.
With Foles throwing touchdowns like he was in Madden on Xbox/PS3 one of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers was bound to have a big day. While DeSean Jackson certainly had one (189 total yards, one touchdown), Cooper had an even bigger performance securing five of six targets for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Will fantasy owners rushing to get Cooper get in on the next wide receiver to break big or are they just chasing points?
Running Backs: Zac Stacy & Chris Johnson
Stacy owners had some worry this week as he was battling injury, but Stacy is off the sleeper list and now in the must start category. Stacy racked up 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries for almost five yards per carry average. He also chipped in with six catches for 51 yards. Stacy is owned in only 71 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and should be added across the board.
CJ2K ran like it was 2009 on Sunday, showing flat out rocket ship speed. He got to the corners, had the power to run through some tackles and was just about unstoppable as he turned his 23 attempts into 150 yards and two touchdowns. With a friendly matchup next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Johnson has a great chance to increase his value prior to the trade deadline.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham
While Rob Gronkowski came close, Graham continued to show why he is the best tight end in football. He caught nine of 12 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51 yard bomb where he carried a defender into the end zone. There is not much more to say about Graham other than he is without a doubt the best tight end in fantasy.
Kicker: Nick Folk
Folk was the highest scoring kicker in fantasy this week after connecting on field goals of 39, 21, 47 and 45 yards, going four for four on the day. He also connected on both point after attempts and has now made 100 percent of his kick attempts on the season, with 23 field goals and 14 point after connections.
Defense/Special Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
I literally was in the middle of saying “I’m curious how the Chiefs will respond now that they are down” when Jeff Tuel threw an interception that was returned by Sean Smith 100 yards for a defensive touchdown that essentially swung the game around. The Chiefs would later go on to add a second defensive touchdown by Tamba Hali. They finished the day with two touchdowns, two interceptions, the one fumble recovery and 84 yards, once again finishing as the top scoring defense in fantasy.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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