Week 9 is now in the books and what a hell of a week it was. It started out with the San Francisco 49ers with their 3rd string quarterback Nick Mullens beating the piss out of a team that has just given up in the Oakland Raiders.

Jon Gruden says “players want to come play here.” If that’s the truth it definitely didn’t show.

The Bears defense just man-handled Nathan Peterman the Buffalo Bills and scored 20+ fantasy points in the majority of leagues. Kareem Hunt had 3 total touchdowns and this Kansas City Chiefs offense is just unstoppable.

The best game in my opinion was Saints vs Rams. 80 total points were scored and it was just a fantasy bonanza for both sides. Yes Todd Gurley finished outside the top 10 in running back scoring for the first time this season. Shut up, you have Gurley and no one wants to hear it.

Two future hall-of-famers matched up in Foxboro as New England beat the Packers, 31-17. The first half was a good battle between Brady and Rodgers, the second half though was just the Patriots as a whole taking over the game and giving the Patriots the win.

BYE Week: Denver, Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston



Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Mayfield put up a good game against the Kansas City Chiefs finishing with 297 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He gets the Atlanta Falcons next who gave up over 300 yards to “The Game Manager” Alex Smith. Mayfield would be my top streamer this week if I’m in need of a quarterback.


Running Backs

Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks

For week 9, Chris Carson was going into Sunday’s game as a “game-time decision”. He lasted all of the first half before leaving the game with a hip/groin injury. It’s truly unknown if Carson will play this week, but if he’s out I would be rushing out to get Davis. He has been beneficial in his limited opportunities, and being a part of the most run-heavy team, not a bad add.

Duke Johnson Jr, Cleveland Browns

After signing a 3-year $15.6M extension over the summer, we were waiting for Johnson to finally pay off. Sure it took the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, but I’m sure Hue would also say that no one was listening to him as he was banging the table to get Duke more playing time. Whatever. I don’t see him as an RB2, but he could be a nice RB3…. in PPR leagues that is.

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets

Just getting activated off injured reserved the Jets wasted no time getting McGuire involved. He handled the Bilal Powell role just fine and was barely out touched by Isaiah Crowell. He gets the Buffalo Bills next and we’ve seen how this team passes the ball. The running backs are the ones that will benefit the most this next week and McGuire could be a viable PPR pick-up as a FLEX.

Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions

We were all trying to guess if Marvin Jones or Kenny Golladay would benefit the most with Golden Tate being traded. Marvin Jones was the pass catcher that led the team in targets (8) and was tied with not Golladay but Theo Riddick. Riddick has been a PPR monster when healthy for the Detroit Lions over the past few seasons. If you need a bye-week fill in and benefit from .5PPR and up, Riddick is your guy.

Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles offense is changing with Golden Tate now. Also, Adams was the team’s leading rusher in week 8. Could be something here for this powerful offense, Adams is a piece I am sure to go and try to get.



Wide Receivers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

MVS was playing as the #2 receiver during Sunday night with a healthy Randall Cobb on the field. With the news coming out that Geronimo Allison may be out for some time, this just bolsters MVS, and with him catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, I want any piece of that.

Cordarrelle Patterson, New England Patriots

Sunday night Patterson was looking like what the Packers wanted Ty Montgomery to look like. A running back that is really a wide receiver that can play running back. Patterson played fantastic collecting 61 yards off 11 carries along with 1 catch for 7 yards. Sony Michel will more than likely be back this week but we know how Bill Belichick likes to play right? No, we don’t. He always come up with something new. But if James White ever gets hurt, we know who will be in tandem with Michel.

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals

With news coming out Monday that A.J. Green will be out at least one game, someone has to fill in at wide out opposite Tyler Boyd. Insert Ross here who was fantasy relevant for one game in week 4 and then hasn’t done anything since. Maybe this could be a resurgence, or a total first-round bust. Add him to your bench if you have the space, and play a “wait and see” for week 10.


Tight Ends

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

O’Doyle rules!! Jack Doyle came back week 8 and put up TE1 numbers that we’ve known him to put up. Some may have picked him up last week as a stash since he had a week 9 bye. If he is available, go add him now as he should put up top-10 numbers for a position that doesn’t take much to get to top 5.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

He didn’t get a touchdown last week but he has been putting up solid stats the past couple weeks. He is the only pass-catcher I am willing to roster outside of the running backs.

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints

Two weeks ago he blanked us if we used him but this last week he gave us 62 yards and a touchdown. It’s the case with most tight ends this year as they come through for us one week just to let us down the next. I would stream him against the Bengals this week.

Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos

He has a bye this week, but if you were paying any attention to this game you’d know he was the target, reception and yards leader with 10 receptions (11 targets) for 83 yards and a touchdown. He could be the Demaryius Thomas replacement, or it could of just been coincidence as his usage has been going up every week. He could become a viable streamer going forward to even a low-end TE1.


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