Welcome to the Week 9 Fantasy Football Recap: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly! Every week you will get a mostly fantasy football oriented recap from my point of view. If I deviate a bit from football, there is probably a good reason, bear with me and thanks for taking the time to stop by.
By Tom Schriner, The Fantasy Football Junkie
It makes sense that week 9 would be so crazy in the NFL, after all, Halloween and the Day of the Dead just passed. I mean today was crazy-crazy. Like George Romero meets Dario Argento in a fight to the death movie-thon hosted by Bruce Campbell. In fact, I would like to attend such an event, today though was something out of this world.
Here are just some of the names atop the leader boards for week 9, Zac Stacy (whom I predicted but is still not a household name), Rashad Jennings, Darrel Young, Chris Ivory, Mike James, Nick Foles, Jason Campbell, Christian Ponder, Riley Cooper, Jerricho Cotchery, Marlon Brown and Davon Bess.
Many of you playing fantasy football will know who these guys are but I guarantee you that most people have no clue. And even if you knew who they were, there is no way you could have predicted seven touchdowns from Foles, or 166 yards from Mike James at Seattle or 139 yards with three TDs for Riley Cooper.
That’s just one more reason why I love this game. Every week, the surprises keep coming. This week, there just happens to be more than a few. So let’s get to it, because this Sunday night game is starting to get away from the Colts and I need something to do. I’ll time stamp it for posterity’s sake, currently it’s 9:37pm. The Texans are up 14-0 with 5 minutes left in the first half. Even with the Texans performing as well as they are, I am saying right now, that Andrew Luck finds a way to win this game. Stay tuned…
• Top spot has to be Nick Foles. Foles had 7 touchdowns before the fourth quarter even started. If the Eagles had wanted, I’m sure he could have secured a record eighth but they put on the breaks and let backup Matt Barkley finish the game. Foles now ties a record which is also owned by Peyton Manning. Nick is one of only three quarterbacks to ever throw for 7 TDs and not throw for an interception.
• Foles couldn’t have had a game like that without some help and the two on the receiving end of the big day were Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson. Both receivers should finish in the top 10 at their position. Cooper had 32 standard fantasy points while Jackson finished with 21.
• It’s just the first half, but the Case Keenum to Andre Johnson connection is already heating up. They have hooked up for 7 receptions, three touchdowns and 190 yards. To put the performance into some perspective, these are Andre’s first TDs on the year. Keenum only has completed passes to two other players but the Texans are up 21-3. My prediction for a Colts comeback is in doubt but not lost!
• When a team travels to Seattle, one thinks of a worst-case scenario type of game. And when you saw that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were traveling to Seattle, all you could have thought was, uh oh. Even though the Bucs lost a close one, it wasn’t because of Mike James, the rookie RB. He piled up 166 total yards on the day and was destroying the Seahawks. If for some reason, he’s still available in your league, it’s time to pick him up. I don’t believe the hype that Doug Martin will be back soon.
• Welcome back to fantasy relevance Tom Brady! I was so jaded by his play recently that I almost started Joe Flacco over him. But at the last hour, I switched it back. Thank goodness I did and I got to enjoy his vintage performance. He threw for more yards (432) than any other quarterback against the Steelers ever. And he also threw for four touchdowns. Brady was so good in this game that his 33 fantasy points was greater than his previous four games (28) combined. Bout time Tom, bout time.
• So maybe Brandon Weeden really isn’t very good. We’ve now seen Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell have success behind center for the Browns. Campbell now has 5 TDs with no picks and over 500 yards in two games.
• Chris Johnson exploded for his first 100 yard game (150) of the season and finished with 29 fantasy points. Currently he’s tied with the RB on the opposite side of the field, Zac Stacy, for the top spot among running backs. Both backs had outstanding days on the ground.
• Taking a week off was a good decision for C.J. Spiller. He looked better against the Chiefs than he had in a month and got his first double-digit fantasy scoring day since week 5. Spiller finished the day with 155 total yards.
• Colts update! It’s officially 24-19 now with the Colts trailing but Andrew Luck just threw a bomb to TY Hilton for his second TD reception on the night. There is still 9:49 left on the clock and the Texans may be missing their coach right about now. If you didn’t hear, Gary Kubiak was taken to the hospital after collapsing onto the field as the teams walked to the locker room at halftime. The only update we have at the time is that it wasn’t heart related. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kubiak family.
• Colts update…again! Ok, I told you this might happen didn’t I? It’s now 27-24 with the Colts in the lead after Luck threw his third touchdown to Hilton and converted on the two-point try.
• This could be the first week in a long time that I remember the top 5 of the TE position looking normal. Currently the top five are Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Greg Olsen. Nice games for all of them.
• Colts win, Colts WIN! Case Keenum drove Houston down the field with no timeouts but the Texans missed the game-tying field goal as time expired. Knew it the whole time, Luck is amazing! That’s his tenth comeback victory in less than two full seasons.
• The Dallas Cowboys deserved to lose that game today. In a close game against the Minnesota Vikings you give the ball to DeMarco Murray four times on the ground? Are you kidding? It isn’t as if Murray had no room to run either, as he ran for 31 yards on those 4 carries. Sure Tony Romo drove them down for the win but where was the running game?
• Everyone is entitled to a bad game once in a while and for Jordan Cameron today was that day. He hadn’t had fewer than 3 receptions in a game all season until his one catch performance today. And it only went for 4 yards, so he couldn’t even get his owners a full point. Hopefully you got the fractional points…
• I really like Arian Foster and hope he is ok but if he was hurting, why trot him out for this game? I’m not sure what injury caused him to leave the game but he started and left after taking a hit. He finished with one target and no carries. Hopefully you didn’t take the chance of starting him.
• After Reggie Wayne was put on IR, it was thought that maybe Darrius Heyward-Bey would step into a more prominent role in the offense. Well, he was, kind of. Luck went his way early targeting him 6 times but DHB was only able to catch one of them. I’m not sure how many will be labeled as ‘drops’ but I saw at least two catchable balls that hit his hands. He continues to have butter hands and shouldn’t be trusted. He’s sure to have a couple big games based on his talent but it will never be an every week scenario. TY Hilton is the receiver to own for the Colts.
• I did rank Darren McFadden lower than most experts this week, mostly because I think he’s terrible, but I didn’t expect this level of terribleness. 5 carries for 12 yards. And to put salt on the wound, Rashad Jennings goes out and has a career game totaling 176 yards with a touchdown. Sorry DMC owners… but only a little.
• Ray Rice owners really need to take a deep breath. Don’t do anything drastic but I can’t blame you at this point for not playing him if you have a comparable option like Zac Stacy or Mike James. Ray now has 5 games with 4 points or less and three straight with under 6. The Ravens offense looks terrible at this point and you can’t trust any of them.
• Hopefully you didn’t start Willis McGahee. Hopefully you understand that the Browns rushing game is terrible and that McGahee has lost all explosiveness. He ran 21 times for 31 yards and lost a fumble. That is the definition of ugly.
• The scapegoat for the Texans tonight could be the fact that the Colts shutdown Andre Johnson after his monster first half but it’s really kicker Randy Bullock missing 3 FGs in the second half. Those missed field goals were the difference. That and, the Texans inability to score TDs in the third and fourth quarter. However you want to say it.
Of course, if I missed out on someone who you think got snubbed from the list, by all means leave a comment below. And thanks for bearing with me on my Texans vs Colts timeline. I thought it was fun, and it happened in real-time as I wrote it!