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Top Fantasy RBs of Week 9

Chris Johnson 161yds, 1 TD, 6 catches - Johnson continues to impress – more than that really – every time he gets a chance. An outstanding day for the rookie who is not losing any steam and even though his schedule is not the greatest he has become a must start weekly.

Thomas Jones 107yds, 1TD, 6 catches – We’ve been waiting for Jones to do this regularly all season long. I don’t know what the Jets are doing offensively on most Sundays, bu they need to ride Jones harder. His ground yards are not great but he was involved in the pass game this week and he has scored a TD in each of the last three games.

Ray Rice 176 total yds, 3 catches – Is Rice finally emerging as the back his proponents said he could be at the beginning of the season? Maybe, but let’s not crown him yet – he has looked much better the last few weeks than he did in weeks 1 and 2. Which guy is he? Will he be stuck in a RBBC all season? We should get a good idea very soon.

Adrian Peterson 139total yds, 1TD – Peterson came out of the bye how he went into the bye – with a game that makes his fantasy owners happy they took him #1 or 2. That they came against Houston and Chicago are food signs – especially against the #5 rush defense of the Bears. I love Minny’s ground schedule going forward – and I love Peterson’s end season upside as well.

Steve Slaton 118 total yds, 8 catches - Slaton’s ability to contribute in the pass game is a huge bonus for him – against the #2 rush defense in the league, it made a huge difference. About half his yards came off his 8 catches and the tough D kept him from the end zone. The QB turmoil and some of the defensive issues, along with worry about hitting the rookie wall make me less high on him than Johnson. But both Slaton and Forte are guys I think could hold up value throughout the rest of the season.

Peyton Hillis 116yds, 1 catching TD, 7 catches – Well, I have Hillis here for two reasons. First it was an incredible performance. But fullbacks like Hillis have those every once in a while and fade away. But the second point is more important – Andre Hill and Michael Pittman have been placed on the IR. This leaves rookie Ryan Torain (coming off injury) and a banged up Selvin Young. As I said on The Fantasy Sporst Group Show last night, don’t expect Hillis to step in right now. BUT he is a guy you may want on your bench (assuming you have room) as he is a nifty player who can pass block and clearly is good on a screen pass.

Will he amount to anything? I don’t know. But can you ignore anyone in the Denver backfield? Young cannot stay healthy and Torain might have a long way to go before he can be counted on, especially in pass blocking situations. I will be picking him up where I can. I’m not depending upon him – but as Cecil and I talked about last week on The Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Show, there are always backs who pop out of nowehere. Ryan Moats, Michael Bush – Hillis is another guy for that category. Watchlist would be the word. Put him on yours.

Others to look at —
Clinton Portis – 124 yards, 7 catches – Portis gets it done again. Yes, he was stifled on the ground but as the engine in the ‘Skins offense they get him the ball. And it will continue after the bye week.

Cedric Benson 109/1TD, 1 catch - Has he found new life with the Bengals? Could be. This is a guy to watch very closely especially for Dynasty owners. He certainly looks like a new man – and the team has good things to say about him.

Tim Hightower 108/1TD, 1 catch – Hightower is the new man and he did just what the Cards hoped he would. A more dynamic back than Edge is, not only did he knock Edge from the #1 spot, he kncoked him past JJ Arrington according to reports. An intriguing late surge guy? I think so.

Brandon Jacobs 117/1TD – Will Jacobs wear down like last year? It is a concern. And Ward is right behind him. If Jacobs stumbles, it would be easy to see Ward or Bradshaw take over like last year. They don’t care as much about individual roles – they want to win. Good for Giant fans. Worrisome for Fantasy Owners.

JJ Arrington 119yds, 5 catches (62ground, 57 receiving) - It’s telling how much work Arrington got compared to Ege (that is to say none). Has Edge fallen that far on the chart? We’ll see going forward but Arrington seems to be playing far better than he has before.

That’s all for today – will be back more later with news and of course back with both podcasts tomorrow morning.

Top WR Performances for Week 9

Back from the polls – and the weather turned nice but it didn’t matter as I waited only about a 1/2 hour. With the exception of parking woes, completely painless!

Here’s your WR studs for the week (there is a theme here)…..

Derrick Mason 9 catches, 136 yds,1TD - ….. the hell? Yup, Mason had his one good game of the year. Flacco has killed whatever value he and Mark Clayton had to begin the year. Could Flacco be ramping up? I don’t think so and even if he was, you cannot depend upon Mason for more than a #3 or 4 WR.

Donald Driver 7 catches, 136 yds, 1TD – It was bound to happen – Driver had a good game. With the emergence of Jennings and the other young wide receivers, Driver has finally faded almost into the background. Driver can still play and proved he needs to be accounted for by defenses, but it is unlikely he will be a consistent factor in fantasy circles.

Antonio Bryant 8 catches, 115 yds, 1TD - Bryant has been getting good targets from both Garcia and Griese before him. Bryant seems to finally be playing fairly well though somewhat inconsitently. He will have some good games, but likely not repeat a game like this often if at all. Again, another guy better off as a 3 or 4 for you.

Greg Camarillo 11 catches, 111 yds - Camarillo has been a consistent 4-8 points (depending on PPR or not) for most of the season, though when Tedd Ginn Jr exploded in week 8, people sensed doom. Not so fast as Camarillo had another good game – in fact better than average. Camarillo is a pretty good source of points each week as Pennington looks for him often. He’ll be a productive 3rd or 4th WR for you.

Koren Robinson 4 catches, 101yds, 1TD - Most of this came on one play. But as banged up as the WR core in Seattle is, you have to watch what folks are doing. Robinson did a ton with his few catches and it would be a nice story if he had a career renaissance but this offense is still a mess and has a ton of question marks. A guy to keep on your bench in case, but if Hasselback returns in Week 11 as suggested, he may not see many targets and could fade again.

Others on the bubble –
Calvin Johnson – 8/88/1 – Orlovsky got the ball to CJ a bunch AND in the redzone. With him now out, we start again guessing if Stanton, Culpepper or some dude from the stands will get him the rock.

Anthony Gonzalez 4/55/2 – The Colts need Ganzalez to step up like he did last season. Wayne is banged up, Harrison is on his last legs and the rest fo the offense has issues. Watch and see if he can get back to a consistent play.

Bernard Berrian 2/104/1
– One of the most consistent WRs right now, Berrian has scored a TD in four straight games and been over 100 yds in three of those as well.

Anquan Boldin 6/93/1 – Two games. Two great performances. Boldin is filthy – this guy starts every week.

Chad Johnson/OchoCinco/this name for sale – 5/37/2 – Is The Chad waking up? He’s starting to catch balls and he might be a buy low IF you are ok with him coughing up the occasional hairball.

RBs soon enough……

Top Fantasy QBs for Week 9

Donavan McNabb 345yds, 2Tds, 1INT – McNabb had a solid game, and is certainly benefiting from having most of his tools back. Even a pick didn’t mar an otherwise good game and he will continue to be a good start going forward.

Kurt Warner 342yds, 2TDs – As I expected, it was a shootout – unfortunately for the Rams, only one side had bullets. Warner continues to play very well and Leinart is almost not worth having on your bench save for injury protection.

Jay Cutler 307yds, 2TDs, 3INTs – The three picks make him a questionable addition to the list but cracking 300 yds and adding a pair of TDs offsets that in most leagues. And he did it with Brandon Marshall completely shut down by the Miami secondary. Eddie Royal also had a good game. Cutler will continue to have to throw because the Bronc’s defense is not very good.

Jeff Garcia 339yds, 1TD, 1 2pt conv, 1INT – Nearly 400 yards through the air is a bit of a surprise considering the KC run D, but the Bucs did it both ways and as a result Garcia had an outstanding day. Again, even with the pick, his overall production (and 2 pt conversion) more than offsets it.

Peyton Manning 254yds, 2TDs,1 2pt conv – Manning continues his up and down days but looked good for the most part. I still say he finished a top 10 QB given his schedule, but honestly that’s not where you thought he would be when you drafted him early. Still if the rest of the offense can continue to recover, Manning will give you more solid games than not.

The others -
Gus Frerotte 182/3/1 – The yards sucked, but 3 TDs were a boon – and he’s keeping the D off AP. Good news for Peterson value in the home stretch.

Aaron Rodgers 314/1/1INT & fumble 1 int – McCarthy might be down on Rodgers red zone choices, but he continues to play well, over 300 again this week.

Dan Orlovsky 292/2/2INT – Orlovsky will now be out with a thumb injury but he was able to leave on a pretty decent note and was just starting to find Calvin Johnson more.

Joe Flacco 248/2TD – Whether you love or hate Flacco, he’s starting to appear to ‘get it’ and had an up game this week. It was against Cleveland though.

Ryan Fitzpatrick 162/2/1 52 rush yards – Check out Mr. Harvard getting it done a bit on the ground. Is Cinci waking up? Mayeb a little. I wonder if this is more of a statement about JAX than the Bengals though.

Back with the other two positions after voting.