Maurice Jones-Drew has a great shot to be the fantasy football king of week nine.
Sorry for getting the fantasy roundup up so late this week. Our Internet is absolutely a disaster at the time being, and writing this took about ten times longer than it should have. I left out the "Injury Concerns" as there really aren't that many this week, and because I got sick of surfing the web on this connection...
- Projections: ESPN, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Fantasy Sharks, FF Today, WhatIfSports.
- Rankings: KFFL, ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, Rotoworld, Fanhouse, FF Today, Bruno Boys, NFL.Com, Pro Football Weekly, Junkyard Jake, Fantasy Pros 911, FF Toolbox, WalterFootball, FootballDocs, Bleacher Creature Roto Talk, Fantasy Victory.
Other good fantasy football stuff from around the web...
- Week 9 start 'em/sit 'em and projections (Midwest Sports Fans)
- Sleepers and waiver wire steals (Midwest Sports Fans)
- Pass and rush defense stats for week 9 matchups (Razzball)
- Ground game preview (Razzball)
- Red Zone report... Seinfeld style (Rotoworld)
- Sleepers and busts (KFFL)
- 9 Moves To Make For The Fantasy Playoffs (Fantasy Football Fools)
- Week 9 chat (Fanhouse)
- Top 10 waiver claims for week 9 (Fox Sports)
- A detailed week 9 fantasy preview from Brandon Funston (Yahoo)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Fantasy Phenoms)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Sports Illustrated)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (CBS Sports)
- Hot pickups (Bleacher Creature Roto Talk)
- Matchups to exploit or avoid (Pro Football Weekly)
- 10 most intriguing players of week 9 (Pro Football Weekly)
- Matthew Berry's love/hate (ESPN)
- Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats, and other random thoughts (Fantasy Sharks)
And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):
Week 9's Best
QB: Tom Brady... Miami's pass defense ranks 21st in the league, and Brady's thrown for nine touchdowns and 688 yards over his last two games.
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew... MJD totaled 41 carries for 310 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. Now he gets the Chiefs at home. You shouldn't be satisfied with anything less than 20 fantasy points out of him this week.
WR: Reggie Wayne... Double-digit fantasy points and a touchdown reception in all but one game this season. This game against Houston should be a shootout, which will only benefit Wayne.
TE: Dallas Clark... At least seven catches in five of the Colts' seven games. He's the most reliable tight end in fantasy football right now, especially with Owen Daniels done for the season.
K: Matt Stover... The veteran kicker joined the Colts recently, and had six extra points in his first game, and four field goals in his second game. This should be a shootout against the Texans, and weather will not be a concern for the kicking game at Indianapolis
D/ST: New Orleans Saints... Darren Sharper might pick off Jake Delhomme 15 times.
QB: Matt Hasselbeck... The Lions have allowd 18 touchdown passes this season. Hasselbeck's had a couple of very good games lately, and will again this week.
RB: Jamaal Charles... Charles will be the feature back for the Chiefs this week against the Jaguars. He's averaging five yards per carry on the season and will be facing the Jaguars and their 25th-ranked run defense. He'll particularly be valuable in PPR leagues, as he's a very good receiver out of the backfield and should be good for a handful of catches if he's getting starter's touches.
WR: Nate Burleson... The Seahawks' receiver has at least four catches in six of their seven games, with at least six catches four times. Against the Lions who rank 27th against the pass, he should be in for at worst a solid week.
TE: Fred Davis... The tight end is a crucial component in the Redskins' passing game, especially with Jason Campbell's struggles to throw downfield. With Chris Cooley out for at least awhile, Fred Davis is the starting tight end in Washington. He had eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown last week against the Eagles.
K: Olindo Mare... Seattle will move the ball well against Detroit, but may struggle to put the ball in the end zone with a sub-par running game. That would mean a few field goal attempts for Mare.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals... The Cardinals bring pressure to the quarterback, and Jay Cutler's been seeing too much of that this season with a pathetic Bears' offensive line. An interception or two is likely for the Cardinals, and they should be able to get a few sacks as well.
QB: Kyle Orton... Orton's rarely going to turn the ball over, but he'll struggle to put up big numbers in the passing game against the Steelers this week. Much of his numbers are thanks to how good Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal are after the catch, but those receivers likely won't be able to do what they usually can against the Pittsburgh secondary and linebacking corps.
RB: Rashard Mendenhall... Denver has the #3 run defense in the NFL, have allowed just three rushing touchdowns, and the longest run they've allowed on the season was just 20 yards. Add in that the Broncos will be pumped up for this Monday night game at home, and it just doesn't all add up to a favorable situation for Mendenhall.
WR: Santonio Holmes... After he had nine catches, 131 yards receiving, and a touchdown in week one, everybody thought this was going to be the year he blew up into a fantasy stud. However, he hasn't even reached double-digit fantasy points in a single week since that opening game. There's no reason to expect that to change against a very good Denver secondary.
TE: Greg Olsen... Tight ends have had success against Arizona this season, but Olsen's been too inconsistent this year for me to feel comfortable starting him this week. He's only reached double-digits in fantasy points once on the season, and to everybody's surprise, hasn't even reached the 60-yard receiving mark in a game. With the addition of Jay Cutler, it was expected that Olsen would make more plays downfield.
K: Kris Brown... To keep up with the Colts, the Texans will need to find the end zone rather than settle for field goals.
D/ST: Miami Dolphins... The Dolphins have the sixth-ranked run defense in the NFL, but they can be beaten in the passing game, where the Patriots of course thrive.
My Week 8 Picks(based on standard league scoring systems)...
Best: Drew Brees(16 Points), Steve Slaton(-1 Point), Reggie Wayne(20 Points), Dallas Clark(9 Points), Nate Kaeding(6 Points), Chicago Bears(26 Points).
Sleepers: Kyle Orton(7 Points), LaDainian Tomlinson(17 Points), Johnny Knox(4 Points), Donald Lee(2 Points), Jason Hanson(0 Points), Dallas Cowboys(14 Points).
Shit: Brett Favre(25 Points), Knowshon Moreno(7 Points), Michael Crabtree(6 Points), Vernon Davis(8 Points), Steven Hauschka(13 Points), New York Jets(4 Points).
Green shows it was a notably good pick, red shows it was a bad one.
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