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Fantasy Football Duds: A Look Back at Week 9

Earlier tonight, I posted my fantasy football studs for the week. Now it's time to turn our attention to those that let us down.

Here are my five fantasy football duds of Week 9:

QB - Eli Manning, Giants

With one game left to play on the Week 9 slate, Manning ranks first in the NFL in passing yards (2,426) but only tenth in the league in passing yards per game (269.6).

Manning threw for a season-low 125 yards yesterday and now has less than 200 passing yards and no touchdowns in back-to-back games. In fact, he has less than 200 passing yards in three of his past four games and only two touchdown passes during that four-game span.

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RB - Donald Brown, Colts

Although he was dealing with an injury and downgraded to questionable on the injury report, Brown was active for yesterday's game. That said, he didn't play much. He finished with only one reception for seven yards and no rushing attempts. In other words, if you needed Brown as a flex, you got a goose egg.

WR - Hakeem Nicks, Giants

Instead of posting the mediocre (or less than mediocre) production we've seen from Nicks in most weeks recently, he finished with only one reception for 10 yards on Sunday. Granted, Manning played much worse than expected, but one catch and one fantasy point is much less than anyone would (or should) expect from Nicks.

Over the past four games, Nicks has a total of 13 receptions for 153 yards and no scores. He is too talented to keep disappointing fantasy owners, which makes him a possible buy-low target.

TE - Brandon Pettigrew, Lions

Pettigrew had a slightly better game than Nicks. Pettigrew had one reception for 11 yards and one fantasy point. It was a season-worst performance for Pettigrew. In the only other game that he finished with less than 38 yards, he scored his only touchdown of the season that week.

Through eight games, Pettigrew has 39 receptions for 385 yards and one touchdown, which puts him on pace for 78 receptions for 770 yards and two touchdowns.

Flex - Dez Bryant, Cowboys

To be fair, Bryant was dealing with a hip injury and he was a game-time decision for last night's primetime matchup against the Falcons on his birthday. That said, he finished with only one reception on four targets for 15 yards.

It was the third time this season that Bryant had less than 20 receiving yards. I'll be curious to see how the injury affects during the week of practice. The Cowboys face the Eagles on Sunday -- two teams in desperate need to turn their seasons around.

Dishonorable Mention: Christian Ponder, Santana Moss, Titus Young, Antonio Brown, Percy Harvin

Agree with my picks for the five duds of the week? If you disagree with any of them, which one(s) and who would you substitute for him (them)?





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