Fantasy Football Week 9: Sunday's Studs and Duds
With only one game remaining in Week 9, I took a look at some of yesterday's outstanding (and not-so-outstanding) performances.
Here are some Week 9 Fantasy Football Studs from Sunday:
QB - Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Foles was nearly perfect in the team's blowout win over the Raiders. With a perfect passer rating of 158.3, Foles tied the NFL record of seven passing touchdowns, threw no interceptions and completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 406 yards.
QB - Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Brady broke out of his slump by throwing for 432 yards and four touchdowns against the Steelers. Heading into Week 9, the Steelers had the league's second-ranked passing defense (181.0 yards allowed per game) and had only given up five passing TDs.
RB - Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Despite the difficult matchup, no running back has more rushing yards so far in Week 9 than James (158). In addition, he added two receptions for eight yards. Now winless through eight games, the Bucs will host the Dolphins on Monday Night Football next week.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams: Stacy was a do-it-all back on Sunday as he rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, the first two rushing touchdowns this season for the Rams, and added six receptions for 51 yards. It was his second consecutive game with more than 25 carries and 125 rushing yards.
RB - Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: CJ2K had his best game of the season, by far, on Sunday with 150 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In fact, he rushed for more yards on Sunday than he had in his previous four games combined (110 yards).
RB - Chris Ivory, New York Jets: For the second time in three weeks, Ivory rushed for more than 100 yards. In Sunday's upset over his former team, Ivory carried the ball 18 times for a season-high 139 yards and a touchdown.
RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: Ridley extended his scoring streak to four games on Sunday. Ridley carried the ball a season-high 26 times for 115 yards and scored twice. In the past four games, he has scored a total of six touchdowns.
RB - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson rushed for 140 yards, which ties his season high, and this amazing touchdown and added three receptions for 37 yards. In each of his previous three games, Peterson had 13 carries and 62 yards or less.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton had a huge game in the Colts' come-from-behind victory against the Texans. He finished with seven receptions for 121 yards and scored not once, not twice, but three times.
WR - Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: What Hilton did, Johnson did better — but unfortunately the Texans came up short despite his performance. Johnson finished with nine receptions for 229 yards and three scores. It was Johnson's third-ever 200-yard game and the second-highest total of his career.
WR - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson had a great game as well and actually led the team in receiving with 150 yards, but Cooper also had 139 yards and caught three of Foles' seven TD passes.
WR - Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins: Garcon had a season-high 172 yards on seven receptions on Sunday. He has at least five receptions in all eight games played this season, but yesterday was just his second game with at least 100 receiving yards and first since Week 2.
WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers: The rookie out of Cal had eight receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. He has gone over 100 yards and scored a touchdown in three of his past four games.
WR - Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots: With Brady throwing for 432 yards, it was not just Dobson that thrived but the rookie finished with five receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, slot receiver Danny Amendola went over 100 yards with a 4/122/1 line.
TE - Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: After a dud performance (2/27/0) last week, Gronk had his second strong performance in three games and scored his first touchdown of the season. He led the Patriots in both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (143).
TE - Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: Despite his foot injury, Graham continues to dominate. He was primarily used in the red zone last week, but he had a 9/116/2 line on Sunday. He now has 10 touchdowns on the season and has scored twice in four of his games this season.
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Here are some Week 9 Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday:
QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs kept their winning streak alive as they improved to 9-0, but it was due primarily to their defense. Going into Week 9, no team had allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs than the Bills, but Smith threw for only 124 yards with seven rushing yards and no scores.
QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: After throwing at least two touchdowns in each of his first six games, Ryan threw now has just two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his past two games. His 219 passing yards today was a season low. To be fair, he was missing Roddy White again and the Panthers have yet to allow more than one passing touchdown in a game this season.
RB - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: Rice tied a season low with only 17 rushing yards on 11 carries and added three receptions for 21 yards. He is averaging only 2.67 yards per carry this season.
RB - Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers: Facing the league's most generous fantasy defense for running backs, it seemed to be a strong possibility that Mathews would extend his 100-yard rushing game streak to three — or at least have a productive week. Instead, Mathews carried the ball just seven times for 34 yards and had no receptions.
RB - Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: Once again, Donald Brown was more productive as a rusher for the Colts. Although the Colts trailed big early, TRich had just eight carries for 20 yards to go along with two receptions for 33 yards.
WR - Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jackson finished fifth on the team in receiving yards on Sunday as the Bucs nearly pulled off an upset in Seattle. Jackson finished with just two receptions for a season-low 11 yards.
WR - Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks: Tate had a slightly better game than VJax, but he finished with only three receptions for 29 yards. Tate had a total of 170 receiving yards in his previous two games.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: In his past four games, Gordon has alternated between great and not-so-great games. In those games, he has had 126, 21, 132 and 44 yards, respectively.
My Week 10 fantasy football rankings will be released late Monday and my waiver-wire post will be out by Tuesday morning.