In case you slept through the weekend and didn’t see any football, here are the cliff notes to Week 9. A weekly player analysis to help you figure out what to do with some of your players this week.
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders): Believe it or not, this sophomore QB is the tenth best player at his position so far. This guy has been playing like an elite quarterback with 11 TD, 923 yards and just 1 interception in the last three games. He has now 5 games with 20+ fantasy points and with a balanced offense, very good RB and two reliable WRs, Carr is up for a big rest of the season. I like that the Raiders are on a playoff run, because they will try everything to win and that is welcomed in the fantasy world.
Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears): He’s becoming a very reliable QB once again with five games in a row with 17+ fantasy points. With Alshon Jeffery healthy he is not afraid to throw the deep ball. If you are hurt at QB or have a bye week, try to get Cutler before his value goes up.
DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers): He is the best handcuff for this year. He has now two games with 27+ points (L.Bell higher score was 21 points!) in just three games as a starter. Williams was almost out of the NFL radar, but the injury gave him a chance and he is taking advantage of it, expect big games from the veteran.
Jeremy Hill/ Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals): Hill is in this season’s bust list. At this point he could be a droppable player since he has been very inconsistent (boom or bust player) and if you watch the tape it’s very clear that he looks slow, doesn’t hit the hole, hesitates a lot and is afraid of losing the ball. On the other hand, Gio has shown a lot of explosive plays and he is the better back in Cincinnati. If the coaches haven’t realized yet, they will soon and that could be what buries Hill in the fantasy graveyard.
Karlos Williams (Buffalo Bills): Did you know that Karlos has more points in standard leagues than McCoy? Well it is true. The rookie has scored a touchdown on every game he has played and has shown a lot of skills. He is a very nice handcuff for LeSean McCoy and a risky flex start every week. If you play in dynasty leagues, he could be a good player to keep for next year.
Jeremy Langford/Matt Forte (Chicago Bears): The Michigan State product played like a real NFL starter, maybe if you ask Cutler he probably didn’t realize that Forte was missing. The rookie is a very good handcuff and I hope that if you own Forte, you also have Langford in your roster as insurance.
James Starks/Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers): It’s time to hit the panic button on Lacy. He still has a lot of skills, but this season he has been really struggling with a groin injury (and maybe overweight). He only has two games with double digit points so far and James Starks beating him on every opportunity he has gotten. Starks is now a flex starter and I really hope that you have him on your roster, especially if you are a Lacy owner.
Antonio Andrews (Tennessee Titans): He is work horse in the Titans backfield at least until David Cobb is ready. With Terrance West gone and Bishop Sankey not getting any touches, Andrews is a must have in every fantasy league.
Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders): He has more points that the rookie Amari Cooper, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton and some other big name players. The former 49er added a third game in a row with at least 1 touchdown and has three games with more than 100 yards receiving. Crabtree is playing like the WR1 in a very good passing offense and is a low end WR2 every week.
Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys): Dez is back! He made a couple of big plays that kept his team in the fight. Keep an eye on his status throughout the week because he had some setbacks after his TD, but if he plays he is a must start .
Allen Robinson/Allen Hurns (Jacksonville Jaguars): Both WR have been killing it this year, Robinson is 6th and Hurns is 9th among WRs. They are almost a must start every week, at least as WR2 or flex options.
Brandon LaFell (New England Patriots): Had a breakout performance after his injury with 102 receiving yards. While there are other important players to fight for targets (Gronk and Edelman), LaFell has had a decent amount of them in his first three games of the season: 8, 7, 9. Playing in the top scoring offense in the NFL, those are very valuable numbers for a WR.
Delaine Walker (Tennessee Titans): Once again we saw that Mariota really likes his TEs. Walker has been a consistent player with a decent floor (5-6 points) but not with a lot of upside (just two games with double digit points). He could help you out in bye weeks, but if you can trade him away to get a better TE do it. I rather have Jordan Reed as my starter and Walker as my backup (because we know Reed will get hurt).
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals): Leads TEs in receiving touchdowns and is second at his position. He has now 13 red zone targets and 5 games with 9+ fantasy points.
Garret Celek (San Francisco 49ers): With Blane Gabber as the starter and Vernon Davis out of the mix, Celek could become a solid backup going forward. He scored twice and is showing great skills as a red zone threat.
fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá