Week Nine, Fantasy Football Thoughts


NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 9 has been full of some very exciting quarterback duels.

Some were expected such as Andrew Luck playing against Denver and Peyton Manning. That game certainly didn’t follow the script I had envisioned.

Then there were the unexpected shootouts such as Marcus Mariota (I wish I had started him but he was questionable) going touchdown for touchdown against Drew Brees as well as Derek Carr outperforming Ben Roethlisberger (granted Ben left the game early with a foot injury).

Finally, we had a nice old-fashioned donnybrook between Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers.

Let’s take a look at some other things that caught ‘ole Toads attention this week.

First and foremost for the Detroit Lions fans, I am happy to report that they did not lose this week. Yes, they were on a bye. Yes, it’s another low-hanging fruit moment for Toad.

Another 100-plus yards rushing day for Darren McFadden? What is the world coming to?

I am very worried that if the Browns decide to roll with Johnny Manziel it will kill Gary Barnidge’s value moving forward. I’m afraid that even though Johnny did target him seven times, Barnidge owners need Josh McCown to get back under center for this magical run to continue.

I am not worried about Tyler Eifert at all. The kid continues to light up the TE landscape with three more touchdowns. Nice. Very nice.

We have a Dwayne Bowe sighting! It only took until week nine and inserting Johnny Manziel at QB for Bowe to snag his first reception of 2015. No, do not consider rostering him in even the deepest of leagues. Not only has that ship sailed…. that ship has sunk.

In a matchup that was ideal for both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, it’s Mohamed Sanu that scores a rushing touchdown. Yep, that sounds about right. Sometimes we just have to laugh it off…and then bang our heads against a wall.

Watching Vontaze Burfict intentionally knock over a television camera (injuring the camera man) reminded me of the Arizona State version of the kid. Maybe this cat hasn’t changed its spots after all. That does not bode well for Burfict staying out of trouble, which does not bode well for his NFL longevity.

It appears that LeSean McCoy is finally getting his ‘sea legs’ for the Bills. Unfortunately, now we need to worry about the shoulder injury he suffered. Early reports are that the injury is not considered to be severe. Karlos Williams returned this week and picked up where he left off with over 100 yards rushing and a pair of scores.

So maybe Drew Brees isn’t over the hill after all. The Saints offense is firing on all cylinders and now he’s scoring rushing touchdowns. With that pitiful Saints defense, Brees will continue to have to put up huge numbers. A loss to the Tennessee Titans where they post 34 points has to be the end for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Doesn’t it?

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Delanie Walker can back me up on this after that 61-yard touchdown he scored.

Antonio Brown owners were rejoicing that Ben Roethlisberger is back under center. Brown had over 100 receiving yards with 12 minutes left in the second quarter and 180 at the half. Now they are once again holding their breath waiting for an update on Big Ben’s foot injury. Initial reports are that he has a mid-foot sprain and could miss a few weeks. At least Landry Jones was also looking Browns’ way. Oh, and by the way, Brown finished with 284 receiving yards. Wow!  The signing of DeAngelo Williams has certainly proven to be a good one by the Steelers. Hopefully you handcuffed him to Le’Veon Bell folks.

A healthy Jonathan Stewart is fun to watch carry the ball. It’s just too bad we have so rarely been able witness it. The man runs so damn hard.

The knee injury that Dion Lewis suffered did not look good. Here’s hoping the reports are favorable but non-contact knee injuries are rarely short-term affairs. Brandon Bolden snagged a touchdown with Lewis out for the game and may be a name to target on the waiver wire. James White was inactive and is another option to pick up if Lewis is going to miss significant time.

Hello there Sammy Watkins! The kid had a great week and looks locked in with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Hmmm…maybe the Dolphins losing all those games weren’t all Joe Philbin’s fault. I’m just saying. I still love the production that Lamar Miller is putting up especially in the passing game.

Eddie Lacy’s nightmare season continues. The Green Bay running back we want heading forward will be James Starks.

The duo of Will Allen and Mike Mitchell were laying the wood to Raiders’ offensive skill position players today.

Watching Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson on the same field was interesting and both finished with nice fantasy totals. Sort of a future versus the past type of deal, although ‘All Day’ isn’t exactly ready to ride off into the sunset.

Apparently, T.Y. Hilton doesn’t need to practice. He played a strong game despite sitting all week.

I get it now. Touchdown machine Garrett Celek was the reason the 49ers were able to trade Vernon Davis.

OK, Derek Carr. I am officially a believer. Raiders’ fans are going to enjoy the Carr-to-Amari Cooper hook up for years to come.

Love to see Charles Tillman still forcing fumbles in the twilight of his career.  As an IDP junkie, “Peanut “ has been the king of creating turnovers hands down.

Speaking of things IDP-related, it appears that rookie Jake Ryan may be staking his claim to the ILB position for the Packers.

It’s nice to be the only game in town just ask Mike Evans.

I take my hat off to Allen Robinson as well as Allen Hurns for topping 120 receiving yards against the New York Jets secondary.

Oh, yeah. I guess some kudos need to go Blake Bortlesway as well. Although he still needs to cut down on the turnovers, as he had three more on Sunday.

The Blaine Gabbert led 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons. Yep. That makes perfect sense.

Nice game, Mr. Cassel. It’s about time a quarterback actually played a decent game while Tony Romo has been out. Another concussion for Sean Lee is worrisome. That’s two in six weeks. Ugh.

I will go out on a limb and say this was the best fantasy week Cole Beasley will ever have.

Owen Daniels played like a man hearing footsteps surpassing the 100-yard receiving plateau and scoring.

Rookie cornerback Ronald Darby racked up 10 solo tackles this week for the Buffalo Bills and has been an IDP standout all year.

I just love to end the article with some IDP affection.

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