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The No. 1 (Jared Goff) and No. 2 (Carson Wentz) gamers chosen total in 2016 posted big fantasy scores in Week 9, main their respective groups to comfy wins. The 1 p.m. ET recreation block was rife with lopsided scores, with 4 of the seven video games being determined by no less than two touchdowns, three of them by no less than three. That led to some bloated fantasy scores throughout Sunday’s early video games.
As we do every week, we recap the week’s winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, full with relevant recreation and historic knowledge. Check again after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. and four p.m. ET (and, when relevant, Sunday Night Football) video games for our choose of the week’s greatest and worst.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: What a rookie season he is having, each as a pbad-catcher and as a runner. Kamara set profession highs — granted, it was simply his eighth profession recreation — with 31.2 PPR and 25.2 non-PPR fantasy factors, the previous main his place in the course of the 1 p.m. ET recreation block. While Kamara has been identified extra for his receiving skill — he and Christian McCaffrey are the one operating backs with no less than three receptions in each recreation this season — his efficiency on Sunday gave him a 6.16 yards-per-carry common in his 4 video games since his Week 5 bye, which is second greatest within the league amongst operating backs behind solely Leonard Fournette (6.19). Should the Saints contemplate increasing Kamara’s dashing chores, one thing that will be extra prone to occur in 2018 than this season, he’d be a menace for a top-five rating spot on the place.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams: He and the Rams thrashed the New York Giants protection on Sunday, his 311 yards and 4 pbading scores equaling a career-best 28.44 fantasy factors. It’s the fifth time in his eight video games this season that he has scored no less than 16, and as I famous within the Matchups Map this week, Goff has performed straight into the arms of his matchups (together with on this recreation). Fantasy managers had been largely conscious of the chance, as Goff was the 13th most-started quarterback in Week 9 (31.eight %). He will get one other plus matchup towards the Houston Texans in Week 10.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: He was the standout on Thursday Night Football, his 26.90 fantasy factors fueled largely by what was solely the third day out of his 51 profession video games that he had a dashing landing and no less than two pbading touchdowns. It gave him 63.62 fantasy factors in his previous three video games, none of which had Kelvin Benjamin on the lively roster (Benjamin was acquired final Tuesday however was inactive on Thursday). While Taylor has a more difficult matchup towards an excelling New Orleans Saints protection in Week 10, Taylor — particularly with Benjamin possible prepared by then — has earned your begin.
Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams: Like Goff, Gurley thrived dealing with the Giants’ bruised, battered and exhausted protection — and I say that regardless of their being contemporary off the bye week — ambading 24.four PPR fantasy factors on Sunday. It’s the sixth time in Gurley’s eight video games this season that he has scored no less than 20, giving him a (for now) position-leading 187.four for the season. To put that quantity into perspective, contemplate that he scored 198.2 in all of 2016, taking part in twice as many video games then (16) as he has this 12 months (eight). Gurley is on tempo for 374.eight fantasy factors, which might be the 25th-best whole in NFL historical past.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: As talked about above, Captain Consistency was at it once more on Sunday, placing up an excellent 24.76 fantasy factors and sealing the victory early on regardless of dealing with a stingy Denver Broncos protection — they hadn’t allowed 18 or extra fantasy factors to any quarterback of their first seven video games of the season, their 14.5 common the 13th lowest within the league coming into the week. It gave Wentz a whopping 193.58 fantasy factors via the primary 9 video games of his sophomore marketing campaign, which ranks fifth all time behind solely Kurt Warner (204.82, 1999), Dan Marino (198.68, 1984), Jeff Garcia (196.96, 2000) and Daunte Culpepper (193.60, 2000). It additionally cemented Wentz’s standing as a totally matchup-proof quarterback, a locked-in top-five weekly starter.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Not many individuals believed in Hilton in Week 9, however he rewarded the 63.2 % in ESPN leagues who began him with a 34.5 PPR and 29.5 non-PPR fantasy level whole. Those had been the third- and second-best level totals in any of his 87 profession video games, along with his 37.1 (second greatest, behind solely his 37.three in 2014 Week 6) and 30.1 (greatest) in 2013 Week 9 the one time through which he had extra utilizing both scoring system. Hilton has endured a somewhat up-and-down 12 months — he has three video games of 20-plus PPR fantasy factors and 4 of six or fewer in his previous seven video games alone — however Jacoby Brissett’s set up at quarterback has breathed some life into his season. A very robust matchup towards the Pittsburgh Steelers is subsequent up, nonetheless.
Corey Clement, RB, Eagles: Thanks to his three touchdowns — two dashing and one receiving — Clement loved a 25.6 PPR fantasy level day on Sunday, which not solely set a brand new profession excessive for him however really almost doubled his season whole coming into the week (30.2, in eight video games). Still, it must be thought of that two of his scores and eight of his 12 carries got here within the second half, after the sport was properly out of hand, and that fellow Eagles operating again Jay Ajayi additionally loved a 13.7-point efficiency (backed by a 9.6 yards-per-carry common) that ought to preserve him closely concerned in future weeks. Clement, rostered in simply Zero.83 % of ESPN leagues in Week 9, is a worthy flier, however larger alternative might be coming for Ajayi properly earlier than him.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants: He was the top-scoring tight finish in the course of the 1 p.m. ET recreation block (17.Zero PPR fantasy factors), giving him three consecutive video games with no less than that good of a rating. The larger takeaway from Engram’s efficiency, nonetheless, was his continued heavy utilization, as he had a team-high 10 targets regardless of Sterling Shepard (9 targets) being lively. That gave Engram 63 targets in his first eight NFL video games, which is 5 greater than every other tight finish has had via that many video games since goal knowledge was accessible (1992 on). He additionally has the sixth-most PPR fantasy factors (99.2) via his first eight profession video games of any participant since 1960:
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Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles: He performed a big function in Wentz’s mbadive day, catching six of his 11 targets for 26.four PPR and 20.four non-PPR fantasy factors, stepping up on a day the place slot man Nelson Agholor (5.6 factors on 4 targets) was the Eagles’ receiver dealing with the more durable matchup. It nonetheless wasn’t a straightforward one for Jeffery, which is why his rating is encouraging for his worth going ahead. He, Wentz and the Eagles will get pleasure from their bye in Week 10.
Robert Woods, WR, Rams: For solely the fifth time in his 65 profession video games, Woods managed to attain 20 or extra PPR fantasy factors, his 23.Zero on Sunday representing his fourth greatest and fewer than 4 shy of his 26.eight profession excessive set in 2014 Week 12. He was yet one more Rams participant who capitalized on the favorable matchup towards the Giants, one thing 15.6 % of these in ESPN leagues ready for prematurely.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: After letting down his fantasy groups in Week eight, Prescott rebounded with 26.66 fantasy factors on Sunday — his fourth-best rating in any of his 24 profession video games. That offers him 172.22 via eight video games, placing him on tempo for 344.44, or almost 60 greater than he had throughout his rookie 12 months of 2016 (286.88). It’d be the second-best sophomore-year level whole of any participant in historical past (Dan Marino, 354.66 in 1984). In addition, Prescott’s 459.10 fantasy factors via his first 24 profession NFL video games are the fifth-most by any quarterback in historical past, trailing solely Cam Newton’s 507.72, Daunte Culpepper’s 484.72, Kurt Warner’s 472.18 and Robert Griffin III’s 469.60. Prescott is a legit, locked-in QB1 no matter matchup.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Thirty-seven carries! Thirty-nine touches! Peterson turned the oldest participant since no less than 1950 to handle no less than as a lot of both, however was his recreation actually a “Winner”? Well, once you’re used that closely in a recreation on the age of 32 years, 229 days, you are certain to place forth a worthwhile fantasy level whole — he completed with 16.7 in PPR and 14.7 in non-PPR scoring, the previous eighth-best amongst operating backs via the four p.m. ET video games. Still, it is value stating that Peterson’s rating was really the seventh-worst out of the 93 situations of a participant ambading no less than 39 touches in a recreation throughout that very same time span. His hefty utilization is a boon in fantasy, because it pumps up his counting numbers, however his four.2 yards-per-carry common in his first three video games for the Cardinals is not particularly spectacular contemplating the power of his matchups. Speaking of sturdy matchups, Peterson was began in 86.6 % of ESPN leagues on Sunday, 10th-most amongst operating backs.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The top-scoring tight finish of Week 9 (via the four p.m. ET video games) — mbadive shock! — Kelce introduced house 20.three PPR fantasy factors. He was simply the most-started tight finish (99.5 % of ESPN leagues), and with Zach Ertz lacking Sunday’s recreation as a consequence of a hamstring damage, Kelce took over the place lead in fantasy factors (144.6) for the season.
Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys: Though he was solely began in four.22 % of ESPN leagues, Williams’ 23.1 PPR fantasy factors had been absolutely a welcome sight to those that risked utilizing him in bigger codecs. It was the primary time since 2015 Week 17 that he managed as many as 20 fantasy factors, and it was the fourth time in his 72 profession video games that he reached that plateau.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: His day concluded on the next-to-last play earlier than halftime, after he was ejected for combating with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Green’s 1.6 PPR fantasy factors (and Zero.6 in non-PPR) represented not solely his season worst, but in addition his fourth worst utilizing both scoring system in 94 profession video games. Green, who entered the week the fourth-highest-scoring extensive receiver in PPR (117.2), was the fourth-most-started participant at his place on Sunday (98.three %).
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: For the second time in his previous 4 video games, Stewart had unfavourable fantasy factors, his minus-1.9 setting a brand new private low in his 125 profession video games, exceeding the minus-Zero.four he scored in Week 6 this season. Two fumbles had been largely accountable. It was, actually, the worst particular person PPR level whole by any operating again who had no less than 10 carries in a recreation since no less than 1950. Using non-PPR scoring, solely Mike Alstott (minus-2.Zero, on 16 carries, in 1999, Week 10) had worse. While Christian McCaffrey’s yards-per-carry common (2.86) leaves loads to be desired, he is proper there with Stewart (2.89) within the clbad, fueling questions on whether or not the Panthers is perhaps higher off increasing McCaffrey’s function within the operating recreation. Stewart, rostered in 74.eight % of ESPN leagues, may be lower in 10-team codecs.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Typically I exclude injury-influenced performances from this facet of the record, however Winston belongs regardless of his halftime exit because it was because of the shoulder that has bothered him since he initially injured it in Week 6. He was nonetheless began in almost half of ESPN leagues (46.2 %) on Sunday and delivered his groups simply three.48 fantasy factors. Winston has a grand whole of 32.98 fantasy factors in his previous 4 video games mixed — he had six and a half fewer than that in Week four alone — elevating considerations about his long-term well being. He’s in dire want of a rebound efficiency towards the New York Jets protection subsequent week, baduming he is cleared to play.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Winston’s teammate Martin was the Buccaneers participant everybody needed lively in Week 9 — he was the 13th-most-started operating again (83.7 %) — however the operating again was held to a mere Zero.7 fantasy factors on his eight carries. The Buccaneers merely couldn’t get something performed on offense, however Winston’s damage bears watching all through the follow week, because it’ll have a bearing on Martin’s utility in coming weeks. Martin will get one other excellent matchup in Week 10 towards the Jets, however after a recreation like this, he can’t be trusted as an RB1 nonetheless.
Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: Sensing a theme? Evans, Winston’s most well-liked goal, was predictably shut down whereas taking part in half a recreation with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, the outcome a mere 2.three PPR fantasy factors on six targets. Only in 2015 Week 2 did Evans rating fewer (Zero.Zero). He was the most-started extensive receiver in ESPN leagues on Sunday (99.2 %), but it surely’s in all probability time to take the Saints’ protection extra significantly as a tricky matchup for the place (in addition to for opposing quarterbacks).
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Though a quick exit from the sport as a consequence of an ankle damage contributed to his so-so efficiency, Anderson’s function did come largely into query on Sunday. He scored 1.three fantasy factors on a team-high 9 carries, his lowest whole all season and lowest since he scored simply Zero.9 in 2015 Week 10. What’s extra, Anderson performed simply 23 snaps to Devontae Booker’s 24 (6 carries) and Jamaal Charles’ 18 (four carries), which hints at future running-back-by-committee preparations.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: His was one of many week’s most disappointing fantasy performances, his 2.5 fantasy factors on 12 carries on Thursday whereas dealing with a Jets protection that had allowed the 11th-most fantasy factors per recreation to the place coming into the week (24.5) representing the fifth-worst rating in any of his 126 profession video games.
Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers: More Buccaneers! Brate’s 1.9 PPR fantasy factors on 4 targets is most irritating, nonetheless, for those who contemplate that Luke Stocker had 9.three of his personal, because of a receiving landing on his two targets (each caught).
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Unlike Deshaun Watson in Week eight, Cousins could not clear up the Seattle Seahawks defensive puzzle on Sunday. Cousins scored simply eight.32 fantasy factors, the week’s third-worst rating by any beginning quarterback (via the four p.m. ET video games), and the seventh-worst rating of any of his 49 profession begins. He was began in 49.Zero % of ESPN leagues, 11th-highest amongst quarterbacks. Worse but, issues may not enhance a lot in his subsequent two matchups (MIN, @NO).
Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: It was the Cowboys extensive receivers, not Witten, who benefited from Prescott’s mbadive recreation, because the veteran tight finish managed a mere 1.5 PPR fantasy factors on his one goal on Sunday. It tied for Witten’s eighth-worst fantasy rating in his 231 profession video games — remember the fact that his seventh-worst (1.three) occurred in Week three — and it was solely the 11th time in his profession that he was focused one time or fewer. He was the sixth most-started tight finish in ESPN leagues in Week 9 (67.9 %).