Fantasy Football Studs and Duds – Week 9

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This “Studs & Duds” segment highlights fantasy football players who either exceeded, met, or failed to meet expectations in Week 9 of the NFL 2017 season.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Is anybody else able to keep up with this stuff? This last news week in the NFL felt like we had an entire off season crammed into 5 days. Between the giant trades of Jimmy Garoppolo, Jay Ajayi, and Kelvin Benjamin, the most unfortunate in season practice injury I can remember with the torn ACL of Deshaun Watson (RIP sweet fantasy prince), and the on again, off again suspension of Zeke Elliot my head is spinning. That and the fact that there were six teams on bye made figuring a starting line up harder than ever. That’s just what this season has been though. One of the weirdest in recent memory I don’t expect less going forward. Get ready for some more craziness and be flexible with your roster. Things are changing at a rapid pace here.

Anyways, let’s get into this week’s article because even with the nuttiness during the week, we still had a lot of great football this weekend. Here are your Studs and Duds…

Sunday Week 9 Studs of the Week

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Jared Goff, QB – LAR – 311 passing yards, 4 TDs…
The number one pick out of the draft last year is showing the difference an actual good coach makes for an NFL team. Sean McCoy has changed the narrative on a QB who way too many people were already crossing off as a bust going into his second year. This offense has become electric across the board and Goff is throwing dimes to everyone. The Giants didn’t do themselves any favors this week as it seems like they’re going to be laying down for opponents now until the end of the year. Still, Goff was a monster throwing for four touchdowns and next week gets a Houston team that has no QB so he should be set up with some nice short fields again. Fire him up going forward.

Runner Up: Carson Wentz, QB – PHI – 199 passing yards, 4 TDs, 8 rushing yards…
The number two pick last year and the front runner for MVP this season. He’s been a beast for the entire year and is a top 5 QB the rest of the way.

TY Hilton, WR – IND – 5 receptions, 175 yards, 2 TDs…
Finally the TY Hilton we all know and love as fantasy owners made an appearance. Earlier this week, trade rumors were swirling around him and I’m not sure if that had any affect on his prep for the week, but he broke out with those big plays that made him a 1,500 yard WR last year who lead the league in that category. He’s always been a boom or bust type guy, but weeks like this are why you have him on your fantasy team. He’ll continue to be a WR2 going forward with weekly match up winning upside.

Runner Up: Robert Woods, WR – LAR – 4 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 2 TDs…
He’s been sneakily the most consistent WR this year for the Rams with the disappearance of Sammy Watkins and middling slot play of rookie Cooper Kupp. This offense likes to spread the ball out, but he took advantage this week with the touchdowns.

Alvin Kamara, RB – NOS – 152 total yards, 6 receptions, 2 TDs…
Vroom, vroom! The Chevy Kamara take over is happening in New Orleans. After Mark Ingram’s costly two fumbles in the closing minutes of week 8, Sean Peyton decided to use Kamara early and often for this one and it paid huge dividends. He had one 40 plus yard touchdown catch in the first half that’s one of the top high lights of the year. This guy is straight up electric and is only going to continue to get work going forward. Ingram is still a factor, but I expect Kamara to be the lead dog in the committee from here on out. Fire him up as an RB1.

Runner Up: Corey Clement, RB – 66 total yards, 1 reception, 3 TDs…
The “That Helps Nobody” play of the week, the rookie Clement scoffed at the idea that there are only two goal line backs in Philly (Blount and Ajayi). He was getting scores through out the game and will be a great number two punch next year with Ajayi. In dynasty leagues he’s a major asset going forward.

Travis Kelce, TE – KC – 7 receptions, 73 yards, and 1 TD…
He’s been one of the only sure things at the TE position the whole year and he did his thing this week. The numbers aren’t staggering, but the consistency is what we pay for in this position. He’s dominating touches in this speedy offense and if you drafted him high this year, you got a bargain especially with the injuries to other positions. Fire him up as the TE1 or 2 overall the rest of the way.

Runner Up: Jared Cook, TE – OAK – 8 receptions, 126 yards…
He’s had 100+ yard games in the last two out of three and is actually very productive. He isn’t getting much love, but he’s one of Carr’s favorite targets. He’s dependable and should be started weekly going forward.

Marshall Newhouse, T, OAK – 1 carry, 1 fumble lost…
What did this guy do to deserve a random stud of the week? He had my favorite highlight of the day that made me laugh really hard. He had the lineman copter where picked up a fumble, ran down the field about 4 yards, and then got wrecked spinning through the air and immediately fumbled it. It was really great play all around and I commend him for his effort. For that sir, you are a S-T-U-D! Live your dreams!

Sunday Week 9 Duds of the Week

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Andy Dalton, QB – CIN – 136 passing yards, 0 TDs…
The Red Rocket exploded before he even got off the launch pad in this one. The Jaguars have been routinely eating quarterbacks this year and Dalton had no shot especially once AJ Green suplexed Jalen Ramsey and got himself kicked out of the game. This offense has been rough all season and if the Bengals have any sense they will finally fire the long overdue Marvin Lewis and switch something up. Dalton has nothing going for him. If he’s your QB, find another option.

Mike Evans, WR – TB – 1 reception, 13 yards…
The Bucs are a disgrace so far this season and that’s infected even the most talented of their players. Mike Evans wasn’t able to do anything in a game where he should’ve gotten a ton of volume at the very least. He also should’ve been ejected for a late hit that he had against Saints DB Marshone Lattimore. It might cost him a game next week if the league reviews the incident. Either way, continuing with the theme, this team needs a coaching change. There is no reason a guy this good shouldn’t be having huge games on the regular.

Leonard Fournette, RB – JAC – Inactive
Now I normally wouldn’t do this for a guy who is inactive, but this is a special case. He wasn’t hurt or anything he was a healthy scratch just 90 minutes before game time. This sent fantasy owners scrambling to find a replacement and put a whole new spin on the early slate of games for DFS. Also, the Jags still ran for 150+ yards with out him and won the game by 16 points. All this did was show that drafting an RB that high is stupid and pointless regardless of his talent. Can you imagine them doing this to a highly drafted QB? I can’t. RB is highly replaceable in real life. Just a bummer all around. He’ll be back next week though and should be a top 5 play at the position.

Cameron Brate, TE – TB – 1 reception, 9 yards…
I know I already went in on the Bucs during the Mike Evans section, so I won’t be doing that here. Really Brate has been one of the most conistent options at a very volatile TE position through the whole year and this was his first bad fantasy game. I don’t expect this to happen much even with OJ Howard fighting him for snaps. He’s still a solid TE1 option, but he had a bad week.

New York Giants Entire Team
This squad is straight up cooked. They came into the season with high hopes after signing some high profile free agents, but none of those paid off. Eli Manning is old and if the organization was good, they would move on from him and let him go to a team like Denver. Couldn’t you see that? Eli in Denver following up Peyton? The fans could repurpose those old jerseys and then Eli could chuck it to those WRs. Anyways, head coach Ben McAdoo is in way over his head and isn’t an NFL head coach. They need to clean house. This team sucks.

Bonus: Monday Night Studs and Duds Predictions

Stud: Golden Tate, WR – DET – 8 rececptions, 87 yards, 1 TD…
He’s been in a red non-contact jersey at practice all week, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective during the game. He’s Matt Stafford’s favorite target and for good reason. Shifty and with solid hands I expect him to come out and have himself a game versus this Green Bay secondary. Also, with the Packers offense struggling since the loss of Aaron Rodgers I fully expect the Lions to keep the gas on and rub it in their faces that they don’t own the division anymore.

Dud: Davante Adams, WR – GB – 4 receptions, 27 yards…
Brett Hundley looked terrible in their last outing, but coming off the bye week I expect him to be a little better. Now, that doesn’t mean everyone is going to benefit from that. I feel like he’ll be decent, but certainly not good enough to sustain these fantasy assets the way that Rodgers did. One or two of these WRs are going to struggle and I’m just throwing a dart here that it’s Adams since he’s going to mostly be his second or third read on most plays.

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Frank grew up in the swamps of Florida, but moved to the ice dungeon known as Chicago back in 2013. He’s become a huge fan of the Bears, polish sausages and giardiniera. He hosts of the ‘Calling It Now’ Fantasy Football Podcast which you can find on both iTunes and Soundcloud. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheFrankCalhoun to yell at him about why he’s wrong about all his takes on fantasy football.