Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Stevan Ridley will enjoy a well deserved bye week after their trip to London. However when they are back in action they should all be back on our fantasy radar for Week 10 games. Who should be on and off for Week 9? Here are some answers:
ON: RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1m
The rookie had been improving each week and he finally exploded in to a fantasy star on Thursday night at Minnesota, totalling more than 200 yards and scoring two touchdowns to record 32 fantasy points.
ON: QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $2m
He has delivered soundly in the past three games, throwing for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Freeman is definitely on the rise and could be already considered a bargain pick in our fantasy game.
ON: Chicago Bears defense, $1m
The Monsters of the Midway keep delivering every week and are the main reason the Bears sit at the top of the tough NFC North. Yesterday they scored for the sixth time this year on a turnover return (CB Tim Jennings ran an interception back for a TD with 6:44 to play in the game), leading Chicago to a come-from-behind one-point win over Carolina.
ON: Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns, $1m
Despite being bothered by a rib injury, he had an outstanding day yesterday, rushing for 122 yards and scoring the only touchdown of the game against a San Diego unit that was second best run defense in the NFL coming into the contest.
ON: Titus Young, Detroit Lions, $1m
With Nate Burleson injured and Calvin Johnson silent, Young emerged in Week 8 as Matthew Stafford’s go-to-receiver with nine receptions for 100 yards, two touchdowns and 22 fantasy points.
ON: Le Sean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, $4m
The Eagles have lost three straight, but McCoy keeps delivering fantasy points. Against Atlanta, he did not total many yards (67) but he accounted for both of Philadelphia’s touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) to rack up 18 fantasy points.
ON: WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, $3m
Jones is one of the biggest deep threats in the NFL. Against Philadelphia, he caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, averaging more than 24 yards per catch.
ON: K Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons, $1m
Bryant was clutch in the Falcons previous win against Oakland and yesterday he was very effective at Philadelphia, converting three field goals to finish the day with 12 points. The Falcons kicker ranks third in the NFL in scoring with 69 points.
ON: RB Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts, $1m
The rookie keeps improving his fantasy production each week. Although Donald Brown is back, Vallard should see his number being called often. He proved it yesterday with a great touchdown reception to win the game at Tennessee in overtime.
ON: WR Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders, $1m
Carson Palmers is throwing the ball effectively lately and no one is taking more advantage of it than Moore who caught five passes at Kansas City for over 90 yards, a touchdown and 15 fantasy points.
OFF: QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, $3m
The Chargers have not scored a touchdown in their last six quarters and things are starting to heat up in San Diego as Denver has taken a one-game lead in the division and the Raiders have tied the Chargers for second place. Weather conditions were awful and passes were dropped yesterday at Cleveland, but Rivers did not have his best day, throwing for only 154 yards and earning 5 fantasy points.
OFF: WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, $4m
I still think he is going to get back to last year numbers at some point. But the Lions have already played seven games and Johnson, who led NFL wide receivers last season with 16 touchdown catches, has only one scoring grab and had a drop in the Seahawks end zone yesterday, finishing the day with only three catches and 46 yards.
OFF: WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, $4m
He has caught only one TD pass in the whole season, and yesterday, although leading the Eagles, he was held to only five receptions and 59 yards. Philadelphia’s wide outs have only four touchdown receptions this season.
OFF: Pittsburgh Steelers defense, $2m
The Steelers own the number 1 defense in the NFL and they showed yesterday against the high-powered Redskins offense why, limiting RG3 & Co to less than 270 yards. Anyhow, Pittsburgh is not generating turnovers and sacks. Yesterday’s fantasy figures for The Steel Curtain: one sack and 3 points.
OFF: RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, $3m
Charles is probably one of the best backs in the NFL but playing for the troubled Chiefs does not help him. Against Oakland he touched the ball only eight times (five carries and three receptions) totalling 10 yards and zero fantasy points.