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2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Recap: Winners and Losers

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This week was nothing short of exciting. With the trade deadline earlier in the week, it set the tone for an interesting week of football. It’s going to take some time for Jay Ajayi to get used to his new team. The Eagles are playing the best football in the NFL this season. When will they finally start to slow down?

The AFC East continues to be one of the most interesting divisions in the NFL. With the Jets defeating the Bills on Thursday night, the “worst” team in that division has four wins surprisingly. This will somehow be a division to keep up with as Tyrod Taylor and Josh McCown are surprisingly playing stellar football thus far.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Recap

The fantasy football season so far has been nothing short of strange. From Zeke being suspended one day to playing the next, and the emergence of the rookie running backs early on. Lets not forget Robby Anderson actually producing solid numbers on the Jets. Shady has been spectacular during the season but hit a giant road bump this week against the Jets solid run defense.

Tom Savage didn’t do any justice for the Texans against the Colts. Brock Osweiler, welcome back to starting in the NFL. Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs are regressing each week. With so much more to talk about, it’s time for the winners and losers from Week 9.

Winners

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

The Bills as a team looked out-of-sync Thursday night. Well everyone but Tyrod Taylor. It looked as though it would be a rough night for him with the early interception, but he made up to his fantasy owners.

Completing 29-of-40 passes for a season high 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed on the ground, as always. Totaling six carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Being down almost all game equaled to garbage time for the Bills. That is where Tyrod excelled and really produced.

With just 6:46 left in the 4th quarter, Taylor and the Bills need up scoring two touchdowns, helping move Tyrod up as one of the highest scoring quarterbacks during week nine. Newest member of the team Kelvin Benjamin was inactive for the game Thursday night but getting a big receiver like him will be a step in the right direction for Tyrod taylor and the Bills offense.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Embed from Getty ImagesThe slump has ended for Hilton. He finally broke out again. This time he caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The game was ugly from both sides, but the deep ball was there for Hilton all game.

Chuck Pagano stated earlier in the week that Hilton needs to be more involved in the offense and to feed him the ball. Well that was obvious and it finally happened against the Texans. Heading into the game, the past three weeks he had caught only five passes for just 61 yards.

This was a nice sight to see for T.Y. Hilton fantasy owners after a rollercoaster of a season thus far. Next week him and the Colts host the Steelers, a game where he should be viewed as a low-end WR2.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Have a day Mr. Kamara. The rookie was all over the place Sunday against the Buccaneers. He logged 10 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. While also adding six catches for 84 yards and an additional touchdown. This was the best game of the young mans career so far.

It’s really tough to bring Kamara down on first contact as he is so ellusive and crafty on his feet. He is one of the most dangerous pass catchers we have in the NFL today and he is only a rookie. Tamara has earned himself a major role in this offense moving forward and there is no reason why you shouldn’t start him every week.

Kamara and the Saints will travel to Buffalo for a week 10 showdown. Even though they have a pretty solid defense, look to view him as a RB2 with RB1 upside every week catching passes from Drew Brees.

Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

It’s always nice to get a few new names up here every week. This week the most shocking name is Eagles running back Corey Clement. He actually led the team in carries Sunday with 12. He mostly got all the carries when the game was far out of reach, but he still was efficient with his carries.

Getting all the red zone looks certainly helped as he scored two touchdowns. One through the air and one on the ground. The Eagles coaching staff seem to love what Clement brings to this team and he can certainly carve out a decent role moving forward.

I’m not saying to go out and start him from here on out, but keep an eye on him being a fill-in during injuries and deep bye weeks.

Losers

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Embed from Getty ImagesIt was a rough outing for Shady owners this week as he got bottled up by the Jets defense. He ran the ball just 12 times for 25 yards. He also failed to catch a pass for the first time all year.

After rushing for 90 or more yards the past two weeks it was certainly disappointing watching McCoy try to run against the Jets. He never had that one big gain all night. With the Bills being down most of the game, they were forced to throw the ball a lot, especially in the fourth quarter.

Surprisingly, the 25 rushing yards were his third worst all year. McCoy and the Bills got a nice long break to prepare for the Saints next week. Look for Shady to return back to his normal self, and produce safe RB1 numbers.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

It was a very rough outing for the veteran Sunday afternoon. Stewart ran the ball 11 times for 21 yards. The story of the night for him was his two fumbles in the game. He ripped off a nice nine yard run on the first possession. A few plays later he coughed up the football resulting in a fumble.

After the second fumble, it was all McCaffrey from there. It’s been pretty clear that the rookie is arguably their best running back at this point and he needs to be getting more touches. Stewart has been struggling all year long.

His season high rushing in a game this season is just 68 yards. In six of the eight games played, he has failed to reach over 60 rushing yards. It is safe to say that he should not be a reliable starter next week when they face the Dolphins. McCaffrey is the running back to own in this backfield, and ultimately has been all season long.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Things didn’t exactly go the way they had in mind against the Jaguars. Scoring only seven points and being shut down offensively was the story of the night for Dalton and the Bengals.

Dalton completed 10-of-18 passes for a season low 136 yards. It was also the third game in which he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Things went from bad to worse once star A.J. Green got ejected from the game after starting a fight.

With very little supporting cast going up against an elite secondary, it was a tough game to watch for Bengals fans. This season has been a rough one in general for Dalton. Going up against the Titans defense next week, Andy Dalton comes in as a bye-week fill in in deep fantasy leagues.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate has been a very reliable starting tight end up until this past week in fantasy football. It was a season low for Brate as he only caught one pass resulting in just nine yards. Before this game, Brate had caught at least four catches in every game but one. This week makes it only two weeks he has had less than four catches

Nearly every week of the season he has finished as a top-12 tight end. Nobody on this team had a good game so they’ll look for a big bounce back week next week.

This offense has been struggling severely as of late. The past two games, the offense has scored just one touchdown. Not scoring many touchdowns obviously limits the upside to skill players on the team. It’s no time to panic yet on Brate and this team. They will look to bounce back next week when they play the Jets.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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