Special thanks to contributing editor Sawyer Blur
There were a lot of big performances in week 9. So much we actually had to cut out a few names and left only the remarkable in. For example, Marshawn Lynch goes crazy and scores his first 100 yard game. Philip Rivers threw for nearly 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Want to see that weekly from Philip Rivers, have him play with a two touchdown deficit for most of the game. Speaking of garbage time fantasy numbers, the master, Carson Palmer makes an appearance here.
We’ll release a Sunday Double Takes Part 2 later Wednesday for those who want to rehash the painful memories such as Matt Cassel handing the ball off to Jackie Battle when down 28-3 (great game plan Todd Haley!).
Carson Palmer – Bengals - For a guy who was out of football a few weeks ago, and has only been with the Raiders a little over 2 weeks, he had a very impressive game. Palmer had 332 yards passing and 3 TD’s. He did throw 3 INT’s but that’s understandable as he’s still getting used to his new team. Now I don’t expect those kinds of numbers every week but he could be a mid-to-low-end #1 or a very high-end #2.
Philip Rivers – Chargers - Rivers put up the kind of numbers we thought we’d see a little more often this year. After starting the game with 2 pick sixes he came back to put up 385 yards and 4 TD’s to go along with his 3 INT’s.
Vincent Jackson – Chargers - Jackson had his best game of his season hauling in 7 receptions (out of 12 targets) for 141 yards and 3 TD’s. Let’s see if VJax and Rivers can keep these performances coming.
Julio Jones – Falcons - He’s back! Jones had a breakout game against the Colts with 3 catches for 131 yards and 2 TD’s along with 2 rushes for 33 yards. He’s been taking full advantage of defenses looking to shutdown Roddy White. Look for him to continue putting up good numbers.
Willis McGahee – Broncos - So much for having a broken hand. McGhee put up 163 yards and 2 TD’s against the Raiders. He was supposed to be the change of pace back this year but his career has been revitalized in John Fox’s offense.
Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks – Talk about crazy, 135 yards and a touchdown. He’s another guy national fantasy pundits just don’t like. He’s scored 6 touchdowns so far this year, 4 in his last 4 games played.
DeMarco Murray – Cowboys - Felix who? Murray had another strong game despite not making it into the end zone putting up 139 yards off 22 carries and hauling in 4 catches for 47 yards. When Felix Jones comes back Jason Garrett is going to have a tough call to make. Keep Murray as the starting RB or give Jones his starting spot back?
Tim Tebow – Broncos - By NFL standards Tebow is a horrible QB but when it comes to fantasy football he’s an all-star. Tebow was 10 of 21 (his fourth consecutive game with a sub-50% completion percentage) for 124 yards and 2 TD’s. He also ran the ball for 118 yards on 12 carries.
Houston Texans Running game – Arian Foster and Ben Tate both rushed for 100+ yards and scored. Foster had 19 carries for 124 yards and 1 TD along with 5 catches for 26 yards. Tate ended up with 1 TD and 115 yards rushing off of 12 carries.