season. The top 5 results this week were as follows…
- Thursday night football brought a ripper match-up between the Cincinnati Bengals and the underrated Miami Dolphins. With Miami leading early the Bengals flew back, and both teams scored a field goal within the last minute and a half to force the match into OT. Miami eventually
won 22 to 20, after sacking Bengals QB Andy DALTON in the endzone for a game-winning safety.
- The much-touted New Orleans Saints took on the Jets in New York, and fell just short with the Jets running out victors 26 to 20. Saints TE Jimmy GRAHAM had 116 yds receiving and 2 TDs, but Chris IVORY led the way for the victors with 139 yds running for 1 TD. Jets kicker Nick FOLK is
perfect this season, with 23 of 23 field goals made, and 14 of 14 extra points.
- The Philadelphia Eagles took the Oakland Raiders on in Oakland, and boy did they come to play. With no Michael VICK, stand-in Philly QB Nick FOLES was on fire, throwing for 406 yds and a record-equaling 7 touchdowns, while WR Riley COOPER also took advantage with 139 yds receiving and 3 TDs.
- In a battle of two teams with contrasting seasons, the New England Patriots hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in what turned out to be an offensive blitzkrieg. The Pats ran out winners 55 to
31 after scoring 4 TDs in the last quarter. QB Tom BRADY was back in form with 432yds and 4 TDs, while opposing QB Ben ROETHLISBERGER was also on fire with 400 yds and 4 TDs.
- The final game of the round saw a tight contest between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay
Packers in Green Bay, which the Bears eventually took out 27 – 20. Led by star RB Matt FORTE with 125 yds from 24 carries including 1 TD, the Bears won even without first choice QB Jay CUTLER who was out injured. Green Bay must now also face that dilemma, with QB Aaron RODGERS injuring his
shoulder and due to miss some weeks.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. Nick FOLES – Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Standing in for injured first string QB Michael VICK, FOLES had the best game of his career, throwing for an incredible 406 yds and an NFL record-equaling 7 touchdowns, which all earned him a massive 45.64 pts. Owned in only 29% of leagues, FOLES is definitely a player to target if you need back-up in the signal-calling position as the season progresses.
Ranked number 9 for WR’s in the league, JOHNSON has hardly set the world on fire so far this season but last week went crazy, with 229 yds receiving and 3 touchdowns in easily his best game this year. Repaying the faith of those who picked him early in drafts, JOHNSON scored a huge 40.90
3. Riley COOPER - Wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
It’s not often two players from the same team make this list, but last week FOLES and COOPER couldn’t be ignored. With his QB on fire COOPER went nuts, with a 139 yd, 3 touchdown game giving him a massive 33.7pts. Whilst he may not score this well every week, the 3% of teams who had him before last weekend games would loved what they saw.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
To last week’s players to watch, and while Kenny STILLS let us down with only 3.5pts, Emmanuel SANDERS was solid with 9.8pts and Jason CAMPBEL was great again, this time scoring 24 pts.
About time we had a bit of luck.
1. Case KEENUM – Quarterback, Houston Texans
In a year where back-up QBs seem to be excelling, KEENUM is another to relish to opportunity after taking over from the beleaguered Matt SCHAUB. With14 pts in his first game in Rd 7, KEENUM excelled last weekend with 350 yds passing and 3 TDs, giving him 28.6 fantasy pts. Owned in only 6% of leagues, KEENUM looks to be excellent cover at the very least.
2. Rashad JENNINGS – Running Back, Oakland Raiders
Another to benefit from a team mates injury, JENNINGS has become the no.1 RB in Oakland while McFADDEN is out, and is making the most of it. Only in 11% of leagues, JENNINGS had a very tidy 102 yds rushing, 1 TD, 74 yds receiving game last weekend, netting a nice 23.6 pts for his owners.
Definitely one to watch.
3. Mike JAMES – Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Despite his team struggling, JAMES is certainly a player to keep an eye on. Owned in 46 % of leagues (up 25% since last weekends games), JAMES had an impressive 158 yds rushing and 8 receiving, as well as throwing for one TD in a set play. Amassing a handsome 20.68 pts, he’s predicted to score a further 21 pts this week. If he’s available, grab him.
That’s our best for week 9 of NFL fantasy footy. Be sure to comment below on any NFL topic and we’ll be sure to throw in our 5 cents worth…