It proved to be another exciting fantasy week here in week 9. We saw guys like Melvin Gordon, Latavius Murray and Mark Ingram all breakout and go for around 30 points. Did they all make the ‘Risers’ list? Allen Robinson finally showed signs of life and finds himself on the ‘Risers’ portion. A handful of fantasy studs continue to disappoint, but can they turn it around in the 2nd half? Check out our week 10 stock watch!
RB Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints)
After speculation pointed towards Mark Ingram losing carries in the Saints backfield, he responded with a whopping 158 yards on just 15 carries for a pair of scores – one coming through the air. Ingram finished Sunday with 28 fantasy points, the 3rd most among RBs this week.
With a game like this, I think it’s safe to say Ingram’s lead role in New Orleans’ backfield is safe. He remains a must start from here on out with RB1 upside.
RB Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders)
If you watched the Raiders upset the Broncos this past Sunday Night, you would know how big Latavius Murray’s performance was. Murray finished the week as the 2nd highest fantasy scorer with 30 points. He went for a season-high 114 yards and scored 3 TDs, a career-high.
The Raiders offense is clearly a dynamic unit and should continue their success moving forward as they compete for the AFC West crown. Murray will be a key component in doing so and should continue to be a reliable RB1/RB2 each week.
WR Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis Colts)
After missing 5 weeks due to injury, Moncrief has added a much needed boost to Indy’s passing attack. He has scored in each week since returning, amassing double-digit fantasy points in the process.
With T.Y. Hilton cooling down as of late, Moncrief looks like the go-to guy in that offense. He’s the guy Andrew Luck will likely lean on down the final stretch as the Colts look to clinch a playoff berth.
WR Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Hopefully week 9’s performance is a sign of things to come for Allen Robinson owners. While he’s been considered a ‘fantasy bust’, Robinson posted 13 fantasy points against Kansas City – catching 7 passes for 76 yards and a score. Since posting a donut in week 7 against Oakland, his point totals have increased in each succeeding game.
For fantasy owners who have been patient with Robinson throughout the year, a late season hot streak is much needed. His ROS isn’t the easiest with matchups against Denver and Minnesota, but it looks like Blake Bortles has settled down which bodes well for your stud WR.
TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys)
Overall, it’s been a down year for Jason Witten. However, he’s turned it up in the past couple weeks. After going for a season-high 7 fantasy points in week 8, he followed that up with 19 fantasy points against Cleveland as he hauled in 8 catches for 134 yards and a TD.
It looks like the return of Dez Bryant has benefited Witten more than anyone as the opposing defense now needs to account for an elite WR – opening things up for Witten. He has developed a solid rapport with the young QB in Dak Prescott and he now looks like the team’s most lethal redzone threat. Witten is a TE1 from here on out, as long as Dez stays healthy.
QB Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
After posting a franchise record 513 passing yards in week 8, Carr followed that up with only 184 passing yards and no scores against Denver. While the Broncos are the best pass defense, they were without Aqib Talib this past Sunday Night.
While Carr didn’t play bad per say, and you can’t expect much against the Denver defense, he surely let fantasy owners down after a 35 point showing in week 8, going for just 7 in week 9 – finishing as the week’s lowest scoring QB.
RB Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams)
Todd Gurley remains to be one of the biggest fantasy busts of 2016, and it didn’t get any better this past week. On 16 touches, he compiled just 74 yards – his 6 fantasy points were the lowest he’s posted since week 1.
Still, I remain optimistic that Gurley can turn it around. However, the window is surely closing. He has a favorable ROS, so it looks like he can turn it around, on paper at least. These next few games will be huge for the former top 10 pick.
WR Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins)
Landry was one of my hyped WRs heading into week 9 with a favorable matchup against the New York Jets, but he failed to produce, yet again. Landry posted only 3 fantasy points, his lowest total since week 5. He has only 1 TD catch on the year, that coming all the way back in week 3.
For an offense that seems to have shifted to a more ground-oriented attack headlined by Jay Ajayi, Landry’s fantasy value is a bit worrisome at the moment. He remains a better PPR option, but he’s definitely not a must-start as projected in the preseason.
WR Brandon Marshall (New York Jets)
With inconsistent QB play in the Big Apple, Brandon Marshall’s production has suffered. After posting consecutive double-digit performances in weeks 4-5, he hasn’t topped 7 points and has averaged only 5 points during that span – also hasn’t hauled in a TD during that stretch as well.
The QB carousel is likely to continue for the Jets with another Fitzpatrick injury, Marshall just can’t be trusted at this point.
TE Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars)
After signing a huge contract to go to Jacksonville last offseason, Julius Thomas was expected to be a TD machine for the Jags. That hasn’t been the case. Thomas’s fantasy value is TD based, and he hasn’t reached the endzone on a consistent basis.
This past week against he posted just 2 fantasy points, the 2nd time he’s gone that low in the past 4 games. Depending on the matchup, Thomas can’t be trusted in your starting lineup. Hopefully you have insurance at the position – it shouldn’t be too hard to get an upgrade in the free agency pool.