Fantasy Football Studs and Stinkers of Week 9

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Every Monday, The Fantasy Footballers release the Studs & Stinkers podcast episode.  Andy, Mike, and Jason discuss the high highs and low lows from the weekend.  In this Studs & Stinkers article series, you can find the full list of Studs & Stinkers from the weekend and my favorite names from Monday Pun-day.  I also provide commentary on a handful of notable studs and stinkers worth highlighting. To get the full breakdown, don’t miss Week 9 Studs & Stinkers.

Monday Pun-day Power Ranking
  1. Tampa Bay Yuck-aneers
  2. Booty-scootin’ Jake Luton
  3. Tomb Brady
  4. Hip hip Murray
  5. Chase Dread-monds
  6. Melvin Gor-done
  7. Thrill Fuller
  8. Lames Conner
  9. Merry Jeudy
  10. Jerry Whooooooooo-dy

What’s your favorite Monday Pun-day? You can find us on Twitter: The Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers) and me (@TheFantasyEng).

Biggest Studs

Josh Allen
Week 9 vs SEA: 31 completions for 415 passing yards & 3 TD | 7 rushes for 14 yards & 1 TD
Upcoming Schedule: @ARI, BYE, LAC, @SF
Allen returned to his early season fantasy form after a few weeks of low scores.  He also led the Bills to a win against the Seahawks, which is reassuring for Bills fans.  Allen has a pretty easy schedule coming up but faces two really tough defenses in the fantasy playoffs: Week 14 vs PIT (5th toughest against fantasy QBs) and Week 16 @ NE (1st).  Allen is an every-week starter, but you may want to consider trading him if you are a likely playoff contender and looking ahead to your fantasy playoffs.

Christian McCaffrey
Week 9 @ KC: 18 rushes for 69 yards & 1 TD | 10 receptions for 82 yards & 1 TD
Upcoming Schedule: TB, DET, @MIN, BYE
He’s back!  CMC had a big outing this weekend, and fantasy managers were glad to have him back.  He immediately stepped back into the heavy workload we’re all used to seeing – he had 28 total opportunities.  Meanwhile, teammate Mike Davis only “stole” one rush and six targets.  Davis is clearly not going to take away from the CMC we’re used to.  That being said, CMC suffered a shoulder injury this weekend and could miss more time.  That means Mike Davis is a must-add if he was dropped to waivers in your league.  Monitor the Carolina backfield as news breaks this week.

Jerry Jeudy
Week 9 @ ATL: 7 receptions on 14 targets for 125 yards & 1 TD
Upcoming Schedule: @LV, MIA, NO, @KC
Jeudy had his first big game in his young NFL career.  Jeudy was a top-2 receiver prospect entering this year’s NFL draft, and we’ve started to see his talent produce for fantasy.  Keep in mind Atlanta is an easy matchup for QB’s, but I’m optimistic Jeudy takes a step forward in the second half of this season.  Drew Lock has been up and down, and time will tell if he can allow Jeudy to put up strong, consistent fantasy numbers moving forward.  Regardless, Jeudy seems to be panning out as expected based on his draft pedigree.

Biggest Stinkers

Tom Brady
Week 9 vs NO: 22 completions for 209 yards & 3 interceptions
Upcoming Schedule: @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE
Drew Brees and the Saints crushed the Buccaneers this weekend.  In a game where Antonio Brown made his debut alongside receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, we expected a much better performance from Brady…Especially considering it was a good fantasy matchup.  Brady has a tough upcoming schedule but an excellent playoff schedule.  Better days are ahead.

Justin Jackson
Week 9 vs LV: 0 rushes / 0 receptions
Upcoming Schedule: @MIA, NYJ, @BUF
Jackson injured his knee at the very beginning of the game and never returned.  This “goose egg” is solely due to injury, but I wanted to include it in the article because those who didn’t watch the game wouldn’t understand the important context here.  Jackson has been pretty good in Ekeler’s injury absence.  We still don’t know when Ekeler will return, which will diminish Jackon’s role.  Kalen Ballage filled in for Jackson this weekend and was very productive.  Those familiar with Ballage know that he’s been pretty bad in the past.  Jackson should return to RB2 form once he returns, although he could easily become irrelevant for fantasy once Ekeler returns.

Other Studs

QB          
Kyler Murray vs MIA — 21/26 for 283/3/0 — 11/106/1 rushing

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  • BUF, @SEA, @NE, LAR

Josh Allen vs SEA — 31/38 for 415/3/0 — 7/14/1 rushing

  • @ARI, BYE, LAC, @SF

Patrick Mahomes vs CAR — 30/45 for 372/4/0

  • BYE, @LV, @TB, DEN

Drew Lock @ATL — 25/48 for 313/2/1 — 7/47/1 rushing

  • @LV, MIA, NO, @KC

Aaron Rodgers @SF — 25/31 for 305/4/0

  • JAX, @IND, CHI, PHI

Teddy Bridgewater @KC — 36/49 for 310/2/0 — 2/19/1 rushing

  • TB, DET, @MIN, BYE

Ben Roethlisberger @DAL — 29/42 for 306/3/0

  • CIN, @JAX, BAL, WSH

Deshaun Watson @JAX — 19/32 for 281/2/0 — 10/50/0 rushing

  • @CLE, NE, @DET, IND

Drew Brees @TB — 26/32 for 222/4/0

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  • SF, ATL, @DEN, @ATL

Matt Ryan vs DEN — 25/35 for 284/3/1 — 3/10/0 rushing

  • BYE, @NO, LV, NO

RB
Dalvin Cook vs DET — 22/206/2 — 2 targets for 2/46/0

  • @CHI, DAL, CAR, JAX

Christian McCaffrey @KC — 18/69/1 — 10 targets for 10/82/1

  • TB, DET, @MIN, BYE

**Honorable Mentions at RB

James Robinson vs HOU —  25/99/1 — 2 targets, zero catches

  • @GB, PIT, CLE, @MIN

Kalen Ballage (Chargers) vs LV — 15/69/1 — 3 targets for 2/15/0

  • @MIA, NYJ, @BUF, NE

Jerick McKinnon vs GB — 12/52/1 — 4 targets for 3/16/0

  • @NO, BYE, @LAR, BUF

Wayne Gallman @WAS — 14 /68/1 — 2 targets for 1/9/0

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  • PHI, BYE, @CIN, @SEA

WR           

Richie James Jr. vs GB — 13 targets for 9/184/1

  • @NO, BYE, @LAR, BUF

Tyreek Hill vs CAR — 18 targets for 9/113/2 — 1/8/0 rushing

  • BYE, @LV, @TB, DEN

Davante Adams @SF — 12 targets for 10/173/1

  • JAX, @IND, CHI, PHI

D.J. Chark vs HOU — 12 targets for 7/146/1

  • @GB, PIT, CLE, @MIN

Curtis Samuel @KC — 9 targets for 9/105/1 — 3/13/0 rushing

  • TB, DET, @MIN, BYE

Jerry Jeudy @ATL — 14 targets for 7/125/1

  • @LV, MIA, NO, @KC

Terry McLaurin vs NYG — 8 targets for 7/115/1

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  • @DET, CIN, @DAL, @PIT

Christian Kirk vs MIA — 8 targets for 5/123/1

  • BUF, @SEA, @NE, LAR

Keenan Allen vs LV — 11 targets for 9/103/1

  • @MIA, NYJ, @BUF, NE

D.K. Metcalf @BUF — 9 targets for 7/108/1

  • @LAR, ARI, @PHI, NYG

Will Fuller V @JAX — 5 targets for 5/100/1

  • @CLE, NE, @DET, IND

**Honorable Mentions at WR

Marquez Valdes-Scantling @SF — 4 targets for 2/53/2

  • JAX, @IND, CHI, PHI

Olamide Zaccheaus vs DEN — 6 targets for 4/103/1

  • BYE, @NO, LV, NO

JuJu Smith-Schuster @DAL — 7 targets for 6/93/1

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  • CIN, @JAX, BAL, WSH

TE           


Travis Kelce vs CAR — 12 targets for 10/159/0

  • BYE, @LV, @TB, DEN

**Honorable Mentions at TE

Jimmy Graham @TEN — 6 targets for 6/55/1

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  • MIN, BYE, @GB, DET

Irv Smith Jr. vs DET — 4 targets for 2/10/2

  • @CHI, DAL, CAR, JAX

Evan Engram @WAS — 10 targets for 5/48/1

  • PHI, BYE, @CIN, @SEA

T.J. Hockenson @MIN — 8 targets for 5/39/1

  • WSH, @CAR, HOU, @CHI

Saved by a TD…

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Adam Trautman @TB — 3 targets for 3/39/1

  • SF, ATL, @DEN, @ATL

Darren Waller @LAC — 10 targets for 5/22/1

  • DEN, KC, @ATL, @NYJ

Jonnu Smith vs CHI — 2 targets for 2/32/1

  • IND, @BAL, @IND, CLE

Eric Ebron @DAL — 6 targets for 3/22/1

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  • CIN, @JAX, BAL, WSH
Other Stinkers

QB   

Tom Brady vs NO — 22/38 for 209/0/3

  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

Matthew Stafford @MIN — 23/32 for 211/1/2

  • WSH, @CAR, HOU, @CHI

RB
Derrick Henry vs CHI — 21/68/0 — zero targets

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  • IND, @BAL, @IND, CLE

James Conner @DAL — 9/22/0 — 2 targets for 2/-2/0

  • CIN, @JAX, BAL, WSH

Ezekiel Elliott vs PIT — 18/51/0 — 3 targets for 2/18/0

  • BYE, @MIN, WSH, @BAL

Melvin Gordon @ATL — 6/18/0 — 1 target for 1/9/0

  • @LV, MIA, NO, @KC

Phillip Lindsay @ATL — 8/23/0 — 3 targets, zero receptions

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  • @LV, MIA, NO, @KC

David Montgomery @TEN — 14/30/0 — 3 targets for 3/12/0 — 1 fumble

  • MIN, BYE, @GB, DET

J.K. Dobbins @IND — 12/30/0 — 2 targets for 2/5/0

  • @NE, TEN, @PIT, DAL

Le’Veon Bell vs CAR — 4/8/0 — 1 target for 1/-5/0

  • BYE, @LV, @TB, DEN

Ronald Jones vs NO — 3/9/0 — 4 targets for 3/9/0

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  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

Leonard Fournette vs NO — 1/0/0 — 6 targets for 6/41/0

  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

**Honorable Mentions at RB

Chase Edmonds vs MIA — 25/70/0 — 3 targets for 3/18/0 

  • BUF, @SEA, @NE, LAR

Devin Singletary vs SEA — 2/1/0 — 3 targets for 3/33/0 

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  • @ARI, BYE, LAC, @SF

WR           

DeAndre Hopkins vs MIA — 3 targets for 3/30/0

  • BUF, @SEA, @NE, LAR

Tyler Lockett @BUF — 7 targets for 4/40/0

  • @LAR, ARI, @PHI, NYG

D.J. Moore @KC — 3 targets for 2/18/0

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  • TB, DET, @MIN, BYE
  • Robby A: 13 targets for 9/63/0

Michael Thomas @TB — 6 targets for 5/51/0

  • SF, ATL, @DEN, @ATL

Adam Thielen vs DET — 5 targets for 2/38/0

  • @CHI, DAL, CAR, JAX
  • Jefferson: 4 targets for 3/64/0

Chris Godwin vs NO — 6 targets for 3/41/0

  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

Mike Evans vs NO — 6 targets for 4/64/0

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  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

Antonio Brown vs NO —  5 targets for 3/31/0

  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

**Honorable Mentions at WR

Marquise Brown @IND —  5 targets for 3/38/0

  • @NE, TEN, @PIT, DAL

Sterling Shepard @WAS — 8 targets for 6/39/0 — 1/18/0 rushing

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  • PHI, BYE, @CIN, @SEA

Corey Davis vs CHI — 3 targets, zero receptions

  • IND, @BAL, @IND, CLE

Henry Ruggs @LAC – 3 targets, zero receptions — 1/10/0 rushing 

  • DEN, KC, @ATL, @NYJ

TE           

Rob Gronkowski vs NO — 6 targets for 1/2/0

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  • @CAR, LAR, KC, BYE

Jared Cook @TB — 3 targets for 2/30/0

  • SF, ATL, @DEN, @ATL

Mark Andrews @IND — 5 targets for 3/22/0

  • @NE, TEN, @PIT, DAL

Hunter Henry vs LV — 7 targets for 4/33/0

  • @MIA, NYJ, @BUF, NE

Robert Tonyan @SF — 1 target for 1/5/0

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  • JAX, @IND, CHI, PHI

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