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Fantasy Fast Forward: NFL Week 9

Pretty boy Mark Sanchez will turn even you on this week against the Lions.

This week, I’m going to attempt to put the “fast” in “Fantasy Fast Forward.” Why? Because as I’m typing this, I’m just a few short hours away from jetting off to Las Vegas, and like any other guy I know, I’m a procrastinator and haven’t packed a darn thing yet. So instead of racking up the word count, this week’s “Fantasy Fast Forward” will be just that… fast.

With that said, let’s quickly review how I fared in Week 8, followed by my Week 9 aces and jokers, in rapid fire fashion.

My Week 8 QB Aces (Palmer, Henne, Orton)

Mediocre trio here… Palmer had a multi-TD game and Orton had 369 passing yards, but otherwise their efforts were pretty lackluster.

My Week 8 QB Jokers (Sanchez, Bradford, Hasselbeck)

These three signal callers certainly didn’t bring home the fantasy bacon in Week 8. Bradford had two TDs but didn’t reach 200 yards through the air, and Sanchez and Hasselbeck didn’t find the end zone at all.

My Week 8 RB Aces (Wells, T. Jones, Torain)

Wells and Torain found the end zone in Week 8, but Thomas Jones gave way to a monster game from his backfield counterpart, Jamaal Charles.

My Week 8 RB Jokers (B. Jackson, Mathews, D. Williams)

Williams didn’t end up playing Sunday, as his foot injury kept him sidelined. B-Jack ran for 55 yards, but didn’t see the end zone, but Mathews did, saving him from a sub-par 43-yard rushing day otherwise.

My Week 8 WR Aces (R. Moss, Gaffney, Wallace)

Well we all know about Randy Moss by now… swing and a miss by me on that one. Gaffney and Wallace didn’t put up banner days either, with Gaffney catching four balls for 54 yards, Wallace hauling in three for 43, and neither scoring a TD. My track record with wide receivers continues…

My Week 8 WR Jokers (Driver, Crabtree, Welker)

Driver didn’t touch the ball in the Packers win over the Jets, targeted three times without catching a single pass. Welker continued his disappointing fantasy season with just three grabs for 24 yards. Crabtree only had three catches too, but one went for a TD, so I guess his day wasn’t so bad.

My Week 8 TE Ace (Moeaki)

He couldn’t get it going against the Bills, catching just three passes for 45 yards.

My Week 8 TE Joker (Daniels)

He just can’t get healthy this season. Daniels put up a stinker, one catch for eight yards.

My Week 8 Wackies

“At least 3 QBs from the AFC West will throw for more than 250 yards.”

Bingo! I got Bingo! Kyle Orton led the way with 369 yards against the Niners in London, followed by a surprising 310-yard day from Oakland’s Jason Campbell, and 305 yards coming from San Diego’s Phillip Rivers.

“At least 3 RBs from the NFC West will run for more than 100 yards.”

Ok, not even close on this one. Frank Gore hooked me up with 118 yards in Week 8, but the next best in the NFC West came from Steven Jackson, who had just 59 yards.

“At least 3 WRs from the AFC South will catch for more than 100 yards.”

Two-for-three on my Week 8 Wackies, boo-yah! My gratitude goes out to Mr. Mike Sims-Walker (153 yards), Nate Washington (117 yards), and Andre Johnson (106 yards) for making me look wicked smart.

Ok, without further ado, I lay down some Week 9 knowledge for you.

Week 9 QB Aces

Mark Sanchez, NYJ (@DET)

If this guy’s available in your league, I suggest you grab him now. Look at his next four opponents: Detroit, Cleveland, Houston, and Cincinnati. Should be four wins, and should mean big things for Sanchez and the Jets’ passing game.

Tom Brady, NE (@CLE)

Brady used to be an elite, “start him every week” kind of fantasy QB, but this season he’s put up more than a few duds. This week won’t be a dud, I’m pretty darn sure of it. This just in: Cleveland is an awful football team, so sit back and watch TB12 pick them apart for a big day on Sunday.

Eli Manning, NYG (@SEA)

It might be a little risky picking three road QBs as my “aces” this week, but I couldn’t be more confident in these three dudes. Eli has nine TD passes over his last three games, and this week he gets to face the league’s 29th ranked pass defense in Seattle. ‘Nuff said.

Week 9 QB Jokers

Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF (vs. CHI, at Toronto)

Everyone is high on Fitzy this season, and he’s given fans every right to be. But this week he goes up against the Bears, the team that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. No QB has thrown for more than one touchdown against them all year long. Find another option this week, but keep Fitzpatrick on your roster… he’ll deliver in the weeks to come.

Josh Freeman, TB (@ATL)

Freeman’s another guy people are hyping lately, and with four straight 200+ yard performances, I can see why. I just can’t believe in this passing offense though until I see them put up a huge day against a quality opponent. I don’t see it happening this week against Atlanta, in a huge divisional game.

Matt Schaub, HOU (vs. SD)

All of you Schaub owners can’t be happy with what he’s given you this season. This week, you won’t like what he gives you either, as he faces the league’s top pass defense, the Chargers. This will be a fun game to watch, but it won’t be because Schaub is lighting it up.

Week 9 RB Aces

Matt Forte, CHI (@BUF, in Toronto)

He’ll have fresh legs coming off the bye week, and no team gives up more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Buffalo Bills. I like Forte to have a huge game this week.

Michael Turner, ATL (vs. TB)

Turner’s flown under the radar a bit this season… after all, he did just have a single touchdown before scoring two against the Bengals last week. This week he faces a Bucs defense that ranks 30th against the run. Turner should turn it up this week for a big game.

Michael Bush, OAK (vs. KC)

I like every running back in this game, from Darren McFadden to Thomas Jones to Jamaal Charles. But I decided to go with Bush as my “ace” for one reason… touchdowns. He has scored in two straight games and four of his last five. He’ll find the end zone at least once against the Chiefs this week.

Week 9 RB Jokers

Jahvid Best, DET (vs. NYJ)

Battling a turf toe injury isn’t what you want to hear from your fantasy running back. Losing reps in practice to last year’s starter Kevin Smith isn’t music to your ears either. Even if he was still the featured back in Detroit, this isn’t the week to rely on the rookie, not going up against the Jets vicious front seven.

Marion Barber, DAL (@GB)

Gone are the days of fantasy stardom for Marion Barber. He’ll still get the team’s goal-line carries, but this week they face a Packers team that is coming off a shutout of the Jets, so it’s very possible the Cowboys don’t sniff the goal line all game long.

Cedric Benson, CIN (vs. PIT)

Many of you probably spent a second or third round pick on Benson before the season began. How’d that work out for you? Your frustration will continue this week, facing a very tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Monday night.

Week 9 WR Aces

Bernard Berrian, MIN (vs. ARI)

This one’s a gut feeling pick. Berrian has just nine catches all season, which I know is awful. But with Randy Moss shipped out of town and Percy Harvin out of practice all week with ankle woes, Favre has to sling the ball to somebody. This week, against a sub-par Cardinals secondary, I see Berrian being on the receiving end of the “gunslinger’s” tosses.

Mario Manningham, NYG (@SEA)

The easier picks in the Giants receiving corps would obviously be Hakeem Nicks or Steve Smith, but I’m going with Manningham this week. He’s scored in two straight, and I’m betting on him completing the trifecta this week against the Seahawks.

Brandon Marshall, MIA (@BAL)

I don’t see Miami having much of a chance in this game, but I do see Brandon Marshall making a positive impact for the ‘Fins. Sure he’s only seen the end zone once this season, but he ranks among near the top of the league in targets, and I see him finally breaking through to have a huge game against albeit a well-rested Ravens team.

Week 9 WR Jokers

Calvin Johnson, DET (vs. NYJ)

Nothing personal, Megatron… it’s just the Revis factor coming into play, that’s all.

Steve Breaston, ARI (@MIN)

Breaston broke out last week for a huge game, going off for 147 yards on eight catches. That trend won’t continue, I’m pretty darn sure of it. He’ll come back to Earth this week against a solid Viking defense.

Steve Johnson, BUF (vs. CHI, at Toronto)

Johnson has come out of nowhere to be a borderline #1 fantasy receiver this season. He’s scored in five straight games, but I’m looking for that streak to end this week against the Chicago secondary, a group that has allowed just three TDs to opposing wide receivers this season.

Week 9 TE Ace

Jacob Tamme, IND (@PHI)

Tamme’s coming off a career day last week against the Texans, racking up 64 yards and scoring his first NFL touchdown. As a fill-in for Dallas Clark, Tamme should continue to see plenty of targets from Peyton in the Indy offense, with Week 9’s meeting with the Eagles being no exception.

Week 9 TE Joker

Dustin Keller, NYJ (@DET)

No tight end has put up more than 48 yards against the Lions yet this season. With Sanchez having all sorts of other options to throw to, from Santonio Holmes to Braylon Edwards to Jerricho Cotchery, to L.T. in the backfield, I see Keller being the odd man out this week in the Motor City.

Week 9 Wackies

(These are admittedly low-odds predictions that only I have the stones to profess…)

  • No tight ends will top 80 receiving yards this week.
  • Six wide receivers have put up more than 600 receiving yards so far this year (Lloyd, White, Wayne, Austin, Owens, S. Moss). None of them will catch a TD pass in Week 9 (Lloyd and S. Moss are on byes).
  • We’ve had two 59-yard field goals kicked this season, one by Matt Prater and the other by Josh Scobee. We will have another field goal go for 59 or more yards in Week 9.

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