Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections: Biggest Stud at Each Position

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 17: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the Lions game against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Believe it or not, fantasy football fanatics, but it is already Week 9 of the NFL season and it’s time to set your lineups with the biggest fantasy studs at each position.

While there are plenty of great fantasy options this week, all of the following stars are projected to have monster statistical games that will leave the weekly scoreboard tilting your way.

If any of the players on this list are on your team, make sure they find their way to the starting lineup no matter what anyone says. These stars are must-starts in Week 9.



Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

There is no doubt that Michael Vick will play the least talented defensive unit he will face all season when the Philadelphia Eagles square off with the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, but there will be nothing easy about the Week 9 matchup.

Vick’s job is on the line on Monday Night Football, and he will rise to the occasion with an enormous performance.

While there are obvious offensive line issues in front of him, there is no real pass rush from the Saints. Therefore, if Vick doesn’t hand in one of the best fantasy performances of the year, owners should consider looking at Nick Foles as an option going forward.

Week 9 is make-or-break time for Vick. Expect over 400 total yards (passing and rushing) and three touchdowns.


Running Back

Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

The MVP of the Denver Broncos so far this season has been Peyton Manning, but a close second must be veteran running back Willis McGahee.

If fantasy owners want to be a success in their league, they must start the Broncos RB in Week 9.

While the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the tougher defenses in the AFC over the last few years, their inability to consistently stop the run has been their biggest downfall in 2012. Therefore, against a team that gives up 124 yards on the ground per game (22nd best in the NFL), McGahee will have a field day.

With Manning picking apart the suspect Bengals secondary, the Broncos will lean heavily on McGahee, and owners should expect 22 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.


Wide Receiver

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

After his second straight game with just three receptions, fantasy owners are starting to hit the panic button on Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Do not panic!

Johnson hasn’t had the year he and the Lions had hoped, but the truth is that he is too good to give up on; Megatron will return to form in Week 9.

Jacksonville gives up the 23rd-most yards per game to opponents through the air, and star QB Matthew Stafford and Johnson will once again find the connection that made them fantasy superstars.

Despite a troublesome two-week stretch coming into Week 9, fantasy owners should expect nine catches for 132 yards and a touchdown from Megatron.


Tight End

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

There is no question that the Dallas Cowboys suffered because of the injury to star tight end Jason Witten to start the season. While the veteran TE hasn't missed a game, he had been less than effective.

However, after an 18-catch performance for 167 yards against the New York Giants in Week 8, Witten has returned and is ready to make your fantasy team the best in your league.

Romo knows that Witten is the most reliable of all his receivers, and now that he is back to playing at a high level, the tight end is getting open more often. While the Atlanta Falcons have been tough against the pass, they are susceptible through the middle and on short passes.

While Witten’s predicted nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown is pedestrian compared to Week 8’s output, it’s still fantasy gold.


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