Well, the ninth week of the 2012 NFL season is just about in the books, and from a fantasy football perspective, this just might have been the most exciting week of the season to date.
There were any number of outstanding statistical performances in Week 9, including at least one by a newcomer to the NFL that ranks right up there with the best fantasy showings of the past decade.
That game was the best single game by any player at any position this year, and with it on the list let's hand out some hardware to the top fantasy scorers at each position this week.
Note: These scores were tabulated using a PPR scoring system that awards one point for 10 rushing or receiving yards, 25 passing yards and each reception, six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for turnovers.
Sometimes in fantasy football a great performance can have less to do with the player and team involved and more with the circumstances of the game.
Forced into catchup mode against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and without the services of starting running back Darren McFadden, the 10th-year veteran attempted over 60 passes.
Three of those passes were intercepted, but four went for touchdowns, and Palmer threw for 414 yards.
Bad day for the Raiders, but a good day for Palmer's fantasy owners.
Yes, you read that right.
Rookie Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shredded the Oakland Raiders for a franchise-record 251 rushing yards, scoring four touchdowns and becoming the first player in NFL history to rush for three touchdowns of 45 yards or more in the same game.
After exploding for over 200 total yards and two touchdowns a week ago, not only does Martin rank as fantasy's top ball-carrier for the second week in a row, but he also posted the highest point total by any player at any position since 2010.
So in other words, he did OK.
A large part of Chicago's success this season can be attributed to an improved receiving corps—and by "improved receiving corps" I essentially mean that the Bears now have Brandon Marshall.
The 28-year-old appears set to become the first Bears wideout since 2002 to top 1,000 yards in a season. And Marshall absolutely eviscerated the Titans on Sunday, hauling in nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
I call this one the fantasy "ripple effect."
Given that Carson Palmer topped 400 passing yards in the loss Sunday to Tampa Bay, it stands to reason that his pass-catchers would benefit statistically. The player who made the biggest dent from a fantasy standpoint is fourth-year pro Brandon Myers.
Myers, who was probably inserted into more than a few starting lineups as a bye week replacement for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, made fantasy owners who used him as a fill-in very happy with eight catches for 59 yards and two scores.