Fantasy Football: Doug Martin Headlines Sunday 'Dream Team' for Week 9

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterNovember 5, 2012

Fantasy Football: Doug Martin Headlines Sunday 'Dream Team' for Week 9

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    The following countdown touts the 15 most decorated fantasy stars from the Sunday portion of NFL Week 9 (standard-scoring leagues).

    This week's list includes one opportunistic defense, two touchdown-happy receivers, two unheralded tight ends, three high-end quarterbacks and seven tailbacks serving up monster performances.

    If this was a points-per-reception countdown, Calvin Johnson (six catches, 129 yards), Julio Jones (five catches, 129 yards), Brian Hartline (eight catches, 107 yards), Andre Johnson (eight catches, 118 yards), Roddy White (seven catches, 118 yards), Randall Cobb (three catches, 37 yards, two TDs) and T.Y. Hilton (six catches, 102 yards, one TD) would have qualified as well.

    Finally, there are no kickers in this week's salute to excellence. Maybe next time.

    Enjoy the show!

Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    Sunday Stats: 433 Yards Passing, 2 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andrew Luck (433 yards passing) eclipsed Cam Newton's single-game rookie record for passing yards (432).

    2. Peyton Manning didn't throw for 400 yards with the Colts until his 19th professional game, or second NFL season (1999).

    3. Luck, a top-10 fantasy quarterback, should be an automatic starter in 12-team leagues from this point forward. 

    4. With attractive matchups against the Titans (Week 14) and Chiefs (Week 16) during the fantasy playoffs, Luck should be a top trade-market priority this week.

Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

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    Sunday Stats: 414 Yards Passing, 4 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Carson Palmer threw for a season-high 414 yards against the Bucs, one of the NFL's worst pass defenses entering Week 9 play. It was his best passing day since Week 17 last year (417 yards vs. San Diego).

    2. The Oakland quarterback attempted 61 passes against Tampa Bay, also a career best.

    3. Palmer's four TD passes were his most with the Raiders, and the largest single-game output in two years.

    4. In four home games, Palmer has thrown for either 297 yards or three touchdowns each time.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    Sunday Stats: 218 Yards Passing, 4 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Aaron Rodgers (33 rushing yards) required only 14 completions to notch four touchdown passes against the Cardinals.

    2. On Sunday, Rodgers was only one of three NFL quarterbacks to net 30 points in standard-scoring leagues.

    3. In his last six games, Rodgers has an absurd touchdown-to-interception ratio of 22 to 3.

Running Back: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Sunday Stats: 272 Total Yards (251 Rushing), 4 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Doug Martin rushed for 251 yards (a Bucs franchise record), the highest total of any running back this season.

    2. The four touchdowns also stand as a single-game record among tailbacks.

    3. Since 1940, no NFL back had rushed for three touchdowns of 45 yards or more in a single game. But Martin took care of that.

    4. In his last two games, Martin has accounted for 486 total yards and six touchdowns.

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Sunday Stats: 193 Total Yards (182 Rushing), 2 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Adrian Peterson rushed for a season-high 182 yards, his third straight game of 100-plus rushing yards. The 182 yards were the most the Seahawks had surrendered all year.

    2. On a day when Vikings QB Christian Ponder passed for only 63 yards, Peterson averaged 10.7 yards per rush.

    3. Peterson notched 31 points in standard-scoring leagues—the second-highest tally of any Week 9 running back (behind Doug Martin).

    4. For what it's worth, Peterson had a team-high three catches on Sunday.

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    Sunday Stats: 150 Total Yards (124 Rushing), 1 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Marshawn Lynch (124 rushing yards) has cracked the century mark in rushing for three straight games. It was his fifth 100-yard outing this season.

    2. Against the Vikings, Lynch accounted for 150 of the Seahawks' 385 total yards.

    3. The Seattle tailback has notched double-digit fantasy points in three straight weeks.

Running Back: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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    Sunday Stats: 145 Total Yards (141 Rushing), 1 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Chris Johnson's 145-yard day was illuminated by an 80-yard touchdown run against the Bears.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Johnson has tallied double-digit points for four straight games.

    3. Johnson played a role in the Bears defense/special teams' countdown inclusion, losing two fumbles on Sunday.

Running Back: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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    Sunday Stats: 148 Total Yards (103 Rushing), 1 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Forte has collected 100-plus total yards and/or one touchdown in four straight games.

    2. In that span, Forte tallied double-digit fantasy points in each of the four games.

    3. Forte required only 14 touches to make the Week 9 all-stars. In fact, his 45 receiving yards ranked second among his Bears teammates.

Running Back: Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Sunday Stats: 151 Total Yards (147 Rushing), 1 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Isaac Redman rushed for a career-best 147 yards against the Giants. His performance came at a time when the injury-depleted, hotel-free Steelers needed Redman to step up.

    2. Redman's 28 touches were seven times the number of any other Steelers playmaker—including Mike Wallace (3 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD) and Heath Miller (4 catches, 48 yards).

Running Back: Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

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    Sunday Stats: 70 Yards, 3 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the Jaguars, Mikel Leshoure became the first Lions tailback in history to rush for three touchdowns in the first half of a game.

    2. Leshoure tallied 25 fantasy points on Sunday—an amazing achievement for a guy with only 70 total yards and zero receptions.

Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    Sunday Stats: 9 Catches, 122 Yards, 3 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Brandon Marshall posted a career-high three touchdowns against the Titans.

    2. Marshall has collected double-digit targets in four straight games.

    3. Through eight games, Marshall has notched double-digit fantasy points four times (standard-scoring rules).

Wide Receiver: Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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    Sunday Stats: 8 Catches, 99 Yards, 2 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the Bengals, Eric Decker collected nearly 22 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues...and nearly 30 in points-per-reception leagues.

    2. Decker has notched at least one touchdown in the last five games, with seven total in that span.

    3. Since Week 3, Decker is a perfect 6-for-6 in crossing the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown.

Tight End: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Sunday Stats: 6 Catches, 108 Yards

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the Broncos, Jermaine Gresham was the only Bengals playmaker to crack the century mark in receiving yards (A.J. Green had 105 yards from scrimmage).

    2. Gresham either tied or established new seasonal highs in catches, targets (eight) and receiving yards.

    3. In his last six games, Gresham has collected double-digit fantasy points three times.

Tight End: Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

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    Sunday Stats: 8 Catches, 59 Yards, 2 TD

    Reasons For This Honor

    1. In terms of catches (eight), targets (13) and touchdowns (two), Brandon Myers had the greatest Sunday output of any NFL tight end.

    2. On a day when QB Carson Palmer attempted 61 passes, Myers drew the most targets of any Raiders pass-catcher.

Defense/Special Teams: Chicago Bears

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    Sunday Tallies

    **Corey Wootton converted a blocked punt into a five-yard TD return.
    **Brian Urlacher (above) had a 46-yard pick-six in the first quarter.
    **Chicago forced five turnovers in its 51-20 rout of Tennessee.