With the Monday Night Football matchup still to go, there have been several players with big performances up to this point in Week 9.
Excluding quarterbacks, there have been eight players with at least 20 fantasy points using standard scoring through the Sunday Night Football matchup.
By comparison, there were only three such performances all of last week and six each in Weeks 6 and 7.
The last week to have more than eight 20-point performances by flex players was Week 2 (11) when there were no byes.
Considering that no team allows more fantasy points to wide receivers or running backs than the Saints, it's very possible that we see a few more 20-point performances in tonight's game.
Looking back at Week 9's games, here are the my five fantasy football studs of the week:
QB: Andrew Luck, Colts
Luck set the all-time rookie passing record with 433 yards, one more than the record set by Carolina's Cam Newton last year. In addition, Luck threw two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Colts to a 5-3 start.
Coincidentally, Peyton Manning and Luck, the overall No. 1 pick in this year's draft, have exactly 2,404 passing yards through eight games to rank third in the league.
RB: Doug Martin, Buccaneers
Martin finished with 214 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns against the Vikings in Week 8. That was indeed a great performance as no player had more fantasy points than Martin last week.
Not only did Martin outdo himself this week, he scored 19 more fantasy points than he had all of last week. To put that in perspective, only five other running backs scored at least 19 fantasy points through Sunday.
The Muscle Hamster rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. For good measure, he added four receptions for 21 yards. In standard-scoring leagues, that is 51 points and will likely stand as the best performance of the year.
WR: Brandon Marshall, Bears
Through Sunday's games, Marshall was one of only three players to finish with 30 or more fantasy points this week. Marshall caught nine passes for 122 yards and three scores in Sunday's blowout of the Titans.
On the season, Marshall now has four 100-yard games and four games with at least nine receptions. With the exception of Week 2 against the Packers, Marshall has 71 receiving yards or more every week this season.
TE: Brandon Myers, Raiders
Myers has quietly been very productive all season, but he hadn't scored a touchdown. Until yesterday, that is. Myers scored two touchdowns on his eight receptions in yesterday's loss to the Bucs and finished with 17 fantasy points, which ranks him first among tight ends for the week.
Flex: Adrian Peterson, Vikings
The debate for this spot included Denver's Eric Decker, who was the second-highest scoring fantasy receiver, and Detroit's Mikel Leshoure, who was the third-highest scoring fantasy back. Instead, I went with the other guy that had 30-plus fantasy points this week.
Coming off last year's ACL injury, Peterson continues to amaze. Against one of the league's toughest rush defenses, Peterson rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson has now rushed for 120-plus yards and scored in three consecutive games and still leads the NFL in rushing (957 yards).
Honorable Mention: Eric Decker, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Isaac Redman, Michael Turner, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Mikel Leshoure, Carson Palmer
Agree with my picks for the five studs of the week? If you disagree with any of them, which one(s) and who would you substitute for him (them)?
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