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Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2013

Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players

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    Fantasy football owners rejoice! Week 9 is here.

    That means it's time to check out full stat projections for the top 100 players.

    With six teams on a bye week, fantasy general managers everywhere will be looking to get by without the help of some of their best players. From Calvin Johnson to Peyton Manning, owners this week are going to have to dig deep and make the right lineup decisions if they want to come away with a victory.

    So without further delay, start the slideshow below and check out full stat projections for the top 100 players in Week 9.

     

    *All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.

    *All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.

Quarterback

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp. Passing YardsPassing TDsInterceptionsRushing Yards
    1Tony Romo, DALMIN 3404015
    2Drew Brees, NO
    NYJ 335300
    3Aaron Rodgers, GBCHI 3073022
    4Philip Rivers, SDWAS 301303
    5Andrew Luck, INDHOU 2893015
    6Cam Newton, CARATL 2772062
    7Russell Wilson, SEATB 2842054
    8Terrelle Pryor, OAKPHI 2242081
    9Andy Dalton, CINMIA 28512 
    10Alex Smith, KCBUF 2642038
    12Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
    NE 280218
    12Tom Brady, NEPIT 271210
    13Matt Ryan, ATLCAR 270210
    14Robert Griffin III, WASSD 2522135
    15Ryan Tannehill, MIACIN 2582121

     

    Even after losing Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has continued to put up points for fantasy owners. 

    Now that Green Bay finally has a rushing game to lean on, Rodgers has been able to manipulate defenses and find his wide receivers downfield. Going up against the Chicago Bears' 27th-ranked pass defense in Week 9, Rodgers will have plenty of opportunities to put up gaudy numbers. 

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been living up to his Superman-like persona over the last two weeks. With zero turnovers and four touchdowns to his credit, Newton is looking more like a complete player each time he gets out there on the field.

    Taking on the 2-5 Atlanta Falcons in Week 9, odds are Newton should be in for another big day.

Running Back

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rush YardsRec.Rec. YardsTotal TDs
    1Marshawn Lynch, SEA TB1303342
    2Jamaal Charles, KC
    BUF118550
    3Adrian Peterson, MINDAL1253241
    4Arian Foster, HOU*IND106643
    5LeSean McCoy, PHIOAK1024361
    6Matt Forte, CHIGB864501
    7Darren McFadden, OAKPHI884381
    8Eddie Lacy, GBCHI 924221
    9DeMarco Murray, DAL*MIN 903211
    10Le'Veon Bell, PITNE803241
    11Ray Rice, BALCLE666541
    12Ryan Mathews, SD
    WAS75226
    13Alfred Morris, WASSD8701
    14Danny Woodhead, SDWAS42681
    15Chris Johnson, TENSTL 65425 1
    16Zac Stacy, STLTEN722181
    17Stevan Ridley, NE PIT732141
    18Fred Jackson, BUFKC614240
    19DeAngelo Williams, CARATL602180
    20Giovani Bernard, CINMIA425320

     

    Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been a model of consistency since returning from injury in Week 5. 

    Averaging 24 carries a game over the last four weeks, Lacy has rumbled his way to 446 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season. A crucial component of Green Bay's offense, Lacy should see another healthy workload in Week 9.

    Don't look now, but San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is coming on strong.

    Rushing for 102 and 110 yards in consecutive weeks, on film Mathews' vision stands out. A player who has always possessed the talent needed to succeed, Mathews should be in for a nice day against the Washington Redskins' 29th-ranked run defense.

Wide Receiver

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rec. Rec. YardsRec. TDs
    1Dez Bryant, DALMIN71342
    2Jordy Nelson, GBCHI51221
    3A.J. Green, CINMIN51301
    4Brandon Marshall, CHIWAS51181
    5Antonio Brown, PITNE61121
    6Josh Gordon, CLEBAL5116
    7Andre Johnson, HOUIND51081
    8Harry Douglas, ATLCAR6106
    9Jarrett Boykin, GBCHI 797
    10Marques Colston, NONYJ 788
    11Vincent Jackson, TBSEA690
    12Keenan Allen, SD
    WAS 594
    13Steve Smith, CARATL931
    14Alshon Jeffery, CHIGB 772 
    15Terrance Williams, DAL MIN6711
    16Darrius Heyward-Bey, INDHOU 6701
    17Denarius Moore, OAKPHI5721
    18 Kendall Wright, TENSTL 687
    19Danny Amendola, NEPIT7810
    20Pierre Garcon, WASSD 685
    21 Emmanuel Sanders, PITNE8770
    22T.Y. Hilton, INDHOU 4940
    23Torrey Smith, BALCLE 6730
    24 DeAndre Hopkins, HOUIND 5700
    25 Marvin Jones, CINMIA 3381
    26 DeSean Jackson, PHIOAK 5670
    27 Kenny Stills, NONYJ5650
    28 Golden Tate, SEATB 4680
    29 Mike Wallace, MIACIN 4620
    30 Dwayne Bowe, KCBUF 4610

     

    Without Julio Jones or Roddy White on the field, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas has taken over as the team's No. 1 passing option.

    Racking up 19 receptions for 270 yards on 25 targets, Douglas has been on a tear for fantasy owners over the last two weeks. If you were fortune enough to snag him off waivers, you are starting him with confidence the rest of the way.

    While he isn't putting up huge numbers like Antonio Brown is, Pittsburgh Steelers standout Emmanuel Sanders has become a valuable PPR asset for fantasy owners.

    Catching seven passes for 88 yards last week against the Oakland Raiders, Sanders has more receptions this season than Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, Vernon Davis and Dwayne Bowe.

    Going up against the New England Patriots in Week 9, Sanders should benefit from the extra attention that will be paid to Brown.

Tight End

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rec.Rec. Yards.Rec TDs
    1Rob Gronkowski, NEPIT61141
    2Jimmy Graham, NO*NYJ5542
    3Antonio Gates, SDWAS6841
    4Jordan Reed, WASSD7761
    5Jason Witten, DALMIN5811
    6Tony Gonzalez, ATLCAR5721
    7Coby Fleener, IND
    HOU5701
    8Greg Olsen, CAR 
    ATL4701
    9Martellus Bennett, CHIGB5680
    10Jordan Cameron, CLEBAL662 0
    11Heath Miller, PIT NE 4580
    12Kyle Rudolph, MINDAL5550
    13Tyler Eifert, CINMIA 551 
    14Jeff Cumberland, NYJNO 450
    15Charles Clay, MIACIN220

     

    Playing just 20 snaps against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

    Battling a partially torn plantar fascia, even in a limited role Graham was still dominant. The lesson here? Drew Brees loves this young man, so if he's active, you have to play him.

    A tight end who could see a huge boost going forward is Coby Fleener. With wide receiver Reggie Wayne out for the season with a torn ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Fleener's workload should increase.

    According to Pro Football Focus, this season the majority of Fleener's targets have come in the middle of the field. That's the same part of the field Wayne had done most of his work. Naturally with Wayne out, Fleener should now absorb a lot of those targets.

Kicker

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Makes40+XP
    1Steven Hauschka, SEATB334
    2Stephen Gostkowski, NEPIT334
    3Justin Tucker, BALCLE421
    4Blair Walsh, MIN DAL322
    5Shaun Suisham, PITNE223
    6Dan Carpenter, BUFKC321
    7Mason Crosby, GBCHI11
    8Nick Novak, SDWAS214
    9Garrett Hartley, NONYJ 4
    10Dan Bailey, DALMIN 2

     

    Did you know, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has scored double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive weeks? The second-highest scoring kicker in fantasy football right now, Gostkowski should be in for another big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9.

Defense

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    RankPlayerOpp. Points Allowed Sacks Turnovers
    1Seattle TB1063
    2Kansas City BUF1353
    3BaltimoreCLE1042
    4OaklandPHI1342
    5New OrleansNYJ1652
    6TennesseeSTL1432
    7Cincinnati MIA1431
    8Green BayCHI2131
    9CarolinaATL2441
    10New EnglandPIT273

     

    According to Philly.com, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly doesn't think quarterback Michael Vick will be ready to go in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders.

    With backup QB Nick Foles still recovering from a concussion, the Eagles may have to turn the football over to rookie Matt Barkley. Struggling in relief of Vick, according to NFL on ESPN's Twitter account, Barkley turned the football over on his first four drives as a pro.

    In other words, it's time to play the Raiders defense this week.

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