Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections: Top Stars Who Will Shine the Brightest

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes up field against the Cleveland Browns during the second half on October 27, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City won 23-17. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

With productive stars like Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford both enjoying byes in Week 9, a new group of fantasy football stars is sure to steal the show this weekend. 

Several notable quarterbacks have been coming on strong in recent weeks, while an elite few at other skill positions have seized momentum heading into November.

Here I'll project how the league's top fantasy performers will fare in Week 9, highlighting those who will make the biggest impact.


Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections
PlayerWeek 9 Projection
Cam Newton, Panthers255 yards, two touchdowns; nine carries, 45 yards, one touchdown
Drew Brees, Saints310 yards, three touchdowns
Philip Rivers, Chargers340 yards, two touchdowns
Tony Romo, Cowboys320 yards, three touchdowns
Aaron Rodgers, Packers330 yards, two touchdowns
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs21 carries, 105 yards, one touchdown; six receptions, 65 yards
Russell Wilson, Seahawks220 yards, one touchdown; six carries, 40 yards, one touchdown
LeSean McCoy, Eagles18 carries, 95 yards, one touchdown; five receptions, 35 yards
Jordy Nelson, Packerssix receptions, 110 yards, one touchdown


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, QB

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Since exploding against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, Cam Newton has figured out how to thrive in Carolina's offense, scoring eight total touchdowns over the past three weeks to pull the Panthers out of the basement of the NFC standings.

And with a horrid Atlanta Falcons defense coming to visit Newton and the Panthers in Week 9, expect another magnificent performance from the former Heisman Trophy winner.

The Falcons rank 22nd in the league in both fewest passing and rushing yards allowed this season. Even worse, Atlanta has surrendered 16 passing touchdowns through seven games. That ties them for 29th in the NFL, as only the Buffalo Bills have allowed more scores through the sky in 2013.

On Sunday, watch for Newton to throw for well over 250 yards and two touchdowns against this woeful secondary while continuing to create offense with his legs.

Week 9 Projection: 255 yards, two touchdowns; nine carries, 45 yards, one touchdown


Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, RB

Dynamic Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is poised to record his second 100-plus-yard rushing game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. 

Buffalo ranks 26th in rush defense this season, allowing slightly more than 117 yards per game on the ground. Although the Bills' defense has been stout in the red zone, giving up just two rushing touchdowns all season, Charles ability to make plays as a receiver out of the backfield should make up for any points he misses out on in the red zone.

Charles has recorded five or more receptions in six of Kansas City's eight games this year and has averaged 54 receiving yards in those games. As a result of that production, Charles has been on a blistering pace this season, recording more than 100 total yards from scrimmage in all eight of Kansas City's game this season and making history in the process, per NFL Network's Rich Eisen:

Seeing as we're talking about a Buffalo defense that's allowing 12.9 yards per reception (fourth most in NFL) coming into Week 9, it's safe to say Charles is set for another big game this weekend.

Week 9 Projection: 21 carries, 105 yards, one touchdown; six receptions, 65 yards


Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, WR

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With Green Bay's receiving corps still decimated by injuries to players like James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, watch for Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 option Jordy Nelson to continue his tear in Week 9.

Nelson and the Packers will square off with the Chicago Bears at home on Monday Night Football. While Chicago's defense usually ranks toward the top of the league year after year, the Bears have been highly suspect on that side of the ball in 2013, ranking 27th in fewest passing yards allowed. 

On top of his favorable matchup in Week 9, Nelson has been on fire as of late. He's surpassed the 100-yard mark in two of the past three games and has four touchdowns over that time as well.

Even though Chicago will be looking to send help in Nelson's direction, he'll still be the Packers' best option in the passing game. He and Rodgers have developed an unrivaled chemistry and together are capable of toying with opposing defenses. 

Week 9 Projection: six receptions, 110 yards, one touchdown


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