By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week nine of the season is in the books and after a week off, I am back to give you my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders from the week; Let’s go!
QB – Kurt Warner – Arizona Cardinals – 22 Completions, 32 Attempts, 261 Yards, 5 TD's, zero interceptions, one fumble
Warner rebounded from a five interception game to throw for 261 yards and five touchdowns. This was the Kurt Warner that we all expected when he was drafted as your fantasy starter and he remains an every week must start.
RB – Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – 18 carries, 166 Yards, two TD's, two receptions, 14 Yards
Turner has now rushed for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the last three games and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He is producing every bit like a first round draft pick and remains an every week must start.
RB – Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – 25 carries, 135 Yards, two TDs, three receptions, 25 Yards
Johnson has rushed for 491 yards and four touchdowns in the last three games and now has 959 yards and six touchdowns on the year. He is on fire right now and is showing why he was a first or second round draft pick. Keep starting him every week.
RB – DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – 21 Carries, 149 Yards, two TD, two receptions, 12 Yards, one fumble
Williams has started to show why he was a first round pick, rushing for 548 yards and five Touchdowns in the last four games. Continue to start him every week.
WR – Randy Moss – New England Patriots – six receptions, 147 Yards, one TD
Another star player showing why he is one of the best at his position. Moss caught six balls for 147 yards and a touchdown to raise his season totals to 49 receptions for 712 yards and five touchdowns. He is another must start every week.
WR – Mike Sims-Walker – Jacksonville Jaguars – six Receptions, 147 Yards, one TD
Sims Walker has been a complete surprise this season. He has surpassed Torry Holt as Jacksonville’s number one receiver and has amassed 36 receptions for 554 yards and four touchdowns on the year. He has a tough matchup this week against the Jets.
WR – Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – nine receptions, 123 Yards, two TD's
Another star player showing why he is one of the best at his position, Fitzgerald is playing extremely well and proving that maybe the Madden Curse isn’t real after all. He caught nine balls for 123 yards and two touchdowns last week to raise his season totals to 56 receptions for 632 yards and seven touchdowns. He is another must start every week.
TE – Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – 14 Receptions, 119 Yards
Clark has been exactly what we expected. He has 60 receptions (second in the NFL) and 703 yards with three touchdowns. He looks to be Peyton Manning’s go to guy and should be started every week.
TE – Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – 10 Receptions, 102 Yards
Where did this come from? Davis has been a complete bust since his rookie year and now all of a sudden he is the top fantasy tight end. While he is on such a hot streak, you have to start him every week.
QB – Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – 23 Completions, 38 Attempts, 221 Yards, zero TD, three interceptions
Orton had his first bad game with the Broncos this past week against Pittsburgh. He threw three interceptions and failed to get his team into the end zone. This makes two straight weeks with no touchdowns and shouldn’t be started until he gets back on track.
QB – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – 18 Completions, 32 Attempts, 195 Yards, zero TD, two interceptions
Flacco has been a pleasant surprise this year. He has 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year and he threw two of those last week. He has an excellent matchup this week against Cleveland and I think he will bounce back nicely.
RB – Clinton Portis – Washington Redskins – four Carries, four Yards
Portis has been a bust this year with just 494 yards and only one touchdown to go with more injury problems. Washington has been a mess this year and I wouldn’t trust anyone on that team right now.
RB – LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers – 12 Carries, 22 Yards, two receptions, eight Yards
This is looking more and more like a bust. Tomlinson has missed two games due to injury and has just 289 yards rushing and three touchdowns to go with just nine catches for 40 yards. This isn’t what you expect from a first round or even second round pick. For now, you may actually have to think about benching him until the Chargers can get their running game turned around.
RB – Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – 13 Carries, 24 Yards, one reception, 14 Yards, one fumble
Stewart hasn’t been as productive as expected this year, but hasn’t been too bad either. He had two touchdowns two weeks ago, but had just 24 yards last week. He has four touchdowns on the year and can still be started depending on the matchup.
WR – DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – two receptions, 29 Yards
Jackson had a great game against the Giants, but was held in check against Dallas. He has just 26 receptions, but has 530 yards and four touchdowns, plus a rushing and return touchdown for six total touchdowns. He has a tough matchup this week against San Diego, but you might start him anyway for his big play ability.
WR – Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – three receptions, 30 Yards
Crabtree started out on fire, but was a bust this week in what was supposed to be his breakout game against Tennessee. He had just three catches for 30 yards, but I wouldn’t be too discouraged as I expect him to bounce back.
WR – Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – two receptions, 27 Yards
BUST! Calvin Johnson has been the biggest bust at WR this year. He has just 24 receptions for 352 yards and just one touchdown, plus he missed two games due to injury. He is still an elite fantasy WR, but needs to turn it around soon to be of any use to fantasy owners this year.
TE – Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – three receptions, 26 Yards
This was a rare non-productive week for Shockey this year. He has 34 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns on the season and is still a good fantasy option in that fantastic offense.
TE – Tony Scheffler – Denver Broncos – one reception, three Yards
This is what we expected from Scheffler this year after Josh McDaniels was named head coach. McDaniels doesn’t utilize the TE and Scheffler was on the trade block for most of the preseason. He shouldn’t be owned in any fantasy format.
Waiver Wire Wonders
WR – Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – five Receptions, 98 Yards, one TD
With the injury to Lance Moore, Meachem will see more balls thrown his way. He had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown last week and has a supreme matchup against St. Louis this week.
WR – Devery Henderson – New Orleans Saints – three receptions, 93 Yards
With the injury to Lance Moore, Henderson will see more balls thrown his way. He had three catches for 93 yards last week and like his teammate Meachem, has a supreme matchup against the Rams this week.
RB – Laurence Maroney – New England Patriots – 20 Carries, 82 Yards, one TD
Since the injuries to Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor, Maroney has grabbed his starting job back and doesn’t appear to be losing it anytime soon. He has 248 yards and three touchdowns in the last three games and plays with such a high powered offense, that if he is available, you need to grab him.
That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.