NFL Picks Week 9: Predicting the Top Offensive Performances

paul fergusonCorrespondent INovember 4, 2010

NFL Picks Week 9: Predicting the Top Offensive Performances

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    We are approaching Week 9 in the NFL season, and there have already been a number of surprises throughout this season. There have been some key trades and injuries throughout the league, with the latest occurring to quarterbacks Tony Romo and Brett Favre. The Titans just added Randy Moss to their already explosive offense after the Vikings dropped him. 

    The season has been an interesting one, with many players we thought would perform well underachieving. It has become hard to predict which players will perform well and which will not.

    Here are some players I think will perform well this week and score big fantasy points.

Jamaal Charles (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

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    Jamaal Charles was my prediction last week for MVP of the week, and he had a HUGE game. Charles rushed 22 times for 177 yards and caught 4 passes for 61 yards. If you had him on your fantasy team last week, then you reaped the benefits of this great game. 

    The Chiefs play the Raiders this week, and even though the Raiders have been dominant these past few weeks, the Chiefs are still too strong offensively.

    Charles is an explosive runner who can break a big play on any rush. He leads the NFL in yards per carry, averaging over six yards per carry. Against the Raiders, look for Charles to continue his dominance: another 100 yard rushing game, with a couple of catches.

Hakeem Nicks (WR, New York Giants)

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    Hakeem Nicks has had a monster breakout season for the New York Giants this season. He has caught 45 passes for 525 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Giants had a bye last week, but the week before, Nicks exploded against the Cowboys, catching two touchdowns.

    Nicks will look to continue his explosive play against the Seahawks this week. The Seahawks secondary is very weak, with the exception of safety Earl Thomas. Thomas will not be able to cover all the Giants receivers—nicknamed "Jet Blue"—himself, and Nicks will get loose for a big game.

    If you have Nicks on your fantasy team, feel comfortable starting him as either a WR or a flex. Nicks will have a big game this week.

Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit Lions)

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    Calvin Johnson is playing against a great Jets secondary this week, so it may seem unwise to pick him for a top offensive performer for this week. Johnson has talent like no other receiver in the NFL. If he brings his "A-game," then he is impossible to cover, even by the best of defensive backs.

    The Jets have the best CB in the league in Darrelle Revis, but he is coming off an injury and will certainly not be able to stick with Johnson. Cromartie is the other CB, but sometimes he takes plays off, and you cannot do that against Johnson.

    If Johnson has a big game, which I know he will, he will keep the Lions in the game, giving them a shot at an upset over the Jets.

Adrian Peterson (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

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    Adrian Peterson is the most explosive and electric running back in the league, maybe with the exception of Chris Johnson. Peterson leads the NFL in rushing with 776 yards. He's a threat to take the ball to the house on every play.

    With the injury to Favre, Peterson will have to carry the load this week. He will have a great game against the weak Cardinals defense.

    The Cardinals are not good against the run, and Peterson will make them pay for this all game. He will break big runs for touchdowns and leave the Cardinals defense baffled all game.

Michael Vick (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)

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    Michael Vick has missed the last three games with a rib injury, but before injury, Vick was playing in MVP form. He was rushing the ball well, but more importantly, he was passing the ball inside the pocket very well.

    Kolb took over for the Eagles in Vick's absence, and he did okay, but he is no Michael Vick.

    Vick is facing a weak Colts defense, especially against the run. He has two deep weapons in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and he will connect with them all game.

    Vick is also a strong runner and will find a way to run on the Colts, despite his injury. Vick always plays better in big games, and this is a big game. Expect Vick to have a huge game.

Best Of The Rest

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    Dez Bryant (WR, Dallas Cowboys): With Romo out, Kitna looks to Bryant a lot. 


    Peyton Manning (QB, Indianapolis Colts): The best QB in the game, he always performs well.


    Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson (QB, WR, Houston Texans): The Texans offense is explosive, and these are the main players.