Fantasy Football: 10 Hottest Players at Week 9, If You Have 'Em, Play 'Em...
With no other team other than the New England Patriots being atop the NFL at 6-1, there clearly seems to be parity throughout the league.
With that being said, here are the Top 10 "Hot" Fantasy Players at Week 9. If you have' em, play' em. If you don't, you may want to go out and try and pick' em up!
Hopefully there will be some surprises in here for you to consider...
No.10 Drew Brees: QB
Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images
Last week, Brees threw for 305 yards and two TD passes. The QB league average passing yards are 853, while Brees is at 2,334. He's thrown for 16 TDs and averages 291.8 yards per game with a QB rating of 92.6.
This coming week, New Orleans plays the Carolina Panthers. In his career vs. the Panthers, Brees has thrown for 2,325 yards and 10 TDs.
I think it's safe to say he should have a big game and put up some good fantasy numbers.
No. 9 BenJarvus Green-Ellis: RB
Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Better known in New England as "The Law Firm," Green-Ellis had a career-high 112 yards on 17 carries with a pair of touchdowns versus Minnesota. More impressive was that a majority of his yards came late in their win.
With Fred Taylor still sitting out with a hurt toe and the Patriots playing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Green-Ellis should see significant playing time.
No. 8 Brandon Lloyd: WR (Denver)
Win McNamee/Getty Images
Brandon Lloyd is the ONLY player at his position to have at least 45 receiving yards during the first eight games of the season.
Lloyd has 878 receiving yards, the best start by any wideout in team history at this juncture going into a bye week.
Lloyd had seven catches and matched a season-high with 169 yards receiving and one touchdown in a loss to San Francisco.
No. 7 Kyle Orton: QB
Ian Walton/Getty Images
Orton is the fastest player to complete 500 passes with the Broncos—he's accomplished this in just 23 career games with team.
In his last start versus San Francisco, Orton passed for 369 yards and one touchdown. The Broncos have a bye this week but he should be a starter in every league.
No. 6 Phillip Rivers: QB
Harry How/Getty Images
Rivers continues to set NFL records and team records with his amazing start. He's thrown for 2,649 yards. The Chargers may just be starting to get going, as they are notorious for slow starts.
Rivers has thrown for more than 300 yards for the fifth time this season. He now has more passing yards through the first eight games than ANY quarterback in NFL history and has thrown a touchdown in 21 straight games.
This week, San Diego plays Houston. The last time Rivers played against Houston, he threw for three touchdowns. Expect another big week out of Rivers...there's no sign of him slowing down!
No. 5 Jamaal Charles: RB
Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Running back Jamaal Charles continues to lead the NFL in average yards per carry, going for 6.47 yards every time he gets the ball. He's run for 666 yards on 103 carries.
This week, the Chiefs visit Oakland. In his last visit to Oakland, Charles ran 18 times for 103 yards and a 44-yard touchdown.
Expect another good week out of Charles.
No. 4 Jason Campbell: QB
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Jason Campbell is coming off one of his best games (15-of-27, 310 yards and two touchdowns).
Campbell has a quarterback rating of 127.9 and 120.9, the highest back-to-back weeks of his career. He has led the Raiders to consecutive victories in which they've scored a combined 92 points.
If Campbell is a free agent in your league, you may want to pick him up; he would make a great back-up for a bye week quarterback.
No. 3 Matthew Stafford: QB
Leon Halip/Getty Images
Stafford had missed five games with a shoulder injury, but threw four touchdowns in Sunday's win over Washington.
Stafford was not limited in practice this week and was a full participant according to the Lions' official website.
Stafford may be a good back up option in the coming weeks, but may not be a great choice as a starter this week against the Jets' solid defense.
No. 2 Calvin Johnson: WR
Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Johnson, who is coming off a three-touchdown performance against Washington last week, earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The league average for wide receivers is 205 yards; Johnson is at 538. In his last four games, Johnson has 387 yards and seven touchdowns.
The game this week is indoors in Detroit. During indoor games, Johnson has 2,130 yards and 19 touchdowns.
A good low option start for fantasy owners, Johnson could go one-on-one against Darrelle Revis this week.
No. 1 David Garrard: QB
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
David showed no ill effects of his concussion Sunday when he passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for a 157.8 quarterback rating versus the Cowboys, the highest posted against the Cowboys.
The Jaguars play Houston this coming week. In his last game against Houston, Garrard threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 106.
Garrard remains a solid fantasy bye week option and starter in game-to-game situations.