NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football: Brett Favre, Peyton Hillis, and Other Suprises
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With Week 9 boasting the best slate of games that we have seen this season, there were multiple fantasy football surprises that will be sure to set the waiver wire ablaze early this week.
Will these players sustain value throughout the season, or were they simply one-week wonders? Let's take a closer look at some of the most prolific point-getters from Sunday's action.
1. Brett Favre, QB Minnesota Vikings
The all-time leader in just about every category for quarterbacks threw for 446 yards in an epic comeback victory against the Cardinals. Amazingly, this was just the third time in No. 4's storied career that he's eclipsed the 400-yard barrier with the last coming all the way back in 1994.
Despite a woeful, dreary start to the season, Favre has actually played pretty well over his last couple of outings. If owners can stomach the interceptions, Favre certainly has the capability to reward them in a big way as Sunday's outing illustrates.
2. Seyi Ajirotutu, WR San Diego Chargers
Every General Manager in the NFL should be ashamed of themselves for not rolling the dice on this kid.
An undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, Ajirotutu torched Texans' CB Kareem Jackson (1st round pick) throughout all 60 minutes on Sunday. Furthermore, the wide receiver did it with ease, consistently getting separation off the line and making plays in space when he did catch the ball.
Although he had just four receptions, he did manage 111 yards and two touchdowns, establishing himself as a legitimate big-play threat. Although teammate Malcom Floyd is working his way back into health and Vincent Jackson is due back in the near future, Ajirotutu should remain relevant enough to be rostered in the majority of standard leagues.
3. Peyton Hillis, RB Cleveland Browns
While Hillis has played fairly well throughout the entire season, nobody saw this outburst on the horizon.
After failing to run for over 100 yards since Week 4, Hillis dominated the New England defense for 184 yards and two scores. Perhaps what is most impressive about his performance is the fact that he averaged 6.3 yards per carry, quite a feat for a 250-pound runner.
Clearly the man in Cleveland, Hillis should continue to see 20+ carries on a weekly basis from this point forward and is an automatic start no matter who he's facing. With matchups against Buffalo and Cincinnati scheduled for weeks 14 and 15, he should be especially valuable come playoff time.
4. Jacoby Ford, WR Oakland Raiders
Coming into the contest against Kansas City, Ford has four career receptions for just 37 yards.
The Round 4 pick out of Clemson not only showcased his electric speed but also his great hands, as he had multiple critical plays down the stretch of the game. After his six catch, 148 yard performance, Ford really elevated his stock in both the eyes of the coaching staff and fantasy owners.
The rookie has a very good chance of sustaining value the rest of the way, but will be the definition of boom-or-bust until he proves capable of posting solid numbers on a weekly basis.
5. James Jones, WR Green Bay Packers
Jones must have a knack for the spotlight, because that's back-back games in primetime where he's gone over 100 yards.
Despite being passed over for the start in the wake of Donald Driver's injury, Jones led the Packers with nine targets and finished with eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Clearly being integrated into the aerial attack as more than just a situational deep threat, Jones' stock has been slowly on the rise since TE Jermichael Finley's season-ending injury.
With QB Aaron Rodgers appearing to get stronger as the season progresses, Jones is the most likely of any player on this list to maintain fantasy value for the remainder of the season.
6. Jacob Tamme, TE Indianapolis Colts
Is Dallas Clark really on IR? Because Tamme looks an awful lot like No. 44 over the last two weeks.
With touchdowns in consecutive matchups since he became the starter, Tamme looked especially good in Week 9 as he went over 100 yards for the first time in his career. WR Austin Collie is the latest Colts player to go down with an injury, and with an already depleted offensive attack (Clark, Gonzalez, Addai), Tamme is going to remain very much integral.
Tamme will be a low-end TE1 the rest of the way and is readily available in far too many standard leagues.
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