NFL Week 9 Winners/Losers


Jay Cutler – Dolphins: When the Dolphins traded Jay Ajayi to the Eagles, fantasy owners had to wonder just what they would do with the offense given the fact that Jay Cutler came into Week 9 averaging just 165.8 yards-per-game passing.

Cutler stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park (so to speak) by completing 34-of-42 passes for 311 yards, 3 touchdowns, and had no interceptions for the first time since Week 1. 

Jacoby Brissett – Colts: The Colts placed Andrew Luck on injured reserve, ending his season. That means the Colts offense is Brissett’s to command.

Brissett completed 20-of-30 passes for 308 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs, but did lose a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The fumble was the lone blip on an otherwise great day in which Brissett hooked up with T.Y. Hilton for a 45-yard touchdown, then again on an 80-yard touchdown.

Adrian Peterson – Cardinals: AD (All-Day) may very well be the ageless wonder at running back, as the 32-year-old toted the ball 37 times against the 49ers on Sunday, racking up 159 yards in the process. The 37 carries were a career-high for Peterson.

Corey Clement – Eagles: Nobody outside of Philadelphia knew who Clement was before Sunday. Clement managed to rack up 51 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries against the Broncos normally tough run defense, and added 15 more yards and another touchdown on his lone catch.

T.Y. Hilton – Colts: As I mentioned earlier, Hilton was the recipient of two long touchdowns (45 & 80 yards) from Brissett, and finished with 5 catches for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hilton had 177 receiving yards back in Week 5, but the touchdowns were his first since Week 3 of this season.

Robert Woods – Rams: Woods has actually been a fairly solid WR3 in fantasy terms this season, averaging 4.1 catches and 54.4 yards-per-game heading into Week 9. With the Rams scoring at will on the helpless Giants, Woods was able to haul in 2 touchdown catches of his own, adding additional value to his normal 4 catches and 70 receiving yards.

Julius Thomas – Dolphins: Thomas easily had his best game of the season in Week 9, reeling in 6-of-8 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was his first since Week 10 of the 2016 season, while the yards were the most he’s seen since Week 12 of the 2015 season.

Jacksonville Jaguars defense: The Jaguars are the most talked about defense in the NFL, but they weren’t being talked about when I had them on the defensive fantasy draft board back in the pre-season. “Sacksonville”, as they’ve become known, held the Bengals to 7 points, and racked up 2 more sacks and a Special Teams touchdown. Things might have been better, fantasy wise, had Jalen Ramsey not been ejected at the end of the first half.

The Jaguars lead the league with 35 sacks, but the punt return touchdown was their first KR/PR touchdown this year.


Jameis Winston – Buccaneers: Winston has been worth his average draft position (pick No. 70.5), racking up 4 300-plus yard games and scoring 10 touchdowns through 7 games.

The Bucs QB made it through just 2 quarters of football, finishing with 67 passing yards, 8 rushing yards, no TDs, and no INTs. The stats look more like RB numbers than QB numbers, leaving fantasy owners chasing a win in a tough spot.

Doug Martin – Buccaneers: The list of what went right for the Buccaneers this weekend is far shorter than what went wrong, and it didn’t stop with the QB position either. Martin carried the ball just 8 times, finishing with 7 yards rushing.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, and Mike Evans suspended this week, Martin’s Week 10 outlook is that of a RB3.

Jordy Nelson – Packers: When Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, the Packers offense as a whole went into a fantasy football tailspin. When you have a QB who isn’t putting up stats with his arm, his WRs are going to struggle to put up fantasy numbers as well.

Nelson finished the game with 4 catches for 35 yards. Nelson has finished with less than 40 yards receiving in 3 of his last 4 games.

Jason Witten – Cowboys: Jason Witten is one of the most frustrating fantasy TEs to own, with catch totals ranging from 10 back in Week 2, to 1 in Weeks 3, 4, and now 9. That’s right, Witten finished with 1 catch (on 1 target) and 5 empty yards.

Kansas City Chiefs defense: The Chiefs started the season off on fire, winning their first 5 games. However, the next 4 games brought 3 loses, with the final one coming this week as they gave up 28 points to the Cowboy. All totaled the Chiefs defense gave fantasy owners a whopping 0.00 points this week

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