4th and Inches

Well with a week off last week due to unforseen circumstances (aka Melbourne Racing Carnival week) we hit back again this week in the hope of finding you some hidden gems in the NFL fantasy world. Week 9 means we’re over halfway through the season already, and with the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers all still undefeated, the road to the Superbowl looks like being a very interesting one. With no players to check on from last week’s article due to our non-appearance, let get straight into the players to watch after last weekends games.

QUARTERBACKS
The Panthers are putting it all on show at the moment, and much of that success is due to their inspirational QB Cam NEWTON. Ranked 3rd in QBs this season and owned in all leagues, NEWTON hit on 15 of 30 passes last weekend for 297 yds and 3 TDs – and to top it off, he also scrambled for 57 yds and 1 TD. That’s a 33.58 pt game if you don’t mind – and a defeat of the Green Bay Packers. Nice work.

The QB to watch after round 9 is Tennessee’s Marcus MARIOTA. Ranked 26th and only owned in 33% of fantasy leagues, MARIOTA completed 28 of 39 passes for a huge 371 yds and 4 TDs, with not a single interception. That equated to 33.34 pts, and enabled him to lead his team to an O/T win against the Saints in New Orleans. Get on board.

RUNNING BACKS
With gun runner LeVeon BELL a no show for the Steelers, backup DeAngelo WILLIAMS rushed for 170 yds and 2 TDs, and also had 55 yds worth of receptions. Currently ranked 11th and owned in 94% of leagues, WILLIAMS totalled a huge 36.5 pts. If you had him in place of BELL, you had to be happy with that.

It must have been the weekend for WILLIAMS, as Buffalo running back Karlos WILLIAMS also got in on the action with LeSean McCOY out injured, running for 110 yds and 2 TDs for a very nice 23 pt game. Ranked 24th and only owned in 19% of fantasy leagues, WILLIAMS could be just the answer as we start the long road to the fantasy playoffs.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Pittsburgh are in the spotlight again, with gun wide receiver Antonio BROWN relishing having QB Rothslisberger back – and how! BROWN had career highs for receptions and yard totals, and set franchise records for both. Check this out – it reads more like a QB than a WR. 17 of 23 passes caught, 284 yds receiving and 22 yds rushing – for a total of 28.6 fantasy points. WOW.

The receiver to consider employing in your team this week is Dallas WR Cole BEASLEY. With Dez BRYANT back in the team, BEASLEY got off the leash catcging 9 of 11 for 112 yds and 2 TDs, which led to 23.2 pts – better than the rest of his season combined. He’s a risk considering he’s ranked 60th and only owned by 3.6% of leagues, but could he be your point of difference?

TIGHT ENDS
The Bengals tight end Tyler EIFFERT is built like a mountain than can move, and he repaid his owners last weekend with a 23.3pt game consisting of 5 receptions for 53 yds and 3 TDs. Ranked 2nd and owned in 91% of leagues (what are those other 9% thinking?), EIFFERT now has 9 TDs for the season and has amassed more than 20 fantasy pts on three separate occasions.

Stocks are thin in the TE world, but if you’re looking for a dark horse the Broncos Owen DANIELS could be your man. Ranked 20th but only owned in 7% of leagues, DANIELS accepted 6 of 9 passes last week for 102 yds and 1 TD – and a tidy total of 16.2 pts. It waqs his best performance for the season, and if he can keep it up you might just get him for a steal.

MONEYBALL BARGAINS
The NFL matchups just keep coming in the Moneyball arena, with a number of different games offered up on a weekly basis. Regardless of whether you are in for the whole round or just one or two games, these are the players you should be looking at to potentially score well but cost you comparatively little. At the QB position heavily consider Ryan FITZPATRICK ($8,900) or Derek CARR ($8,200), at Running Back look at Lamar MILLER ($8,200) or James STARKS ($5,500), at the Wide Receiver spot check out Antonio BROWN ($8,900) or Tavon AUSTIN ($6,100), and at TE consider Travis KELCE ($6,200) or Delanie WALKER ($5,800).

Good luck and remember to gamble responsibly.


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