Team of the Week
QB: Russell Wilson
Following two sub-par performances in a row, Wilson exploded on Sunday, throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-34 overtime victory over the Buccaneers. Tyler Lockett (13/152/2) and D.K. Metcalf (6/123/1) were simply uncoverable for an overmatched secondary, and Wilson took advantage to recorded his fourth game with 28.9+ fantasy points in nine games.
RB: Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey remains the top fantasy player in the league, and yesterday’s 166-yard, three-touchdown performance puts him on pace for 2,488 total yards, 26 total touchdowns, and the best fantasy season of all-time through eight games. He’s obviously a unique receiving options, but generally speaking, the Panthers have a blueprint to utilize their best player that other teams (like the Browns) should take note of.
RB: Melvin Gordon
A change at offensive coordinator led to a featured role for Gordon in Week 9, and he capitalized with 109 total yards and two scores on 23 touches. The Wisconsin product consistently found the hole and broke arm tackles against Green Bay, and he’s moving back towards RB1 status for fantasy owners that have stuck with him.
WR: Tyler Lockett
The aforementioned 13-catch, 152-yard, two-touchdown game for Lockett was his best of the season, and the connection with Russell Wilson looks simply unstoppable. Sunday’s 18 targets gave him 72 on the season, which is a new career-high already. Lockett is an every-week WR1.
WR: Mike Evans
It hasn’t led to wins, but the Buccaneers have absolutely peppered Evans with targets since his zero-catch performance in Week 5, and he’s turned in lines of 9/96, 11/198/2, and yesterday’s 12/180/1. The floor still might be low across from Chris Godwin in an offense led by the inconsistent Jameis Winston, but Evans is impossible to take out of lineups at this point.
TE: Zach Ertz
Ertz had been quiet in three consecutive road games, but getting back to Lincoln Financial Field immediately changed things, as he caught nine passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. The former second-round pick even broke a tackle for a big gain against Chicago, and hopefully Carson Wentz decides to continue looking his way after the Week 10 bye.
FLEX: Kenyan Drake
Derrick Henry—who was laughably given two carries in the first half—exploding for 23.4 fantasy points anyway was an option for the FLEX spot, but Drake’s performance against San Francisco last Thursday Night deserves a spot on the Team of the Week. Despite the difficult matchup, Drake totaled 162 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches in his Cardinals debut, causing everyone to wonder why he wasn’t fed in Miami.
Pittsburgh’s outlook got a boost when T.Y. Hilton (calf) was ruled out ahead of the weekend, and Jacoby Brissett (knee) going down in the first half led to big plays created against Brian Hoyer. Indy’s backup played well off the bench, but a pick-six and four sacks (plus another of Brissett) allowed the Steelers defense to compile 19.0 fantasy points.
K: Harrison Butker
Butker made all four of his kicks on Sunday, including the game-winner from 44 yards away—which came just a couple of minutes after hitting a 54-yard field goal to tie it. Patrick Mahomes (knee) sounds ready to return in Week 10, but either way, Butker is an elite kicking option for fantasy owners.
Surprise of the Week: Kenyan Drake
Those who have Fantasy Consigliere know we had Drake ranked as a low-end RB2, but public perception was that he wouldn’t see extended playing time just a few days after being acquired, and the Alabama product ended up being the offensive engine for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. It will be interesting to see how the backfield plays out when David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are both healthy.
Disappointment of the Week: Allen Robinson
As always, disappointment was everywhere, but the decision is easy for Week 9. Robinson (one reception, six yards) had a couple of big-play opportunities against the soft Philadelphia secondary, but he came down with his heel out of bounds on the first, and the second was a would-be touchdown that was underthrown by Mitchell Trubisky to allow it to be broken up. And just as frustrating was that Chicago didn’t play through him like they should have with a season-low five targets.
Rookie of the Week: Noah Fant
Kyler Murray deserves mentioning for a great primetime debut in a near comeback victory, but Fant—who had left some production on the field but seemed close to a breakout—got loose for a 75-yard touchdown on his way to the first 100-yard game of his young career. Denver’s first-round pick showed the strength and speed in the open field that made him such an exciting prospect coming out of Iowa.
Week 9 MVP: Russell Wilson
Heading into the Monday Night Football game, Wilson is the highest scorer of Week 9 with 39.2 fantasy points, and even if you didn’t include overtime, he was excellent for fantasy owners in a cupcake matchup. Seattle’s superstar quarterback is on pace for a 39:2 touchdown-interception ratio this season and will now get Josh Gordon added to the offense next week.