Eli Manning/Hakeem Nicks – Nicks looks to be over his early season ailments, but Eli Manning has hit his mid-season lull pretty hard. He’s had four down fantasy games in a row, but has also faced some tough pass defenses in that stretch with San Francisco, Dallas and Pittsburgh. There’s little doubt Manning and company will break out of it, like in previous seasons, and get back into the good graces of fantasy owners.
Percy Harvin – Harvin came into the game with a gimpy hamstring and left with an ankle sprain and that same hamstring problem. Besides the injuries, he is getting no help from a quickly regressing Christian Ponder. Those two problems couple up to be a pretty big problem.
Jordy Nelson – With a bye week looming and a weak Arizona team on the docket, it seemed the Packers would be extra careful with Jordy Nelson, so when he started, I felt like he must be pretty close to 100%. Of course he then hurts his ankle and left the game, scoring a big fat zero fantasy points. I’m just going to chalk this one up to really bad luck. The bye week hopefully will heal him.
Dez Bryant – His one reception for 15 yards was pitiful. It seems his hip was bothering him and Kevin Ogletree saw more work and success than him. Bryant is a mess, no doubt, but he’s too good to give up on and has shown that he can put up fantasy numbers. We just need to factor in his nagging injuries and bonehead plays and keep on keeping on.
Early Waiver Look
QB: Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill
RB: Marcel Reece, Isaac Redman, Daryl Richardson
WR: Brian Hartline, Titus Young, Danny Amendola, T.Y. Hilton, Cecil Shorts, Ryan Broyles
TE: Dustin Keller, Brandon Myers
Fantasy MVP of Week 9: Doug Martin
Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 9: Doug Martin
Fantasy Rookie of Week 9: Andrew Luck
Fantasy Disappointment of Week 9: Eli Manning
Fantasy Fluke of Week 9: Mikel Leshoure
Stats and What Not
Eli Manning's 125 yards passing against the Steelers were his fewest since Week 14 of the 2008 season.
Tony Gonzalez now has 15 seasons with 50 or more receptions. The only other player with more is Jerry Rice with 17.
Over the last three seasons, Oakland has allowed 12 rushing scores of at least 40 yards. No other team has allowed more than four in that span. (Per ESPN Stats & Info)
Doug Martin is the first player in NFL history with three rushing touchdowns of 45+ yards in a game.
In his 37th game Matthew Stafford became the second fastest quarterback to 10,000 passing yards. Kurt Warner did it in 36 games.
No rookie quarterback drafted first overall has ever led his team to a winning record. Andrew Luck is currently 5-3.
@mchappell51 -- Andrew Luck with 2,404 passing yards for 5-3 Colts. Peyton Manning 2,404 passing yards for 5-3 Broncos.
@CaptainComeback -- Roethlisberger tied Peyton Manning for most game-winning drives (29) thru first 9 seasons.
@evansilva -- 2 targets for Jermichael Finley today. 1 catch, 6 yards. Chronic underachiever. Time to give up the ghost.
@CDCarter13 -- RINGING ENDORSEMENT. RT @TomPelissero: Harvin on Ponder: "I'm confident. Definitely. He's our quarterback. He's who the staff picked."
@RotoPat -- Obama and Romney....one needs to add Doug Martin to the ticket.
@MarkMaske -- Pass goes through Aldrick Robinson's hands on Redskins' first play, incomplete. He was starting because of Leonard Hankerson's drop problem.
@greggrosenthal -- Only 3 players ever had more yards from scrimmage in a 2-game stretch than Doug Martin last 2 weeks: Sweetness, Jim Brown, O.J.
@MoveTheSticks -- CHI has the highest point differential in the NFL. They are +116… Impressive! Meanwhile, TEN is -126
@billbarnwell -- Good thing I wrote about the Bears defense and special teams touchdowns drying up on Friday.