Fantasy Football Week 9 Live Tracker

Week 8 saw wide receiver Marvin Jones burst onto the fantasy scene with four touchdowns, Calvin Johnson win quite a few matchups for owners with a 329-yard performance, and quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick reward patient owners with huge games. 

So what sort of fun awaits in Week 9?

After Thursday Night Football, owners of A.J. Green (11 receptions for 128 yards), Giovani Bernard (104 yards from scrimmage, two touchdowns and arguably the play of the season) the Miami Dolphins defense (four turnovers, a Brent Grimes touchdown and a safety) and Lamar Miller (16 rushes for 105 yards) were off to an excellent start this week.

Andy Dalton owners (four turnovers, no touchdowns, just six fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues) weren’t so lucky.

Fantasy lineups will be a bit weaker than usual this week, with six teams on bye and fantasy mainstays such as Megatron, Matt Stafford, Reggie Bush, Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald, Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin all unavailable. 

This week, owners will pray that disappointments thus far can return to fantasy prominence.

Will Ray Rice—who has reached double-digit fantasy points just twice—end his slump against the Cleveland Browns? Can C.J. Spiller manage a big play or two against the Kansas City Chiefs? Will Tom Brady look like a QB1 once again against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Will Robert Griffin III light up fantasy boards with a tasty matchup against the San Diego Chargers?

If these players post big weeks, fantasy owners that stuck with them and started them during the tough bye week will be ecstatic. If they don’t, don’t be surprised when a few of them are traded for pennies on the dollar. 

Make sure those lineups are set, flip over to NFL RedZone and get ready to anxiously glance down at your lineup every minute or so—it’s time for fantasy Sunday.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s waiver wire MVP has emerged, and it is St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy. 

After four straight weeks with seven or more fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues, Stacy came into Sunday with the chance to cement his status as a weekly starter. He took care of that in the first half against the Tennessee Titans, rushing 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown—while also catching a pass for another 12 yards—good for 13.4 fantasy points.

While the Rams came into the season with a muddled backfield—Daryl Richardson opened the year as the starter, while many believed second-year man Isaiah Pead would seize the job—it’s Stacy that has been given the opportunity to start, and he’s has certainly run with it (pun intended).

At this point, he seems locked in as a RB2 each week or, at very worse, a very nice flex option for fantasy owners. Barring an injury, the majority of the carries in St. Louis will be going his way. 

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For the fifth time in six games, Mike Tolbert of the Carolina Panthers found pay dirt on Sunday. 

It didn’t take Tolbert long to reward fantasy owners who took a chance on rostering and starting the running back on Sunday, as he rumbled into the end zone on a four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. 

While many fantasy players may be concerned about the return of Jonathan Stewart further muddling the Panthers’ backfield—Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert were each given touches in the first half—Tolbert appears to have carved out a role in red zone situations for himself. 

He’s a traditional vulture—and it’s always a bit frightening when a player’s value is so closely tied to touchdown production—but he’s definitely worth a stash, especially with so much uncertainty at the running back position this season.

The Panthers know their bread is buttered in the run game, so expect Tolbert to continue getting a limited amount of carries but a good portion of the opportunities near the red zone.

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