Week 9 Recap: Hill Goes HAM
November 2, 2014 | Jeff
Week 9 is nearly complete, with just one Eli Manning vs. Andrew Luck matchup left to finish things off. Sunday was another exciting day of fantasy action, with new running backs emerging along with our usual piles of great performances and utterly head-scratching performances. Yes, we are looking at you, Philip Rivers! Let’s dive right in and check out some highlights and lowlights from Sunday’s fake football scene, led by Mr. Jeremy Hill…
Jeremy Hill: With Gio Bernard sitting out on Sunday, it was rookie Jeremy Hill who exploded and led the Bengals offense as they topped the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hill got a ton of work with Bernard out, and turned his 24 carries into 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard rumble in the 4th quarter. Hill will remain a flex option at best with Gio in the lineup, but keep tabs on news out of Cincinnati this week as Hill can be a fantasy force with the Bengals backfield to himself.
Terrance West: The power in the Cleveland backfield finally changed hands on Sunday with rookie Terrance West shoving Ben Tate aside while the Browns held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. West received 16 touches to Tate’s 14, but it was West who scored on a short pass and Tate managed only 33 yards on his 14 touches, including just three rushing yards on 10 carries. Isaiah Crowell didn’t receive any action in this game so it looks like Tate and West will be the two primary ball carriers with West looking like the preferred option. Cleveland has a quick turnaround, so we will see how this backfield continues to evolve on Thursday as the Browns travel to Cincinnati.
Dez Bryant: The most garbage of garbage time touchdowns came from our buddy Dez on Sunday as he snagged a score with 1:08 left on the clock as Dallas fell to Arizona. This brought Bryant’s stat line to two catches for 15 yards and that lone touchdown. The obvious issue with the Dallas passing game was quarterback Brandon Weeden, who looked awful as he went 18/33 for 183 yards and two interceptions. Hopefully Tony Romo heals quickly and resuscitates the fantasy value of Dez and the Dallas passing game.
Nick Foles: Fantasy owners were crushed on Sunday by the early departure of Nick Foles, who broke his collarbone against the Houston Texans. Foles did manage to hit Jeremy Maclin on a 59-yard touchdown before the injury, so Foles still manged more fantasy points than a healthy Philip Rivers (more on that later). Foles will be out at least 4-6 weeks and can be safely dropped in all leagues. Mark Sanchez filled in for Foles and threw for 202 yards with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of picks, but will be better left on the wire unless you play in a zany 2QB league.
Percy Harvin: New Jets quarterback Michael Vick didn’t light up the scoreboard on Sunday, but he did feed the team’s newest option with 13 targets as Percy Harvin had himself a big game. Harvin hauled in 11 of 13 targets for 129 yards, which set new season highs in all three categories. It appears that New York is set on getting Harvin the ball, so he should be back into the good graces of the fantasy world now that the situation surrounding his acquisition has seemingly cooled off. A matchup with Pittsburgh is up next for Harvin and the 1-8 Jets.
Philip Rivers: While Ryan Tannehill was busy torching the San Diego defense for 288 yards and three scores, Philip Rivers decided to take the afternoon off and enjoy a few poolside cocktails in South Beach. Although that statement is not entirely true, fantasy owners who started Rivers may be in need of a few cocktails themselves after Philip went 12/23 for 138 yards and three interceptions on Sunday. This horrendous performance actually went for NEGATIVE fantasy points, as Rivers lost a fumble as well. The final tally was 37-0 in favor of Miami and Philip and the Bolts will have their Week 10 bye week to think about what they have done.
Matt Asiata: One of fantasy’s most intriguing backfields handed fake footballers a difficult dose of frustration on Sunday, when Minnesota’s Matt Asiata vultured not one, not two, but THREE goal line touchdowns from Jerick McKinnon. The threat of Asiata as the Vikings goal line back has always been present, but this was just a little on the extreme end of the spectrum. McKinnon played decently on the afternoon, totaling 68 yards on 17 touches, but still has not found the end zone this season. It appears that unless McKinnon breaks a long score, he won’t be reaching the painted area of the football field any time soon. McKinnon is still the back to own here, but there will be speed bumps like this along the way.
Tre Mason: Jeff Fisher finally wised up on Sunday and let Tre Mason handle the bulk of the St. Louis rushing duties. Zac Stacy didnt receive a single touch in this contest, and Benny Cunningham was reserved for passing down work while Mason handled 19 carries on the day. Mason wasn’t necessarily impressive with the touches (65 yards rushing), but the point here is that Mason is the back to own and can be started moving forward with the warning that a negative game script (Rams losing) will hurt his value from time to time.
Rob Gronkowski: New England defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday 43-21 with the help of their beastly tight end, who caught nine of 10 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. This gives Gronk eight scores in nine games and the big fella is averaging 103.2 yards per game over New England’s last five contests. Gronk and the Pats have Week 10 off, before traveling to Indianapolis in Week 11 in search of their sixth straight win. Gronk is all the way back and is currently the baddest tight end on the planet.