As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals — After a miserable Week 8 in which he threw 5 interceptions and lost a fumble, Warner righted the ship in Week 9. Against a normally stiff Chicago defense, Warner racked up 261 yards and tied his career best 5 touchdown tosses. More importantly to his actual team, he did not committ any turnovers and proved once again to be a reliable starter. With 35 points, Warner is awarded Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.
RB: Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons — Showing why he was one of the most highly touted running backs in the pre-season, Turner ripped off 166 rushing yards, including 2 long touchdown scampers. Adding 14 yards receiving, Turner ended the day with an impressive 29 fantasy points, the highest amongst rushers in Week 9. Turner is now is position for a 1,500-yard/20 touchdown season – a solid starter in any league format.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals — An obvious benefactor to teammate Kurt Warner’s bounce back performance, Fitzgerald reminded fantasy owners why he is so dangerous. He reeled in 9 receptions for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to 24 fantasy points. Despite a fairly rocky season thus far, Fitzgerald is still an elite receive and was best in the league in Week 9.
TE: Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears — In a tough game against Arizona, Olsen was a bright spots for the Bears. He only pulled down 5 receptions for 71 yards, but that includes 3 touchdowns, a ridiculous 60% touchdown per reception ratio. He real team may not have won, but his 25 points, best in the league amongst tight ends, surely helped many fantasy teams to victory in Week 9.
K: David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles — Technically a three-way tie, we gave the nod to Akers for one reason. He booted a 50+ yard field goal. Granted, it’s not the rarest feat, but it does deserve recognition. Akers also booted 2 more 40+ yard field goal and tacked on a PAT for 14 fantasy points on the day. Sorry Olindo Mare and Stephen Gostkowski, you’ll have to convince your coaches to drop back a few more yards next time.
D/ST: Tamba Bay Buccaneers — Along with rookie Josh Freeman, the Bucs defense helped pave the way for their first victory of the season. They gave up 28 points to the Packers, but also recorded 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, a blocked kick and an unprecedented 2 defensive touchdowns. Their 25 fantasy points place the unit as the sixth highest scorer of all positions in Week 9.
ROOKIE: Josh Freeman, Tamba Bay Buccaneers — For the second week in a row, a young QB was the best rookie performer. This week, less-than-top-prospect Freeman was the knight in shining armour. In his first career start, he completed just 14 of 31 passes, but amassed 205 yards and 3 touchdowns and his lone interception was off set by 20 rushing yards and a 2-point conversion in what would be the Bucs first victory of the season. With 24 fantasy points, Freeman was the top rookie performer and tied for seventh best overall performer in Week 9.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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