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Fantasy Football Week 9 Player Analysis: Start Jordan Reed And Bench Tom Brady

  • Adam Ronis

QUARTERBACKS

QUARTERBACKS

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Jake Locker (Titans): In his last three games, Locker has been very productive. Before the bye and returning from injury, Locker passed for 326 yards with two TDs and rushed for 29 yards against the 49ers. In the two games prior, he combined to pass for 448 yards, four TDs and 85 rushing yards with a TD. Locker is an excellent bye-week fill-in and while the Rams rank 12th best against the pass, they have allowed 14 passing TDs.

Terrelle Pryor (Raiders): Pryor is another good option if your No. 1 QB is on bye. Pryor can make a Fantasy day on one play as he showed last week running for a 93-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage. He rushed for 106 yards last week and still had a productive day despite 88 passing yards. The Eagles have allowed the 10th most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers (Chargers): Rivers has passed for 2,132 yards and thrown 15 TDs. Despite two TDs in the last two games, Rivers is a good play against the Redskins, who have allowed the ninth most Fantasy points to the position. The Chargers had the lead in games against the Jaguars and Colts and relied on the run more in those games.

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Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins): The Dolphins offense has struggled most of the season and Tannehill is not getting protection. He has been sacked 32 times, including six last week against the Patriots. The Bengals defense is very good and it’s a short week with a Thursday night game. Tannehill has passed for one TD in four of seven games.

Tom Brady (Patriots): Brady is not getting it done and he’s killing Fantasy teams. It’s not the inexperience and injuries to his skill players that is the main reason. Brady is not throwing the ball well, and he’s missed a lot of throws he’s used to making. He has two TDs and four INTs the last four games and been sacked 16 times. He has passed for 230 yards or less in five of eight games.

Joe Flacco (Ravens): Flacco doesn’t have enough weapons and with Joe Haden likely shadowing his best target in Torrey Smith, the task is tougher. The Browns rank sixth against the pass. Flacco has eight TDs and eight INTs in seven games.

RUNNING BACKS

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Zac Stacy (Rams): Stacy sprained his ankle late Monday night against the Seahawks, so check his status. Stacy was very limited in practice Wednesday. Stacy has run well and coming off 134 rushing yards on 26 carries against the Seahawks. He has rushed for at least 78 yards in three of four starts and the Titans have allowed the sixth most Fantasy points to RBs.

Eddie Lacy (Packers): Lacy is getting huge workloads with at least 24 touches in four consecutive games. He has scored in two consecutive games and is getting more involved in the passing game with nine receptions on 11 targets the last two games. The Bears defense is not as good compared to recent seasons; they have allowed the seventh most Fantasy points to RBs.

Stevan Ridley (Patriots): The usage of Ridley has caused headaches for owners. He’s clearly the team’s best RB, yet he didn’t see a snap in the first quarter last week. He finished with 14 carries for 79 yards with a TD and has 45 carries for 185 yards with four TDs the last three games.

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Mike James (Buccaneers): The Seahawks looked vulnerable against the run Monday night, but it came on the road in a divisional game. They are much tougher at home and the Seahawks have allowed the sixth fewest Fantasy points to RBs.

Steven Jackson (Falcons): Jackson did not look good in his first game back from a hamstring injury last week with 11 carries for six yards and three catches for seven yards. The Panthers are ranked second against the run and have allowed two rushing TDs.

Willis McGahee (Browns): McGahee has not looked good and his touches aren’t enough to produce. He has 30 carries for 104 yards the last three games.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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Kendall Wright (Titans): He has at least 10 points in PPR formats the last six games and at least eight targets in five of the last six games. Wright hasn’t scored since Week 2 but there’s a good chance he gets back in the end zone against the Rams this week.

Keenan Allen (Chargers): Allen has emerged as the top target for Philip Rivers. Allen has 23 receptions for 369 yards and two TDs the last four games and the Redskins have allowed 15 passing TDs.

Terrance Williams (Cowboys): Williams had a season-high 10 targets last week and had two catches for 64 yards with a TD. He had caught 24 of 28 passes before last week and has scored four TDs the last five weeks. The Vikings have allowed the sixth most Fantasy points to WRs and 16 passing TDs.

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Greg Jennings (Vikings): The Cowboys are ranked last against the pass and have allowed 15 passing TDs, but the passing game is so inept for the Vikings. He has secured 11 of 23 targets for 84 yards the last three games.

Brandon LaFell (Panthers): The matchup is good against the Falcons, who have allowed the fifth most Fantasy points to wide receivers, but LaFell can’t be counted on. He has six catches for 58 yards the last two games.

Kenbrell Thompkins (Patriots): Thompkins has lost a lot of luster with the Patriots getting healthy and he is playing fewer snaps. He had 16 receiving yards last week for the second time in three games.

TIGHT ENDS

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Greg Olsen (Panthers): Olsen hasn’t been productive the last three games with just 12 targets. He did score last week and the Panthers offense will move the ball against the Falcons.

Jordan Reed (Redskins): Make room for Reed in the lineup, even if he’s a flex due to a superior tight end on the roster. Reed has 23 targets the last two games and has caught 17 passes for 224 yards with a TD.

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Jared Cook (Rams): Going up against your former team usually leads to a good game. It didn’t for Greg Jennings against the Packers last week and don’t expect it to happen for Cook with Kellen Clemens at QB. Cook has not topped 44 yards receiving or scored since Week 1.

Scott Chandler (Bills): Chandler had seven receptions last week, but the Chiefs have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends.

KICKERS

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Mason Crosby (Packers): Crosby has connected on 17 of 19 field goals and hit all 23 extra points. Expect more points against the Bears.

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Greg Zuerlein (Rams): The Rams are going to have a difficult time moving the ball on the road against a good Titans defense.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

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Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys defense hasn’t been great, but they are forcing turnovers with 11 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and 21 sacks. The Vikings are a bad offensive team and good matchup.

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Chicago Bears: The Bears still get some turnovers, but injuries have hurt the unit. A matchup against the Packers is not the week to use them.

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