Did you take the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Guru’s last-minute video advice and start Indianapolis Colts wide-receiver Austin Collie? Did you overlook starting or even adding Oakland’s speedy rookie wide-receiver, Jacoby Ford to your banged-up receiver corps? Who did you start at quarterback? At 41, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Bret “Grandpa” Favre threw his way to a career performance against the struggling Arizona Cardinals, and Eagles fans were excited when Michael Vick returned, but would their outstanding performances score enough fantasy points to earn them a spot on the Fantastic Five list?
In addition to Michael Vick’s return, it was the first game back for the Eagles’ high-soaring wide-receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion on Oct. 17. The pair immediately went to work and provided some early fireworks, scoring on the opening drive. Jackson finished the day with 109 yards receiving and a TD. More on Vick later.
Philip Rivers tossed his helmet into the ring with four touchdown passes and 295 yards. Even though San Diego’s exciting wide-receiver corps is missing a few key components, Rivers managed 26.10 Fantasy Points-only enough to place sixth on the list.
Detroit’s rookie DL, Ndamukong Suh, missed an extra-point attempt against the Jets after Jason Hanson was injured. Click here to read more on that subject. And continuing with the ODD NEWS theme, Patriots’ wide-receiver Wes Welker kicked an extra-point in their game against Cleveland. Welker is no stranger to kicking duties. He kicked an extra-point and field goal in his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins back in 2004. Did either of these convert into enough fantasy points for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football owners? Nah, but they were fun to read about!
Here is a breakdown of Sunday’s highlights, which earned these players a spot on Giovanni’s Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football Fantastic Five list:
Peyton Hillis earned the top spot this week, scoring 32.00 Fantasy Points for his owners. Not bad for a seventh-round pick, huh? The former Denver Bronco and converted fullback rushed 32 times for 184 yards and caught three passes for another 36 yards, bringing his total rushing yards this season to 644. That’s more than the previous two years combined! Next on their minds is the parsimonious run defense of the New York Jets, which ranks fourth in the NFL. The Jets allow a miserly 87.4 yards rushing per game.
The Houston Texans’ previously undrafted running back, Arian Foster, is having a great season. Foster, the NFL’s rushing leader, has pummeled opposing defenses for 100 yards or more in five games already and produced nine touchdowns, two of which came in Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers. Arian Foster continues to stock pile the Fantasy Points for his owners with 31.70 and should add to the stats next week against the porous Jacksonville Jaguars’ run defense, which ranks 22nd against the run and 28th against the pass. You definitely want to keep him in the line-up.
Starting despite his ankle injury, Aaron Rodgers took full advantage of the lowly Dallas Cowboys’ defense. Once again stirring speculation that Dallas’ head coach, Wade Phillips, would be fired soon. Rodgers tossed the pigskin around for 289 yards and 3 TDs. He now has 15 for the season. The Packers have a bye in week 10, then play the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers very respectable 27.66 Fantasy Points landed him on my list at number 3.
Fourth on the list, with 26.40 Fantasy Points on Sunday, is Adrian Peterson. Minnesota’s elite running back, coupled with Favre’s performance on Sunday, could very well have resurrected the Vikings’ playoff hopes and maybe pulled Coach Brad Childress’ fat out of the fire! Peterson rushed for 81 yards and one TD and caught another. Adding to his totals for the year. Peterson now has 857 yards and seven TDs. Next week, the Vikings will be in Chicago, where Peterson has enjoyed great success. In six games against the Bears, he has amassed 733 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. It should be interesting.
Former #1 draft pick out of Virgina Tech, Michael Vick rounds out the list with 26.12 Fantasy Points in week 9. Vick’s return performance edged out Philip Rivers by a scant .02 fantasy points! Nevertheless, Vick exhibited great leadership in the Eagles’ win against the AFC East’s Indianapolis Colts and showed almost no signs of pain from the rib injury he received in week 4 against the Washington Redskins. Vick completed 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards and an early touchdown to DeSean Jackson, and carried the rock 10 times for 74 yards and a TD. Before his injury, Vick was putting up some serious numbers, and it seems likely that he will continue to do so as long as he can remain healthy.
Philip Rivers, the NFL’s leading passer, has a bye next week, which should allow someone to heal up enough to catch a pass or two. When he returns to action, Rivers should be able to continue his pace to set a new single-season passing record. Dan Marino currently holds the top spot with 5,084 yards. The former Charger, Drew Brees, is second with a respectable 5,069 yards. Click here to see the complete list of the NFL’s Passing Leaders for a single season.
After an exciting and unpredictable week 9 in the NFL, every Fantasy Football enthusiast should be salivating over week 10’s possibilities. I know that I will be glued to both my computer and the television.
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