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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap all the Week 9 action, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview Monday Night Football. It's 11/8. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
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Week 9 will not be a week to remember for fantasy players. Scores were low across the board and points were hard to come by. We were so starved for action that we spent most of the afternoon marvelling at the fact that there are two footballers named Josh Allen and that Jordan Love’s mom needed a telescope to watch her son play. 

Still, we must put a bow on this week, so here is everything else that caught my eye in Week 9, with Cooterdoodle’s favorite tweets sprinkled in... 

* The Cowboys imploded at home in a 16-30 loss to the Broncos. It was the kind of game where Malik Turner scores 2 TDs and Tim Patrick (4-85-1) leads everyone in receiving yards. Melvin Gordon (21-80-1; 2-15) refuses to concede to Javonte Williams (17-111).

* The lone bright spot on a low scoring fantasy day was the overtime tilt between the Ravens and Vikings. Lamar Jackson popped off (266 passing yards, 3 TDs, and 120 rushing yards) and Marquise Brown doubled his stat line in added time (9-116). Rookie WR Rashod Bateman returned and was targeted 8 times.

* The Giants-Raiders game was ugly. Daniel Jones threw for 110 yards while Kyle Rudolph led all Giants pass catchers in targets (5). Zay Jones played almost every offensive snap for the Raiders, but it may be short lived with DeSean Jackson on his way.

* If there’s one thing we can count on each week it’s Cordarrelle Patterson finding ways to produce. He only had 10 yards rushing, but led the Falcons with 126 receiving yards on 6 catches. Popular late round best ball option in Matt Ryan stacks, Olamide Zaccheaus, had 2 TDs.

* Tyrod Taylor (3 INTs, 0 TDs) vs. Jacoby Brissett (2 INTs, 1 TD) was about what you’d expect. Brandin Cooks (12 targets) paced the Texans while Jaylen Waddle (10) and Mike Gesicki (8) hogged the targets for Miami.

* You won’t believe this, but there are two Josh Allens and one is a quarterback and the other is an edge rusher and they played against each other yesterday and the more notable Josh Allen had a rough day at the expense of the more unheralded Josh Allen who happened to sack, intercept, and recover a fumble from his name twin and this confluence of events delighted football fans to such a startling degree that I remain shook and triggered 20 hours later. 

* Sometimes I lay awake at night just imagining what it would be like if the Browns gave Nick Chubb more than 4 carries a game. He had 14, but it felt like 4, okay? He went nuclear on the Bengals (14-137-2; 2-26) cementing himself as the league’s best rusher in a Derrick Henry-less landscape. Also worth noting that Baker Mayfield looked like a born again QB with Odell out of town. 

* Christian McCaffrey (14-52; 4-54) returned to action, but the QB play was so disastrous in the Panthers-Patriots game that no meaningful fantasy points were scored. Granted, it was a tough spot for Sam Darnold (16/33, 172 yards, 3 INTs), he’s on an extremely short leash.  

* After a few down weeks, Eagles rookie WR Devonta Smith (5-116-1) put together a nice line against the Chargers. Mike Williams (2-58) has really cooled off since his early season heroics. It would appear as if Keenan Allen (12-104) grew tired of the “1A/1B” talk. 

* We spilled a ton of ink trying to prepare for the Cardinals-49ers game yesterday which saw both Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins sit out. Chase Edmonds left the game early with an injury and James Conner (21-96-2; 5-77-1) promptly exploded. George Kittle (6-101-1) returned to action and looked really solid. 

* Maybe they were doing Jordan Love’s mother a favor putting her up in seats where she couldn’t see the game? Love was honestly fine, but the Chiefs had him under pressure the entire game. Travis Kelce (5-68-1) scored the lone TD for a Chiefs team that continues to disappoint from a fantasy perspective. 

* Why does it feel like the Titans are a Disney movie team? Sure, they lose their hero, but the resilient team finds a way to slay another dragon against all odds. Cooper Kupp had 11 catches for 95 yards because that’s what he does. 

 

🗣️ PAGING JORDAN LOVE'S MOM

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

Here are a few of the injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…

* Chase Edmonds (ankle), Zack Moss (concussion), Damien Harris (head), Rhamondre Stevenson (head), Albert Okwuegbunam (knee), Matthew Stafford (back/ankle) 

 

🔮 MNF PREVIEW

Tonight we get an on brand game as far as Week 9 is concerned. The Steelers (-7) host the Bears in a game with a weak 39 point over/under. 

David Montgomery is expected to return to the Bears backfield tonight after getting in some practices last week. I would imagine he’ll split work with Khalil Herbert, who has played very well in relief. 

Over on Sharp Football Analysis—part of the Rotopass network—they dig into how Justin Fields will handle the Steelers pressure:

Pittsburgh should cause him more trouble than the 49ers did last week. San Francisco ranks 28th in pressure rate even after their game against the Bears. Pittsburgh enters this game ranked 10th. Fields has struggled the most against the Browns and Bucs, two teams that rank in the top six in pressure rate.

 

We need a good game to close out this week. We neeeeeeed it. We’ll be back tomorrow with Week 10 waiver adds. 

- Pete Overzet

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