Just one game remains in Week 9 and the first 12 contests brought plenty of fantasy football excitement. With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, developments in these late regular season weeks will undoubtedly have lasting playoff effects, so be sure to check in regularly with your good friends at Rotoworld for the finest fantasy analysis on the planet. After all, fantasy titles should be squarely in your crosshairs at this point in the season, and racking up wins is why we’re here.
Week 9 delivered a few more notable injuries after Week 8’s injury meltdown left fantasy owners in a frenzy, making the final few weeks of the fantasy regular season even trickier with backups becoming starters, bye weeks wrapping up, and weather beginning to show signs of winter. We will start in Pittsburgh, then check in on other news and notes from a busy Week 9 in Monday’s Daily Dose.
Big Ben Gone Again
The Pittsburgh Steelers provided piles of fantasy intrigue on Sunday as they topped the Oakland Raiders 38-35. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown went nuts in this game, hauling in 17 of 23 targets for 284 receiving yards. Brown was making plays all over the field in his usual fashion, but he capitalized on an enormous target total as Pittsburgh battled with the impressive young Oakland offense. The performance by Brown may be his last major contribution for a few weeks however, as Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was diagnosed with a foot sprain late on Sunday and will likely miss one or two weeks. Landry Jones will attempt to keep the Steelers’ skill players fantasy-relevant with Roethlisberger on the shelf again, but expect Pittsburgh to use a healthy dose of DeAngelo Williams while Jones in under center.
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Dion Lewis Injures Knee
One of fantasy’s best storylines this season has been the emergence of New England running back Dion Lewis, who has been a top-flight fantasy option in 2015. Lewis was off to another fine start on Sunday, tallying 53 total yards, before suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of New England’s win over Washington. Lewis will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury, with the Patriots organization hoping the issue is simply an MCL sprain. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more information on Lewis’ status and be prepared to fire up LeGarrette Blount, as the bruising running back stands to see a jump in usage if Lewis misses time. Game flow is still a concern with Blount, but he did stack up 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries on Sunday.
Shoulder Injury For McCoy
The Buffalo Bills handled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with relative ease, but running back LeSean McCoy suffered a shoulder injury after chipping in with 119 total yards and a touchdown. A Monday MRI awaits, but the Bills play on Thursday night this week so the quick turnaround could give McCoy problems even if the shoulder injury is minor. If McCoy misses time, Karlos Williams stands to benefit and the rookie was mighty impressive on Sunday, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Williams now has five rushing touchdowns in five games and would approach RB1 status if McCoy misses extended time.
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News and Notes
Latavius Murray (concussion) left Oakland’s Week 9 game early to be evaluated for a potential concussion. Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, and Roy Helu would be left to pick up the slack if Murray misses time. … Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) took a vicious hit on Sunday and was forced to sit out the final quarter of Minnesota’s win over St. Louis. More news will surface this week regarding Bridgewater’s status. … Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns racked up 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown reception. … Sammy Watkins was on the field for the first time since Week 6 and delivered a huge performance, catching eight passes for 168 yards and a score. With his ankle now apparently healthy, Watkins will be a solid fantasy contributor down the stretch. … Devonta Freeman struggled with just 12 yards on 12 carries this week, but salvaged his fantasy line by adding eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Freeman’s receiving skills give him a solid weekly floor. … Both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman handled seven carries on Sunday, with Hillman registering one yard, and Anderson running for 34 yards. Anderson has looked solid over the last two weeks although he will remain a RBBC member with Hillman for the time being. … Shaun Draughn led the San Francisco backfield on Sunday, with 20 touches and 96 total yards. Draughn appears to have the upper hand in the 49ers’ backfield while Carlos Hyde is out. … Dorial Green-Beckham was targeted 10 times by Marcus Mariota on Sunday, catching five passes for 77 yards. Hopefully this is the start of DGB being worked into the Tennessee offense on a more regular basis. … The New York Giants’ backfield remained a muddled mess on Sunday, as four separate backs were mixed into the rotation behind Eli Manning on Sunday. Rashad Jennings led the rushing work while Shane Vereen did the most damage in the receiving game.