Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 9 Players to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 9 Players to Watch
October 31, 2013
Week 9 Players to Watch
Austin Collie - Collie is again a player to watch, and that may seem a little silly considering how bad the Patriots offense has been. The thing to remember is Collie is a very smart player and he has the ability to get on the same page as Tom Brady, and that is something that has been missing from the Patriots offense all season. Collie played on over half of New England's offensive plays (33/65) last Sunday, and he was on the field more than Edelman or Thompkins. Collie did not catch any passes, but the fact that he was on the field shows the Patriots are trusting him more. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor Collie's progress and he could become a key piece on the Patriots aerial attack very soon.
Montee Ball - Well, how quickly things can change in the NFL. Ball was considered a mega breakout star this year, and he has not come anywhere close to living up to his preseason hype. However, thanks to a Ronnie Hillman fumble, Ball is now the #2 running back in Denver. It is time to put Ball back on the fantasy radar. Moreno is an injury risk, even though he has looked really good so far, and now Ball is looking like the running back to own if Moreno gets hurt.
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Pierre Thomas - Thomas seems to have taken the lead in the New Orleans backfield, but things could get completed again as Mark Ingram should return to the field very soon. The Saints also have a tough matchup this week in New York against a stout Jets run defense. Despite these obstacles, Thomas remains a player that fantasy owners should keep an eye on. The Saints have a tough fantasy playoff schedule since they have to play the Panthers twice over the fantasy playoffs, but Thomas could be a very good flex start during favorable matchups.
Case Keenum - Keenum is the newest member of the NFL starting quarterback club, and that is why fantasy owners need to keep him on their radars. Rookie quarterbacks need one thing to help them and Keenum has that: a strong running game. Keenum is no stranger to slinging the ball around the yard either. Keenum threw for over 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons at the University of Houston. Keenum is also the all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions in college football. The Texans signed Keenum as an undrafted free agent, and they seem to have an eye for these players as Arian Foster was also an undrafted free agent. The Texans have a lot of weapons on offense and Keenum has a great opportunity to make a name for himself in the NFL World and the Fantasy Football World.
Roddy White/Drew Davis - The Falcons receiving corp has been destroyed by injuries this year, and now Drew Davis in a name to monitor. Harry Douglas has stepped up in a huge way to replace Julio Jones's production, and now Drew Davis is playing the role of Roddy White. Davis had 5 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown last week in Arizona, and he should continue to see his share of the targets as long as Roddy White is sidelined.
Other Players to note
Shonn Greene and Jonathan Stewart have been injured all season and many fantasy owners have forgotten about them. Both Greene and Stewart should be considered the #2 options on their teams at the moment, but both could make contributions as the season progresses and fantasy owners should monitor their progress.
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