Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 9 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned from Week 9
November 5, 2013
What We Learned from Week 9
There is a growing epidemic of NFL quarterbacks developing split personalities. The QB that has frustrated fantasy owners the most finally decided to show his true form last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tom Brady busted out in a massive way, in fact, it was such a huge breakout that now several players that pretended to play defense for Pittsburgh will lose their jobs. Tom Brady goes from averaging 228 passing yards and one touchdown a game to lighting up the Steelers for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns. It appears safe to believe that Tom Brady has decided to be Tom Terrific again instead of Tom Terrible.
Nick Foles is another quarterback that seems to be suffering through a split personality. Foles has had some great games this year, and none better than his performance last weekend at Oakland. It was such a good performance that fantasy owners have completely forgotten the reason he was dropped after being a picked up. Foles played absolutely terrible at home against the Cowboys in week 7. In the game against Dallas, Foles only completed 38% of his passes and he only threw for 80 yards. Most folks will look at these numbers and say, yeah well he was knocked out of that game and that is why he only had 80 yards. The truth is, Foles had 29 pass attempt before he left the game, and that is an average of less than 3 yards an attempt. Another unusual trend is that Foles has played lights out on the road, but his one home game was the stinker against the Cowboys? Fantasy owners are hoping the Foles that plays on the road will overtake the Foles that plays at home, and then the true Foles could be a fantasy force the rest of the season.
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Andy Dalton is another quarterback that has had a hard time finding his true self. One week Andy Dalton is barely topping 200 passing yards and can't throw a touchdown and the next week he is throwing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dalton just came down from a streak that was so hot, he was throwing lasers brighter than his hair. The Dolphins brought Dalton back down to Earth last Thursday, and now fantasy owners are back to wondering who the real Andy Dalton is. Is Dalton the guy that has not throw a touchdown in only three games this year, or is he the guy that has not turned the ball over in only two games this year?
Running Backs are making a comeback. Week 9 saw the reemergence of the running back in a major way. Thirteen running backs rushed for over 100 yards in week 9, and that was more than the previous four weeks combined. After an extremely turbulent running back market to start the season, it appears these stormy waters are starting to calm and the running back position is finding itself a vital part of an NFL offense once again. As the weather gets colder, teams will need to be able to move the ball on the ground and keep the opposing gunslinging quarterbacks off the field.
Coaching can take a major toll on a person just like playing on the field can. John Fox and Gary Kubiak have both been sidelined this week due to health issues. The mental and physical stress from being a head coach can be as harmful to a person's health as strapping on a helmet and running full speed into a head on collision with another player. The Texans and Broncos will have to carry on their seasons with new head coaches for the time being, and it is unclear how these changes will affect each team.
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