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NFL Fantasy Week 9: More surprises, disappointments, and abandonments


The top fantasy performances from Week 9 won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Here’s a look at the top surprises, disappointments, and abandonments of the week.

Surprise: Justin Fields, QB, Bears

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Fields was arguably his best game as a professional, throwing 123 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus 15 takes for 178 yards and a point. Hopefully he’s finally hit his stride as a multi-dimensional midfielder.

Surprise: Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals

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Mixon’s incredible gameplay will be remembered for a while. He had 22 makes for 153 yards and four touchdowns, along with four catches for 58 yards and one touchdown.

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Surprise: Cade Otton, TE, Buccaneers

Surprise: Cade Otton, TE, Buccaneers

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Rob GronkowskiWho? Otton led all Bucs receivers by 68 yards and scored the winning goal late in the game against the Rams. He quickly became a viable fantasy option.

Surprise: Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets

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Wilson was the Jets’ top cashier in an astonishing Bills disappointment. The rookie has had eight catches for 92 yards, giving him 207 yards in his last two games.

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Surprise: Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Dolphins

Surprise: Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Dolphins

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Acquired on trade term from San Francisco, Wilson had a very important role in his first game against Miami. He tied Raheem Mostert with nine executions, accumulating 51 yards on the ground while catching three balls for 21 yards and one touchdown. Wilson looks like he’s going to maintain some value in his new home.

Disappointed: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, chief

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The retreating Chiefs struggled against the seven fronts of the Titans. The four-man command reached only 14 yards, including four who performed in five yards from Edwards-Helaire. He also had one catch of 14 yards.

Disappointing: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Panthers

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Foreman had a stellar Week 8, but he fell short of his encore performance when the Panthers were blown away by Cincinnati. He finished the day with just seven 23-yard runs and two catches for negative two yards.

Disappointed: Deon Jackson, RB, Colts

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Jackson started again for the injured Jonathan Taylor but finished with just 11 attempts for 23 yards and two catches for 13 yards against a dominant New England defence. The Colts will likely continue to run the ball heavy, with the old center Saturday Jeff take on the head coach position, but that doesn’t mean Jackson will be able to progress.

Disappointed: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Colts

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Sam Ehlinger threw just 103 yards over the Patriots, and the Colts’ recipients, including Pittman, suffered. With Ehlinger continuing to star, Pittman is an incredible fantasy choice for the near future.

Disappointed: Matthew Stafford, QB, Rams

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The nightmare season for Stafford and the Rams’ offense continues. He completed just 13 of 27 165-yard passes and one touchdown in a failed attempt against the Buccaneers.

Extra Waiver: Cole Kmet, TE, Bears

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Kmet is starting to have more stable jobs in the Bears’ case. He had five catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, and Kmet also scored last week in Dallas.

More Disclaimers: Case Keenum, QB, Bills

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Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury late in Sunday’s loss to the Jets and was prepared for the tests earlier this week. It’s unclear if he missed the timing, but given Allen’s history of elbow injuries, Keenum is a likely backup pick in the high-powered Bills attack.

Extra Waiver: Chris Moore, WR, Texas

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Houston was defeated at the Open on Thursday with Nico Collins injured and Brandin Cooks sit outside. Cooks’ status is unclear after apparently disgruntled by the lack of deals by the deadline, and Moore’s favor. He made the most of his chances in Week 9 with four catches at 43 yards and one touchdown.

Waiver Add: JJ Taylor, RB, Patriots

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With Damien Harris Again, Taylor saw 9 carry and had a catch in the New England Colts loss. Harris’ recent injury problem could push Taylor up the depth charts.

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Extra Waiver: Samori Toure, WR, Packers

Extra Waiver: Samori Toure, WR, Packers

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Green Bay’s bad luck continues, as rookie Romeo Doubs could miss time due to a high ankle sprain. Toure saw four goals in the net of the Lions, ending with two catches at 34 metres. He could be forced to play more often as the Packers run out of options.

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