Fantasy Football Week 9: Top 25 Matchup Related Performances

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, November 7th 2012
Fantasy Football Week 9: Top 25 Matchup Related Performances

In a new series of articles here at eDraft we take a look at the top 25 matchup related fantasy performances in Week 9. Doug Martin might have had a record setting performance, but will he be ranked No. 1 due to the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneerse played a less than stellar Oakland Raiders defense? What about Andrew Lucks' performance against a mediocre Miami Dolphins' secondary? 

Lets take a gander. This should help you plan your lineups moving forward. After all, if a player can have success against one of the top defenses in the NFL, imagine what he would do against a weak unit. 


Player Team Yards TD INT PTS Opp. Ranking
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 218 4 1 26.0 Arizona #3
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 433 2 0 25.8 Miami #30 
Russell Wilson Seattle 173 3 0 21.6 Minnesota #9
Carson Palmer Oakland 414 4 3 28.9 Tampa Bay #32
Peyton Manning Denver 291 3 2 19.4 Cincinnati #19 


The Arizona Cardinals still rank No. 3 in the NFL against the pass, but that is a bit misleading. They have now given up seven touchdown passes over the course of the last two weeks. A week following Alex Smith's 18-of-19 performance against Arizona, Aaron Rodgers went off on Sunday. He threw four touchdowns and has now racked up 22 touchdowns over the course of the last six weeks. 

While we already know Rodgers is a must start every week, it is important to note how much Arizona's pass defense has struggled recently. Following its Week 10 bye, Arizona goes up against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Arizona finishes up the regular year going up against the likes of Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith. That is something to think about when looking at starting any of those three quarterbacks. 

It is pretty obvious that Andrew Luck is a QB1 option. Now only did he break the single-game rookie record for passing yards against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, he is the eighth ranked fantasy quarterback over the last four weeks. It is important to note, however, that the Indianapolis Colts were going up against a lackluster Miami' pass defense. Luck and the Colts go up against three lackluster pass defenses in the next three weeks in the form of the Jacksonville Jaguars (tomorrow), New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. He should be considered a top tier QB1 option during that span. 

Surprisingly, Carson Palmer is the fifth ranked fantasy quarterback over the course of the last four weeks. He should be able to build off that moving forward against the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns in the next four weeks. While Palmer isn't a QB1 against solid defenses, he will eat apart weak secondaries...Much like what we saw on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 


Running Backs
Player Team Rush Yds Total Yds TD PTS Opp Ranking
Doug Martin Tampa Bay 251 272 4 51.2 Oakland #21
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 182 193 2 31.3 Seattle #11
Isaac Redman Pittsburgh 147 151 1 21.1 New York #19
Mikel Leshoure Detroit 70 70 3 25.0 Jacksonville #27
Chris Johnson Tennessee 141 145 1 16.5 Chicago #6


What Doug Martin has done over the course of the last two weeks is nothing short of astonishing. He has recorded nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns during that span. Those are solid fantasy numbers for a quarterback, let alone a running back. These performances came against an 11th ranked Minnesota Vikings rush defense and a 21st ranked Oakland Raiders unit. Not too shabby if you ask me. 

Martin might have a little more issues finding holes against the San Diego Chargers, who rank ninth against the run, in Week 10. He then goes up against a 13th ranked Carolina Panthers rush defense. Don't expect these crazy numbers moving forward, but definitely expect Martin to continue putting up RB1 numbers. 

Adrian Peterson would have made more headlines in Week 9 if it wasn't for the aforementioned Martin. AP went for 193 yards and two touchdowns against what was then a top five ranked rush defense in the form of the Seattle Seahawks. Peterson will go up against a seventh ranked Detroit Lions rush defense before a Week 11 bye. Expect Peterson, who is the NFL's leading rusher, to continue putting up top tier RB1 numbers as the season progresses. 

Isaac Redman and Mikel Leshoure are both under-the-radar fantasy possibilities moving forward. They are starting running backs for their respective teams and will continue to get 15-plus carries on a consistent basis. Definitely RB2 bye week replacements or regular FLEX options. 


Wide Receiver
Player Team REC Yards TD PTS Opp Ranking
Eric Decker Denver 8 99 2 21.9 Cincinnati #19
Randall Cobb Green Bay 3 37 2 18.6 Arizona #3
Brandon Marshall Chicago 9 122 3 30.2 Jacksonville #25
Golden Tate Seattle 4 28 2 16.9 Minnesota #9 
A.J. Green Cincinnati 7 99 1 16.5 Denver #10 


Again, it is all about quarterback play here. The top three fantasy receivers have solid performers at that position. Despite being a No. 2 option for Peyton Manning, Eric Decker will always put up starter caliber numbers due to the fact that his quarterback consistently accumulated 300 yards and three scores. Denver's road also gets much easier moving forward. Four of its final five games are against pass defenses that rank in the bottom 12 in the NFL. 

Randall Cobb, despite possible returns to health of both Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson in coming weeks, is a viable fantasy option. He is first among fantasy wide receivers in the last five weeks and should continue to play an important role in the passing game.


Tight End
Player Team REC Yards TD PTS Opp Ranking
Jimmy Graham New Orleans 8 72 1 13.4 Philadelphia #15
Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati 6 108 0 10.8 Denver #10
Tom Crabtree Green Bay 1 72 1 13.2 Arizona #3
Brandon Myers Oakland 8 59 2 17.9 Tampa Bay #32
Antonio Gates San Diego 3 43 1 10.2 Kansas City #11


Jimmy Graham looks to be returning to form. He has now compiled 135 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. Don't expect this type of production moving forward. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers rank in the top five against the pass, while the Atlanta Falcons, who New Orleans plays twice more, is ranked 12th. It's going to be a tough haul for the remainder of the season. 

Interestingly enough, Brandon Myers ranks fifth among tight ends in receptions. He wasn't on our fantasy radar prior to a solid Week 9 performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This simply due to the fact that Myers hadn't recorded a touchdown in the Raiders' first seven games. After his two touchdown performance on Sunday, Myers should be considered a solid under-the-radar option. 


Team Sacks INT Turnovers TD PA Opp Ranking
New Orleans 7 1 2 1 13 Philadelphia #10
Chicago  2 1 5 1 20 Jacksonville #32
San Diego  1 1 4 2 13 Kansas City #16
New York (G) 4 1 2 1 24 Pittsburgh #14
Denver 5 1 1 1 23 Cincinnati #17 


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