Week 9 Thoughts

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - As bad as Carson Palmer seemed against Kansas City in a substitute role, with two weeks of practice under his belt he looked very good in Week 9 throwing for three touchdowns. In a low-scoring week with just three 300-yard passers, eight 100-yard rushers and nine 100- yard receivers (through the four o'clock games), the news that Palmer could be a valued fantasy quarterback gets top billing.

New York Jets at Buffalo

The Jets scored just three points in the first half...and still led the game. The New Yorkers shut down a previously dominant Bills offense for the first 30 minutes. If you are looking for the cause of the Buffalo's failure to launch, go no further than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who was 4-for-12 for 24 yards and two interceptions. The Bills QB improved slightly in the second half but finished 15-for-31 for 191 yards, one TD, 2 INTs.

Even in defeat Fred Jackson totaled 120 yards from scrimmage. He continues to be a top fantasy value.

In the second half the Jets got enough offense going from Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress who were all low-end fantasy contributors.

Seattle at Dallas

Message to Felix Jones - Do you know who Wally Pipp was?

Sometimes it would be better if Dez Bryant just went down, instead of fighting for the extra yard and fumbling away the football. Two hundred passing yards in a half should equal more than two field goals.

If Miles Austin is hurt for any length of time, Laurent Robinson will be a viable fantasy receiver.

After last week's ugly performance, who would have expected Marshawn Lynch to post 130+ yards rushing and a score against a stout Cowboys run defense?

Tarvaris Jackson giveth (Week 8 300+ yards passing) and he taketh away (Week 9 17-for-30 for 221 yards, zero TDs, 3 INTs).

Cleveland at Houston

That's one ugly offense the Browns put on display on Sunday. Chris Ogbonnaya (13 carries for 28 yards) is no Montario Hardesty, who's no Peyton Hillis.

The Browns 26th-ranked run defense, didn't even play up to that level. In the first half they gave up 132 yards and three rushing touchdowns. The Texans finished with 261 yards on the ground.

For the second time in three games, the Texans had two running backs crack the 100-yard mark. Ben Tate has become a viable bye-week replacement back.

Atlanta at Indianapolis

Perhaps all that was wrong with Matt Ryan over the last three games was that he was missing one of the main cogs to his passing game. Welcome back Julio Jones! It didn't take long for Jones to make an impact after missing two+ games with an injury. His first catch went for 50 yards and a score and the second went for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Donald Brown out-played Delone Carter and should be starting.

Curtis Painter had a real clunker of a game, killing all Colts receivers' values.

Miami at Kansas City

The Dolphins got off to a fast start and almost beat the Giants last week and they repeated their first-half dominance against the Chiefs leading at the break by a 14-3 score. Matt Moore was on target, going 11-for-14 for 167 and two scores to tight end Sal Fasano. This time they finished the job behind Reggie Bush's rushing (13-92-1) and Brandon Marshall's receiving (8-106-1).

It looked like the Chiefs still hadn't finished celebrating their Monday night victory over San Diego until around Friday because the didn't show up.

Steve Breaston posted his first 100-yard game of the season, but don't get that excited - he and Jonathan Baldwin will always play second fiddle to Dwayne Bowe.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans

While Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Darren Sproles are targeted more than any other Saints, Lance Moore still manages to get his fantasy points. Don't leave him on the bench.

Drew Brees failed to reach the 300-yards passing bonus for the second consecutive week.

That poor showing against the Rams last Sunday was just a distant memory though no Saints player had a great fantasy afternoon.

San Francisco at Washington

The Redskins offense is offensive in their ineptitude. Only Roy Helu (146 yards from scrimmage) was a bright spot.

The 49ers offense isn't great, they should have scored 30+ points today, but given their defense they don't have to be good to win...just satisfactory.

Frank Gore earned the 100-yard rushing bonus for the fifth consecutive week, but failed to get into the end zone for a really big fantasy total.

Denver at Oakland

While Tebow looked better this week than last, his low passing attempts total is going to kill the long-term value of Eric Decker, Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas. He may never throw for 300 yards, but on Sunday he proved the 100-yard rushing bonus is not out of reach.

A triumphant return for McGahee, who used a 60-yard touchdown run to crack the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season. He's given great value for his draft position.

Bush produced very Darren McFadden-like numbers as his replacement (129 yards from scrimmage).

Now that Carson Palmer has had time to digest the offense, maybe he will be the answer to getting the Raiders into the playoffs. He opened his first start with the "Silver and Black" with two first-half touchdown passes and finished with three touchdown passes and 332 yards. He did, however throw three interceptions.

Jacoby Ford was Palmer's favorite receiver (5-105-1). I don't know if that will continue week-in, week-out, but you should expect Ford's name to be a popular waiver claim this week. Darrius Heyward-Bey didn't have a catch.

Cincinnati at Tennessee

Andy Dalton isn't spectacular, but he gets the job done. This week he threw for 217 yards and three scores without an interception. That's good enough to start on many fantasy teams.

Chris Johnson ran better this week as the Titans got him on the edges of the Bengals defense. He finished with 110 yards - 64 rushing, 46 receiving.

St. Louis at Arizona

Steven Jackson has another good week, though he didn't get into the end zone. It's his second consecutive 100+ yard outing.

As expected, John Skelton's prowess, or lack thereof, hindered all Cardinals fantasy performance.

Patrick Peterson and the Arizona secondary may get toasted, but his ability as a return man can not be questioned.

New York Giants at New England

The first half was a "snooze-fest" for fantasy owners who were looking for a lot of scoring from these two high-powered offenses. It was scoreless at the half after Stephen Gostkowski missed a short field goal attempt.

Brandon Jacobs proved to be an adequate replacement for Ahmad Bradshaw. He can catch out of the backfield and doesn't get taken out for a goal-line back. Sometimes the "handcuff strategy" does work.

Not great fantasy statistics from Eli Manning, but he did lead his team to 24 second-half points and the game-winning drive in the final two minutes.

Brady & Co. scored 20 second-half points as the game opened up in the final 30 minutes. He threw for 342 yards and both Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski cracked the 100-yard mark.

Green Bay at San Diego

Philip Rivers is still turning the ball over too much. In the first half he threw three touchdown passes...two to the Green Bay Packers secondary and one to Vincent Jackson. He finished with 385 yards passing, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Speaking of Jackson, he seemed completely over his hamstring injury as we saw him streak to the first touchdown of the game on a deep post pattern. By the middle of the second quarter he already had earned the 100-yard receiving bonus. Despite that, he roamed freely in the second half and finished with 141 yards and three touchdown catches.

Ho-hum, another four-touchdown day for the Packers quarterback. The Green Bay offense is unstoppable and Rodgers continues to shine. He featured short passes to Jermichael Finley early on and then stretched the defense with long shots to James Jones and Jordy Nelson.

I can't wait for the two big games left on the Week 9 schedule - Baltimore at Pittsburgh and Chicago at Philadelphia.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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