That happened to me this past week. Despite missing a QB, WR and Defense, my opponent beat me by 10 points. But it's time to move on to Week 10. Here's a recap of last week's big performances and here are my Week 10 likes.
Best of Week 9
Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Pittsburgh) – **What did Ben do after his record-setting performance in Week 8? He followed it up with six more passing touchdowns, setting an NFL record with the most touchdown tosses in a two-week span (12). Ben is off the charts right now. Again, it was like watching a video game.
Jeremy Hill (RB, Cincinnati) –The Bengals backup running back stepped in and rose to the occasion. He carried 24 times for 154 yards with two scores. His 60-yard touchdown run helped seal the victory against a Jaguars team that was poised for the upset.
Jeremy Maclin (WR, Philadelphia) –Like Roethlisberger, Maclin was a monster in Weeks 8 and 9. Against the Texans, he grabbed six receptions for 158 yards with two scores to become the first receiver since Miles Austin in 2009 to have at least 150 receiving yards and two scores in back-to-back games.
Andrew Luck (QB, Indianapolis) –Despite throwing for 400 yards against the Steelers' defense in Week 8, Luck turned the ball over way too many times. On Monday Night Football, he torched the Giants for 354 yards and four scores without committing any turnovers.
Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay) –Evans registered career highs in receptions (7), receiving yards (124) and receiving touchdowns (2) in a loss at Cleveland. Tampa Bay only has one win on the season but Evans has been consistent and continues to prove that he was worthy of a first-round selection.
Week 10 Likes:
Ben Roethlisberger (at N.Y. Jets) – **There's no QB hotter than Ben right now. He has 12 touchdowns his last two games. The Jets' defense has allowed a total of 24 passing touchdowns already this season. Who knows what Ben might do this week?
Aaron Rodgers (vs. Chicago) –Rodgers threw two interceptions in Week 8 at New Orleans but he is coming off of a bye week and is facing an NFC North rival. Rodgers will have a big game against a Chicago defense that give up plenty of fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Mark Sanchez (vs. Carolina) –The rumors were that Sanchez had a better training camp than Nick Foles. With Foles out, Sanchez gets a chance to prove that he is better than what he was as a Jet, and he's facing a defense that is top-10 in most fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs.
Matt Forte (at Green Bay) –Forte has totaled at least 20.0 fantasy points in five straight games and he's facing one of the worst rush defenses in the league. He always gets his share of touches. He will have another solid outing even though his team probably won't.
Denard Robinson (vs. Dallas) –Robinson has been terrific the past three games, averaging nearly 6.0 yards per carry. Dallas gives up more than 4.5 yards per rush this season. Jacksonville has been getting better as the season has gone on, and Robinson is a big part of that.
Andre Ellington (vs. St. Louis) –Ellington has at least 20 touches in six straight games. He often gets lost in the mix, but his numbers do not lie. He's a top-five running back in total yards generated per game, and he's about to face a Rams' defense that is in the bottom-10 in rush defense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the game against the New York Jets.
Antonio Brown (at N.Y. Jets) – **In my opinion, he's the best receiver in the league, and his numbers back it up. He leads the league in receptions, receiving yards and is second in receiving yards per game. Oh yeah, and he hasn't totaled less than 80 receiving yards all season.
Demaryius Thomas (at Oakland) –He leads the league in receiving yards per game and has totaled at least 100 receiving yards in five straight contests. In his last four games versus Oakland, he's totaled 26 receptions for 393 yards and two scores.
A.J. Green (vs. Cleveland) –I know the Browns are 5-3, but I don't think their defense is ready for this big prime-time game on Thursday Night Football. Green has either scored or went over the 100-yard mark in all four games he has played this season when healthy. I expect him to do both in this game.
Greg Olsen (at Philadelphia) –With Rob Gronkowski on a bye week, Olsen is the No. 1 fantasy option at tight end. He is due for a big game and the Eagles have some key injuries on defense.
Jason Witten (at Jacksonville) –Gone are the days when Witten was at the top of list for fantasy tight ends. He has struggled this season but this week he faces one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
Jimmy Graham (vs. San Francisco) –Graham seems to be working his way back to full health and he's once again at home, where he has scored 11 times in his last 11 home games.
Miami Dolphins (at Detroit) –Miami has the highest scoring fantasy defense (18 takeaways and 25 sacks) and has totaled almost 50 fantasy points as a defense the last two weeks.
Buffalo Bills (vs. Kansas City) –Buffalo's defense has been one of the most consistent groups all year. The team has 12 interceptions, which is tied for first in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens (vs. Tennessee) –After getting torched by Roethlisberger last week, the Ravens get to face a rookie QB in his first ever start on the road. Advantage Ravens.
Matt Prater (vs. Miami) –He has struggled this season but he had a game-winner two weeks ago. And with a stingy Miami defense, Prater might give the Lions the best chance to compete.
Shaun Suisham (at N.Y. Jets) –Suisham hasn't even attempted a field goal in two games, but he still gets points for PATs. I think he adds one or two field goals as well this game.
Shayne Graham (vs. San Francisco) –Graham has made at least three field goals in three of his last four games and he hasn't missed at home all season.