Fantasy Football Trust or Bust: Week 9
Host Matt Noah alongside Zech Lambert and Ben Mooney recap the best and worst from Week 7 of the NFL and a look ahead for fantasy:
Week 7 was a fairly reliable fantasy week with the big name players having top end performances. Leading the way were Mike Evans and Aaron Jones, both players that have had breakout games this season. Next week, hopefully most fantasy teams are preparing to make a playoff run so let’s break down which performances to trust along with the ones that were a fluke and will bust next week:
Drew Brees, Saints: Brees passed for 373 yards with three touchdowns in his first game back from his thumb injury in Week 2. Returning from an absence with Teddy Bridgewater filling in admirably, many fantasy owners were unsure if Brees would immediately return to his QB1 form.
No quarterback scored significantly better than the rest but Brees proved he is back and startable with 24 fantasy points. Brees will look to continue his success following his bye week to play the Falcons in Week 10, which is a must start.
Kyler Murray, Cardinals: Murray threw 220 yards with no touchdowns against the Saints losing on Sunday. Finishing with nine fantasy points, the Cardinals quarterback has been ice cold these last two weeks. Following a great start to his rookie campaign, Murray is in an offense that is still finding its groove and he will have to take more chances to get results. Next week will not be any easier against an undefeated 49ers on Thursday Night Football.
Tevin Coleman, 49ers: After leaving the Falcons this offseason, Coleman had his first big breakout performance with 37 PPR fantasy points. He took 11 carries for 105 yards and four total touchdowns in a blowout of the Panthers.
Coleman had been dealing with injuries earlier in the season but after playing in four straight games he has assumed the role of lead back in one of the league’s best offenses. Despite having other fantasy relevant running backs such as Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert. Against the Cardinals next week, he will likely have a larger workout and continue as the goal line back.
David Montgomery, Bears: Well after being in this column as a bust last week, Montgomery proved fantasy owners wrong by taking 27 attempts for 135 yards and a touchdown. He is a quality but his success will depend on his workout as the previous week he had two carries for one PPR fantasy point and this week he had 27 carries for 24 PPR fantasy points. Next week against the Eagles he is a solid flex to RB2 option but will need another big performance to become a legitimate fantasy must start.
Cooper Kupp, Rams: After two off weeks, Kupp is officially back and shredding the Falcon’s defense for 220 yards and a touchdown. Finishing with 35 PPR points, Kupp seemed to get open on every play. This is a bounce back game for the entirety of the Rams offense that had looked stagnant. Going forward Kupp is a must start wide receiver with a good matchup against the Steelers in Week 10 following a week off.
Darren Fells, Texans: In honor of National Tight End day on Sunday, Fells is the first tight end to be featured in the article. He had a breakout game taking six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Finishing with 23 PPR points, Fells emerged as a startable fantasy option for owners as Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has found a reliable endzone target. Next week against the Jaguars, consider him a more than startable tight end.
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