Week Nine Fantasy Surprises

Zac StacyIt’s hard to believe but in most leagues including this week, there are only five games left in the fantasy football regular season. By this time, the trade deadline has probably passed, the waiver wire is picked over and you’re left wondering why you didn’t start your backup running back. At this point all you can do is set your lineup the best of your ability, be confident in your selections and hope for the best. Last week wasn’t a bad one in terms of my fantasy surprises, so hopefully I can keep the momentum going this week.

QB: Terrelle Pryor vs Eagles: On a week with six teams on bye, there are going to be people in need of a quarterback this week. Pryor is an excellent option and for some reason is still available in plenty of leagues. The Eagles obviously have trouble against the pass (where Pryor is improving) but Pryor also has the ability to have a game running the ball that would make running backs jealous. Expect around 260 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Zac Stacy vs Titans: Despite a nagging ankle injury, it looks like Stacy is going to play this week. Since he has become the starter, Stacy has gotten at least 16 or 17 touches a game. In a week with a ton of running backs on bye, he could be a very nice play against a Titans defense that isn’t fantastic against the run. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Golden Tate vs Buccaneers: While he should see a good amount of Darrelle Revis this game, somebody has to step up in the Seahawks receiving corps. Targets will be there for the taking as Sidney Rice is out for the year and Percy Harvin should be back in the next week or so. Tate has the ability to beat defenders deep and has the ability to make things happen after the catch. All it takes is one big play to make starting him this week worth your while. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Jordan Reed vs Chargers: Surprisingly, there are still a good amount of people who don’t know who Reed is yet. What you should know is he should be a weekly starter at tight end the rest of the way. Reed has received a ton of looks in the passing game and has the speed to be a matchup nightmare for linebackers. At the off chance he’s still available in your league, pick him up and don’t look back. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Ryan Succop vs Bills: Succop has gone under the radar as one of the most efficient kickers in all of fantasy football this season. He might still be available in a decent amount of leagues and has a nice matchup against a Bills defense that has been inconsistent up to this point. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DST: Colts vs Texans: I thought the Colts defense was a little fluky at the beginning of the year, but they have shown to be a solid unit up to this point. This week, they face Case Keenum in his second career start while Arian Foster and Ben Tate are both banged up. While Keenum could build off a solid performance in his first start in front of the home crowd, I would still take my chances with the Colts defense if they were still available on waivers. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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