Week 9 Thursday Night Football Review

The quarterbacks and their favorite receivers stole the show in the Week 9 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Falcons got the best of the Buccaneers, winning 43-28.

Matt Ryan, who was the highest scoring quarterback in Fantasy Football entering this matchup, completed 25 of 34 passes, recorded 344 passing yards, and threw four touchdown passes.

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No surprise, Julio Jones was his favorite receiver. Jones posted an 8-111-1 stat line, and he was targeted 11 times. That gave him an impressive 3.1 Fantasy points per touch. Mohamed Sanu had a decent night, catching five passes for 74 yards.

Ryan’s three other touchdown passes went to tight end Austin Hooper, tight end Levine Toilolo, and fullback Patrick DiMarco.

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Atlanta totaled 136 rushing yards as a team, but Devonta Freeman only contributed 77 yards to that effort.  The coaching staff utilized the speed of receiver Taylor Gabriel at running back, and he scored the only rushing touchdown of the night.

Terron Ward added 30 yards on eight carries, and Stevan Ridley turned three carries into seven yards.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9

The plan to limit Jameis Winston from throwing the ball 50 times per game seems to be working.

Winston had eight interceptions from Weeks 1-4, but he’s thrown eight touchdowns and one interception from Weeks 7-9. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game with a knee injury.

But he had solid performance, completing 23 of 37 passes, recording 261 passing yards, and throwing three touchdowns.

Coming in for relief duty, Mike Glennon went 10/11 and threw a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate.

Mike Evans was the biggest playmaker of the night, posting a 11-150-2 stat line. But in another series of bad luck for the Buccaneers this week, Evans had to leave the game because of a head injury.

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If Evans can’t play in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears, keep an eye on Adam Humphries. The 23-year old wide receiver scored a touchdown this week, and he caught three passes for 58 yards in Week 8.

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There wasn’t much of a rushing attack in this game for Tampa Bay.

Payton Barber had 11 carries for 31 yards, and Antone Smith turned five carries into 25 rushing yards. Barber did catch four passes for 24 yards, which helped improve his Fantasy stats for the night.

Any questions about your Week 9 lineups? Hit me up on Twitter or feel free to email me your questions. Also keep an eye out for Jon Kelly’s Week 9 NFL DFS advice.

Categories: 2016 Fantasy Football, 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks, Fantasy Football

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