Week 9 fantasy feedback

» Death, taxes and Darren McFadden suffering an injury. Except this week the handcuff to have wasn’t Marcel Reece, it was Rashad Jennings. With the Giants on tap, it’s time to grab Jennings off the waiver wire.

» Le’Veon Bell is putting together another nice day. He’s over 100 scrimmage yards with a mixture of runs and receptions. It reinforces the value of backs who serve multiple functions.

» There were 44 years between quarterbacks throwing seven TD passes in a game. Now we’ve gone eight weeks. No one … and I mean no one saw Nick Foles coming today. And it looks like as long as Foles is the QB, Riley Cooper is his No. 1 target.

» The Seahawks defense hasn’t looked quite so formidable in the past two weeks. Especially not with Mike James having rushed for 120 yards and counting.

» The Steelers are good against the pass and bad against the run. So of course Tom Brady is going off while Stevan Ridley is nowhere to be found.

» Matt Ryan has fully dropped to matchup-based option. That next matchup is at home against Seattle. The Seahawks haven’t been nearly as formidable on the road this season. And at the moment, they’re getting drilled at home by the Buccaneers.

» Darrel Young. What are you gonna do?

» Alex Smith is matchup-proof … in the sense that there’s no matchup he can fail to take advantage of. Fewer than six points against the Bills is ungood.

» The Bills got 193 rushing yards from C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Next up are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have struggled against the run all season. Get ‘em both back in your lineup.

» Remember when Tavon Austin was a thing?

» This is the big Chris Johnson week you spend all season waiting for. Maybe it took Shonn Greene coming back for it to happen. If that’s the case, I fully endorse it.

» DeMarco Murray has been effective when he’s had the football today. Key word is “when”. He has just nine total touches in the game today.

» Halloween might be over, but Shanahanigans have risen from their grave. Darrel Young has a pair of rushing touchdowns today despite Morris averaging more than 4.6 yards per carry.

» Turns out the Rams had a quality running back on their roster the whole time. It just took them nearly two months to find Zac Stacy.

» It’s been a good return for C.J. Spiller, who has 48 rushing yards in the first half. There was a minor scare when he re-aggravated his ankle injury, but it appears to be nothing serious.

» Jimmy Graham on one foot is better than your tight end. Forget fantasy, he is revolutionizing the tight end position every single week.

» Apparently the “facing your old team” factor is motivating Chris Ivory this week. He has 81 yards on his first five carries.

» In a season where running backs have been unpredictable, Darren Sproles leaving the game with an injury is sadly predictable. He has been slumping in recent weeks. This is the latest frustration.

» Welcome back Shonn Greene. After Chris Johnson moves the ball down the field, Green punches it in from five yards away. This is life as a Chris Johnson owner.

» Add Jonathan Stewart to the list of guys who likely will play this week. Which isn’t music to the ears of DeAngelo Williams owners. Just when he finds the end zone, the Panthers add another option to muddle the situation.

» Looking through this week’s inactives, Roddy White‘s name immediately jumps off the page. He’s been one of the biggest fantasy frustrations of the season and that continues this week. Other notables not suiting up this week include: Marques ColstonDaryl RichardsonThad Lewis and Santonio Holmes.

» As we wait for the inactives to start rolling in, we know one thing … Jeff Tuel will start for the Bills. That’s bad news for any owners of Stevie Johnson or Robert Woods. Good news if you’re starting the Chiefs defense.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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