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October 31, 2013

Fantasy Football Forecast: Week 9

PRYOR, OK — I don’t mean to brag, but I believe it’s safe to say my wide-receiver drought has come to an end (knock on wood). After predicting Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to “do even greater things” against Dallas, Megatron came out and caught fourteen passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. Johnson’s performance will go down in the record books as the second-most receiving yards in a single game in the NFL, behind Los Angeles Ram Flipper Anderson's 336 against the New Orleans Saints in 1989. That statistic may help you win a game show one day. Just remember where you got that quality information from.

I may have predicted a huge game from Johnson, but nobody is perfect. Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for a measly 48 yards on 15 carries against the Giants after I projected a big week from the consistent playmaker.

I can’t guarantee every receiver to pull in 14 passes, but I try my hardest to select the week’s top performers and these four players should get the job done.

Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Brees is a must-start in every league, but this week he will leave opposing fantasy owners in your league jealous. Mr. Breesy should throw all over a New York Jets secondary that gave up five touchdowns to Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton last week.

Running back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch doesn’t have a cakewalk this week against Tampa Bay, but I can’t see the Seattle offense getting shut down two weeks in a row. Lynch only rushed for 23 yards last week at St. Louis, so expect a big bounce-back performance from the Seahawks’ ball carrier and the rest of the offense.

Wide receiver: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: I now have big expectations for the receivers I pick, but I really hope this pick comes through considering he is on my own fantasy roster. Green was outshined last week by fellow receiver Marvin Jones who caught four touchdowns against the Jets, but look for Green to retain his spotlight this week at Miami.

Sleeper: Josh McCown, Quarterback, Chicago Bears: McCown is no Jay Cutler, but the backup is doing a great job while the Bears’ starter is sidelined with an injury. McCown will have to step it up this week to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and if the temporary Chicago general wants to find a starting job next season, then a game at Green Bay is the perfect place to make a name for himself.

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