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Week 9: Hot & Cold

Here are some players who are Hot & Cold going into Week 9:


QB Matt Schaub (HOU): Since missing a game with a viral infection, Schaub has averaged over 300 yards and 2 TDs per game, making him one of the top scoring fantasy players over the past 3 weeks. Although he struggled a little early, he has been playing very well lately. Other than Baltimore in week 10 and Tennessee in week 15, he faces some friendly pass defenses down the stretch, as well. So look for him to continue to perform at a high level. He might even be available on waivers in your league.

RB Ryan Torain (DEN): Torain is not “hot” because of his play, but he is “hot” due to the buzz surrounding this much-hyped rookie. And he may get a chance to show us what he is worth sooner rather than later, because RB Selvin Young (groin), RB Michael Pittman (ribs), and RB Andre Hall (wrist) are all dealing with injuries. So even though Torain has not played yet this year, he might be the healthiest RB in Denver.

WR Donnie Avery (STL): After not catching a ball in the first two weeks of the season, Avery has averaged 11.3 points per game. Much of this is due to his 169-yard, 1 TD performance in week 8, but he has been consistently improving over the course of the season. Last week will likely end up being his best game of the year, but I think it is fair to expect him to average around 8-10 points per game from here on out.

WR Randy Moss (NE): Although he did have one stinker game against San Diego (2.6 points), Moss has averaged 12.3 points in the 4 games since the Patriots bye week. Although he is nowhere near his record-setting pace of last year, this is pretty good production. QB Matt Cassel will certainly have his ups and downs, but the Patriots seem to be playing better and Moss is defnitely benefiting from Cassel becoming more comfortable in the offense.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU): As I mentioned in a previous post, Andre Johnson is on pace for an amazing year — 128 catches and 1765 yards. Over hist last four games, he is averaging 10 catches and nearly 150 yards. Which is unreal. The only negative is that he has only caught 2 TDs. But he has still been one of the top-scoring fantasy WRs. And I have a feeling he will catch some TDs before the year is over.


QB Brad Johnson (DAL): No one expected Brad Johnson to match the stats of inujured QB Tony Romo, but people also did not expect the 40-year old journeyman to be this bad. Dallas has a very talented team, bu they are struggling on both sides of the ball right now, and Brad Johnson is simply not getting it done.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND): After posting at least 14 points in four of his first five games — with 7.4 points in the other game — Wayne has come back down to earth with only 2.4 and 2.9 points in his last two outings. Some believe that QB Peyton Manning is injured and/or simply not playing well, but I also think that WR Marvin Harrison is past his prime and teams are focusing on Wayne. I think he will rebound, but he may not be the WR1 many were expecting when they drafted him.

WR Terrell Owens (DAL): Theoretically, TO should benefit from having a guy like WR Roy Williams on the other side. However, without QB Tony Romo throwing the ball, TO has struggled, averaging only 3.5 points per game over his last 3 contests. And it will not get any easier this week against the Giants.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Do you sense a theme in Dallas? Witten has struggled with QB Brad Johnson in the game, and now he also has to deal with a fractured rib. Witten says he will play this weekend, but I have my doubts. Even if he does play, he has not been nearly as productive with Johnson at QB. Hopefully he can get healthy and will be ready to go after the bye week when Romo returns.

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