Fantasy Football Week 9 Champs & Chumps: Doug Martin Dominates

Contributed by: Jeff Sperber
Last Updated: Nov 06, 2012 2:14 PM

Before you read this article, don’t forget to go out and vote! In the case that you do not know who to vote for, I recommend that you write-in Tim Tebow. It will be funny. If you are reading this after November 6th, hopefully you voted and did not let me down (again).

Enough political jibber jabber. It’s time for Champs and Chumps!

Some of the top fantasy performers of the week were so phenomenal that other fantasy stars don’t deserve to even be grouped with them. So, instead of our usual groupings of three or so champs and chumps for each position, we’re going to list the Top Ten Champs for Week 9 and the Top Five Chumps. Also, making Top 10 lists is fun.


10. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

433 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, 5 rush yds

What a day for Andrew Luck. He has an outstanding game, breaks the rookie record for single-game pass yards, and gets Indy the win.

9. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

218 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, INT, 33 rush yds

Typical Aaron Rodgers. Boring. Two weeks from now (after a nice, relaxing bye), throw 6 TDs against the Lions, Rodgers. Then I’ll move you higher up on this list (and you will be overjoyed).

8. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers

147 rush yds, rush TD, 4 rec yds

Fantasy managers who started Redman in the flex got a pleasant surprise when the Steelers beat the G-Men. The Steelers running back situation is too confusing for my simple brain to comprehend, BUT Pittsburgh faces a horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible Chiefs squad next Monday night.

7. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

103 rush yds, rush TD, 45 rec yds

Matt Forte doesn’t care if he only gets 12 carries! He’s still going to rack up over 100 yards and put 6 on the board. Take that, Titans.

6. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

99 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

That’s two receiving touchdowns for the second week in a row for Decker. This Peyton Manning fellow makes his receivers look pretty darn good.

5. Mikel LeShoure, RB, Lions

70 rush yds, 3 rush TDs

LeShoure is the first back in Lions’ franchise history to run for 3 TDs in the first half. Congrats, Mikel! It’s always nice to quadruple your touchdown total for the year in two quarters!

4. Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals

414 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 3 INTs, 3 rush yds, 2 pt conversion

If only there were some sort of chart that would’ve clued you in to the fact that Palmer was going to have a beastly week. Of course, Palmer choked at the end of the game and cost the Raiders any chance of winning. A perfect example of how a real life goat can be a fantasy football champ.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

182 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 11 rec yds

How does someone have 182 yards and 2 TDs and not have the best outing for a RB for the week? Ask Adrian Peterson. Also, how does someone have 182 yards and 2 TDs and have his team still lose? Again, ask AP. (He probably won’t say it directly, but the answer to the second question is “Christian Ponder”.)

2. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

122 rec yds, 3 rec TDs

Going into the 4th quarter, Marshall had less than 100 yards and one TD. Since the Bears were massacring the Titans, I thought that there was no way he’d improve upon these numbers. I thought wrong. Marshall has 100+ yards in three of his last five games, as well as 6 touchdowns over that span.

1. (Champ of the Week) Doug “Muscle Hamster” Martin, RB, Bucs

251 rush yds, 4 rush TDs, 21 rec yds

It’s really funny because my nickname in college was actually “Muscle Hamster”. Not because I was small and muscular though; it was because I am scared of rodents and especially hate large (or muscular) hamsters. The nickname did not make much sense.

Muscle Hamster Martin (I officially relinquish the nickname to him) had the fantasy football game of the year (the century?) against the Raiders. Martin made the Raiders’ D look like a unit that would have given up 100+ yards on the ground to an actual buccaneer-- the kind with an eye patch, parrot on his shoulder, and, of course, a peg leg.


Suddenly, D-Mart is a top fantasy RB on a thriving Buccaneers’ offense. Let’s see how he does next week against a solid Chargers’ run D. At this point, an off-game for Martin would be 100 yards and a touchdown.


Now it’s time for your weekly chumps! Here are the players who were good for nothing in Week 9.


5. Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings

63 pass yds, INT, 23 rush yds

You don’t have to ponder as to whether or not you should dump Ponder from your fantasy team.

4. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

15 rec yds

Dez Bryant is very good at going out for his birthday and having a fun time. In fact, he is much better at this than he is at football.

3. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

17 rush yds

Before he got hurt he was averaging 2.4 yards per carry. After he got hurt things were even worse.

2. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers

6 rec yds

No Greg Jennings. No Jordy Nelson. And apparently, no Jermichael Finley.

1. (Chump of the Week) Eli Manning, QB, Giants

125 pass yds, INT

Steelers' Pass Defense > Eli Manning

We knew the Steelers’ D was really good, but Manning’s fantasy owners still expected much better.


There’s so much luck when it comes to which kickers have great fantasy weeks and which kickers stink. Still, here’s a kicker champ and chump for Week 9 for all of you big fantasy kicker fans out there.

Kicker Champ

Robbie Gould: 2/2 20-29 yd FG, 1/1 40-49 yd FG, 6/6 XP

Kicker Chump

Shayne Graham: 0/1 40-49 yd FG, 3/3 XP

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