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Fantasy Land: Week 9 Remembered



    There weren't many surprises in fantasy football this past week.

    The top three projected running backs entering the weekend were the top three scoring players in fantasy football in Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson.

    But one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was the success of a few spare-part wide receivers, two of which I'd never even heard of before Sunday.

    Seyi Ajirotutu?? Who? The Chargers wide receiver might have earned himself a permanent spot on the roster even though Malcom Floyd will be returning from injury soon and hold out Vincent Jackson will return to the team this month. In fact, our favorite former-Cowboys-receiver-who-wasn't-good-enough-to-play-for-a-last-place-football-team Patrick Crayton might be in trouble.

    Ajirotutu had four catches for 111 yards and two long touchdown receptions in Sunday's win over Houston.

    Jacoby Ford??? Again, who? The Oakland receiver had a huge day in the Raiders' win over first-place Kansas City. Six catches for 148 yards? Not to mention his 158 return yards and his 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Wow.

    Then there's Nate Burleson. Not a no-name, but a surprise all the same. Burleson had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' near-miss against the Jets.

    As for the week's failures, you have to start with Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart. He was set to get all the carries for the Panthers with his backfield mate DeAngelo Williams out with an injury. So Stewart went out and had five carries for 30 yards. Yeah, he had a concussion, which cut into his time, but it was still not good for his fantasy owners. And now the Panthers' running back situation is in real trouble. Then there's Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger.

    Schaub had 266 yards, no touchdowns and one pick against a suspect Chargers defense. Big Ben was even worse with 163 yards, a touchdown and a pick.

    Thanks a lot, guys.

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