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We’ve also decided to roll out this series entitled, “Calling Our Shots.” The premise of this series is to get some predictions for the upcoming week. Some writer’s predictions are bold, some are solid, while others, well, we wouldn’t place too much money on them in Las Vegas!
When we’re right, we’ll share our successes. When we’re wrong, it should present a great way for our loyal readers to give us a good (and hopefully friendly) ribbing. The point is we don’t hide from the advice we give or the predictions we make.
We also want to give you the same chance.
Our community is an essential part of the success of DLF. This weekly series also asks YOU, the readers, to post your own shots in the comments below. We all have that coach in our league who says, “Yeah, I could have told you not to start that guy” and perhaps that’s even you who thinks that! Well, here’s your chance to make those bold predictions when they count – before the games are played. We invite everyone to blow up the comments section again today and make any player predictions you want for the week – this will give you a perfect opportunity to officially say, “I told you so,” or offer a brutally embarrassing piece of ammunition for your opponent to use against you next week. Either way, this is a great way for the community and the writers to have some good old fashioned fun each and every week!
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What a week for rookies in week nine! First, we had Andrew Luck smashing the rookie passing yards in a single game record with an absolutely ridiculous 433 passing yards against the Miami Dolphins. He did this with two passing touchdowns and no interceptions as well. Second, we saw Doug Martin post a crazy game where he rushed for 251 yards on 25 carries, that amounts to an average yards per rush of ten yards per carry. Furthermore, Martin also found the end zone an astounding four times, likely winning the week for any owner who was lucky enough to own and start him.
The DLF staff got back on track with a respectable 15 shots called, and with any luck ending the slump we’ve been experiencing as of late. Chris Rohrer ran away with the week calling a full third of our correct shots en route to the week nine Shot Caller crown. Here are the DLF staff’s correct shots called for week 9:
Jacob Feldman – Andre Roberts has more yards than Fitzgerald once again due to defenses keying on Fitz.
Jaron Foster – Rodgers with 3+ TDs heading into the bye.
Jacob Feldman – Cook has 5 or fewer targets once again even though they are talking about getting him more involved.
Andy Miley – Forte has 120+ combo yards and scores.
Chris Rohrer – Marshall has 7+ receptions and finds the end zone.
Chris Rohrer – Dwayne Allen has career highs in receptions and yards. At least 6 receptions for 60 yards.
Jaron Foster – Luck with 250+ yards and 2+ TDs.
Chris Rohrer – Newton gets the rushing touchdown for the Panthers.
Eric Olinger – Arian Foster goes over 100 yards rushing and a TD.
Chris Rohrer – Owen Daniels finds the end zone. Chris Rohrer – Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 100 yards.
Chris Rohrer – Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 100 yards.
Jacob Feldman – McFadden continues to struggle as defenses key on him. Under 100 combined yards.
Eric Hardter – Doug Martin has a nice follow-up game, recording 130+ total yards and at least one score.
TheFFGhost – At least 3 or more receivers will go over 80 yards receiving in this game.
Eric Dickens – Michael Vick rushes for 50+ yards.
The DLF staff threw down another 10 shots that just missed by a hair. Here are those shots:
TheFFGhost – AJ Green will go over 100 receivng yards but Thomas won’t.
Eric Hardter – Peyton Manning’s hot streak continues with over 300 yards and 2+ TD’s.
Jacob Feldman – Both running backs go over 100 yards rushing while neither QB goes over 300 yards passing.
Jacob Feldman – Hartline teases everyone yet again with a 6+ catch and 100+ yards to go with a TD.
Andy Miley – Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas each get 60 yards of offense and a score.
Eric Hardter – Brian Hartline gets off the schneid against a weak pass D, accounting for 80+ yards and a score.
TheFFGhost – RGIII outrushes Cam but Cam out passes RGIII.
Eric Olinger – Marshawn Lynch goes over 125 yards rushing
Eric Olinger – JPP gets at least 1.5 sacks
Eric Olinger – Miles Austin 75+ yards and a score
Which one of our readers stepped up and proved themselves to be the head of the pack for week 9? Well, this week we’d like to congratulate our first two-time winner of the year, Jeremy Nusbaum. What’s more impressive is Jeremy has now posted back-to-back wins as well. Here are the correct shots he called:
Peyton continues to be hot, posting 250+ yards and 2+ TD’s against an otherwise decent CIN defense.
Ray Rice and Trent Richardson combine for 40+ touches in a running back showdown.
Colts entire running game is held under 100 yards.
Ponder does NOT have a breakout game, and is held to under 230 yards passing.
Carson Palmer throws for more yards than the combined rushing yards of Doug Martin & Darren McFadden.
Witten doesn’t get 18 catches this week. Offense in general is limited – I’m taking the under (Vegas line 47.5).
With the DLF staff hopefully back on track let’s take a look at what shots we’ve got for you in week ten:
NY Giants @ Cincinnati
Eric Dickens – Hakeem Nicks starts to heat up with 100+ yards.
TheFFGhost – JPP racks up at least two sacks.
Eric Olinger – Eli snaps out of this funk with 300 yards and two scores.
Jacob Feldman – AJ Green continues his TD streak and makes it 8 straight games.
Andy Miley – Cruz goes back to 100 yards and a TD.
Eric Hardter – Jermaine Gresham continues to flirt with TE1 numbers with 4+ catches for 65+ yards.
Tennessee @ Miami
TheFFGhost – No WR goes over 100 yards receiving.
Eric Olinger – Chris Johnson’s hot streak comes to a halt. Fewer than 75 yards rushing, no TDs.
Jacob Feldman – Hartline posts his fourth 100 yard game of the season.
Andy Miley – Ryan Tannehill throws for 275+ and throws at least 1 TD.
Eric Hardter – Jake Locker’s presence in the starting lineup leads to at least 4 plays of 30+ yards in the passing game.
Chris Rohrer – Miami’s strong run defense holds Chris Johnson to under 70 yards rushing.
Jaron Foster – Kenny Britt reaches 100 yards receiving from the benches of most fantasy rosters.
Detroit @ Minnesota
TheFFGhost – Broyles gets 5+ receptions.
Eric Olinger – Kyle Rudolph finds the endzone.
Jacob Feldman – Megatron gets his second touchdown of the year.
Andy Miley – Rudolph is held under 50 yards and no TDs for yet another game even w/o Harvin.
Eric Hardter – Adrian Peterson and Mikel Leshoure combine for over 225 rushing yards.
Chris Rohrer – Stafford goes for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns.
Buffalo @ New England
Eric Dickens – Donald Jones is a nice spot start with 75+ yards receiving.
TheFFGhost – There will be over 600 yards of passing between Brady and Fitzpatrick.
Eric Olinger – CJ Spiller gets his touches and has over 100 total yards.
Jacob Feldman – Hernandez has more catches than Gronkowski this week.
Andy Miley – Both A Hern and Gronk score.
Eric Hardter – Wes Welker shakes off his ankle sprain and tortures the Bills once again, with 7+ catches for 110+ yards.
Chris Rohrer – Ridley posts 75+ yards and a score.
Jaron Foster – Brady returns to the states with a TD to three different receivers.
Atlanta @ New Orleans
Eric Dickens – The New Orleans defense makes Michael Turner look quick again. 80+ yards & a TD.
TheFFGhost – Both Gonzalez and Graham have over five catches each and go over 100 yards each.
Eric Olinger – Tony Gonzalez finally returns to the end zone.
Jacob Feldman – Brees posts more yards and TDs than Ryan.
Andy Miley – No back gets over 75 yards combined.
Eric Hardter – Over 1,000 combined yards of offense, and over 65 points scored.
San Diego @ Tampa Bay
Eric Dickens – Denario Alexander finds the end zone against the Bucs.
TheFFGhost – Martin will be held under 100 rushing yards.
Eric Olinger – Vincent Jackson shows why the Chargers should have kept him by going over 100 yards.
Jacob Feldman – Martin is held to one TD or less for the first time in a few weeks.
Andy Miley – This will be Rivers best game of 2012: 300 yards and 3 scores.
Eric Hardter – Doug Martin continues his beastly ways, accounting for over 140 total yards and at least one TD.
Chris Rohrer – Mathews gets his only his second touchdown of the season.
Denver @ Carolina
TheFFGhost – Manning passes for over 325 yards.
Eric Olinger – McGahee 80 yards rushing and a score.
Jacob Feldman – Stewart out produces Williams, but he still disappoints fantasy owners.
Andy Miley – Manning continues to throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Eric Hardter – The Panthers great defensive ends get stoned by Denver’s OL and Peyton Manning’s audibles. Zero sacks for Johnson and Hardy.
Oakland @ Baltimore
TheFFGhost – Boldin is the Ravens leading receiver.
Eric Olinger – Denarius Moore and Torrey Smith both go over 75 yards receiving.
Jacob Feldman – Palmer posts 300+ yards and multiple TDs on the day, yet the Raiders still lose.
Andy Miley – Marcel Reece has the most receptions of anyone in this game.
Eric Hardter – Carson Palmer continues to post impressive fantasy outputs while sinking his team through turnovers. 300+ yards and 2+ INT’s.
Chris Rohrer – Torrey Smith finds the end zone again.
Jeff Beran – Ray Rice has 200+ all-purpose yards and a score.
NY Jets @ Seattle
TheFFGhost – Lynch goes over 100 rushing yards and doubles Greene’s rushing yards.
Eric Olinger – Marshawn Lynch over 100 yards and a score.
Jacob Feldman – Wilson posts top 5 fantasy numbers this weekend for quarterbacks, aided by some nice rushing totals.
Andy Miley – Jets fail to score over 10 points in Seattle.
Eric Hardter – Is it too bold to say “no one outside of New York and Seattle will care about this game?” Well then how about Mark Sanchez is held to under 200 yards passing then.
Chris Rohrer – Sidney Rice is the leads both teams in receiving yards.
Dallas @ Philadelphia
Eric Dickens – Michael Vick is sacked 5+ times by the Cowboys.
TheFFGhost – At least six players in this game have over 50 receiving yards.
Eric Olinger – Romo goes over 300 yards and 2 TDs.
Jacob Feldman – Eagles finally make McCoy the focus and has 20+ touches, 4+ receptions, 100+ total yards, and 1+ TDs.
Andy Miley – Witten and Celek both have 50 yards and a touchdown.
Eric Hardter – In the battle of embattled QB’s, Tony Romo outduels Mike Vick, with 240+ yards passing and 2+ TD’s.
Chris Rohrer – No Cowboy’s running back has over 50 yards rushing.
St. Louis @ San Francisco
TheFFGhost – Amendola steps back in but is held under 7 receptions.
Eric Olinger – Frank Gore rushes for 80 yards and a score.
Jacob Feldman – Crabtree shows that week 8 wasn’t a fluke as he has another productive week with 5+ catches for 80+ yards and a score.
Andy Miley – Sam Bradford throws for under 200 yards and fails to throw a touchdown despite Danny A playing.
Eric Hardter – Danny Amendola’s return to fantasy prominence must wait another week, as he’s held to under 60 yards receiving.
Chris Rohrer – Amendola leads both teams in receptions.
Houston @ Chicago
TheFFGhost – Watt bats down at least two passes and racks up at least another sack.
Eric Olinger – JJ Watt registers at least 1.5 sacks.
Jacob Feldman – Foster’s production is down, but he saves the fantasy day with a goaline TD. Bears force 2+ turnovers.
Andy Miley – The two teams combine for under 24 total points scored.
Eric Hardter – Arian Foster will be held to under 3.5 yards per carry.
Chris Rohrer – Cutler has multiple picks.
Kansas City @ Pittsburgh
TheFFGhost – Big Ben passes for over 300 yards.
Eric Olinger – Dwayne Bowe abuses garbage time and cracks 80 yards and a score.
Jacob Feldman – Mike Wallace continues to improve with another 25+ yard TD score and a total line over 100 yards and 1 TD.
Andy Miley – The Steelers defense and special teams will each have a score.
Eric Hardter – Jamaal Charles is grossly misused once again, posting under 70 total yards.
As we do every week about this time we’d like to remind everyone that all you need to do in order to be entered into our year-end drawing for a free year of DLF Premium and a DLF t-shirt is to enter your called shots in the comments section. It’s that easy!
The DLF staff would also like to once again congratulate Jeremy Nusbaum on his back-to-back winning weeks. Can you be the one to dethrone Jeremy Nusbaum and become the next entry we put in our drawing? Let’s see what you’ve got!
Don’t forget, if we select your entry we’ll enter you into a drawing for a full year of DLF premium content and a free DLF t-shirt!