Jeremy Hill
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 9.
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Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
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Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders
Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns
Dwayne Bowe, WR, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Chase Ford, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Timothy Wright, TE, New England Patriots
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Washington Redskins Defense
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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the Week 9.
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Denard Robinson,RB,  Jacksonville Jaguars
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Kansas City Chiefs Defense
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders
Percy Harvin, WR, New York Jets
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Jace Amaro, TE, New York Jets
Carolina Panthers Defense
Denver Broncos Defense
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Eight weeks are gone and a number of teams have played out half of their schedule already. As such, now seems like a good time to take a look at some of the most memorable fantasy players of 2014 so far, for better or for worse.

 

Studs

 

-Andrew Luck: He’s always been good, that’s how you get drafted first overall in the real world. This year he’s been a fantasy monster too, leading the NFL in passing yards by almost 400 and in a tie with Peyton Manning for the passing TD lead. He puts up major numbers almost every week, and was largely drafted behind players like Manning and Rodgers, making him a tremendous value pick for his owners.

 

-Philip Rivers: Speaking of value picks, this guy has come to define that term this year. With an average draft position in the 90s or worse depending on the site of your choice, he has been a top-10 fantasy scorer this year, trailing only Luck, Manning, and Aaron Rodgers in terms of quarterback production.

 

-DeMarco Murray: In standard leagues he’s the only non-quarterback in the top-five in fantasy scoring, despite losing five fumbles already. His production has been historic and, more importantly for fantasy owners, stunningly consistent. 100 yards and a score has been almost guaranteed this year, giving fantasy players great confidence in rolling him out every week.

 

Antonio Brown: No matter your league settings, he’s been amazing. He leads the league in targets and receptions, is within 15 yards of the yardage lead currently held by T.Y. Hilton, and is tied for fourth with seven touchdown catches. He’s also shown the ability to maintain this level of production before, as he finished second in the NFL in receiving yards last season (and has the best odds of any player not catching passes from Manning or Luck of taking the crown for himself this year according to sports books listed on Gambling.com). At just 26, he’s entering his prime as one of the NFL’s most consistent and dynamic wideouts.

 

Duds

 

-Doug Martin: Long gone are the glory days of the Muscle Hamster. Even when healthy this season, he has struggled to provide any kind of real production. A poor offensive line has certainly played a role, but Bobby Rainey has shown flashes behind that same line in ways Martin simply hasn’t.

 

-Keenan Allen: Last year as a rookie taken in the third-round he was a fantasy darling, notching 1,000 yards and eight scores, raising expectations for this season. By and large he has fallen incredibly short of those expectations, failing to score his first touchdown until last week against Denver and showing real signs of life in just one other game (against a terrible Jacksonville defense). With the type of season Rivers is having, it’s downright shocking to see Allen struggle to put up points.

 

-Toby Gerhart: After years of successfully backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, this was supposed to be Gerhart’s year to break out as the starter in Jacksonville. He flopped spectacularly, only accumulating 133 yards on 2.6 yards per carry with just one score. Denard Robinson has proven that it’s possible to score points in fantasy as a Jaguar running back, only making those that took Gerhart in the top 50 picks kick themselves all the more.

2014 NFL Picks – Week 9

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Here are my Week 9 picks.
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Week 8 Results:  10-5
Week 8 Lock Picks:  0-2
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TEN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W), PITT (L)
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Regular Season Total:  74-45-1 (.621)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 8-8 (.500)
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Week 9 Locks
Lock to Win: Seattle Seahawks
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Jacksonville Jaguars
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Week 9 Picks
NO over CAR
CIN over JAX
CLE over TB
DAL over ARI (Loser Lock)
KC over NYJ
MIA over SD
MINN over WASH
PHI over HOU
SF over STL
NE over DEN
SEA over OAK (Winner Lock)
BAL over PITT
INDY over NYG
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Richard Sherman
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 9 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Cleveland Browns
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. San Francisco 49ers
6. San Diego Chargers
7. Dallas Cowboys
9. Washington Redskins
9. Philadelphia Eagles
10. Baltimore Ravens
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 9 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
4. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
5. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
6. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
7. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
8. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
10.  Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 9 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 109.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 156.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past four games. He’ll be a challenge for the New England Patriots even if he is on Revis Island.
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2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 106.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has had at least 84 yards in every game. Brown faces the Baltimore Ravens. He had 90 yards in the first meeting with Baltimore.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 77.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Arizona Cardinals this week. The Cardinals have allowed 302.9 passing yards per game. Dez has scored five times in the past seven games.
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4. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles 
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 90.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He torched the Arizona Cardinals for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. He’ll look to take it to the Houston Texans this week. Houston has allowed 271.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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5. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 108.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has 485 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his past three games. He’ll look to stay hot against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 262.4 yards and 1.4 touchdown passes per game.
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6. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 90.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. His four touchdowns have come in the past two games. If Revis focuses on Demaryius Thomas, Sanders will benefit.
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7. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers 
Kelvin Benjamin is averaging 71.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 94 yards against the Legion of Boom. This week he faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 289.3 yards and 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green (toe) is expected to return this week. He’s averaging 78.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. If he can go, he’s a must-start.
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9. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 59.7 yards with touchdowns with touchdowns in five of seven games. He faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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10. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith is averaging 84.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 71 yards in the first meeting with the Steelers.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans 
DeAndre Hopkins is averaging 71.1 yards on the year and 101.5 yards in his past two games. He should see plenty of looks against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed 266.9 yard and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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12. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson is averaging 83 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. In the past four games he’s averaging 114.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He should continue to roll against the Minnesota Vikings.
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13. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys 
Terrance Williams is averaging 50.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s also a good bet against the Cardinals’ leaky pass defense.
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14. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is averaging 63.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had 160 yards and a score last week. He should see plenty of looks against the Cowboys.
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15. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 68.9 yards. He’s due for a breakout game, but he just one touchdown and two games with more than 80 yards. The Texans could be forced to air it out against the Eagles.
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16. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints 
Brandin Cooks is averaging 62.9 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. Jimmy Graham is going to command extra attention, which will allow Drew Brees to take shots to Cooks down field against the Panthers.
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17. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers 
Keenan Allen is averaging 71.2 yards per game. He has been targeted 23 times in his past two games. He should remain highly active against the Dolphins.
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18. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 51 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’ll take aim at the Cleveland Browns.
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19. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins 
Pierre Garcon is averaging 55.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He has scored in two of the past three games. Garcon should also have a solid game against the Vikings.
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20. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals 
Michael Floyd did not catch a pass last week, but he scored a touchdown in each of the two prior games. He should bounce back against the Cowboys.
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The Next Batch
21. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
22. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
24. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
25. Rueben Randle, New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts
26. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
27. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
28. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts
30. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
31. Eric Decker, New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs
32. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets
33. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
34. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
35. Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
36. Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
37. James Jones, Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
38. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
39. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns
40. Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
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