NFL Fantasy Football 2022 Week 9

Week 9 of the 2022 fantasy football season was all about Joe Mixon’s five touchdowns and Justin Fields setting the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Wow! Where did this performance rank for the most fantasy points in a game? And what developments of the week are worth reading? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft offer their analysis.

Where Mixon’s performance ranks

In the Bengals’ second game since losing Ja’Marr Chase for several weeks to a hip injury, Joe Mixon finished with a franchise-record five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) and 55 .1 PPR fantastic points, the 12th most by all runners. back since at least 1950, and he could have delivered even more had he not been fired early in the fourth quarter with his team up four touchdowns.

Mixon – and his Bengals team – had a quiet and disappointing Week 8, but he was a machine against the Panthers defense, raising hopes that he will be a locked-in weekly RB1 even as his Bengals now head for a bye the week.

Mixon beat Stefon Diggs’ previous best PPR fantasy point of the 2022 season, 44.8 in Week 2, before half-time, a remarkable feat. He’s always had the skills to deliver top performances, and there’s no doubt that he’s a locked-in top-eight position pick for the second half of the season. — Cockcroft

Most PPR fantasy points by a running back in a single game since 1950:

1. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs: 59.5 vs. Oakland (2013)
2. Dub Jones, Browns: 58.6 vs. Chicago (1951)
3. Gale Sayers, Bear: 58.2 vs. San Francisco (1965)
4. Clinton Portis, Broncos: 57.4 vs. Kansas City (2003)
5. Alvin Kamara, Saints: 56.2 vs. Minnesota (2020)
T-6. Shaun Alexander, Seahawks: 56.1 vs. Minnesota (2002)
T-6. LaDainian Tomlinson, loaders: 56.1 vs. Denver (2002)
8. Jim Brown, Browns: 55.9 vs. Philadelphia (1961)
9. Priest Holmes, Chiefs: 55.7 vs. Seattle (2002)
10. Chris Johnson, Titans: 55.4 vs. Houston (2009)
11. Doug Martin, Buccaneers: 55.2 vs. Oakland (2012)
12. Joe Mixon, Bengals: 55.1 vs. Carolina (2022)

Tristan, what stands out from Mixon’s historic day is the use of the red zone. The Bengals running back recorded five scores on offensive touches inside the 20-yard line, with three rushing touchdowns on the goal line. Yes, the Panthers’ field position and negative play have set up the Bengals here. We know that. But it was a dedicated approach from Cincy to use his upper back with the ball at the end zone gate. — Bowen

The fields run to the record books

Put Justin Fields in the QB1 discussion. Yes, we’re seeing more effectiveness from Fields as a passer, in a pattern that really matches his pitching traits. More movement, play, start. Let him attack the edges of the formation and get him into scoring position. Fields threw two more touchdown passes in the red zone in this one, and he has now recorded eight touchdown passes in his last five games. But we can’t hit Fields without discussing his electric ability to churn out numbers as a runner. Conceived concepts, jamming attempts, second reaction games. Fields has recorded 58 carries in his last five games, and he just rushed for 178 yards (and a score) on 15 attempts against Miami. Given the high-level dual threat ability we’re seeing right now on a weekly basis and the upcoming matchups against Detroit and Atlanta, Fields will be stuck in my QB1 rating going forward. — Bowen

Whatever Fields’ illness — and it clearly has to do with the Bears’ conservative, 1970s-style offensive plan — now appears to be firmly behind him, after a third straight fantasy day. Fields rushed for 178 yards, the second by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history, and he totaled a fantastic 42.72 points, by far a personal best. To put Fields’ fantastic point total into perspective today, his 42.72 points surpassed his total of 37.54 from Week 1-4. only once in his first 18 NFL starts more than a fantastic 20 points in a game (25:30, Week 8 of 2020). He is now riding a three-game active streak with over 20 points. Fields is now a weekly QB2/superflex, and it’s easy to use him in an ESPN standard league whenever the game is neutral or better. — Cockcroft

Ekeler stays hot

That’s five straight games for Austin Ekeler with at least 24 PPR points. And he also produced multiple touchdowns in four of those five games. Even with average run/pass game efficiency here, Ekeler continues to record receptions (29 in his last three games) and his use of the red zone leads to fantastic production. Ekler scored two more touchdowns in the low red zone in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, and we know the Chargers will be planning for him as a wide receiver in the scoring position. It’s flying with the running back that quickly unleashes flat game action. The Chargers and Ekeler will then mount the 49ers defense in Week 10, where he will again be top five for me at running back. — Bowen

Other remarks:

Davante Adams, WR, Raiders: A week after delivering one of the worst fantasy performances of his NFL career – his 1.2 PPR fantasy points in Week 8 was the lowest of any game in which he ran at least 25 routes – Adams posted his best performance since Week 5 of last season. He scored a fantastic 36.3 PPR points, largely on a pair of long touchdown receptions, as he and quarterback Derek Carr played in this one. Adams’ bye week is in his rearview mirror and his remaining schedule has more games above average than not, so let’s hope Carr continues to target him at a similar rate to what we’ve seen today. . — Cockcroft

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: The former Adams quarterback, however, had a day not nearly as good, despite his fantastic 13.64 points scored suggesting he was at least decent. Not so much, as Rodgers was intercepted three times, including a lousy one in the end zone, as he regularly underestimated his receivers and generally seemed out of sync with most of them. He’s now played eight games and hasn’t scored more than a fantastic 16.88 points in any of them, something he couldn’t say before in his career as an NFL starter. If Rodgers can’t step up with a clearly QB1 performance against a defense as bad as the Lions, how can we make the case for starting him in any standard ESPN league? It is a 2QB/superflex material at this point. — Cockcroft

Tristan, I’m with you on Rodgers, because that was the week/game to pitch him. Rodgers just missed shots here against a Lions defense you can plan for. And we’re not just talking about the lack of timing with the younger passers on Green Bay’s roster. It is also with the veterans. Still without a single fantastic 17-point game or more this season, and upcoming matchups against Dallas, Tennessee and Philadelphia, I see no path to where Rodgers can be trusted to start. — Bowen

Cordarelle Patterson, RB, Falcons: Just four days after the Falcons activated their 21-day training window following an injured reserve stint with a knee injury, Patterson delivered a productive 18.3 PPR fantasy points on 13 rushing attempts and a single target he caught. His score could have been even greater if not for a long rushing score that was negated by a penalty, costing him a good chunk of the yardage (he nevertheless managed a shorter touchdown on that drive). Patterson has shared snaps with Tyler Allgeier (he played 23 on offense, like Patterson) and Caleb Huntley (played 13), but expect his role to grow with each passing week. The Falcons then get the Panthers, who surrendered that huge game to Mixon, so lock him in as RB2 for Week 10. – Cockcroft

That’s Patterson’s goal line, Tristan. The touchdown against LA on Sunday. That’s what I wanted to see. I know we’ve come across Patterson often as an all-around player in the Falcons system, which he can be. Hasty attempts, bent alignments in the passing game, more. But when I saw Patterson lower the level of his pad and run through a Chargers defender to find the end zone? I’m in – especially given the offensive identity of this Falcons team right now. Look for Patterson to see increased runs next week against the Panthers defense. –Bowen

Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets: With two straight games of 17 or more PPR points and a much improved Jets quarterbacking game/scheme in the Week 9 win over the Bills, I feel good about playing rookie as WR3 in my roster. . Wilson, who caught 14 of 16 targets during that streak, had nine receptions against the Bills, and we got to see the adjustments the team made with quarterback Zach Wilson. Quick throws to get the ball out, play passes and defined concepts. Remember that Wilson still struggles with making decisions and placing the ball late in the down. So script it for the young quarterback. The Jets got the bye in Week 10. But they return to play in New England in Week 11, the same defense that got Wilson 115 yards and six receptions in Week 8. – Bowen

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Dolphins: In his first game for his new team, Wilson scored 16.2 PPR fantasy points, his second-best production of 2022. He was far more involved than expected for a player acquired just five days before, playing 51% of the attacking snaps against Raheem Mostert. 45%, had an equal number of runs to Mostert (9) and completed three other routes (14-11). Wilson gives the Dolphins a good complement/change of pace, as well as an essential insurance policy in Mostert. It could be a maddening performer by committee, but Wilson needs to be listed as the performance has raised hopes he could steal the biggest share in the coming weeks. — Cockcroft