Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 9 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Article. 

The playoffs are nearing quickly, and a lot of teams are trying to figure out what to do to make a late-season push for the playoffs. We have seen a good number of fill-in guys produce great fantasy performances. 2020 has definitely been an interesting season and we are drawing to an end shortly. In this article, we will try to mix it up. There may be a player who is hot not on the list, so we can get other guys on there for everyone.

This week we have a lot of first timers and these are some guys you can try and grab now if you’re making a playoff push.  Three hot and three not for each position and two each for the Tight End position.

4. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks

Week 9, Who's Hot, Who's Not
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 08: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Who’s Hot:

Drew Lock – The Denver Broncos have started letting Drew Lock throw a little more, and it has definitely opened up a lot for fantasy purposes. In his past two games, Lock has thrown for 561 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs. Lock has also added 46 rushing yards and another score. Lock is a great option as a second quarterback in super flex leagues and has a winnable match-up for fantasy against the Raiders in Week 10.

Patrick Mahomes – In weeks six and seven, Patrick Mahomes had two non Mahomes-like games. In the two games since, he has been back to his normal self. In those two games, Mahomes has thrown for 788 yards and 9 TDs. When Mahomes is on like this, he is completely fantasy changing and can help lead a team almost single-handedly to a championship. Mahomes has a Week 10 bye, then an absolutely team-friendly fantasy playoff schedule.

Kyler Murray – Though the Cardinals lost to the Dolphins in Week 9, Kyler Murray was excellent once again for fantasy teams. In that game, Murray completed 21 of 26 pass attempts for 283 yards and 3 TDs. He also added 106 rushing yards and another score. On the season, Murray has 2,130 yards passing with 16 TDs. Murray also has 543 rushing yards and 8 TDs. Murray has a showdown with Buffalo in Week 10, which could produce a lot of points.

Who’s Not:

Tom Brady – You never know what kind of performance to expect from Tom Brady. Some weeks he is on fire, and others, he struggles. The last two games have not been great for fantasy. In the last two games, Brady had 488 yards passing, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs. Looking ahead to the fantasy playoff schedule, Brady has great match-ups and you should be able to start him comfortably, just always knowing there is a slight possibility he has an unexpected down game.

Derek Carr – One guy who has had a rough go lately is Derek Carr. The team has surrounded him with weapons, but he still can not seem to produce quality fantasy numbers. His last two games have been his worst of the season. In those games, Carr has a combined 276 yards passing, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. While he is protecting the ball, he still needs to produce before you can feel comfortable starting him.

Ryan Tannehill – Though he is not considered ” cold ” Tannehill has drastically cooled down from where he was a month ago. Tannehill had a two game stretch where he has over 500 yards passing and 7 TDs. In the three games since, Tannehill has 611 yards passing, 6 TDs and 1 INT. In a run first offense, you may be cautious as he has a tough schedule the next four weeks and if you’re making a playoff push, you may want to seek other options.

3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – NOVEMBER 08: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Who’s Hot:

Dalvin Cook – Dalvin Cook is healthy and staking his claim as the top back in football. Cook has put together two outstanding games against division rivals, the Packers and Lions. On the season, Cook has 858 rushing yards with 12 TDs and also has added 16 catches for 173 yards and 1 TD. Cook has a Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears.

James Robinson – This is a guy I own in a few leagues, but I have not given him the respect he deserves. James Robinson has taken over for Leonard Fournette quite nicely in Jacksonville. There are doubters who believe the Jags will look for a “better” back in the draft, but I believe Robinson is their guy. Robinson has stayed in the top 5 of fantasy backs for almost the entire season. On the year, Robinson has 580 rushing yards and 5 TDs, along with 23 catches for 225 yards and 2 TDs. He has a Week 10 game against a Packers run defense that has been gashed as of late.

Christian McCaffrey – The return of Run CMC was as expected for most. Arguably the best fantasy PPR back in the game, Christian McCaffrey was dominant in the receiving aspect yet again. CMC returned against the Chiefs posting 151 total yards with 10 catches and 2 TDs. Through 10 quarters CMC has 225 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 17 catches for 149 yards and 1 TD. This was supposed to be his rust game, he should put up big Week 10 numbers against Tampa Bay.

Who’s Not:

Jonathan Taylor – The rookie, Jonathan Taylor, started the season off on fire. In the last two games, he has struggled. In the last two games, Taylor has 49 rushing yards, 1 TD and 4 catches for an additional 16 yards. He did lose his first fumble this week, a habit that plagued him in college. He will have another tough game against the Titans in Week 10.

Ronald Jones – After setting the fantasy world on fire between his doubters and truthers in weeks 4-6, ROJO has come back down to expectations. In weeks 4-6, Ronald Jones had 330 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 11 catches for 44 yards. In the three games since, ROJO has 66 rushing yards, 1 TD, 8 catches for 34 yards. He will continue to have a shot at the lead job going into a game next week against the Panthers.

Ezekiel Elliott – Ezekiel Elliott has struggled the most with the Dak Prescott injury. However, in Week 9 against the Steelers, the Cowboys put an emphasis on getting Zeke touches, as he had 18 carries, but he could only manage 51 yards on those carries. The stacked boxes are hurting, but if the Cowboys can get any pass game going, Zeke still has the ability to help your fantasy teams make a championship push.

2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – NOVEMBER 08: Curtis Samuel #10 of the Carolina Panthers scores a touchdown after making a reception against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Who’s Hot:

Curtis Samuel – One guy who you could have gotten relatively cheap a month ago, does not have such a low price anymore. That guy is Curtis Samuel. Samuel is doing his work rushing and receiving. In his last 3 games, Samuel has 19 catches for 184 yards, 2 TDs, 41 rushing yards and 2 TDs. With CMC back, it could open up more opportunities for Samuel as defenses will be focused on him.

Terry Mclaurin – A guy who deserves a lot more credit than he gets is Terry Mclaurin. This guy has played with a revolving door at quarterback and all he does is produce. He has had some down weeks as expected, but even with a shaky offense and questions at quarterback, Mclaurin has 50 catches for 692 yards and 3 TDs. You would like to see more TDs, but even without, he is putting up championship quality numbers.

Davante Adams – Davante Adams is really pulling the Green Bay offense along while they deal with injuries to their running game. He seems match-up proof this year, more so than years past. On the year, Adams has 53 receptions for 675 yards and 8 TDs. He has two great match-ups against the Jaguars and Colts upcoming.

Who’s Not:

Adam Thielen – One player at the Wide Receiver position that has been hit or miss has been Adam Thielen. Thielen has weeks where he looks like a top 5 WR and then others that will leave you scratching your head. It has been an odd season for a player who ranks just outside of the top 10 at his position. In his last two weeks, Thielen has 5 catches for 65 yards and 0 TDs. In Week 10 he faces a stiff test against the Bears secondary, but the schedule lightens up a bit as we head into fantasy playoff season.

D.J. Moore – Another odd season for another player just outside of the top 10 is D.J. Moore. Moore had put together three strong outings and has followed that up with two bad games. In the last two weeks, Moore has 4 catches for 73 yards and 0 TDs. He will look to turn things around against Tampa Bay in Week 10.

Darius Slayton – The New York Giants are actually fighting as the season nears an end. With Saquon out for the year, Darius Slayton is one of two guys expected to step up big for fantasy owners with a lot of opportunity. Unfortunately that’s has not been the case. In the last four games, Slayton has 10 catches for 126 yards and 1 TD. I have seen Slayton dropped in many leagues I am in. If you’re not there yet, he should definitely be benched.

1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends

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Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) catches a pass for a two-point conversion guarded by New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, October 4, 2020 (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Who’s Hot:

T.J. Hockenson – One young tight end a lot of people had big hopes for is T.J. Hockenson. Problem is, he plays for the Lions and not much good comes from Detroit for fantasy. However, we may be seeing the beginning of his career truly blossoming for fantasy purposes. In the last three games, Hock has 17 catches for 163 yards and 2 TDs. Hockenson will look to stay hot in Week 10 against The Football Team.

Evan Engram – The other weapon in New York with Saquon out is Evan Engram and he has stepped up as of late. From weeks 3-6, Engram struggled. Since Week 7, Engram has 16 catches for 155 yards and 1 TD. Engram may be Daniel Jones most consistent weapon and will have a nice match-up against the Eagles in Week 10 before heading into a bye.

Who’s Not:

Hunter Henry – The Chargers need to find a way to get Hunter Henry involved, and there’s nothing more that can be said. A lot of fantasy owners drafted Henry to be a top end tight end. Unfortunately, he is not making the most of his opportunities. In the three games since their bye week, Henry has 11 catches for 89 yards and 0 TDs. The good news is, his targets are going up so there is a chance Henry starts producing the top line stats again, just in time for fantasy playoffs.

Mark Andrews – Viewed by many as the #3 tight end, things have been rough lately for the Ravens tight end. While he has big play talent and has shown it, the Ravens inability to consistently throw hurts Andrews production. In his last three games, Andrews has8 catches for 75 yards and 0 TDs. Unfortunately, with a run heavy team, you never know what production you will get, but you can not afford to bench Andrews. You just have to hope and pray.

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