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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 9

2T5J2CM Baltimore Ravens running back Keaton Mitchell (34) celebrates after scoring on a 40-yard touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Keaton Mitchell goes from third running back to 100-yard rusher: Mitchell was the only player with over 100 rushing yards in Week 9 despite not having a single NFL carry before this week.

Alvin Kamara’s surprisingly quiet game: Kamara was in a great matchup and a positive game script, but that didn’t lead to the monster performance many were hoping for.

Why one tight end should keep putting up big numbers: A few tight ends put up surprisingly big numbers in Week 9, but one tight end could be a clear fantasy starter for the foreseeable future.

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PFF's fantasy football recap focuses on player usage and stats, breaking down all the vital information you need to achieve fantasy success in 2023. Here, we touch on only players who are relevant in fantasy football leagues.

These are my 10 biggest reactions to the games from the Sunday slate. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out the full Sunday Week 9 recap.

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Add Keaton Mitchell: The Ravens’ undrafted rookie played significant snaps for the first time and looked great on those opportunities.

  • Mitchell started the season on injured reserve. He made his NFL debut in Week 6, playing only special teams. In Week 7, he played two offensive snaps, catching a 9-yard pass before suffering a hamstring injury that cost him Week 8.
  • The Ravens started with Gus Edwards and Justice Hill splitting snaps in the first quarter. Edwards played eight snaps, and Hill played seven.
  • Mitchell didn’t start mixing in until the middle of the second quarter. Edwards played three snaps in the second quarter, three in the third quarter and didn’t play at all in the fourth.
  • Edwards was dealing with a toe injury to start the week, but he was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, making it surprising that he was completely phased out after scoring two touchdowns.
  • The Ravens largely turned to backups in the fourth quarter. Tyler Huntley played the entire quarter, and Hill was the running back for 17 of those 19 snaps. Garbage time is the reason for Hill dominating snaps as much as he did.
  • Now that this appears to be a three-man committee, it will be harder to put Edwards in fantasy starting lineups despite his five touchdowns over his last two games. He remains a player to sell high.
  • Mitchell will likely be the top waiver target this week. There is no guarantee he will work out, considering the three-man committee, but Mitchell may become Baltimore's top rusher and receiver. He is a high-risk player, but the upside is there for him to be a top-15 running back down the stretch if he can win the job.


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