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NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Recap: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Phoenix, AZ, United States; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Ben Niemann (56) tackles Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone/Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK

Ken Walker: 26 carries, 109 yards, 2 touchdowns

Tyler Lockett: 5 receptions, 67 yards, 1 touchdown


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James Conner‘s return: Conner has been dealing with a rib injury that has kept him out since Week 5. He returned to the Cardinals lineup today and took hold of the same role he had in the offense before the injury.

  • He ran the ball only seven times for 45 yards, largely because the team was often playing from behind.
  • Conner also caught five passes for 19 yards.
  • He played a higher percentage of snaps than he played earlier in the season. This was likely due to Eno Benjamin‘s recent ineffective play.
  • Arizona has a difficult schedule for running backs over the next month but has the sixth-easiest schedule for backs from Weeks 15-17.
  • He is a buy-low candidate after his high usage but low numbers.

Robbie Anderson becomes a starter: The Cardinals' third receiver spot has gone from Greg Dortch to A.J. Green to Anderson over the last three weeks.

  • Anderson played the clear majority of snaps, with Dortch and Green rarely seeing the field.
  • This left him with three targets. He caught one of them for a 4-yard loss.
  • Anderson lining up on the outside meant Rondale Moore could play over 70% of his snaps from the slot. Moore had played just under 40% of the time in the slot over the last two weeks.
  • Moore led the team in targets (10), receptions (8) and receiving yards (69)
  • Moore remains one of the top waiver wire targets at wide receiver.
  • Anderson is unlikely to be a factor in fantasy football this season, as he’s the fourth-best receiving option on the offense (at best) and will lose snaps to Marquise Brown whenever he returns.

Sell High on Ken Walker: Walker scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to close out the victory for Seattle, but it might be harder for the Seahawks to be in this situation going forward.

  • Travis Homer remains the clear passing-down back for both third downs and two-minute drills.
  • The Seahawks have the fourth-worst schedule for running backs over the rest of the season. This game against the Cardinals was of the top two matchups remaining.
  • They face two of the best teams in the league during the fantasy playoffs. They also face the 49ers, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.
  • Walker will still be a must-start every week, but it will get a lot more difficult for the Seahawks to stick with the run and get Walker in position to score.


Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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