- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here are 10 key fantasy observations from Sunday's games, with analysis of the important trends and an eye toward next week and beyond.
Tomlinson absolutely terrific: Entering Week 9, some fantasy leaguers might have started to wonder if LaDainian Tomlinson was beginning to lose some of his luster. In the two games prior to Sunday's game against the Jets, Tomlinson had totaled just 76 rushing yards and had not registered either a rushing or receiving TD. In Week 9, he more than compensated for the pair of disappointing outings. Tomlinson reaffirmed that he is the best player in fantasy football by scoring four times in a game for the first time in his career. It's difficult to fathom that the feat actually might be a first for Tomlinson, who rushed for 107 yards on 25 carries. But it was a clear signal that you should never doubt him, even if he has a quiet outing or two. No player has an excellent game every week.
Porter has clearly re-emerged: Last week, Jerry Porter awoke from a six-game slump to catch six passes for 123 yards and two TDs. But many of his fantasy owners weren't sure if his outstanding performance was a one-time tease against a porous Titans pass defense, or the start of a turnaround. In Week 9, Porter erased many doubts with a solid seven-catch performance that included a four-yard TD reception. Porter finished with just 68 receiving yards, but it is apparent he has stepped forward with Randy Moss playing at less than 100 percent. When Moss' health improves, Porter should truly benefit from playing as a complement to him, as the Raiders are obviously devising more ways to get him the ball.
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