Fantasy Football Week 9: Colin Kaepernick, Ronnie Hillman the best FanNation Week 9 picks

By Chris Burke
October 30, 2014

Here's what you do this weekend: Slip into some jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt, pour yourself some cider or a beer, pile up all that leftover Halloween candy on the couch next to you ... and try to knock me off in the Week 9 FanNation fantasy football contest.

That last part is optional but highly recommended. It's free to join (as always), with FanNation offering cash games if that stirs the drink a bit more for you.

Here is the link to this week's SI contest. Enter, then come talk some trash on Twitter (@ChrisBurke_SI). Let's all put this post-Halloween sugar high to good use.

Week 9 Lineup

Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick (projected points: 21)
Also considered: Andrew Luck (25), Russell Wilson (23), Ben Roethlisberger (20)

From a fantasy football perspective, Kaepernick has been a little up and down this season -- right in line with San Francisco's inconsistent start. He is not far removed, however, from hanging 343 yards passing and three touchdowns on the Rams in a comeback victory. The 49ers hope Kaepernick does not have to throw as much Sunday, but coming off a bye, he should have a nice outing.

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Luck is a player under consideration every week at this point. Even in a Week 8 loss, he finished with 31.6 points on FanNation behind 400 yards passing. The Giants, his Week 9 opponent, boast a middle-of-the-road pass defense.

Wilson has a friendly matchup with Oakland, which should help him get rolling a bit -- he has bookended a three-touchdown, 400-total yard showing vs. the Rams with sub-200-yard passing days against Dallas and Carolina. 

Taking Roethlisberger would be playing the hot hand, what with his 522 yards and six touchdowns last Sunday. This weekend pits him against Baltimore, a matchup that tends to be on the lower-scoring side, so 20 points might be a max.

Running back: Ronnie Hillman (projected points: 12)
Also considered: Arian Foster (18), Lamar Miller (17), Denard Robinson (12)

Keep an eye on Hillman's health: he was limited Wednesday after coming down hard on his shoulder during practice. Should he roll on Sunday, his 12-point projection is lower than any score Hillman has posted over his past three outings. The Patriots are allowing 4.6 yards per attempt on the ground, too.

Fantasy football Week 9 stat projections

Foster has topped the century mark four straight games, with a low FanNation point total of 20.5 in that stretch; he piled up 40.3 points last week. Philadelphia will try to limit him Sunday, but Houston should keep feeding him the football.

Same for Miller in Miami, which draws the Chargers on Sunday. Miller has emerged as the Dolphins' No. 1 back. And though he has not hit 100 yards rushing since Week 3, Miller is averaging a touchdown per game over the past month. 

Robinson and his Jaguars teammates are substantial underdogs this weekend in Cincinnati. That's of no real concern to his fantasy value since (at least on paper) he offers a pass-catching option out of the backfield. In two games since taking over as the starting RB, Robinson has 40 carries for 235 yards. 

Wide receiver/tight end: Andrew Hawkins (projected points: 13)
Also considered: Antonio Brown (21), T.Y. Hilton (13), Keenan Allen (12)

Hawkins finally broke his season-long touchdown drought last Sunday, meaning this could be the time to pounce before his projected total skyrockets. The ex-Bengal has been targeted at least nine times in six of seven Cleveland games, plus has averaged 100 yards over the past two Sundays. Tampa Bay might not put up much resistance this weekend.

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Brown, like Luck at quarterback, is the pick if you'd rather not worry about this position. Roethlisberger's go-to target has not had fewer than five catches or 80 yards in any game this season, and he has three multi-touchdown outings.

Hilton joins Hawkins in flying a bit under the radar this week. Hard to imagine why, though, considering Hilton has averaged 7.3 catches and a whopping 161.7 yards since Week 6.

Is Allen about to catch fire? Philip Rivers has targeted him a combined 23 times in San Diego's past two games, and Allen scored his first touchdown of 2014 in Week 8.

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