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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 9

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about.

RISING


Quarterbacks


Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: He's been back for two weeks, but he really looked like pre-concussion Tua with a 382-yard, 3TD performance Sunday against the Lions.


Marcus Mariota, Falcons: A streaming-level quarterback now, Mariota has six touchdown passes over his last three games and has rushed for at least 40 yards in three of the last four outings.


Justin Fields, Bears: Fields is another solid streaming option as he's scored well for three straight weeks, including accounting for three TDs against the Cowboys in Week 8.


Running backs


Alvin Kamara, Saints: Following two subpar performances and two missed games, Kamara has looked like himself over the last four weeks, gaining 158 yards of offense and scoring three times Sunday.


Christian McCaffrey, 49ers: He can do it all, and he pretty much did in Sunday's win. McCaffrey caught, ran for and threw a touchdown and nearly gained 200 yards of offense. Imagine what he'll do after the bye.


D'Onta Foreman, Panthers: McCaffrey's exit from Carolina is looking like Foreman's gain. The former Longhorns star rushed for 118 yards for the second straight game, but this time he got into the end zone three times.


Wide receivers


A.J. Brown, Eagles: The bye week must have helped Brown and Jalen Hurts build on an already budding chemistry. Brown caught six passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Steelers.


DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals: The man did not miss a beat, rejoining the team in Week 7. He already has 22 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in his two games back.


DJ Moore, Panthers: Despite his penalty that may or may not have cost the Panthers the game, the game would have never gotten to OT without the heroics of Moore, who caught six passes for 152 yards, including a 62-yard Hail Mary TD.


FALLING


Quarterbacks


Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: He seemed to be building to a consistent floor, but since the early part of the season he's had three duds in the last five games. He does have a nice slate of matchups coming up, however.


Derek Carr, Raiders: Having an all-world target like Davante Adams didn't prevent Carr from having one of the worst games of his career. He found Adams just one time for three yards on the way to 101 yards and an interception.


Daniel Jones, Giants: His rushing prowess is the only reason you'd start him in a streaming situation, but he had just 20 yards on the ground against the Seahawks. He doesn't run consistently, so his production will always be up and down.


Running backs


Brian Robinson, Commanders: He didn't have double-digit carries for the first time in three games and gained just 20 yards on his eight attempts. He's yet to take over fully as the main back, apparently, and still only has a season high of 73 rushing yards.


James Robinson, Jets: After the first three weeks, it was looking like Robinson would be the No. 1 back for the Jaguars, but Travis Etienne took over the role. Now Robinson has had five straight duds, including a disappointing debut with the Jets.


David Montgomery, Bears: While he's not playing particularly poorly, he's giving up touches to Khalil Herbert, who is having better results. Montgomery should be producing better with the amount of touches he's getting.


Wide receivers


Gabe Davis, Bills: With how consistent Stefon Diggs is as the Bills' top wideout, we may just have to get used to Davis being a streaky player.


Courtland Sutton, Broncos: It just keeps getting worse for Sutton, who caught just one pass for 13 yards Sunday.


Josh Reynolds, Lions: He'd been outstanding before the bye but now has just three catches for 22 yards over the last two games.






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