Fantasy Football: 5 studs, 5 duds in Week 9

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Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith (81) reacts with teammates
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Week 9 of the NFL and fantasy football season was a wild one, full of surprising players stepping up for their teams and fantasy owners growing frustrated as some stars continue to struggle.

Forced into action just days after being traded to the Minnesota Vikings, Josh Dobbs rallied his team to one of the more surprising victories we have seen in some time.

The Las Vegas Raiders cleaned house in the front office this week and looked like a much better team as they wiped the floor with the New York Giants.

The Philadelphia Eagles played in a classic and a rookie quarterback broke a record.

Looking back on the slate in fantasy football, let's take a look at some of the best performers and some of the worst. If you had a couple of the studs in your lineup, you were probably pretty happy on Sunday. Conversely, if you had more than one of these duds, it was probably a long day for you.

C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
Nov 5, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) walks on the field / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 stud: C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans

This list absolutely has to start with C.J. Stroud, who put forth one of the best performances a rookei QB has ever had as the Texans came back to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a last-second stunner.

Stroud threw for 470 yards, breaking the record for most passing yards in a single game by a rookie, which was held by Andrew Luck, who passed for 433 yards in a game in 2012. On top of that, Stroud threw five touchdown passes and he didn't turn the ball over.

If you started Stroud in Week 9, you likely won your fantasy game. His performance was exquisite.

Week 9 dud: George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes, this was on Thursday night, but it's still part of Week 9. George Pickens put up his worst game of the season, catching two passes for -1 yards. No, that is not a typo.

The Steelers' offense struggled for the most part outside of Diontae Johnson and Jaylen Warren and as long as Kenny Pickett is the team's QB, it might be that way for awhile. Pickens is an insanely talented wide receiver, but games like this could happen far too often in that offense.