Fantasy Football: 5 studs, 5 duds in Week 9

  • A couple of tight ends have big days
  • Michael Thomas puts up a goose egg
  • Rams offense needs Matthew Stafford

Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith (81) reacts with teammates
Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith (81) reacts with teammates / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
Nov 5, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet (85) catches a TD against the New Orleans Saints. / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 stud: Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears

If you are a Cole Kmet owner, you are likely used to him being in the duds category just about every game. That changed for this week as Kmet had two touchdown catches from rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent.

Kmet finished the game with six receptions for 55 yards and the two scores. This catch here is one of the best grabs you will ever see by a tight end. Plays like this remind fantasy owners of what Kmet is capable of so hopefully he can find a way to make games like this happen more often than he currently does.

Week 9 dud: Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams

In all likelihood you were prepared for Puka Nacua being a dud this week and if you weren't, you definitely should have been. Without Matthew Stafford, the Rams are nowhere near the same and though Brett Rypien did his best, it wasn't going to get the job done.

Nacua, one of the early-season stars this year, has certainly slowed down considerably. He had just three catches for 32 yards in this game. For that matter, Cooper Kupp caught only two passes, gaining 48 yards. Both of these guys need Stafford back on the field sooner rather than later.