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Fantasy Player of the Week

Michael Turner is finally paying back owners for selecting him as a top-three overall pick.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While the quarterback position saw "new" names make the list, the running back and receivers winners were very familiar names.

Quarterback

Kurt Warner, Arizona - When you throw for five touchdowns, you pretty much assure yourself of a spot on this list. Warner threw four of them in the first half and Arizona held a 31-7 halftime lead which is why he didn't throw for more yards and get bonus points. Still, his 29 points led all quarterbacks in Week 9. It was his best week of the season and a nice reward for those who stuck by him after his five-interception game last week.

Jay Cutler, Chicago - It's the rare weekend when Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees doesn't make it onto the FPOW list, but in an attempt to catch up to the Cardinals, Cutler threw 47 times for 369 yards and three scores. His team lost 41-21, but Cutler's performance certainly helped fantasy owners...at least the 32% of them who started him.

Running Back

Michael Turner, Atlanta - It was Turner's second big scoring week in a row and has quieted all the "370" talk (a running back theory which says a player who rushes 370-or-more times in a season struggles the follow year). Turner demolished Washington, the No.4 overall defense heading into the week, collecting 180 total yards (166 on the ground) and two scores for 40 fantasy points.

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina - The 2008 TSN Fantasy Player of the Year, has returned to form over the past month with three games of 149 yards-or-more. It's always comforting to fantasy owners when your guy's first run from scrimmage is a 66-yard touchdown scamper. Williams finished just behind Turner with 36 fantasy points.

Wide Receiver

Randy Moss, New England - Coming off a bye week, Moss was ready to go and posted 147 yards and a score. He also added a two-point conversion to earn 33 fantasy points.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona - With Anquan Boldin sidelined it was up to Fitzgerald to carry the Cardinals' receiving corps and he did just that, hauling in nine balls for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted 14 times which is a great number for "Fitz" owners and as long as Boldin is limping, it should continue at this level.

Tight End

Greg Olsen, Chicago - Olsen had the best fantasy day of his three-year career, by a wide margin (five catches, 71 yards, three TDs). For a player who's best previous day was 6-74-1, Olsen gets a lot of respect, maybe too much. He was the eighth tight end off the board (RapidDraft ADP 105.6) because Cutler was coming to town, not because of anything he had done to date. Maybe this is the start of him living up to that potential.

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis - Here's a tight end who doesn't get enough respect. But Manning knows how good he is and on Sunday targeted him an amazing 16 times. He caught 14 of them for 119 yards and 20 fantasy points. He was the fourth TE name called on Draft Day, but he's No.1 overall after nine weeks.

Defense/ST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - It's unlikely they were started in this week's contest against Green Bay, but if you were lucky or psychic, they rewarded you with 22 fantasy points on a TD return of a blocked punt and a "pick-six" in the final minute of the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers - While it's true the Denver Broncos offense isn't great, the Steelers completely destroyed them in front of their fans on Monday night. The Broncos were held to just 59 total yards in the second half. Pittsburgh picked off three passes, running one back for a touchdown to earn 18 fantasy points.

And the winner of the Week 9 Fantasy Player of the Week is....running back Michael Turner. He's finally paying back owners for selecting him as a top- three overall pick (RapidDraft ADP 3.2).

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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