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Fantasy Football Sit or Start Week 9

November 1, 2012

Fantasy, Fantasy Football

The aim of this column is to point out fantasy players worth starting this week who are not obvious and require a bit of attention drawn to them to point out how advantageous or faulty it would be to start them.  It thus will not be exhaustive but rather point out a few players at each position that need to be started or need to sit in week 9.

Quarterbacks:

Start

Matthew Stafford could have another bounce back week in fantasy.  He had a big game last week having over 350 yards passing and 4 total touchdowns (one rushing) and leading the Lions to a surprising late win over the Seahawks.  This week they head to Jacksonville to face a struggling Jaguars team and that could be the recipe for the Lions to make a statement with their offense.

Cam Newton has been wildly disappointing thus far in fantasy and has been someone to avoid starting at times.  Last week he looked surprisingly good against a tough Chicago defense which gives owners some hope.  What’s even more promising is a matchup with the Redskins who give up the fourth most yards to opposing offenses and just gave up three passing touchdowns to Ben Roethlisberger last week.  There may not be many more matchups as favorable as this one for Newton.  Start him this week.

Cam Newton is poised for a huge week against the Redskins.

Michael Vick is worth a desperation start considering he plays the terrible Saints defense on Monday night who can’t stop anybody.  Yes, Vick has been very inconsistent and has a proficiency for turning over the ball, but the Saints have been the cure for any struggling offense (look what the Chiefs offense did to them) and Vick should have one of his best games of the season (though that may not be saying much).  Start him if he’s the best option available.

Sit

Phillip Rivers has been appalling this year and that was before the Chargers lost to the Browns 7 to 6 in a rain storm.  Rivers has fallen off the map so much and a lot of that has to do with a lack of viable weapons but also because of play calling and his own inconsistency.  Also the Chiefs have been above average on defense lately and Rivers will struggle not turning the ball over.  Look elsewhere this week.

Andy Dalton has been worthy of starting in most weeks so far this year and has been around the 10th to 15th best fantasy QB depending on matchup.  Lately though he has struggled and while he could put up decent numbers against the Broncos because he likely will need to pass to stay in the game, the Broncos are good at getting after the QB and forcing bad throws.  Don’t be surprised if Dalton has 2-3 turnovers and the Broncos win easily.

Running Backs

Start

LeSean McCoy went into the year as a top 5 running back and has struggled mainly due to his team’s game plan which has limited his touches.  Also his QB has been awful and that has allowed defenses to key on stopping him.  It looks like McCoy has gotten back on track by scoring two TDs last week and with a matchup against the Saints who have been giving up the second most rushing yards per game, McCoy will only be limited by the number of rushes he gets.  Expect him to go off.

Matt Forte has been pretty good this year and with a matchup against the Titans who give up on average almost 140 yards rushing per game, Forte should have a big day.

Reggie Bush has been inconsistent and often injured this season and has been valuable when healthy.  A matchup with the Colts this week though puts things back in his favor because the Colts give up over 135 yards rushing per game and struggle stopping most backs.  Expect Bush to find open space this week and score a long TD.

Reggie Bush is a must start this week

Sit

Michael Turner has come to have a weekly spot here and that’s because his production has dropped off.  Turner is still getting plenty of touches (25 last week) but is averaging less than 3 yards per touch and is only fantasy viable as a RB2 if he scores a touchdown.   While the Cowboys aren’t the best at stopping the run, they should be able to limit the effectiveness of Turner and that could force the Falcons to use backup Jacquizz Rodgers more because he is better in the passing game.

Chris Johnson has been fantastic the past few weeks and has risen the ranks of fantasy backs lately.  Unfortunately he faces the Bears who are best in the league against the run and while Johnson could still be valuable the chance that he could have a bad game needs to be pointed out.  Start him with caution only.

A note of caution:  Jamaal Charles has been up and down considerably this season having big games and terrible games and not much in between.  Take into account that the Chargers still have the 2nd best run defense in the league and Charles could struggle and end up like he did last week getting only 8 touches for 10 yards.  He still should be started but if better options exist then pursue those.

Wide Receivers

Start

Steve Smith has been a sit the past few weeks and he finally had a 100 yard game last week to shake off the stink that has been on him.  This week he faces the Redskins who haven’t been able to stop many offenses at all and Smith should be able to get into the endzone for the first time all season.  Count on it.

DeSean Jackson has been hard to count on this season but the Saints defense is bad and Jackson could have his best game of the season.  Look for him to get a long touchdown.  His teammate Jeremy Maclin should be good too.

Calvin Johnson has had a rough season so far, at least compared to last season and it’s been hard to count on him having a lot of production.  This could be the week where Johnson puts himself back atop the ranks of fantasy receivers.  He is a must start always, but expectations should be high for him.

Sit

Stevie Johnson has been decent this year for the Bills but with a trip to Houston he will likely have a tough day getting open.  Let him sit this week.

Torrey Smith and the Ravens offense in general has been in a bit of a funk lately and the game plan against the Browns this week will probably focus more on running the ball.  Ray Rice should be able to do  a lot of damage and that could give Smith a chance to get open deep.  It could also mean that Smith’s value is limited and ends up with only 40 yards receiving.  If a better option doesn’t exist then start him.  Otherwise look elsewhere.

Tight Ends

Start

Tony Gonzalez has been one of the best TEs in fantasy this season and with key injuries to the Cowboy’s linebackers, Gonzalez should be able to beat whoever is covering him all night.  Expect him to find the end zone.

Owen Daniels has become Matt Schaub’s favorite target and is finding the end zone quite regularly.  Expect him to be open a lot this week while facing the lowly Bills.

Owen Daniels is having a breakout year in Houston

Sit

Kyle Rudolph has been a top 10 scoring fantasy TE this year but most of his points have come in half of his games; this means he’s hit or miss.  The Seahawks have a great defense and Rudolph could be a no-show again this week.

Martellus Bennett has been a legitimate option in the Giants passing attack this year but they face the surging Steelers and while the Giants should be able to score it might not be through Bennett.  Look for another option this week.

Kickers

Start

Blair Walsh has been an under the radar kicker in fantasy and is worth a start this week against the Seahawks who could force the Vikings into more kicking situations than normal.

Sit

Garrett Hartley was projected to be a great fantasy kicker for the Saints because of all the points they would score.  Unfortunately most of that has not been by field goal and thus Hartley is droppable as a fantasy kicker.

Defense

Start

Detroit could be a sneaky start at defense this week as they face the Jaguars and they could make things difficult for Blaine Gabbert and Rashad Jennings.

San Diego could be a good start at defense this week as well because they face the struggling Chiefs in what could be a low scoring game tonight.

Sit

Arizona has had a top 10 defense all season but with the Packers coming up next they should not be started this week.

Both the Steelers and Giants defenses have been good this year but with both playing each other this week neither is a strong play.

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