Fantasy Football: Week 9 Sit/Start & Game Previews
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Josh Freeman (TB @ Oak) – In the last 3 weeks Freeman is averaging over 336 yards per game with 9TDs & 1INT. This is what we call a “Trend” and if he wasn’t in your line up last week because you needed to see more, you feel pretty foolish right now. He’s couldn’t be more on Fire if he was Richard Pryor.
Andy Dalton (Cin vs. Den) – Speaking of Fire, the Queen City’s favorite redhead Andy Dalton, seems to only have good games against sub-par defenses & the Broncos pass def. is the 7th best in the league. I don’t trust him and would only start him if I had Brady on the bye in a 14+ team league.
Trent Richardson (Cle vs. Balt) – Richardson is going up against a poor run defense for the Baltimore Ravens and Sunday’s game plan for the Browns should revolve around him. I expect him to see at least 25 touches for over 140 all purpose yards with at least 1 TD. That is of course if we don’t get #Shurmured. Quick shout out to @FakePatShurmur (Best Parody Account on Twitter).
Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis (Cin vs. Den) – The Lawfirm has yet to have a 100 yard game & I don’t see it happening this week. Peyton should be throwing all over the Bengals which will force Cincinnati to try and do the same, to have any hope of winning this game.
Steve Smith (Car @ Wash) – Apparently, Mike Shanahan ordered his pass defense from ACME. Cam Newton should get back on track this week as he faces the worst pass defense in the league. As his favorite target Steve Smith should explode for a monster game.
Bonus WR Start – Titus Young (Det @ Jax) – Reports say Megatron may be limited to 3rd downs, if he even suits up. With that being said, you can rest easy knowing Titus Young has been building a great rapport with Matthew Stafford. Last week Young was “Mr. Perfect” recording 9 receptions on 9 targets for 100 yrds & 2 TDs against the Seahawks. The only thing missing was a bubblegum spit/swat touchdown dance. Maybe we’ll see it this week.
Kenny Britt (Tenn vs. Chi) – If you’re even considering starting Britt, your team is in shambles or you just have way too many WRs on bye. Britt still isn’t 100% healthy and will have a tough time against the Bears.
Kellen Davis (Chi @ Tenn) – The Titans gives up more fantasy points to TEs than any other team, including seven touchdowns. Davis should get plenty of looks and some redzone targets.
Anthony Fasano (Mia @ Indy) – Ryan Tannehill is questionable for Sunday’s game, but even if he starts, reports say he’ll be on a short leash. When you add that to the fact that Miami should be able to run all over the Colts, it adds up to disaster for Fasano. (Full Disclosure: I had 1 year of Honor’s Algebra at Garfield Hts. High School back when Nirvana “Ruled” to the uneducated, while anyone with a brain knew Alice in Chains was WAY better) I would leave him on the bench.
Detroit @ Jax – Another week without MJD will not help the Jaguars chances of getting into the endzone. Blaine Gabbert has only 7 TDs on the year and 2 of his 3 INTs resulted in a Pick 6. He did somehow throw for over 300 yards last week against the Packers, the 1st time in his career. That will not happen this week. I expect the Lions to dominate this game.
Arizona @ GB – The Cardinals Def. had a great game in Week 3 against the Eagles but have been getting progressively worse as the season has rolled on. Even without Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, who’s a game-time decision, Arizona will have their hands full trying to contain the Packers offense.
Kai Forbath (Was vs. Car) – Has Josh Scobee found his way out of Kenny Kidd’s Fantasy Doghouse? No Scobee, Bad Boy SIT!!. He will however have to Move it on Over cause a new dog’s moving in. This new dog’s name is Kai Forbath, who is now tied with Scobee as the only 2 kickers to have a missed extra point in the 2012 season. I know they were blocked but, come on we have to draw a line somewhere.
Start – Anyone not named Josh Scobee or Kai Forbath.
Game Previews (Fillar):
Arizona Cardinals @ Green Bay Packers
I don’t hate the play of LaRod Stephens-Howling here, but how long will the Cards be in a position to run the ball? On the bright side, Larry Fitzgerald looked like he was getting into a groove in the second half of last week’s blowout. Start your Packers, all of them. Even if your league has a Janitor slot, get that Green Bay custodian in there.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
I know Torrey Smith roasted the Browns a few weeks ago, but these are very different times by the Lake. Joe Haden has changed the look of the defense, and I believe John Harbaugh when he says he’s going to feed Ray Rice. With the Ravens defense looking like an old folks home after an earthquake, Josh Gordon will almost certainly find his way behind the broken geezers at least once.
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals
BenJarvis Green-Ellis looked like a great, consistent producer after the first couple of weeks, and then completely forgot how to cross a goal line. Frustrating, and no end in clear sight to the nightmare. On the other side of the coin, the Broncos offense remains torrid under Peyton Manning, again, with no end in sight.
Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans
I’m still confused why Jay Cutler isn’t having a better year. He’s been outscored by his own wide receiver multiple times and isn’t a no-brainer anymore. Hopefully, you also have the Bears defense, which is keeping teams in playoff seeds almost by themselves in some cases. Start Matt Hasselbeck and his receivers if you’re in some weird, backward, opposite fantasy league. Then email me, because I want in.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Tannehill‘s status bothers me. Reggie Bush should have a good game, but no need to give Indy a reason to stack the box. Same old rule, start Andrew Luck at home.
Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins
Well, if it isn’t last year’s model, Cam Newton. He’s struggling, seems confused, and now gets to face the worst (huge understatement) pass defense in the league, and it isn’t even close. If you have Cam, and this week doesn’t work out, time to re-evaluate your QB situation, because this is it.
Detroit Lions @ Jacksonville Jaguars
I read a report that Megatron may be limited to 3rd down plays. Huh? That’s strange, but if he plays — you start him. This is better news for the proud owners of Titus Young and Ryan Broyles, who have picked up slack with Matt Stafford continuing to put up large numbers, Calvin or not. Detroit is trying to get back into a groove, and they’re going to hit the gas pedal (too soon, Suh?) against an inferior opponent. Rashad Jennings and Cecil Shorts remain viable options with the Jags.
Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans
Arian Foster has 659 yards and 9 touchdowns this season, while the Bills couldn’t stop a wet washcloth from blowing across the field. This should be a fun one. I’d even toss Justin Forsett in a flex spot and be pretty comfortable with the decision. Blow…. out…
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants
Oh, Ahmad Bradshaw, why do you curse your owners so? An incredible play if he actually gets the nod, but of course it has to be a late afternoon game where he’s this questionable. If you have the luxury of having another late game running back then fine, otherwise, check to see if Isaac Redman has been overlooked by your fellow GMs. Redman should get all the work with Dwyer and Mendenhall doubtful.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Oakland Raiders
Tampa’s offense is cruising. Josh Freeman, Doug Martin — everybody is putting up juicy numbers. With 3 touchdowns in 3 straight games, there aren’t many second level QBs I’m starting over Freeman. Cable and company love to disappoint the home fans whenever they get a relatively winnable game, so I expect the Bucs to blaze through the bases often on the West Coast. The numbers should stay juicy. Speaking of those type of numbers, gotta love what Denarius Moore has been up to.
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Whether it’s a back breaking series of terrible calls or not, the Seahawks play great at Qwest. The defense is crisper, Russel Wilson seems more focused, and they’ve covered every spread at home so far. All things considered, this is a terrible time for Kyle Rudolph to break out of his funk that includes two near goose eggs in a row. Play your studs and give your bubble players on Seattle (Golden Tate, Wilson) a boost when making your final decisions.
Sunday Night Football:
Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons
Where have I seen this story before? The Cowboys are in a pinch and desperately need a big win on the national stage. I’m going to take a wild guess and say Dallas hangs throughout, puts up great fantasy numbers (Tony Romo especially), and chokes in the end. I’m sure the next sequel will come soon, too.
Monday Night Football:
Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints
Since week 3, one of the quarterbacks in this game has a league-low two interceptions. Holy crap, it’s Michael Vick! If he’s still on your team, and don’t like you’re fill-in’s match up, roll with Vick. Why not, if he’s still on your roster, when will there be a better time. Likely this will be another shoot out in the Superdome, but I remain down on the bottom tier of Saints receivers, such as Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, etc. Because you never know where the ball is going to fly. Somebody will be skunked. With Jimmy Graham off the injury report, there’s even less to go around.