Week 8 was eventful for sure, we all saw Calvin Johnson do what Calvin Johnson always does and we also saw Marvin Jones join the 4 TD club. So week 9 is here and we have some of the biggest Fantasy Studs on a bye (The Offense of the Broncos, Stafford/Bush/Johnson and many more). When you have 6 teams on a bye week, it is a lot harder to do these start/sit because most of you are going to have to start some of my sit options. I am just here to recommend you and let you know that there are guys that just don’t have the best matchups this week. If you have to start them so be it, but don’t forget if you ever need some fantasy help, hit me up on twitter @rickygangster and I will help any way I can.
Starts that made me look good
Russell Wilson (14 Points, 2 TDs, Debatable if he made me look good.), Eddie Lacy (112 total yards and a TD ), Knowshon Moreno (133 total yards and a TD), Terrence Williams (2/64/1 TD), Larry Fitzgerald (4/48/1 TD), Carolina Panthers (297 yards, 3 Sacks, 1 DFR and gave up 13 points)
Starts that made me look bad
Robert Griffin III (3 Fantasy Points, THREEEEEE), Pierre Garcon (PPR Leagues was great, standard not so much – 7 catches 46 yards), Tony Gonzalez (3 catches 26 yards)
Sits that made me look good
Terrelle Pryor (Some will debate but only 15 total points after opening with a 93 yard TD run, that totaled 15 points), Jacquizz Rodgers (22 total yards), Kenbrell Thompkins (O catch, 0 yards.), Jared Cook (3 catches 26 yards).
Sits that made me look bad
DeAngelo Williams (51 total yards and a TD), Josh Gordon (5/132/1 TD – this was a huge surprise, I was WAY off on this one.), Saints D (only gave up 17 points, 4 sacks and forced 3 TOs)
Week 9 Fantasy Football Must Start
Phillip Rivers vs. Washington Redskins
After a hot start Rivers has cooled off a bit with only 2 TDs over the last 2 games. He has a great matchup against the Redskins who are giving up a 18 PPG to Fantasy QBs. Rivers is an easy must start with this great matchup.
Cam Newton vs. Atlanta Falcons
Newton is back to doing Newton things this year. He is running the ball a bit more and has totaled 8 TDs over the last 3 games. Falcons are just a good team suffering from a ton of injuries, Newton has become a must start from here till season’s end.
Chris Johnson vs. St. Louis Rams
Okay now Chris Johnson has had his bye week and now the Titans plan on using him to his fullest capability, right? One of the most frustrating things about owning CJ is the way the Titans use him. Lucky for him this week he faces a Rams D that has given up the 5th most points to Fantasy RBs. That in mind he isn’t seeing goal line carries but is still worth a start this week.
Eddie Lacy vs. Chicago Bears
In 4 games since the bye, Lacy has totaled yards 442 total yards and has scored TDs in back to back games. This backfield is a one person show and Aaron Rodgers is benefiting the most from it. The Bears have given up 5 rushing TDs over the last 2 weeks and 54 (Standard) Fantasy points to RBs, Lacy is a must start this week and for the rest of the season.
Terrence Williams vs. Minnesota Vikings
My man Terrence Williams made it 4 in a row last week by scoring on a 60 yard bomb from Romo. The Vikings are coming off a game in which they were torched by Aaron Rodgers; Romo is playing at a high level as well. Williams has become the #2 option in this offense and should be started this week.
Stevie Johnson vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson has 23 targets over the last two weeks from Thad Lewis, as we saw last week the Chiefs can be thrown on a bit. Johnson should see a lot of targets again this week and should have no problem continuing to raise his stock.
Jared Cook vs. Tennessee Titans
Cook just hasn’t been the same players since exploding in week 1, this recommendation is based on one thing. He is going to want to score against his former team and I believe Head Coach Jeff Fisher will help makes this happen.
Tennesee Titans vs. St. Louis Rams
Kellen Clemens looked terrible on Monday Night; they should’ve blown the doors off Seattle but there inept at QB with Bradford out for the year. Titans are coming off a bye and the D has played really well against teams that are average. Titans D is an easy must start this week.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Must Sit
Tom Brady vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
As a Tom Brady fan it is really hard to watch him try to throw the deep ball anymore. I believe he is going to benefit from a upcoming bye where they need to work out some kinks in this offense (Firing Josh McDaniel would be just fine with me). But Pittsburgh after giving up a 93 yards TD run to Pryor that went for 15 Fantasy Points, held Pryor to well 15 Fantasy points for the rest of the game. Brady is only startable in 2QB leagues now.
Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals are very stingy against the run this year and given up only 127 yards on the ground over the last two weeks. Miller coming of the best game of his career and Thomas coming off a game in which he scored but both these guys should be only desperation bye week plays, otherwise they need to be on the bench.
Pierre Thomas vs. New York Jets
Even though the Jets were blown out the waters by the Bengals, they only gave up 62 yards on the ground. Thomas won’t find much running room this week and should be on the bench this week.
TY Hilton vs. Houston Texans
The Texans haven’t been great this year by any means but what they are doing against WRs is very good. They are only giving up 13 PPG (League low) to Fantasy WRs; they have held WRs to single digit Fantasy points in 3 out of the last 4 games. Find other options this week.
Marvin Jones vs. Miami Dolphins
I am sure a lot of people rushed to pick Jones up after his monster 4 TD game but I surely wasn’t one of them. If you can get someone to bite on a trade offer for this guy pull the trigger now. Miami is good against the pass and I expect a slugfest on Thursday.
Scott Chandler vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Chandler is coming off his highest targeted (11) game of the season, mostly due to the fact the team played from behind in the entire 2nd half. The Chiefs are the best against TEs this year and I expect this to be a slugfest between these two teams. Keep Chandler on the bench for this week.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
I believe that the Texans will be able to move the ball on the Colts, they seem like a streamable D for this week but I would recommend against it.
Also don’t forget to check out the Sports Script podcast every Sunday morning at 11am (EST) as we answer any and all start and sit questions. www.blogtalkradio.com/foryourconsideration
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