Fantasy Football Week 9: Slumping Players with Favorable Matchups

Saakib ZafraniCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 2012

It's time, Cam Newton.
It's time, Cam Newton.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It's hard to give up on your blue-chip guys. Halfway through the season, a lot of fantasy owners have probably moved on and traded their underperformers. Some for better, some for worse.

For owners that have stuck through the slumps, their only respite is having favorable matchups. 

This week, four players that haven't lived up to their standard for much of the season have incredibly juicy matchups. It's time to believe again, folks. 


Cam Newton 

This week's matchup against one of the worst defenses in the league should be fantastic for Cam Newton owners. He has been perhaps one of the most disappointing picks in the later first or second round this season. 

The Washington Redskins have given up a league-worst 314 passing yards per game, and Newton has proven he can be an efficient passer in this league. 


Steve Smith

If I told you Steve Smith would only have three double-digit fantasy games midway through the season, you'd have laughed me right into the loony bin. Well, here we are, folks, and the most he's scored all season was 11.80 last week.

If ever there was a matchup for a receiver like Smith, this is it. Washington is terrible against the pass, and Smith is licking his chops to get at that abysmal secondary. 


Michael Vick

Monday night is usually Michael Vick night. He thrives under the spotlight and just so happens to be going up against the worst defense any of us has probably ever seen.

The New Orleans Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks thus far this season. They're also one of the worst teams against the rush, only allowing six fewer yards than the league-worst Buffalo Bills.

Vick hasn't exactly been "slumping" in the fantasy department, as Andy Reid puts the ball in his hands so often that he's bound to rack up points for owners. We haven't seen that explosive game from him yet this season, but I'm betting he's good for at least 30 points this week. 


DeSean Jackson

Jackson has been incredibly disappointing this season. Owners who thought they stole D. Jax off the board in the middle rounds have looked quite foolish this season. 

Owners, let him pay you back this season against a team allowing 317 receiving yards per game this season. The Saints are a team that can be beaten on the ground and through the air, and given Reid's unjustified aversion to giving LeSean McCoy the ball, you can expect him to try to win on Vick's arm. 

If the Eagles manage to screw this one up somehow, we can safely write them off for the bums they are.