Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9: Wide Receivers You Can't Rely on

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst INovember 4, 2012

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) fends off New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (32) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
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Some fantasy owners are more brave than others, but I'd stay away from these wideouts this week. 

Maybe I'm in the not-so-brave category. 

Two are dealing with injuries and one finds himself in a tough matchup in Week 9. 


Dez Bryant 

For as sporadic and sometimes mindless as Bryant can be at times, there's absolutely no doubting his physical ability and explosiveness. 

He has 20 receptions and 219 yards over the past three weeks, but suffered a hip injury on the last-second touchdown catch against the New York Giants that was ultimately nullified when the review showed his hand was out of bounds. 

Bryant was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, he re-aggravated his hip on Friday while making a catch during the team's walk-through.   

Right now, he's listed as questionable, but is a game-time decision. 

Even if he plays, we aren't sure how much he'll be on the field and the impact he'll have against a stout Atlanta Falcons secondary. 

Sure, he could make his typical contributions, but Bryant's too risky. 


Torrey Smith 

The Ravens offense hasn't been operating as smoothly as of late, and after a hot end to September, deep threat Torrey Smith has really cooled off. 

He was held to nine catches in three games in October, and in today's game against the Browns, he should get some looks from stud cornerback Joe Haden. 

In all likelihood, you've been frustrated with Smith's outings over the past month, but don't expect a showdown with a 2-6 Cleveland Browns team.

Can't trust him.


Hakeem Nicks

Nicks didn't appear to be 100 percent against the Dallas Cowboys last week, and according to, he is expected to be near 90 percent for his matchup with the Steelers. 

No, Pittsburgh's secondary isn't what it once was, especially without Troy Polamalu, but Nick is certainly not worth his typical WR No. 1 or WR No. 2 status.