Week 9 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Making the Call on Tough WR Matchups

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 9:  Wide receiver Denarius Moore #17 of the Oakland Raiders takes a catch for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of a preseason game on August 9, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 19-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Week 9 is brutal for fantasy owners dealing without one or more of the many top receivers on a bye.

Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Larry Fitzgerald, Justin Blackmon and Eric Decker are all off in Week 9 as their respective teams head into a much-needed break heading into the second half of the season.

That group of receivers represents a large portion of the league's elite at their position, and replacing them will be a tricky task.

With that in mind, here's a look at a few receivers with tricky matchups that will either help or hurt you in Week 9. 


Start: Terrance Williams vs. Minnesota Vikings

Terrance Williams has rendered oft-injured Miles Austin obsolete, and he's not-so-quietly becoming one of Tony Romo's favorite targets.

Williams caught a touchdown pass in his fourth straight game last Sunday—a 60-yard gem that helped Dallas keep pace with Detroit in a hectic fourth quarter. 

The Cowboys host the dysfunctional Vikings in Week 9, and this is a matchup that favors Dallas' passing game.

Minnesota allows the eighth-most fantasy points in the league to opposing receivers. Dez Bryant is going to get doubled on every single passing down, meaning Williams will continue getting open on the other side.

Projected Stats: Six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.


Sit: Harry Douglas vs. Carolina Panthers

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With Julio Jones and Roddy White both out of the lineup, Harry Douglas has emerged as a must-start receiver for the lucky fantasy owners who jumped on board early. 

He's caught 19 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown in his last two games, earning big-boy points totals in the process. 

Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons travel to Carolina this weekend, and this team is among the best in the league at shutting down opposing receivers, allowing just 14.3 points per game.

Featuring a dynamic front seven that brings relentless pressure, the Panthers routinely make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, and thus, their receivers. 

Projected Stats: Five catches for 60 yards and zero touchdowns. 


Start: Denarius Moore vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Denarius Moore was a fantasy bust in Week 8, catching just two passes for 32 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was confounded by Dick LeBeau's defense all game long, and Moore never broke free from coverage.

Moore played well the two previous games, however, catching 10 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns before Oakland's bye. 

He and Pryor should both break out against Philadelphia this weekend. The Eagles have allowed 31.8 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. This defense doesn't pressure the passer well and features a terrible secondary, and the numbers speak for themselves.

Projected Stats: Seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.


Sit: Vincent Jackson vs. Seattle Seahawks

Oct 24, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Drayton Florence (29) during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Vincent Jackson was the hottest receiver heading into Week 8, having caught 19 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in his two previous contests. 

He was stymied by Carolina last Sunday, however, catching just five passes for 79 yards and zero touchdowns, and things will only get harder in Week 9. 

Tampa Bay is headed to Seattle, where the Seahawks haven't lost a game since 2011. 

Seattle's secondary is second to none in this league, and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon will likely have his worst career start playing in front of the "12th Man."

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Jackson will be smothered by Richard Sherman, who is especially effective against big receivers.

Projected Stats: Four catches for 65 yards and zero touchdowns. 


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