Curious as to what fantasy players should ride the pine in Week Nine? The Bruno Boys have you covered as we reveal those guys you should sit in our Fantasy Football Week 9 Sit Ems.
QUARTERBACKS – SIT ‘EM
Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) @ Indianapolis
Matt Schaub has been undoubtedly one of the top-five fantasy quarterbacks in 2009. But he is coming off a bad game in Week 8 in which he passed for 268 yard while tossing two interceptions and zero touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. Despite suffering from injuries, the Indianapolis Colts are seventh in the league against the pass, allowing only 180 passing yards per game, and only three TDs to seven INTs in seven games. They are also fifth in the NFL in sacks with 20, and their defensive ends can get after Schaub and put some heat on him. Throw in Schaub will be without he second favorite target in tight end Owen Daniels (ACL injury) and you have to limit your expectations on the surging quarterback this week.
Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington
Many would look at a this game as an easy win for the Atlanta Falcons and a game that Ryan to produce at a high level. Well yes, the Redskins are bad, but it’s not their defense that has allowed them to be beaten by teams like the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, it’s the offense’s inability to run or pass with any consistency. The Washington Redskins allow slightly fewer than 165 passing yards per game (second in the NFL), and have given up only six passing TDs in seven games this season. While running back Michael Turner looks to be a big part of the game-plan (Redskins are 22nd against the run), Matt Ryan’s prospects are not as promising. Plus, the icing on the cake has to do with the health of Roddy White. A knee injury has prevented him from practicing this week and if he doesn’t play Ryan will be without his go-to target.
RUNNING BACKS - SIT ’ EM
Knowshown Moreno (Denver Broncos) vs. Pittsburgh
It seems like we Moreno has been our whooping boy of late, but let’s be honest, as talented as he is, he hasn’t shown the consistency to prove he’s a must start. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a tough match-up, as they rank first in the NFL against the run, so odds are like Moreno will go another week struggling as a fantasy football starter. Pittsburgh should be refreshed coming off a bye, which means Moreno, and Correll Buckhalter for that matter, should be on your bench in Week Nine.
Joseph Addai (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Houston
We are starting to believe that the Houston Texans run defense wasn’t as bad as advertised in the first few weeks.We know that the potential absence of running back Donald Brown could lead to Joseph Addai getting the touches to warrant fantasy success, but check out the Texans rush defense over the last five games. After their porous defensive efforts versus Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson they have shut down some solid running backs: 38 total yards in Week Four (Justin Fargas), 24 total yards in Week Five (Beanie Wells), 45 total yards and a TD in Week Six (Cedric Benson), 47 total yards in Week 7 (Frank Gore), and 49 total yards in Week Eight (Marshawn Lynch). Even Benson’s game with 10 points is nothing special, so look a little deeper into the Texans run game ranked 20th overall before you start thinking Addai is a top Week Nine play.
Brian Westbrook & LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas
First of all, who knows who is going to start as of this article (Friday morning). Brian Westbrook is practicing but coming off a concussion, LeSean McCoy apparently has a flu that could limit him, and Leonard Weaver may once again see some touches out of the backfield this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys are 13th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 105 rushing yards per contest and less than half a touchdown per game (three TDs in seven games), so it seems that any Eagles’ running back has their work cut out for them. If you can get some real tips on who is going to start, and control the workload in Philadelphia, they may be worth a flier, but we’re not so sure this isn’t going to be a platoon in Week Nine. With that in mind it might be best to stay away from any running back wearing an Philadelphia uniform come Sunday.
WIDE RECEIVERS - SIT ’ EMS
Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) @ Chicago
Boldin’s injury could really limit his potential in this specific game, but the fact of the matter is, if you look at the bigger picture his injuries have limited much of his production in 2009. Boldin’s strength at going over the middle and being great at the YAC (yards after catch) receiver has been slowed by nagging injuries this season. The veteran out of Florida State has only had three games with over seven fantasy football points, so he hasn’t been the consistent fantasy provider that he was in years past. Whether Boldin plays this Sunday or not, we recommend sticking him on the bench until he proves he’s healthy and can play 60 minutes at full strength.
Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Denver
It’s hard to know how the Steelers will come out off a bye week (teams typically fix their biggest issues, or at least work on them), but if that is the case, then the Pittsburgh will be running the ball better in the second half of 2009. Ben Roethlisberger has been solid thus far, but the Steelers would be a better overall football team if they didn’t force Big Ben to throw 30-plus times, and if they try to get back to running the football it will force Holmes’ numbers to decrease across the board. Given that he has been slowed following Week One (no TDs since Week One), Champ Bailey will probably put the clamps on Holmes. However, expect Hines Ward to do his thing and post some solid numbers away from Holmes.
Potential Bust Pick of the Week:
Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington
Obviously if you own Roddy White you aren’t going to sit him and we aren’t suggesting you keep him on your bench; however, it just come out that White has an undisclosed knee injury (though he will start on Sunday). While that may not be cause for concern, the fact that the Washington Redskins allow the second fewest passing yards per game should concern you. It’s nice that White (touchdown in four straight games) has become the stud that you drafted in the past few weeks, and while he has no history against the Redskins; we assume Matt Ryan could struggle in this match-up. It’d be tough to sit a player of White’s caliber and potential, but it’s anyone’s guess how the knee holds up for him in Week Nine. Start him, but we wanted to give you appropriate warning that a tough matchup combined with a knee injury could lead to mediocrity from the 6th ranked wide receiver (standard leagues).
TIGHT ENDS - SIT ’ EMS
Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) vs. Carolina
The Carolina Panthers pass defense has been second to none this year, and while it’s obvious that Drew Brees is a must-start each and every week, we think Shockey could struggle in this match-up. He has had some ups-and-downs this season, and if statistics stay true it will be tough for him to find pay dirt this weekend in a divisional matchup . While he hasn’t averaged less than seven fantasy football points in his last three weekends, a game with five catches for 45 yards seems more reasonable against the best pass defense (based on yardage) in the NFL.
KICKERS - SIT ’ EMS
Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Denver
Jeff Reed has been consistently inconsistent in 2009, and he goes up against a Denver Broncos defense allowing the second fewest points in the NFL. While some argue that low-scoring games are the key to big field goal games, we argue the opposite. To have a kicker playing an awful defense is infinitely better than the opposite. Reed is not known for being a long range kicker, and the weather currently shows that there’s a chance of rain in the Mile High state. Stay away from Reed this weekend.
DEFENSES - SIT ’ EMS
Chicago Bears D/ST vs. Arizona
As great of a pick up the Bears were for you last weekend, they are equally as poor of a start this week against the Arizona Cardinals. It’s a given that quarterback Kurt Warner will throw an interception or two, but the Cardinals have the potential to be an explosive offense (even without a healthy Anquan Boldin), and the Bears are not the healthiest team around. Chicago has been right around the middle of the pack in terms of team defense/special teams, and while the Cardinals have been surprisingly mediocre as an offense, they have enough play-makers to cause matchup problems for the Bears. Don’t start the Bears especially with so many other good options available on your wire (Atlanta vs. Washington, Seattle vs. Detroit, Green Bay @ Tampa Bay.).
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY JACOB LERMAN.