Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Fantasy Football Projections

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 4, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes the ball during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week?  Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them: 


Start – Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans

Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the New Orleans Saints in Week 6 and all he did was go 23-of-41 for 303 yards, two TD and zero INT (that’s after throwing for 255 yards, two TD and zero INT in Week 17 of the ’10 season). 

While the completion percentage wasn’t ideal, the other numbers were definitely impressive.  With the Saints coming off a dud in Week 8 and likely looking to make a statement, it’s possible that Tampa Bay is going to be playing from behind.  That means a lot of opportunities to throw and, given his recent success against them, that’s a good thing.

More good starts: Eli Manning at New England, Matt Ryan at Indianapolis

Sit – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh

He has been wildly inconsistent this season.  While he has three games of at least 300 yards throwing, he also has three games under 200 yards. 

In Week 1 against the Steelers he was pretty good, going 17-of-29 for 224 yards, three TD and zero INT. 

This is a different Steelers defense, however.  They are allowing just 171.6 passing yards per game and have allowed seven TD over their past seven games.  He’s too big of a risk to trust, especially with how many duds he’s posted.

Other good sits: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New York Jets, Jay Cutler at Philadelphia 

Running Backs

Start – Shonn Greene – New York Jets – at Buffalo

The Jets have recommitted to the run in recent weeks, and it shows.  Greene has gotten at least 20 carries in each of the past three games, totaling 269 yards on 62 carries (an average of 4.3 yards per carry). 

This week should be nothing different as the Jets take on a Bills defense allowing 120.4 rushing yards per game and eight rushing TD (sixth most in the league).

Start – Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis

The Rams have been torched by the run this season, allowing 165.6 yards per game.  Under normal circumstances that would make Wells a no-brainer, but we all know that he’s a bit banged up. 

Over the past three weeks he’s averaged 3.4 yards per carry and has failed to break a run of longer than 16 yards.  While that is concerning, he’s scored a touchdown in five out of six games and has too juicy of a matchup to ignore.

Another good start: Darren Sproles vs. Tampa Bay 

Sit – Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco

The Redskins running back situation is constantly in flux and you never really know who is going to emerge as the go to back. 

Since he burst onto the scene in Week 4, Torain has managed just 31 yards on 20 carries and draws the best rushing defense in the league (the 49ers are allowing 73.4 yards per game and have yet to allow a TD).  There’s way too much risk.

Sit – Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas

I’m sure there are people who saw LeSean McCoy’s performance in Week 8 and got the idea that maybe Lynch could put on a similar performance this week.  Before you get to that point think to yourself, “Is Marshawn Lynch anything even close to McCoy?” 

I think we all know the answer to that question.  Lynch has only two games with more than 33 yards this season and the Cowboys are going to be out to prove a point.  It doesn’t add up to a good situation.

Another good sit: Delone Carter vs. Atlanta 

Wide Receiver (Two-Receiver Format)

Start – Mario Manningham – New York Giants – at New England

With Hakeem Nicks potentially missing this weeks game due to a hamstring injury he suffered at the end of Week 8, Manningham is looking even better. 

However, even if Nicks plays, there is no way to sit Manningham against a Patriots defense allowing 323.1 passing yards per game.  Look for him (as well as Victor Cruz) to get ample opportunities to shine.

Another good start: Brandon Lloyd at Arizona 

Sit – Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets

In deeper formats, he’ll still be usable, but a matchup with Darrelle Revis significantly puts a damper on his upside.  Revis’ talents have been on full display this season, so Johnson is an impossible play.

Another good sit: Michael Crabtree at Washington 

Wide Receiver (Three-Receiver Format)

Start – Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis

Prior to his injury, the only knock on Jones had been his inability to find the end zone.  Well, he’ll get a chance to correct that issue in his first game back as he takes on a Colts’ defense that has allowed 15 passing touchdowns on the year (worst in the league). 

While there’s always a chance that the Falcons try to slowly work him back into the mix, there’s too much upside to ignore.

Another good start: Mike Williams (TB) at New Orleans 

Sit – Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver

There’s a good chance the addition of Carson Palmer will help Heyward-Bey and the rest of the Raiders' wide receivers.  However, until we actually see it, the risk is too great (especially with T.J. Houshmandzadeh potentially working as Palmers’ safety valve).

Another good sit: Nate Washington vs. Cincinnati

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