Fantasy Football: Week Nine Start Or Sit

Matthew BeckCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 30-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Before I get to my Week Nine selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy. 

Good Starts from Week Eight:

Brett Favre, QB (MIN): Favre continued to turn heads with four touchdowns on 244 passing yards against his former team last week.

LeSean McCoy, RB (PHI): In Brian Westbrook’s absence, McCoy rushed for 82 yards and scored a touchdown against a good Giants defense.

Ladainian Tomlinson, RB (SD): Tomlinson found the end zone twice on 56 rushing yards against the Raiders.

Bad Starts from Week Eight:


Correll Buckhalter, RB (DEN): Buckhalter was a big part of the offense last week, but didn’t produce enough to make him a good start.

Kenny Britt, WR (TEN): Britt was non-existent in the Titans offense, recording only one reception for seven yards.

Good Sits from Week Eight:


Andre Johnson, WR (HOU): Johnson was questionable entering Week Eight, and finished the game with only 63 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Eli Manning, QB (NYG): Manning had his second bad game in a row, throwing only one touchdown and two interceptions.

Matt Ryan, QB (ATL): Ryan had a horrible game last week, throwing three interceptions and recording only one touchdown.

Bad Sits from Week Eight:

Steve Smith, WR (CAR): Smith didn’t have a great game, but recorded three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Julius Jones, RB (SEA): Jones had 87 total yards of offense, which wasn’t great, but still solid for fantasy.

Here is my Week Nine list of who to start and who to sit: 

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons                                         

Start: Clinton Portis, RB (WAS)

Explanation: Though the Falcons have been able to stop the run this year, Portis should be able to have himself a good game.  The Redskins will go to the ground game often as their offense is still looking for an identity.

Sit: Tony Gonzalez, TE (ATL)

Explanation: The Redskins haven’t played the best football this season, but their defense has been able to limit tight end production thus far in 2009.  Though it’s hard to sit Gonzalez, he will have problems this week, so go in a different direction if it’s possible.

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears                                  

Start: Matt Forte, RB (CHI)

Explanation: Forte had a breakout game last week, scoring two touchdowns on 90 yards  rushing.  He has a great matchup this week, as the cardinals haven’t been able to stop the run this year.

Sit: Anquan Boldin, WR (ARI)

Explanation: Boldin will most likely be a game-time decision this week.  He didn’t look himself last week, so don’t take the risk of starting him against a good matchup.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals                               

Start: Carson Palmer, QB (CIN)

Explanation: Palmer had himself a great game last time the Bengals played the Ravens, throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown.  Look for him to have similar success this week as the Ravens continue to give up a lot to the passing game.

Sit: Mark Clayton, WR (BAL)

Explanation: Clayton hasn’t been much of a factor in the first half on the season, as Derrick Mason continues to be Joe Flacco’s go-to receiver.  The Bengals shut down Derrick Mason earlier this season, which makes me feel like the Ravens will try even harder to get the ball in Mason’s hands.

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts                                     

Start: Pierre Garcon, WR (IND)

Explanation: This is a great matchup for Garcon this week, as the Texans have only one shutdown cornerback, who will be on Reggie Wayne.  Look for Peyton Manning to go to Garcon early and often as the Colts rely on their passing game this week.

Sit: Steve Slaton, RB (HOU)

Explanation: Slaton was benched last week due to a fumbling problem, and the Texans have said they will be using a platoon backfield this week against the Colts.  His touches are in question, so don’t expect much from him this week.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots                             

Start: Ricky Williams, RB (MIA)

Explanation: Williams wasn’t able to find the end zone last week, but he did get his chances to break a big play.  The Dolphins will rely on their Wildcat offense to try and beat the team that they debuted the offense against last year. 

Sit: Laurence Maroney, RB (NE)

Explanation: The game plan to beat the Dolphins is to use a heavy passing attack, meaning a low productive week from Maroney.  If the Patriots get up early he may get a good amount of carries, but I think this game will be a close one .

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars                             

Start: Mike Sims-Walker, WR (JAC)

Explanation: The Chiefs defense hasn't been able to stop the pass the last couple weeks, so a great matchup for Sims-Walker.  Despite having a poor game last week, he should have a great game this week.

Sit: Matt Cassel, QB (KC)

Explanation: Cassel had a horrible game in Week Seven, throwing three interceptions in the Chiefs loss to the Chargers.  He has been very inconsistent this season, so don’t start him this week.

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers                     

Start: Donald Driver, WR (GB)

Explanation: Driver has a great matchup this week against a sub-par defensive secondary.  He has been the most productive receiver in a pass-heavy offense and should have another great game this week.

Sit: Carnell Williams, RB (TB)

Explanation: The Buccaneers offense has been playing very poor lately, and is starting a rookie quarterback in Josh Freeman.  Williams may get a good amount of carries if the Buccaneers can keep the game close, but don’t count on it.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints                                             

Start: Pierre Thomas, RB (NO)

Explanation: Though the Saints have been using three running backs each week, Thomas has been able to stay in the front of the pack, with solid games the last few weeks.  Look for the Saints to balance out their great passing game with a heavy dose of Thomas against the overrated Panthers defense.

Sit: Steve Smith, WR (CAR)

Explanation: Though the Panthers are finding ways to get him involved in the offense, the Saints secondary should be able to limit his potential for this week’s game.  Expect Smith to get a good amount of targets but not enough receptions to make him start-worthy.

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks                                       

Start: Julius Jones, RB (SEA)

Explanation: This is the best matchup Jones has seen this season, and should be able to expose the horrible defense of the Lions.  The departure of Edgerrin James will also help his cause this week.

Sit: Kevin Smith, RB (DET)

Explanation: Smith is banged up and his playing time is in question.  Look for Maurice Morris to take carries away from Smith, making him not worth a start this week.

San Diego Chargers at New York Giants                                

Start: Steve Smith, WR (NYG)

Explanation: Eli Manning has shown that Smith is his favorite and should get a lot of targets this week against a mediocre Chargers secondary.  Look for Smith to help the Giants end their three-game losing streak in a big way.

Sit: Ladainian Tomlinson, RB (SD)

Explanation: Tomlinson has had recent success, but this week will be an exception.  The Chargers rely heavily on their passing attack against a poor defensive secondary, limiting Tomlinson’s role in the offense.

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers                                               

Start: Vernon Davis, TE (SF)

Explanation: Davis is finally having the breakout season fantasy fans have been waiting for, scoring four touchdowns in his last two games.  Expect him to continue his great season as the Titans have had trouble covering tight ends this season.

Sit: Nate Washington, WR (TEN)

Explanation: Washington had only two catches last week, as his role keeps decreasing in the offense.  The Titans are now looking ahead to the futures, going to Vince Young at quarterback, who changes the identity of the offense, leading to less passing.  This is bad news for Washington and he shouldn’t be started from here on out.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles                                   

Start: Brian Westbrook , RB (PHI)

Explanation: Westbrook is set to comeback for injury this week, and will go right back into the starting role against the Cowboys.  Look for Westbrook to have a nice game as the Eagles try any way they can to get the ball into his hands to make big plays.

Sit: Tony Romo, QB (DAL)

Explanation: The Eagles secondary has been great as of late and will give Romo fits all night.  I think this week Romo will go back to his former self from the beginning of the season and make plenty of mistakes.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos                                  

Start: Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT)          

Explanation: Though the Broncos secondary is solid this season, Roethlisberger should be able to have himself a good game.  He has one of the best receiving cores in the NFL and should be able to find a way to get the job done.

Sit: Brandon Marshall, WR (DEN)

Explanation: Marshall has a horrible matchup this week, as he will be matched up against Ike Taylor.  Expect him get the catches, but the Steelers should be able to limit him from making big plays.

Key Fantasy Players on Bye Weeks in Week Nine:

Buffalo Bills: Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Terrell Owens, Lee Evans

New York Jets: Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene, Jerricho Cotchery, Dustin Keller

Cleveland Browns: Jamal Lewis, Jerome Harrison, Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi

Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas, Zach Miller

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Brett Favre, Visanthe Shiancoe

St. Louis Rams: Steven Jackson, Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton

Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!

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