NFL Fantasy Football Start-Sit Week 9: Vick In, Palmer Out

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 4, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 9 of the NFL season.


Start: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

Vick is healthy again and is saying the right things. He’s going to be a little more cautious with his body.

If he plays like he did before the injury, with accuracy and sound decision-making, he should put up big numbers.

Sit: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals

He actually has pretty decent numbers against the Steelers, 14 TDs in ten career games, but I would look elsewhere against their defense that has allowed just six passing TDs.

Running Backs

Start: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte only averages 50.3 rushing yards per game, but he makes up for his low rushing total with 43.3 receiving yards per game. He also has six total TDs (three rushing, three receiving).

He’s facing a Buffalo run defense allowing 188.7 yards per game.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots

The Law Firm has scored a TD in five straight weeks.

He’s not quite the lock as you would imagine he’d be playing against Cleveland, who has allowed just one rushing TD, but he’s a strong play nonetheless.

Sit: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

I hate to pick on the Bengals, but the Steelers are allowing just 58.9 rushing yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry, both far and away tops in the league.

Benson averaged just 49 yards against Pittsburgh last year.

Wide Receivers

Start: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

Smith caught nine passes for 85 yards against the Rams. They are almost assured to be playing from behind against the Saints. With some decent options in the passing game to take away some of the pressure, along with a little better QB play, he should be back in fantasy lineups.

Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals

The Vikings are a mess. They got rid of Randy Moss, just weeks after trading a third round pick for him. They are hurting at cornerback, a problem they’ve ignored all season long. Breaston, coming off an eight catch, 147 performance, should turn in another solid game.

Sit: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

Even if he is able to play through his ankle injury, he won’t have Randy Moss to take the double teams away.

Tight Ends

Start: Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts

Tamme didn’t make anybody forget about Dallas Clark, but he certainly gained Peyton Manning’s trust.

With Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and now Anthony Gonzalez attracting so much attention, Tamme should be able to get open. We all know what Peyton does with open receivers.

Sit: Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders

Miller is going to play through his foot injury, but he was severely limited last week, being held to one catch for eight yards.


Start: Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings

Longwell only has six FGs on the year, but the offense will likely take on a different look without Moss.

Plus, he’s playing against Arizona, who has allowed 17 FGs already.

Sit: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

You want your kicker to have multiple FGs, and I get the feeling Gostkowski will be busier with PATs than FGs against Cleveland.


: New Orleans Saints

The Saints are a good play against a Carolina team that has been sacked 21 times and intercepted 13 times. They are also scoring just 12.1 points per game.

Sit: Philadelphia Eagles

Even with a rash of injuries the Colts keep moving the chains and putting points on the board.

Peyton has been sacked just seven times and has only thrown two picks.

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