Fantasy Football: Start/Sit for Week 9
Who To Start or Bench This Week
We begin Week 9 Thursday with the Chargers at home facing the Chiefs and all owners are just hoping that their players will perform up to expectations during this week as the NFL season reaches its midpoint. There are several players that I could include in this Start/Sit for Week 9 but have picked the six I feel the most sure on and I’ll get to those here in a moment.
There are some players that you are going to start no matter what like Arian Foster, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees so there is really no reason unless it is an absolutely terrible matchup to not start them. I did have some trouble figuring out a few players this week because I was really on the fence about how they may perform this week. The problem with most fantasy owners is that there is only five or six weeks left in the regular season now before playoffs get underway around Week 14 so you can’t afford a slip-up. I know in one league that I’m in every year that I need to win to get a better seed in the playoffs.
It’s time now to figure out who is really worth starting and who should be sitting on your bench this week during Week 9. Here are my six start/sit players for this week and if you have any rankings question, go take a look at my full rankings for this week to gain any other assistance that may be necessary before you submit your roster.
Start: Matthew Stafford
Stafford has a very interesting matchup with the Lions in Jacksonville to play the Jaguars. Jacksonville is a middle of the road defense in terms of giving up fantasy points to quarterbacks and Stafford should be able to find a connection early and often with Calvin Johnson. It could be the type of day where Stafford throws for over 300 yards with 2-3 touchdowns and maybe another rushing the football. I would feel very confident putting Stafford in your lineup this week without any hesitation but the schedule gets much tougher the next three weeks so use him now while you can.
Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick faces a Houston Texan defense that rolled through their last game and has been dominant all season long. This game is also in Houston so the chances that Fitzpatrick is successful go down in a big way. Buffalo is coming off a bye week and has had two weeks to prepare for the Houston defense but so have the Texans to get ready for the Bills. Fitzpatrick could easily finish this game with 2-3 interceptions and under 250 passing yards. This is not the week to spot-start Fitzpatrick. I would be tempted to go with Jay Cutler over Fitzpatrick this week.
Start: Trent Richardson
Richardson had a huge game last week with over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown and now gets a Baltimore defense that is not at full strength and one that Richardson ran through already once this season. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Richardson gets over 100 yards again this week and even could get close to 150 rushing yards. The Ravens are really struggling to stop anyone and even with the bye week, Baltimore is probably not ready for Richardson’s physical running. This is the week to run Richardson out there before his bye week next week in Week 10.
Sit: Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw has been up and down all season long and now is dealing with a sore foot for the last three weeks. The Pittsburgh defense isn’t going to do Bradshaw any favors and could hold Bradshaw under 60 yards rushing, which is going to hurt you if you start Bradshaw. There are better options out there, which is especially good with the fact Bradshaw may not play in this game anyway. I’d suggest Jonathan Stewart, Donald Brown or even Mikel LeShoure this week over Bradshaw. It’s going to be a long week for the Giants’ running back. Find someone else to start.
Start: Antonio Brown
Brown gets a shaky Giants defense that is giving up top-10 numbers to opposing wide receivers this season. Brown has been targeted a ton this season with nothing to show for it including under 40 yards receiving in two of his last three games. This is the week though I think Brown breaks out of that funk and finds paydirt with a touchdown or two. It is entirely possible as well that Brown gets over 100 yards receiving in being Big Ben’s favorite target this year. Start Brown and see what he can do for you in hopefully getting a victory for your team.
Sit: Brandon Pettigrew
Pettigrew has a rough matchup against the Jaguars and is now dealing with a knee injury that will limit his production even more but has been productive the last three weeks. I think the injury will get to Pettigrew this week though while Matthew Stafford looking for his wide receivers even more than he normally does. Have Pettigrew sit this week and look for a replacement like Greg Olsen, Jermaine Gresham or even Dennis Pitta. Those three are all better options than Pettigrew in my opinion with the schedule getting tougher for Detroit over the next few weeks and chances that Pettigrew’s injury getting better sooner than later not likely.
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