Week 9 of the fantasy season is upon us and its one week closer to play off time. Each week the decisions are being more and more important to nab that final playoff spot are not finish in last place. This week is especially tough with six teams on bye. Here is some information that will help you sit you line up this week:
Start: Carson Palmer
Despite missing weeks 2 through 6, Carson Palmer has had a great fantasy year. His lowest scoring output was 16 points against the Raiders in Week 7 (in NFL.com standard leagues). He has a favorable matchup this week against a weak Dallas secondary that maybe playing without Tony Romo.
Arizona has a pretty stout run defense, and if they can prevent the Cowboys from establishing too dominant of rush attack (easier said then done against DeMarco Murray) then Palmer could be on the field for a long time. Especially if Brandon Weeden is the starter and he has to attempt many passes, you could see the ball in Palmer’s a ton hand this week. He will make the most of his opportunities, start him in all leagues.
Start: Alex Smith
Alex Smith to me is always somewhat of a risky start because let’s face it, he’s not that dynamic of a quarterback that has Peyton Manning fantasy potential week to week. However, he has a great matchup this week against an awful New York Jets secondary. He hasn’t thrown over 255 yards this year, but he has the potential to throw lots of touchdowns this week. Expect Smith to throw for at least 2 touchdowns this week which should give him a solid fantasy day.
Sit: Robert Griffin III
Woah, when was the last time RG3 wasn’t hurt? Apparently he is not this week as he has been declared good to go and 100 percent healthy as the Redskins get ready to take on the Vikings in week 9. The Vikings haven’t given up too many fantasy points this year to quarterbacks, RG3 is still learning a new offensive system, and he is just coming off an injury. Add all of those factors up and he is an obvious sit this week unless you truly have no other options due to bye weeks.
Start: Ronnie Hillman
Ronnie Hillman has produced quite well since taking over the lead back role in Denver. He has garnered double digit fantasy point in NFL.com standard leagues three weeks in a row. Look for this trend to continue this week as the Broncos travel to New England to face a banged up Patriots defense that is really going to struggle against the run, especially without ILB Jerod Mayo. He is a must start in all leagues with RB1 potential.
Start: Ahmad Bradshaw
Once upon a time, Bradshaw was the lead back for the New York Giants and won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the team. Now he is a running back for the Indianapolis Colts and eager to prove the Giants were wrong for letting him go. Look for an inspired Bradshaw to find some way to get in the end zone this week against his former team. He has RB2 potential this week with many RBs on bye, make sure he finds a way into your starting line up if you have him.
Sit: Bobby Rainey
Bobby Rainey seems to have a great opportunity this week. Doug Martin is dealing with an ankle injury and he is playing a Cleveland team that has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to RBs. But, Charles Sims, the Buc’s third round selection from the 2014 draft, is finally healthy and expected to receive a sizable work load in week 9 if he plays. Beware of Sims vulturing Rainey’s fantasy value.
Start: Reuben Randle
This is a decision for owners really in a bind this week with so many WRs on bye. Reuben Randle has been inconsistent this year and has not really established reliable fantasy value, but he has a great matchup this week as the Giants host the Colts at home. Randle is the number one receiving option in New York and receives double digit targets consistently. Look for him to take advantage of his good week 9 matchup and find the end zone to go along with his many targets. He is solid WR2 and Flex play this week and is a must start in PPR formats.
Start: TY Hilton
TY Hilton plays for the opposing team to Reuben Randle this week as he and the Colts face the Giants on the road. The once deep group of cornerbacks the Giants had has now been heavily depleted due to injury. To make matters worse for the team, their top cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromatarie is questionable to play this week as he is dealing with several nagging injuries. Look for Hilton and his quarterback Andrew Luck to expose the Giant’s hampered secondary in week 9.
Sit: Percy Harvin
You may have heard but Percy Harvin plays for the New York Jets now. The New York Jets. The 1 and 7 team that, to put it frankly, really sucks right now. Percy Harvin is getting an upgrade in terms of his quarterback with the Jets sitting Geno Smith in favor of Michael Vick, but Vick didn’t really wow anyone with his four fumble (two lost) and one interception turnover-palooza last week. Vick is on the wrong side of 30 and hasn’t really gotten too large of a chance to develop any chemistry with Harvin. Sit Harvin in all leagues no matter how many teams there are in your league.
Start: Travis Kelce
Speaking of the Jets, Travis Kelce has the pleasure of playing against them this week. The Jets’ secondary is awful and they are surrendering the fourth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Kelce is, in my opinion, the best receiving target Alex Smith has and should find his way into the end zone this week for a good fantasy scoring output.
Start: Julius Thomas
This seems like an obvious start to most people but to Thomas fantasy owners they may have grown a bit doubtful of the tight end’s ability to produce. He has had an awful showing fantasy-wise over these past two weeks but is looking to turn it around this week against the Patriots. The Pats are apparently considering using their big CB Brandon Browner to shadow Thomas in this week’s matchup. But, Browner has never had a role like this and usually only a start at RCB. Look for Julius to bounce back this week and re-instill confidence in his fantasy owners.
Sit: Zach Ertz
Fantasy value for tight ends hinges on their ability to score in the end zone. Zach Ertz cannot find a way to do so this year, doing so in only two games this year. The entire Philly offense as a whole struggles in the red zone, and the team faces a Texans team this week that is 7th against opposing fantasy TEs. This combination of factors makes Ertz an obvious must sit this week unless your desperate for TE due to bye weeks.
Start: Seahawks Defense
The Seahawks defense has been pretty disappointing this year especially since they they are the 27th ranked fantasy defense currently in NFL.com standard scoring leagues and were projected to be a top defense. Oakland gives up the eight most fantasy points to defenses and the Seahawks are at home. This is a great start for any owners, even those who are not terribly confident in the Seattle defense anymore.
Sit: Patriots Defense
The Patriots go up against the Broncos this week whose offense is spearheaded by the great Peyton Manning. With their inability to stop the run of late, their secondary could be exposed, and let’s face it Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning. The task of defending the Broncos is a tough one for any defense especially the Pats this week, sit them.
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