Week 9 Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.

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Start ‘em:

(TB) Josh Freeman vs. (OAK) – Freeman has had three consecutive three touchdown games coming into week nine, and with a matchup against Oakland, a team allowing about 250 yards per game in the air to go along with 12 passing touchdowns, I can see him challenging for another. Vincent Jackson alone has the talent to exploit the Raiders secondary, and backup Mike Williams has also looked good in recent weeks. I think Freeman can once again get 20+ fantasy points in this game.

(HOU) Matt Schaub vs. (BUF) – The mighty Texans get the lowly Bills in week nine, and have the potential of scoring 40+ points between their amazing running game and effective passing game. This is a no brainer matchup for Arian Foster, but I am also counting on Matt Schaub coming off the bye week to also be ready to play and will be able to hook up with Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels almost at will.

(BAL) Joe Flacco vs, (CLE) – I am not as confident in Flacco as I am in Freeman and Schaub, but against the division rival opponent in the Browns and coming off the bye week, I expect the Ravens to be very hungry for a win. Flacco doesn’t normally play well on the road, and the Ray Rice could see a lot of work but the Browns have looked better lately while the Ravens defense struggles; I am hoping Flacco is forced to throw 30+ times.

(CLE) Trent Richardson vs. (BAL) – As mentioned above, the Ravens defense has struggled mightily in 2012, the run defense in particular. Trent Richardson has been battling injuries the last few weeks but still had a great game last week going for 100+ yards and a touchdown. Richardson seems to have a penchant for running for touchdown from outside 10-yards, perhaps he does so against a Ray Lewis-less Ravens squad.

(DET) Mikel Leshoure vs. (JAX) – Leshoure has had a pair of bum weeks, albeit against a pair of pretty good run defenses. This coming weekend against the Jaguars, I really like Leshoure’s odds of finding the end zone. My biggest concern in the time split with Joique Bell and the potential for him to lose a touchdown to him.

(PHI) DeSean Jackson vs. (NO) – Coming off three dud weeks in a row, a match up against the Saints is just what any wide receiver needs to get back on track. While I will never trust Jackson as a week-to-week option, I do believe that he ca have the best game of his season on Monday night against the Saints. Jackson is also a flashy guy who likes to perform well under the lights.

(BUF) Stevie Johnson vs. (HOU) – With Buffalo presumably losing big to Houston, it will be up to Ryan Fitzpatrick to keep the Bills competitive. Stevie Johnson should see at least 10 targets in this matchup; hopefully one of them can go for a touchdown.

(CAR) Greg Olsen vs. (WAS) – Incase you haven’t picked up on it already, The Washington Redskins have a terrible secondary; With that said, and with Brandon LaFell likely out (he was originally in this Start’en spot), it looks like Greg Olsen will be the #2 target and will see quite a bit of work against a very slack secondary.

(HOU)Owen Daniels vs. (BUF) – Daniels has been one of the best tight ends in fantasy thus far this year and should be able to continue that trend this weekend against the Bills. The Texans have the potential to pour it on at home against a very bad defense; Daniels will have lots of chances to find pay dirt.

Sit ‘em:

(CLE) Brandon Weedon vs. (BAL) – Weedon was a disappointment for me last week, failing to score a touchdown in a ugly 7-6 win over the Chargers. This week he gets Baltimore, a defense without Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb; still though I do not like Weedon’s chances of a 250+ yards game with 2 or more touchdowns. The Ravens have struggled more against the run, which should provide a good matchup for Trent Richardson (he is the Start ‘em list), and meaning less work than usual for Weedon.

(MIN) Christian Ponder vs. (SEA) – Looking for a one-week replacement and thinking about the Christian Ponder? I wouldn’t. Ponder is a very streaky quarterback playing on the road against a very good defense; I would avoid this one.

(TEN) Chris Johnson vs. (CHI) – After a few weeks of fantasy consistency, I guess, Johnson has a terrible match up against the Bears this week. I understand if you want to start him anyway, I am not completely ruling out his chances for a good game, I just don’t like his odds.

(IND) Donald Brown / Vick Ballard vs. (MIA) – Both players ended up being active last weekend, and both ended up with pretty good games; Ballard more so due to his game winning touchdown leap.  This weekend the dup gets Miami, and while Miami hasn’t been quite as solid against the run in recent weeks, they are still good enough to slow them down; I don’t see either one having a particularly good game.

(BUF) Fred Jackson / C.J. Spiller vs. (HOU) – Another situation where in the pair or rather talented running backs (even more so than Brown and Ballard) are going to have a tough time having good fantasy outputs while splitting carries and against a defense like Houston. I would rather start Jackson over Spiller if given the choice, but again I don’t like either player’s chances of a big game. Buffalo likely playing from behind won’t help either.

(DAL) Miles Austin vs. (ATL) – I have pointed out to many people this year that the Falcons secondary is actually rather good, only giving up about one touchdown per game in the air; hence I do not like the chances of the Dallas duo both having good games against them. If I had to choose this week I would prefer to start Dez though, as I like the odds of his big play ability scoring a touchdown before Miles gets one.

(NYG) Hakeem Nicks vs. (PIT) – I was hoping for much more from Nicks last week, but despite a Giants win, Eli Manning and the rest of his receiving corps had a pretty mellow day. As someone who really wants Nicks to get healthy and start having some big games again, I don’t see it happening against Steelers, one of the leagues top defenses against the passing game.

(DET) Titus Young vs. (JAX) – Titus Young was my player pickup of the week from week eight, but I don’t really like his odds of having a big game against Jacksonville. It’s not that I think Jacksonville has a great secondary, it’s that I think they have a bad run defense which will give Leshoure a chance to bounce back after a couple tough matchups, as well as Calvin Johnson being able to beat the Jaguars secondary and have a bounce back game himself. I don’t think Young gets as many targets as last week so he is going to have to make the ones he does get count to give back-to-back good fantasy performances.

(GB) Jermichael Finley vs. (ARZ) – The tight end position has been such a struggle this ear, with vey few players performing particularly well or consistently other than maybe Tony Gonzalez. Finley has himself been one of the biggest busts of the year at the position and I don’t see that changing against the Cardinals this weekend.


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