Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week nine (9) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor vs. (PHI): 22/41 288 yards 2INT, 10 rush 94 yards – Pryor was unable to have the big game I expected at home against the Eagles, instead it was the Eagles who played like they were at home. Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was the main story of the game as he threw for an NFL-high seven touchdowns in the first three quarters on the game as the Eagles put up 49 points on the Raiders. Pryor ran for another impressive 90 yards, but was unable to account for a touchdown and threw a pair of interceptions. As long as Pryor is running for 90 yards a game, the potential for some great fantasy outings.
(TEN) QB Jake Locker vs. (STL): 13/22 185 yards 2INT, 3 rush 10 yards TD – Locker had a similar day to Pryor, grabbing some fantasy points on the ground as he rushed for a touchdown but also throwing a pair of interceptions. This game was the 2013 coming out party for Chris Johnson whom I write about below.
(TEN) RB Chris Johnson vs. (STL): 23 rush 150 yards 2TD, 3 catch 20 yards – Johnson did exactly what he needed to do this weekend, running for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a weak run defence. While the two scores are his first two touchdowns of the season, they should be the beginning of what is a great second half of the season for Johnson. CJ2K still has Jacksonville twice before the end of the season.
(DAL) RB DeMarco Murray vs. (MIN): 4 rush 31 yards, 6 catch 19 yards – I watched this game in complete awe of what the Cowboys were doing and how they are so good at making things hard of themselves. Despite the fact the Murray was healthy and the Vikings have a very weak rush defence, the Cowboys only have the ball to Murray FOUR times in the game; what the hell!? The Cowboys ended up winning the game in the final moments, but could have made it a lot easier on themselves. Classic Cowboys.
(SD) RB Danny Woodhead vs. (WAS): 7 rush 21 yards 9 catch 77 yards – Unfortunately the touchdown never came, but Woodhead had a rather productive game touching the ball 16 times. Like usual Woodhead was a beast in PPR leagues as he caught nine passes. Woodhead could put up some similar numbers next week against the Denver.
(CAR) WR Steve Smith vs. (ATL): 4 catch 52 yards – Despite being targeted a team-high ten times, he only hauled in four of them for 52 yards while TE Greg Olsen had 66 yards and a score and Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 74 yards. The Panthers have a very tough schedule coming up that starts with heading to San Francisco to take on the ‘49ers in week ten.
(OAK) WR Denarius Moore vs. (PHI): 5 catch 82 yards – While he was outgained by younger teammate Rod Streater, he was still targeted a team high 11 times (six for Streater). Pryor isn’t as consistent of a passer as one might like just yet which could contribute to connecting on les than half of his passes to Moore, but the potential is certainly there. Moore has another chance for his fifth touchdown catch of 2013 in week ten against the Giants.
(MIN) TE Kyle Rudolph vs. (DAL): 2 catch 35 yards TD – Rudolph was only targeted twice but caught both passes for 35 yards and a tough touchdown score. The bad news is that Rudolph injured his foot in the game and is going to miss 4-6 weeks approximately.
(NE) QB Tom Brady vs. (PIT): 23/33 432 yards 4TD – With Gronkowski and Amendola both healthy at the same time for the first time this season, Brady was able to break out of his recent slump with a monster fantasy game. Brady is on bye in week ten but should be excellent again from that point on.
(ATL) QB Matt Ryan vs. (CAR): 20/27 219 yards TD, 3INT – With just two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his last two starts, life without Julio and Roddy is getting rough on Matty Ice. One piece of good news is that Ryan had his two bad games on the road but returns home this weekend, where he usually plays much better. The bad news is that the team visiting is the Seattle Seahawks. Ryan will be tough start again in week ten.
(TB) RB Mike James vs. (SEA): 28 rush 158 yards, 2 catch 8 yards – For the second week in a row the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defence has allowed the oppsing running back to go for a career high in yards. First was St. Louis’ Zac Stacy and this time Doug Martin backup Mike James. While I don’t trust Matt Ryan again against Seattle this coming weekend, Steven Jackson could actually be looking forward to the match up.
(BUF) RB Fred Jackson vs. (KC): 16 rush 77 yards, 1 catch 22 yards – Jackson was still able to put together a 99 total yards effort against the Chiefs on the weekend while only touching the ball 17 times. What also came as a surprise was the performance of CJ Spiller who had his first 100-yard effort since week two. It’s hard to say what the Bills will do this coming weekend as they need to keep Spiller on track, but Jackson has been nothing but productive all year long.
(NE) Danny Amendola vs. (PIT): 4 catch 122 yards TD – I am actually very happy about this result, as I am someone who invested in Danny Amendola is more than one league. Unfortunately the Patriots are on bye in week ten so you will need to replace Amendola for one more week at least. Also, if you don’t trust Danny to stay healthy the rest of the year, it might be a good time to throw out some trades and get something back for him.
(NO) WR Marques Colston vs. (NYJ): DNP – Colston ended up being ruled as inactive Sunday morning for the Saints road game against the Jets; he was listed as questionable for most of the week. He is apparently dealing with a knee injury and could be questionable for week ten. Either way he is having a terrible season and the knee could be the reason. I am not going to drop him from any teams, but I will be keeping him on my bench until given reason otherwise.
(BAL) WR Torrey Smith vs. (CLE): 5 catch 78 yards – Smith led the Ravens in yards against the Cleveland, but it was Marlon Brown who saw one extra target and was able to haul two of his targets in for touchdowns. That’s twice now Brown has been the one to score in games against the Browns. The Ravens have struggled so far in 2013 and I believe it is because they sacrificed WAY to much to resign Joe Flacco, who isn’t worth anywhere close to what he is not getting paid. Ravens players in general have been tough to trust as Rice is having a bad year and Smith/Brown almost never have back-to-back solid fantasy outings. Did you know Smith only has one touchdown while Brown has five? Smith has over 700 receiving yards though while Brown has just 297.