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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9 in Fantasy Football

October 30, 2013

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There are plenty of considerations on the minds of fantasy owners heading into Week 9. Once again, we’re dealing with a host of injuries and a thin schedule due to this weekend’s byes, so it’s a good week to start looking closely at the matchups. We’ve perused the upcoming schedule and come up with a few lesser-utilized names who should be posting solid numbers. Let’s take a closer look and see if any of these guys can help you through a rough week.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Locker was a little rusty after returning from an injury in Week 8, but he ended up with some pretty decent numbers. He posted 326 yards on 25-for-41 passing, resulting in a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Locker was able to do that against a very good San Francisco defense, so he’s looking like a nice fill-in option for St. Louis--who has been vulnerable in the secondary--this week.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Key Matchups

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Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Let’s take a look at the other side of that matchup and check out Richardson. This one’s less of a matchup play than it is an injury/strategy call, but hey, we’ll take it. D-Rich didn’t get a huge amount of work against Seattle this past week, with eight carries for 39 yards, but he was the beneficiary of an injured Zac Stacy, who went down with an ankle issue. If Stacy is out or limited this week, that’ll mean extra work for Richardson. 

(The latest update here is that Stacy has a low-ankle sprain; we'll get more info on his status as the week wears on.)

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers: Royal burst out of the gate early this year with five touchdowns in his first two games, but he’s been almost nonexistent since then. He earned some fantasy consideration back in Week 8, however, with 69 yards and a TD on four grabs. Even better, Royal and the gang will be facing the Redskins, and Washington has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers thus far.

Nick Folk, K, New York Jets: With a handful of kickers out on byes, it’s time to start looking for a reliable leg for your fantasy squad this week. Folk is a nice choice, as he’s perfect in 19 field goal attempts this season--including three makes in Week 8. The Jets will have to do a lot of scoring if they want to hang with the Saints, so Folk should see at least a handful of opportunities. He’s a good call here.

Indianapolis Defense: Coming out of a bye this past week, the Colts are the hot ticket among fantasy defenses. They’re fresh off a great game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, racking up four sacks and three turnovers in the winning effort. The Colts’ opponents this week will be the Houston Texans, featuring inexperienced QB Case Keenum on offense.

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