Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Start-Sit
Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 9
October 31, 2013
We’re heading into another tough week in fantasy football. The NFL has another half-dozen byes scheduled for Week 9, which makes it difficult for fantasy owners to know where their best bets lie. We’re here to help on those tough lineup decisions, so let’s get right to our weekly start-sit listing. Here’s a closer look.
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Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead has emerged as a potent weapon for the Chargers offense, and that’s worked toward the benefit of fantasy owners everywhere. He makes an absolutely perfect fill in for Week 9, given his very favorable matchup against the Redskins. Washington’s defense has been hemorrhaging fantasy points, giving up 10 touchdowns to opposing running backs thus far. Roll with Woodhead this week and feel confident about it.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: We could also put Tyler Eifert in this slot, but Gresham has slightly more fantasy upside coming off his scoring performance last week. He’s got a favorable matchup against the Dolphins; Miami is good against wide receivers but not so much against tight ends. With the extra attention paid to A.J. Green and Marvin Jones, Gresham could find a couple of holes here.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders: For those of you who are on the fence about starting Moore this week (which is a good problem to have) after his ugly two-catch, 32-yard day against the Steelers, let us put your minds at ease. He’s got the Eagles defense this week, and Philly has given up 14 touchdowns to wide receivers over an eight-game span. Moore and company should have a field day with this secondary.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: Okay, we know what you’re thinking: Atlanta’s defense is horrible, so Williams should be a good play, right? Not so fast. Yes, he did score last week, but he also posted just eight carries (a season-low) and one reception. Given the emergence of Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton’s newfound pocket presence, we don’t see much work for Williams this week.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: With Zac Stacy hurting this week (low-ankle sprain), you might be temped to snag Richardson and start him against the Titans. We’d advise against that if you have the luxury, as some owners seem to have forgotten how ineffective Richardson was in the lead RB role a few weeks back. Things started out well, but he sputtered out in the fourth and fifth games to the tune of just 64 yards on 25 carries (and no scores). Even if Richardson does get enough opportunities, we don’t expect him to go anywhere against the Titans.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Don’t get us wrong; we like new Bears QB Josh McCown (filling in for an injured Jay Cutler), and think he’ll put up decent numbers against the Packers. That said, after Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall get their fill, we don’t think there will be enough meat left on the bone for Jeffery. Sure, he came up with some big numbers late against the Redskins, but we see a more run-oriented game-plan here, focused on short passes and high-percentage work over the middle.
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