Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 9 Matchups to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 9 Matchups to Watch
November 2, 2013
Week 9 Matchups to Watch
Indianapolis at Houston - This is a big time division rivalry and it should be a very entertaining game for NFL fans and fantasy owners. There are two major changes that will have a huge impact on this game. The Texans have decided to keep their old veteran quarterback, Matt Schaub, on the bench for this one and they will start the undrafted Case Keenum. The Colts on the other hand will be without their most trusted wide receiver, Reggie Wayne. It is hard to say which absence will have the greatest impact on this game, and the answer to that question depends on which teams' players can step up to the challenge. Keenum has some great weapons on offense and he just might be able to help the Texans turn their season around. The Colts are hoping T.Y. Hilton can take center stage and play like a #1 wide receiver.
Another aspect to this game that will be of much interest to fantasy owners is the running back matchup. Trent Richardson is definitely in the conversation for biggest fantasy bust of the year, and now fantasy owners are starting to add Donald Brown in anticipation of Brown getting more touches as the season progresses. Fantasy owners will be watching to see how the carries get distributed among the Colts backfield, especially since they could use a boost from the ground game to help relieve some pressure caused by the loss of Reggie Wayne. The Texans have two very valuable fantasy running backs, but neither one is healthy and there are question marks surrounding both the Texans star runners. If Tate is able to play for the Texans and Foster does not, then Tate will make for a very appealing flex start.
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How will the Colts offense look without Reggie Wayne?
How will the Texans offense perform with Keenum as the officially named starter?
Who will be the Texans starting running back?
Who will be the Colts most productive running back?
Pittsburgh at New England - This game is a battle between two of the most successful franchises of the 21st century, yet it is a matchup of two teams that have lost their identities. The Patriots no longer have an offense that scares their opponents, and while the Steelers still have a solid defense, they are a team that no one is afraid to play. Fantasy owners will be watching to see how Tom Brady performs against the 2nd best passing defense in the league. Brady has struggled all year, but fantasy owners keep expecting more from him since Gronk is back in the lineup. Fantasy owners are still waiting, and it's tough to believe that this is the week the Patriots passing attack breakouts.
While there are five Super Bowl championships among the two quarterbacks in this matchup, this game will most likely be decided by the running backs. Both the Patriots and the Steelers rank as top five pass defenses, but they both rank in the bottom six of rush defenses. The Patriots have been very weak against the run since they lost Mayo and Wilfork for the season and they are giving up 130.8 rushing yards a game. The Steelers on the other hand have been surprising weak against the run as they are giving up an average of 121.9 rushing yards a game. LeVeon Bell could have a huge game and he will be competing against the Patriots running back committee. Since both teams are struggling, this game is not a highlight of the week, but it is a matchup of interest to fantasy owners.
Are the Steelers as bad as their record states, and are the Patriots as good as their record states?
Can Bell take advantage of New England's defensive injuries?
Can Brady throw the ball on the NFL's 2nd best pass defense?
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