Fantasy Football 2014: Week 9 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 9
October 30, 2014
It’s Thursday, and not only does that mean it’s time to get your fantasy football lineup solidified for Week 9, but it’s also time for our weekly Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em recommendations. We’ve got the usual roundup of tough lineup calls for the impending games, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who can likely be trusted (and not trusted) this week.
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Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: With all of Jeremy Maclin’s success at the WR position in Philly, it’s easy to forget about Cooper. He’s coming off a season-high 88 yards against Arizona, and has scored at least 8.8 fantasy points in two of his last three outings.
Cooper will see a vulnerable Houston secondary this week, and could provide some nice returns.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Mystery has surrounded Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard’s hip injury this week, and the doubt is leading to Hill getting snatched up in a lot of leagues.
The Bengals haven’t been able to do much in the running game recently, but they’ll get a soft landing against Jacksonville in Week 9. If Bernard looks limited at all, Hill should make a shrewd start.
Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Assuming Josh McCown doesn’t unexpectedly get inserted into the starting lineup in Tampa, Glennon will be getting another start in Week 9. He’s coming off a pretty pedestrian effort against Minnesota, but should be able to find some room against a suspect Cleveland defense. He’s a decent fill-in if you’re at that level in fantasy.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: You might not have much choice in starting Wallace this week, thanks to all the players on byes. That said, Wallace is becoming increasingly touchdown-dependent due to the Phins’ lack of success on long passes.
Making matters worse, San Diego has been very good against opposing receivers thus far, so Wallace could have some real trouble here.
Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots: We know you’re eager to take your new toy Gray out for a test drive this week, but it’s probably not the time to start him. Sure, he posted 86 yards on 17 carries in Week 8, but he won’t find as much running room against the Broncos, who are awesome against the run.
Making matters worse, it’s impossible to tell who’s getting the carries in New England from week to week, so Gray might not even see the field much. It’s a risky situation all around. Thanks, Belichick.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: What with all the byes this week, you may not have the luxury of sitting Palmer. That said, you should at least temper your expectations a bit.
Sure, Palmer has found all kinds of success this season in a resurgent campaign, but he’s done it against sub-par competition for the most part. He’ll see the Dallas defense this week, angry off a flukey loss to the Redskins. We don’t anticipate a lot of big numbers here.
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