Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em for week nine
Week eight in fantasy football was very interesting across the board. Some owners of fantasy football teams were overjoyed, while others were heartbroken. Some players had their best game of the season while other players played their last game of the season in week eight.
Notable injuries from week eight: Le’Veon Bell (Steelers), MCL and other ligament damage – out for the season, Steve Smith Sr. (Ravens), tore Achilles heel – out for the season, Keenan Allen (Chargers) lacerated kidney – out for the season, Khiry Robinson (Saints) leg injury out for the season, Calvin Johnson (Lions), ankle soreness is day-to-day, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets), torn ligament in his thumb and is day-to-day and Kendal Wright (Titans) MCL sprain is day-to- day according to ESPN.
Week nine will offer a challenge to fantasy football owners as they try to find replacements for their injured players and players on their bye week. It is crunch time for owners as they start thinking about their playoff spot.
Teams on bye for week nine: Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Raves, Houston Texans.
Start Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: Roethlisberger came back from his knee injury last week and played a terrible game. This week will be a bounce back week for him as he faces the Raiders at home. Roethlisberger should be able to pick apart the Raiders’ secondary with weapons like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. With the Steelers starting running back out for the rest of the season. The Steelers will rely on Roethlisberger’s arm and he should post a good game. Roethlisberger is a top 10 play this week.
Start Philip Rivers, Chargers: Rivers has been on a roll for the past couple of weeks scoring over 20 points in those games according to ESPN standard scoring. This week he faces the Bears who have been a terrible defense at San Diego. Rivers will not have is number one wide receiver (Keenan Allen) this week but he still has enough weapons to put up a big game. The Chargers have not been good at running the football all year so Rivers has been forced to throw more which has resulted in big games for fantasy football owners. Rivers has top – five potential this week.
Sit Ryan Fitzpatrick/Geno Smith, Jets: The Jets have two quarterbacks who were injured last week and not sure who will start. Fitzpatrick has a torn ligament in his thumb and Smith hurt his shoulder last week against the Raiders. Also, the team might not have their number one wide out, Brandon Marshall, who has a toe/ankle injury that could keep him out. Whoever has the start for the Jets you will want to sit. The Jets will rely on their run game this week and expect the game to be a low scoring affair against the Jaguars.
Sit Andrew Luck, Colts: Luck is coming off a poor performance Monday Night against the tough Panthers defense. It was another game where Luck was making too many poor decisions and missing open receivers. This week he goes up against the Broncos who have been a very good defense all year. The Colts offensive line is one of the weaker groups in all of football going up against the Broncos defensive line that is one of the best in football. Last week, Broncos defense held Aaron Rodgers to 77 passing yards. Expect Luck to do better than that, but lower your expectation if you own him.
Start Mark Ingram, Saints: Ingram is having an impressive year and looks to continue against a struggling Titans team. Ingram has the opportunity to get more touches this week with an injury to his teammate (Khiry Robinson) last week. The Saints have been running the ball more this year, and look for that to continue this week as there is potential this game may be a blowout in which the Saints may run even more with Ingram. The Saints are coming off a game where they scored 52 points and are hoping to continue their offensive ways this week.
Start Todd Gurley, Rams: It took a couple of weeks before Gurley played his first NFL game but he has been tremendous since his first carry. Fantasy owners who were patient with him have been very happy with his production and should continue this week against the Vikings. He has finished with double digit points in all of his games so far and he is the main running back for the Rams. He is touching the football 20 or more times a game. No matter what, he is going to get the ball. Vikings are a tough defense but Gurley has shown owners he is a must start against any defense.
Sit DeMarco Murray, Eagles: Murray has been disappointing this year after a career year last year. Joining the Eagles this year has not been fun for him and he does not look like a good fit in that offense. He goes up against the Cowboys who have played very good defense against the run the last couple of weeks. A tough matchup, and with teammate Ryan Matthews outplaying him the last couple of weeks does not bold well for owners. Murray at best is a flex play.
Sit Jeremy Hill, Bengals: Hill has caused problems for owners all year. He has a matchup against the Browns on a short week as they play Thursday. Hill only has three games that have been decent while four games have been awful. He is a guy that is hard to trust because his teammate Giovani Bernard has been playing better and has gained more touches every week. Hill is a flex play this week.
Start Malcom Floyd, Chargers: Floyd is coming off a huge game last week against the Ravens as he scored two touchdowns. He has the potential to put up another game against a Bears’ defense that has struggled against the pass. Also his teammate, Keenan Allen, is pained up and will miss the game which will give Floyd more looks and chances. Floyd has good chemistry with Rivers which is good news for owners who own Floyd. Floyd has the potential to a top 15 guy this week. He is a strong number two wide receiver this week.
Start Stephen Diggs, Vikings: Diggs has scored now a touchdown in each of his last two games and has scored double digit points in three straight games according to ESPN standard scoring. He has emerged has the number one wide receiver for the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater. He is getting the targets and he has capitalized on them since making his first start against Denver. Now he gets the Rams at home which is a tough matchup, but with how Diggs is playing he is still a must start this week. He may not score a touchdown but he is getting a good amount of receiving yards that makes him a good number two wide receiver this week.
Sit Brandon Marshall, Jets: Marshall has been a very consistent receiver all year, but with a pained up toe and ankle from last week makes Marshall a sit this week. He is going up against the Jaguars’ defense but his injury is one that is tough to play with. Also, with both Jets quarterbacks hurt, it makes it tough to see Marshall having a successful day. The Jets will lean on the run in the game and not throw as much, trying to protect their injured quarterbacks. Marshall is only a flex play this week if he is able to play.
Sit T.Y. Hilton, Colts: Hilton is coming off a terrible performance on Monday Night football against the Panthers. Now he goes up against the Broncos who have been very tough for offenses this year. Hilton only has a couple of decent games this year and with all the receivers for the Colts he loses his targets. Hilton will also face the Broncos number one defensive back, Aqib Talib, who has shut down other teams’ number one wide receiver all year. Hilton is a flex play this week and nothing more.
Start Benjamin Watson, Saints: Watson is coming off a big performance last week in the Saints win over the Giants. Watson scored 20 points according to ESPN standard scoring. This week he gets a favorable matchup with the Titans. Watson has had good chemistry with Dree Brees over the last four weeks, making him a good starting tight end for fantasy owners. Watson should be a top 10 tight end this week.
Start Heath Miller, Steelers: Miller enjoyed having Roethlisberger back last week as he put together a very solid game. This week Miller goes up against the Raiders who have struggled covering the tight ends all year. Miller should have success finding space against the Raiders’ secondary. Also, Steelers might be throwing more in this contest with the loss to their starting running back.
Sit Vernon Davis, Broncos: Davis was traded to the Broncos after week eight from the 49ers. Davis has been very quiet on a very poor offense going to a high power offense in Denver. Yet Davis should not be trusted this week since he has to learn the offense and we don’t know how he will be used in their offense. Davis could be a stud in this offense later on this season, but for this week he should be on your bench.
Sit Martellus Bennet, Bears: Bennet is coming off a quiet game again against the Vikings last week. Bennet is a very talented tight end that Jay Cutler doesn’t use enough during the games. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in a while and now they are heading to San Diego to play the Chargers, who have trouble stopping tight ends. However, with Cutler not looking toward Bennet too much during games, it makes it hard to trust Bennet this week.