Fantasy football, like the midseason period for NFL organizations can be a stressful time to make difficult choices. Whether to pickup Minnesota’s Sidney Rice, Tennessee’s Nate Washington or even Arizona’s LaRod Stevens-Howling can be equally as contemplative for NFL owners and coaches as they have to deal with their own dilemmas.
Dallas’ Jerry Jones didn’t seem to have that tough a time. He dropped Wade Phillips faster than the Eagles’ Todd Pinkston cutting off his deep post route when he heard Redskins’ Ryan Clark zoning in for what would have been a big hit. (Please watch the link below, I beg of you.)
Miami’s Tony Sparano seems to be sleeping peacefully despite his 4-3 Dolphins making the change at quarterback going back again to two-time Comeback Player of the Year award winner, Chad Pennington.
Checkdowns and six-yard tight end drags, anyone? Sorry Brandon, but you won’t be very productive trying to stretch the field anymore.
And what about the Vikings’ owner, Zygi Wilf? It’s funny how an issue over starting an aging quarterback saved (for now) Brad Childress’ job.
Keeping the theme, what about Washington’s Mike Shanahan? This saga is more cheesy and dramatic than a marathon of All My Children. McNabb, first, lacked “cardiovascular endurance” and now he doesn’t know the playbook? Then why make him your starting QB then, Mike?
I’m glad I only have the problems of fantasy football.
Well, sort of.
There aren’t many problems when you’re 6-3.
Start’em in Week 9
Bernard Berrian (@ Chicago)
Tell me if you’ve heard this before: Percy Harvin is harvin…I mean…having another headache. Rice is still not ready to play and after a nine-catch, 89-yard performance last week, Berrian could in for another productive week.
David Garrard (vs. Houston)
Coming off a bye week, I like Garrard going up against the 32nd ranked pass defense. (That’s last in the NFL, in case you were curious.) In addition to Garrard, I like Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas.
LeGarrette Blount (vs. Carolina)
Tampa is a running team, and even though Blount isn’t the starter, he still manages to get the majority of the carries. Carolina is 25th against the run (124.8 yards per game) and with a good performance, it’d be only a matter of time before he starts.
Jahvid Best (@ Buffalo)
Matthew Stafford is out (shoulder) and I highly expect Lions’ coach, Mike Schwartz to rely upon Drew Stanton to right the ship – especially when Buffalo surrenders the most yards per game on the ground (178.2).
Mike Wallace (vs. New England)
21 targets (13 catches) and three scores in the past four games, Wallace goes up against an inexperienced Patriots’ secondary (29th in the league) at home on Sunday night.
Steve Johnson (vs. Detroit)
Six touchdowns in the past six games, Johnson has averaged over 113 yards in the past three games – two of which he’s gone over 140.
Fred Jackson (vs. Detroit)
The air-attack of the Bills is something that some Jackson owners would be skeptical about, but with Detroit struggling against the pass (22nd) as well as the run (27th), Jackson should have a solid 20+ carry day.
Pierre Garcon (vs. Cincinnati)
No Austin Collie and the over-the-top double coverage on Reggie Wayne has Garcon in a good matchup this week.
Jacob Tamme (vs. Cincinnati)
See Garcon, Pierre
Donald Brown (vs. Cincinnati)
As long as Addai and Hart don’t play, I like Brown at home against the 23rd ranked rush defense.
Nate Washington (@ Miami)
Without Kenny Britt, don’t tell me that Washington becomes a valuable, possession threat with Randy Moss over the top.
Mike Williams (Sea.) (@ Arizona)
Only if Matt Hasselbeck plays.
Owen Daniels (@ Jacksonville)
19 catches in his past four contests (avg. 57 yards per game) against the Jaguars, Daniels has a good sleeper matchup this week against Jacksonville’s 28th pass defense.
LaRod Stevens-Howling (vs. Seattle)
The Cardinals only offense is their special teams. 341 total return yards in the past two games (two total touchdowns). Why not?
Brandon Pettigrew (@ Buffalo)
I understand that Drew Stanton is starting, but you start your tight ends against the Bills. Here’s why: besides Petty having three TD’s in the past four games, the Bills have given up an average of over three catches, 47 yards, and a TD in eight games this season (25 catches, 377 yards, 7 TD) to opposing tight ends.
Tampa Bay’s D/ST (vs. Carolina)
Let me get this straight. Stewart (head), DeAngelo Williams (foot) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle) missed practiced Wednesday and while none of the banged-up trio has been ruled out, Mike Goodson has already been told that he will start at running back. Jimmy Clausen is starting at quarterback too, right?
Sit’em in Week 9
Ronnie Brown (vs. Tennessee)
He already splits carries and I’m pretty sure that with Chad Henne holding the clipboard, the Titans will focus a bit more on improving their 14th ranked rush defense.
Brandon Marshall (vs. Tennessee)
You don’t really think Pennington had a lot of success in practice throwing the deep ball to Marshall do you? That’s because Chad can’t throw the deep ball to anyone.
Steve Smith (@ Tampa Bay)
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. That’s what Steve will be saying to his rookie quarterback this Sunday when he under and over throws him.
Jonathan Stewart (@ Tampa Bay)
Healthy or hurt, not against Tampa Bay.
Matt Forte (vs. Minnesota)
Outside of that 166-yard, two-TD performance against the Panthers in Week 5 (Carolina ranks 25th against the run, FYI), Forte hasn’t had more than 50 rushing yards in a game. Minnesota’s 7th ranked rush defense should sustain that trend.
Wes Welker (@ Pittsburgh)
I can’t decide who misses Randy Moss more. Welker or his fantasy owners.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh is really good against the run. Really, really good.
Calvin Johnson (@ Buffalo)
“Stanton to Johnson for the touchdown!” Yea, in your dreams.
Miles Austin (@ New York Giants)
Dez Bryant is getting the majority of the looks with Jon Kitna, while Austin gets the double teams. Seems like fair trade off…if you’re a Bryant owner. FYI, NYG is 2nd against the pass.
Peyton Hillis (vs. New York Jets)
I love Hillis. I hope he makes the Pro Bowl, I really do and even though Hillis is on a roll, the Jets’ rush defense is very good (4th in the NFL).
Cincinnati D/ST (@ Indianapolis)
They have no incentive after that disappointing defeat against Pittsburgh. They’re average against the pass (17th in the NFL) and bad against the run (23rd).
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Written by Al Buzzelli