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Fantasy Football Week 9 Start’ems

Posted By David Willow On Nov 2 2012 @ 3:14 pm In Fantasy Football | No Comments

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger – The Giants have not been very good against the pass, and with the Steelers likely to be without Rashard Mendenhall this week and possibly without Jonathan Dwyer, they could be looking to continue to pass the ball more this week. Big Ben has been a solid fantasy starter so far this season and this week should be no different.

Michael Vick – He is on the cusp of being benched in Philly, but the Saints defense is a cure your fantasy ails. Vick has said that he wants to take more chances on big plays and make smarter decisions, which is all well and good as far as saying what needs to be said to the media, but if Vick has a good game this week it would be wise for owners to sell high.

Under the Radar

Josh Freeman – The Raiders have not been as strong at home as some team this season and Freeman has got himself on track after a terrible start to the season. With Vincent Jackson proving a reliable threat and Mike Williams playing well off of him he has some legitimate weapons, along with rookie sensation Doug Martin adding his reliability as a pass catching back.

Others to consider: Matthew Stafford – After returning to fantasy relevancy last week, Stafford owners should not hesitate to run Stafford this week against the Jags. With Titus Young finally emerging this season as a reliable threat Stafford will be able to spread the ball around a bit more as well as having another deep option. Jay Cutler – He is by no means Mister Reliable in fantasy leagues, but against the Titans, who rank 29th against the pass, Culter should be a serviceable option if you’re in need of a spot play.

Running Backs

Matt Forte – The Bears have committed to Matt Forte as their primary option at the RB position, so no more committee approach as Michael Bush has been relegated to strict back up duties for now. He has a juicy matchup against a Titans D that is giving up 139 YPG right now and the Bears could easily be playing with a lead.

Doug Martin – Speaking of Doug Martin, after he erupted last week for over 200 total yards and 2 TDs, he should be in all lineups going forward and his matchup against the Raiders this week should be another solid outing.

Under the Radar

Jonathan Stewart – As long as the Panthers are going to feature Stewart he is worth consideration as a starter and against a Washington defense that cannot defend against the pass, he could see a few more red zone touches this week.

Others to consider: Alfred Morris – Despite being underused against the Steelers last week, Morris should be a solid option this week against a mediocre defense who last starting LB Jon Beason a little over a week ago. Morris is still averaging 4.7 YAC and continues to be a reliable fantasy starter. Trent Richardson – After coming into last week’s game questionable, the Browns responded by giving Richardson a season high 24 carries. He gets a Ravens defense that just hasn’t been the same sine losing Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall – He remains Jay Cutler’s favorite targets and against a bottom dwelling Titans defense, owners should be loving this week’s matchup. The Titans have allowed 17 passing TDs over 8 games.

Denarius Moore – He has been Carson Palmer’s preferred target since returning from injury. He has scored a TD in 4 of his last 5 games and gets a Tampa Bay secondary ranking next to last in the league versus the pass. The Raiders have begun to utilize Moore on more than just the deeper routes which should increase his value throughout the rest of the season as well.

Under the Radar

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Titus Young – The injury to Nate Burleson paved the way for Young’s coming out party this season, and with Calvin Johnson being slowed by a knee injury, Young could see an even bigger role this week. Jacksonville may also be without both starting corners Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox making this an even stronger matchup for the Lion.

Others to Consider: Steve Smith – He has recorded 7 catches in the last 2 games, and gets the porous Washington secondary. He should be in for a good fantasy day. Mike Wallace – The Giants have been burnable deep, and Wallace has been highly involved in the short passing game as week with the Steelers. He remains an elite start this week.

Tight Ends

Heath Miller – He leads the league in red zone targets, even among receivers, and should continue to be highly involved in Pittsburgh’s short passing game.

Owen Daniels – He continues to be a consistent option when the Texans pass the ball, and against a 29th ranks Bills pass defense that will do whatever they can to slow the run, he should be a strong play.

Under the Radar

Dwayne Allen – With Coby Fleener out for at least 2 weeks, Allen will be the primary TE for the Colts. He has been more reliable than Fleener in the red zone, and if you’re in need of a BYE week TE, Allen is worth considering.

Others to consider: Jermaine Gresham – The Broncos have had issues covering the seam routes and Gresham could get a few extra looks as the Broncos offense has been rolling and BJGE has been largely ineffective for the Bengal’s ground game. Jared Cook – After requesting a trade and being used for only 50% of the snaps during most games, the Titans will probably see what they have in Cook. He has big play capabilities and could be a good play this week as 1 week wait and see pick-and-play.

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