If there’s ever a week we need the help of some Week 9 Start em Sit em columns, this is it!
We survived “Bye-pocalypse Now,” with six teams on bye for the first time in NFL history. But now, it’s time for the sequel, “Bye Hard II.”
The teams you’ll be missing out on this week: San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Jacksonville and Detroit. Luckily, you don’t necessarily feel the burn of Justin Blackmon’s suspension until next week. Yay.
With all those teams on byes, you’ll be missing out on the following top-notch wide receivers: Anquan Boldin, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Larry Fitzgerald, Victor Cruz, Cecil Shorts and Calvin Johnson.
Week 9 Start em Sit em Columns
If you know of some Week 9 start or sit columns I haven’t posted, please comment below, or tweet me @DavidGonos and let me know.
SportsIllustrated.com by David Gonos
This fella likes many Patriots players against the Steelers — just not Mr. Patriot, Tom Brady. The Steelers are tough on quarterbacks, and Brady has just two passing touchdowns in his past four games.
CBSSports.com by Jamey Eisenberg
Eisenberg likes Terrelle Pryor a lot this week, but even though he sees more opportunities for Colts RB Trent Richardson, he advises against starting him against the Texans.
BleacherReport.com by Eric Mack
Emack thinks Alex Smith has a good start ahead in Week 9, facing the porous Bills defense. He thinks Smith “ should be good for 250 yards and a few touchdowns here.” In that same game, however, he warns against starting Fred Jackson, citing C.J. Spiller’s return to health and the Chiefs defense.
NFL.com by Michael Fabiano
Fabiano doesn’t like Ravens WR Torrey Smith’s matchup against Browns CB Joe Haden, so he thinks you should sit him. But he does think Raiders WR Denarius Moore has the best matchup of any wide receiver when he plays against Philly.
NumberFire.com by J.J. Zachariason
The Late Round QB thinks both Chargers running backs are worth a look this week. But he notes that the Rams defense has allowed just 100 rushing yards no 40 running back carries over the past two weeks. That doesn’t bode well for Titans RB Chris Johnson.
NationalFootballPost.com by Joe Fortenbaugh
On the other hand, Fortenbaugh likes CJ2K’s matchup against a team on short rest (STL). He also says they’ve given up the sixth-most points to running backs this season. However, he doesn’t like Vincent Jackson heading to Seattle, with a rookie quarterback throwing to him in hostile territory.
TheFantasyFix.com by Brett Talley
Talley explains that Football Outsiders says the Patriots are the second-worst team in the league at defending team’s second wide receivers, which means a great day is ahead for Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders. He does think, however, that Steve Johnson and Alshon Jeffery should be on your bench.
TheFakeFootball.com by Mike Braude
One great point I can really get behind is that since the Bills have allowed two or more touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in six of eight games this season, Dwayne Bowe should be in for a big day. Finally. Braude doesn’t like DeAngelo Williams this week, though, with a tough Falcons matchup and the return of Jonathan Stewart.
They suggest that both Titans WRs are worth using now, since Kendall Wright and Nate Washington will have Jake Locker back this week. But he warns against using either Texans running back because they’re both injured and playing on Sunday night. That means you won’t have a chance to swap them out with anyone once you find out one of them is sidelined.
Hope you liked this collection of all the Week 9 Start em Sit em columns. Feel free to post your comments below if you think I missed any!