Fantasy Football Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice and Projections

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Crunch time is upon us.

As enter Week 9 of the fantasy football season, some of us are breathing easy with playoff spots all but assured, some of us are struggling with each decision in our quest to improve playoff positioning, and others are desperately trying to make a late season surge just to have a chance.

And then there are others who are out of it and just playing out the string, although I doubt too many of those owners are bothering to scour start ‘em, sit ‘em posts in preparation for this week.

For the majority of us still scratching and clawing for every point and every win, here is your weekly start ‘em, start ‘em breakdown…and then the endless string of Q&A in the comment section.

Here’s a quick teaser: who would you rather start in Week 9 between Matt Schaub and David Garrard? The answer might not be as clear as you may think.

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And now, a quick retrospective on our hits and misses from Week 8:

  • Start ‘em hits: Matt Forte, Miles Austin, Chicago Bears D
  • Start ‘em misses: Kyle Orton, Greg Olsen
  • Sit ‘em hits: Eli Manning, Kevin Walter, Philadelphia Eagles D
  • Sit ‘em misses: Jonthan Stewart, Brent Celek

Not a dominant performance by any means (especially the miss on Jonathan Stewart…damnit!) but solid enough. As usual, my most accurate and useful advice comes in the Q&A throughout the week, so be sure to use the comment section for your questions.

Fantasy Football

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Quarterbacks

Start ‘em: David Garrard, Jacksonville (vs Kansas City)

fantasy football week 9 start em sit em lineup advice projections - garrard, schaub, jamaal charles, knowshon moreno, hakeen nicks I think I almost pretty much for sure absolutely have myself convinced that putting David Garrard here isn’t just wishful thinking.

Note: You should know, in the interest of full disclosure, that I own David Garrard in the league I’ve been in for eight years with my buddies. It’s a 2-QB league, I’m 4-4, and I desperately need a win in Week 9.

Hence, I am desperate for a good, even just a decent, week from Garrard. Can he produce? Well, he does have the following legitimate, objective things going for him:

  • Kansas City is 29th in the NFL against the pass, giving up 252.1 yards per game. They have allowed 13 passing TDs and gotten only three INTs.
  • Garrard has thrown five TDs and three INTs in his three home games this season. He has not thrown a TD on the road all year!
  • Garrard’s three highest yardage games have come at home.

So, theoretically, this should be about as good a matchup as Garrard could have. But Week 6 (home against St. Louis) was supposed to be a great matchup too, and that didn’t turn out so well from a TD standpoint.

Understand that I am listing David Garrard here very tentatively. He will start for me because I have no other options; but, by way of comparison, I would not start Garrard over my #1 QB Philip Rivers. Nor would I even consider it.

I am, however, holding out hope that Garrard can have a top-10 week. It’s certainly possible. But just know what you’re getting yourself into if you decide to follow my advice on this one.

David Garrard Week 9 fantasy projection: 295 yards passing, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 30 yards rushing

Other start ‘em QBs for Week 9:

  • Tony Romo is on fire right now and I think you have to start him, even at Philadelphia. For the record, I’d start McNabb too.
  • Philip Rivers is facing a Giants’ D that is giving up big numbers to every QB is plays now.
  • Matt Hasselbeck has struggled the last two weeks, but a home game against Detroit should get he and the Seattle offense back on track.

Sit ‘em: Matt Schaub, Houston (at Indianapolis)

fantasy football week 9 start em sit em lineup advice projections - garrard, schaub, jamaal charles, knowshon moreno, hakeen nicks

Update 11/7: I have revised my Matt Schaub Week 9 analysis based on more informed thinking and new information. I’d take into account what I’ve written below, make sure you read the revised recommendation and projection as well.

How do you sit a guy averaging 2 TD passes a game? Well, when you are faced with these daunting facts you have to at least consider it:

  • The Colts have given up the fewest passing TDs in the NFL (three) and are 7th in yardage (180.1 yards per game).
  • Schaub is without his security blanket, Owen Daniels, and finished last week with zero TDs and two INTs after Daniels missed most of the game. (Granted, much of this was because the Texans took advantage of the Bills’ poor run defense, but still, losing Daniels hurts.)
  • Schaub has only played one game against Indy in his career and he threw one TD against two INTs.

Okay, so here’s the million dollar question: would I start Disgusting David Garrard over Marvelous Matt Schaub? Could I really pull the trigger on such a move, just based on matchups?

If I was in a must-win situation, with my entire season riding on the decision, yes…I think I would. In a situation that requires a higher potential reward, regardless of the risk, I think Garrard’s potential at home against KC is greater than Schaub’s at Indy. Remember, the Colts are only 17th against the run and big plays against Indy often come on the ground. I expect the Texans to ride Steve Slaton and Ryan Moats, however they decide to split the carries.

Matt Schaub Week 9 fantasy projection: 235 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

So I’d do it…but I’d be nervous as hell all week and all Sunday morning and all through the early games. I would love to hear dissenting opinions on this one in the comment section. In fact, I’m slapping a poll up here to see if anyone actually agrees with me on this one:

Who would you start in Week 9: David Garrard or Matt Schaub?

  • David Garrard at home versus Kansas City (46%, 239 Votes)
  • Matt Schaub at Indianapolis (54%, 284 Votes)

Total Voters: 523

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Other sit ‘em QBs for Week 9:

  • Eli Manning stays here until he has a good game. I’m just not buying a turnaround right now.
  • Vince Young should not fool you into thinking he’s starting material with one decent game at home against Jacksonville’s terrible D. He faces SF’s tough D that shut Peyton Manning out last week.

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Running Backs

Start ‘em: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City (at Jacksonville)

Four of the six worst run defenses in the NFL are on byes this week (Rams, Raiders, Browns, Bills). Guess which defense, formerly known for its run-stopping prowess, is fourth worst among teams taking the field in Week 9…

If you couldn’t guess based on who I chose as this week’s start ‘em running back, it’s the Jaguars. Here is your statistical basis for starting Jamaal Charles, who is filling in as the starter now that Larry Johnson has been suspended:

  • Jacksonville gives up 128.3 rushing yards per game (25th overall).
  • In 90 career carries, Jamaal Charles has a 5.3 yard per carry average.
  • In addition to his high per carry average, Charles averages almost one reception for every two carries. Thus, if you’re in a PPR league, Charles could have extra value.

It’s always risky starting a player who has never carried a full load before, but did you see what Chris Johnson did to Jacksonville last week? I’m not saying Charles is anywhere near as good as CJ, but he’s a similar type back who could really cause the Jags problems if he can get in space.

I expect Jamaal Charles to get a legitimate shot to be the feature back this week. Based on the matchup, I expect him to succeed.

Jamaal Charles Week 9 fantasy projection: 85 yards rushing, 1 TD, 5 receptions, 40 yards receiving

Other start ‘em RBs for Week 9:

  • Clinton Portis and his old legs are coming off a bye week and face the Falcons’ questionable run D that is coming off a short week.
  • Brandon Jacobs is coming around and will become more important to the Giants with Eli hurting and Ahmad Bradshaw hobbled. Keep him in your lineup.
  • Julius Jones is at home and facing Detroit. This is the rare occasion where I will recommend starting him.

Sit ‘em: Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs Pittsburgh)

I am a big fan of Knowshon Moreno’s, but not this week. The Steelers are #1 in the NFL against the run, have given up only two rushing TDs all year, and Moreno’s carries have gone from 21 to 18 to 10 over the last three weeks. He’s also not adding much in the passing game.

Moreno is a possible flex play only because he’s an RB and could score, but I’d really like to avoid using him if it were me.

Knowshon Moreno Week 9 fantasy projection: 35 yards rushing, 0 TDs

Other sit ‘em RBs for Week 9:

  • I know I completely missed on this one the last time Baltimore played Cincinnati, but you might want to at least consider sitting Cedric Benson against Baltimore. The Ravens have given up only four rushing TDs all year and looked refreshed last week after their bye against Denver.
  • Steve Slaton, sadly, looks like a sit right now until we learn more about how the carries will be split between he and Ryan Moats. Damnit Slaton.
  • As much as it pains me to say this about my preseason sleeper, I think you have to sit Felix Jones right now because he’s just not getting enough touches. He’s a possible flex play as a bye week fill-in, but that’s about it.

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Wide Receivers

Start ‘em: Vincent Jackson, San Diego (at New York Giants)

I hope that more than a few of you look at this one and roll your eyes, thinking, “Well duh! Who would sit Vincent Jackson?” I agree with you. But week after week Vincent Jackson ends up being a name that people ask me about.

Folks, listen closely: START HIM!

Not only did San Diego recently cut Chris Chambers — in large part because Jackson has become such a clear go-to WR for Philip Rivers that young guys like Malcolm Floyd have been able to develop around him — but Jackson has caught a TD in three consecutive games. He’s also had over 100 yards in two straight games.

And guess what…his matchup is solid in Week 9. The Chargers face the Giants, who are still 3rd in the NFL in yards passing allowed per game (165), but who have given up a whopping 12 passing TDs.

Don’t be scared because of the reputation of the Giants’ D. Play Vincent Jackson, and do so every week. He is an outstanding young player currently in the midst of one of the hottest stretches in his career. Plus, he has a solid, consistent QB. You can’t go wrong.

Vincent Jackson Week 9 fantasy projection: 6 rec, 115 yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em WRs for Week 9:

  • I know he struggled in Week 9, but I think you have to give Mike Sims-Walker another shot. I know I will be…and this is in the same league I have David Garrard. (Oh Lord, please help me!)
  • Nate Burleson is like a poor man’s Vincent Jackson; and by that I mean that too many people ask me whether or not they should start him on a weekly basis. Yes, usually you should, and especially this week with the Seahawks at home against Detroit.
  • Jeremy Maclin is the rare rookie that I will recommend as a start. The Cowboys are 22nd in the league against the pass (237.1 yards per game) and have given up 12 TDs. I like Maclin to produce well in a Sunday night shootout in Philly.

Sit ‘em: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs San Diego)

As stated above while discussing Maclin, I don’t usually recommend rookies to start. Hakeem Nicks is a rookie who actually been pretty consistent, but I’m not a big fan this weekend. His QB is injured, he’s facing the #7 pass defense in the league, and he’s averaging less than four catches per game.

Nicks has a bright future, and is already proving to be a pretty solid red zone target, but I am very wary of Giants WRs right now until they get their offense back on track.

Hakeem Nicks Week 9 fantasy projection: 3 rec, 49 yards, 0 TDs

Other sit ‘em WRs for Week 9:

  • Michael Crabtree has had two solid starts in a row, but I still don’t trust him or his offense to produce TDs from the WR position. Tennessee’s secondary has been bad this year, but they are getting healthier and played better last weekend.
  • Ted Ginn Jr. is still a guy you don’t want to start. Relying on return TDs is never a good idea, and right now that is the only place where Ginn is providing value.
  • Antonio Bryant is a very talented receiver, but has only four catches in his last two games, mainly because of the inexperience at the QB position. Green Bay is solid against the pass. I’d try to avoid Bryant.

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Tight Ends

Start ‘em: Brent Celek, Philadelphia (vs Dallas)

And I’m back on the bandwagon again!

Yes, you would be correct to say that my analysis of Brent Celek on a weekly basis has been quite schizophrenic. That’s because Celek’s production has been schizophrenic. He was great when Kevin Kolb was playing QB, but Donovan McNabb seemed to forget that Celek was on the team.

Not last week.

Celek had a solid day, catching four passes for 61 yards and a TD. I am tentatively excited that Donovan McNabb will continue to look Celek’s way, and I think the Sunday nighter between Philly and Dallas could end up being an up-and-down-the-field type game. If so, look for Celek to take advantage and find his way into the end zone again.

Brent Celek Week 9 fantasy projection: 5 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em TEs for Week 9:

  • Tony Scheffler seems like a good start to me because I think Kyle Orton will have to find his security blanket often; plus, there won’t be much room to run for the Broncos.
  • Mr. Inconsistent Mercedes Lewis could be a sneaky-good play against Kansas City’s porous pass defense this week…but only if you’re really in a jam.

Sit ‘em: Greg Olsen, Chicago (vs Arizona)

Honestly, no TE really jumped out at me as a clear sit candidate. I put Greg Olsen here because he’s failed to catch a touchdown in three straight games and the Chicago passing offense seems a bit out of sync right now. If Olsen is your only TE, go ahead and start him. But I personally would not mind being able to sit him until Jay Cutler breaks out of his funk.

Greg Olsen Week 9 fantasy projection: 4 rec, 39 yards

Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Defense / Special Teams

Start ‘em: Seattle D/ST (vs Detroit)

Seattle’s defense is what it is: a middle of the road unit that isn’t really great at anything. But their Week 9 matchup also is what it is: a terrible offense from Detroit that may, once again, be without its only real weapon, WR Calvin Johnson.

Seattle is currently tied for 7th in the NFL sacks and has played pretty well at home against subpar competition, including shutouts against St. Louis and Jacksonville. This is a good week to roll the dice on the Seahawks, who would sneak their way into the top 5 overall this week because of their matchup.

Seattle D/ST Week 9 fantasy projection: 13 pts or less, 3 sacks, 3 TOs

Other start ‘em D/ST units for Week 9:

  • Atlanta’s D isn’t great, but they are playing Washington next week.
  • San Francisco’s D is a solid start against Vince Young and Tennessee.

Sit ‘em: New York Giants D/ST (vs San Diego)

Another week, and another sit ‘em recommendation for the Giants defense. They are really struggling right now, and San Diego has the firepower to make them struggle again. San Diego, in fact, has not scored less than 23 points this year.

New York Giants D/ST Week 9 fantasy projection: 24 pts or more, 3 sacks, 1 TO

Other sit ‘em D/ST units for Week 9:

  • I am not a huge fan of either Philly or Dallas for this week. I just have a feeling that their game Sunday night is going to be a shootout.
  • I’d be wary of the Bears’ D. Arizona can score lots of points and has to be smarting after that surprising loss to Carolina.

And now…I leave it to you. Hopefully the advice above helped, and I certainly hope to be able to help out during the week answering your questions.

Some seasons will be salvaged this week, while others may fade into oblivion. Which side will you be on?

Good luck everyone!

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* – David Garrard photo credit: DavidGarrard.info

* – Matt Schaub photo credit: ColtsAllDay.com



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Comments

  1. Hi Jerod, im back! :)

    Garrard screwed us both last week! but this week is an even bigger confusion for me. I have 4 QBs in my team and i have to start 2. ALL of them have great matchups! – Rivers, Garrard, Alex Smith and Hasselbeck! which 2 should i start? or rather since i know phillip rivers is a no brainer, who should i start with him?

    One more question.. here's the rest of my team:

    RBs- Tomlinson, Pierre Thomas, Beanie Wells
    WRs- Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Nate Burleson, Wes Welker, Miles Austin

    Im in a 3 WR, 2RB and 2 FLEX league so you can see i'd love to have one more #1 running back. I might be able to get marion barber for wes welker. is that a good trade? if not, which of my WRs would be safe to give up to acquire barber?

    thanks as always dude! ;)

    • Rivers is definitely #1, and I'd go Hasselbeck after that actually. Detroit is absolutely terrible, Seattle plays well at home (usually), he has better WRs than Garrard does, and he's not coming off a goose egg like Garrard is. Hasselbeck is a solid play this week.

      RB – LT and PT
      WR – Wayne, VJ, Welker
      Flex: Burleson and Austin

      I think a Barber/Welker trade would be good because you have five very good WRs and can afford to trade one to get an RB. I'd rather trade Burleson or Austin, but that might not net you Barber.

    • hey jerod, looks like you forgot my above post :)

      • Hmm…I thought I submitted an answer yesterday. This commenting system has its hiccups. Here is what I wrote:

        Rivers is definitely #1, and I'd go Hasselbeck after that actually. Detroit is absolutely terrible, Seattle plays well at home (usually), he has better WRs than Garrard does, and he's not coming off a goose egg like Garrard is. Hasselbeck is a solid play this week.

        RB – LT and PT
        WR – Wayne, VJ, Welker
        Flex: Burleson and Austin

        I think a Barber/Welker trade would be good because you have five very good WRs and can afford to trade one to get an RB. I'd rather trade Burleson or Austin, but that might not net you Barber.

  2. hey Jerod,

    I was also wondering.. are you going to write up about the week 9 fantasy waiver wire? usually you write that blog up before the sit em start ems ;)

  3. Hi Jerod,

    You recommend both the Atlanta and SF D this week. I was burned using Arizona's d last week. Which D do you prefer in week 9?

    Also, I have Thomas Jones out and need to use Correll Buckhalter as my #2RB. Not a great matchup and wondering if I should look at another option out there. Moats and M. Morris are big questionmarks considering their respective situations. What would you recommend?

    Thanks as always.

    • I like SF's D this week against Vince Young. How can you not after how well they played last week versus Indy?

      As for RB, Moats is interesting. Monitor news out of Houston to see what Kubiak says about how the carries will be split. But if I was deciding right now, I'd start Moats over Buckhalter.

    • I'd go with SF, especially playing Vince Young and Tennessee.

      I'd rather have Moats, although it worries me because we don't really know what his role will be yet. But he has to get some carries after his performance last week and Denver is playing Pittsburgh.

  4. Yeah, Garrard screwed me on a team I help out with. Team lost by 6 points in a PPR league … had both Garrard and Sims-Walker. Ouch! Unfortunately it's a 2 QB-league and the other starter was Chad Henne … double-OUCH!

    Jerod, thanks again for help in weeks past.

    Need to start 3 (2 RB pus flex):
    Cedrik Benson, DeAngelo Williams, Jamaal Charles or Tim Hightower.

    • The PPR factor makes Hightower a must start, plus he's scored TDs in at least four straight games.

      I really like Charles this week, but I can't recommend him over Benson and DAW. I think Benson could struggle against Baltimore, but he's still scored a TD in three straight weeks and is on a much offense.

      With options like this, I'll take a wait-and-see approach with Charles, although it would not shock me if he had a better day than Benson.

      • Does it matter at all that each player gets a point per rush (point per reception AND per rush) in this league?

        Would that bump Charles over Hightower, or no?

  5. jac200013 says:

    Ok I have a proplem at RB which 3 guys do I start.
    Slaton
    Moats
    White
    Stewart
    Jacobs

    • jac200013 says:

      I also have Schaub going at QB because Farve is on his bye week, should I go and get another QB?

      • No, you don't need to get another unless there are good options on the free agent waiver and you can afford to drop someone. Just because I predict a down week for Schaub doesn't mean it will necessarily happen. I have him in a 2-QB league and will be playing him. He still has 16 TDs on the year. I just think the Indy matchup presents problems and that expectations need to be tempered, and that owners should be ready to play a good backup option if available.

    • Well, you have to start Stewart and Jacobs, no brainers.

      I am not a fan of LenDale, especially against Tennessee.

      Track Houston and see who will be getting the most carries this week. It looks like it is going to be a really frustrating 3-man rotation in Houston between Slaton, Moats, and Chris Brown (goalline, supposedly). If it were my lineup, I'd start Slaton, especially in a PPR league…but I had him last year and have a soft spot for him. He is the more proven of the three, and a better receiver out of the backfield, and I think Kubiak will give him a chance to redeem himself this week. But I'd have a hard time arguing if you went Moats.

  6. jac200013 says:

    Hi Jerod,

    I have Schaub going at QB this week with Farve on a bye week would you recommend that I go and pick up a different QB say like Sancez or stick with Schaub.

    Also, I need to start 3 RB's who would you go with?
    Slaton
    Moats
    Jacobs
    Stewart
    White

  7. Hey here's one for you I have Addai, Benson, and Mendenhall available to start this week which two should I start? It's just a standard scoring league not PPR. Also any recommendation on a TE to pick up off the waiver wire this week? I was thinking Mercedes Lewis? We have a pretty deep league of 14 teams so there isn't much left, but seeing if you had any possible deep sleepers that could be there?

    • Lewis qualifies as a deep sleeper. I actually think he could have a good game…he better, my Garrard might depend on it!

      As for your RBs, I think you have to like Addai because he's getting carries (20 the last two weeks) and has a sweet matchup: Houston's run D. Mendenhall is facing the #1 ranked D in the league in their building and plays for a team that is becoming more and more pass oriented. I hate Benson, but he tore up Baltimore earlier this year, and this week the game is in Cincy. Addai and Benson.

  8. i have schaub as my Qb As Well you cant go againist a guy averaging 2 TD's a game and 292 passing a game with all the weapons he has even with the loast of TE Owen Daniels The houston Texans Offence IS Stacked

    • Joe, Schaub is a very good QB and could still have a good week. But remove his TE and consider his matchup, and there is a strong likelihood that he could finish out of the top 10 this week. If so, many owners might have a backup with a better matchup who could produce more. Sometimes these tough decisions are the difference between and losing. I would not fault you for sticking with your guy, especially without a solid backup option, but just aware that Indy has only given up three passing TDs all year. I don't like those odds. Houston will probably be more ground oriented this week, as they were last week against Buffalo.

  9. Sorry for The Spelling

  10. Hey Jerod,

    Great call on the Chicago D and Forte! I started them both and won! I have some tough choices this week and appreciate your insight as always!

    QB Peyton/Cutler *yea aside from injuries Peyton is a weekly no brainer.
    RB Forte/Addai/J. Stewart/L. Maroney/D. Ward
    WR Occhicinco/Driver/Miles Austin/Austin Collie/Masseqoui(bye)
    TE Celek
    K Akers
    Def Colts/Bears

    I'm thinking of going w/ Peyton/Addai/J. Stewart/Occhicinco/Driver/Miles Austin,Celek,Akers and the Colts D.

    What do you think? Driver has a sore neck but they are playing Tampa Bay. Also, NE is playing Miami and Maroney may be able to get some points against that Miami D. Also, it's tough to bench Forte again BUT the Arizona D usually plays well against the run aside from last week. I don't want to leave too many points on my bench with the wrong starters.

    Thanks for your input!

  11. Hey Jerod,
    Do I start Derrick Mason or Santana Moss to play along side of Andre Johnson?
    Also, Tony Romo or Schaub. (Last week I pulled romo and put schaub in 2 minutes before kickoff and regretted it ALL day, still won though).

    • I don't trust Washington. Play Mason. He's scored in the last four games in which he has a catch. Tough matchup, but I think there is more consistency there than with Moss.

      I'd go with Romo. He's hot and I think the Dallas-Philly game has a lot of big plays in it.

  12. Do I start McNabb or Big Ben this week?
    I don't know what to do with this one.

    • I like McNabb. Looking for a lot of points to be scored Sunday night.

      Denver has the #1 ranked D in the league, they are at home, and coming off a loss. I think the Pittsburgh-Denver game could end up being a lower scoring one.

  13. as always a nice job

  14. ok big matchup for me this week could use a little help
    Mcnabb is obvious over Eli Manning
    MJD and Ronnie Brown are obvious with S.Jax on a bye and McCoy
    the 2 i need help on are my wrs
    1.Fitzgerald
    2.V.Jackson
    3. i think bowe but i have santana moss and lance moore as well
    and for my defense
    Do i give GB another chance against Tampa or do i go with Pittsburgh on Monday night

    thanks in advance

    • fitz and vjax are my obvious starts just need help at number 3 and my defense

    • I'd go with Bowe.

      I would play GB against Tampa. Inexperienced QB…and Tampa sucks.

      • yea i was thinkin the same thing its a big week for me the person im tied with for 1st just lost so hes 5-3 im 6-2 with a win and loss for him i can easily be up 2 games and division winners get money in this league so its pretty big for me thanks again and good luck to you this week as well

  15. Hey Jerod,

    Thanks for the advice so far this season. I need some advice again this week. I'm in a non-ppr league with 2RB/2WR/1 Flex. At RB I have Michael Turner and Chris Johnson as must starts, with Benson a possibility at Flex. At WR I have Wayne and Colston who are must starts. On my bench I have Miles Austin and Sims-Walker. Do I play Benson (who I know you hate) or one of my WRs?

    Would you recommend Vernon Davis or Celek at TE this week? It's probably a toss-up but I figured with Davis and Smith's connection I would go with Davis this week especially with him playing Tennessee.

    Would you go with the Saints D or the Packers D this week?

    Thanks again man!!

  16. Hey Jerod,

    Who should I start in week 9? I need 2 RBs and 1 RB/WR.

    RB – Ryan Grant (against TB)
    RB – Ronnie Brown (against NE)
    RB – Brandon Jacobs (against SD)
    RB – Kevin Smith (against SEA)
    WR – Nate Burleson (against DET)

    Any help would be great. Thanks.

  17. who should I play this week pick 1: (Grant burned me last week)
    Grant
    or
    Moats

    and which receiver, pick 1: Collie, Driver, Steve Smith (NYG), Crabtree ?

    Thanks for your help!!

    • Definitely Grant. He's the clear #1 and the Packers are facing Tampa Bay. We still don't know how many carries Moats will get.

      I'd love to go with Collie, but I think you have to go Driver. Tampa Bay is 15th in the league against the pass in terms of yards, but that's because teams get up on them and run the ball. They've given up 16 TD passes on the year. Driver is Aaron Rodgers' favorite target and he looks fully recovered from what shook him up last week. Collie would be second choice, and I'd wait and see on Steve Smith because his value is tied to his QB's, and Eli is not healthy nor playing well right now.

      • Jerod: One last one, then I am set – How about play either Ricky Williams or Moats this week? Thanks for your help!

        • I would play Ricky. There is still uncertainty regarding how many touches Moats will get. Ricky's been pretty consistent this season and the 'Fins will have to lean heavily on the run playing the Pats with a first year starter at QB.

  18. Hey Jerod,

    Great advice, as always. I'm in a tricky spot this week with my favorite running back SJX on the bench. Like you, I'm inclined to start 3RBs whenever possible, but that would leave me with Felix Jones. I'm starting LT and B. Jacobs for sure, along with Mike Sims walker & Greg Jennings at WR. Should I start F. Jones over Derek Mason in the flex? Jennings and MSW have such great matchups this week, they're pretty hard to sit. PPR league, just so you know. Cheers, and thanks.

    • Mason is a no-brainer if it's a PPR league. I love Felix, but he's just not getting the touches or finding his way into the end zone. I think he's a good flex start when you don't have any other options, but Mason is a #1 receiver who has scored in the last four games in which he has a catch. That's pretty solid and Felix Jones is too much of a roll of the dice right now.

  19. Hey Jerrod,

    I need help. Which 3 RB do I start? I really need a win this week. Thanks in advance!!!

    Barber
    Jacobs
    DAW
    Mendenhall

    • I'd go with the first three: Barber, Jacobs, DAW. Mendenhall is facing the #1 defense in the league in their home stadium, plus he's fumble prone. Let him sit this one out.

  20. I would begrudgingly play Benson over the WRs. You can't argue with 20-25 touches and with his production against Baltimore earlier this year. I would not be shocked if the Ravens stuff him, but at this point, it's the right call to start him.

    I'd go Davis at TE. He's the #1 target in SF, whereas Celek is #3 or #4.

    Tough question. I have written out sentences recommending the Saints and Packers and deleted them both. So here's the final answer: Packers. I just think Tampa Bay is that bad and the Packers have a good shot of winning a 28-3 game, or 24-0, something like that. I think Carolina's running game is too good not to score some points. Plus, Jake Delhomme, despite how bad he's been all year, has been playing a little better and has good career numbers in the Superdome. Two great options, but I think GB's matchup a bit better.

  21. start nate burleson or jamaal charles for week 9 flex?

    • I like Charles. KC seems committed to giving him a shot this weekend and I'll always take an RB over a WR if think it's close to equal. In this case, I do. Plus, Jacksonville's D is nothing special.

      • would it not be safer to start burleson because of hasselbeck's matchup against detroit? he targeted burleson the most (even more than TJ Housh) last week against a good dallas D.

        moreover, charles is unproven and the KC offensive line is not great at all. on the other hand i do feel KC will be rejuvinated now that the locker room cancer (LJ) is out for this game, so they might give it all they've got and more this week.

        im still torn.. and leaning towards burleson.. but i'd like to hear your thoughts on my analysis :)

        thanks.

        • I like your thought process. And I like Burleson, but he's not quite a sure thing. He only caught two balls in week 6 and has only caught TDs in two games this year. Yes, his matchup is great against Detroit, and Seattle has shellacked bad teams at home, but their line remains suspect so there is some risk.

          And there is risk with Charles too, for the two reasons you mentioned: he's unproven and their line is suspect as well. However, Charles does have a 5.0 yard per carry average for his career, and should get 20-25 touches barring something unforeseen. Because of what I've been reading regarding Todd Haley's commitment to give Charles his shot, I'm optimistic.

          I view these two guys as about even…lots of upside there, but risk. In that situation, I try to go with the guy who will get more touches. In this case, it should be Charles.

          • thinking about what you said it does make sense to start an RB over a WR when its close cuz the RB will get plenty of carries compared to a WR who'll have to share with others.

            you've convinced me. i'll start charles :) thanks jerod. love your blogs and i follow your analysis every week.

          • Thanks a lot Justin. I appreciate the kind words. Hopefully Charles works out for you! I have him starting in at least two leagues this week.

    • HOW THE HELL CAN U SAY TO START GARRARD HE BOMBED AGAINST ST LOUIS AND TENN LAST WEEK EXPECT MJD TO GET A MASSIVE LOAD THIS WEEK GARRARD HAS PROVEN MATCHUPS DONT MEAN SQUAT. I SIMPLY DONT BELIEVE YOU WOULD ADVISE PEOPLE TO START GARRARD WOW I SAY HE GETS 10 pts this week

      • Joe, it's definitely an out-on-the-limb pick, and certainly has the potential to blow up in my face. But I like his matchup, be tends to play better at home, and I think he gets back on track Mike Sims-Walker this week.

        And trust me, if he bombs, I'm ready to hear it from everyone on Monday. I just have a feeling he won't.

  22. Jerod, yes we pretty much agree thanks! The only one I'm a little unsure about is sitting Miles Austin for Austin Collie. I know the Eagles D is fairly good but this game may be a shootout and Miles may be able to get another TD and some long catches. What do you think? On the other side of the coin I don't think Peyton is going to get shut out again from throwing a TD.

    Also, would u start the 49er D or Atl D over the Colt D this week?

    Thanks!

    • I would start the 49ers D over the Colts. Like their matchup against Tennessee and VY a lot.

      And my apologies, I actually mistyped my answer. I'd start Miles Austin over Austin Collie. I think all the Austins confused me! Thanks for following up so I could correct this.

  23. Jerod,

    Burleson, Collie, Maclin, Knox. Which 1 of these WRs would you start this week? No PPR. My other 2 WRs are Randy Moss and Hines Ward.

    Also, which of these RBs would you start this week: Kevin Smith or Ahmad Bradshaw? One of these two would start with Ray Rice.

    Also, Matt Ryan or Matt Hasselbeck?

    Thanks.

    • I would start Burleson, as I think he is the #1 option in Seattle and the Seahawks are facing Detroit. A close second is Collie.

      I'd start Smith. Bradshaw's injury scares me.

      Go with Hasselbeck against Detroit. I expect big things.

  24. quick question please…..sweatin this choice here……SCHAUB or HASSELBECK…and PORTIS or CHARLES….i mean it could go either way…but what do u think?

    • I'd go with Hasselbeck (love the Detroit matchup) and Portis. Atlanta is giving up a lot of yards on the ground and Portis should be rested after the bye. He's too proven to not start over a newbie like Charles.

  25. Jerod, thanks for all your great insights.

    A few quick ones –

    I have to start a WR3 off waiver wire (bye week blues). Currently starting Hines Ward and Hakeem Nicks. Need third –
    from Andre Caldwell, Mario Manningham, Mike Wallace, Antonio Bryant, Donnie Avery, Pierre Garcon, Nate Washington.

    For the rest of the year how would you rank these guys: Manningham, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, TO, Roy Williams, Hakeem Nicks.

    Lastly, would you start Jonathan Stewart this week over any of these three – Barber, PT Bruiser (Thomas) or Stephen Jackson?

    Thanks again for all your help now and in the past.

    League gives point per reception AND point per rush for both WR and RB. Also, you get 1 point for every 25 return yeards for any position (1 point for 10 yards receiving or rushing as per usual).

    • I'd begrudgingly go with Bryant because of his talent and the fact that he's the team's #1 WR. I don't expect much, but he could get a late game TD…and I do expect TB to be throwing a lot.

      Rank: Hester, Manningham, Nicks, Roy Williams, TO, Knox

      Yes, I'd start him over SJax, who is on a bye. I'd also start Stewart over Barber.

    • As to that second question … how deos Anthony Gonzelz (Indy) compare long term to Hanningham, Hester, Knox, etc.?
      Sorry for the omission.

      Muchas gracias for all your help.

      • Hard to tell on Gonzalez. Right now, I'd rather have all of those guys than him. No word on when he'll be healthy or what role he'll have when he's back.

  26. which DEF to start for week 9? PITT or SEATTLE?

    • I'm a big fan of Seattle's D at home against the Lions. It's hard to recommend sitting Pittsburgh, but considering they are on the road against Denver…I like Seattle's chances to put up more fantasy points.

    • hello?

      • For some reason this must not have shown for you, but I did answer…here is what I said:

        I'm a big fan of Seattle's D at home against the Lions. It's hard to recommend sitting Pittsburgh, but considering they are on the road against Denver…I like Seattle's chances to put up more fantasy points.

  27. Hey Jerod,
    My players match-ups this week at RB & WR are driving me nuts. I need need a win this week, and would really appreciate your advice! Non ppr league, start 2 RB's and 3 WR's. Please help!
    My RB's are – M. Turner, C. Benson, R. Mendenhall, J. Jones
    My WR's are – N. Burleson, M. Sims-Walker, D. Mason, M. Crabtree, J. Knox, A. Boldin (probably out this week)
    Also do you see J. Witten turning the corner to become the dependable TE I drafted him to be?
    Thanks,

    • RB: Turner, Benson
      WR: Burleson, Sims-Walker, Mason (but you play Boldin if he's healthy, I'd sit Sims-Walker)

      I think Witten will be fine. Besides, do you have another option? If you have guys like V Davis or Celek then maybe you think about sitting Witten, but he's still getting 4-5 catches per week consistently. He just needs to get in the end zone.

    • Turner and Benson
      Burelson Crabtree Mason

  28. Hi Jerod,

    I'm in a 12-team, ppr league. Can you help me decide which TE to start. I have Brent Celek and John Carlson.

    Thanks for the help.

    Stan

  29. Jerod,

    I was wonderng what players out of the following u think have the most value going forward:

    Ryan Moats, Kevin Smith, Justin Vargas or Malcolm Floyd. All of them are available on waivers.

    I'm thinking Smith because he's proven although Floyd may explode like Austin Miles did a months ago.

    Thanks!

    • Kevin Smith is a guy I've always liked, but he's really struggling and has a tough slate of games to finish out the season. Floyd is becoming a more reliable player, but he's not going to explode like Miles Austin as long as Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates are there. And Fargas rarely scores TDs, plus he'll have to compete with McFadden for carries here soon.

      It's tough, because so much for these guys depends on opportunity. Right now, I'd go:

      Smith
      Moats
      Floyd
      Fargas

      And you could probably make a sound argument that the list should be flipped. But if you need TDs, I think Smith gives you the best chance to get them and will probably get the most touches out of all these guys.

  30. Hey Jerod,
    Just nabbed Matt Hassleback off the waiver wire, mostly to fill my vacant back-up QB slot. But with all these injury reports, I'm facing a dilemma: dare I play the matchup and start Hassleback this week over Aaron Rogers? Seems crazy to bench such a productive QB, but I dunno… that foot makes me nervous.

    • Absolutely NOT.

      Aaron Rodgers, despite GB's porous O-Line, has throw 14 TDs and 2 INTs this year. His QB rating is 110+. And his matchup is against a team that surrenders more TDs through the air than all but a couple of teams.

      You play Rodgers every week unless your other options are Peyton or Brady. It's that simple. I like Hasselbeck this week, but would not even consider starting him over Rodgers.

  31. Hey, Jared,
    Just found this site, but so far I like what I see (I'm tired of ranking list after ranking list that provides no reasons as to why they ranked the players where they did…one blog has ochocinco as the #1 wr this week. seriously? why???). Anyway, here's your chance to earn another season-long reader (no pressure). I need 2 rbs, 2 wrs and a flex out of the mess below. Here's how the lineup looks at the moment. What do you think?

    RB1 – Charles
    RB2 – LeSean McCoy (i know, i know…i'm just hanging onto him until i hear westbrook's status)
    RB/WR – Burleson
    WR1 – Miles Austin
    WR2 – DeSean Jackson

    BENCH – Felix Jones
    BENCH – Steve Smith (NYG)
    BENCH – Buckhalter
    BENCH – Crabtree

    • Drop McCoy… Westbrook is set to play for Week 9

    • Mikey, I appreciate your kind words and gladly accept the challenge.

      RB1: Charles
      RB2: Felix Jones
      WR: Desean Jackson
      WR: Miles Austin
      Flex: Nate Burleson

      Here is why I like Jones over McCoy:

      Westbrook was back as a full participant on Wednesday, and McCoy apparently missed practice with the flu. Either way, this week will at best be a split for McCoy. Jones is also splitting time with Barber, but looked pretty good last week and is bound to bust out a long run at some point. I see Sunday night's game being an up-and-down game filled with big plays and I am expecting a breakout from Jones. It's still risky, so I wouldn't recommend him over any RB who will be getting a full workload, but I do think with equal carries he will surpass McCoy in value, and it looks like their carries will be even.

      You can't play Steve Smith over your other three WRs until Eli pulls his head out his you-know-where.

      Not sure on Ochocinco…although the Ravens' pass D has been far less dominant than we're used to. And Ochocinco is having a very good year. But #1? I'd still rather have Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Mohamed Massaquoi…wait…scratch that last one…

      Best of luck this week Mikey. Hopefully Felix leads you to victory! (Full disclosure: I have him in all six of my leagues and am starting him in at least three.)

      • beautiful! thanks, jarod (sorry for the misspell). i'll go with jones and hope for the best. the league i'm in is absolutely barren when it comes to FA rbs so i'm stuck with this until after peteron's bye. i'll check in next week and give you the final verdict.

        Thanks again!

  32. Jerod: Who would you go with: Ricky Williams or Moats this week? And have you heard any news on
    Driver's injury? Thanks!

  33. Jerod,

    Trying to decide on some spot starts in my lineup for this week. I'd like to see what your thoughts are. At QB, Flacco or Hasselbeck? At RB Kevin Smith or Jamaal Charles? And at WR, Burleson or Collie?

    Also do you think Malcom Floyd is a good pickup at this point? And would he be a good start this week given the favorable matchup against the giants?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Flacco is an emerging star and has been remarkably consistent this year, tossing at least one TD in every game and two or more in four games. And the Bengals, his opponent on Sunday, are giving up the 30th most passing yards per game. I like Flacco to get a couple of TDs.

      I really like Hasselbeck this week too…but the weekly fluctuation is a little risky. 4 TDs one week, 0 the next. Yes, he should have a great game against Detroit, but I'd rather take my chances with the guy who has thrown a TD every week, has not missed any snaps, and who does not have offensive lineman dropping like flies.

      It's close to a toss-up, but I'd start Flacco.

      Definitely Charles over Smith.

      I do like Burleson over Collie. A close one, so I go with the vet over the rookie.

      Floyd could be a nice pickup, but it all depends on who you'd be dropping. And I would not start him over Burleson or Collie.

      • Thank you for the detailed analysis of the QBs. I was having a tough time with that one. You brought up some interesting points. When you put it the way you did, I think its clear Flacco should get the start.

        I would be dropping Johnny Knox to get Floyd. With Chambers gone, I'll be interested to see if his involvement each week increases significantly. Its probably a toss up though.

    • Hasselbeck is a stud. Remember that playoff game against the Packers when he won the overtime coin toss and then threw a pick 6 to Charles Woodson? That was awesome.

  34. Awesome site. I may be over thinking stuff here but…..

    I have Schaub and Ryan with Alex Smith sitting as a free agent. Would his match against Tennessee bump either of the other two? I only have one QB position on my starting lineup.

    Benson and Ronnie Brown are my two RBs but Jamaal Charles is free. Would he be a better choice for sporadic Brown?

    Finally my two WR are Wayne(keeper) and Fitzgerald(inconsistent). I have Crabtree on my bench against Titans. Enough upside there to start him over Fitz? Thanks

    • No. I would play Schaub, with Ryan as a solid backup. Alex Smith is nowhere near those two guys.

      No, Charles is not better than Brown, a proven fantasy powerhouse who is in a great offense for running backs.

      And no, never start Crabtree over Fitz, at least not this year.

      Thanks for the kind words about the site. In these cases, I think you are "overthinking" and should stick with your stars.

      • This is my first year in fantasy and I do have a bad habit of over thinking things. Thanks for the reassurance and steering me straight.

        • Hey, I've played fantasy football for going on a decade now and overthink things all the time. And I know I have a blog so I can do so publicly! ;-) Join the club…it's what fantasy football owners do. You just want to develop a core set of principles you trust and make decisions by. They won't always be right, but it'll help you sleep on Saturday nights.

  35. Hi Jerod,
    Should I start Ronnie Brown or Wes Welker in the flex position? I'm not in a PPR league.
    Thanks,
    James

    • Welker has at least 8 receptions, at least 86 yards, and at least 1 TD in three straight games. In two games he has 10 catches and 100+ yards. Simply put, he's on fire. And the Dolphins' secondary is young and has been hurt by injuries.

      I love Ronnie Brown, and I love RBs over WRs when all else is equal. But in this case, I'm going with Welker.

  36. muttyranks says:

    need help……My starting TE is Jason Witten….but we also have a TE/WR flex spot.
    should I start Brent Celek or TJ Housh in that spot?…..PPR league

    • Housh has had a couple of stinkers in a row, but two really good games before that. I like the matchup against Detroit and I'd play him. I like Celek, but McNabb's usage of TEs is always a bit erratic.

  37. Jerod,
    First time reader, love the site. Here's your first test from me!

    I am torn between Charles, Smith (NYG) and Moroney in my flex spot. I'm starting CJ and Portis at RB and Austin and Bowe WR. Which of the 3: Charles, Smith (NYG) or Moroney should I put in my flex?

    Thanks and again love the site!

    • Thanks for coming to the site, we're glad to have you.

      Wow…that's a quite a test.

      If you are in a PPR league I would go with Smith, because I think he's the safest choice. If you are in a non-PPR league, I'd go with Charles. Playing a NE running back is always a crap shoot and Maroney only had 13 carries and 43 yards his last time out. Charles is an unknown, but I think he gets 20-25 touches and has a good matchup against JAX.

      • As it is a non PPR league I do have Charles in. I was/am just a bit leery of playing an untested RB, especially considering he plays for KC! But I think there's enough upside to justify the risk! Thanks for your thoughts. I'll be sure to come back often. I'd ask about my DST and QB but they're pretty much no brainers! Romo over E. Manning and Packers over Denver.

        Thanks again!

  38. I was offered a trade Ryan Grant and Calvin Johnson for Frank Gore. Can you give me your thoughts? I'm in a 12-team, ppr league.

    Thanks!

    • It's tempting because of Gore's receptions, but I think I'd rather have Grant/Johnson. The only that could swing it is if you have a lot of depth at WR. Gore is clearly a better option than Grant (especially considering the tough matchups Grant has during fantasy playoff time) but MegaTron is a great receiver who could have a big second half if he can stay healthy. If you have solid replacements, might not be a bad deal. But with the information given, I'd stick with Grant/Johnson.

      • Thanks. My other receivers are Fitz, Steve Smith (NYG), Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace. I agree about Grant's schedule and the offer is tempting. I think it rests on Johnson's health. Does my receiving corps sway you one way or another?

        • I like the first two, but then you've got some question marks after that.

          The question is, what's better: Fitz, Calvin Johnson, Ryan Grant and Steve Smith

          Or…Ftz, Dwayne Bowe/Mike Wallace, Frank Gore, and Steve Smith

          I am torn. Very torn. What I would do if I were you is to go with your gut, regardless of what I would say. But if I'm fighting for a playoff spot, I probably would…turn it down. I love Gore, but he's an injury risk. And CJ is just now getting healthy and I still like his potential. Plus, Grant may not always get a lot of yards, but he could get cheap TDs since he's their main back.

          Tough to turn down, but I personally would.

  39. Playing the number one guy in our league…sure would like to upset hime…can anyone give me a hand as to what WR's and RB's I should play this week I need 3 WR's and 2 RB's in standard league from WR's: Nate Burleson, Marques Colston, Floyd Malcom, or Johnny Knox…RB's: Laurence Maroney, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Moats or Knowshon Moreno. Thanks…

    • RB: R. Mendenhall
      RB: K Moreno
      WR: Colston
      WR: Burleson
      WR: J Knox

      I'm not a huge fan of Mendenhall or Moreno this week, but I think they are more likely to get 15-20 carries than the other two. Good luck!

  40. Hey Jerod,
    I'm having trouble deciding on who I should start for this week because I feel like I have a lot of players which can all do reasonably well but not guaranteed.

    I need to start 2 WRs 2 RBs and a Flex and I have,
    Steve Smith (NYG), Hines Ward, Derrick Mason, DeSean Jackson
    Cedric Benson, LT, Jamaal Charles

    Can you help me fill posiitons please?

    • RB: Cedric Benson
      RB: LT
      WR: Desean Jackson
      WR: Derrick Mason
      Flex: Hines Ward

      I usually play RBs at flex, but both Ward and Smith are more proven options than Charles. I sit Smith because of Manning's recent inconsistency and Smith's inability to find the end zone.

  41. Jerod,

    I'm pretty set with my lineup that's brought me to first in my regularly-scored league (sharing room at the top, it's a 3-way tie at 5-3). Aaron Rodgers, M Jones-Drew, Ricky Williams, Vincent Jackson, Roddy White, Vernon Davis, Ryan Longwell (subbing this week is Nick Folk), and the amazing Saints D.

    My open spot is a flex spot that had been filled with M Sims-Walker. Need I say more about my hesitance? I'd like to start him this week because a) his fantasy value is highest when the Jags are at home and b) they're playing the Chiefs. Should be good, right? I have Derrick Mason on the bench. For this week, I think it's MSW over Mason, but for the rest of the season I'm convinced it'll be the opposite, especially the way Mason's accumulated points as of late.

    Any opinions? Thanks for your great help!

    • I like your reasoning with MSW, but I'd start Mason over him. Look at the numbers. Mason has caught a TD in the last four games during which he caught a pass (he had that one anomaly game where he failed to catch a pass). He also has a more consistent QB and they are playing the Bengals, who have a decent but not great pass D.

      I am starting MSW in a couple of leagues, and do think he has solid potential this week, but Mason is more proven. Perhaps not as high of a ceiling as MSW, but certainly more likely to get 5-6 catches and a TD, whereas MSW could catch 7 balls and 2 TDs or have another dud.

      I'd feel much more comfortable with Mason starting.

  42. Jerod,

    Wondering if I could get a little help with my FLEX position this week. I have to start 2 RB, 2 WR, and 1 FLEX. I have Turner, Gore, Pierre Thomas, Mendenhall, V. Jackson, Miles Austin, Sims-Walker, and Fitzgerald.

    I definitely plan to start Turner and Gore at RB and Jackson at WR. I was thinking of starting Austin as the other WR and I am trying to decide between Thomas and Fitzgerald as FLEX. I also thought about starting both of them and benching Austin. Any advice?

    • RB: Gore
      RB: Turner
      WR: Fitzgerald
      WR: V Jackson
      Flex: Pierre Thomas

      That is what I would do. I love Miles Austin as much as anyone, but I don't think he's better than Fitz or VJax. And your three RBs are too good to sit, IMO.

  43. Shaub all the way Sanders out and who's the other corner out? I forget his name but ya two rookies starting against Andre Johnson? I say big game for Schaub!

    • This is a very good point. The Colts have lost two starters in their secondary since I posted this article. I may need to issue a new analysis in the morning. Schaub is looking better by the minute. This is the disadvantage of issuing advice on Tuesday!

  44. Any sense in starting Santana Moss over Derek Mason in the flex this week? Thanks for all the help, as always. You da man.

    • Sorry, Jerod, just noticed that you already addressed this. Also, you mentioned that you prefer Mason over MSW, which begs the question: Santana Moss over Mike Sims Walker? Or should I bench Moss? Again. Like always. Because his team is made entirely out of garbage. Any thoughts?

      • No, I like MSW over Moss. I just don't trust Washington's offense with all of the flux we've seen recently. At least not enough to start Moss over solid options like Mason or MSW.

  45. Which 2 RB should I start?
    ronnie brown
    pierre thomas
    jonathan stewart
    rashard mendenhall

    Thanks

    • I'd go PT and Brown. Stewart's carries can just be so up and down, and Carolina may have to pass more this weekend to keep up with NO. I like Stewart, but not over solid options like PT and RB.

  46. I'm having trouble on who to start and sit on Running Back and Wide Receiver
    Actively I have RB__1. Mendenhall, Rashard vs (oppenets) Ryan Grant
    2. Portis, Clinton vs (opponnets) Joseph Addai
    On reserves I have. RB's…..Smith, Kevin RB DET and Thomas, Pierre RB NO
    On the Wide Receivers i'm picking between 1, on if I should start him or keep him out.
    Actively I have Driver, Donald (who was having neck probs wk 8) and Sims-Walker, Mike (held under 10 yrds in last game)
    On reserves I have Manningham, Mario (who secrewed me last week by being on the injury list)
    Who to start or to sit?

    • I would rank your RBs for this week as follows:

      Pierre Thomas, Ryan Grant, Joseph Addai, Clinton Portis, Rashard Mendenahll, Kevin Smith

      As for the receivers, I'd rank them: Driver, Sims-Walker, Manningham

    • Jerod,__Thankyou for your input, it helps alot. I just hope Manningham gets to start this Sunday.

  47. Need some help?

    Warner or Big Ben?
    RB's Mendenhall, Cadillac, Ricky Williams (need 1 as starting Rice alongide)
    WR's Fitzgerald, Holt, Devery Henderson (considering picking up Malcolm Floyd and dropping Cadillac)

  48. Karl Robinson says:

    Hey Jerod.

    I'm playing the 1st place guy in our league, and I need a win make the playoffs. Only the top 4 make it and I'm in 6th right now. Hook me up with some good advice dude!

    2WR, 2RB, 1Flex

    RB Ronnie Brown -MIA at NE
    RB Ray Rice – BAL at CIN
    RB Pierre Thomas – NO vs CAR
    RB Tim Hightower – ARI at CHI
    WR Andre Johnson – HOU at IND
    WR Larry Fitzgerald – ARI at CHI
    WR Wes Welker – NE vs MIA
    WR Jeremy Maclin – PHI

    Thanks!

    • RB: Ray Rice
      RB: Pierre Thomas
      WR: Andre Johnson
      WR: Wes Welker
      Flex: Larry Fitzgerald

      I hate sitting Ronnie Brown, but you can't sit your 3 WRs. Wow, what a group!

  49. bowe or shockey??

    • I'd start Bowe. Shockey has been more consistent, and has perhaps less risk, but Bowe is more likely to score TDs and have a big week. Especially against Jacksonville.

  50. question about free agency
    ill start with my team
    QB-
    McNaBB
    Eli
    Kolb( in case mcnabb gets hurt)

    RB( i start 2)
    MJD
    Ronnie Brown
    S.Jax
    L.MoCoy
    J.Lewis

    WR/TE (i start 3 either way)
    Fitz
    V.Jax
    Bowe
    Shockey
    S.Moss

    not concerned about def or kicker i have pitt g.b and akers as my kicker

    but free agents available are buggin me there is some talent out there who would u drop and who would u pick up

    Beanie Wells
    Lance Moore
    Ben Watson
    Lee Evans
    Chester Taylor
    Buckhalter
    Gage
    Nate Washington

    im thinkin buckhalter wells and watson are the best of the 3 but watson is so inconsistant 1 week he can score 2 tds another he will have 0pts

    anyways thanks for any input you add this will help me prepare for playoffs

    • I would drop Jamal Lewis for Correll Buckhalter first, then Beanie Wells second (if Buck is gone).

      Not a big fan of Watson.

      Evans has been actually be playing better lately, but I wouldn't drop Moss or Bowe for him unless they start to REALLY suck or get hurt.

  51. Hello,

    I am currently 3-5 but yet tied for first in my div facing the eqsiest schedule (ppr). Got good crop of recievers this week but hurting on the RB Front. For WR looking at Fitx, Bowe and Sims-walker (sitting Moss (was)). I need to start 2 of K.Moreno, s.Slaton, L. Mccoy and R.Moats. I was thinking Moats and Mccoy (if Westbrook is out). Should I start Mots and Slaton if not as moreno up against steelers. Also thinking of starting Warner over Cutler. Any help would be greatly apprecated!!

    • I would go with Moreno and Moats. Looks like Westbrook will play. Starting Moats/Slaton isn't a bad choice if you really think that Moreno will struggle against Pitt, but I'd rather have Moreno because he will get consistent carries at least and after Slaton got shut down last week, I'd rather take a wait and see with him and see just how committed Kubiak is to rotating his backs.

      Yes, I would start Warner over Cutler, no question.

  52. i have miles austin, nate burleson and jamaal charles and i need to start 2 as flex. can you help please?

  53. Please help. I need 2 RB, 2 WR & 1 Flex:
    RB Ronnie Brown
    RB Michael Turner
    RB Clinton Portis
    WR Desean Jackson
    WR Marques Colston
    WR Mike Sims-Walker
    WR Nate Burleson
    Thanks!

  54. Jerod: I just read that Moats is going to start. Would you still go with Ricky Williams over Moats?
    My TE is Fred Davis. I have been offered Shiancoe for Crabtree. Should I do the deal? My WR are Moss,Collie,Driver, Steve Smith (NYG) and Crabtree; I only start 2 per week. Thanks for your help!

  55. Which 2 should I start? I have Pierre Thomas, Cedric Benson, Matt Forte

  56. Jerod: Is Garcon a pickup with Collie out (neck)? Would you cut Collie for him?

    Which kicker this week (10) – rackers or jeff reed?

    thanks!!

  57. Rich$Skillz says:

    Julius Jones, Jason Snelling, Justin Forsett, or Cadilac Williams. Which one do I start?

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