All the talk this year has mainly been of the struggles of Chris Johnson and Philip Rivers. As painful as it is to watch, dwelling on the problems will set you back.
Six team byes have been scaled back down to four this week, so fewer players will be sitting out of your matchups, but it will still likely necessitate at least one or two touch decisions; decisions you shouldn’t take lightly, because while this may be the middle of the season for the players, our playoffs are right around the corner and crunch time is upon us.
Before I get to this week’s stock picks, I invite anyone to comment on this question because the answer eludes me: will Joe Flacco ever become an elite quarterback in the NFL?
His polarizing play has people worried, especially me, so let me know in the comments section.
Now we will let you know what is good in this week’s stock report.
Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Report: Stocks Up
Lol isn’t usually a term acceptable for sports blogging, but that is the only word someone can come up with when trying to describe the Dolphins’ pass defense. Even losing Jamaal Charles for the season, Cassel’s production hasn’t skyrocketed nor plummeted, and he puts up good enough numbers to fill in for Stafford if you need him.
I promise that Rivers will have high stock until, well, who knows. There is no way that he can continue to play this poorly for the rest of the year. He threw for over 350 yards last week even though some unlucky interceptions came forth, but one of these days he is going to impress…hopefully.
The only thing that seems to be stopping Wells from becoming a top flight fantasy running back are his injuries. During games that the Cardinals are competitive in, he can score you 14 to 20+ points. The only problem with playing Wells is that the 1-6 Cardinals are out of games so fast that the running game gets put on the back burner and his abilities can get lost in the fold.
This is somewhat of an obvious decision with the loss of Darren McFadden for the week, but Bush has always been a decent play. His size allows him to be a goal line threat any time the Raiders are inside the red zone. Playing against Tim Tebow should allow for many opportunities in Oakland.
Who knows why Tom Coughlin doesn’t give his 6-3 250 running back the ball more often, but this week should show some change with Ahmad Bradshaw out. Jacobs has only carried the ball 10 times in a game once this year, but this is the week his production should benefit and score you around 10 points. He’s a solid fill-in for owners stuck without All Day or MJD this week.
Has Julio lived up to the hype that was created when the Falcons threw the kitchen sink at the Browns to snag the rookie this past April? The jury is still out on that one, but this could be the week that we see the young man have a breakout game against a Colts team that is so bad that almost nobody can watch.
The proof is in the pudding and this man has been performing week in and week out. Keep things clear with simple logic this week: the Ravens probably won’t be able to go into Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers on the road, and if Baltimore is going to shut someone down, it seems like Mike Wallace would be that guy.
That first touchdown of the year can be tricky for tight ends but K2 got the job done. The Bucs are going to have to keep up with the Saints if they want any success this week so plenty of targets could go to the veteran tight end.
30 point games have been the norm for Arizona, but playing against the Rams could be the perfect remedy. Don’t think that the Rams can repeat their surprising Week 8 performance this week, so play the Cardinals’ defense with confidence.
Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Report: Stocks Down
This week will tilt in the favor of Arian Foster when going against the Browns weak front seven. Superstar in the making Joe Haden blanketing Kevin Walter or Jacoby Jones (filling in for a still-sore Andre Johnson) won’t bode well for the passing game, so pedestrian numbers are most likely to come for Schaub.
As much as I love FLACCO, his stock has to be down. Two subpar games against poor defenses makes this game against the Steelers look like the matchup from hell. Although it doesn’t look as if he is going to throw 3 interceptions with a few fumbles again, this game still just has problems written all over it.
Most of his games have been productive this year, but it looks as if he might have hit the permanent wall. Depending on the state of the Titans after this game, whether they win or lose we could see the end of Hasselbeck’s starting career and the beginning of the Jake Locker era. The Cincinnati Bengals defense doesn’t play around with opposing quarterbacks so this could get ugly.
Blount has a low stock this week strictly because of circumstance. The New Orleans Saints blitz the scoreboard no matter who they play against, so if the Bucs want to win, keeping up is the only option. Blount doesn’t contribute much in the way of the passing game so don’t be surprised when he posts pedestrian numbers.
We all know about the Pittsburgh run defense, so this matchup looks fairly predictable. Actually the whole Ravens offense looks like they are in trouble this week. Now we may get proven wrong, but until this unit as a whole steps up, the guys on defense are going to be the ones who win this team the majority of its games.
Miami is hard to watch. Regardless of the fact that Marshall is the best player on the field, he can’t like where this team is going. Too many losses late can put a team’s focus in the dumps, and as history has shown, when Brandon Marshall doesn’t like the situation chances are he is going to do what it takes to get out of it.
Aside from the big game every other week, Nelson just doesn’t seem to get enough looks on the offense. 2 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown is a productive week yes, but what happens when those 2 catches equal out to just 30 yards? It’s big risk, big reward for Jordy owners, and this week’s matchup with the Chargers doesn’t grade out well.
San Diego D/ST
This is pretty much a no brainer here. Look at the obvious reasons. Aaron Rodgers is on the other side of the field and Phillip Rivers has had many recent struggles that give the opposing team a lot of opportunities to score. Play someone else.