Saturday, November 2, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 9)

Start 'Em:
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
Mathews is finally healthy and we're beginning to see what sort of numbers he can produce.  Before his bye last week, he had two straight performances of over 100 yards and also added in a touchdown in week 7.  This week has the potential to outshine both of those games, as he goes up against the last ranked fantasy run defense, the Washington Redskins.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
Any wide receiver that is going up against the Eagles secondary has the opportunity to put up big numbers, and Moore is no different.  The speedy wideout has loads of big play ability, and is the Raider's only real receiving threat.  If Pryor can deliver Moore with just one good deep ball, he could provide owners with a great return.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
This pick is made out of a favorable matchup than anything else.  The Chiefs go up against the Buffalo Bills, who have a defense that is 27th in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.  Smith is not a flashy quarterback choice, but should be a good play this week against a week secondary.

Sit 'Em:
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
I said it last week, and I'll say it again this week: Steven Jackson is a poor fantasy start.  He is just coming off an injury, and it showed last week as he only managed six yards on eleven carries.  Additionally, the Falcons are going up against the tough Panthers defense.  Leave Jackson on your bench this week, and maybe for weeks to come as well.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Smith has had only a mediocre fantasy season so far, and the reason for this is that he has only gotten into the end zone once.  On Sunday, he goes up against a Cleveland secondary that has managed to shut down the likes of Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green.  The man behind Cleveland's success has to be cornerback Joe Haden, who is having a tremendous year.  With Haden shadowing Smith all game long, it may be another "bust" day as opposed to a "boom" day for the wideout.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Brady has had perhaps his most frustrating professional season so far, as he has only thrown two touchdowns in his last four games, and has broken 300 yards just once this year.  Part of this is due to his horrendous receiving core, and another part is due to the emergence of a very solid red zone running game.  Tom Brady simply cannot be expected to put up good fantasy numbers any more, and a date with a tough Steelers defense certainly won't help.

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