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Week 9: Sit

Here are some players who have poor matchups this week. I recommend benching these players, unless you do not have a better option.

QB Brett Favre (NYJ): Favre has thrown 7 INTs and only 3 TDs n his last 4 games. Buffalo is not great against the pass (and last week Pennington and Ginn lit them up), but they are good enough to take advantage of a guy like Favre, who tends to take too many risks.

QB Derek Anderson (CLE): He has not been playing well this year and the Ravens should be able to make that trend continue.

QB Tyler Thigpen (KC): Do not be fooled by his performance last week. The Bucs are much tougher than the Jets.

QB Jason Campbell (WAS): I will list Campbell here because he has a bad matchup, but I am not necessarily convinced you should bench him. The Steelers are pretty tough on defense, but Campbell has been playing very well. I think he will score about 10 points, but you can probably do better.

QB Brad Johnson (DAL): No way.

RB Jamal Lewis (CLE): The Ravens are very tough on defense. Do not expect Lewis to find much room to run against his former team.

RB Ryan Torain (DEN): I only list him here because I have been so high on him coming out of the bye week. However, I do not expect much from him this week. Not only is Miami pretty tough against the run, but I think it will take him a week or two before he is ready to roll. But if you are looking for a super-sleeper, Torain is your man. He should get some carries, given the injuries to the other Denver RBs.

RB Ryan Grant (GB): Do not be fooled by his last two performances. He had decent yardage totals and finally scored his first TD of the year, but it took him a ton of carries and it was against two very poor run defenses. I would be surprised if he got above 50 yards against the Titans. Plus he has had ball security issues lately.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK): I only list him here because too many people still seem to be infatuated with the talented-yet-unproductive rookie. I just read that he is now dealing with an injury to his other foot/toe, which makes him even less attractive. I would stay away.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE): See Anderson, Derek.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC): Bowe usually gets his catches no matter what, but he has a pretty tough matchup this week against the Bucs. If you do not have any other options, Bowe is worth a start. But do not expect much.

WR Santana Moss (WAS): Moss has burned me before when I put him on the “sit” list, but I just do not have a good feeling about the Redskins in this matchup. I actually think they will win the game, but I think they will do it in a very ugly fashion that will not produce a lot of fantasy points.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Witten has a fractured rib, is dealing with Brad Johnson (and maybe Brooks Bollinger) at QB, and has a tough matchup against the Giants. I have a very hard time recommending that you sit him but there are just too many things working against him right now. However, Witten is very tough (he played a couple years ago with a broken jaw), and this is a big game, so only bench him if you have a pretty good alternative. Also, keep an eye on his status going into the game. He is still not 100% sure to play.

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN): I went back and forth on Scheffler, but ultimately decided to recommend that you sit him. He is coming off an injury and has a pretty tough matchup. I think the Broncos will focus on getting the ball outside to Marshall and Royal, leaving few opportunities for Scheffler.

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