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Week 9: Start

Here are some players who have good matchups this week (in no particular order). I recommend starting these players, unless it means benching one of your studs.

QB Trent Edwards (BUF): The Jets allowed QB Tyler Thigpen to throw for 280 yards last week. Look for Edwards to bounce back after a down game against Miami.

QB Kyle Orton (CHI): Orton wins the fantasy football version of the lottery this week, as he gets to play the Detroit Lions. The Lions give up an average of 17 points to fantasy QBs, and Orton should easily reach that mark.

QB David Garrard (JAX): The Bengals cannot stop anyone. And Garrard is starting to play well.

QB Jeff Garcia (TB): Garcia is playing well right now, and the Chiefs present a very favorable matchup.

QB Matt Schaub (HOU): Schaub is on fire right now and should continue to perform well against the Vikings, who are tough against the run but vulnerable against the pass. They will not be able to stop Andre Johnson.

QB Marc Bulger (STL): The Cardinals can definitely be beat through the air.

QB Kurt Warner (ARI): At this point, he is a must-start fantasy QB. He should torch the St. Louis secondary, which gives up over 250 passing yards per game.

QB Aaron Rodgers (GB): Okay, full disclosure: I am a huge Packers fan, and I think the Packers are going to beat the Titans. But my unbiased advice is to start Rodgers. The Titans are very tough, but as we saw last week with Peyton Manning, QBs can throw TDs against them. Rodgers has been playing very well this year and I think he will have a good day.

QB Chad Pennington (MIA): Denver is awful against the pass, and Champ Bailey is out.

QB Jay Cutler (DEN): There are some concerns about his hand, but he should be healthy after the bye week, and Miami is a very favorable matchup.

QB Jamarcus Russell (OAK): Russell is a sleeper this week. He plays an Atlanta defense that gives up an average of 14.3 fantasy points per week to QBs, and he gets them at home. He is worth a start if you are in need of a QB.

QB Donovan McNabb (PHI): McNabb has been playing very well this year and Seattle should not present much of a problem for him.

RB Matt Forte (CHI): Detroit is simply awful on defense. Forte should have a huge day.

RB Earnest Graham (TB): KC gives up nearly 200 rushing yards and 2 TDs per game. Graham should have a big day.

RB Steve Slaton (HOU): Slaton has slowed down a little lately, and he faces a very tough Minnesota run defense. However, he should still be involved in the passing game, which makes him worth a start.

RB Adrian Peterson (MIN): Houston has given up the second-most rushing TDs per game other than KC this year. So Peterson is in line for a pretty big day, particularly since the Vikings will likely have to score a bunch to keep up with Houston’s offense.

RB Tim Hightower (ARI): St. Louis gives up 1.6 rushing TDs per game, and I expect the Cardinals to score quite a bit in this game. So unless they are all on long passes to Fitzgerald and Boldin, Hightower should get a couple chances to cross the goal line.

RB Chris Johnson (TEN): The Packers have struggled to stop the run this year, so expect the Titans to give Johnson plenty of opportunities to rack up yards.

RB LenDale White (TEN): Although I doubt he will get many yards, he will almost certainly have a score or two. The Packers are soft against the run, so the Titans will likely look to White when they get inside the 5 yard line.

RB Ronnie Brown (MIA): Denver is the second friendliest fantasy defense to RBs behind KC. So Brown (and even RB Ricky Williams) are attractive plays this week.

RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG): Dallas seems like they should be so much better on defense, but they have not been very strong. I expect the Giants to use Jacobs often, to wear the Cowboys down and simply dominate them in the trenches.

RB Marion Barber (DAL): He is a must-start, even though it is not a favorable matchup and the QB situation is still shaky.

RB Michael Turner (ATL): I am not a huge Turner fan, but this is a favorable matchup. And it may be your last chance to start him for awhile, so take advantage of it.

RB Brian Westbrook (PHI): He is a must-start and should have a huge day against Seattle.

RB Clinton Portis (PIT): Portis has another tough matchup, but he is an absolute stud this year, so you have to start him, even though he is banged up.

WR Brandon Lloyd (CHI): Lloyd is expected to return to action this week, and has a very friendly matchup against Detroit, who gives up the most fantasy points to WRs. Be sure to check his status before the game, but if he is ready, he is definitely a sleeper.

WR Matt Jones (JAX): Jones might be suspended soon, but as long as he can play this weekend, he is worth starting. The Bengals give up a lot of points to fantasy WRs.

WR Antonio Bryant (TB): He plays Kansas City.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU): He is the hottest WR in fantasy right now, so do not even think about benching him.

WR Kevin Walter (HOU): Walter is probably worth a start this week, too. Johnson will get all the attention, which should open things up for Walter.

WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): He is a must-start no matter what.

WR Anquan Boldin (ARI): He showed last week that he is healthy and is a must-start.

WR Donnie Avery (STL): Avery is on a hot streak right now, and it should continue agianst Arizona, who gives up the most passing TDs of any team in the NFL (although that is somewhat skewed due to Favre’s 6 TD performance early in the year).

WR Greg Jennings (GB): Tennessee is very tough, but Jennings is very good. I think Rodgers will find Jennings for a TD.

WR Brandon Marshall (DEN): Never bench him.

WR Eddie Royal (DEN): Maimi gives up the second-most fantasy points to WRs after Detroit. Marshall and Royal should both have big days.

WR Plaxico Burress (NYG): The Cowboys are reeling right now and Plaxico should be able to take advantage of their depleted secondary.

WR Roddy White (ATL): He has burned me too many times. I will never recommend sitting him. Plus, his name is “Roddy”. You gotta love that. UPDATE: As I said, I cannot recommend benching Roddy. But do keep this in mind: White will likely be covered by Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. And through 7 games this year, no opposing QB has thrown to a WR covered by Asomugha more than 2 times. Asomugha has only been throw at 12 times the entire year. QBs simply do not throw to the guys he is covering, because he is too good. I am sure the Falcons will use different formations to try and get different matchups for White, but with Asomugha covering him, I would not expect a big day.

WR DeSean Jackson (PHI): Seattle is not very good. Which means Jackson should be able to get free and possibly score a long TD. WR Kevin Curtis is a sleeper, as well.

WR Randy Moss (NE): Indianapolis is actually pretty solid against the pass, but I think Moss will have a good day. QB Mat Cassel is looking more and more comfortable each week, and I thin Moss will get his catches against the Colts.

TE Robert Royal (BUF): If you are desperate for a TE this week, try Royal. The Jets give up the second-most fantasy points to TEs.

TE Greg Olsen (CHI): Olsen is starting to play well, and has a great matchup this week against Detroit. Everyone wins when the Lions are in town!

TE Donald Lee (GB): Lee is definitely a sleeper this week. The Titans are generally rock-solid on denfese, but they appear to be vulnerable over the middle. Last week, Colts TE Dallas Clark had 97 yards and 2 TDs. And the Titans give up the 9th most fantasy points to TEs. I think Rodgers will look to Lee more than ususal this week.

TE David Martin, TE Anthony Fasano (MIA): Denver is soft on defense all around, so the Miami TEs make a pretty good play. However, since both see a fair amount of action, it is hard to say which one will have a better day. I would go with Martin, personally, but that is just a hunch.

TE Zach Miller (OAK): I like Miller, but he has not really performed that well this year. But he has a favorable matchup this week against the Falcons.

TE John Carlson (SEA): Carlson was hot early but has cooled off a little. He has a good matchup this week, though, so if you are looking for TE help, try him.

TE Dallas Clark (IND): Do not expect a repeat of his 97-yard, 2 TD performance last week, but he should have a good day against the Patriots.

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  1. October 30, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Hey Fantasy Funk

    I’m going to put Slaton in as one of my RB’s… what do you think about #2?

    Maurice Jones-Drew vs Cin
    LenDale White vs GB
    Mewedle Moore vs Wash
    Brandon Jacobs vs Dal

    I’m leaning towards M J-D, but maybe White vs GB, or Moore has been running well…
    I do have GB’s defense, kicker, and A. Rodgers, so maybe betting the house on that game :)

  2. nlfunk
    October 30, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Hmm… Tough call. Here are my thoughts:

    MJD vs. CIN: The Bengals are awful against the run, but I always worry that Fred Taylor will steal yards and/or TDs away from MJD. Neither has been playing particularly well this year, but I do not like that lingering risk.

    LenDale White vs. GB: The Packers are kinda soft, and White should get his chances to score. But unless he scores, he is worthless. And again, I do not like that risk.

    Mewelde Moore vs. WAH: Moore has played well while Parker was injured, but I think Fast Willie is expected back this week. I expect Moore to still get some touches, but not enough to make him worth a start.

    Brandon Jacobs vs. DAL: Dallas is tough against the run, but Jacobs is big and physical, and I think the Giants will do all they can to dominate the Cowboys and wear them down. Which means running Jacobs a lot. And I think the Giants will score a lot, which again means good things for Jacobs.

    So I say go with Brandon Jacobs. Good luck.

  3. Jon
    November 3, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Good call!

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