Fantasy Football: Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Picks and Busts

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Ken Zalis

SOME NOTES:

• Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, NY Giants and San Francisco have Week Nine byes.

• Mike Williams went on injured reserve.

• Michael Vick returned ... then left. Will Nick Foles be the Week Nine starter?

• Marvin Jones had a career day. Is he a hot pickup?

• Mike Shanahan did it again. Roy Helu was MIA versus Denver.

• Did Percy Harvin have a setback?

• Julio Jones is out for the year.

• David Wilson is three or four weeks away from returning.

• Brian Hoyer is out for the year, which means the return of Brandon Weeden … errr Jason Campbell.

• EJ Manuel may be out for a month.

• Randall Cobb is out 6-8 weeks, and James Jones is hurt as well. 

• Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford are finished for the year with ACL tears. 

• Jay Cutler will miss a month.

• David Martin may be gone for the year as well with a shoulder tear. 

THE TOP 10 FANTASY PLAYERS RANKINGS BY POSITION

TOP 10 FANTASY QUARTERBACKS: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck

TOP 10 FANTASY RUNNINGBACKS: Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Knowshon Moreno, Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray, Fred Jackson

TOP 10 FANTASY WIDE RECEIVERS: Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Dez Bryant, Wes Welker, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall

TOP 10 FANTASY TIGHT ENDS: Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, Antonio Gates, Marcellus Bennett, Jordan Reed, Charles Clay, Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten

TOP 10 FANTASY DEFENSES/SPECIAL TEAMS: Chiefs, Redskins, Bears, Cowboys, Titans, Vikings, Broncos, Rams, Seahawks, Panthers

TWO THINGS THE 2013 NFL SEASON AGAIN PROVES: You can always wait to draft a defense and you can usually wait to draft a quarterback. 

FIND(S): Andre Ellington, Marvin Jones, Kenny Stills

FLUKE(S): Monte Ball and Dexter McCluster

TRADE BAIT(S): Lance Moore, Golden Tate, Alex Smith

HOT PICKUPS OF THE WEEK: Kenny Stills, Jake Locker, Mike Tolbert, Drew Davis, Kendall Hunter

LAST WEEK: Mike James, Case Keenum, Roy Helu, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Kerley, Brandon Gibson

TWO WEEKS AGO: Joseph Randle, Chris Ogbonnaya, Marvin Jones, Tim Wright, Keenan Allen

THREE WEEKS AGO: Harry Douglas, Nick Foles, Graham Garrett, Terrance Williams, Marcel Reece, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Pierre Thomas, Vincent Brown, Percy Harvin

STAR(S) OF THE LAST WEEK: Calvin Johnson and Marvin Jones

DUD(S) OF THE LAST WEEK: Marshawn Lynch and Michael Vick

TEAM(S) OF THE LAST WEEK: The Detroit Lions made an amazing comeback.

UH-OH OF THE WEEK: The Eagles are a mess. What was that?

FANTASY FOOTBALL START 'EMS FOR WEEK NINE

QUARTERBACK MUST STARTS: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker, Terrelle Pryor

RUNNING BACK MUST STARTS: Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Steven Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris, DeMarco Murray, Danny Woodhead, Mike James

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END MUST STARTS: Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Andre Johnson, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Wes Welker, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski (when healthy), Jordy Nelson, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Steve Smith, Terrance Williams, David Nelson, Keenan Allen, Denarius Moore, Jordan Reed, Antonio Brown, Alshon Jeffrey

TOP STARTS FOR INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DEFENSIVE LINE: J.J. Watt, Charles Johnson, Jared Allen, Cameron Wake, Greg Hardy, Mario Williams, DeMarcus Ware, Geno Atkins, Derrick Morgan, Michael Johnson, Julius Peppers, Robert Quinn  

LINEBACKERS: Luke Kuechly, Paul Posluszny, Sean Lee, James Laurinaitis, NaVorro Bowman, Chad Greenway, Derrick Johnson, Bobby Wagner, Jerod Mayo, D'Qwell Jackson, Wesley Woodyard, Lavonte David, London Fletcher 

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Harrison Smith, Tyron Branch, William Moore, Bernard Pollard, Roman Harper, Morgan Burnett, Eric Weddle, Eric Berry, Cortland Finnegan, Reshad Jones, Glover Quinn, Mark Barron, Charles Tillman  

SLEEPER(S) OF THE WEEK

QUARTERBACK: Jake Locker

RUNNING BACK: Ben Tate (if he goes)

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Tandon Doss

KICKER AND/OR DEFENSE: Miami Dolphins

BUSTS(S) OF THE WEEK 

QUARTERBACK: Matt Ryan

RUNNING BACK: Lamar Miller

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Kenny Stills

KICKER AND/OR DEFENSE: New York Jets

LOCKS OF THE WEEK

1. Dallas over Minnesota

2. Baltimore over Cleveland

3. New Orleans over NY Jets 

PICKS WITH POINTS

Historical record is 754-715-46 (51.3 percent). We are a coin flip.

2009 Record: 127-86-1 (59.5 percent)

2010 Record: 131-117-12 (52.8 percent)

2011 Record: 107-110-7 (49.3 percent)

2012 Record: 136-129-2 (finally better than .500)

2013 Record: 58-58-1

Last Week: 8-5

NFL LINES FOR WEEK NINE

Picks are in bold.

Favorite Line Underdog Total
Cincinnati -2.5 At Miami 42.5
At Carolina -7.5 Atlanta 43.5
At Dallas -10.5 Minnesota 47.5
New Orleans -5.5 At NY Jets 45.5
Tennessee -3 At St. Louis 39.5
Kansas City -3 At Buffalo 40.5
At Washington PK San Diego 51
At Oakland PK Philadelphia Off
At Seattle -16.5 Tampa Bay 40
Baltimore -2.5 At Cleveland 41
At New England -7 Pittsburgh 44
Indianapolis -2.5 At Houston 45
At Green Bay -11 Chicago 49.5

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