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Week 9

Many big games last week to wet the fantasy football owner’s appetite. Hopefully, you had one of the Plummer-Rod Smith connection or any Colt or Chief in your starting lineup. Perhaps Drew Brees or Shaun Alexander made their way into your starting lineup or maybe you took a chance on Mr. Vick? If so, congrats on your win. If not, here’s your chance to find this week’s stud as the stats will continue to flow in week nine except for your Falcons, Packers, Jaguars and Titans who will be watching the games from home.

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks: Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Byron Leftwich, Steve McNair

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Indianapolis
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Minnesota

Start

Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Houston): Yes, Plummer’s 499 yards passing and 4 TDs played a part in making the start list this week. But when you consider he’s facing a Texans pass defense ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed, there’s reason to believe the Snake will impress again this week.

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans (vs. San Diego): Despite the constant flip-flopping at the #2 WR spot, Brooks has been a solid QB all season. With a healthy group returning from the bye facing a susceptible Chargers secondary, Brooks should be a solid play this week.

Bench

Joey Harrington, Detroit (vs. Washington): Harrington posted his best numbers of the season last week against the Cowboys throwing for 255 yards and 2 TDs. Don’t expect the same success against the Skins this week who have held opposing QBs to less than 200 yards passing in three of their last four games.

Jeff Garcia, Cleveland (vs. Baltimore): The last time Garcia faced Baltimore was in week one at Cleveland. In that game, Garcia only managed to throw for 180 yards and one TD. Granted, Garcia is more comfortable with the offense at this stage of the season, but heading into Baltimore and performing well will be a difficult task. Look elsewhere this week.

 

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Warrick Dunn, T.J.Duckett, Ahman Green, Fred Taylor, Chris Brown

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. New Orleans
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. San Francisco
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Minnesota
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Chicago
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. San Diego

Start

Duce Staley, Pittsburgh (vs. Philadelphia): Staley’s performance this season is a huge reason why the Steelers are 6-1. Staley’s rushed for 100 yards six times this season and the Steelers will continue to play smash-mouth football trying to take out the last undefeated team this week giving Staley plenty of chances to succeed against his former team.

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (vs. Cleveland): Lewis returns from his suspension this week against the team in which he broke the single game rushing record. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s probably a good idea to get Lewis back into your starting lineup.

Eddie George, Dallas (vs. Cincinnati): The Boys got back to what they do best last week and that’s run the football. George received 31 carries and almost cracked the 100-yard mark registering 99 yards rushing. Those yards will come easier this week against the Bengals who rank dead last in rushing yards allowed in the NFL.

Bench

Kevan Barlow, San Francisco (vs. Seattle): Barlow has been a major disappointment this season for fantasy owners who likely drafted him in the top two rounds. Facing a tough division opponent who ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed is not what Barlow needs to get back on track.

Kevin Jones, Detroit (vs. Washington): Another highly touted name heading into draft day has yet to live up to his pre-season hype. Jones’ best day this season was a 65-yard, 1 TD effort against the Giants two weeks ago. Don’t expect a breakout game against a Redskins run defense ranked second in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed.

Domanick Davis, Houston (vs. Denver): Davis has battled through injuries this season, but has yet to produce at a top level. Heading into Denver will not be the place where Davis rights the ship.

 

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Peerless Price, Javon Walker, Donald Driver, Jimmy Smith, Derrick Mason, Drew Bennett

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Minnesota
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. San Diego
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Denver

Removed from Studs list:

-Hines Ward, Pittsburgh: Plaxico new #1?
-Randy Moss, Minnesota: hamstring injury

Start

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (vs. Minnesota): Wayne is the biggest risk/reward WR in the league. Some weeks he’ll post two catches for 20 yards (week 4). Others, he’ll win you the week with 11 catches for 184 yards (week 2). Facing Minnesota this week, the likelihood of a strong day outweighs the disappointing day. Roll the dice.

Marcus Robinson, Minnesota (vs. Indianapolis): Coo-coo-ca-choo, Marcus Robinson, Randy Moss is hurt and gone away…yay-yay-yay…Coo-coo-ca-choo, Marcus Robinson, Daunte loves you more than you will know…whoa-whoa-whoa…

Rod Smith, Denver (vs. Houston): Smith continues to prove he’s got game left in him with a 208-yard receiving effort last week. Chances are he won’t crack the 200-yard mark again this week, but breaking 100 yards in back-to-back weeks is very much a reality.

Keenan McCardell, San Diego (vs. New Orleans): McCardell said he was ready to contribute right away for the Bolts and he has done just that. The Saints rank next to last in passing yards allowed, so McCardell could be in line for his best day yet as a Charger.

Bench

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (vs. Miami): The combination of Fitzgerald being held without a catch last week with the return of Anquan Boldin does not bode well for the rookie. Facing a Miami defense ranked 2nd in the league in fewest passing yards allowed doesn’t help either.

David Terrell, Chicago (vs. N.Y. Giants): Here’s all you need to know: two catches in three weeks and Craig Krenzel is his QB. Run, run far away.

Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants (vs. Chicago): Why would the Giants continue to send Toomer on fly patterns last week when he’s playing through a hamstring injury? I don’t get it. The Bears have been pretty solid against the pass, and with Shockey emerging as a threat again, Toomer’s chances will be limited.

Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Arizona): Adding to the soap opera that has been the Dolphins season, Chambers is now complaining about the lack of passes thrown his way. Yeah, that’s what Miami needs, another distraction. Randy McMichael is the lone offensive threat for Miami and that will not change this week.

 

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Alge Crumpler, Bubba Franks, Kyle Brady, Shad Meier, Ben Troupe, Erron Kinney

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Arizona
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Chicago

Removed from Studs list:

-Daniel Graham, New England: back-to-back poor weeks

Start

Jason Witten, Dallas (vs. Cincinnati): I had the dubious distinction of facing Mr. Witten last week and his nine catches for 84 yards and a TD certainly caught my attention. This outing followed his 8-112, 1 TD performance in week 7. He’s certainly worthy of a start this week against the Bengals and may find himself on the Studs list if this type of performance continues.

Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Indianapolis): Sorry Jermaine, no song for you. But, you do deserve a start against Indy this week.

Bench

L.J. Smith, Philadelphia (vs. Pittsburgh): Due to injuries, Smith’s numbers have dropped off considerably from his early successes. At this point, Smith is not worth the risk.

Jerramy Stevens, Seattle (vs. San Francisco): The struggles of Matt Hasselbeck have not helped Stevens join the elite TEs in the league. He’s had less than 25 yards receiving in more than half the Seahawks games this season and does not come recommended.

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