Thursday, October 30, 2014

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 9

Adam Stoczynski
Bitter Chicago sports fan, wagering enthusiast, self-proclaimed sports expert
@AllAboutSto on twitter

Week 8 brought some high fantasy scores, led by guys such as Ben Roethlisberger, Jeremy Maclin, Rob Gronkowski, and Arian Foster. After the low scoring in week 7, the hopes and prediction was week 8 would be an explosion of points, and it sure was. What’s in store for week 9 you ask? Well since I can clearly see the future and read minds, I know what all of you are thinking this week, “I got 99 problems, and the bye week’s one.” Now again, I know exactly what you are thinking, and yes, those are the actual lyrics straight from Jay-z, and I could not have said it better myself. We have six teams on bye this week, and a lot of them have important fantasy starters. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Tennessee all are taking the week off, which means you need some guys to plug and play. As suggested, sit or start the players below and let’s all get a big win together. We are getting down to the nitty gritty here in the 2014 fantasy football season and are all seeking a playoff spot, let’s go!

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Colin Kaepernick vs STL – The Rams did not give up much last week to Alex Smith, but you have to like Kaep and the 49er’s off of the bye. They’ve had two weeks to get situated and are playing at home in a divisional game. Two weeks ago these same Rams gave up 106 yards on the ground to fellow mobile QB Russell Wilson. He also threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. I like Kaepernick a lot this week, even if I am playing against him in one of my leagues league.

Russell Wilson vs OAK – Back at home for the first time in 3 weeks, I think Wilson and the Hawks will be happy to get home after tough road games vs St Louis and Carolina. Last week, Hoyer was able to put up 275 yards through the air. Wilson is going every other week the last 4 weeks with big fantasy performances and this just so happens to be an “every other.” The Seahawks need a blowout win to get back to normal. Watch them pour it on Sunday.

Running Back

Ronnie Hillman @ NE – New England has been getting gashed on the ground all year long. Now without Mayo the last few weeks, they cannot stop anybody. They also have one of the best pass D’s in the game. Not saying they are going to stop Manning, but look for the Broncos to get Hillman a few more touches than normal. The Pats are giving up nearly 130 rushing yards a game and Hillman is highly involved. They’ve been lining him up everywhere, except the goal line that is. They will get him a score this week after two got vultured in week 8.

Ahmad Bradshaw @ NYG – Trent Richardon’s status is still up in the air, so hopefully Bradshaw is in line for another feature back day. He didn’t get many carries last week after the Colts fell behind early, but he is always involved and scored again. The Giants are pretty generous vs the run, I like him this week, especially on Monday night to give you the win on a Monday Night Miracle.

Wide Receiver

Doug Baldwin vs OAK – Since the Harvin departure, he’s had a line of 13-184-1 on 19 targets. He’s clearly Wilson’s number one guy and I do like the Seahawks to win big this week, they need it. Coming back home, I like Baldwin to get in the end zone and have 7-10 catches.

Andre Johnson vs PHI – He was on here last week, but didn’t quite live up to a “good call,” as he caught 7 passes for 55 yards. He is always involved, so the targets are never an issue. We just saw Philly give up a big game to Fitzgerald and Brown, so hopefully Johnson can do the same. Only one touchdown on the year, but the yardage should be there this week.

Cordarrelle Patterson vs WAS – Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice? Well I guess we will see. One of my man crush’s before the season started proved me right in a huge way in week one. He ran left, he caught right, he scored touchdowns down the middle. Since week one he has not done a thing, until last week where he had his most productive game since the week one bust out. I’m a sucker for Cordarrelle and that is why he is back on this list. Finally involved in an offense who desperately needs a spark he had 7 touches for 96 total yards, he also had 12 targets. Not sure why they have not manufactured him more touches, but he has a good matchup, and I’m going to give him another shot in my line up… fingers crossed.

Wes Welker @ NE – A pure hunch play. Has not done a thing this year except for the TD in week 7, but with a lot of wr’s on bye this week, he is an option. Playing his former team he will obviously want to be involved, but don’t be shocked if they throw him a bone and get him in the end zone on one of his patented arrow routes. Not expecting big things, but you could do worse in a week with Marshall, Jeffery, Johnson, Tate, Watkins, Jones, White, Nelson, Cobb, Hunter, and Wright all on bye.

Tight End

Travis Kelce vs NYJ – Oh yea, he’s back on here. Another one of my guys before the season, he broke out a few weeks back like I said he would vs New England. Since that game in week 4 he’s had a bye and a stat line of only 10-93-1. Still wondering why Andy refuses to use him more, but he’s due for a score this week.

Jordan Reed @ MIN – With the return of RG3 will come the return of Jordan Reed. He has yet to score this year, but with RG3 being able to get the ball down field, the threat of Reed everywhere else is just too great. In his first game back I can’t see Griffin going too crazy, he will rely on his tight end a lot.


Cincinnati vs JAX – It’s simple, they play Jacksonville. Bortles threw two pick 6’s last week, now that probably won’t happen again, but he is just so erratic back there. Bortles is throwing two interceptions per game right now, if they are still available in your league go grab them, they have Cleveland at home next week.

Kansas City vs NYJ – I love watching Mike Vick, but I’m not sure he has anything left. They had 7 sacks last week, and will be pressuring Vick all day. Vick will throw a few picks as well, he looked miserable last week.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Robert Griffin III @ MIN – I really hope you haven’t been holding on to him. RGIII just isn’t good. He did not throw a touchdown in his two appearances this year and he really has no value anymore in running the ball. Minnesota is not a hard matchup, but at home I like them to play tough. RG3 has a big arm, but you can’t possibly trust him off the injury for his first start in 7 weeks.

Philip Rivers @ MIA – Are you benching him? Probably not, but if for some reason you do have a better option, I’d look there. Miami is actually giving up less than 2 touchdowns per game through the air. Want to know how Cutler, Brady, and Rodgers did vs them? Averaged 234 yards per game, and no one threw over 270 yards. Only gave up 1 touchdown each to Cutler and Brady, but Rodgers went for 3. All I’m saying is it’s a tough matchup, don’t take Rivers as a must start this week.

Running Back

Chris Ivory @ KC – The Chiefs have yet to give up a score on the ground, will that last all year? Probably not. But will Vick and the Jets ever get the ball close enough for Ivory to punch one in? Probably not. Last week Powell, Johnson, Vick, Smith, and Harvin all got carries. Not sure why they want to take the ball out of the hands of their best runner, but it’s the Jets. Look elsewhere this week.

Jerick McKinnon vs WAS – Two more weeks. Can we all wait two more week? He has Washington then a bye, then we all lick our chops with Chi, GB, and Car after that. The Redskins are one of the best in the league vs the run. They did give up some yards to Murray last week, but who hasn’t. Resist the urge to use him for one more week, you can do it!

Darren McFadden @ SEA – He’s actually been a very viable option this year, but as you can see I like Seattle to bounce back this week in a big way. There may not be anywhere for him to run as the Hawks return home in front of their crowd. I’m not sure why, but the Raiders are also trying to get the ancient MJD involved more, and did last week with 6 carries.

Wide Receiver

Cecil Shorts III @ CIN – Cinci is pretty good at being able to shut down receivers, and I really don’t trust Bortles. Shorts may get some garbage time points, but not something I trust going into an important week 9. I don’t want to be starting any Jaguars if I can help it.

James Jones @ SEA – My eggs are all in the Seattle basket this week. Oakland will not be able to get anything going this week. I don’t trust any of those guys this week (Holmes, Thompkins), but listed Jones here as he is their number one wide out. Look for players who do not play on Oakland this week.

Tight End

Jared Cook @ SF – “Two weeks in a row I should quit him?” You bet. He’s inconsistent and has yet to score this year. He’s not a starting tight end for fantasy football. San Francisco should handle the Rams this week as they are coming off the bye.

Heath Miller vs BALT – I know he just had the big game last week, but Ben all of a sudden has a lot of weapons, and this week Miller will get lost like he has been for most of the year. The Ravens have also been standing tough vs tight ends all year long. I would look elsewhere if possible.


New England vs DEN – Like I said last week after they give us a great performance vs the Bears, and all year really, we can actually drop them now. I know they are a top scorer, but a bye and a very rough stretch vs good offenses is coming up. Their playoff schedule does not offer us much either. Don’t expect much from them this week vs Manning. 

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