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Fantasy Football Players to Start or Sit: Week 9

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Sean Patterson continues the "Start or Sit" segment and offers advice for Fantasy Football players on who should be in their line-ups week 9. Sean's fantasy football player watch list for the waiver pick-ups is also included.

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This segment is designed to help you decide which of the "lower end" or more "questionable" players to start or sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out. Good luck fantasy players!

BYES: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers,

Guys to Start:

Matt Forte: (MUST START) I feel like Forte is always a must start for some reason or another, but I have a new reason this week. With McCown the starting quarterback of the Bears, I would expect this dynamic runner to get an increase in touches. While Green Bay has only given up the 10th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, McCown will likely have Forte as a check down on passing plays so he could have a monster day in PPR formats.

Russell Wilson: Tampa Bay has given up the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Wilson struggled against the Rams Monday night because of the pressure from the very talented Rams defensive ends. However, Russel should get both of his tackles back for the Bucs and I would expect him to play well in a good match-up. Wilson has been surprisingly good this season. I would not have expected a guy like Wilson to be outproducing Tom Brady. Wow.

Chris Johnson: The Rams have given up the 8th most fantasy points to running backs this season. The Rams offense also figures to be on the field less with Clemens as the starting quarterback. The Titans defense has not exactly been spectacular against the run this season, but the Titans should be able to handle the Rams. Johnson has been inconsistent this season, but he is a home run threat in favorable match-ups. He could knock one out of the park this week.

Giovani Bernard: Miami has given up the 4th most fantasy points to running backs this season. In addition to the favorable match-up, Bernard is also playing on Thursday night. These games tend to be heavy in run play calls due to the short week. Bernard could have a big day with the struggling Dolphins up against the 6-2 Bengals. Andy Dalton has been on fire lately, but he should cool down soon and the Bengals will need to run the ball again.

Dez Bryant: Minnesota has given up the 7th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. As much as I dislike promoting the use of Cowboy players, the embarrising loss to the Detroit Lions will likely lead to a high scoring game by the Cowboys. Bryant will likely walk all over the Vikings defense. Even when the cowboys are a mediocre team, Bryant is a must start. But this weeks match-up is especially appealing.

Guys to Sit:

Matt Ryan: The Carolina Panthers have given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Wow. Matt Ryan is down to Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglass. Yikes. Ryan is a match-up based starter at best now. Match-up indicates that he should be benched.

Steven Jackson: While the Panthers have only given up the 13th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, Jackson was awful against the Cardinals last week. Jackson has had a very unimpressive season after missing time with injuries. If Jackson has a good match-up going forward, he could be good for a start or two. But he has not been the guy you wanted him to be this season.

Lamar Miller: The Bengals have given up the 8th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. While miller finally got some touches last week against the Patriots, I would not trust him in this bad match-up. If you have a lot of bye week problems, I understand the temptation to start him. Resist the urge. Let him show you he can be trusted.

Danny Amendola: Surprisingly, the Steelers have given up the 3rd fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Benching Amendola this week is more about ineffectiveness than anything else. The Patriots pass offense looks inept and Amendola is not scaring any defenses. It looks like he is not a Wes Welker clone after all.

Marques Colston: Wow, what a dissapointment Colston has been so far. While the Jets have given up the 9th most fantasy points to wide receivers, a struggling player against Rodgers-Cromartie is not an ideal situation. Stay away from Colston until he shows improvement.

Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)


Andre Ellington (ARI-RB): Mendenhall is awful. Shocker.

Charles Clay (MIA-FB/TE): that racks up TD’s.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR)à Poor Reggie

Marvin Jones (CIN-WR): Solid number 2 in real life, could help your fantasy team


Jonathan Stewart (CAR RB): Who knows, it could work.


Ted Ginn Jr. (Car-WR): Numbers can lie, but he is worth keeping an eye on

Montee Ball (DEN-RB): Probably want this guy if you have Moreno.

Mike Tolbert (CAR-RB): Could be a good guy to have, he has hands.

Tim Wright (TAM-WR/TE): You could have a worse TE option?


Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR): When healthy, he is a great match-ups guy.

Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR): If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.

Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE)

Eddie Royal (SD-WR)

Robert Woods (Buf-WR): I really like this kid. Steve is hurt.

Donnie Avery (KC-WR): Not consistent

Stephen Hill (NYJ-WR): He looks like a no. 1 wideout, maybe he can play like one

Week 3. That’s about right.

Marlon Brown (Bal-WR): He has looked pretty good.

Coby Fleener (Ind-TE): Could be a good no 2 guy with upside.