As fantasy football nears playoff time it is becoming increasingly important to win your match ups week to week. It is starting to become either time to make your play off push or push to not be in last place. Either way, you probably want to win this week.
Start: Tom Brady
Man, this guy is on fire and has a favorable matchup this week against a Chicago defense that has been kind to fantasy football QBs this year. The uncertainty of their backfield also makes him enticing as the majority of the Patriots offense should flow through him.
Start: Ryan Tannehill
He has really been rolling over these past three games posting a completion percentage over 70 percent. He also has not scored under 18 fantasy points in standard leagues over that time. This week he faces a favorable matchup against Jacksonville. Don’t expect the Jags defense to be the end of his hot streak.
Sit: Cam Newton
Cam Newton is already having a pretty disappointing fantasy season for the stud he was expected to be coming into this year. His gains on the ground have not been reliable and he simply does not have a potent enough run game for defenses to respect him throwing the ball. This week he has an awful matchup against the legion of boom with a hampered running game against an already effective run defense. To me this is an obvious sit.
Start: Ben Tate
Hard not to love Ben Tate this week as he goes up against a dreadful Oakland run defense this week. The Raiders D cannot stop opposing running backs as they surrender the second most fantasy points to opposing RBs. This matchup makes Tate a must-start and a high-end RB2 and low-end RB1 this week.
Start: Justin Forsett
You have just got to love Forsett’s matchup in week 9. He is going up against a week Cincinnati defense especially against the run that Trent Richardson completely exposed last week for (5.5 YPC). If you haven’t noticed Richardson really isn’t considered an elite running back especially since being traded to the colts. Expect double digit points out of Forsett this week.
Sit: Reggie Bush
I know a lot of people have been waiting for this guy to finally break out this year, but its not going to happen this week. Even though he is playing the worst fantasy run defense in the NFL right now, he is considered doubtful. Even if he plays, he probably would not have too large of a role due to his nagging ankle injury.
Start: Randall Cobb
This guy is just a touchdown machine. He has scored at least one touchdown in every single game except for against week 3 against Detroit. Don’t expect the streak to end this week as he is matched up against a favorable fantasy matchup in the form of New Orleans who surrenders the second most fantasy points to WRs
Start: DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins is coming off a hot week in which he totaled 108 receiving yards. This week he goes up against a weak Tennessee team with a brand new starting quarterback. I would expect a bit of learning curve for Zach Mettenberger who has suddenly taken the reins of the Tennessee offense. Expect the Houston offense to spend a lot of time of the field and for Ryan Fitzpatrick to find a way to get the ball into DeAndre Hopkins hands.
Sit: Brandon Marshall
Marshall has not had the fantasy season all of us were expecting. It does not get any easier for him this week as the Bears face the Patriots, and Marshall takes a trip to Revis-island. Don’t expect much fantasy production from Marshall unless he somehow finds a way into the end zone this week. A viable sleeper option to replace him could be Louis Murphy (owned in 0.5% of NFL.com leagues) who has scored at least 9 points in every fantasy contest since week 4.
Start: Martellus Bennet
The Bears offense, especially quarterback Jay Cutler, are coming off an embarrassing week in which the offense, aside from Matt Forte, looked just anemic. The team doesn’t get a break this week when the team travels to New England who has a strong secondary and has a cornerback you may have heard of, Darrel Revis. So how does Bennet play into all of this? Cutler should have a bounce back outing as the Bears for some reason play better on the road. With his receivers having tough match ups, look for Martellus Bennet to potentially rack up the targets against a middle-of-the-pack New England defense against TEs.
Start: Dwayne Allen
This guy just seems to find the end zone nearly every single week. This week he goes up against a Steelers defense that yields the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. He is a bit of a risk, however, due to Pittsburgh being twelfth in the league according to Teamrankings.com in opponent red zone percentage.
Sit: Jason Witten
Witten has simply not produced in fantasy in 2014. Now that Gavin Escobar appears to be a potentially new favorite end-zone target for Tony Romo, Witten’s value is truly diminished. He should only be started in deep leagues where a tight end is not available to be picked up.
Start: Miami Dolphins
The Miami defense has been quite underrated but good this season and put it on display last week when they embarrassed the Bears at home. They also are matched up against Jacksonville this week. Enough said.
Sit: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have the tough task of handling both Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch this week. Wilson is simply on fire running for over 100 yards in two of his last three games and Lynch is not shabby either. Expect the both of them to run all over Carolina. Pick up the Browns defense instead who have an easy matchup against Oakland.
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