No hate here for Dez Bryant. Heck I went all “Dez” on my fantasy team last week too. How dare MJD score 16 points, Matt Ryan have a sloppy effort and on, and on? Yeah that’s right! Go get me the darn ball and stand back.
No I am sort of kidding, I don’t want the ball, but it looked like a lot of my fantasy players were avoiding it last week too. There is no time for folding, this is the second half, this is the time when wins and points are at a premium. So my 3 teams, keeping me under .500 as a whole this season, have me fired up. I will walk the sideline and shout at anyone who dares to listen.
Short and sweet with the intro this week, here are my picks for Week 9:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins: Suddenly the Red Rifle looks more and more like Manning and Brady. 11 TDs to just 2 INTs over the last 3 weeks and over 1,100 yards is the real deal. Yes the Dolphins defense is a little tougher than the previous foes, but Dalton is red-hot right now so you must keep riding him.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans: With the run game being less spectacular than expected, the Colts will look to lean more on Luck. With 7 TDs in his last 4, and coming off a bye week I think you’re safe using him here. The Texans are a mere shell of last years team.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers: No Roddy, No Julio and a rush attack that averaged 1 yard per carry last week looks bad against a much improved Panthers team. Ryan was picked 4 times last week in Arizona and it looks like all his missing pieces can finally be catching up to him.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Even though he has played better the last 2 weeks, it is still very hard to put Flacco out there. Last time against the Browns he managed just 1 TD and only 224 yards of passing. The Browns can be decent at home, and there has to be better plays than this.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans at St Louis Rams: The Rams were sacking up a storm last week vs. the Seahawks and Locker is no Russell Wilson.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins vs. San Diego Chargers: He looked pretty good over the last 2 weeks, and with Roy Helu threatening to steal carries, Morris seems more determined to show he can perform. The Chargers defense is not really stout, so give Morris his due this week.
Zac Stacy, St Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans: Looks like the Rams may have found the answer at RB. Yes, he has an ankle sprain but if he plays you have to use Stacy right now. Over 130 yards rushing vs. the Seahawks is nothing to sneeze at, so “God bless you” Zac!
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers: Injury at QB will mean Forte will have to be extra busy but I think he can handle it. Whatever the Bears do over the next few weeks will rely heavily on the run game and Forte has been healthy this year.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Despite a quality effort last week, I still am not loving his lack of TDs and the fact that Daniel Thomas sees too much time. The Bengals bring a tough run defense to the table, so Miller is a gamble this week.
The Dallas Cowboys RBs vs. Minnesota Vikings: It’s not the fear of the Vikes defense more than a fear of a situation in shambles. No one seems to want this job, so stop getting creative please.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Still the lead dog on this squad, but this isn’t the defense that you want to rely on him against.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders: Nick Foles who many think is Philly’s best pure passer will be back this week at the helm against an average defense. Jackson is having a real good year and is becoming a leader on this offense. Get him in there as Philly looks to bounce back from 2 poor offensive games.
AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins: The big game play of Marvin Jones last week will have defenses trying to stay more honest which should add room for Green to get loose. As Andy Dalton has heated up, much has Green, and you should get him back in your lineup.
TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans: He’s been a little light lately but he still has seen 27 targets in the last 3 weeks, and now with Reggie Wayne out for the year he needs to step up. In the honored tradition of Colts WRs, I think he can pull it off.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks: Mike Williams is out and the QB is just not that good. Playing the Seahawks is always risky for WRs and I am sure you have someone else on your roster to use, right?
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings: He was underwhelming again last week despite 1 big TD. He had just 2 catches and 5 targets. You need more out of WRs in today’s game, and we expect a certain loud mouth guy to go off here.
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints at New York Jets: He has become a very forgotten in this offense and is just slow and plotted lately. Kenny Stills is the new deep threat and everything else is Jimmy Graham. Avoid MQ unless he gets on a roll, which I doubt.
Raves at Browns
Rams vs. Titans
Seahawks vs. Bucs
Defenses I don’t like this week:
Steelers at Patriots
Bucs at Seahawks
Vikings at Cowboys
We will keep the waiver wire closed this week and bring you more next week. Good luck all!
I am on Twitter, so if you would like to ask any questions or need any advice feel free to reach out to my personal account, @JPshark71.
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