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2012 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start Em or Sit Em: Fred Jackson, Joe Flacco, DeSean Jackson and More
Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 9. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Running BacksFred Jackson BUF VS. TEX
Jackson is in a time share with C.J. Spiller for the Bills and going up against the Texans, who are the 4th stingiest in terms of fantasy points to opposing running backs spells sit’em this week. Jackson will be best served gaining splinters on your bench especially if you have C.J. Spiller. This game could get out of hand early and odds are the screen passes to Spiller and quick dump offs will be more valuable than banging between the tackles. Buffalo has so many problems defensively it is difficult to start any Bills running back with confidence against a formidable offense that can put them away early. Sit’em and sit’em good.Jonathan Dwyer PIT VS. NYG
This waiver wire gem from the Steelers has seen back to back 100 yard performances. So we’ve definitely got to endorse him as a must start this week against the New York Football Giants. Not so fast my friend, this isn’t the Redskins sloppy defense we are talking about here. This is the defending Super Bowl champions house and this is going to be a slugfest. No way, no how are the Giants going to let him tear them apart. Now, if Pittsburgh wears those god awful looking jerseys again this week they might be able to blind the Giants, allowing for TD run. My guess is that Dwyer’s streak of 100 yard games with a TD ends here. Mendenhall is coming back from injury and could also factor into the equation this week. Dwyer is better served on your bench this week.
QuarterbacksPhilip Rivers SD VS. KC
Dear Philip, where art thou gone this season? Rivers has been abysmal, Norv Turner is surely getting canned at the end of the season and Antonio Gates looks as old as LaDanian Tomlinson did towards the end of his illustrious career. A Rivers doesn’t run through Kansas City on Thursday Night. Despite what looks on paper to be a juicy matchup, avoid this Charger from your starting lineup. Mathews is the Charger to own as he’ll lay a licking to Chiefs defenders. Rivers might as well just pack it in this season as the Broncos look to pull away in a pretty weak AFC West division. Let Philip continuing strolling down the River alone this week.Joe Flacco BAL VS. CLE
The King of Unibrows, OK he’s no Anthony Davis, but Joe Flacco started off the season on a hot streak. The no-huddle offense was steam rolling fools and he looked every bit like a QB capable of leading his team to the Super Bowl. Fast forward the week 7 where Flacco put up a paltry 6.5 fantasy points against the Texans. History also indicates to sit Flacco against the Browns in Cleveland where he has 4 TDs in 4 career games in the city by the lake. There are much better options out there this weekend and although I don’t expect Flacco to put up a clunker I don’t see the upside that other matchups lend themselves to this weekend. Flacco smack-yo if you start him this week, don’t do it.
Wide ReceiversDeSean Jackson PHI VS. NO
DeSean Jackson owners what were you thinking drafting him this season? Was it the potential to return to the 2010 form where he was all-world Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver who was crushing it on special teams and making big plays all over the field? It certainly wasn’t because of his disappointing contract year last season, in which he packed it in early over a money dispute. So fast forward to this season, he’s gotten his HUGE pay day and only 1 TD so far this season. Speed doesn’t slump but Vick has been killing him with his inconsistent play. The stage is set for a breakout performance in the Super Dome on Monday night against the Saints horrid pass defense. If he can’t break out this game then it’ll like be Nick Foles who will be completing passes his way. I’m not willing to risk it on DeSean this week, bench him.Dwayne Bowe KC VS. SD
Bowe has been easily one of the worst return on draft day investments to date this season. It seems like the Chiefs have completely forgotten their blue print for success. Pounding the ball with Charles and then opening up Bowe to make big 3rd down grabs and TDs. It appears Peyton Hillis is being featured more than usual and Bowe is being blanked consistently without much way of getting open. San Diego is not a bad team and the defense is actually pretty formidable, so I don’t expect the light bulb to go off and Cassel to actually look like an NFL QB this week. Keep Bowe in a box and square on your bench.
Tight EndsJared Cook TEN VS. CHI
Cook has looked cooked his last few games, despite finding the end zone last week. He’s gone from a legit starter to a lucky spot play at best. Chicago has the #1 fantasy defense and there’s no reason to expect the Titans to have success in the passing game. I love the upside of Chris Johnson, who everyone is dogging as a must sit this week. Cook is better left simmering on that fantasy bench as the Bears linebacker crew will look to deliver hits to Hasselbeck and Kenny Britt is the only Titans receiving option I would have faith in this week, be it only a little faith.Brandon Pettigrew DET VS. JAC
Pettigrew has been a big bum in the motor city this season. Listed on the Sits list for the 2nd straight week, he just refuses to be fantasy relevant. Titus Young was the big winner to owners as result of the Burleson injury and Pettigrew looks like scraps still. Jacksonville has not allowed a TD to a tight end yet this season. Despite being pretty terrible, the Jaguars do guard well against the middle and don’t expect Pettigrew to put up numbers beyond what he’s done thus far this season. Stafford looked better last week but it’s the Lions running game to start this week and not Pettigrew in this favorable matchup.
DefenseNew York Giants NYG VS. PIT
Welcome the defending Super Bowl champions to the sit’em list for the week. Pittsburgh has a fluid enough offense to give them fits and Rothleisrapist is master of avoiding sacks. I see Heath Miller and Mike Wallace finding room against the Giants undersized secondary. Although I don’t expect a big day on the ground, I see this game having more shootout potential then some might think. Giants will surely air it out to Cruz and Nicks and I expect the same from the Steelers. Don’t be fooled the way the Giants were against RGIII a couple weeks ago. Sit’em this weekend.