Week 9 matchup
Abergele JETS (5-3) vs. Salford Bloggers (3-5)
Projected lineup for Abergele JETS
QB: Andrew Luck (IND, @ NYG)
RB: Arian Foster (HOU, vs. PHI)
RB: Jeremy Hill (CIN, vs. JAC)
WR: Antonio Brown (PIT, vs. BAL)
WR: Greg Jennings (MIN, vs. WSH)
TE: Jared Cook (STL, @ SF)
FLEX: James Jones (OAK, @ SEA)
D/ST: Texans D/ST (HOU, vs. PHI)
K: Mason Crosby (GB, BYE)
Quarterback (QB): Tony Romo (DAL, vs. ARI), Philip Rivers (SD, @ MIA)
Philip Rivers is potentially a risky play. Not only will he be under center for the Chargers who are playing away at Miami, but he’ll also be coming up a tough defense – the same D/ST that I own in fantasy. However, his upside is a lot greater than Tony Romo’s, who scored just 12 fantasy points against the Redskins on Monday night. Once more, Rivers gets the nod.
Running Back (RB1, RB2): Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ KC), Mark Ingram (NO, @ CAR), Khiry Robinson (NO, @ CAR), Branden Oliver (SD, @ MIA)
Mark Ingram had a mega week in Week 8, and looks like he may have returned to his early season form following a hand injury that kept him sidelined for a month. With Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas likely out of Thursday night’s clash with Carolina, Ingram’s fantasy value only rises. He’s a must start, but the real decision on who to play in Week 9 at running back is between Chris Johnson and Branden Oliver. Oliver could be affected by a Ryan Mathews return and playing Miami’s defense. But he’s been playing well in a good offense, as opposed to Johnson who is playing in an offense that is looking for a spark; one he has been unable to provide. Oliver could have a bad fantasy week, but he certainly has more potential and a higher floor than Johnson, and so warrants the nod as my Week 9 RB2.
Wide Receiver (WR1, WR2): Demaryius Thomas (DEN, @ NE), Randall Cobb (GB, BYE), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ KC), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, vs. PHI), Doug Baldwin (SEA, vs. OAK)
This week I’m faced with the frustration of not being able to start Randall Cobb. But hopefully DeAndre Hopkins, who has over 200 receiving yards in the past two weeks, will fill the void. The only problem is that he might not find the end zone, which he has done on only three occasions this season. I don’t have as much confidence in Percy Harvin or Doug Baldwin as I do in Hopkins, and Demaryius Thomas slots into his usual role of WR1 without thought.
Tight End (TE): Jimmy Graham (NO, @ CAR), Owen Daniels (BAL, @ PIT)
With Jimmy Graham almost at full health, he is the automatic starter. Owen Daniels gets even less of a look in because the procedure he received on his knee last week looks likely to knock him out of playing contention this week.
FLEX: Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ KC), Khiry Robinson (NO, @ CAR), Randall Cobb (GB, BYE), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ KC), Doug Baldwin (SEA, vs. OAK), Owen Daniels (BAL, vs. PIT)
This decision was fairly straight forward. Robinson and Daniels will probably sit out of their respective teams’ Week 9 contests, and Randall Cobb is on a bye week. Percy Harvin’s fantasy value as a member of the Jets is still undefined, and he’ll be playing with Michael Vick – who turned the ball over on three occasions last week. Chris Johnson has been poor outside of the Jets’ Week 1 victory against the Oakland Raiders this season, which leaves just one candidate remaining – Doug Baldwin. With Harvin now in New York, Doug Baldwin is the highest receiver on the Seahawks’ depth chart, and figures to see a healthy number of targets against Oakland.
Defense/Special Teams (D/ST): Dolphins D/ST (MIA, vs. SD)
At the moment it appears as though I don’t need to carry another D/ST. To date Miami has the most points amongst D/STs, and had their bye week in Week 5. The only potential problem starting them this week is that they’ll be coming up against Philip Rivers, Brandon Oliver and the San Diego Chargers. Hopefully it works out that the Dolphins get a bunch of special teams points, allowing me to worry less if Rivers or Oliver happen to score big.
Kicker (K): Stephen Gostkowski (NE, vs. DEN), Cody Parkey (PHI, @ HOU)
Gostkowski is in form at the moment, and there’s no point in disturbing the flow when he’s doing so well. Cody Parkey is also enjoying a nice season, but he’s not at Gostkowski’s level just yet.
*Italics denote starters.
Other Week 9 matchups:
Dallas Cowboyz2014 (1-7) vs. Team apachefootball (6-2)
Barnyard Gems (4-4) vs. Team AZ Fixitmen (5-3)
Team Zachrich (3-5) vs. La Linea Lineman (1-7)
Kardac Kids srm (6-2) vs. Wigan Warriors (6-2)
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