Start/Sit Week 9
October 30, 2014 | Mike Braude
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Alex Smith vs. NYJ
Not only does Smith receive the most favorable matchup a quarterback can have, but he also gets the Jets when Vick is starting. While he is a playmaker, Vick also makes a lot of mistakes – potentially putting Smith and the Chiefs in a favorable scoring situation. The Jets have allowed 22 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks while picking off just one pass. The Jets have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game this season and at least three passing touchdowns in four straight. Kyle Orton threw for four touchdowns against the Jets last week.
Marshawn Lynch vs. OAK
Despite not topping 62 rushing yards or scoring for three straight weeks, Marshawn Lynch is a must-start this week. Not only is the player pool depleted by bye weeks, but Lynch also draws the best matchup out of defenses playing this week. The Raiders have allowed an opposing running back to score in six of their seven games this season. Lynch is a near lock to score this week.
Mark Ingram at CAR
Rushing for 5.7 yards per carry, Mark Ingram has simply been a different player this year. He’s scored four touchdowns in four games and has received at least 10 carries in each game he’s been active this season. Not only has Ingram been superb, but the Panthers have been dreadful against the run. The Panthers are allowing a league-high 5.2 yards per carry, no other team is allowing more than 4.8.
Bobby Rainey at CLE
With Doug Martin hobbled, it looks like Bobby Rainey will carry the mail for the Bucs. He’s proven in the past that he’s capable of putting big numbers when given the opportunity. Charles Sims doesn’t sound 100 percent and will likely be eased in, as he isn’t even a lock to be active. The Browns have allowed 119+ rushing yards to opposing running backs in five of their seven games this season. For those in a bye-week crunch, Rainey makes a fine RB2 play.
Kelvin Benjamin vs. NO
Despite not topping 100 yards since Week 3, Kelvin Benjamin is a must-start in Week 9. At 6’5’, Benjamin is a touchdown machine. This week he faces a Saints defense that is allowing the 3rd most points to opposing wide receivers.
DeAndre Hopkins vs. PHI
DeAndre Hopkins is certainly a very talented player – this is evidenced by his elite 10.94 yards per target. The problem is he’s held back by the Texans’ run-heavy scheme. With the Eagles stout against the run and deficient against the pass, it’s possible that the Texans pass more frequently in this game. The Eagles are allowing the 4th most points to opposing wide receivers.
Andrew Hawkins vs. TB
The Bucs are allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers. With Jordan Cameron sidelined, the Browns will rely heavily on their best wide receiver. Over his last two games, Hawkins has totaled 12 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. He’s a high-end WR3 this week.
Travis Kelce vs. NYJ
Unfortunately Travis Kelce continues to be a boom-or-bust play because of his lack of snaps and opportunities. With the Jets struggling to defend opposing tight ends, it’s possible that the Chiefs decide to feature Kelce this week. The Jets have allowed a league-high nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. BAL
Coming off an incredible six-touchdown performance, I’m advising that you bench Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens have allowed a league-low seven passing touchdowns in eight games this season. Roethlisberger registered his lowest scoring output when the Steelers faced the Ravens in Week 2.
Chris Ivory vs. KC
Despite playing well over his last two games, Chris Ivory has a terrible matchup this week. The Chiefs are the only remaining team that has not allowed a touchdown to an opposing running back this season. If you have the option, benching Ivory is a good idea.
Tre Mason at SF
With the Rams using a running back by committee, it’s very difficult for any of the three running backs to have value. Mason is the best natural runner of the three but doesn’t contribute in the passing game. When the Rams played the 49ers at home in Week 6, Rams running backs combined for 27 carries for 52 yards. None of them are worth trusting this week in San Francisco.
Darren McFadden at SEA
Despite being the Raiders’ best runner, McFadden is not receiving monster workloads. He’s averaging just 48.3 rush yards per game and doesn’t seem to be the same electrifying player he used to be. He’s ok to plug in for favorable matchups but I wouldn’t trust him against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Allen Robinson vs. CIN
Allen Robinson is an exciting young talent but this matchup is brutal. The Bengals have allowed the fewest touchdowns (3) and yards (956) to opposing wide receivers. This simply isn’t a good week to trust a Jaguars wide receiver.
Andre Holmes at SEA
With four touchdowns in his last four games, Andre Holmes has been productive in recent games. This week, however, he matches up with a Seattle secondary that hasn’t allowed a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver for three straight games. Seattle is allowing the 4th fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Eddie Royal at MIA
Predictably Eddie Royal has slowed down from his hot start. Royal is an option when the Chargers are part of a high scoring game and he has lots of opportunities to score. Facing a stout Miami defense, this is not one of those weeks. The Miami defense has been a pleasant surprise this season and they’re allowing the 5th fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Heath Miller vs. BAL
Heath Miller continues to be unpredictable. Just when you think he can’t perform, he pulls out a big game. I’d rather trust him when the Steelers are expected to score a lot of points. Scoring in bunches is difficult against the Ravens. It doesn’t help that the Ravens have allowed a league-low one touchdown to an opposing tight end this season.