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The Fantasy Football Cop’s Week 9 Starts and Sits

Published: October 31, 2013

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Checking through the old ticket book, I find that I didn’t dole out very many last week and I won’t be giving out many this week either.  Perhaps it’s the holiday spirit that has taken over me or maybe it’s just the fact that a bunch more teams are sitting home and not causing me grief on the fantasy highway.


If you happen to be new to my column, I rank the starts as (wave-on’s), the players to be cautious about as (warnings) and the sits are (tickets).







Cam Newton versus Atlanta

Newton has been exceptional over the last few games.  He appears to be going through his yearly stretch when he is “Merriman”  or more commonly referred to as “lights out”.  The Falcons may have to focus a fraction more effort into stopping the run with the the return of Jonathan Stewart this week.  Cam has done a nice job finding Steve Smith as per usual but he also has made moderately viable options out of Brandon LaFell and…..cough, cough…..Ted Ginn.   Atlanta has had trouble stopping anyone and is allowing 66 percent of passes to be complete.  Hot QB plus cold secondary gets Newton a “wave-on” this week from me.


Aaron Rodgers versus Chicago

Nobody in their right mind would ever consider sitting Rodgers anyway but this week he gets a plum matchup with the Bears who got decimated by the Redskins a few weeks back.  Chicago probably won’t get involved in a shootout due to having backup QB Josh McCown at the helm so the arrow also points up for GB running back Eddie Lacy.  The key stat to remember is that Rodgers is coming off a game where he completed 82.8% of his passes against the 29th ranked pass defense (Minnesota).  This week he battles the 27th ranked one who has quite similar stats.  Advantage Rodgers.



 Tony Romo versus Minnesota

The taste of excrement must still be lingering in the mouths of the Cowboys after another heartbreaking loss in 2013.  The best mouthwash besides “Scope” is a tantalizing buffet of beatdown and that is what the Cowboys should do to the hapless Vikings this week.  Romo completed less than 50% of his passes last week versus Detroit which was shocking, however he did throw 3 TD’s.  This week he gets to tee off on the Vikings who were systematically carved up by Aaron Rodgers last week.  Revenge should be sweet in Big D this week.  Romo gets a wave-on from me.




Ryan Mathews versus Washington

Mathews has been often a target of tickets from me but this week he gets to drive right on through my roadblock.  After cresting the 100 yard plateau two straight weeks, he gets a really good chance to score a touchdown and rush for more than 100 against the 3rd worst run defense in the league Sunday.  The Skins or whatever you choose to call them have been victimized for 10 rushing TD’s to date which points to a fortuitous week for Mathews.


Le’Veon Bell versus New England

Bell has had two very tough run defenses to battle in the past two weeks (Baltimore and Oakland) but this week gets the proverbial “possession arrow” against New England who have been exuding the “pungent stench of greatness” which is a quote from golf’s David Feherty.  The Pats have been allowing 130 yards per game on the ground and if this game is remotely close, Bell should be toting the rock many times.  Two weeks back he rushed 19 times for 93 yards against the 13th ranked Ravens.  I expect similar numbers but throw in a touchdown for good measure although the Pats are solid at bending not breaking in the red zone.


Pierre Thomas versus New York Jets

This one is against conventional wisdom but Thomas has been very solid this season and has done yeoman’s work under the radar for the most part.  He has scored the 17th most fantasy points in basic PPR leagues and has been uber-consistent.  Considering the Jets got an old fashioned whoopin’ from the Bengals, they weren’t exposed on the ground.  This week, I don’t expect a ton of damage on the ground for the Saints but I can’t see the Jets stopping the quick screen game along with the bevy of deep receiving talent that New Orleans employs.  Double digit points await the Thomas owner in a bye-heavy week.  He gets a wave-on from me.




Dez Bryant versus Minnesota

Minnesota has given up 287 passing yards per game and has allowed 16 passing touchdowns which is tied for 2nd worst in the entire NFL.  Bryant is a bad matchup against the Vikings secondary so expect a huge day for the big receiver.  As a side note, Terrance Williams is also “all systems go” for me.


Kenny Stills versus New York Jets

The Saints’ seam stretcher (other than Jimmy Graham) should be able to rack up some major points against the Jets who got victimized by A.J Green….ummmm I mean…..Marvin Jones last week.  If Jets CB Dee Milliner is allowed to play by Jets coach Rex Ryan, this could be a bloodbath.  Antonio Cromartie looks labored after his recent injury and the Jets just don’t have the secondary to contend with all the receiving options that the Saints employ.  If I were the Jets, I’d put my worst coverage corner on receiver Marques Colston because he ain’t getting the job done and that would leave my better coverage guys on the better receivers.


Dwayne Bowe versus Buffalo

WHAT???  Yep, this is the week that Bowe explodes.  The Bills have allowed a league high 20 passing TD’s which averages out to over 2 per game to date.  Ted Ginn has more fantasy points in PPR leagues than Bowe who is currently ranked 53rd by My Fantasy League.  The Bills will do whatever they can to stop the run as well as the quick flare passes to Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles so that should leave the field a bit more open for Bowe who has been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments in 2013.  Hey, it’s a heavy bye week and I have a feeling.




Kyle Rudolph versus Dallas

I am quite well aware that Rudolph has not lived up to my standards, your standards or his standards yet but he gets a decent tilt this week against the Cowboys who have allowed 50 catches to tight ends which is tied with Arizona for most in the league.  If you are in a PPR league, he is a must start this week.  He gets an exuberant wave-on from me.


Heath Miller versus New England

The Patriots have had issues stopping tight ends even though they get to practice against one of the best ones in the league.  They have given up 43 catches to TE’s so far which bodes well for a team that loves to use the Tight End position, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Heath Miller is a very solid blocker as well as a sneaky receiver and he’ll create some issues for the Patriots if they can’t tighten up their coverage.




Seattle versus Tampa Bay

Seattle didn’t look good against the Rams the other night but realize that the Seahawks were on the road where they struggle.  This week, they entertain the lowly Buccaneers who aren’t likely to break their 0-fer against the NFL’s most dominant home team.  This game is almost as much of a sure bet for the Seattle defense to score a ton of fantasy points as the Bucs are sure to fire coach Greg Schiano before next season.  My arm hurts from waving the Hawks defense through.






Matt Ryan versus Carolina

This inter-divisional matchup should be a fun one to watch.  Can Cam Newton continue his hot streak and can Matt Ryan throw less than 4 interceptions?  The Falcons are a mess and the Panthers are surging.  I fully expect the Falcons to have a bit more success than they had last week at Arizona but is this going to be a big week for Matty Ice-cold?  He gets a warning from me.


Tom Brady versus Pittsburgh

Brady has been rendered a mere mortal on numerous occasions as he is having a terrible statistical year.  The Pats have surrounded him with less talent so what do you expect?  Brady is currently the 23rd highest scoring QB in 4 pt. touchdown leagues.  That is not giving you the typical value you have learned to expect from a sure fire Hall of Famer.  Pittsburgh is the #2 pass defense so Brady isn’t going to get a sunshine and lollipop week this week from the Steelers defense.  He gets a warning from me while Giselle berates me in the press.






If Marshawn Lynch couldn’t get the job done against the Rams, what in the name of John Madden would you think Johnson will do against them.  Factor in the possibility of Shonn Greene garnering a boatload of carries and this may be a disaster for Johnson owners.


LeSean McCoy versus Oakland

McCoy started the season as a house on fire.  He still leads the league in rushing but hasn’t had much effectiveness in his last few games.  This week, the Eagles go to the Black Hole and have to try to get him going against a team that has allowed less than 90 yards per game rushing with zero runs of 20+ permitted.  Not exactly a juicy matchup.  McCoy gets a warning from me.




Marques Colston versus New York Jets

Colston used to be a guaranteed target in the New Orleans offense, well not anymore.  He is almost a weekly bench sitter.  The Jets were blown apart by the Bengals in week 8 but I don’t feel Colston can blow anybody apart.  Start him at your own risk.


Antonio Brown versus New England

Brown has been a bright light in an otherwise dark tunnel for the Steelers.  He is a top 10 receiver in PPR leagues but has to contend with Aqib Talib in this week’s game.  Talib was having a very decent statistical season before going down a few weeks ago to an injury.  He draws the Steelers top gun this week.  Expect some value for Brown but don’t expect a bucket-load of points.




Jordan Reed versus San Diego

The Reed train has been picking up steam as of late.  He is a more athletic and younger Fred Davis.  He has accumulated over 45 fantasy points the past two weeks and seems to be a nice emerging target for RGIII.  This week, however, he has to go up against the Chargers who have neutralized tight ends quite well this year.  The Chargers have allowed only 26 catches for 296 yards to date which could really put a damper on your hopes for Reed this week.  Reed could go off but then again, he may not so that warrants a warning from me.




Miami versus Cincinnati

After the demolition that befell the Jets versus the Bengals last week, would you want to start the Dolphins against a team that is on a serious roll right now?  Miami is in the midst of a free-fall and I can’t see them extricating themselves from this problem right now.





Logically, you really can’t sit anyone especially during a heavy bye week such as this but these are a few stars to at least think about sitting if you have a deep team.




Nick Foles versus Oakland

Foles hasn’t been good…..Oakland defense has been.  ’Nuff said.




Doug Martin versus Seattle

Who has been the biggest bust in fantasy football in 2013?  Yep.  Martin.  You probably went on jumped on the hype express and drafted him in the top 5.  He is currently returning your value handsomely….NOT.  He is the 28th highest scoring RB in PPR leagues.  This week the underachiever has to fight for yards against the Seahawks who are at home.  Sure they allowed yards to Zac Stacy last week in St. Lou but this week is a different story.




Stevie Johnson versus Kansas City

The Chiefs are good.  That’s no secret.  They almost lost to Jason Campbell but their defense was the difference as it has been for 8 weeks now.  No matter who is throwing the ball this week, whether it be Thad Lewis or Jeff Tuel, don’t expect Stevie J to overcome the excellent Chiefs secondary and the fact that the Bills QB will be running for his life.  Not a good matchup so Johnson gets a ticket when he rolls through my roadblock.




Garrett Graham versus Indianapolis

Graham is a borderline fill-in as it is and this week gets a crappy matchup with a very good Colts pass defense against Tight Ends.  Indy has only allowed 19 catches to TE’s all year.  If you have Graham in a PPR format, try to find some other replacement.




Minnesota versus Dallas

For one thing it is a Dallas home game and secondly, the Cowboys have been stiffed twice this season.  Expect a ton of anger to come out on the field in a constructive way (Dez Bryant).  Dallas should roll up the yards and fantasy points against Minny.  Keep in mind that defenses can actually cost you points and Minnesota could be one of those this week.


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About Chris Goodin

My last name is pronounced the same as Dwight Gooden. I am currently an Associate Editor for the absolute best Fantasy Football website on the net. The accomplishments I am most proud of are: Raising 4 children to adulthood, protecting the public as an Auxiliary Mountie, the creation of the Fantasy Writer Suicide League and the fact I can hit an L-Wedge further than Tiger (120 yards to 92 yards). I currently reside in the Great White North with my long time squeeze, Paula as well as 3 dogs and 7 cats.


  1. What’s the point in ranking Martin? He’s out indefinitely. Why not give a ticket to Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree as well?

  2. JJ I appreciate you reading the article but you should look at this:


    So until I get word about a surety involving Martin’s unavailability, I conclude that he gets a ticket.

  3. Yea, no joke. I could get better fantasy advice from my sister…..

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