Did you have a good Week 9? It's hard to imagine that we're already halfway through the season, and we're inching closer to the fantasy playoffs. This is the time to be sure about which waiver wire pickups you choose, and make some trades too, so read up.
Who to Start:
QB Carson Palmer (OAK) vs. SD THU: If you're desperate for a QB, Palmer may just be the perfect choice. He's going up against a Chargers defense that got torched on Sunday against Green Bay, and the more time Palmer spends under center, the more comfortable he gets. He's a good option on Sunday.
RB DeMarco Murray (DAL) vs. BUF: When any Dallas running back sets a new Cowboy rushing record, take notice. Murray has been awesome since his intro in Week 7, and he'll be going up against a suspect Buffalo rushing defense on Sunday.
WR Jeremy Maclin (PHI) vs. ARZ: Despite his drop issues, he should be a good play this week. He'll be going up against a porous Arizona secondary, and the whole team is going to be mad after their Monday night loss at the hands of Chicago.
WR Julio Jones (ATL) vs. NO: It took him until Week 9 to finally break out, but he did big time with 2 touchdowns against the Colts. New Orleans has some secondary issues, so Jones may have another big game this Sunday.
TE Brandon Pettigrew (DET) vs. CHI: The Bears are 5-3, but that's not an indicator of their defensive struggles. They're 26th against the pass, and Tight Ends have done most of the damage. Pettigrew may have a big game this Sunday.
DEF Cleveland vs. STL: The Rams have scored the second fewest points per game in the NFL, and they have been unimpressive offensively most of the time. Cleveland's defense has been an under the radar good unit this season, so they may be a good start this week.
Who to Sit:
QB Josh Freeman (TB) vs. HOU: The Bucs have been the definition of inconsistency this season, and going up against what is now the #1 ranked defense in the league won't help matters. Josh Freeman likely will have some struggles on Sunday against Houston.
RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) vs. BAL: Even though he had a big game last week against Dallas, the Ravens defense is going to be a bit of a different story. The Ravens defense has been dominant against the run this season, so look for Lynch to struggle.
WR A.J Green (CIN) vs. PIT: It's tough to sit him at this point, but the Steelers defense has been shutting down #1 receivers almost totally since Week 1. The Bengals also haven't faced this kind of defense this season, so this may be a tough matchup.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK) vs. SD THU: Even though the Raiders offense may be a good play this week, Heyward-Bey can disappear totally from the stat sheet. He did last week, and there is a worry about how his production will change. Start with caution.
TE Vernon Davis (SF) vs. NYG: He's a tough sit of course, but the Giants have done a very good job stopping Tight Ends this season. The game for San Francisco will be won on the outside, so there may be some struggles for Davis.
DEF New York Jets vs. NE: It's hard to bench them after their performance in Buffalo, but against the Patriots, the unit may have some trouble. Fantasy wise, there may be a drop in points for this unit.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Christian Ponder (MIN) vs. GB MON: If you're in a deep league, he may be a good option. The Packers pass defense has been very bad this season, and Ponder had some success against them in their first meeting. He is a possible fantasy breakout candidate this week.
RB Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs. TEN: The Titans have had some struggles stopping the run this season, so Stewart may see some positive action on Sunday, despite relative struggles this season.
TE Jake Ballard (NYG) vs. SF: He broke out last Sunday against the Patriots, and he could have another big game against San Francisco, who has had some trouble defending Tight Ends this season.
QB Andy Dalton (CIN) vs. PIT: You may be enticed by his numbers this year, which haven't been amazing but they have been consistent. But, he's yet to face a defense like Pittsburgh's. They will be aggressive, and attack Dalton, who will likely struggle on Sunday.
Good Luck in Week 10!