No hurri-mega-super-franken-Nor'Easter-thing storm is going to stop me from writing this column every Wednesday. Sandy, you have lost. I'd probably be able to beat her in fantasy every week, but after I get hit with a 70 mph wind gust, I don't think that would matter.
Byes: NE, STL, NYJ, SF
Who to Start:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. NYG: The Giants secondary may have had 4 interceptions against Dallas last Sunday, but they were complicit in blowing a 23-0 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter. Big Ben could have a big week against another NFC East team this week after he torched the Redskins last week.
RB Alfred Morris (WSH) vs. CAR: In the Shanahan carousel of running backs, Morris seems to have been the only one to stay on course. He faces a terrible Carolina running defense this week, who have given up 8 rushing TD's on the season.
WR Denarius Moore (OAK) vs. TB: Is it true that every Tampa Bay corner aside from Ronde Barber is suspended for using Adderall? Sweeping generalizations aside, Moore could be in for a big game against the Bucs secondary that hasn't been much good with their best corners in the lineup.
WR Reggie Wayne (IND) vs. MIA: He has had a resurgent season with Andrew Luck under center, and this week, he faces a sketchy Miami secondary, who had their lapses last week even when they were fairly dominant. He could have a big game this Sunday.
TE Owen Daniels (HOU) vs. BUF: Remember all the money that the Bills spent this offseason to fix their defense? I can see it burning a hole in Mr. Wilson's pocket from hundreds of miles away. They are 29th against the pass, which bodes well for Owen Daniels to have a big game.
DEF Detroit vs. JAX: Even though I am a Jaguars die-hard, I know one thing: Fantasy defenses are great against the Jags. Detroit is up next.
Who to Sit:
QB Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. CLE: This is one of those matchup sits that I hate putting here, but with the way Cleveland has played in their last 3 games, and the way Flacco looked before the bye in Houston, you know why he's here.
RB Donald Brown (IND) vs. MIA: He has two things working against him this Sunday: One of them is the emergence of Vick Ballard, and second is Miami's rush defense, which is one of the most underrated units in the league. Avoid starting him.
WR Kenny Britt (TEN) vs. CHI: The Bears pass defense is one of the best units in the league, and Britt has been a major fantasy disappointment this season (along with most of the Titans offense), and the matchup makes things worse.
WR Santana Moss (WSH) vs. CAR: Even though the Panthers have problems defending the run, they have been very good at defending the pass. Moss could be in trouble this week fantasy wise, when we might see more of RG3 running than passing.
TE Anthony Fasano (MIA) vs. IND: His fantasy stature might be heightened a tad if Matt Moore starts, but all he does really is score TD's, and he hasn't been doing to much of that this season. The Colts are great at defending the Tight End, too.
DEF Philadelphia vs. NO MON: Yeah, I don't really have to explain this one.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Josh Freeman (TB) vs. OAK: What was in his water for the past couple of weeks? It has helped that he's been facing terrible pass defenses in KC, NO, and MIN, and now gets to face the Raiders. He might be in for another big day.
RB Mikel Leshoure (DET) vs. JAX: The Jags haven't been that impressive in defending the run this season, so Leshoure might be in for one of his best days yet on Sunday, even though he's a sketchy flex option otherwise.
WR Lance Moore (NO) vs. PHI MON: This game is going to be a track meet. Therefore, anyone and everyone could have big numbers on Monday Night, including Moore.
QB Eli Manning (NYG) vs. PIT: I know he's hard to bench, and the Steelers defense has been banged up this season, but they have been playing much better since their bye week, after the first 3 games when they got torn apart. I wouldn't bench him unless you have a vastly superior matchup.
Good Luck in Week 9!