The Thursday content continues to roll out so here are some links to a bunch of quality articles and videos:
- Starting on the video note, check out Hatty Waiver Wire Guru's Bye Week Blues video - Hatty lists 5 guys at QB, RB, WR and TE that could fill in nicely for you this week if you're in a pinch. I'm loving Hatty's optimism for Bo Scaife to be a top 5 TE for the week.
- The Fantasy Sports Forum has their Top Matchups to Exploit: Week 9 post up - I'm debating whether to start MJD or Tim Hightower; both have sweet matchups and while I can't believe I'm considering sitting MJD for Hightower, MJD has just been so up and down this season even against pretty weak run defenses. The FSForum lists both guys as starters so I think I need to research this dilemma a little further...
- For more matchup exploitation suggestions, see ProFootballWeekly's Week Nine matchups to exploit or avoid - note that since this article was written, news has surfaced that Warrick Dunn's back is still causing troubles for him, so keep that in mind when you read their advice on starting Dunn against the Chiefs. If Dunn can't go though, I imagine Graham will be the poster boy for RBs to start this week.
- If you're looking for some projections, scope out Fanball's projections by position for Week 9 or FFToday's projections by position.
- I mentioned on my earlier post for the day that Kyle Orton is a popular pick to start this week - reading the Footballguys Blog, How Bad is the Lions Secondary? Here's How Bad..., only reinforces that suggestion - the blog references a Detroit Free Press article that notes that "Minnesota's Gus Frerotte is the only quarterback the Lions have faced this season who has not set a career-high passer rating against them. All together, opposing quarterbacks have a 118.0 rating against the Lions." Wow. Let me say that again: WOW.
- Check out the FootballDocs' Start Sit NFL Week 9 report - if you're feeling really stuck with QB byes this week, the Docs suggest going with rookie Joe Flacco who faces an easy opponent in Cleveland.