I've got another guest post from Jen today where she takes a look at some of the rankings and start/sit links you'll need for Week 9. She also reviews some key injuries plus sleepers for the week, too. Enjoy!
Hey all! As always happy to be back for another round on here. I hope you have all been enjoying the other articles from this week as much as I have.
With week 8 in the books, we have officially hit the halfway mark to the fantasy super bowl! You are either flying high, riding the middle of the pack, clawing your way out of a hole, or are in complete desperation mode. Either way, keep going, don’t give up, work the waivers, and trade trade trade!
Another week of football, another week of injuries. Take a look.
The Big 3:
Brian Quick (WR, STL) - season-ending torn rotator cuff
Jordan Cameron (TE, CLE) - concussion. AGAIN. This is obviously a huge fantasy blow, but in real life we should wonder how many more head shots he can really take. The bright side is he is so handsome, if he decides to put his health first, he can challenge Eric Decker for modeling spots.
Tony Romo (QB, DAL) - *full disclosure: I am a die hard Cowboys fan* 34 years old, 2 back surgeries in less than 2 years. Yikes. Arguably one of the most criticized QBs in the league, it’s hard to question his toughness here. Throughout his career he has lived off cortisone injections, and will probably do everything he can to play, but if he doesn’t practice Friday I’d look for another QB to plug in. And pay attention to whatever Dr. Jerry says during the week - we all know he is in charge.
Less catastrophic injuries:
Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN) - some sort of hip injury, but the prognosis for this week seems good, which is why I consider this to be less catastrophic. But keep an eye on him, he did not participate in practice on Wednesday.
Doug Martin (RB, TB) - injured his ankle, but do you honestly even care? Serious injury or not, look for Bobby Rainey this week, but Charles Sims long term. He was also spotted at practice sporting a walking boot.
I gave you a few handcuffs last week that I liked as sleepers, and I hit on them. Donte Moncrief balled in Wayne’s absence and found the endzone; Davante Adams went 7-75; Travaris Cadet did okay as a fill-in with 8 points in PPR; and when I mentioned Martavis Bryant, I liked him a lot, but he surprised me with his 5-83 and 2 touchdown performance.
A few sleepers I like this week include:
Travaris Cadet (RB, NO): Yes, again, but only in PPR, and likely until Pierre Thomas returns.
Charles Sims (RB, TB): I know Bobby Rainey is the obvious and likely gets the start this week, but I love this guy over the next few weeks if he becomes the man, and so does the guy who drafted him - Lovie Smith.
Theo Riddick (RB, DET): He is on a bye, so now is the time to grab him. I fear Reggie Bush will never return to 100% this season, and Riddick filled in nicely in Reggie’s pass-catching roll last week, posting an 8-74-1TD line receiving.
Crockett Gillmore (TE, BAL): While he only had 2 targets, he caught both of them, and figures to be a big part of the game plan this week if Owen Daniels is out again (he did return to practice Wednesday, but he had his knee scoped - hard to believe he plays). Kubiak loves using his tight ends, and faces a Steelers defense that ranks 21st overall against the position.
John Carlson (TE, ARI): Another TE for you, he only makes this list because he is facing the friendliest TE defense, my beloved Cowboys.
Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, BAL): If you’re a Justin Forsett owner, you hate ZoFo for vulturing 2 touchdowns from you last week. Bernard Pierce was a healthy scratch and ZoFo got the goal line looks. TDs = points! Forsett also did not practice Wednesday with an ankle injury...something to keep an eye on.
Dwayne Bowe (WR, KC): it’s hard to call Bowe a sleeper, but even with Alex Smith’s banged up shoulder, I expect him to exploit the vulnerable Jets secondary.
Here are some rankings links for you to consult:
Matthew Berry's Week 9 Top 200: The Talented Mr. Roto gives you his top 200 overall.
Fantasy Pro's Week 9 Rankings: “The Consensus of 48 Experts”, they provide the options of standard, half point PPR, and full PPR.
SBNation's Week 9 Rankings: The link defaults to QB rankings, but the real treat can be found when you scroll to the bottom, where there are plenty of links for your Week 9 needs.
CBS' Jamey Eisenberg's Start/Sit Week 9: not just start sit, but in depth analysis that includes players you would start/sit someone for.
Michael Fabiano's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9: consistently one of the best, and you can’t beat his layout.
Wally Spurlin's Start/Bench Week 9: as always, Wally does you the favor of also adding studs, aka the guys you do NOT bench.
Pressbox Online's Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Picks, and Busts: a ton of information here, including a look back on last week's hits and misses. There’s even a graph of the lines for you fellow gamblers out there.
numberFire.com's 15 Transactions for Week 9: Not your typical start/sit, but JJ Zachariason gives you a little bit of everything here, who to buy, sell, drop, and add.
Always make sure to check out Junkyard Jake if you care about targets as much as I do.
And finally, a few more twitter follows:
Fantasy Advisors: ask them anything, they will answer!
Evan Silva: senior editor for Rotoworld, check his feed for the crucial stats you never thought of.
Chad Parsons: staff writer for Football Guys, dynasty expert, check out his podcast!
Liz Loza: check her bio for her many accomplishments, she is a self-made fantasy expert!
Fanta_c_Freak: I’m a new follower of theirs, they throw out stats, injuries, and there is a ton of content on their site.
As always, you can hit me up anytime! I’m happy to answer any questions, just don’t kill me if I give you poor advice.