Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 9: Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller & More

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few of the possible decisions you are facing:

Start – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville

After weeks of frustrating fantasy owners Stafford broke out in a big way last week, throwing not only for 352 yards but also 3 TD (the first time all season he had thrown for more than 1 TD pass in a game).  Even with the injuries to Calvin Johnson, there appear to be more than enough weapons in Detroit in Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Brandon Pettigrew.  If Johnson ever gets on track?  Watch out!  With a much more favorable match-up this week against the Jaguars, it’s impossible to sit Stafford down.

Sit – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
Flacco has struggled for three straight weeks, with yard totals of 147, 187 and 234, all while posting a 2-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.  While the Cleveland defense hasn’t been all that impressive this season, they are coming off a shutdown performance against Philip Rivers (154 yards, 0 TD) and containing Andrew Luck the week before (186 yards, 0 TD).  In other words, they are better than the numbers indicate and should pose a problem for Flacco and company.

Running Backs
Start – Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati

With Peyton Manning at the helm you would think that the Broncos’ running backs would be rendered virtually useless.  However, McGahee already has 554 rushing yards and 4 TD.  Against a Bengals’ defense that is allowing not only 124.0 rushing yards per game, but 9 TD (tied for second most in the league), it should be another strong performance.

Start – Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
He is coming off a poor performance against the Steelers, but that should hardly be enough to deter you.  The Panthers pose a favorable match-up and should allow Morris, who has 717 rushing yards this season, an opportunity to get back on track.

Sit – Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
Poor match-up + split carries = bad fantasy situation.  It’s a pretty simple equation.  I would consider them as FLEX options, but nothing more.

Sit – Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
Despite a strong showing in his return to the lineup, the Dolphins are among the best rush defenses in the league (82.0 yards/game, 3 TD).  Throw in the presence of Vick Ballard, who could easily eat into his carries, and this is a situation to avoid.

Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start – Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay

Moore has found the end zone in three straight weeks, with 96+ yards in two of the past three as well.  The Buccaneers have allowed the second most passing yards per game (309.6), meaning there should be ample opportunities to make plays.

Sit – Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
I am a big supporter of Britt, but he just hasn’t been able to put things together yet this season as he works his way back from injury.  Once he does it will be a different story, but for now it is impossible to trust him in shallower formats.

Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start – Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
The Ravens defense just is not what it once was and Gordon has proven that he can make plays in recent weeks.  He’s not a suggested option for those in PPR formats, but it’s likely that he gets loose at least once or twice and is able to wreak some havoc.

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  1. Andrew says:

    Do I sit Stafford for Vick @ NO? Something tells me we will see vintage Vick Monday night.

    • Nick says:

      Vick hasn’t been the same runner as we’ve seen him be lately, I’d start Stafford. More weapons and less of a ground game for Detroit as well. Both defenses are awful.

      I see the Saints being able to score and possibly forcing Vick into some desperation turnovers. Just don’t trust him.

  2. Jay says:

    who would you have on your bench…broyles or young?

  3. Biff says:

    Would you start Michael Turner over Spiller this week?

  4. Moreno says:

    With Sproles’ unfortunate news, Lance Moore should play a bigger role. Should I start him over any of my other WRs this week? Stevie Johnson Desean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin?

  5. Andrew – I would definitely start Stafford. Vick hasn’t shown us nearly enough to trust him while Stafford has started to look like the player we expected while having a good match-up.

    Jay – I’d probably sit Broyles this week, though you never really know.

    Biff – I would. I like Turner’s match-up and just can’t count on Spiller to get enough touches.

    Moreno – The only one I could see is Maclin, and that’s a gut call. Even with Sproles injury you just never know what the Saints are going to do.

  6. Kurt says:

    Hey Vick or freeman I’m stuck?

  7. Mark says:

    I have a rb spot and a flex left. I have Fred Jackson,Pierre Thomas, lance Moore and heyward bey. With Sproles out I’m thinking I should start Thomas in 1 of the 2 spots. Which 2 would you start?

  8. Starfish says:

    Hi Rotoprofessor =)! I have Titus Young, Desean Jackson and Heath Miller, but can only start two of the above three. Any suggestions? (I’m starting Jimmy Graham at TE).

  9. Jason says:

    Who should I put in my flex position..
    antonio brown, titus young, or mikel leshoure?

  10. Shawn says:

    Dez, Redman or Fred Jackson.
    Want Dez, but afraid to wait for the night game because of injury

  11. Kurt – I’d go Freeman, Vick just hasn’t been dependable enough to trust.

    Mark – I would go with Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas at this point. While Jackson has potential, it’s tough depend on him while he’s splitting carries with C.J. Spiller.

    Starfish – The news will help determine things this morning. I think DeSeason Jackson is a lock. Given what we’ve been hearing about Calvin Johnson, I think Young should be a good play. I like Heath Miller, but tight ends are tough to depend on.

    Jason – I don’t love any of them. I’d probably go Leshoure, with A. Brown as a very close second. Go with your gut between the two, though.

    Shawn – Depends on the news this morning. Dez would be the top choice, with Redman as #2.

  12. Shane says:

    For flex position… Kenny britt Donnie Avery or Vick Ballard

  13. JoeS says:

    Starting (3wr 2 flex) AJ Cruz Miles Cobb Steve Smith

    Want to get Titus in lineup this week. Can Miles really keep producing like this?? Want to swap them. Thoughts??

  14. Kurt says:

    Thanks guy

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