Fantasy Football: Week 9 Start’em & Sit’em

aaron rodgersIt can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Aaron Rodgers vs. TB – Coming off of an impressive performance during the second half of his game against the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers should continue his touchdown parade this coming week in Tampa.  The Bucs have been rather good in keeping the yardage totals through the air down but they have allowed 16 passing touchdowns through seven games, third most in the league.  The Packers will want to get over last weeks defeat quickly.  Expect them to light up the scoreboard through the air early and often.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Matt Hasselbeck vs. DET, Alex Smith vs. TEN, David Garrard vs. JAC

Sit’em: Ben Roethlisberger vs. DEN – Many expect this to be the moment where the Denver Broncos begin to faulter, but don’t be surprised when they bounce back at home on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Steelers will have to rely on their rushing attack because they likely will not produce much through the air against the Broncos 8th rank pass defense.  Through seven games they have allowed only four touchdowns through the air.  When you consider they have gone against the likes of Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco, it is not hard to see why we believe Roethlisberger’s stat line will suffer this week.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Ryan vs. WSH, Eli Manning vs. SD, Kyle Orton vs. PIT

Running Backs

Start’em: Darren Sproles vs. NYG – Over the past couple of years the New York Giants have gained a reputation as a solid defense.  That seemes to be quickly fading away this year, although to many is has gone undetected.  Don’t let their past fool you.  The Giants have allowed a league high ten running plays of 20+ yards and three plays of 40+ yards on the ground (tied with Detroit, Buffalo and Oakland in the first catagory and Tennessee in the second).  They have also allowed 12 rushing touchdowns, second only to the Raiders.  Sproles is the big-play guy in San Diego and expect him to add to that reputation on Sunday.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Ryan Grant vs. TB, Joseph Addai vs. HOU, Pierre Thomas vs. CAR

Sit’em: Knowshon Moreno vs. PIT – Last week we had Knowshon as a sti’em against the Baltimore Ravens, and although he did manage to put up a touchdown, his 39 yards was anything but impressive.  Don’t expect the rookie running back to bounce back this week when he takes on the Steelers and their league’s top ranked run defense.  Pittsburgh has allowed a mere 76.7 yards against per game and only two touchdowns on the ground through their first seven games.  They should be able to keep Moreno quiet in this one.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Rashard Mendenhall vs. DEN, Marion Barber vs. PHI, Brian Westbrook vs. DAL

Wide Receivers

Mike Sims-Walker vs. KC -We put him up here last week and he was a terrible disappointment.  We are going to give him the chance to redeem himself this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have a knack for giving up the big play.  Through seven games they have allowed a league high 10 players over of 40-yards or more.  They have also given up 13 touchdowns through the air.  Their weak secondary will likely have a problem defending the Jags passing game, and that will result in a big game for Sims-Walker.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Greg Jennings vs. TB, Nate Burleson vs. DET, Wes Welker vs. MIA

Steve Smith vs. NO – Steve Smith finally recorded his first touchdown of the season last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals.  If you stuck with him and had him starting, congratulations!  Now get him back on your bench.  This week Smith and the Panthers will be facing off against the New Orleans Saints who have only allowed six passing touchdowns through their first seven games and have recorded a league high 16 interceptions.  That will not bode well for a turnover happy Jake Delhomme.  Expect Carolina to try and keep the ball on the ground, and Smith’s stat line to suffer because of that.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Roddy White vs. WSH, Santonio Holmes vs. DEN, Roy E. Williams vs. PHI

Tight Ends

Start’em: Vernon Davis vs. TEN – Davis has become a favorite target of quarterback Alex Smith, catching four touchdowns in the six quarters they have played together.  This week their chemestry should continue to grow as they take on the Tennessee Titans and their league worst pass defense.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Brent Celek vs.DAL, Antonio Gates vs. NYG, John Carlson vs. DET

Sit’em: Heath Miller vs. DEN – Miller has been able to find the end zone quite frequently thus far this season, but he should have trouble puttin up points against a Denver defense that has given up on average of only 3.6 fantasy PPG this year.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Todd Heap vs. CIN, Anthony Fassano vs. NE, Tony Scheffler vs. PIT


Start’em: Olindo Mare vs. DET – With the Seahawks taking on a poor Lions defense, they should be in a position to score throughout most of the day.  That means Mare should be given a number of opportunities to put points on the board in this one.

Sit’em: Matt Prater vs. PIT – The Broncos should have a tough time moving the ball against the Steelers on Monday night.  Don’t expect Prater to get many opportunities to kick extra points or field goals in this one.


Start’em: Packers vs. TB – Green Bayès defense will be hungry to get back at it after being lit up by Brett Favre last weekend.  Expect them to take out any lingering frustration on Tampa Bay and rookie quarterback Josh Freeman.

Sit’em: Dolphins vs. NE – Joey Porter and company likely will not get to do much talking in this one as Brady, Moss and Welker will take advantage of a weak Dolphins secondary and put up some big numbers in this one.