As middling fantasy teams make their playoff push, every roster decision is a crucial one. With Sunday fast approaching, fantasy owners should avoid starting these three wide receivers who have a tough Week 9 ahead.
Benching of the Week – Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
With another six teams on bye in Week 9, fantasy owners have surely been scrounging around the waiver wire for a wide receiver to start this week. After an explosive Week 8, Golden Tate has been a hot commodity and is being pushed into many starting lineups. However, owners using the second year wideout are in for a disappointing week. Seattle faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, meaning Tate is taking a Sunday trip to Revis Island. As Revis begins to play more and more man in Tampa Bay’s defense, opposing teams’ wideouts are having an even tougher time against the Bucs. A boom or bust type player, Tate will struggle to find room against the All-Pro corner.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
With each passing week, Danny Amendola is proving that he is no Wes Welker. Performing well in Week 1, when he had 104 receiving yards, many people felt Amendola would be able to fill the void left by Welker. Since then, Amendola has been injured twice and and is ineffective when he’s been healthy. Returning from a concussion last week, Amendola only caught three passes for 15 yards. As Tom Brady continues to struggle and tight end, Rob Gronkowski, receives most of the targets, Amendola is becoming a liability to fantasy owners. With a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their second ranked pass defense upcoming, Amendola belongs on your bench this week.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts
Thrust into an increased role with Reggie Wayne lost for the season with a torn ACL, Darrius Heyward-Bey would now seem like a worthy starter for most fantasy teams. However, this is not the week to place him in your starting lineups. After tweaking his hamstring earlier this week in practice, it seems as if Heyward-Bey will be playing at less than 100% on Sunday night. To make matters worse, the Colts face off against the Houston Texans who boast the league’s top defensive unit. The Texans give up the least fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers so let Heyward-Bey ride the pine for at least one more week.