With Week 9 in the NFL already underway, it’s easily shaping up to be one of the hardest challenges for fantasy owners in terms of accumulating points. Last week we saw devastating injuries to top players. With six teams off for the bye week (Seattle, Arizona, Detroit, Baltimore, Kansas City, Houston), fantasy owners are still searching for quick replacements for their main guys. The wide receiver position is the most unpredictable (unless you have Julio Jones on your roster), so here’s a little help on who to start and sit for this week:
Start – Emmanuel Sanders: Sanders is always a conundrum for me each week. It always comes down to the wire on whether I will start him or keep him on my bench. This week, I have no choice in the matter since so many good wideouts are unavailable. Sanders is consistent in getting points. Although he only had 22 yards last week against the Packers, he’s averaging 13.7 yards per reception. With Demarius Thomas getting all the attention defensively, look for Sanders to be open for Manning.
Start – Brandin Cooks: Cooks helped Drew Brees light up the Giants last week by pulling in 2 touchdowns during a shootout. New Orleans seems to be getting its groove back with Cooks contributing much to the offense. He’s had over 80 yards in his last two games and should fare better against a Titans team in the middle of a coaching change.
Start – Allen Hurns: Hurns managed only 53 yards last week on two receptions. Hurns should get even more targets this week against the Jets as Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson will draw the attention of Darrell Revis. Hurns has recorded five touchdowns on the season, which is a much better average than some of the leagues top receivers.
Sit – Jordan Matthews: Philly has a discombobulated offense that seems at times to not know what it wants to do. In the last game, Matthews had only 14 yards. That’s not going to cut it for fantasy owners. His most productive game came against Washington with 50 yards on 3 receptions. I don’t expect this week’s battle will be against division rival Dallas to be a gunslinger show that boosts Matthews’ numbers, so just sit him.
Sit – Pierre Garçon: Garçon’s most productive stat for the year is 74 yards on 6 receptions. The Redskins veteran is averaging about 50 yards a game. For a starting wideout that isn’t very good. This week, Washington takes on the juggernaut New England Patriots. That alone should worry fantasy owners about starting anyone on the Washington squad.
Sit – Michael Crabtree: Crabtree is a tricky one. Just when you start to believe in him, he lets you down once again. Crabtree is having on of his most productive seasons in a while, but his numbers don’t translate from week to week. Oakland has some great offensive weapons to chose from. Instead of Crabtree, Amari Cooper should garner most of QB Derek Carr’s attention against this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.