Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Carson Palmer on Fire Again?
NFLSoup’s Start/Sit calls rang true for the second straight week, as Wayne Makela’s picks went 6-2.
Here are eight more solid picks to get you through the fantasy week.
QB Carson Palmer, CIN vs. BAL
Palmer is coming off a bye week and a game where he torched the Bears. He comes into this week’s home game against the Ravens with nearly 1000 yards, 9 TDs, and 3 INTs in his last 4 games, making him one of the hottest QBs in the league.
Projected stats: 25/33, 289 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
WR Wes Welker, NE vs. MIA
Welker goes up against his ex-mates for the first time this year. Last year, he amassed 14 catches for 175 yards against the Fins. With Tom Brady back at the helm in 2007, Welker had 14 catches for 187 yards and 2 TDs versus Miami. Brady is better than ever, so look for these two to hook up often on Sunday.
Projected stats: 10 catches, 121 yards, TD
RB Ryan Grant, GB @ TB
Grant is finally beginning to show glimpses of his magical 2007 season when the Packers made a run to the NFC championship. The offensive line is still a mess, but against the Bucs, Grant should be poised for a huge day.
Projected stats: 22 rushes, 139 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 12 yards
TE Antonio Gates, SD @ NYG
Gates struggled to get involved against a Raiders defense that was surrounding him all game. This opened up lanes on the outside. Expect the Giants to take away the big plays first, after seeing film from the Oakland game, and expect Gates to be big.
Projected stats: 7 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD
QB Matt Schaub, HOU vs. IND (Start)
The injury of TE Owen Daniels is a huge blow to the Texans offense. With a RB controversy brewing in addition to the injury bug, the Texans’ offense may struggle, especially against a surprisingly good Colts defense.
Due to the season ending injuries of Bob Sanders and Marlin Jackson, as well as the questionable availability of Kelvin Hayden, the match-up versus the 7th ranked Colts pass defense doesn’t look nearly as formidable as it did earlier in the week. Go with Schaub, and sit Eli Manning this week.
Projected stats: 18/38, 212 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
WR Steve Smith, NYG vs. SD
After a red hot start, Smith’s production has dropped off (63 ypg and 0 TD in his last 4 games) after averaging 103 yards and 1 TD per week the first four. Part of this is due to the Giants’ schedule as well as Eli Manning’s health. Don’t expect anything big Sunday against the Bolts.
Projected stats: 6 catches, 57 yards, 0 TD
RB Steve Slaton, HOU @ IND
Slaton was benched last week after another fumble. Except this time, unlike the previous games, coach Gary Kubiak did not bring him back in, but instead relied on veteran Ryan Moats who put up huge numbers. Slaton will be “more involved” according to Kubiak this Sunday, but Moats is the one to play if you are going to deploy a Houston RB.
Projected stats: 3 carries, 5 yards, 5 catches, 45 yards, 0 TD
TE Brent Celek, PHI vs. DAL
Celek has been a favorite option for McNabb this year. Dallas’ defense will key on Jackson and Celek in the passing game, so if you’re going to play any Eagles this week, either Westbrook or McCoy would be good options, depending on Westbrook’s health.
Projected stats: 4 catches, 42 yards, 0 TD