Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 18:49
Happy Friday!! Who’s getting excited for this playoff run? Trade deadlines are all probably around the corner, everybody scheming and manipulating on each to get their squad ready for this last push to glory. Ohhhh thinking about it gives me more Goosebumps than RL Stine! But this isn’t about trade watch, this is about your starting line ups. Trades and free agent moves are certainly important but they are only as good as starting the lineup that gets you the big W when Monday Night Football goes off the air. Let’s try and make that happen! Here’s week 9…. Good luck!
Russell Wilson vs TB: Sure, you are correct. I know what you are thinking, I have abilities like that. Percy Harvin is not back and Sidney Rice just went out for the season. First of all, Percy has never played with Wilson in his entire career. Second, Sidney Rice? Taking away his whopping 15 catches in 8 games this year will not have the huge effect some people are worried about. Sure, it will do some things schematically for the defense, but the most important thing for Russell will be the Seahawks getting Marshawn Lynch to stabilize a run game that will allow him to play action pass. The Bucs give up multi TD games to Quarterbacks like candy on Halloween.
Alex Smith at BUF: With so many byes this week, Smith is the kind of guy you may be looking at to cover your Peyton Manning or Matt Stafford, and a good look at that. Buffalo is among the worst teams in the NFL at defending the quarterback from a fantasy perspective and Jamaal Charles is banged up a bit. Yes, Smith does not challenge down the field a ton, but he should put up solid yardage and have a couple touchdowns.
Others to feel good about: Terrelle Pryor vs PHI, Geno Smith vs NO, Philip Rivers at WAS
Ryan Mathews at WAS: Mathews has been a mountain size player of potential since being drafted in the first round a few years ago. Always seeming to be injured, disappointing, or flat out ineffective, Mathews has finally begun to put things together. He has back to back games with 20 plus carries, a huge feat often discussed here, and has topped 100 yards rushing both times. The Redskins are very vulnerable against the run and the Chargers have been successful this season by dominating the line of scrimmage. Look for Mathews to continue his string of recently successful performances.