Week Nine: Automatic/Don’t Do It FF Starters

By Vidur Malik
Philip Rivers – Rivers has been putting up impressive numbers all year, and he should have a huge day against the Houston Texans, who rank last in the league in pass defense, and give up almost 300 passing yards per game. Rivers should provide your team with plenty of points on Sunday.

Eli Manning – Manning will be going up against the Seattle Seahawks, who gave up 310 yards and two touchdowns to Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell in week eight. If Campbell, who has struggled for most of the year, can put up numbers like that, expect Manning to have a great day.

Don’t Do It: Matt Cassel – Cassel had a tough game against the Buffalo Bills in week eight, and is going up against an Oakland Raiders team that is ranked fifth in the league in pass defense. The Kansas City Chiefs have the league’s best rushing attack, so look for that to be the focal point this weekend and for the rest of the season.


Michael Turner – Turner is having a great year and is coming off of a huge games against the Cincinatti Bengals. The Atlanta Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, who are 30th in rushing defense and give up 150 rushing yards per game.

LeSean McCoy – Look for McCoy to have a big day against the Indianapolis Colts. He’s struggled recently, but is playing a defense that is 28th against the run. Also, Michael Vick is making his return on Sunday, and may not be at full strength, in which case the running game would be a bigger factor.

Don’t Do It: Cedric Benson – Benson should be a non-factor against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. The Steelers rank 1st in the NFL in rushing defense, and give up less than 60 yards on the ground per game. Also, the Bengals are becoming more of a passing offense. That combination means you should bench Benson this week.

Brandon Tate – Tate had a great game in the New England Patriots’ week eight win against the Minnesota Vikings, with 3 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. He’s a deep threat, and is playing a Cleveland Browns’ team that struggles against the pass, so he should get touches.

Hines Ward – Ward had a quiet day in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints in week eight, but the Steelers are playing the Bengals on Monday night. Ward had a touchdown in two straight games prior to week eight, and you know he’s going to bring it all against the rival Bengals.

Don’t Do It: Roddy White – White is having a great year, and is definitely an elite receiver, but you should consider benching him for this week. White’s Atlanta Falcons play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had four interceptions in a week eight win against the Arizona Cardinals. Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib picked off two by himself, and could shut White down if they’re matched up on Sunday.



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