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Week 9 Fantasy / Betting: Murray Returns To Square Off Against Fellow Former Sooner Peterson

The Cowboys will get their lead runner back after a few weeks on the sidelines, but will the road in front of him have more traffic than he's been accustomed to?

Ronald Martinez

The Cowboys offense will have their lead runner back today, as DeMarco Murray will return to the starting lineup. The real question here, as they face one of the NFL's worst defenses in the Minnesota Vikings, is how much running room he'll have now that G Brian Waters is lost for the season due to a triceps injury.

There's no question that the Cowboys running game is a night and day difference when Murray is in the lineup. But the surprising resurgence of the Dallas O-line has largely been credited to the addition of Brian Waters after the season started. Now, the right guard position will be manned by Mackenzy Bernadeau and there is a real question as to whether Travis Frederick's stellar rookie season and Doug Free's rehabilitated one will now suffer.

Minnesota might not be the best test, however. Football Outsiders ranks them as the league's 22nd defense against the run and with them missing 3/4th of their secondary, will probably be wary of committing eight in the box and leaving single coverage against Dallas' potent aerial attack sans Miles Austin who is out.

With Christian Ponder getting another start for the inept Vikings offense, there really isn't any reason to have any other Cowboys fantasy entity on the bench. Murray is at least a RB2, with Dez Bryant ranked as the Number One fantasy player in several ranking services. Tony Romo ranks as the third best QB value according to CBS Sports. And Terrance Williams, he of four straight games with a score, is a consensus Top 25 Flex value.

The one question mark will be Jason Witten, who outside of opening night and the Broncos shootout, has been the fantasy disappointed I predicted leading into the season.

On the flip side, you should probably start Adrian Peterson if you own him. I'm a genius!!

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Week Eight!

Week 8 11-2 7-6 5-8
Season Total 77-43 61-58 52-67

Prognosticator's Corner

Week 9 Lines & Predictions To Be Updated Shortly! (click on column headers to sort)

Lines From Las Vegas Hilton via KD's Picks
MatchUp Kickoff Underdog Line Favorite O/U Straight Up ATS O/U
Cincinnati at MIAMI 01_Thursday DOLPHINS 3.0 Bengals 42 Bengals Bengals Over
Atlanta at CAROLINA 02_Sun, 1pm Falcons 7.0 PANTHERS 45.5 Panthers Panthers Under
Minnesota at DALLAS 03_Sun, 1pm Vikings 9.5 COWBOYS 49.5 Cowboys Cowboys Under
New Orleans at NY JETS 04_Sun, 1pm JETS 6.5 Saints 46.5 Saints Saints Under
Tennessee at ST LOUIS 05_Sun, 1pm RAMS 3.0 Titans 39.5 Rams Rams Over
Kansas City at BUFFALO 06_Sun, 1pm BILLS 3.5 Chiefs 39.5 Chiefs Chiefs Under
San Diego at WASHINGTON 07_Sun, 1pm Chargers Pick REDSKINS 51.5 Chargers Chargers Over
Philadelphia at OAKLAND 08_Sun, 405pm Eagles 2.0 RAIDERS 45 Raiders Raiders Over
Tampa at SEATTLE 09_Sun, 405pm Bucs 15.5 SEAHAWKS 41 Seahawks Bucs Over
Balitmore at CLEVELAND 10_Sun, 425pm BROWNS 2.0 Ravens 41.5 Ravens Ravens Over
Pittsburgh at NEW ENGLAND 11_Sun, 425pm Steelers 6.0 PATRIOTS 44 Patriots Steelers Under
Indianapolis at HOUSTON 12_Sun, 830pm TEXANS 2.5 Colts 44 Colts Colts Over
Chicago at GREEN BAY 13_Mon, 840pm Bears 10.5 PACKERS 50.5 Packers Bears Over

Fantasy Fix

Here's a look at some great Fantasy Resources for you entering Week 9.

  • Injury Updates, via Rotoworld
  • Jeff Tuel is starting for Buffalo, which means run-heavy for Spiller and Jackson against Chief's monsters. Jamaal Charles and Stevie Johnson are good to go. Roddy White is questionable. Jonathan Stewart is back and D. Williams missed two days of practice this week. Marques Colston is gametime decision. Zac Stacy looks good to go. Nick Foles starting over Vick. Doug Martin is out and Schiano won't put his owners out of their misery by shutting him down for the year. Danny Amendola is probable and will at least get one snap in before another injury. Looks like both Ben Tate and Arian Foster will play.
  • Jaimey Eisenberg's Start'Em or Sit'Em (CBS Sports)
  • Sunday Morning Report (Weather, complete injury reports)
  • Weather Forecast: Clear. High of 68F. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.

    Minnesota Vikings Injury Report
    PROBABLE: DL Kevin Williams (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), WR Greg Jennings (knee), WR Rodney Smith (hip), PK Blair Walsh (hamstring), RB Adrian Peterson (personal), CB A.J. Jefferson (ankle)
    OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), RB Matt Asiata (shoulder), CB Chris Cook (knee), DL Fred Evans (knee)
    IR: LB Desmond Bishop (knee), FB Zach Line (knee)
    PUP: WR Greg Childs (knee)
    IR-R: FS Harrison Smith (toe)
  • Yahoo! Week 8 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K
  • CBS Top 150 Flex PPR Rankings
  • Every Sunday morning you can check the live chat War Room at SB Nation Fantasy. We strongly recommend you head over there if you have any questions about who to start/sit or injuries for today's games.

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