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Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice (Week 9): Andrew Luck, Chris Ivory & More

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Philip Rivers - Five straight games with over 300 yards passing, a 500+ yard outing included, and a match up against the Chicago Bears secondary...hmm, is there any wonder that Rivers is the "must start" of the week? The Chargers quarterback is on a tear recently and this looks to be the perfect chance for him to put up his best fantasy numbers of what has already been a great season.

Eli Manning - Eli has one of those dream match ups too. He faces the Tampa Bay Bucs who have allowed nearly 20 points per game to the position this season. After a solid outing last week against another struggling defense look for Manning to have another successful game.

Matt Ryan - The Falcons are on the road which is where Matty Ice has success. They face a San Francisco defense that is struggling to find its way half way through the 2015 season, and who average 18 points surrendered per contest to the QB position.


Andrew Luck - It is tough to sit Luck, but if you have a better option this week, you had better take it. Aaron Rodgers put up a whole seven points on the Denver defense last week, and Luck will likely not fare any better. There are six teams with byes this week so pickings are slim, but if you find an alternative it will be worth the gamble.

Blake Bortles - Bortles has been a solid choice all season long, but not this weekend. I say this almost every week, but somebody has to face the Jets secondary and this time around it is Bortles. It will not be pretty around Revis Island this weekend.

Running Backs


Doug Martin - The Giants defense has struggles to stop running backs this season. The position is averaging 21 points per contest against Big Blue. While Martin has not been consistently good, he has shines against bad defenses and this week looks to be another one of those times where he can rack em up.

Chris Ivory - Another guy who runs hot and cold is Chris Ivory. He has been on a downturn of late, but a shot at the Jacksonville defense should be just what Chris needs to get back on track. Like the G-men, the Jags average 21 points per contest surrendered to RBs.


Darren McFadden - Yes he is on a roll with his increased workload in Dallas, and yes, I think that will continue. The problem this week is that Bill Davis' defense is pretty stingy against the run. They allow the fourth fewest points to the position in the league. I hope I am wrong about this one, but I suspect it is back to earth week for McFadden.

Latavius Murray - Murray has become a feature in this series. This is one of those weeks where he winds up in the sit column because the Steelers defense is even better than the one in Philly when it comes to stopping the run. They have not allowed a back to find the end zone at home this season and Murray will likely not buck that trend.

Wide Receivers


Dez Bryant - Dez does Philly (I know a bad reference, but it is true). Bryant averages over a touchdown per contest against the Eagles and with the Dallas offense struggling to find a groove the Cowboys will look to their #1 weapon to provide the needed spark to get them going. With Philly giving up 26 points per contest to the position this season Bryant will find success early and often.

Amari Cooper - The Steelers may be strong against the run but the struggle against the pass. Look for the Raiders to strike downfield against them. Those bumble bee uniforms are a misguided throwback. There is no sting in the secondary in Pittsburgh and Cooper will run free.

Eric Decker - He is not the guy who will get you a lot of yards, but inside the red zone Decker is a TD machine. Against Jacksonville and a defense that surrenders at a faster pace than the French Army look for a multi-score game from Decker.

Julian Edelman - Against the Redskins banged up secondary I would be tempted to start my grandmother if Tom Brady was the passer. That is what Edelman faces this weekend. It looks to be a long weekend for the Washington defense as Brady picks them apart. Enjoy both the Redskins defeat and the points you get with Edelman.


Randall Cobb - I'm not sure what is up in Green Bay but Cobb is on the decline. This week will not help him any as he is matched up against Josh Norman of the Panthers.  Aaron Rodgers will have a tough outing against the Carolina defense and he is not going to be looking Cobb's way for any help. Don't waste a slot on him.

T. Y. Hilton - A good player who is looking at a challenging week. The Denver D holds the best receivers in the game to under 10 points per contest on a regular basis. With the byes this week it will be tough to make this call but it will pay off in the end. Lesser WRs have much better opportunities.

Tight End


Heath Miller - I have been telling you to sit Heath for far too long, but last week he exploded. That is due to Big Ben's return. Roethlisberger, unlike Michael Vick, uses his star tight end as a weapon. The Raiders struggle to take away that weapon, so that is the first area Pittsburgh will look to exploit.  Welcome back to the show Heath. You are just in time, considering what I am going to say next.


Jason Witten - The Eagles do a good job against the tight end position. If Romo were healthy I would still want Witten starting for me, but that is not the case. Jason Witten has had many good days and more are to follow, but this weekend will not be one of those.

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