Start & Sit: Week 9

The NFL season is halfway home. Fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner.

It is crunch time.

With most fantasy managers gearing up for a late-season playoff push, it is more important now than ever to get the right guys in the lineup. Here a few guys that could affect your team’s performance — for better or worse — this weekend:

Start ’em


  • Derek Anderson v. Seahawks: Anderson is one of the best surprises of the season so far, and there is no reason to believe he cannot keep up the hot streak against Seattle at home this weekend.
  • Jay Cutler @ Lions: Cutler has played better the last few weeks. Too bad Javon Walker cannot suit up for this game, as Cutler likely will have to air it out to keep up with the Lions at home.


  • Clinton Portis @ Jets: Portis and the Redskins need to save face after getting whooped by the Patriots last week. This is a bounce-back game against a reeling Jets’ team.
  • Kevin Jones v. Broncos: Jones is getting healthier every week and starting to heat up. It is amazing how effective he can be in the Mike Martz offense.


  • Santana Moss @ Jets: If Moss is looking to get going at some point this year, this should be the game for him to start. Yes, he has been abysmal so far this season, but if any receiver in the league is due for a breakout, it is this guy.
  • Lee Evans v. Bengals: Evans is getting hot, as he always does in the second half of the season. He has a great matchup this week and his old quarterback (JP Losman) back at the helm.

Sit ’em


  • Kurt Warner @ Buccaneers: Warner has a good offense at his disposal but still a tendency to turn the ball over. Expect Jon Gruden and the Bucs’ D to blitz Warner relentlessly.
  • Kellen Clemens v. Redskins: We know you might be drinking the Clemens Kool-Aid too, but it is not time to start the guy yet. Unless, of course, you are absolutely desperate (probably hopeless, too).


  • Willis McGahee @ Steelers: McGahee is the lone bright spot on an anemic offense, so expect the Steelers to make him the focus of attention.
  • Frank Gore @ Falcons: It is time for Gore owners to start looking elsewhere. Gore’s injured ankle bothered him more and more as last weekend’s game went on, and more of the same is expected this weekend. If you have a better option, use it.


  • Marvin Harrison v. Patriots: Harrison still is banged up and may not even play this weekend. Even if he does, you may want to consider benching him in favor of someone else, because ole’ Marvin has not been too productive in the lineup this season.
  • Laveranues Coles v. Redskins: Coles suffered a concussion last weekend but is expected to play against the ‘Skins. With a new quarterback at the helm, though, Coles’ could see some inconsistency in the coming weeks.

Note: TH will answer start/sit questions until 4 p.m. (CST) today. Good luck this weekend to all! ~TH~

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8 Responses

  1. PPR League WR question

    Which 3 wr’s would you start?

    TJ Housh
    Anquan Boldin
    Donald Driver
    Kevin Curtis

    TJ Housh and Boldin is a lock in my opinion.

    for the 3rd spot i’m thinking of going with Curtis but not sure. Who would you pick out of Driver and Curtis for the 3rd spot?

  2. Hey Haz-
    League 1-
    I need 4 WRs here is what i have (colston, C. Johnson, S. Moss, Branch, Engram, R. Brown)

    League 2- Need 2 WRs (Branch, V. Jackson, D. Patten, S. Mcdeezzy)

    Thanks for your help

  3. Ava: Housh, Boldin and Curtis. Driver is the odd man out right now for some reason, and he seems to have become the possession guy. Meanwhile, Curtis has become McNabb’s go-to guy.

    Nokia: Colston, CJ, Moss and Brown for league 1. League 2 = Branch (if he plays) and VJax. If no Branch, then start VJax and Patten.

  4. I have Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson, should I start either one or should I go with Jericho Cothery in a ppr league for my flex spot? That is with me counting on Andre Johnson to play this week, if he does not play I would have to start Randel El to use a reciever in the flex spot. What do you think?


  5. Shaun: AJ is not going to play this weekend (according to, so you might want to make other arrangements. I think you should start Kenny Watson and use Jerricho Cotchery in the flex.

  6. Hey man,

    WR3 question for ya… which one?

    A. Davis (@Oak)
    A. Randle El (@NYJ)
    S. McDonald (v.DEN)

    The Kid

  7. I like Andre Davis @ Oakland. Good luck!

    I am cutting out early today (it is Friday!), so I will not make it to 4 p.m. CST. Good luck this weekend everyone!

  8. Maybe you could help me out a little further.

    My league has 2 R.B. spots, 2 W.R. spots and a flex spot. I am trying to decide what 5 to start out of Willie Parker, Adrian Peterson, Rudi Johnson, Kenny Watson, Jerricho Cotchery, Randel El, and T.O. It is a ppr league and I almost want to leave Watson and Johnson out all together and go with Randel El in the flex spot, while starting T.O. and Cotchery and as the W.R.’s and Peterson and Parker as the R.B.’s. I am a little nervous about the splitting of time that Watson and Johnson will be doing.

    Thanks again,

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