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Fantasy Football Week 9: Start/Sit 

Jeremy Maclin WR Philadelphia Eagles– It’s been a quiet year for Maclin so far, as he has registered just two double digit games in the first eight weeks. However, there isn’t much better medicine for a struggling offensive player then a matchup with the Saints. I expect both Maclin and Desean Jackson to have big games against a passing defense that hasn’t stopped anyone yet.

Bench guys like Jordy Nelson, Miles Austin, and Torrey Smith in favor of Maclin this week.

Greg Olsen TE Carolina Panthers– I love the Panthers matchup with the Redskins this week, so I think anyone on the Panthers is a solid sleeper this year. Olsen is probably the best option, as he is Newton’s second favorite target after Steve Smith. Look for Olsen to have a big game against a Redskins defense that is full of holes.

Go with Olsen over tight ends like Kyle Rudloph, Brandon Pettigrew, and Jermaine Gresham.


Chris Johnson RB Tennessee Titans– Things are finally starting to look up for Chris Johnson, and then he is faced with this matchup. The Bears have the lethal combination of speed and size that represents the perfect recipe for shutting this guy down. I don’t expect Johnson to do much against this stalwart of a defense.

I’d bench Johnson in favor of Rashard Jennings, Mikel Leshoure, and Doug Martin.

Steve Johnson WR Buffalo Bills- Stevie Johnson has yet to register a 100-yard day so far this season, and a matchup with Houston doesn’t look like it will be his first. Johnson should draw plenty of attention from a really solid defense, so I’m not expecting much from him. Jonathan Joseph should contain him well, as the Texans will look to make the Bills beat them on the ground.

This week, I’d go with Mike Williams, Desean Jackson, and Lance Moore over Stevie.

Martellus Bennett TE New York Giants– Bennett started the season off with three double digit games, but in the last five games combined, he has registered just 10 points, including two one reception games. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, I don’t expect much to change. Manning will have plenty of options to look to, and it certainly seems like Bennett is very low on Manning’s target depth chart.

I like Brent Celek, Jared Cook, and Brandon Meyers over Bennett with this week’s matchups.

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