NFL Week 9: NFL Picks and Fantasy Football Start Em'/Sit Em'

Will DanielsonAnalyst INovember 6, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  A Dallas Cowboys cheerleader performs at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Get ready for a great week in the NFL! There are many great games this week, such as Peyton Manning and the Colts heading down to Philadelphia to take on Michael Vick and the Eagles. 

Here are five storylines to watch this week.

Will the Dallas Cowboys finally turn it around and win some games? Roy Williams thinks so. He thinks that the Cowboys will win their next nine and make the playoffs.

How will the Vikings do with Randy Moss gone? Is Percy Harvin still going to dominate with more pressure on him? Will the team even listen and respect coach Brad Childress now that the owner has stated he thought of firing the coach?

How will Vick do in his return to the NFL since injuring his ribs? Will he still play like an MVP?

Can the Bucs prove that they are a real threat in the NFC like their coach thinks? We will find out this week when they head down to Atlanta to play the Falcons. If they can win one on the road against one of the best NFC teams, they can prove they are contenders.

Oakland has dominated the past two weeks, but they are playing a really good team in Kansas City. Will Oakland keep the scoring up?

Fantasy Advice

Quarterbacks to start: Joe Flacco: Flacco has always dominated at home. Miami is not too good at the safety position, so look for him to throw it all over.

Mark Sanchez: Everyone hates this guy because of the coverage he gets and he is overrated, but he is a good player. He is playing the Lions this week. The only person capable of picking off a pass there is Alphonso Smith.

Quarterbacks to sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick: Ever since getting the nod for Buffalo, he has put up great numbers. I wouldn't expect it this week. The Bears are first against the pass.

Matt Schaub: He hasn't been a top ten fantasy QB all season, and the Chargers have the second ranked pass defense. I wouldn't start him.

Running backs to start: Ryan Mathews: Last week, the Texans struggled against Mike Hart. Who? Start Ryan Mathews.

Kansas City Running backs: Oakland is 31st against the run, and we all know that these two backs, Charles and Jones, can both get 100 yards. Start both.

Running backs to sit: Legarrette Blount: He has been the most picked up player this week and I picked him up too. He is great. Just don't play him this week. The Falcons haven't given up 84 rushing yards since Week 2.

Panthers running backs: They have been horrible this season, and Williams might not play. Until Jeff Otah gets back, don't play them.

Wide Receivers to start: Lance Moore: He has played great for the Saints since Reggie Bush's injury. 

Patrick Crayton: With Gates injured, Floyd injured, and Jackson gone, expect Crayton to be the No. 1 receiver of the best fantasy QB in the league.

Dwayne Bowe: Nnamdi Asumagojfdhfao (Asomugha) is out for the game so start Bowe. 

Wide Receivers to sit: Roy E Williams: Dez Bryant has surpassed him on the depth chart and is now the fourth option. With Jon Kitna as the QB, don't expect too much from Roy.

Chad Ochocinco: Ocho spent the whole offseason filming TV shows while T.O. worked hard. It has shown on the field, as T.O is clearly the No. 1 option. 

Tight Ends to start: Jacob Tamme: This guy proves that a) Dallas Clark may not be a top ten tight end in the league and that b) It is Peyton Manning to ______________ and they dominate. Start this guy.

John Carlson: The Giants have knocked out fve QBs this season and need a person to do short routes to gain yards. Carlson is your man.

Tight Ends to sit: Antonio Gates: I don't think he is playing this week. This might be a game time decision, but I would not play him yet.

Zack Miller: He is good tight end and a usual start, but he was on crutches a few days ago and will not play great.

NFL Picks

*= upset pick

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Line: Falcons by 8.5

Falcons - 24, Bucs - 17

Chicago at Buffalo

Line: Bears by 3

Bills - 13, Bears - 10 *

New England at Cleveland

Line: Patriots by 4.5

Patriots - 28, Browns - 21

New York (A) at Detroit

Line: Jets by 4

Jets - 30, Lions - 17

New Orleans at Carolina

Line: Saints by 6.5

Saints - 38, Panthers - 6

Baltimore at Miami

Line: Ravens by 5

Ravens - 24, Dolphins - 15

San Diego at Houston

Line: Chargers by 3

Texans - 17, Chargers - 14 *

Arizona at Minnesota

Line: Vikings by 8

Arizona - 21, Vikings - 20 *

New York (N) at Seattle

Line: Giants by 7

Giants - 21, Seahawks - 17

Indianapolis at Philadelphia

Line: Eagles by 3

Colts - 30, Eagles - 17

Kansas City at Oakland

Line: Raiders by 1

Raiders - 24, Chiefs - 21

Dallas at Green Bay

Line: Packers by 7

Packers - 42, Cowboys - 27

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

Line: Steelers by 4.5

Steelers - 28, Bengals - 10


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