Here’s a look at some fantasy football matchups that just might help you and your fantasy team come away with victory in Week 9.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been a complete and utter disaster when you consider preseason expectations and fantasy draft position.
Through seven games, he’s had a multiple touchdown game just once, and he’s on pace for a career-high 18 interceptions. With that sobering disclaimer out of the way, Ryan comes out of his bye with a fantastic opportunity to kick-start the second half of his season in a cupcake matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
In their past four games, the Colts have surrendered a staggering 11 touchdowns, while failing to record a single interception. Moreover, they’ve given up a generous 287 passing yards per game over their past six contests.
With wideout Julio Jones expected to make his return to the lineup, Ryan’s primed for one of his best games of the season.
LeGarrette Blount, RB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New Orleans Saints Defense
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount is expected to return to action this Sunday after missing two games due to a left knee sprain.
He’ll be greeted back to the gridiron by a New Orleans Saints defense that’s surrendering a deplorable 5.8 yards per carry.
The Saints allowed Carolina's DeAngelo Williams to crack 100 yards for the first time since November '09, then they gave up a combined 131 yards to Blount’s backup, Earnest Graham.
In Week 7, Indianapolis Colts rookie Delone Carter and borderline first-round bust Donald Brown combined for 147 all-purpose yards and a score.
Finally, St. Louis Rams workhorse Steven Jackson rolled up 191 combo yards and notched a two-touchdown effort for the first time in 37 games. Consider LaGarrette Blount a strong RB2 with RB1 upside.
Victor Cruz, WR (New York Giants) vs. New England Patriots Defense
Second-year wideout Victor Cruz has run hot and cold all season, and the forecast calls for a strong chance of salsa dancing this week in New England.
With Hakeem Nicks joining Ahmad Bradshaw on the sidelines in Week 9, the New York Giants could be without their two best playmakers against a team that invites shootouts.
The Giants will expect Cruz and teammate Mario Manningham to pick up the slack against a New England Patriots team that ranks No. 32 in defending opposing wideouts. Sixteen different receivers have scored and/or reached 70 yards against New England through seven games this season.
Good news fantasy footballers: Cruz and Manningham should be No. 17 and No. 18.
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