Hello again, fellow fanatics and welcome to week 9. Amazing that we’re half way through the season already. Even more amazing that I’m 8-0 in one league and 6-2 in the other. I sincerely hope everyone of my readers is doing as well if not better. Let’s get things started!
Matt Ryan is hosting Tampa Bay this week. Ryan is having a quietly great season. More importantly, in three games at home this year he’s averaging 266 yds with 7tds and 3 interceptions. The Falcons have the Bucs as a favorable matchup in Atlanta. The Bucs have given up multiple tds in their past 5 games.
Jay Cutler is at Buffalo this weekend and as always, there’s a lot of risk in starting Cutler. That said and in spite of the 19 sacks in his last 3 games, he should do well in this spot. Coming off the last 3 BYE weeks, Cutler has thrown for 855 yds, 7 tds and 7 interceptions. The Bills have allowed 5 QBs to throw multiple TDs this year. Cutler is no longer an every week starter but this could be a good week to start him.
Joe Flacco is hosting Miami this weekend and in his past five games prior to the BYE week, Flacco had 10 TDs and 1 interception. The Dolphins have allowed multiple TDs in their past 3 games with two 300 yd performances during that span. Joe should be good to go here.
Eli Manning is in Seattle this weekend and he’s been playing at a high level with 780 passing yds, 9 TDs and 5 interceptions. Historically, Manning does well coming off the BYE with 651 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception the past two years. He has a good history vs. Seattle who are 29th vs. the pass this year.
Josh Freeman is in Atlanta this weekend and he should be able to make plays against the Falcons secondary. Last year he was 20 of 29 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns with 14 rushing yards, and Freeman has been consistent this season in his production. He hasn't thrown an interception in his past three games. The Falcons have allowed 738 passing yards, six touchdowns and one interception in their past two games.
I do not reconmmend Mark Sanchez at Detroit, Carson Palmer vs. Pittsburgh, Matt Cassel at Oakland,Jon Kitna at Green Bay, Brett Favre vs, Arizona and Matt Stafford vs. New York Jets.
Peyton Hillis vs. New England does not give up a lot of production to running backs but Hillis should find a way since he’s done just that all year. He has 6 TDs n his past seven games and he should be widely used as a No. 2 running back active in all leagues this week.
Brandon Jacobs is at Seattle this week. Even though Ahmad Bradshaw is now the starter, Jacobs will get into the game and get the goal line stand as he has done all year. He has 5 TDs in his past four games. He has found himself getting back into the 3rd down and goal line back production that brought him to light several years ago for the Giants. He seems to be more comfortable in that role.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is at Cleveland this weekend and it seems that all he does is score TDs. He has 6TDs in the past 5 games Last week vs. the Vikings, he had 112 yds on 17 carries and 2 TDs. He’ll be looking to build on that performance. He is a threat in the red zone. We can also recommend Danny Woodhead as a sleeper this weekend as he seems to be productive each week.
Ryan Mathews visits Houston this weekend. He seems to be fully recovered from his earlier ankle injury and has taken over the starting role once again. Last weekend while sharing time, Mathews had 15 carries for 43 yds and one TD. That said, Houston has given up 7 tds to opposing RB’s this season.
Shonn Greene is at Detroit this weekend and is a recommended start as a backup to Tomlinson. Halfway through the season, it’s important to note that due to his age, Tomlinson may start to wear down and that is where Greene should begin to get more active against opposing defenders. He has only had 15 carries in the last two games for a total of 65 yds but this could change beginning this week as we approach the halfway point.
I do not recommend Javid best vs. New York Jets, Cedric Benson vs. Pittsburgh, Ronnie Brown at Baltimore, Felix Jones at Green Bay or Beanie Wells at Minnesota.
Dez Bryant is at Green Bay this weekend and the Cowboys should be throwing quite a bit in this matchup. Bryant had 7 catches for 84 yds and 2 TDs last week vs. Jacksonville andhe should be quite productive against Green Bay this weekend. Bryant, with Jon Kitna at QB, has passed Roy Williams as the number 2 target behind Miles Austin.
Johnny Knox is at Buffalo this weekend and he continues to play at a high level. In his last two games vs. Seattle and Washington, Knox has 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. This should be a good game for receivers with Know, Steve Johnson and Lee Evans leading the way.
Steve Breaston is in Minnesota this weekend and he’s a great no. 3 receiver in this matchup. Last week, coming off a knee injury, Breaston had 8 catches for 147 yds and 1 carry for 14 yds. He has a favorable matchup this weekend vs. the Vikings depleted secondary so look for both him and Larry Fitzgerald to have productive games.
Mike Williams at Atlanta this weekend and the Falcons have given up a lot of big games to wide receivers this year. Atlanta has allowed six touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. It helps getting Duanta Robinson back from the concussion, but Williams is on an impressive roll. In his past two games against St. Louis and Arizona he has 9 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. He has scored a touchdown in all three road games this year.
Patrick Crayton at Houston this weekend. As long as Floyd, Naanee and Jacson are not in the lineup, I’ll continue to recommend Crayton. Antonio Gates cannot catch every pass from Rivers and Crayton seems to be filling to role nicely. In his past 3 games, Crayton has 17 catches for 245 yds. This is a great matchup this weekend since Houston has allowed 10 TDs to opposing wide receivers with 8 of the going over 80 yds each.
I do not recommend, Mike Williams vs. New York Giants, Santanio Holmes at Detroit, Roy Williams at Green Bay, Deion Branch at Cleveland Nate Burleson vs. New York Jets or Chad Ochocinco vs. Pittsburgh.
Jacob Tamme is at Philadelphia this weekend and like last weekend, he is a stron recommendation here. Last week at Houston he posted 64 yds on 6 catches and 1 TD. He’s still below Dallas Clark in production as is anyone not names Gates, however, he has proven to be a target for Peyton Manning and that says a lot about the confidence the Colts have in Tamme.
Jacob Tamme (at PHI): As we've said numerous times, Tamme is not Dallas Clark. But he's playing in Clark's spot since he's out with a wrist injury, and he has the chance to post Clark-like stats as we saw last week against Houston, when he had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Eagles, who have allowed at least nine Fantasy points to three of the past four tight ends
Owen Daniels is hosting San Diego this weekend. I’ve not recommended Daniels much in the past but I believe it’s time to trust him. This is the best matchup that he’s had all season as San Diego has allowed tight ends to have good numbers this season. This is a good chance for Daniels to join this crowd. He’s a good BYE week replacement this week.
Benjamin Watson is hosting New England this weekend and he has proven to be a quality receiver this year for the Browns. Also, Watson has extra motivation this weekend as the Patriots are his former team. Watson has at least 5 catches in his past 4 games 3 games with at least 60 yds and 3 tds. This should be a favorable matchup as New England has allowed tight ends 4 TDs this year.
I do not recommend Todd Heap vs. Miami, Jermaine Gresham vs. Pittsburgh, Brent Celek vs. Indianapolis or Tony Moeaki at Oakland
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
I recommend New Orleans at Carolina
Minnesota vs. Arizona
New England at Cleveland
Kansas City at Oakland
I do not recommend Philadelphia vs. Indianapolis
I recommend Ryan Longwell vs. Arizona
Robbie Gould at Buffalo
Matt Bryant vs. Tampa Bay
Kris Brown at Houston
I do not recommend Ryan Succop at Oakland
Well that brings week 9 recommendations to a close. I hope all of you readers are enjoying this column in Clearys Notebook and I enjoy the comments, pro and con, from all of you!
I’ll continue with my column next week. 'Til then, happy Fantasy Footballing!