Another tough week for team owners as 6 teams are on a bye. My one real fail last week was thinking that Saints receiver Marques Colston was going to have a big day against the Bills. The “Quiet Storm” seems to have been downgraded to a depression. And speaking of depression, Colston owners are well aware that he has just 44 yards receiving over the last 3 games and hasn’t scored a TD since week 1. Talk about ice cold.
Here’s my take on some other players in week 9:
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
Yes, Matty Ice threw for 301 yards against Arizona last week, but the Julio Jones/Roddy White-less QB had four interceptions with just one touchdown. Now, Ryan and the struggling Falcons face another tough match-up in Carolina. The Panthers are the league's ninth ranked pass defense and have allowed an average of 222 yards per game. If you have another decent option, I say let Ryan ride the pine.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola
Following his 10 catch, 104-yard performance in Week 1, fantasy owners were anticipating a big season from the former St Louis WR who was signed to take Wes Welker’s role in the Pats offense. Since then though he has been injured and has caught just nine passes for 70 yards. Amendola returned to the field last week, but caught just three passes for 15 yards. The Patriots' passing game has not been in sync all season, and I don’t expect them to get back on track against the Steelers D.
Saints RB Pierre Thomas
I love me some PT, but this week the Saints face a Jets defense that leads the NFL allowing just 78 yards per contest. This does not bode well for the Black and Gold’s ground game that averages just 85 yards per game.
Thomas hasn’t been lighting it up in fantasy football as is, so even though your roster may be thin due to the bye week, I’d sit the PT Bruiser in NYC.
Raiders QB Terelle Pryor
Pryor has a cupcake match-up at him this week against Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are giving up the second most total yards in the NFL at a rate of 402 yards per game. Pryor offers the dual running and passing threat, giving him more opportunity to score fantasy points. With all the quarterbacks on bye and injured, he makes for a very attractive start this week. I’m even choosing to play him over Tom ‘Not So Terrific” Brady.
Rams RB Zac Stacy
The St. Louis Rams may have lost the game Monday night, but that shouldn't take away from the coming out party for rookie running back Zac Stacy. He carried the ball 26 times for 134 yards and looked really good. Stacy showed tremendous power, good speed and great vision against a lethal Seahawks defense.
Now he goes up against the Tennessee Titans, who are the league's 23rd ranked run defense and have allowed eight touchdowns on the ground this year.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen
The plan in San Diego was to bring this rookie along slowly; but then Diego was hit with injuries and Allen was pushed into a starting role. Over the past four games he has caught 23 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
This week Chargers QB Philip Rivers has the pleasure of facing the Redskins, who are giving up 273 yards per game through the air, tied for fifth worst in the NFL. Allen has become one of Rivers' most trusted receivers and fully expect them to continue to gel, meaning consistent numbers every week for fantasy owners.