Fantasy Football: Week 9 Start/Sit and Last-minute Sleepers

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Oct 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates a touchdown with cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals and the Panthers tie in overtime 37-37. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

We have reached week 9 in the fantasy football season, and many owners will be stretched to the max this week with six teams on a bye week and many fantasy-relevant players continuing to deal with injuries. There should be some great games today with some awesome matchups, but the day will be much more enjoyable if you’ve got your fantasy lineup set up well.  To help you with that task even on this depth-stretching week, check out the week 9 start/sit advice in the following slides.   If you still have lineup-specific questions after that follow @FansidedFantasy on twitter and ask your question there. I’ll do my best to make sure you get an answer as soon as possible and definitely by kickoff.

Getting your players in the lineup who are in the best matchup is always a key to fantasy success although the strategy can be taken to the extreme as well.  If you have two players who produce about the same each week, one way to decide who should be in your lineup or on the bench is the strength of their opponents. Pinpointing favorable matchups to attack and unfavorable ones to avoid can be key to fantasy success and getting your much-needed win.

Each week in the beginning of this column I also include this  disclaimer–these start/sit recommendations are not absolute.  If you don’t have a comparable replacement due to a roster crunch, sometimes you are forced to go with a player in a bad matchup. It’s important to understand the matchups, but don’t overthink and sit down a matchup-proof star or replace a regularly-productive player if you have no other options.

Another part of this post each week is our weekly flier picks. These players could have a big week despite being fairly lowly ranked in one-week salary leagues and still available in many season-long leagues.  They are truly sleepers and shouldn’t be started except in case of emergency, but they represent a significant gamble that does carry legitimate upside. At the very least, these players should be monitored for future consideration.

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