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Fantasy Focus: Cakes & Danny’s Week 9 Advice

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Here we go. The NFL season is moving to the 2nd half, and in fantasy leagues we are only a few weeks away from the playoffs. Time is running out to make up ground or move up the standings. We are here to help.

Each week, Cakes and Danny Rouhier will answer your questions and give you their opinions on what your moves should be. If you have any questions you’d like them to tackle, click here.

Alright guys, I’ve got two receiver positions open and a flex position open. I have Vincent Jackson, Dez Bryant, Sydney Rice, DHB, Santonio Holmes, and James Starks… I dont know what two receivers to start and if i should put Starks or my third best receiver in the flex! HELP PLEASE! -  Jonathan, Man with the Brostache

Cakes: I think you have to go with DHB and Dez Bryant based on their matchups; Heyward-Bey gets to face the Broncos in The Black Hole, and Bryant will try to rebound from a subpar outing in Philly last week, with a home date against the Seahawks.  Seattle has already allowed Victor Cruz, Mike Wallace, and Julio Jones to post 100+ receiving yard games this season, and Bryant should be next in line, if he’s not blowing what’s left of his signing bonus at Nordstrom.  Bench Jackson because of health concerns (hamstring) and the struggles of Philip Rivers, and ditto for Sidney Rice, since he has to deal with a pretty tough Dallas secondary.  I would fill the flex spot with Santonio Holmes; unlike the Redskins, the Jets should be able to move the ball against Buffalo, and he should be able to find the end zone and/or post a pretty nice stat line in the process.

Danny, I had Peyton and Bradford. Now, I’m down to Carson Palmer and Tebow. Who do I go with? – Liz, Clueless in Clifton

Danny: Give the Jorts one more turn. In real life, they may be ready to throw in the towel on the Tebow era but in our game, rushing yards by a QB make up for a lot of deficiencies. I’m not trusting Carson ‘off the couch’ Palmer until I see it and we haven’t seen it yet. Even though Denver can’t stop a sneeze at this point, I’d still role with Tebow against a below average Oakland D.

Cakes, Big Ben or Josh Freeman this weekend? – Mike, Burnin’ Rubber

Cakes: I think this is a no-brainer…Big Ben is too good to sit, even if he has to face the Ravens defense this week.  I know, the Ravens have the 3rd-ranked passing defense in the league, but Roethlisberger has been too hot lately to be given a seat on your fantasy pine.  How about 11 touchdowns and just 2 picks in his last 4 games?  Plus, he wants to redeem himself for his Week 1 flop against Baltimore, when he threw 3 interceptions in a 35-7 loss at M&T Bank Stadium.    Freeman has just been too streaky for me to play over a more proven commodity, and the matchup that favors the Bucs against the Saints on Sunday is to pound LeGarrette Blount at the league’s 23rd ranked rushing defense.  Go with Big Ben this week.

Do  I go with Torrey Smith, Plaxico, or Jabbar Gaffney? No PPR. Matt, Suck For Luck

Danny: Yuck. I remember my first fantasy league team. Kidding! Obviously, not a great situation here. Why? These are all terrible options. Which one of these is the thinnest fat kid? Hard to say. The Redskins O is atrocious and Gaffney is in line for his now patented 4 for 43 games. Torrey Smith is going up against a resurgent Pitt D that dominated pass wizards NE last week so he could be shutout (like he has been in 3 of the 7 team games this year unless you count the 1 catch for 1 yard a week after going for 152 & 3 TDs and I don’t). That leaves us with Plax. It’s a great matchup this week for Cheddar Bob and the rest of the Jets as they play against a bad Bills D. Don’t let last week fool you, they stink. Plax could be in line for a decent to sneaky WR2 type day with a few catches and a TD.

Need TE help. Do I go with Aaron Hernandez or Owen Daniels? – Adam, You Had Me At Helu

Cakes: First of all, great team name…made me chuckle.  I would give a slight edge to Hernandez over Daniels this week.  The Pats tight end doesn’t have the yardage that Daniels does, but he’s a more prolific touchdown threat, with 4,  to just 2 for Daniels.  Add in the fact that Joel Dreessen is emerging as a red-zone favorite of Matt Schaub’s, and I’m rolling with Hernandez.  The former Florida Gator has found the end zone in back to back games, and could make it three straight in what should be an entertaining tilt with the Giants in Foxboro this weekend.

Should I drop James Starks for Reggie Bush or trade him for Daniel Thomas? Bob- Here We Go

Danny: Short answer: no matter what I say, it will be wrong at some point. Miami is awful and they can’t figure out how to use their 2 backs so that they both have value. Mr. Kardashian should be a 15 touch per game guy with receptions and change of pace back style usage. Well, Miami can’t do that because again, they suck. So, we’ve had the merry-go-round with 1 healthy and 1 hurt and the healthy guy putting up mediocre numbers. Hard to predict how this will shake out going forward. That leaves us with Starks. He’s been right around 15 touches per for an obviously potent GB offense. I’m betting that once the weather starts to get colder and teams dedicate more and more to stop the pass, Starks will be more of a factor. Plus, I expect GB to be winning a lot of games and look to ice the clock which could mean more usage for Starks. They’re pretty smart up there in Green Bay and they’re not over using their young workhorse too early like so many teams do so that they’re left with a tired back during your fantasy playoffs. I’d ride Starks over those other two.

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