Week 9 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Kurt Warner should humiliate his former team Sunday in St. Louis.


Week 9's Best...


QB: Kurt Warner. The Cardinals quarterback will go on the road to face the team he led to a title almost a decade ago, and should give the Rams memories of those days when he lights them up on Sunday. Warner threw for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns on the road against a very good Carolina defense last week, so who knows what he could do against the 26th ranked Rams pass defense. Probably something very good I'd guess, hence the week 9 best QB pick.
RB: Matt Forte. When the Bears and Lions met in week 5, Kyle Orton threw for 334 yards, but Forte ran for only 36 yards in a 34-7 Bears win. While I think Orton will still do just fine and is a top-5 QB play this week, I think Forte will have a huge day this time around against the 31st ranked Lions run defense. I mean really, can the Lions shut down a running back twice in a season? It just seems impossible.
WR: Andre Johnson. Ride the hot streak. 4 straight games of at least 9 catches and at least 130 yards! Stud. If the Texans are going to beat the Vikings, they know it's going to be through the air. The Vikings have arguably the best run defense in the league(until Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are suspended 4 games of coursd), but can be exploited by the passing game.
TE: Dallas Clark. Blew up last week with 7 catches, 91 yards, and 2 touchdowns. In receptions leagues, that's 28 damn points from a tight end. He now has 80 yards receiving in 3 of the last 4 games.
K: Stephen Gostkowski. The Patriots kicker is 16 of 17 on the season, with double-digit fantasy performances in his last 2 games. You've always gotta like when your kicker is indoors too.
D/ST: Chicago Bears. The Bears got 18 fantasy points against the Lions in week 5 in Detroit. Since then, they've struggled, allowing Matt Ryan to kick their ass, and allowing the Vikings to put up 41 points in a game the Bears somehow won in week 7. So the media's talking plenty of well-deserved crap about them, particularly the pass rush, and it sounds like their secondary is healthy for the first time in weeks. So you'd think they'd come out with some fire, and add in this is the Lions... they should have a big week.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Matt Ryan. Alright rook, I shouldn't have made you a shit pick last week. I apologize, and you're being rewarded now. Expect over 200 yards and a touchdown or 2 out of the Falcons QB at the Raiders this week.
RB: Fred Taylor. I think the Jaguars pound the ball against the Bengals. While I'd predict Maurice Jones-Drew to have the better week, Taylor should still get 10+ carries and have a good chance to find the end zone. Don't start him over a top-15 back, but should be a solid #2 RB or flex option.
WR: Greg Camarillo. The Broncos secondary is god awful right now(sorry Colorado friends), especially with Champ Bailey out. Camarillo has at least 4 catches in 4 of the last 5 games, and they'll be throwing the ball plenty in this one.
TE: Desmond Clark. The Bears #2 fantasy tight end should've had 3 catches for 60 yards and a touchdown last week, but fumbled at the 1 yard line, so just 3 catches for 59 yards and no touchdowns instead. Kyle Orton's starting to throw his way more, and any offensive player is a good play against the Lions. If you're looking for a tight end off the waiver wire, this is a good gamble.
K: Kris Brown. Call it a hunch. I think the Texans will be able to move the ball on the Vikings with their passing attack, so that should mean some opportunities for Brown. And like Gostkowski... indoors.
D/ST: Buffalo Bills. You can almost guarantee at least 1 interception courtesy of Brett Favre, as he has 10 on the season. Plus, this is a pretty good Bills defense.

Shit Picks...

QB: Jason Campbell. He had 328 passing yards last week... against the Lions. He also has yet to throw a pick this season and I predict that will happen against the #1 ranked Steelers pass defense. There's worse options out there this week, but these picks can't be completely obvious, otherwise I'd take Dan Orlovsky every week.
RB: Cedric Benson. He sucks, and they'll likely be playing from behind against the Jaguars.
WR: Roy Williams. Don't put too much into his 7 fantasy points last week. He knows how to run a fade route from the 1-yard line and catch a jump ball, that's how he got 6 of those 7 points. But he's likely still learning the Cowboys offense, and should take a backseat to at least a few of the Cowboys receivers for a couple more weeks.
TE: Donald Lee. Yes, he has 2 touchdowns over the last 3 games, but he has 2 catches or less in 3 of his last 4 games. Plus he'll be going up against a tremendous Titans defense on the road.
K: Nick Folk. He's only topped 10 fantasy points once this year, their offense is struggling to move the ball with Brad Johnson at quarterback, and they'll be on the road to face the New York Giants' 3rd ranked defense.
D/ST: Green Bay Packers. Kerry Collins does a great job protecting the ball, and their 25th ranked run defense will struggle to stop the undefeated Titans on the ground.


My Week 8 Picks(points from standard ESPN leagues)...

Best: Drew Brees(25 points), Clinton Portis(12 points), Andre Johnson(14 points), Antonio Gates(15 points), Matt Bryant(9 points) Baltimore Ravens(12 points).

Sleepers: Jeff Garcia(9 points), Benjarvus Green-Ellis(7 points), Josh Morgan(0 points), Billy Miller(8 points), Joe Nedney(9 points), New England Patriots(7 points).

Shit: Matt Ryan(15 points), Dominic Rhodes(10 points), Bobby Engram(4 points), Marcedes Lewis(3 points), Adam Vinatieri(3 points), San Diego Chargers(-5 points).


As always, I'll add any good links as they show up on the web, as well as update injuries. E-mail me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com if you have an article I should link. Also, feel free to critique any of my picks or rip on my awful picks from previous weeks.

Update(10/31, 3:45 PM ET): Some injury updates, Yahoo's rankings, and a couple articles from ESPN.

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