The 2009 NFL season is just over its midpoint and dynasty league playoffs are shaping up quite nicely. In this edition of Dynasty Central, we'll take a look at some key players to sit and start for Week 9, sleepers that you could steal for the future, as well as a few picks for the coming week.
For those of you who stumbled into this article and are unfamiliar with the structure of a dynasty/heavy keeper style league, they are set up in a very different way than what you are probably accustomed to. Depending on the particular setup a league has, a dynasty league means you keep almost every player that you have on your roster from year to year and draft all free agents and rookies or just rookies alone. This is about as close to the NFL you can get in fantasy football and it is a growing fad in the fantasy universe.
By week 9, many players have gotten injured, benched, or somewhere in the middle (See Larry Johnson) and it's time to find those replacements for your bench that are very much needed throughout all of fantasy football season. Sits and Starts for Week 9 coming at you:
Start: Ahmad Bradshaw (RB/NYG) - The Chargers rank 21st in the league for points allowed and 27th for rushing yards allowed. Even though the Giants split time with Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw gets the majority of passing downs plus most of the carries on 1st and 2nd downs. He's not going to have a breakout game or anything, but he should be good for at least 60-70 yards and a touchdown.
Sit: Ryan Moats (RB/HOU) - Don't you fall into this trap! Moats was the 6th most added player this week after his 3 TD performance against Buffalo. That's right, Buffalo. I would put my money on the fact that last week was a fluke due to the fact that he was playing the league's worst defense. Look for him to be near the top of the list as one of the most cut players come Week 10 or 11.
Start: TJ Houshmanzadeh (WR/SEA) - Matt Hasselbeck should rebound this week with an easy game against Detroit and the Seattle wide outs should benefit. Look for him to spread the ball around between Housh. and the remaining receivers. John Carlson also wouldn't be a bad pick.
Sit: Anybody Wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Uniform - Let's face it, the Buc's have no chance at producing this year. If you are one of those owners still holding out hope for Derrick Ward, it's time to throw in the towel. Even if Ward has a decent day at best, there's no chance it continues. I would try and trade him to an unsuspecting Tampa Bay fan or another owner in your league who is easily convinced that he's still got something left for this year. He's not a bad keeper choice, but this year he's not going anywhere.
Along with the decline of some thought-to-be studs comes the rise of backups and in a dynasty league. The earlier you find these hidden gems, the better you will be in the coming years. Here are some big sleepers that you should try and cash in on:
Malcolm Floyd (WR/SD) - The cat may already be out of the bag on Malcolm Floyd, but with Chris Chambers' departure, Floyd's stock took a huge leap upwards. 6'5" with the speed of some of the faster receivers out there; I like what I see.
Jerome Harrison (RB/CLE) - With Jamal Lewis declaring retirement once the '09 season comes to a close, Harrison will be the leading candidate for the starting job for next season. Yes, I know this is Cleveland we're talking about but there's no point in not taking a chance on him.
Jamaal Charles (RB/KC) - Some people don't really look at the Chiefs and think about whom their running-back is with Larry Johnsons absence. That would be Jamaal Charles. Charles was a star in college at the University of Texas and has had his moments thus far. I would take a flier on Charles. If the Chiefs ever manage to rebuild their O-line, I could see him becoming a perennial all star.
Beanie Wells (RB/ARI) - Even though he hasn't done much so far, Tim Hightower's carries and targets are declining every week. The Cardinals are trying to work Beanie in and, when he doesn't fumble, he's relatively solid. I like him for the future of the Arizona backfield.
With these suggestions, you could have a very successful Week 9 and beyond. In the meantime here is my Upset Alert of the Week:
Carolina Panthers over New Orleans Saints (by 4) - The Panthers are hot, despite an embarrassing loss to the Bills two weeks ago, they dismantled one of the league's 'premier' teams in the Arizona Cardinals last week. Jake Delhomme has some new found confidence and that come in handy for him. Look for a big game receiving from DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith, as New Orleans has become strong against the run. All this said I still expect a good game out of Drew Brees, because the man is simply a fantasy god. I'm feeling a good old fashion shoot out, so don't play either defense if you have one. Game time is only hours away and Week 9 should not disappoint.