3 Spot: Matchups to Avoid NFL Week 9
Here are three players you should consider benching for week 9 in fantasy football.
1. Chris Ivory-NYJ– Ivory has been the Jets best running back this season—even with the arrival of Chris Johnson. While most experts predicted Johnson would be the Jets lead back, it has been Ivory through the first eight weeks of the season. Ivory has racked up 475 yards rushing while averaging just under five yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns. While the former Saint has been very consistent so far this season, his matchup against the Chiefs this week means he should be on your bench. The Chiefs are the third best team against opposing running backs in fantasy, allowing an average of 11 points in standard leagues. In comparison, Atlanta is the worst team against opposing running backs allowing 25+ points per week. The Chiefs defense will look to stop the Jets running game making Michael Vick beat them with his arm. Something the former number one pick has yet to prove playing in New York. If you have other decent running backs look to them instead of Chris Ivory this week.
2. Robert Griffin III- WASH– Washington fans get their starting quarterback back this week, whether they want him or not. Even though the Redskins are 2-0 when Colt McCoy is at quarterback head coach Jon Gruden is going with Griffin as the teams starting quarterback. If you are a Griffin owner you may want to wait one more week before putting him in your starting lineup. There are a couple reasons behind my theory: 1. The matchup against the Vikings may look good because they are a 3-5 team, but Minnesota has one of the best defenses against the pass. The Vikings also give up the second least amount of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks–an average of only 13 points per contest. Not good for your starting fantasy quarterback in a quarterback driven league. The other cause for concern would be rust. Griffin has not played in a game since week two, and in the game and a half he played, he was not productive, failing to score a touchdown. Unless you are desperate this week, I would look elsewhere for a quarterback.
3. Charles Clay- MIA– While Clay might not be a starter in standard formats, he is owned in over 40% of fantasy leagues. Clay has had a disappointing start to his 2014 season catching 22 passes for 205 yards and only one touchdown. This week should be another disappointing one for the Dolphins tight end. Miami plays host to the San Diego Chargers who are the toughest team against opposing fantasy tight ends, allowing an average of 4 points per game. Yes 4. This alone should be enough for you to bench Clay, but if it’s not here is another reason: he only caught one pass last week against a bad Jaguars team, and Clay has only surpassed 50 yards receiving once this season. There are plenty of other tight end targets to start this week instead of Clay.