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QBs Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 9

In a week where it seems that there are not very many good matchups for non-elite QBs, you might be surprised what you will find.
Start of the Week:

Tony Romo vs. Minnesota Vikings

With how bad the Cowboys have been on defense here recently, and with Adrian Peterson on the other side of the field, this game looks as if it could be a shootout. This is a good sign for Tony Romo and the Cowboys passing game as they are facing a Viking defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. Romo also has a plethora of weapons at his disposal with Dez Bryant, emerging, young wide receiver Terrance Williams, and the always reliable tight end Jason Witten. Romo has the fourth most fantasy points this season, passing for 2,216 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. He is also completing an impressive 66.1 percent of his passes, with a 101.7 quarterback rating. Romo is in line for a good week, and after a heart-breaking loss against the Detroit Lions last week, the Cowboys are in need of a win to stay atop the NFC East. Look for the Cowboys to lean heavily on Romo this week.

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Cam Newton vs. Atlanta Falcons

Here recently, Cam Newton has been on a hot streak, finally running the ball more effectively, and limiting bad decisions and turnovers. He plays an Atlanta Falcons defense that is allowing the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year, so it looks as if Newton will have a good week. Over his four career games against Atlanta, Cam has averaged 254 passing yards a game and passing for six touchdowns. He has also averaged 71 yards rushing and rushed for another 3 touchdowns in those four games. Cam has looked very good these past few games, especially against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, and is making good decisions with mediocre wide receivers and an above average tight end in Greg Olson. It looks as if Cam will continue his hot streak this week and be a productive fantasy start.

Philip Rivers vs. Washington Redskins

Philip Rivers has easily been one of the most surprising fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, amassing the eighth most points among quarterbacks so far this season, even after his bye week. This week, he faces a Washington Redskins defense that has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Even with injuries to his two top wide receivers this season in Malcolm Floyd and Denario Alexander, he has made due, having his most accurate season of his career thus far. With the always reliable tight end Antonio Gates and emerging rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen, Rivers has had plenty of options to throw to, while also having running back Danny Woodhead as a weapon out of the back field. The Redskins have been terrible against the pass this year, so look for Rivers to have a good week passing against this porous defense.

Terrelle Pryor vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Pryor, even fairly inconsistent, always has the big play capability in him, case in point his 93 yard TD run against the Steelers last week. Even though he only passed for 88 yards and threw another two interceptions, granted against a good defense in Pittsburgh. This week he faces a Philadelphia Eagles defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. With a big arm and 4.35 speed, Terrelle has the potential to have a big week throwing and running. Pryor is always somewhat of a risk every week, but this week might be his best chance to have his biggest fantasy week of his season.

Sit of the Week:

Tom Brady vs. Pittsburgh
Tom Brady is having arguably the worst season of his illustrious career, passing for only 1,824 yards, nine touchdowns and six interception, while only completing 55.9 percent of his passes with a 75.1 rating. This week he is going up against a really good passing defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, that has allowed the second fewest points to quarterbacks in the league. Tom Brady, even though he has Rob Gronkowski back, still has limited weapons at wide receiver, with un-drafted rookie free agent Kenbrell Tompkins, injury prone Danny Amendola, slot receiver Julian Edelman, and another rookie Aaron Dobson. Those are definitely not very good receivers to work with, especially against this tough Steelers defense. Look for Brady to continue his tough season, and not produce very good points for fantasy owners.

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Matt Ryan vs. Carolina Panthers

Matt Ryan has a very tough matchup this week, facing the Carolina Panthers, who have given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks so far this season. Ryan has had a tough season so far in terms of the loss of weapons. He has lost Julio Jones and has basically been without Roddy White the majority of the season, also with a aging Tony Gonzalez, who has difficulty separating from defenders. With Harry Douglas as his only really legitimate wide receiver, Ryan has a very tough week ahead of him. Do not expect Ryan to be a fantasy stud this week, and if it is possible, find another quarterback to start this week.

Roethlisberger vs. New England Patriots

Roethlisberger has not had a very good season at all this year, with his best week being 18.94, while only averaging 14.46 points per game. This week, his road to fantasy relevancy does not get any easier, facing a New England Patriots defense that has allowed the eighth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks so far this season, and with Aqib Talib having a good chance of returning this week, it only strengthens a good Patriots pass defense. With Antonio Brown being Roethlisberger only legitimate weapon on the outside, teams has been focusing on stopping him, forcing Roethlisberger to throw to others. Also going against Roethlisberger is that their offensive line is decimated with injury and their running game has not been where is should be, making their offensive pass heavy, also making it very predictable for defenses to stop them. Look for Roethlisberger to have another rough week.
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