A few large uprooted trees (thankfully falling away from my house) and being without power for upwards of four days now has been challenging. From running out of clothes, (yes I wore a throwback Phillies hoody to my meeting this morning) to growing a beard resembling that of Houston Rockets guard James Harden, to eating by single candlelight like a forgotten cast member of the Waltons. So aside from that, and my coworkers starting to point and stare at the homeless guy sitting in my office, things are decent all things considered.
However with all that said, I wanted to take a second to send my thoughts and prayers out to the folks along the east coast who really felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. I sincerely hope you receive the helps and support you so deserve, to ultimately rise up and rebuild not only your homes, but your lives. Stay strong.
Let’s take a look at some possible fantasy Bust candidates for Week 9:
QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings – The Seattle Seahawks are a tough defense, but at home they seem to rise to another level entirely. The Vikings need a solid outing from Ponder to establish much needed balance to be successful, but he’ll have his work cut out for him. After a less than stellar start last week, Ponder will need to step up and I am not overly confident he will. This is a tough measuring stick for sure.
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – This has gotten me into trouble before, but who doesn’t like sticking their finger in the electric socket every now and again? Call this a gut play more than anything else, but I think this week against the Dallas Cowboys the wheels to the Ryan Express fall off just a bit. I have a strange suspicion the Cowboys come out strong and cause Ryan some headaches. Obviously Ryan won’t be benched on my Nostradamus-like premonitions, but I think Ryan has his issues and Dallas knocks the Falcons from the ranks of the unbeaten.
RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans – There is no mistaking Johnson’s solid play as of late. However forgive me if I am a little nervous as he faces the league’s best run defense in the Chicago Bears. If Johnson shocks the world with a solid performance great, but even if he was knocking ‘em dead up to this point, I’d be leery of a stellar outing this week.
RB Alex Green, Green Bay Packers – One would think in a passing offense as prolific as the Packers, the run game would open up just a little. If that is going to be the case, it’s not going to be this week. After getting throttled last week by the San Francisco 49ers, I expect the Cardinals defense to be primed to stop whatever they can, and that will be at the very least, the tepid rushing attack of the Pack.
RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars – Even though Jennings has taken over for injured starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew, if the Jags are playing from behind as I expect, the running game could be abandoned sooner as opposed to later. Since the Detroit Lions defense hasn’t been overly effective, stranger things have happened, but Jacksonville will need to do whatever they can to stay close. If the can, Jennings could flourish. If not, his effectiveness could go out the window.
WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants – Quite honestly he’s been a disappointment in 2012, the leg issues, lack of overall performance, etc. Now he gets to face one of the league’s better defenses against the pass in Pittsburgh. He has the pedigree but not the results to make me thing he’ll be any more than a sub-50 yard performer on Sunday.
WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings – It is always difficult betting against a talent like Harvin, since his wide skill set makes him difficult to defend. That said, while he might display some special-teams fireworks, from a receiving standpoint, he could very well find the road a rough one against the Seahawks.
WR Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins – While he seems t be favored by QB Robert Griffin III in the middle of the field, not so much when the Redskins are inside the red zone. That in itself causes Hankerson’s fantasy relevancy to fade just a bit. While this is a decent matchup, as long as WR Santana Moss continues to get the love where it counts, Hankerson has bust written all over him.
TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants –After a red hot start that began with three touchdown receptions in as many games, Bennett has quieted down a bit. Cranking things back up against the Steelers defense that is pretty strong in the middle might be difficult. If he is used as a security blanket if QB Eli Manning feels the need to unload the ball quickly Bennett may post solid numbers, but I see Manning slinging the ball down field despite pressure.
TE Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans – He could be called in to block more than in a receiving role, so that will hinder his effectiveness without question. It’s a waste of a talent in my opinion as Cook has skills regardless of his inconsistencies. Quite honestly, I’d steer clear of this matchup entirely.
TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers – Has be proven anyone wrong? The Chargers have been a mess offensively as of late and until I see different, Gates will continue fall into this category. The Chiefs have had their issues thus far in 2012 but I expect them to contain the underachieving Gates.
Have a great week!
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