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Fantasy Football: Week Nine Cheat Sheet

Plugging in you studs at RB, QB, and WR is easy. Filling in the fringes of your roster every week is not. We agonize over these decisions until 7 minutes before kickoff, then kick ourselves about the guys we started 10 minutes after kickoff. We’re taling about the WR/TE Flex and WR/RB Flex plays, and they’re a bitch.

Down the stretch of the Fantasy Football regular season, ETB has made small change in policy. We have expanded our Position Rankings to include 20 Quarterbacks, 30 Running backs, 36 Wide Receivers, 15 Tight Ends and 15 Team Defenses. You can now refer to those ranks for your WR3 and RB2 options. For the remainder of the season our Cheat Sheet will only focus on those crucial flex-position rankings.

Vernon Davis is muscular

Hope you’re ready to Melvin your opponent–Empty the Bench’s Week Nine Cheat Sheet is here.

Week 9 Cheat Sheet Rankings

Week 9 Wide Receiver/Tight End Flex Plays

1. Bobby Engram, Seattle @ CLE
2. Reggie Brown, Philadelphia vs. DAL
3. Vernon Davis, San Francisco @ ATL
4. Tony Scheffler, Denver @ DET
5. Brandon Stokley, Denver @ DET
6. Donald Lee, Green Bay @ KC
7. Eric Johnson, New Orleans vs. JAX
8. David Patten, New Orleans vs. JAX
9. James Jones, Green Bay @ KC
10. Jeff King, Carolina @ TEN

Fortune Cookies: Cleveland’s secondary is one of the league’s worst and Matt Hasselbeck is rolling, so with Deion Branch likely out Bobby Engram should be active and catch at least 5 or 6 passes… We have a feeling there’ll be points a-plenty in this big NFC East clash, and Reggie Brown went over 100 yards receiving last week… Vernon Davis produced in garbage time against the Saints, and should take advantage of Team Turmoil as Alex Smith’s only reliable receiving target… We love this matchup for Broncos TE Tony Scheffler, who’ll be extra motivated as he comes back to his home state of Michigan to take on a Lions defense that gives up big yardage… Ditto for Brandon Stokley, whose speed, good hands, and knack for getting open will serve him well as Jay Cutler’s #2 wideout option… Fellow TE Bubba Franks is out, and Donald Lee has not caught less than 3 passes in any given week; he’s also due for a TD having not scored since Week 2… Drew Brees is back and spreading the ball around rather well; both Eric Johnson and David Patten figure to benefit from solid coverage on Marques Colston and Devery Henderson… That was one helluva play on Monday Night from rookie James Jones, who ran past Champ Bailey then juked his way into the endzone for a 79-yard TD… David Carr doesn’t have an arm and the Titans can get to the quarterback, so Jeff King could be in for some dump passes…

Stallworth will have his chances against the Colts

Week 9 Wide Receiver/Running Back Flex Plays

1. Chris Chambers, San Diego @ MIN
2. Donte’ Stallworth, New England @ IND
3. Ryan Grant, Green Bay @ KC
4. Roddy White, Atlanta vs. SF
5. Bobby Engram, Seattle @ CLE
6. Selvin Young, Denver @ DET
7. Kenny Watson, Cincinnati @ BUF
8. Reggie Brown, Philadelphia vs. DAL
9. Jerious Norwood, Atlanta vs. SF
10. Ladell Betts, Washington @ NYJ

Fortune Cookies: Chris Chambers is in a familiar system and quickly adjusting to his new teammates, and the Vikings secondary is porous… The Colts may have the NFL’s best pass defense on paper, but we don’t see how they keep up with Welker, Moss and Donte’ Stallworth… The Packers don’t run much and it’s not an easy matchup on the road, but Ryan Grant is the starting RB in a very good offense… Roddy White just keeps chugging along; he’s on pace for over 1,000 yards and draws a poor secondary… The Seahawks will still lean on Bobby Engram as a possession receiver against the most fantasy-friendly secondary in football… Selvin Young was extremely impressive last week, and he should start stealing more and more carries as Henry’s suspension looms… Kenny Watson has clearly been the Bengal’s best rusher this season, and the Bills aren’t anything to be afraid of… Reggie Brown is back with 17 receptions in the last three games, and the Dallas secondary isn’t as good as people think… Petrino has finally seen the light, and we think Jerious Norwood finally starts seeing the touches he deserves… Portis looks hurt to us, and this was right about where Ladell Betts started to go off last season. The Jets would be a perfect opponent for Betts to get back in the mix…

More Week Nine Fantasy Goodness:

ETB’s Week Nine Matchups

ETB’s Week Nine Position Ranks

ETB’s Week Nine Stock Report

ETB’s Week Nine Quick Hits

ETB’s Week Nine Fantasy Mailbag

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