Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 9. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Nick Foles PHI VS. OAK

Remember when everyone was goo-goo-gaga for Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense? Yeah, it’s been that long since the opening night beat down they administered in the nation’s capital. Unfortunately even a switch from Vick to Foles isn’t going to do the Eagles much good. They have a decent enough matchup versus the Raiders but the Eagles have been too inconsistent to consider worthy of starting their QB in any format now. LeSean McCoy is still a must-start but Foles is currently under construction and must be benched until further notice.

Tom Brady NE VS. PIT

The Brady blues have set in full force for the owners of the Patriots prolific quarterback. It’s a difficult pill to swallow but Brady should be benched this week in favor of other options that include the Titan’s Jake Locker or Raider’s Terrelle Pryor. The Steelers aren’t the same defense as they were 3 or 4 years ago, but neither is this Patriots offense. I expect the running back committee to have better fantasy performances than pretty Tom on Sunday. Let Brady take a seat on your bench for this weekend.

Wide Receivers

Steve Johnson BUF VS. KC

Stevie, as his teammates and fans call him, faces a tough matchup in Kansas City. Not only is Johnson coming off an injury, but Buffalo is working with spare equipment at quarterback and a revived Andy Reid coached team that he’ll be facing off against. The Bills are better at home than on the road, but I am not a firm believer that the Chiefs, who put 4 players in the Pro-Bowl on defense last season, will blanket Johnson. No love for Stevie this weekend.

Marques Colston NO VS. NYJ

While the Saints keep on marching on and Brees continues to air it out, Colston’s targets have declined. As a result his fantasy value has been subpar for most of this season. Colston might be more injured than he is letting on and with Kenny Stills being showcased and Jimmy Graham back to full health it might make sense to bench him this week. There are better options this week who will see more targets. Do better than Colston.

Running Backs

Pierre Thomas NO VS. NYJ

The Frenchman, Pierre, is a tempting play this week against the Jets. However, I would like to remind all readers that the Jets are a tough team to run on. Even though they got spanked by the Bengals last week, the Rex Ryan led defensive unit is not one that is generous to opposing running backs. I would suggest benching Darren Sproles too. However, the passing game and Drew Brees is a different story entirely. Back to Pierre, I would like to say emphatically “Non, monsieur!”

DeMarco Murray DAL VS. MIN

Murray should be back and listed as active for this week’s action versus the Vikings. For DeMarco owners this should put them in a mad rush to force him into their starting lineup. However, not so fast my friends…I don’t like that matchup and I expect Romo to handle business via the air instead. Murray could have a good game, but I expect they’ll ease him back and he’ll see a lighter load if he does come back this weekend. No go for Murray.

Tight Ends

Brent Celek PHI VS. OAK

Celek is the quintessential enigma for fantasy owners. Since there is not much going on with the Eagles offense with or without Michael Vick, I would guess that Celek is not going to see many targets. Outside of McCoy and DeSean there is no Eagles option I would find reliable. Celek deserves splinters sitting on the bench.

Tony Gonzalez ATL VS. CAR

It’s a sad state of affairs for Gonzo as he plays out the remainder of his season and career with the Falcons. As the Falcons continue in their freefall he’s been the main focus for defenses and as a result he’s seen a couple of low point outings the last couple times out there since Julio went down. I would love to see Tony play the season out and put up monster numbers, but it’s not happening right now. Keep him stored away, but against weaker defenses deploy him.


Houston Texans HOU VS. IND

If you still own the Texans defense then chances are that you drafted them but have not monitored your team all season. The Texans have this appeal because they’ve been good and at times great over the last couple seasons. They still have J.J. Watt but they lack cohesiveness and their offense continually puts them in bad situations. No reason to deploy them out this week against Luck’s offensive attack and the Colts.