Our Week 9 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 9 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer AZ @ DAL

Palmer has been putting up Quarterback tier 1 numbers this season, I get it. However, he’s going into Big D this week against a very good football team that is hungry to avenge a Monday night debacle. Dallas is top 10 defensively against the pass. Throw in the fact that Palmer is rather immobile, and it is likely that he will see his fair share of blitzes, resulting in mistakes. Palmer will have better matchups going forward, this is not one.

Joe Flacco BAL @ PIT

Cool Joe was not so cool last weekend in their loss to the Bengals. Without their top 2 tight ends he was unable to spread the field with Steve and Torrey Smith. This matchup, pitting the division rival Steelers, always has a very physical element and this game does not appear to be any different. Do not expect the Ravens to open up the offense and start flinging it around, it will be primarily ball controlled and defensive dominant.

Running Backs

Shane Vereen NE VS DEN

Denver poses a huge challenge to the running game for New England. If Peyton Manning is able to get the Broncos air attack going, then there is going to be fireworks in Foxborough. Expect the Patriots to try and spread the field and open up the offense more than hand the ball off. Vereen will be splitting time at the running back position with up-start Jonas Gray to make things worse. If the Pats fall behind early Vereen won’t be much more than an after-thought in this game. He is too risky to start this week.

Denard Robinson JAX @ CIN

So… you’re telling me he’s a starting tailback in the NFL? Yes, Denard Robinson has made the successful switch from college quarterback to starting running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been playing at a high level, so much so that he is making it look like he should have been the starter the whole season, instead of Toby Gerhart. However, the love festival will have a brief detour in Cincinnati, where the Bengals play very well. Do not be surprised if Bortles has to throw the ball 45 plus times. It could get ugly and not in a good way for Denard and company.

Wide Receivers

Kenny Britt STL @ SF

Quickly thrust into the a featured role in the Rams offense is Kenny Britt. Brian Quick’s season-ending shoulder injury should open up the offense for Britt to be more involved, so expect him to be a waiver wire find this week. Wait to see how things play out before inserting him into your lineup. San Francisco poses a strong secondary and they are coming off a bye-week. They probably smell blood in the water with this Rams offense, like they did a few weeks ago against this same team, so my recommendation is to not start any Rams this week.

Vincent Jackson TB @ CLE

VJax has been an after-thought in an otherwise lost season for Tampa Bay. Widely speculated as being on the move before the trade deadline, it is hard to imagine that Jackson is happy still playing for the Bucs. Cleveland still has shutdown cornerback, Joe Haden, so I expect this matchup to favor the Browns. Jackson appears to be disenchanted on Sundays anyways, so do not make the mistake of starting him.

Tight Ends

Clay Harbor JAX @ CIN

Clay Harbor is becoming a trendy name in the realm of fantasy football. But, not so fast my friends. Harbor has done little to compel starter status in the Jags lackluster offensive attack. Harboring 6 and 3 points in his last 2 games is not starter worthy. The probability for garbage time points remains, but not enough overall to warrant anything more than a bench spot.

Crockett Gillmore BAL @ PIT

Happy Crockett Gillmore will get his second straight start, filling in for the injured Owen Daniels. Unfortunately for Daniels owners, this Crockett is not king of the wild frontier for the Ravens. This promises to be a battle in the trenches. I expect more blocking than route running from Gillmore on Sunday night. Wait for Daniels to get back in the lineup before starting a Baltimore tight end.

Defense

Philadelphia Eagles PHI @ HOU

The Eagles fly into Houston and the no selfies rage of the J.J. Watt Texans on Sunday. The Eagles have had a stout fantasy defense, that up until this point is in large part due to extra special Special Teams play. I do not expect Houston to make Special Teams blunders, and I expect the Texans to let red-hot RB Arian Foster lead the way in a very conservative offensive approach. This will decrease the propensity for turnovers. Let the Eagles fly off your radar for Week 9.