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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Week Nine: Fine or Pine

Week nine is here folks.  The fantasy playoffs are closing in fast, so if you are on the fringe or just outside the running now is the time to make a move.  Better yet, if you would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, now is the time to focus and set those lineups for maximum output.

"Fine or Pine" is what we call it.  Is it fine to roll forward with a guy, or should you show him the pine?  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) will help you out!

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It's that time again. Time to set your weekly lineups. With the fantasy playoffs just a few short weeks away, owners will need to compile as many fantasy points as possible for tie breakers as well as bragging rights. Some lineup decisions are slam dunks while other are not so obvious. Keep reading in order to maximize your fantasy points and make the best decisions possible for your week nine lineups.

Quarterback

Fine- Andy Dalton- Coming off of another impressive performance in week eight, Andy Dalton is playing lights out football over the last couple of weeks. His week eight stat line reads three hundred twenty five yards and five touchdowns to just one interception. Over his last three games, the Red Rifle has thrown eleven touchdowns and has been nothing short of a quarterback one.

Pine- Mike Glennon- Glennon has a bad matchup on the road facing the Seattle defense. Glennon has passed way too much and without a respectable running attack to keep defenses honest, Seattle should have no problems shutting down the Buccaneers. Glennon has been a respectable fantasy quarterback since taking over but this week won't be so kind to him.

Running Back

Fine- Danny Woodhead- The Bolts face the Skins this week and last week Washington gave up over twenty fantasy points to Knowshon Moreno. Most of the damage Moreno did was through the passing game and Woodhead should have the same success in week nine.

Pine- Darren Sproles- Coming off of a very unimpressive week eight performance where Sproles caught only four balls for exactly zero yards and did not receive a single carry, he probably won't find much success facing a Jets D that is tough on running backs. Over his last three games, Sproles has registered just twenty one touches for one hundred fourteen yards.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Dexter McCluster- McCluster gets a below average Bills defense in week nine and seeing how he has led the team in receiving over the last two games, seems like a matchup problem for Buffalo. McCluster is coming off of a six catch for sixty seven yards and a touchdown game versus a much better Browns D-line so a trip to the endzone isn't out of the question this week.

Pine- Lamar Miller- Miller has been a huge disappointment up until this point and facing a touch Bengals D-line isn't going to help improve his status much. Through eight weeks, Miller has totaled three hundred forty three rushing yards and two touchdowns. Although there is still time for Miller to step up his game, this doesn't seem like the week he will do it going against the Bengals D.

Tight End

Fine- Jason Witten- Although Witten did have a disappointing game in week eight totaling only two receptions for fifteen yards, that may have been more of a product of Romo looking for big plays downfield. Owners should expect Witten to have a bounce back game against a sub-par Vikings passing defense.

Pine- Tony Gonzalez- Since the emergence of Harry Douglas and opposing defenses keying in on Gonzalez, the future hall of fame tight end hasn't been much of a factor over the last two weeks. He's produced single digit fantasy points in each of his last two games and this week will probably be no different when he faces a tough and much improved Carolina defense.

Defense

Fine- Kansas City- The Chiefs D has been a good matchup all season thus far but facing a banged up Bills offense may be the matchup of the week. With Spiller dealing with an ankle injury and Fred Jackson dealing with a sprained MCL, Kansas City should have no problems shutting down the Bills.

Pine- Miami- Although Miami's D gave Brady and the Patriots fits in week eight, Andy Dalton has been playing the best football of his NFL career and torched the Jets defense in week eight to the tune of three hundred twenty five yards and five touchdowns. It probably isn't wise to play any defenses when they face the Bengals right now.