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Friday, October 31, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 9 Forecast by Chris Mulligan

Fantasy Football Express writer Chris Mulligan gives us a Week 9 Fantasy Football forecast.....

Favorable Matchups
- The Falcons take on the Raiders in Oakland this week which could be great news for RB Michael Turner. The Raiders’ defense is giving up 144 rushing yard per game. The Falcons are 3rd in the league in rushing offense and I believe that Turner will have a big game and absolutely shred the Radiers’ D. Prediction: 122 RuYds 2 TD.

- The Bears have had a tough go running the ball over the last month plus. What’s the perfect cure? A game against the Lions of course. Matt Forte has been on most owners’ benches for the last couple of weeks. This is the week to dust him off and give him a start. I’m predicting a 100+ yard rushing day for Forte and 50 receiving yards on top of that. Prediction: 105 RuYds 50 RecYds 1 TD.

- The Seahawk fans are known for being very disruptive but they will have very little to get loud about this weekend unless they’re booing. It’s going to be Donovan McNabb silencing the crowd this week as he goes up against the 30th ranked pass defense of the Seahawks. I see McNabb having no problem getting a 300 yard passing game with at least two touchdowns unless this one gets out of hand early. Prediction: 315 PaYds 3 TD.

- The Jets defense was abused by Tyler Thigpen of all people last week and has the 27th ranked pass defense in the league. This is a very good matchup for Trent Edwards owners. Edwards has a sore foot but it should not slow him down against the porous Jet’s secondary. It should be a very good week for the Bills offense. Prediction: 277 PaYds 2 TD.

- The Broncos defense is hot garbage, especially their Pass D. I love Anthony Fasano this week against the Broncos linebackers and safties. Fasano has been great all year and has played well enough to be a starter. He’s also the guy that Chad Pennington is looking to in the red zone. Prediction: 77 RecYds 1 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups
- Joe Flacco and the dismal Ravens receivers have given people very little reason to start any of them. That shouldn’t change this week as the Ravens take on a very good Browns secondary. Eric Wright is turning into one of the better corners in the league and Shaun Rodgers has been a monster this season. If you’re starting Flacco it’s probably because you have no other alternative. You may want to try to find one this week. Prediction: 174 PaYd 1 TD.

- Michael Pittman has been pretty solid this year but I think he’s running into a buzz saw this weekend against the Dolphins. Miami has played surprisingly good defense this year and the Broncos run blocking is not the greatest ever. Joey Porter and the Dolphin linebackers shut Pittman down Sunday and come out with the win. Prediction: 64 RuYd 0 TD.

- Marion Barber has been misused since he has been in Dallas. The Cowboys misuse their running backs worse than any other team in the league. The Boys are facing one of the best defenses in the league in the Giants this week. It doesn’t help that Brad Johnson can’t throw the ball 20 yards. The Giants should stack the box and shut down the Cowboys run game. Barber would be on the bench this week for me. Prediction: 45 RuYds 0 TD.

Scouting Free Agents
- Bears WR Rashied Davis is owned in only 6% of CBS leagues and has a very good matchup this week against the Lions. Davis has been a very solid receiver and Kyle Orton has stated that he is his favorite receiver. If you need a 3rd WR or a flex guy, Davis could be your man. He has only 22 receptions this year but I think he has a good game this week against the worst defense in the league.

- Shaun Hill is taking over for the hapless J.T. O’Sullivan which isn’t a big surprise. Interim Coach Mike Singletary is trying to shake things up and trying to get the 49ers to show some signs of life. Hill will post better numbers than O’Sullivan but he isn’t anything to write home about. If you’re desperate, you could do worse. He looked good against a bad team last week but I still believe he is an improvement over O’Sullivan.

- Lamont Jordan is trying to come back from a calf injury this week for the Patriots against the Colts. He is still listed as questionable but has practiced this week and it’s possible that he could start. When fully healthy, I believe that Jordan become the Patriots number one RB. He is a very talented back who has just had bad luck and has been hampered by injuries. If he’s available, he’s worth a pickup but I would keep him on the bench this week.

Quick Notes
- Willie Parker is returning to action this week which mean Mewelde Moore’s value takes a hit. However, I still believe that Moore still has value. The Steelers will likely not want Parker to come in and immediately carry the load. Moore will likely get some touches and has proven he can make things happen without a whole lot of looks. Hang onto Moore as Parker is still an injury risk.

- The Bears defense continues to suffer from injuries as LB Hunter Hillenmeyer had surgery on his thumb last week. He says he can still play but we will have to wait and see about that. Backups Nick Roach and Jamar Williams are very capable backups and should fill in the void respectably. Also corners Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman could both return to action this week which will help the secondary. Tillman is the biggest question mark but Corey Graham has filled in nicely for him. The Bears defense should be close to full strength within the next two weeks.

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