2009 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice: Week 15

12/17/2009 2:27 am by in Start Bench Advice

Here is our Week 15 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2009 Fantasy Football Season. Start ‘EM & Sit ‘Em Advice was meant to be bold, yet calculated. We know that and we understand that. We also understand that fantasy owners aren’t looking for answers to the obvious questions, which is why we have addressed more dilemma-like situations entering Week 15 of the 2009 fantasy football season.


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Should I start Roddy White (@NYJ) or Sidney Rice (@CAR) ?

tavaner is a contributor of fantasy footballxtreme This one is easy,  Roddy White faces Darrelle Revis and the Jets this week, probably without Matt Ryan.  I start Sidney Rice who’s QB is healthy and whose team is fighting for playoff position.  With Percy Harvin on one side and Adrian Peterson ready for a big day Brett Favre will be looking for Rice deep just enough for this start to pay off.

Should I start Quinton Ganther (vs. NYG) or Brandon Jacobs (@WAS) ?

tavaner is a contributor of fantasy footballxtreme Both guys are RB3/flex considerations for me, so take what follows with a grain of salt.  I’d take a risk on Quinton Ganther in this one.  Primarily because of his goal line carries and the presence of Ahmad Bradshaw in the Giant backfield along with Brandon Jacobs. The Redskins rank 22nd in the league vs the run, giving up 117.5 ypg.  Jacobs needs to get the ball more than 15 times a game to take advantage of this matchup.  Those 15 carries in last game were his high water mark since week 8.  Bradshaw getting 12 or so carries a game severely cuts into Jacbos value. I gamble with Ganther in this one hoping he’ll get enough goal line carries to justify the start.

Should I start Ricky Williams (@TEN) or Rashard Mendenhall (vs. GB) ?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor
Both Ricky Williams and Rashard Mendenhall are facing top shelf run defenses this week, although the good news is that they are both the clear cut starters for their respective teams. Bottom line for me here is that Pittsburgh is not playing well and Miami is – and in spite of the matchup, Williams is playing at home and coming off a five game stretch where he has gone over 100 yards rushing 4 times and scored 5 TDs. Pittsburgh has morphed into a passing team and I don’t know that they will be able to go back to the run this week trying to keep pace with a Green Bay team capable of putting up points in bunches. Leave Mendy on the bench.

Should I start Ryan Grant (@PIT) or Jamaal Charles (vs. CLE) ?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor Ryan Grant has had a very good season, already over 1,200 total yards with 7 TDs. A look at his game logs reveals that he feasts on the poor defenses, averaging 109 total yards with 5 TDs against the likes of Chicago, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Detroit and St. Louis. Against stiffer competition like Minnesota, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Dallas, he has only averaged 70 total yards with a single score. The matchup with Pittsburgh obviously falls into the latter category, so I expect Grant to have mediocre numbers this week. Is that enough reason to bench him in favor of Jamaal Charles? I say yes. Charles has averaged nearly 120 total yards in his last 3 games and scored a TD in each one. This week’s matchup with Cleveland is a gift from the fantasy Gods, and I fully expect him to stay true to those averages again this week.



2009 Defensive Rankings Against The RUN Entering Week 15

Here are the defensive ranks against the run through Week 14.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Avg
Yds/G
TD
1
Pittsburgh Steelers
13
1,104
3.7
84.9
4
2
Green Bay Packers
13
1,105
3.6
85
4
3
Cincinnati Bengals
13
1,123
3.8
86.4
8
4
Minnesota Vikings
13
1,130
4.1
86.9
3
5
San Francisco 49ers
13
1,235
3.7
95
10
6
Baltimore Ravens
13
1,271
3.5
97.8
7
7
Tennessee Titans
13
1,284
4.2
98.8
11
8
Dallas Cowboys
13
1,303
4
100.2
6
9
New York Giants
13
1,308
4
100.6
17
10
Philadelphia Eagles
13
1,319
3.8
101.5
10
11
New York Jets
13
1,356
3.9
104.3
9
11
Seattle Seahawks
13
1,356
4.2
104.3
10
13
Miami Dolphins
13
1,379
4.1
106.1
15
14
Jacksonville Jaguars
13
1,391
4
107
9
15
Denver Broncos
13
1,396
3.9
107.4
7
16
New England Patriots
13
1,421
4.4
109.3
3
17
Indianapolis Colts
13
1,435
4.1
110.4
8
18
Arizona Cardinals
13
1,446
4.5
111.2
9
19
New Orleans Saints
13
1,456
4.4
112
15
20
Houston Texans
13
1,489
4.4
114.5
14
21
San Diego Chargers
13
1,522
4.3
117.1
8
22
Washington Redskins 
13
1,527
4.1
117.5
7
23
Atlanta Falcons
13
1,532
4.3
117.8
10
24
Detroit Lions
13
1,669
4.5
128.4
14
25
Chicago Bears
13
1,675
4.4
128.8
12
26
Carolina Panthers
13
1,785
4.6
137.3
13
27
St. Louis Rams
13
1,914
4.6
147.2
19
28
Kansas City Chiefs
13
1,925
4.5
148.1
13
29
Cleveland Browns
13
1,927
4.5
148.2
14
30
Oakland Raiders
13
2,004
4.6
154.2
20
31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
13
2,096
4.7
161.2
15
32
Buffalo Bills
13
2,210
4.9
170
17

2009 Defensive Rankings Against The PASS Entering Week 15

Here are the defensive ranks against the pass through Week 14.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Avg
Yds/G
TD
1
New York Jets
13
2,085
5.5
160.4
7
2
Denver Broncos
13
2,383
6.1
183.3
14
3
Green Bay Packers
13
2,431
6.1
187
24
4
Washington Redskins 
13
2,444
6.7
188
13
5
Buffalo Bills
13
2,467
6.2
189.8
10
6
Carolina Panthers
13
2,501
6.6
192.4
13
7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
13
2,603
7.5
200.2
24
8
Chicago Bears
13
2,611
6.7
200.8
21
9
New York Giants
13
2,685
7.1
206.5
23
10
San Diego Chargers
13
2,692
6.7
207.1
19
11
Baltimore Ravens
13
2,706
6.8
208.2
15
12
Cincinnati Bengals
13
2,718
6.4
209.1
14
13
Pittsburgh Steelers
13
2,719
6.7
209.2
15
14
New England Patriots
13
2,747
6.9
211.3
22
15
Houston Texans
13
2,792
6.8
214.8
17
16
Minnesota Vikings
13
2,817
7
216.7
19
17
Oakland Raiders
13
2,838
8.2
218.3
14
18
Philadelphia Eagles
13
2,842
6.6
218.6
21
19
St. Louis Rams
13
2,896
7.8
222.8
18
20
Indianapolis Colts
13
2,951
6.3
227
13
21
Dallas Cowboys
13
2,979
7
229.2
18
22
Miami Dolphins
13
3,037
8.1
233.6
15
23
New Orleans Saints
13
3,063
6.6
235.6
13
24
Kansas City Chiefs
13
3,083
7.8
237.2
22
25
Cleveland Browns
13
3,094
8.2
238
18
26
Jacksonville Jaguars
13
3,113
7.2
239.5
20
27
San Francisco 49ers
13
3,167
7
243.6
13
28
Arizona Cardinals
13
3,232
6.9
248.6
20
29
Seattle Seahawks
13
3,287
7.1
252.8
24
30
Atlanta Falcons
13
3,352
7.9
257.8
23
31
Tennessee Titans
13
3,364
7.1
258.8
27
32
Detroit Lions
13
3,537
8.3
272.1
29


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