Exclusive Week 9 Fantasy Tips

Should I start Derek Anderson or Matt Hasselbeck in Week 9? -- Z. Purdy, Bernardsville, N.J.

Michael Fabiano: Anderson has been phenomenal for fantasy football owners this season, but I have to side with Hasselbeck based on the matchup. The veteran out of Boston College faces the Cleveland Browns, who rank 31st against the pass and are tied with Cincinnati for the most passing touchdown allowed with 18. Seattle's pass defense ranks a middle-of-the-road 16th in the NFL, but Anderson's matchup is still less favorable than Hasselbeck's based on the numbers.

I have to start three wide receivers from Anquan Boldin, Lee Evans, Brandon Marshall, Derrick Mason and Hines Ward. What's your take? -- D. McKechnie, Sacramento, Calif.

M.F.: It's hard to sit a wideout the caliber of Boldin, even against Tampa Bay's second-ranked pass defense. Based on the matchups, I'd side with Evans against the Bengals and their 28th-ranked pass defense. Marshall, who faces Detroit's 30th-ranked pass defense, should also be active ahead of Mason and Ward.

I have Brandon Jacobs and Jesse Chatman both on byes this week, so who should I start between Kenton Keith and Jerious Norwood? Ryan Grant and Chris Henry are also available. -- C. Danowski, New York, N.Y.

M.F.: I would look to add Grant, who faces a Kansas City defense that ranks 17th against the run. I like what I saw from him on Monday night, and while it was against a bad Denver run defense, Grant still showed flashes of potential. If you can't add Grant, I'd start Norwood against a San Francisco defense that ranks 21st in the NFL against the run.

I need a sleeper tight end this week. Suggestions? Also, nice call on Ben Roethlisberger last week. Should I start him against Baltimore in Week 9 or take a flier on J.P. Losman against Cincinnati? -- J.F. Conor, Red Bank, N.J.

M.F.: I would take a chance on Tony Scheffler, who has scored in consecutive weeks and has a nice matchup this week against the Lions. Donald Lee and Jeff King are also viable options if Scheffler is unavailable. As much as I love Losman as a sleeper this week, I'd still start Roethlisberger against Baltimore. He has developed into a nice No. 1 fantasy quarterback, and the Ravens pass defense has been a bit inconsistent at times this season.

Which three wide receivers should start from Bernard Berrian, Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Joey Galloway, Santana Moss and Terrell Owens? Also, should I sit Frank Gore in favor of Earnest Graham or Ryan Grant? -- R. Vrabel, Pennsylvania

M.F.: Owens is a must-start wideout in all formats, so your final two decisions boil down to Bowe, Colston, Galloway and Moss (Berrian has a bye this week). Based on the matchups, I would take a chance on the inconsistent Moss against his old team, the Jets, who rank 26th against the pass. The third wideout to start is Bowe, who faces a Green Bay defense that ranks 22nd against the pass and has surrendered 10 receiving touchdowns.

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