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Fantasy Football: Week Nine Staff Must Start, Must Sit and Sleeper Picks

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Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hal Bent:

Must Start: Matt Forte, Running Back Chicago Bears

Forte is a modern NFL running back: that is, he is as dangerous catching the ball as he is running with it. This week, with a backup quarterback starting, Forte will likely get a number of targets in the passing game and numerous rushing attempts to take pressure off the quarterback.  Forte is in position to have the kind of week that can almost single-handedly carry a fantasy team to victory. Matt Forte is a must-start.


Must Sit: Marques Colston, Wide Receiver New Orleans Saints

What is going on with Marques Colston? He is in the running for most disappointing fantasy player (non-injury edition).  Is it time to give up on him? YES!

Do you still keep running him out there each week hoping he bounces back? NO!

At this point, you missed the window to trade him (unless there are really, really stupid/desperate players in your league) and have no choice but to find another option. Marques Colston is a must-sit.


Sleeper: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts

Every great quarterback has the ability to elevate the play of those around him. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have completed passes to a backup linebacker playing fullback who was the son of a great New York Jets defensive lineman in the early 1980s. Tom Brady was a defensive stop in the AFC Championship Game from going to the Super Bowl with Reche Caldwell as his top wide receiver. Now is the time for Andrew Luck to join the luminaries at quarterback and elevate a player. Darrius Heyward-Bey is no slouch: he has game-breaking speed and was a first round draft pick. With Reggie Wayne out for the year, Luck needs a receiver to step up opposite T.Y. Hilton and Heyward-Bey is in position to finally take a big step.

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