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Last Week’s Suspects:

Mike Brown: 3 REC, 43 YRDS, 1 TD – 40th RB/WR

Kris Durham4 REC, 54 YRDS – 66th RB/WR

Roy Helu1 REC, 25 YRDS

Season to date: 9/21, 43%

Week 9 Suspects:

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins:
Helu burned me last week in a game where I was almost positive he would put up respectable numbers. But, that’s why we all absolutely hate love fantasy football. Of course, as stubborn as a whack-a-mole rodent I’m coming up for more Helu this week against the Chargers. Against Denver, Washington jumped out to a two score lead which allowed them to focus on the ground and pound where Helu rarely sees the field, then in the blink of an eye they were down by a big number and were forced to take shots down the field in an effort to score fast to get back in the game, which also doesn’t help Helu. This week against San Diego the game flow should be a little more sane. The Chargers have been pretty porous this season against the run and pass. Philip Rivers should score enough on the Redskins’ poor defense to keep this game close, meaning Helu should get a healthy number of targets. According to PFF, so far in 2013 two of the Chargers best four defensive players have been their safeties Weddle and Gilchrist who should discourage long balls from RG3 and force more check down options to the shorter routes Helu will be running.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers:
The Panthers have been on a roll as of late scoring 30+ points in three straight games while the Falcons have lost four of their past five. Number two receivers have found pay dirt in four of Atlanta’s last five games. That absurd rate could easily continue in week 9 when the big target LaFell meets the Falcons. LaFell’s ability as a run blocker gives him the chance to remain in the game in goal line and big packages, which is also key to his chances at a TD on Sunday. Carolina will without a doubt see their fair share of snaps on the goal line against a weak Atlanta defense and a play action fake could be in the works with LaFell being the only WR on the field.

Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys:
The Cowboys play the Vikings this week! That’s all I should really need to write here, but I’ll make a few other points. Miles Austin has not practiced as of Wednesdsay and won’t be rushed back into the line up with rookie Terrance Williams playing so well. To make matters worse for one of the league’s worst secondaries, Chris Cook is looking questionable for week 9 as well as starting safety Jamarca Sanford. Beasley should see plenty of snaps against this series’ favorite punching bag Josh Robinson, while the Vikings shade their safeties towards Dez Bryant as they often did against his equal superior, Calvin Johnson and force other WRs to beat them. Look for Beasley to do just that. In fact, earlier this season when the Vikings played the Lions the WR with the biggest game was fellow slot receiver Nate Burleson who posted a 6/78 line.

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