Fantasy Bucs — Week 9

Chris Chancellor is Bucsblitz.com's exclusive in-house fantasy expert. Chancellor has won seven fantasy football titles since he began playing in 1991. He also dispenses his expertise for the Houston Chronicle. Each week Chancellor will provide his Buccaneers to start and to avoid for the upcoming game. Plus, Bucsblitz.com's Matthew Postins provides his insight.

This Buc is so money!

RB Earnest Graham

Graham should find running the ball a bit easier this week at home against the 15th-ranked Cardinals defense. The Cardinals may also will be without Karlos Dansby. Graham is a definite No. 2 fantasy this week.

You may find a hidden treasure with this Buc!

Buccaneers defense

The key for the Bucs defense is their offense. If the offense can limit its turnovers and keep the defense off the field that should enable the Bucs to stay fresh and get all over an nicked up Kurt Warner. If you have the Bucs defense you should start them.

This Buc could have you walking the plank!

TE Alex Smith

You can put both Alex Smiths together and neither is worth much in fantasy football. Smith had one solid game in Week 5. After that he's been a fantasy disaster and that shouldn't change this week.

Postins' take

Michael Bennett still isn't a good option this week — even though in most leagues he scored about 10 points, thanks to his touchdown run — because he doesn't have command of the playbook yet. The bye week will benefit him a great deal. Problem is, Michael Pittman should be back after the bye week, giving the Buccaneers three talented running backs — and one football. If you have Graham, you might consider a trade during the bye. His value isn't great, but you may be able to send him to somebody in desperate need of a back.


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