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Week Nine Open Games Thread - Oakland Raiders Defense

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With CBSportsline running a countdown to the kick-off of the Patriots/Colts game, I was reminded to switch out either team's Defense.  I decided, as so many fantasy players did, to sit the Colts' Defense.  In its place is the pre-season sleeper Defense of the Oakland Raiders.  Here's to hoping a Ron Dayne-led offense cannot score enough to make the Raiders' Defense a bad match-up play - and even if Adimchinobe Echemandu can work through a deep hamstring bruise and play.

LenDale White/Chris Henry:  White has been great this season but showed-up on the injury report with a toe issue.  Rookie RB Chris Henry has been a pleasant surprise since being actived for the first time two weeks ago 911/57/1 and 4/48/1 respectively.)  Unfortunately, he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's steroid policy and could be lost just as White begins to breakdown.  Chris Brown looks like he is back in the mix unless Henry (Chris) hires Henry's ( Travis) lawyer.

Warrick Dunn/Jerious Norwood:  Reports have the Falcons adding more plays for Norwood.  If given the choice between Dunn and Norwood, I'd choose Norwood.  Possibly even without the latest news.

Frank Gore/Mo Hicks/Michael Robinson:  Gore is out, but neither options seems likely to provide a sure-fire good effort.  If I had to, I gamble on Robinson breaking a big run, but I'd really prefer other options if available.  I suspect Gore is going to remain dinged for the rest of the season as the 49ers passing game barely merits single coverage on its receivers.  Eight and nine men in the box is going to be the norm.

Travis Henry/Selvin Young:  Given Travis Henry's success in the courtroom, he is likely going to continue to start as long as he is active.  

Rudi Johnson/Kenny Watson:  Rudi practiced all week and should be expected to start.  Given the team played Johnson a couple weeks ago only to see him reinjure the hamstring, I would be surrpised to see the same mistake made twice.  I don't see Watson getting much more than a handful or so of carries.