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Week Nine Start/Sit Decisions: Steven Jackson, Willie Parker, Ryan Torain Et Al

RB Steve Jackson, St. Louis Rams:  He tells his fans via his website that he is ready to go.  His coach says he is a game time decision.  There is no reason not to start him, but be wary.  The Cardinals rush defense has ranked 12th in rushing yards allowed over the past three games.

RB Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers:  He has practiced all week and looks good to go.  With Mewelde Moore having filled-in better than "admirably", don't be surprised to see Fast Willie get fewer than 20 touches.  I'd sit him given other options.

RB Ryan Torain, Denver Bronocs:  Without any proof he is head coach Mike Shannahan's favorite or any record of success, I'd sit him in favor of almost every starting RB.  Maybe even Cedric Benson!  Maybe not because the Dolphins' rush defenses has played poorly recently.

TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys:  Witten has broken ribs but wants to play.  If he is active, there is not a lot of risk in starting him because the TE field is shallow.  He is such an important part of Dallas' new can't-throw-deep-at-all offense that he is likely to catch a couple/three passes regardless.

WR Santana Moss, Washington Redskins:  Moss sat out practice on Saturday for the 4th straight day.  Given his team plays Monday night, I'd sit him rather than risk a last-minute inactive/ineffective game.  The Redskins are also on bye next week.  I would expect that to be used to give Moss two weeks off.

QB Brett Favre, New York Jets: Rumors are flying that QB Brett Favre is playing through an injury.  This causes hesitation starting him on the road in Buffalo because the Bills will be looking to make-up for last week's loss in Miami.  While I don't believe the Jets will run effectively, I can see Favre throwing very frequently.  Given his prospensity for INTs, he is a riskier play than other QB1s, but his WRs should benefit still.