This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome to the Week 9 installment of our Start vs. Sit series where we have a number of intriguing matchups that make for tough lineup decisions. Games like LSU vs. Auburn, Michigan vs. Notre Dame and Ohio State vs. Michigan have playoff implications along with major fantasy relevance. Will elite defense defeat elite offensive talent? Can the likes of Jonathan Taylor bounce back against Ohio State's top-rated defense? Let's explore this week's toughest lineup decisions in each conference.
Jordan Cronkrite, RB, South Florida at East Carolina
Cronkrite has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season, especially lately. He ranks third in the conference in rushing yards per game in October (127.3) and is doing so on 6.0 yards per carry. This week he faces East Carolina, which allows the second-most rushing yards per game in conference among AAC teams, giving up 249.6 rushing yards per game. The only run defense in the AAC that's worse is, in fact, South Florida. So we have a collision course between a red-hot running back seeing 21.0 carries per game in October going up against a porous run defense. Advantage, Cronkrite.
Isaiah Wright, WR, Temple vs. Central Florida
Temple's offense is surprisingly up-tempo (78.0 plays per game) and pass-heavy (38 attempts per game). Wright is getting in on the action for his part, seeing 8.9 targets per game. However, he has to compete for targets with Jadan Blue and Branden Mack, both of whom