I enjoy the 9 man SnG's so being profitable in them is big for my bank roll!
I like them because 33% of the players get paid. Compare that to your standard 10 - 12% and its a good deal! My biggest leak is the impatience. Playing JJ in that situation is not a bad call. You were 50% to win if all four players were in the hand and about 75% heads up...preflop. Since poker is to some extent a gamble, just decide if you are comfortable losing with that hand and odds
before you call. With JJ, you should be. Its when you call with a good drawing , but not made hand (like KQ or KJ) because you think this or that about the other player's style and he flips over the AA.
I have been giving a lot of thought to the 9 man bubble because I have more 4th and 5th place finishes than I would like to admit. My current mindset is to try and wait as much as I can and hope that two of the other stacks go at it.
The situation is key, though. With blinds at 10% of everyone's stack, it is almost a shove or fold situation. Had the distribution of chips been different with say one big stack and two with mini's, you may have thought about folding the fish hooks, but probably not for very long!