It’s Fantasy Football playoff push time. Get those lineups set!
Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 9
Start – Dak Prescott vs Browns
Dak Prescott is still the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and he should still be after this week as he torches the hapless Cleveland Browns. With Dez Bryant back in the lineup last week, Prescott unloaded passes down the field which bodes well for his fantasy prospects. Expect more of the same this week facing the Browns who rank 30th against the pass, have given up the most passing touchdowns and has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Prescott has been super consistent this season giving him a nice floor every week but this week he should have a big game and show you what a “Dak” ceiling looks like. Something along the lines of 300 yards and 3 total touchdowns.
Dak Prescott vs Browns
Sam Bradford vs Lions
Phillip Rivers vs Titans
Sit – Russell Wilson vs Bills
My preseason MVP has had a rough go of it thus far in the 2016 season. Injuries are a major factor as Russell Wilson who customarily produces huge passing numbers and rushing yards outside the pocket hasn’t moved much and is standing in the pocket. Standing in the pocket and delivering passes is not a bad thing at all but it is a huge problem for a Seahawks offensive line that has been terrible all season long. If Wilson and the Seahawks offense couldn’t get it done against the Saints defense last week he is surely not going to get it done against Rex Ryan’s exotic Bills defense. Wilson might break his 3-game streak of not throwing a TD but that’s probably all that he will get, 1 touchdown. You can’t feel confident in starting Wilson this week as the Bills front should dominate the Seahawks’ line which will make it hard for Wilson who can’t really use his legs.
Start – Charcandrick West vs Jaguars
I highlighted Tim Hightower as my top waiver wire add this week as he should have more long term value but for this week Charcandrick West is the guy you want in all your DFS lineups. West will be the guy for the Chiefs backfield with the setback to Jamaal Charles knee and Spencer Ware inactive due to suffering a concussion last week. The opportunities will be at an all time high for West and he gets to have all those touches against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense who hasn’t lived up to their preseason hype. The Chiefs like to run the football and the Jaguars have been susceptible to the run the last 3 weeks so expect a huge game from West who will have around 20 carries and 6 receptions with the potential to score multiple touchdowns.
Jonathan Stewart vs Rams
Mark Ingram/Tim Hightower vs 49ers
Carlos Hyde vs Saints
Devontae Booker vs Raiders
Ryan Mathews vs Giants
Don’t let the Eagles do this to you any longer. The only back that’s playable is Darren Sproles because he gives you yardage in the passing game. The Eagles have a committee of running backs and Mathews who played only 8 snaps last week brings up the rear. Don’t trust Mathews or his head coach Doug Pederson who recently said that Mathews will be the Eagles lead back going forward. Yea ok, lead back with the first 2 carries and sit on the bench the rest of the game. Mathews is TD dependent and we all know we can’t rely on that in our starting lineups. Sit, Drop and Roll your way out of Mathews in fantasy.
Start – Ty Montgomery vs Colts
The Packers game last week against the Falcons is a strong indication as to who they are and who they will be going forward. A pass happy team that will be in shootouts every week. They don’t defend the pass really well and they have to pass the football more often than not because of the injuries to their backfield. Ty Montgomery missed last week’s contest but should be back this week to rack up yardage in both the passing and running game. The Colts defense sucks and should struggle yet again to stop Aaron Rodgers and his plethora of receivers so all of the Packers pass catchers are playable in this matchup. Montgomery has the higher ceiling due in part that he will probably get the most touches as he is a dual threat in the running and passing game.
Terrelle Pryor vs Cowboys
Stefon Diggs vs Lions
Davante Adams vs Colts
Donte Moncrief vs Packers
Jeremy Maclin vs Jaguars
Having Nick Foles throwing Jeremy Maclin passes might increase his fantasy production but this situation is too volatile for my liking. The Chiefs don’t throw the ball much and when they do they prefer to spread the wealth around to everyone, especially their tight ends and backs. On the opposite side of Maclin should be rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey who although would have been a better safety in the league, has had a very solid rookie season thus far. Maclin has been a disappointment this season due in large part to the Chiefs’ quarterback play and philosophy and I expect that trend to continue this week.
Start – Kyle Rudolph vs Lions
After having a strong beginning to the season, Kyle Rudolph’s fantasy success has fell off as of late. The Vikings are starting to have some of the same issues that plagued them last season, the play of their offensive line. If they can’t block with their five lineman then Rudolph, who is a good pass blocker, will have to stay in and protect more than his fantasy owners would like. Even with all these issues, I still believe this is a prime time matchup for Rudolph against the woeful Lions defense. Rudolph ranks fifth in the NFL for tight ends with 7.1 targets per game while the Lions have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. You must attack the Lions defense every week at the tight end position as they’ve given up Top 12 performances in all games including the most catches and TDs against the position.
Travis Kelce vs Jaguars
Antonio Gates vs Titans
Jack Doyle vs Packers
Hunter Henry vs Titans
Antonio Gates’ snaps has increased in the last 5 games while Henry who started hot has cooled off considerably. Henry will be out in this matchup due to injury and should be out of all lineups.
Defense to stream
Carolina Panthers vs Rams
If someone dropped the Panthers defense because of their struggles all season long, scoop them up. The Panthers defensive line looked great last week and should again be able to handle a pretty bad Rams offensive line.