My Start/Sit had to be adjusted this week as I foresaw Texans’ players having big games against the lowly Indianapolis Colts. Just like many other star players throughout the 2017 season, rookie sensation Deshaun Watson tore his ACL and is now out for the season. This one really hurts as he was well on his way to single-handedly winning a lot of fantasy leagues for his owners. Most importantly this is a devastating blow for Watson, his fans and the Houston Texans. Get well Watson and have a speedy recovery.
Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 9
Start – Drew Brees vs Buccaneers
The prolific Drew Brees hasn’t been his normal 300+ yards passing per game self this season. After trading Adrian Peterson earlier this season the Saints have become a more balanced offense that relies on the run game led by Mark Ingram. Great news for the team but not so great for Brees and his fantasy owners. The Saints are leading the NFC South led by their running game and defense. With all that said you still have to start Brees confidently, especially this week against the porous Buccaneers defense. The last place Bucs have been let down by their quarterback Jameis Winston and that laughable defense they’ve been putting on the field each week. Injuries have played a part in their 29th ranked defense but poor tackling, no pass rush and gaping holes in the secondary have played a bigger role. This will be one of those epic Brees passing games as he should get over 300 yards and at least 2 touchdowns easily.
- Dak Prescott vs Chiefs
- Matthew Stafford vs 49ers
- Alex Smith vs Cowboys
Sit – Andy Dalton vs Jaguars
You might be pressed to play a quarterback you don’t want to because of the bye weeks and injuries to the position, I hear you but Andy Dalton is not the option. The Jaguars young, dominant defense just got better with Marcell Dareus coming to town. I’m not sure how opposing teams plan to have success passing the football against Sacksonville and those young studs on the outside.
Start – Christian McCaffrey vs Falcons
Christian #TheyLoveHim McCaffrey was suppose to be the best thing since slice bread at the running back position but he has struggled mightily on the ground averaging 2.4 yards per carry and 117 rushing yards through 8 games. The lack of running production however has been circumvented by his prowess in the passing game as he ranks 3rd in the NFL with 49 receptions. There are two factors why McCaffrey is a must start this week against the divisional rivals Atlanta Falcons. For one, the Panthers traded away their number one receiver Kelvin Benjamin which gives even more opportunities to McCaffrey. The thought process for the Panthers is that having a faster receiver on the outside will open up more space for McCaffrey and their running attack. The second reason to start C Mac is his opponent’s propensity for leaving running backs wide open out of the backfield. The Falcons struggle against slot receivers and shiftier backs in the passing game. Look for the Panthers to feed McCaffrey early and often.
- DeMarco Murray vs Ravens
- Alvin Kamara vs Buccaneers
- Adrian Peterson vs 49ers
- Chris Thompson vs Seahawks
- Joe Mixon vs Jaguars
Darren McFadden vs Chiefs
This week has been nuts with all the trades, injuries and the Ezekiel Elliott saga. I was prepared to write about Darren McFadden being the least attractive back out of Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and himself to get Zeke’s workload but Zeke is playing this week after the Second Circuit Court granted Elliott a temporary stay of his suspension. Scratch that and fire up Zeke.
Start – Tyreek Hill vs Cowboys
The explosive, dynamic, game changing, do it all/wide receiver Tyreek Hill has mixed great games with average ones all season long. Week 1 – 133 yards 1 TD. Week 2 – 43 yards. Week 3 – 77 yards 1 TD. Week 4 – 35 yards. Week 5 – 68 yards and a punt return for a TD. Week 6 – 34 yards. Week 7 – 125 yards 1 TD. Week 8 – 38 yards. For all my math people, do you see the trend? He is due to have a big game this week against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been a middle of the road pass defense led by one man wrecking crew Demarcus Lawrence wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks but the Chiefs smoke and mirrors offense should free up space and opportunity for Hill.
- Amari Cooper vs Dolphins
- Dez Bryant vs Chiefs
- Michael Thomas vs Buccaneers
- T.Y. Hilton vs Texans
- Devin Funchess vs Falcons
- Ted Ginn Jr. vs Buccaneers
Alshon Jeffery vs Broncos
There is a growing trend around the league with newly acquired wide receivers struggling on their new teams. It makes sense that Terrelle Pryor, Sammy Watkins and Alshon Jeffery haven’t made an impact for their respective teams as building a rapport with a new quarterback is not an easy feat out of the gates. Timing, trust and precision are important elements that need to be developed on each rep. Jeffery had one of his biggest games of the season last week even though it was an ineffective 2 catches out of 8 targets performance that was buoyed by a 53 yard touchdown catch. There should be more ineffectiveness this week for Jeffery against the “No Fly Zone” Broncos secondary. I’m not betting on that big play he had last week against much stiffer competition. Keep Jeffery on your bench.
Start – Vernon Davis vs Seahawks
I missed last week on Redskins tight end Jordan Reed as he went down with yet another injury. So it is only right I double down with another Redskins tight end this week with Vernon Davis. The 12th year veteran doesn’t seem to have lost a step with his blazing speed streaking down the seam of defenses and has been a more consistent force than the injury prone Reed this season. Davis gets an amazing opportunity this week to be the starter against a Seahawks defense that funnels passing yards to the middle of the field. Perfect game plan for Kirk Cousins and a Redskins team that can’t trust their outside weapons at this point due to the inconsistency of Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. I can see Davis eating up yardage with as many as 8 targets this Sunday.
- Jimmy Graham vs Redskins
- Jason Witten vs Chiefs
Coby Fleener vs Buccaneers
With all the love I have this week for the Saints passing game, you still can’t enter Coby Fleener in your lineups. The big contract acquisition last season for the Saints hasn’t lived up to expectations and have been phased out of the team’s offense. Go in a different direction at the tight end position.
Defense to stream
Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers offense have been abysmal this season prompting the team to trade for Jimmy Garropolo right before the trade deadline. The ex-Patriot quarterback brings hope to the fan base, however he will not be the starter until he learns the playbook. Therefore, it will be another game for a struggling C.J. Beathard who is not pro ready at this time. The Cardinals have problems of their own but they should be a good streaming option this week against the Niners.
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