Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Decisions Week 9
By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Week 8 is in the books and now there are more Bye week migraines among us. The teams on Bye this week are the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, and New Orleans Saints. Without further ado here are the Starts/Sits for Week 9.
Quarterback Start of the Week
Gardner Minshew vs HOU – Go Go Gadget Gardner! He’s thrown for 13 touchdowns and two interceptions all year. Let’s not forget that Houston has the fifth worst pass defense in the league. I’m envisioning low end QB1 numbers this week. Don’t forget he gets decent rushing numbers as well to help you with your fantasy production.
Kirk Cousins @ KC – The Chiefs actually have the 11th best pass defense in the league. Be that as it may, Kirk Cousins has been on fire ever since taking criticism from the entire planet, having thrown a career best 72% completion rate and 1,262/10/1 the past four games.
Honorable mention for Bye Week: Josh Allen vs WAS
Quarterback Sit of the Week
Carson Wentz vs CHI – The Bears defense is still a tough matchup regardless of some of their woes. Wentz is averaging career lows of 227.6 YPG and a career low 62.1 completion percentage. Although these numbers are very low, his receivers haven’t helped much either with so many drops. With all this in mind, consider Wentz no more than a high-end QB2.
Brandon Allen vs CLE – Nobody on this planet knows who Brandon Allen is other than Arkansas, his friends and family, and, apparently the Broncos, knowingly aware that he has zero NFL snaps played and hasn’t played in an actual game since the 2016 Liberty Bowl.
Running Back Start of the Week
Devin Singletary vs WAS – This is more of a risk-reward play due to lack of volume but the Redskins are allowing the fifth most rushing yards per game. The Redskins still have a solid front line, which opens up reception opportunities for Singletary in PPR.
Jaylen Samuels vs IND – With James Conner (doubtful) and Benny Snell (OUT) a no-go, Jaylen Samuels is in line for at least low-end RB1 numbers this week on volume alone.
Running Back Sit of the Week
Carlos Hyde @ JAX – I’ve never been big on Carlos Hyde and he’s been more of a thorn in my side throughout the years. Although my bias makes me feel as such, you should still pass on him this week as anticipated game script should help Duke Johnson more. If you do still play him, the Jacksonville defense is allowing middle-of-the-road 108.3 rushing yards per game. The low ceiling FLEX potential is there, but there are better options.
David Montgomery @ PHI – Full disclosure: I’m going against my own recommendation and starting him this week, mainly due to Byes and Mark Ingram going against the Pats defense even though the Eagles rush defense is very potent. I’m gambling Matt Nagy gives Montgomery the volume to still produce decent numbers, but the ceiling isn’t worth more than a FLEX start.
Wide Receiver Start of the Week
Demaryius Thomas vs MIA – Consider this my Bye Week recommendation for wideouts this week. Thomas has 14 targets the past two games, signifying that Darnold trust Thomas. Consider him a safe floor with decent TD upside against Miami, who is now without Xavien Howard the rest of the season.
DK Metcalf vs TB – Tampa Bay has one of the most vulnerable pass defenses in the league. Pair that with Metcalf having the most red zone targets for the Seahawks. That’s a recipe for success.
Honorable Mention: A.J. Brown @ CAR
Wide Receiver Sit of the Week
Courtland Sutton vs CLE – From start last week to sit this week. Again, Brandon Allen. That’s all I need to say here. There may be a floor involved if he targets Sutton on quick passes.
Marquise Brown vs NE – You are probably as eager to slide him into the lineup for his boom potential as I am. Although you are tempted, keep him benched against Bill’s amazing defense and Brown just getting back into the lineup.
Tight End Start of the Week
Cameron Brate @ SEA – O.J. Howard has already been ruled out, opening up the opportunity for Brate to post his typical 4/45/1 range, making him a viable streaming option this week.
Dallas Goedert vs CHI – I’m aware I have Wentz as a sit this week. However, he has been finding Goedert, where he has gone 12/139/2 the past three games. Definitely not jaw dropping, but a worthwhile streamer for this week.
Tight End Sit of the Week
Greg Olsen vs TB – Olsen hasn’t seen his utilization rate the same when Cam Newton was under center. It’s time to sit him until he shows out.
Defense Start of the Week
CLE DST @ DEN – Read my comment above about Brandon Allen.
DAL DST @ NYG – Dallas has had the G-men’s number in this rivalry. They’re fast and just traded for Michael Bennett. I don’t foresee Danny Dimes moving the ball much on the Cowboys defense.
Defense Sit of the Week
JAX DST vs HOU – I like the defensive linemen here, but Houston’s passing game has been fire and JAX has shown vulnerabilities with blowing coverage.
SEA vs TB – Jameis is a turnover machine. He also has solid talent around him. I’ve got a hunch he’s due for one of his few top 5 QB fantasy points this week, rendering the ‘hawks defense as a sit this week.
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