Welcome back for some more start and sit advice with my Starts and Sits Week 9 column. With most fantasy leagues being played over 17 weeks, we find ourselves slap bang in the middle of the season and we are faced with Washington, Tampa, Detroit and Seattle all on Bye. However, if this wasn’t enough we lose ‘King’ Henry to injury, Rodgers to Covid-19, Ruggs, and Ridley steps away from the game.
As always we have you covered, the aim here is to focus on fringe players that can make a positive impact on your line-ups and to highlight starters that I feel should be faded. So let’s get stuck into Starts and Sits Week 9. Good luck.
Starts and Sits Week 9 Quarterbacks
My top-ranked Quarterbacks for Week 9 are:
- Allen @ JAX
- Mahomes vs GB
- Jackson vs MIN
- Stafford vs TEN
- Rodgers @ KC
Start QB 1- Derek Carr @ NYG
You have to fancy the Vegas Raiders as slight favourites against the Giants. However, a 46.5 over/under line should see an opportunity for both quarterbacks to be fantasy relevant. As a result, I like Carr as a start this week 9. He should be a top 10 QB.
Start QB 2- Tua Tugovailoa vs HOU
With the trade window firmly shut, Tagovailoa can focus on being a Dolphin for the remainder of the season. I like Tua to get right in week 9. Because, the Texans are giving up 21.31 points to opposing quarterbacks. Therefore, I think he can finish well in QB rankings this week because of 4 decent QB’s being on Bye.
Sit QB 1- Matt Ryan @ NO
I have Matt Ryan just sneaking into my top 20. However, he is a sit for week 9 against the Saints. That’s because they are ranked as a top 5 pass defence on the year. Also, without Ridley for the time being his pass options will mainly be limited to the talented rookie Pitts and Patterson out of the backfield. Sit if you can!
Sit QB 2- Mac Jones @ CAR
With an implied points total of 16, the Patriots do not project well in week 9. Therefore, I expect Jones to suffer. The Panthers are allowing an average of 18 points to opposing Quarterbacks but I feel Jones will fall short of this number, I expect around 15 fantasy points for the rookie.
Starts and Sits Week 9 Running Backs
My top-ranked Running Backs for Week 9 are:
- Taylor vs NYJ
- A. Kamara vs ATL
- A. Ekeler @ PHI
- Cook @ BAL
- Jones @ KC
Start RB 1- Michael Carter @ IND
Up against a stiff Colts run defence you could argue that Carter isn’t projected to score well here. However, 20 receptions in his last 3 games is very encouraging. Carter could be a top 12 running back in week 9 and that’s good enough for me.
Start RB 2- Elijah Mitchell vs ARI
The Arizona Cardinals are only allowing 17.68 points to running back groups per game. You have to like the starting running back for the 49ers and right now that job belongs to Mitchell. Shanahan has a way to make the 49ers starting RB fantasy relevant, I project Mitchell to be a top 12 back in week 9.
Start RB 3- Nick Chubb @ CIN
Johnson shouldered the workload whilst Chubb and Hunt were both out in week 7. Easing back in week 8, Chubb only managed 8 fantasy points. In addition, after Johnson’s solid performances in weeks 7 and 8, you must expect Cleveland to include him moving forward. Having said that, start Chubb against the Bengals as I believe he should return top 12 value.
Sit RB 1- Jeremy McNichols @ LAR
With Henry’s injury, fantasy managers had to pay up for McNichols in the Week 9 Waiver Wire, this will more than likely force managers to throw him in starting line-ups. With the bolstered Rams defence, I’d sit McNichols until we see his involvement and usage. For me, he is likely to be a low-end RB2 / high-end RB3.
Sit RB 2- Mike Davis @ NO
Mike Davis was a sit for me in week 8 and he only came through with 9 fantasy points. Unless his usage changes or Patterson gets injured, Davis is a sit from here on out.
Sit RB 3- Melvin Gordon @ DAL
Gordon finds himself in a timeshare with Williams. And, in week 9, faces a surprisingly solid Cowboys run defence. Sit Melvin Gordon unless you need 10 to 12 fantasy points.
Starts and Sits Week 9 Wide Receivers
My top-ranked Wide Receivers for Week 9 are:
- Hill vs GB
- Kupp vs TEN
- Diggs @ JAX
- Chase vs CLE
- Samuel vs ARI
Start WR 1- Van Jefferson vs TEN
Jefferson is an off the radar pick in week 9. Because, in projection models he ends up as a low-end wide receiver 3. I see him returning to his week 4 form. He faces the Titans defence, ranked as the worst overall and giving up 39.21 points to receivers. If you need a flex with upside or a cheap DFS option, I think Jefferson will come through for you.
Start WR 2- Tee Higgins vs CLE
When you think of Higgins in 2021 compared to 2020, there’s a slight feeling of disappointment. You could turn to the Chase, rookie sensation narrative however, I see Higgins having a strong finish to the season. Granted he was slow to hit the ground running after his shoulder injury but in week 7 he had 15 targets and last week he was just shy of 100 yards receiving and a score. Keep the faith and start Higgins.
Start WR 3- DeVante Parker vs HOU
If fit, Parker’s production should exceed his fantasy finish in week 8 where he saw 9 targets for 4 receptions, 77 yards and a touchdown. Tugovailoa will want to prove he is the man for the job and he will need Parker to have a big game.
Sit WR 1- Tyler Boyd vs CLE
Boyd had a day in week 8 but I think we can see things return to normal in week 9. For me, unless the Bengals are in a crazy shoot out games, Boyd is a fringe player, Mixon, Higgins and Chase demand too much of Burrows attention. I expect Boyd to have 3 to 4 receptions and with his season average of 9.97 yards per catch. This doesn’t scream “START ME” in week 9.
Sit WR 2- Allen Robinson @ PIT
Over the past 6 games Robinson has averaged 3 receptions per game and is averaging less than 5 fantasy points in full PPR scoring. So, not only is Robinson a sit but he is a possible drop candidate moving forward. He faces a decent match-up but he cannot be trusted. Sit or drop, your choice.
Sit WR 3 – Devonta Smith vs LAC
Smith has only been fantasy relevant twice in his first eight starts as a rookie. And, he needed a touchdown in one of those games to reach 15 points. In fairness, most rookie receivers pick up the pace in the second half of the season and then break out in year two but I feel there is more to it than just learning the role. In week 9 he faces a brutal match-up against the Chargers, sit and be patient with him.
Starts and Sits Week 9 Tight Ends
My top-ranked Tight Ends for Week 9 are:
- Travis Kelce vs GB
- Dallas Goedert vs LAC
- Gesicki vs HOU
- Mark Andrews vs MIN
- Darren Waller @ NYG
Start TE 1- Jared Cook @ PHI
Cook has a favourable matchup against the Eagles who are giving up 13.89 points to tight ends. Cook is a top 12 starter for me, 22 targets and two scores in four games should encourage you.
Start TE 2- Dalton Schultz vs DEN
I expect Schultz to go back to being a top option in week 9 now that Prescott is expected to play. In his last 4 games with Prescott, Schultz averaged 14.77 fantasy points in full PPR scoring.
Sit TE 1- Evan Engram vs LV
It seems like Engram will be one of the only fit receiving options for Jones to target. Because, much like last week, his matchup is decent and yet I cannot get on board. He is a sit for me unless you need 7 fantasy points from your tight end.
Sit TE 2- Pat Freiermuth @ CHI
I was excited to see Pat ‘the muth’ Freiermuth get in the end zone in his rookie year and was hoping he would make it as a starter in this column. Also, Chicago are only allowing 5 points per game to the tight end position. However, his snap count, targets, are trending the right way and I believe he will be a decent starter moving forward, just not this week.
– Colin- (@UKFantasyBaller)