Fantasy Football: Start/Sit Week 9

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Now, let me tell you a little bit about my start/sit column. Each week I will be giving my top 3 starts & my top 3 sits at each position. There will be a start & sit of the week at each position with projections. My column will not include the automatic starters. Automatic starters are guys you don’t bench unless they’re injured or on a bye week. I am going to give 2 examples of automatic starters at each position. QB: Josh Allen & Patrick Mahomes, RB: Christian McCaffery & Dalvin Cook, WR: Tyreke Hill & Stefon Diggs, TE: Travis Kelce & George Kittle, K: Justin Tucker & Harrison Butker. For defenses, Pittsburgh Steelers & Los Angeles Rams. Now, I’ve added a twist to my article that will mention a sleeper of the week at each position who did not make my top 3 starters list. Also, a player that is most likely on the waiver wire that you can stream if you’re in a jam at a position. Let’s get it going with Week 9!


Projection: 38/45|388 YDS|3 TDS

Derek Carr vs NYG

Derek Carr contract breakdown: How long are Raiders stuck with their QB? |  Sporting News

Carr will be fresh coming off a bye week that spells trouble for the Giants. That Raiders offense will be clicking on all cylinders even with the loss of Ruggs. Carr will prove that he should be trusted as a QB1 in fantasy football moving forward.

Carson Wentz vs NYJ

Wentz is back as a start this week because he is up against a bad Jets defense. That matchup was just too hard to pass up. Wentz will walk all over the Jets. The Jets showed new life last week but this week it will be proven that it was just a fluke performance.

Tua Tagovailoa vs HOU


Tua faces a horrid Texans defense. He has great weapons at his disposal in the passing game which he will exploit this week. Also, he can make plays with his legs. So I see a big Career day for Tua against the Texans.

Kirk Cousins vs BAL

Projection: 23/50|224 YDS|1 TD|5 INT

Cousins is coming off a bad week and this week will be even worse against a Ravens defense that is getting healthier and coming off a bye week. It will be just another ugly showing by Cousins. Avoid him at all cost.

Matt Ryan vs NO

Ryan lost his best weapon in Ridley and this week he is up against a stout Saints defense. There are better options than Ryan go with one of those.

Ryan Tannehill vs LAR

Tannehill lost Henry and that will take away the play-action passing game. It has been shown that Tannehill is trash without the play-action passing game. He should be avoided for the rest of the season.


Taysom Hill vs ATL

Hill is facing a weak Falcons defense. Also, his running ability is unbelievable. So pick up and start Hill if you’re in a jam.


Joe Mixon vs CLE

Bengals RB Joe Mixon week-to-week with ankle sprain | Yardbarker

Projection: 24 CAR|134 YDS|3 TDS|3 REC |24 YDS

The Bengals are coming off an embarrassing week against the Jets and they will want to prove that last week was just a fluke and they are a better team than that. So this week they will get back to basics by running the ball and playing good defense. Mixon will be the biggest benefactor of going back to the basics. It will be all Mixon all the time against that great Browns defense.

Zack Moss vs JAX

Moss coming off a good week and he will build on that and will continue to steal opportunities away from Singletary. With bye weeks and all the injures at the RB position in fantasy football you will need running backs to fill those voids and Moss is the guy to trust to do just that going forward.

Myles Gaskins vs HOU

Gaskins’s bad week good week pattern will continue so with the bad game last week then that means Gaskins will have a good against the Texans.


Cordelle Patterson vs NO

Projection: 10 CAR|37 YDS| 4 REC|33 YDS

Patterson is hard to bench especially with all the injures and bye weeks but that Saints defense is rock solid and will have the formula to shut down, Patterson. Also, with Ridley stepping away more defenses will plan on shutting down Patterson. If possible avoid him this week.

Michael Carter vs IND

Carter is coming off a couple of stunning weeks and would love for him to build on those but that Colts front 7 will be to much for Carter to handle.

Daimen Harris vs CAR

Harris has been pretty consistent this season but the Panther’s defense will clog up the holes and stop Harris dead in his tracks.


Boston Scott vs LAC

Gainwell was supposed to be the guy but everyone including me forgot about how much talent Boston Scott possesses. So if you need a fill-in player trust Scott and hold onto him until Sanders returns.


Diontae Johnson vs CHI

Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson is 'electric' but injuries have  short-circuited his season | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Projection: 13 REC|140 YDS|2 TD

Johnson sees tons of targets which leads to big-time production and this week will be no different. Johnson will rake against a struggling Bears football team.

Michael Pittman vs NYJ

Don’t look now but here comes Pittman and he will build on that against a horrid Jets defense. Pittman could turn into a guy you don’t want to bench.

Brandin Cooks vs MIA

Cooks hasn’t been the same due to injury at the QB position but Miami is struggling just as badly as the Texans. With that said this is the perfect week to sneak Cooks into your fantasy football lineups because he will shine.


Marvin Jones Jr. vs BUF

Projection: 4 REC|39 YDS

The Jaguars offense is struggling and the Bills defense is thriving. That is reason enough to avoid Jones.

Courtland Sutton vs DAL

Sutton targets will reduce with Jeudy back and fewer targets equal less production for Sutton and less production means benching Sutton in fantasy football. Keep an eye on the situation in Denver because Jeudy being back could mean Sutton becoming droppable.

Allen Robinson vs PIT

Robinson’s frustrating season will continue this week against the top-notch Steelers’ defense. So avoid him this week but don’t give up on him because I got a gut feeling he will turn it around before season’s end.


Rashod Bateman vs MIN

Bateman is a sneaky receiver in that Ravens offense and he also could be that sneaky pickup and start that helps you win your fantasy football matchup this week.


Mike Gesicki vs HOU

Dolphins 2020 player props: Mike Gesicki demands your attention |  theScore.com

Projection: 6 REC| 101 YDS|2 TDS

Gesicki has stepped up for fantasy football owners this season. He will continue to bring it each week. That Texans team is in disarray and Gesicki will take advantage of that.

Dawson Knox vs JAX

Everything I have been reading says that Knox is going to return against the Jaguars. If that turns out to be the case then he should return to all fantasy football starting lineups.

Dallas Goedert vs LAC

Goedert saw plenty of targets last week and that will grow more and more with Ertz’s gone. Also, more targets will equal bigger production. Plus the Chargers have struggled against opposing tight ends.


Tyler Higbee vs TEN

Projection: 1 REC|14 YDS

To many mouths to feed in that Rams offense which makes Higbee hit or miss in fantasy football. This means to steer clear of Higbee in fantasy football.

Zach Ertz vs SF

Ertz is here because Murray suffered an injury last week and if he ends up not playing the backup QB will not be able to handle the pressure the 49ers pass rush will bring. Also, I don’t how Murray will be able to handle that 49ers pass rush if he plays through the ankle injury. So just play it safe and sit Ertz.

C.J. Uzomah vs CLE

Uzomah is just too hit or miss in fantasy football to be relied on. There are better and more consistent TE options out there in fantasy football.


Jared Cook vs PHI

Need a tight end this week then I would take a risk and pick up and start Cook against a mediocre Eagles defense. So if you need a stop gap Cook is your man.

For Kickers and Defense. I’m only going to give a projection and an Explanation for the starts/sits of the week. The rest of the top 3 will just be listed with no explanation.


Dan Carlson vs NYG

Daniel Carlson embraces idea of kicking the Raiders into playoffs | Las  Vegas Review-Journal

Projection: 3 XPS|4 FGS

Raiders score plenty of points which translate into plenty of fantasy points for Carlson.

Younghoe Koo vs NO

Evan McPherson vs CLE


Brandon McManus vs DAL

Projection: 3 XPS|1 MFG

McManus is an excellent Kicker but this week he will have more extra point opportunities than field goal opportunities which mean low fantasy points this week.

Cario Santos vs PIT

Matt Prater vs SF


Jason Sanders vs HOU

This could be a field goal game and because of that Sanders is a good kicker to plug and play this week.


Buffalo vs Jacksonville

Buffalo Bills training camp injury rundown: defense and special teams -  Buffalo Rumblings

Projection: 8 PTS|250 YDS| 6 SKS|3 INTS|2 FF|2 FR|2 TDS

That explosive Bills defense will trample that struggling Jaguars offense. So the Bills defense being my start of the week was a no-brainer.

Indianapolis vs. New York Jets

Baltimore vs Minnesota


Denver vs Dallas

Projection: 31 PTS|477 YDS| 2 SKS|1 INT|1 FF

The Broncos defense has been good but with Miller gone, it will go from good to bad. The Cowboys will play pitch and catch against that Broncos defense.

Green Bay vs Kansas City

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati


Miami vs. Houston

If you play matchup or need a bye week filler this week the Dolphin’s defense against that struggling Texans offense would be my sneaky pickup. So don’t hesitate to pick up and start the Dolphins defense.

I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope all of my week 9 start/sit advice helps everyone. I’ll be back next week with more fantasy start/sit advice.

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