Podcastic Week 9 Start/ Sit
We are through another week of football and another week of injuries. The Podcastic team is here to help you make your start/ sit decisions, both in this article and if you reach out to us. We are always open to answering any questions our readers have! I want to remind everyone that we have more quality content dropping weekly on the site. Take 'em or Leave 'em, Fantasy Noise, and Picantakes are all fantastic reads! Rookie Report and A Deeper Look into snap rates will come out monthly. But, let's get back to the task at hand of starts and sits!
QB: Josh Allen
A few weeks ago Josh Allen was looking like a sure-fire QB 1 week in and week out. He came out hot for the first 4 weeks but has since cooled. Look for him to turn it around against a Seattle defense that can not stop the passing attack. Seattle is giving up 26.7 fantasy points per game to QBs in 4 point per passing TD leagues (worst in the NFL). You can confidently start Josh Allen as a QB1 this week.
QB: Matthew Stafford (vs. MIN)
The last time Matthew Stafford played against the Minnesota Viking he erupted for 364 yards and 4 TDs. This year's Vikings defense is even worse. Look for Stafford to have another big game in what could turn into a shootout. Consider Stafford a top 10 QB in Week 9.
QB: Matthew Stafford
Stafford’s coming off his best game of the year against one of the best defenses in the Colts. He now gets the Vikings, who give up the 3rd most passing yards a game and have given up 10 passing TDs in the last 3 games. He’ll be without top receiving threat Kenny Golladay, but he did it for most of the game last week too. He’s thrown for over 300 yards the last 2 games and should keep it rolling against the Vikings who give up over 30 points a game.
RB: James Robinson
James Robinson has been a beast all year long. Now he will be without Gardner Minshew. This could lead to them leaning more on the running game with rookie Jake Luton expected to start. Luton may be checking it down to the RB often as well. Don't take Minshew being out as a negative, I expect it to have little affect on Robinson's fantasy numbers.
RB: DeeJay Dallas (vs. BUF)
DeeJay Dallas had a solid yet unspectacular day in Week 8. 2 TDs boosted him to a top 5 RB performance in PPR formats. He could be the lead back once again with Carlos Hyde unlikely to play and Chris Carson a game time decision. Look for him to improve his efficiency as the Bills defense has struggled against the run in recent weeks. Consider Dallas a low end RB2/FLEX play if both Hyde and Carson are out.
RB: James Conner
Too obvious? Conner has 6 straight games of 18+ fantasy points. Cowboys have the worst rushing D in the league and the Steelers are huge favorites. Game script points to lots of Conner and last week even Boston Scott went for 70 rushing yards against the Cowboys. Fire up Conner with confidence.
WR: Mike Williams
Williams is starting to establish a solid rapport with Herbert, scoring over 20 PPR points in two of his last three games. The Raiders allow an abundance of fantasy points to the WR position this season so I expect him and Keenan Allen to eat this week.
WR: Jakobi Meyers (vs. NYJ)
Jakobi Meyers had a solid Week 8, leading the Patriots in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Julian Edelman is currently on IR. It also looks like N'Keal Harry is unlikely to play again this week. Meyers draws the lowly Jets in Week 9. Look for a solid breakout game for Meyers again this week. Consider him a solid WR3/FLEX.
WR: Jerry Jeudy
The rookie has been disappointing since their bye week but did have his most receiving yards of the year last week. With Tim Patrick nursing a hamstring injury and possibly out again, Jeudy could see double digit targets again this week against an exploitable Falcons D. Could we see a break out game for Jeudy? I like his chances this week.
TE: Noah Fant
Fant seems to be healthy now and is coming off of a really good game, scoring 15 PPR points. He had 7 receptions on the day. I would expect them to keep him involved against a soft Atlanta defense. Fant should be a TE1 easily this week.
TE: Ross Dwelley/Jordan Reed (vs. GB)
ECR TE28 and TE26
If there was an award for the most injured team, the 49ers might take the cake. George Kittle is now on IR and likely out for the season. Jordan Reed is working his way back from IR himself. If Reed is unable to go this week, Ross Dwelley could be a viable TE streaming option. However, if Reed plays you can use him instead. Nick Mullens takes over at QB and has a history of throwing to the TE position. The 49ers will have to score points to keep up in this game. Dwelley/Reed could play a major role in that. Consider them a low end TE1 for Week 9.
QB: Tua Tagavailoa
We are all excited for this young man, and I do believe he will be an exceptional NFL QB, but not this week. Tua is still getting acquainted to the NFL and faces a fearsome Cardinals pass rush that has recorded 19 sacks already this year. They also are coming off of a 3 INT performance against Mr. Unlimited himself, Russell Wilson. Add in that he will be without his top RB this week and this could be a tough day for the young signal caller.
QB: Lamar Jackson (vs. IND)
If you drafted Lamar Jackson you expected a top 3 QB this year. So far he is averaging 23.5 points (6pt per passing TD) which ranks 11th at the QB position. Things don't get easier for Jackson in Week 9 as he faces a tough Colts defense. Consider Jackson a low end QB1 this week.
QB: Ryan Tannehill
In the Titans 2 game losing streak, Tannehill’s completion percentage, yards per game, and touchdowns per game are all down. Now he gets the Bears, who are the only allowing 20 points per game and are 2nd best against QBs in fantasy points allowed. Keep your expectations in check if you must play Tannehill.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott
Zeke is facing a Pittsburgh defense that is outstanding versus the run. He also has no real threat behind center to make the Steelers respect the passing game. Expect this to be a tough outing as the Steelers stack the box and dare the Cowboys to pass the ball with former Alliance of American football starter, Garrett Gilbert, of the Orlando Apollos.
RB: Ronald Jones (vs. NO)
Ronald Jones fumbled early against the Giants and saw himself on the bench for most of the game. Now it is entirely possible that head coach Bruce Arians could give him another shot this week. However, he often has a short leash when it comes to RBs. They face a Saints defense this week that is stout against the run as well. Consider Jones a FLEX play at best this week.
RB: Ezekiel Elliot
Seems odd to have Elliott here but this may be obvious too. Things have gone from bad to worse at QB for the Cowboys who now will start Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush. Pittsburgh, who has a top 5 rushing D and are top 5 in fantasy points allowed to RBs, will now stack the box forcing the Cowboys to throw. Does not look good on paper for Elliott.
WR: Corey Davis
Is it finally here? The year we have all been waiting for? Corey Davis breakout season! Maybe. But this could be a tough week for him. Tennessee takes on a Bears D that is very good. Tennessee probably won't have to score too much to beat the Bears either. Expect a grind it out Derrick Henry style game after the Titans jump out to an early lead. This could really limit Davis, relegating him to a flex play for me.
WR: Amari Cooper (vs. PIT)
Ben DiNucci, Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert these are the current QB options for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. Now add in the fact the fact that they play a tough Steelers defense. These are all reasons that Amari Cooper cannot be trusted in Week 9. Find yourself a pivot option.
WR: Robby Anderson
Anderson hasn’t scored since week 1 and last week had his least amount of receiving yards on the year against one of the worst defenses in the Falcons. This week he gets the Chiefs who are 3rd in passing yards allowed and 4th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. After a hot start, Anderson has cooled and expectations should be lowered this week as well.
TE: Mark Andrews
You may not have a better option, but if you do, sit Andrews. He is seemingly TD dependent and facing a Colts defense that has only given up 222 yards to the TE position and ZERO TDs.
TE: Hunter Henry (vs. LV)
Hunter Henry has been somewhat of a disappointment at the TE position. He is currently averaging about 9.6 PPR Points and only has 1 TD this season. Things have only gotten worse in recent weeks as he has failed to top 40 yards in each of the last 4 games. This week he faces a Raiders defense who has done fairly well against the TE position overall. They are allowing about 4 receptions and 46 yards per game. Henry will have to score a TD to be fantasy relevant in this game. Consider him a low end TE1 with potential to disappoint in Week 9.