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NFL Week 9 Start’em/Sit’em

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Start’em Tua Tagovailoa (MIA, QB)
Don’t let last week’s 15 point performance sour you on Tua. That was against a tough Buffalo secondary. This week he’ll face a Houston defense that ranks inside the Top 10 in most points allowed to QBs. He had a similar matchup the two weeks prior (ATL & JAC) where he put up 26.5 and 21.4 points respectively. Tua is a great start in Week 9.

Start ’em Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL, RB)
It’s not easy to run on the Saints, but pass-catching backs have been able to do well against them this year (Saquon Barkley – 29 points, Antonio Gibson – 21 points). Patterson is definitely more involved in the passing game, and with Calvin Ridley out, there will be additional targets available. Patterson should be considered an RB2/fringe-RB1 this week in PPR.

Start ’em Marquise Brown (BAL, WR)
Ranked 18th this week on Fantasy Nerds is Hollywood Brown fresh off a bye week. While Brown has never been the most consistent player, he only has two games this year with less than 10 fantasy points. He’s frequently targeted by Lamar Jackson every week and has six touchdowns on the season already. A matchup with the Vikings is fantastic as they are surrendering the 7th-most fantasy points to receivers this year.

Sit ’em Matt Ryan (ATL, QB)
With no Calvin Ridley and a passing game that has largely been lackluster, Matt Ryan will face a Saints defense giving up the 5th-fewest fantasy points. Ryan has two games this year with less than eight fantasy points. The combo of poor play and a tough matchup makes Ryan barely startable even in Superflex formats.

Sit ’em Adrian Peterson (TEN, RB)
With Derrick Henry out for the year, the Titans have signed veteran RB Adrian Peterson. The first thing to keep in mind is that we haven’t seen what kind of shape Peterson is in. Next, we have no idea yet as to how the backfield workload will be split. Finally, a matchup with the Rams is not particularly great for his first game. There’re simply too many unknowns to warrant starting consideration.

Sit ’em Kenneth Gainwell (PHI, RB)
Kenneth Gainwell and the Eagles disappointed many fantasy owners last week. With Miles Sanders out, Gainwell was outperformed by both Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. Yes – Jordan Howard…who had 2 touchdowns. Gainwell rushed 13 times for a whopping 27 yards with no targets. You may have much better odds at the Blackjack table than trying to figure out which Eagles back is going to emerge this week.