NFL Week 9 Start’em Sit’em
With six teams on their bye week this week, you’ll have to work a bit harder in this Week 9 of the NFL season to identify those hidden gem starts and stay-away sits for your regular or daily fantasy sports lineups.
And that’s why we’re here to help. Here are some of our favorite players to include and avoid in your lineups this weekend:
Quarterback: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton has scored at least two touchdowns in six straight games entering their matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their porous defense, and has tallied 300 combined yards in each of the past three games. Expect him to be the next quarterback to carve up Tampa’s defense.
Running Back: Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets – barely any football fan outside of the tri-state area realizes that Isaiah Crowell is 11th in the NFL in rushing yards, and tied for 5th in the NFL in rushing touchdowns. New York plays Miami this weekend, and the latter continues to have issues with depth along the defensive line.
Wide Receiver: Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos – Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos is on pace for over 1,300 yards receiving this year, and has become the de facto #1 receiver for the team (as further evidenced by Denver trading away Demaryius Thomas). Sanders is playing the Houston Texans, who’ll be without their top cornerback in Johnathan Jackson this Sunday.
Tight End: O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – In each of the past three games, tight end OJ Howard has had at least three catches for 60 yards, while catching a touchdown pass in two of those three games. If Tampa’s return to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can even somewhat revitalize the Buccaneers’ offense, Howard is just too immensely talented to not be a part of that resurrection.
Quarterback: Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers — While Phillip Rivers continues to play at a very high level (he’s on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns this season), and even though Seattle — whom the Los Angeles Chargers play on Sunday — doesn’t have the Legion of Boom members anymore, the Seahawks have been really good on defense. In the Chargers’ three road games this year, Rivers has thrown for less than 260 yards each time.
Running Back: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons – Before you get excited about the fact that Tevin Coleman has practiced in full this week for the Atlanta Falcons, don’t forget that the Falcons are playing a Washington Redskins team that have held Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley under 100 yards – combined.
Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas, Houston Texans – While the narrative of “Demaryius Thomas playing well against his former team” seems fun, don’t forget that it’s going to take time for Thomas to acclimate within the offense of his new employer in Houston. There’s going to be an acclimation period between Thomas and Deshaun Watson, so don’t jump the gun on him too early.
Tight End: Trey Burton, Chicago Bears – After a streak of three-straight games with a touchdown catch, tight end Trey Burton turned in a stinker last Sunday in Chicago’s win over the New York Jets, catching three passes for only 18 yards. There’s a strong potential for more of the same this Sunday. While Buffalo’s defense is very susceptible to the run, they’ve been very stingy against opposing pass catchers.