The NFL season rolls along and with it, the tough start or sit decisions that we’ll be faced with all year. If you would like to know how I do in these start/sit columns then be sure to follow me on twitter @TheFF_Taters. Every Tuesday I will post the names of my starts and sits then put a check or an X to signify whether it was a good call because it is important to be accountable in fantasy football. It is never my intention to lead those that read these articles astray and I try to be as accurate as possible.
With that said, let’s move on to Week 9 of the NFL season. Week 9 is already off to a lovely start. Kenyan Drake has been freed and life is beautiful.
Gardner Minshew II VS HOU
I know Minshew had a real rough go of it in Week 2 against Houston but things have changed since then. Minshew has established himself as a viable fantasy option at QB. Meanwhile the Houston defense just lost JJ Watt and has surrendered the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QB. Ride the wave of Minshew mania this week in London.
Sam Darnold @ MIA
This should be a no brainer but with his performance the last 2 weeks, I’m sure some fantasy players are skeptical. Don’t be, this is Miami we’re talking about. They just lost their best corner to IR and Darnold is due for a big game. This is a get-right game for Sam and I expect him to be a QB1 this week.
Devin Singletary VS WAS
Singletary made an impact last week and I think from this moment forward is the primary RB for Buffalo. Washington is mediocre against the run and Buffalo will likely be playing from ahead.
Alexander Mattison @ KC
I know it’s risky to start a backup but the matchup is that good and Mattison has been getting a good amount of burn. He’s been effective as Dalvin Cook’s backup and I expect him to really force the issue with the Vikings. No, I’m not saying Mattison will ever overtake Cook, but he’s good enough to garner enough carries to be viable in fantasy. Roll him out in deep leagues against the 2nd worst fantasy defense against RBs.
Michael Gallup @ NYG
Gallup lit up the Giants in Week 1 and the Giants defense has not gotten much better since then. The Giants are 3rd worst against fantasy WRs. It’s also a Monday night game so the prospect of having Gallup as one of the last to go for your team is very enticing.
Jamison Crowder @ MIA
I know people expect Robbie Anderson to be the play for the Jets but Crowder is the target monster in this offense. I would expect him to get a ton of targets against the aforementioned horrendous Dolphins defense. If Darnold plays well, then so will Crowder.
Cameron Brate @ SEA
No OJ Howard yet again which means it’s all on Brate. The Seahawks have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing TEs and I expect this to be a shootout. It’s difficult to trust anyone on Tampa Bay outside of Evan and Godwin but Brate is a nice play this week.
TJ Hockenson @ OAK
I have been constantly putting Hock in my sit section for so long now that I feel like I need to throw him a bone. Good thing he gets a Raiders defense currently giving up 2nd most touchdowns to opposing TEs and the 4th most fantasy points overall to the position.
Daniel Jones VS DAL
Jones was exposed to this Dallas defense for a few plays in Week 1 and he ended up turning the ball over in the limited snaps he saw. Fast forward to Week 9 and he is gearing up to play the Cowboys in primetime. The matchup is a poor one with the Cowboys allowing the 4 fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Ryan Tannehill @ CAR
Tannehill has been a very viable starter since taking over for Marcus Mariota. This week he gets a Carolina defense that has been the 7th toughest against opposing QBs. Tannehill could prove to be a solid start but the numbers say otherwise. I would be cautious this week as there is likely a better option available.
Chris Carson VS TB
It is so weird to see the Bucs as the 2nd stingiest defense against opposing RBs. They have shut down every RB to face them including a brilliant outing against Christian McCaffrey in Week 2. We’re in Week 9; this clearly isn’t just a phase for the Bucs. This is who they are and that is bad news for Chris Carson. Beware of Carson this week.
David Montgomery @ PHI
I have not been kind to the Eagles’ secondary. However, their rush defense has been the exact opposite of their pass defense. They currently are the 7th toughest defense against opposing RBs. If you have Monty then you are likely excited about last week’s explosion. I’m telling you to temper expectations this week.
Terry McLaurin @ BUF
This will be the official first start of Dwayne Haskins’ NFL career. It has not been smooth sailing for Haskins and Washington this season. There are reports that he has struggled to pick up the playbook. So what does Washington decide to do? Start him on the road in a hostile environment against an elite defense in the Bills. They have allowed the fewest points to opposing WRs. Terry is a scary play this week.
Desean Jackson VS CHI
Everyne is excited that Djax is back. Hold up just a second there because the bears are coming to town. It only takes one play with DJax but the Bears are still an extremely tough defense to move the ball against. I would expect this to be a warm up game for Djax with the bye week looming in Week 10.
Jonnu Smith @ CAR
Smith was a great play last week due to matchup and this week he is a bad play due to matchup. The Carolina defense has been the 8th toughest defense against opposing TEs. Smith heads back to the bench this week.
Kyle Rudolph @ KC
I have also not been kind to the KC defense and rightfully so. However, the one thing they have been good against is opposing TEs. They have only allowed one TD to the position all season. Rudolph has been a risky play this year and will continue to be going into Arrowhead.