It’s hard to believe we’re already entering week nine. It seems like the NFL season is flying by, and there have been surprises left and right so far. After a crazy injury-riddled week eight, it’s time to get into week nine starts and sits.
Sam Darnold – NYJ vs. MIA
Darnold has not put up the best numbers as of late, posting a mediocre 12.6 fantasy points against the Jaguars last week. However, look for him to bounce back against a Miami defense that has allowed top-five fantasy points to the quarterback and running back positions. If you need a bye week flyer, Darnold needs to be in your lineup.
Josh Allen – BUF vs. WAS
Allen has been a formidable fantasy quarterback this year. With his strong arm and having Devin Singletary back, look for Allen to have a great game against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Dak Prescott – Dal vs. NYG
Prescott has been one of the most consistent fantasy starters this year at the quarterback position. He has the fifth-most fantasy points amongst all QB’s and has at least 18 points in his last three outings. Look for Dak to have a great game against a team that allowed Matthew Stafford to throw for 342 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Jaylen Samuels – PIT vs. IND
News broke earlier this week that James Conner will be sitting out of the Steelers week nine matchup against the Colts. Jaylen Samuels is a must-start in this case. Samuels has shown fans he can be a great workhorse three-down back and an even better pass-catching back. Although the Colts tout a decent run defense, look for Samuels to do his damage in the receiving game considering the Colts fair worse against pass-catching running backs.
Aaron Jones – GB vs. LAC
It hurts me to add a Packers player to this list, but here we are. Jones has had an amazing two weeks, posting 41 fantasy points against the Chiefs last time out. A lot of his damage has been done as a pass-catcher, as he has been one of Aaron Rodgers‘s favorite and reliable targets. I expect Jones to have a great outing against a team that allowed David Montgomery to run all over them last week.
Allen Robinson – CHI vs. PHI
Robinson has been one of the only functioning parts of the Bears offense. He has posted at least five receptions in his last two outings and has been the most targeted Bears receiver. Look for Robinson to have a good game against the second-worst pass defense that gives up the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Tyler Lockett – SEA vs TB
Lockett has been very consistent so far this fantasy season. In his last two games, he has had at least 16 fantasy points, and he is Russell Wilson’s favorite target. The Buccaneers have a surprisingly decent run defense. Therefore, expect Wilson to lob the ball out to Lockett, as the Buccaneers give up the fourth-most points to opposing wide receivers.
Zach Pascal – IND vs. PIT (sleeper)
Earlier this week, it was announced that T.Y. Hilton will be out 3-4 weeks with a calf injury. For the Colts, that means it’s next man up. Pascal has been one of Brissett’s favorite targets this year. In week seven, he caught two touchdown passes for 106 yards. Expect a large share of T.Y. Hilton’s targets to go to Pascal, who has the opportunity to have a great game against a lackluster Steelers secondary.
Daniel Jones – NYG vs. DAL
Although Jones has looked good in his first NFL season, expect him to have a down week against a defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Philip Rivers – LAC vs. GB
Rivers goes up against a good defense that has allowed few fantasy points to QBs this season. He is coming off a game against the Bears in which he only tallied ten fantasy points. Also, with Ken Wisenhunt out of the picture, the Chargers have emphasized they would like to have a better split between passing and rushing, which could lead to less volume for Rivers.
Melvin Gordon – LAC vs. GB
I know, I have been writing quite a bit on how the Chargers will tank this week. However, I am more worried about Gordon’s ability to run the ball here rather than the overall performance of the team. Gordon has not averaged more than 2.5 yards per carry this year. Yes, he did have a double-digit fantasy performance against the Bears, but that was mainly due to a red-zone run and sloppy Bears tackling. Although the Packers have been generous to opposing running backs, I expect Gordon to be limited.
Derrick Henry – TEN vs. CAR
Henry has had an up-and-down fantasy year. Last week, he only posted 7.3 points against a formidable Tampa Bay run defense. This week, he faces one of the best run defenses in the league. Carolina has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Look for Henry to have a second straight bad week.
Alshon Jeffery – PHI vs. CHI
Jeffrey has done well every time he faces the Bears. However, over the past couple weeks, he has been an ineffective piece of the Eagles offense, with his sloppy drops being the culprit. Look for Jeffrey to have another bad game against a defense that has been stingy in allowing fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Odell Beckham Jr. – CLE vs. DEN
Odell has been one of the most disappointing players of the fantasy season. He’s only accumulated twenty-plus points once this year, and that came in week two. He has not scored a touchdown since week five. The Browns’ offensive woes cannot be blamed solely on Beckham, but I would not rely on him for the rest of the season. This week, they face a Broncos defense that has surprisingly allowed the fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
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