This week certainly presents some challenges for fantasy owners with six teams on their bye week (heck, I’ve got three receivers on bye in my MFL dynasty league…yikes!). Nevertheless, owners will need to get creative with their roster juggling, so let’s take a look at some starts and sits for Week 9.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (START)
This is a big spot for Goff this week (and Sammy Watkins) travelling to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants — both teams are coming off a bye. The Giants defense has given up the 6th-most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this year and to make matters worse they will be without Janoris Jenkins at cornerback as he serves an indefinite suspension. Goff has an opportunity to exploit a weak Giants secondary that is also surrendering 258.7 PYDS/G (6th-most in the NFL).
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (SIT)
Sunday’s loss at home to the Carolina Panthers is likely one that Winston wants to soon forget — albeit against a Top-10 pass defense. Well, there won’t be time to dwell, as the Bucs travel to the ‘Big Easy’ to face the New Orleans Saints. No defense has been hotter of late than the Saints. Over the last five weeks they have surrendered an NFL-best 158.8 PYDS/G, just 3 TD’s and have 9 INT’s. With a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder, owners will have to monitor his status ahead of this game, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be a favorable matchup.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (START)
One word — VOLUME. That’s what you can expect to see if you are a Peterson owner this week. Carson Palmer has been lost for the season and now the Cardinals turn to veteran backup Drew Stanton. I can’t imagine head coach Bruce Arians having his game plan revolve around Stanton, so look for Peterson to get plenty of touches in this one. The Cards will likely borrow a page from the Dallas Cowboys when they kept feeding Ezekiel Elliott two weeks ago on their way to a 40-10 drubbing of the 49ers. Consider last season that Stanton subbed in for Palmer and led the Cards to a 33-21 win over the 49ers, but he finished 11-for-28 and it was a 157-yard, 2 TD performance from David Johnson that pushed them over the top.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos (SIT)
I don’t like this matchup for a couple of reasons. For starters, the Philadelphia Eagles are tied with the Seattle Seahawks in allowing the 5th-fewest fantasy points to RB’s this season (PPR scoring). Second, it would appear that Anderson is now locked into a RBBC with his Broncos teammates as Devontae Booker appeared to have taken on a bigger role in the offense during Monday night’s loss in Kansas City. Last week’s offensive snap count went Anderson (35), Booker (25) and Jamaal Charles (13), plus, Anderson hasn’t had a double-digit fantasy week since Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (START)
Okay, okay it’s an obvious pick. You simply have to keep playing Fuller (even though he is on a pace that he likely won’t sustain) and this week he gets a tasty matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are tied with the Cardinals in giving up the 3rd-most fantasy points to WR’s and despite only surrendering 6 TD’s this year, I like Fuller to add on to his 7 TD’s this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (SIT)
Despite a lacklustre performance from Trevor Siemian on Monday night against the Chiefs, the Broncos defense hung in there while managing to hold Tyreek Hill to just two catches for 38 yards and forced a fumble. The Broncos might play behind the 8-ball a lot in this second half, but there secondary still remains one of the best in the NFL (4th-fewest fantasy points to WR’s) and Jeffery just hasn’t found that chemistry with Carson Wentz this year.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (START)
All aboard the ‘Doyle Express!’ The Colts TE caught 12 balls for 121 yards and a TD against the Cincinnati Bengals last week and now has a matchup with the Texans defense that is giving up the 6th-most fantasy points to opposing TE’s this year. T.Y. Hilton has definitely struggled to find space this year and Doyle has reaped the rewards, being targeted 32 times over the last three weeks.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (SIT)
Hooper was solid in that heavy down pour at the Meadowlands last week — four catches for 47 yards and a TD. But, I still have questions about the Falcons offense moving forward and the Panthers are giving up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing TE’s this year. He’s functioning as TE12 in PPR scoring this year, but there are more enticing matchups out there this week.