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This week, fielding an ideal Fantasy lineup seems very challenging as six teams are again on byes, and other key injuries have sent many owners scrambling to the free agent list. So we will dig a bit deeper with some of our starting recommendations, as you could be facing situations that are causing you to consider low-level players as possible starters. We’ll help you get through what seems to be a very daunting Week 9.
Colin Kaepernick goes up against the putrid Saints defense this week.
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The Saints rank 28th against the pass and have allowed an NFL-high 12 rushing scores as well. Kaepernick can always give you a possible floor of respectability with his rushing yardage, and there is always a chance he can run for a TD, too. If he has a decent passing day and throws for more than one TD, you’ll get a very nice statistical return because of his dual abilities as a runner and hopefully an adequate passer in a very friendly matchup.
The Jets have the worst pass defense in the AFC, and while Tannehill is not an accomplished deep thrower, he can convert on the occasional downfield shot. The Jets have been vulnerable to the big play in the air this year and Jarvis Landry is an after the catch threat and Kenny Stills certainly can get loose for some significant gainers.
He has not thrown a TD pass in three consecutive games, and Wilson’s lack of mobility is affecting his overall play and dragging down the entire Seahawks offense. He cannot be used as a Fantasy starter right now regardless of the matchup.
His Fantasy numbers looked very good on the surface last week in garbage time, and in some situations you may feel you have no choice but to use him. Bortles’ actual shaky play, though, was not reflected in his padded totals. He is third in the league with nine interceptions, and faces a Chiefs defense that has the most pickoffs in the league (11). Kansas City also plays at a methodical pace, too, so there may not be enough catch-up mode potential for Bortles this time.
He had an awful outing against the Jets before the Week 8 bye, but he should regain some momentum against the Steelers this week. Pittsburgh does allow 106.7 rushing yards per game and has surrendered eight rushing TDs. West should at least return to Fantasy respectability this week.
After Mark Ingram was benched early last week, Hightower rushed for 102 yards against the sturdy Seahawks run defense. Even if Hightower shares some work with Ingram this week, he can give you at least a decent statistical return against a 49ers run defense that allows an absolutely horrific 185.1 rushing yards per game.
Don’t use him or Jerick McKinnon unless you are absolutely desperate. Asiata depends heavily on TD opportunities and Detroit has allowed only three rushing scores. That number is a bit skewed when you consider that they have given up an incredible amount of TD passes, but enough to make you have second thoughts about using any RB from the NFL’s second-worst rushing offense.
If you can help it, find a better option, and only use Crowell if you totally lack any other options. Dallas has allowed only 92.9 rushing yards per game and three scores on the ground. The Browns will likely play from behind against the Cowboys, which will mean more of Duke Johnson than Crowell.
Kenny Britt should gain some yardage against the Panthers’ 29th-ranked pass defense.
He has become useful again with not much fanfare, with double figure PPR performances in five of seven games this year. Carolina has the league’s 29th-ranked pass defense, and Britt’s blend of size and savvy will be a lot to handle for a secondary that has become one of the league’s worst in the early post-Josh Norman era.
If Kaepernick does one thing well in the passing game, it’s going downfield with a lot of zip on the ball. Against the New Orleans pass defense, he’ll have some opportunities to take shots deeper, and that means Smith has some upside promise this week. He’s been completely unreliable and mostly invisible so far this year, but if you are super thin at WR in Week 9, take a shot on this speed merchant with a very appealing matchup.
He has fallen off in a big way after a good start, and the Eagles’ fifth-ranked pass defense is likely to teach him some lessons and throw him off his routes. He will likey be the third option in the passing game this week behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz.
He is returning from a hand injury this week, and is generating some Fantasy buzz as many owners have eagerly anticipated seeing hin back in action. But he has not played since Week 2 and may not be a frequent option in his first game back. If you can afford to do so in this week, reserve him and see how he looks in his first game back before activating him. Coleman is a rookie coming off a sizable layoff.
More Lineup Tips
Lance Kendricks is a good TE streamer against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-most Fantasy points to the position. Cleveland is fourth-worst against Tes, so consider Jason Witten as a PPR starter. Caleb Sturgis and Will Lutz are quality kicker options that could be available as free agents on gameday. The underrated Chargers defense is a quality defensive streaming choice against the Titans, and the Rams’ defensive line is looking better and is also worth consideration as they face the Panthers.
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