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2019 Fantasy Football Week 9: Vampire League Starters


Welcome back vampires to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 9: Vampire League Starters article. I hope you were victorious in Week 8 and got to steal a player from a poor soul.

I’m on a roll. It’s my second consecutive week of defeating my opponent. Not only did I receive Le’Veon Bell, but I’m currently in the last wildcard spot in the playoffs. I hope my reign of terror continues on my opponents.

It’s Halloween this week, the perfect time for vampires to strike and I got some scary good (damn I’m corny, or should I say I’m candy corny) starting options in Week 9 for vampires.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 9: Vampire League Starters

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Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

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The man with the glorious mustache is going to be a great starting option in Week 9.

Minshew is currently a QB11 and has been a consistent scorer for Fantasy owners. In his eight games played, Minshew has three Top 15 finishes, two Top 10 finishes, and one Top 5 finish. He had only one single-digit finish this season.

Minshew’s matchup against the Texans will give him plenty of scoring opportunities. The Texans are allowing 21.29 Fantasy points and 276.8 passing yards per game to quarterbacks. Houston’s secondary has allowed 18 touchdowns to quarterbacks, which makes them tied with the appalling Miami Dolphins.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

I know Darnold has been awful the past two weeks, but he can’t possibly be inadequate against the atrocious Dolphins.

I have to mention that the Miami Dolphins are dreadful (I’m running out of synonyms for awful)? The Dolphins are allowing 24.23 Fantasy points per game, 1,574 yards, and 18 touchdowns.

Honorable Mention

I recommended Matthew Stafford last week and should be used again against the Raiders in Week 9.

Running Backs

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings

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Despite being the backup running back to Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison is consistently producing with his limited carries.

Mattison is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and the Vikings are second in rushing attempts in the NFL. Plus, Mattison has four games (out of eight games) of 50-plus rushing games, making him more than just a handcuff.

Mattison will face the Chiefs, who haven’t figured out how to stop the run. Kansas City is allowing 30.48 Fantasy points and 145 yards per game to running backs. The Vikings will have to run the ball a ton to keep the Chiefs’ offense off the field, which will increase Mattison’s usage.

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins

Kenyan Drake is gone, and now it’s the Mark Walton show. The former Hurricane will have an increased workload, especially in the passing game. His only competition for snaps is Kalen Ballage, a man who swats at passes instead of catching them.

The Dolphins have a matchup where they could possibly win against the New York Jets. The Jets are allowing 27.41 Fantasy points per game to running backs. As an added bonus, the Jets have traded Leonard Williams, which makes Walton’s job easier to break off long runs.

Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders

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Williams is back from injury and picked up right where he left off as Derek Carr’s number two target behind the Walrus (Darren Waller).

Williams will be getting targeted a lot in the Raiders’ matchup against the Detroit Lions. Vegas has this game’s over/under at 50.5, so vampires should expect a shoot out.

Detroit is allowing 37.41 Fantasy points and 289.7 yards (leads the NFL) per game to quarterbacks.

It’s not crazy to say that Tyrell Williams could have a Top 10 finish with his production and the juicy matchup.

D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

Metcalf is making a repeat appearance after crushing it in Week 8. He should continue to crush it for vampires with his Week 9 opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs are allowing 41.83 Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Tampa Bay has allowed 1,238 yards (176.9 yards per game) and 8 touchdowns ( one touchdown per game) to wide receivers so far in the 2019 season.

Tight End

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

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Maybe this is the week Hockenson catches the touchdown passes instead of dropping them. If he does stop dropping touchdown passes in Week 9, I promise I will stop calling him T.J. Dropenson.

He has the perfect matchup to make me eat my words. The Raiders are allowing 16.26 Fantasy points per game and six touchdowns to tight ends.

We have seen Hockenson have a monster game this season since the game is projected to be a big passing game, he should have another monster game as long as he catches the ball.


DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

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Raise your hand if you ever been burned by DeVante Parker. It looks like everyone has thrown their hands up; that’s what I thought.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Parker has Fantasy value for vampires with his Week 9 matchup against the Jets. New York is allowing 38.40 Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

I understand if you want to forget the past and look for other flex options. But Parker has caught a touchdown in three of his previous four games and is averaging six targets per game this season. It may be worth burying the hatchet with Parker considering he could seal a “W” for you.

Defense/Special Team

Philadelphia Eagles

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They are facing Mitchell Trubisky and the dysfunction that is the Bears’ offense. Trubiksy has played in six games and has a turnover in three of those games. The Eagles secondary is struggling but will have a more manageable workload since Trubisky can’t complete a pass.


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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