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2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit

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It has been a crazy week so far, for more reasons than I can even get into.

Nobody really seems to know what’s going on with the election, so let’s dive into something that I’m certain about: the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit

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Start

Cam Newton, QB, New England Patriots @ New York Jets

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Newton has had his ups and downs (mostly downs) this season, but he’s an easy start this week against the New York Jets.

The Jets give up the 7th most fantasy points to quarterbacks including 300+ passing yards in four out of eight games. They’ve allowed the third-most passing yards per game.

Most importantly, they’ve been killed on the ground by running quarterbacks. Josh Allen totaled 118 yards and one touchdown on the ground over two games while Kyler Murray rushed nine times for 31 yards and touchdown in their Week 5 matchup.

While Cam has struggled a bit as a passer this season, he’s averaging nearly 10 carries and 50 yards per game with six touchdowns as a rusher.

If he’s able to put together his usual rushing effort and take advantage of the Jets’ putrid passing defense, he’s in for a monster week.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

Although the Steelers are 7-0, Roethlisberger has been one of the main reasons, but not THE main reason. There’s a reason he’s not in the MVP conversation.

While he sports a 15:4 TD to INT ratio, he’s just the fantasy QB22. Over the last three weeks, he’s averaging just 12.63 fantasy points.

So why is he an easy start for me this week? Simple. He’s playing the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys are just 16th in fantasy points against for the quarterback position, but the good ones excel against them. Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray all put up 28+ fantasy points against America’s team.

With Dallas’ offense falling apart, the Steelers should have the ball a ton. In addition, their punter is now battling injury so the Steelers should have great field position as well.

Roethlisberger might not be the highest upside start, but he’s a safe bet for 2-3 touchdowns and 200+ yards. In all but just one game this season, he’s thrown multiple touchdowns.

Honorable Mentions: Derek Carr @ the Chargers, Drew Lock @ the Falcons

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs Carolina Panthers

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The rookie out of LSU has just 18 touches for 94 yards and one touchdown in his last two games, but don’t let that make you shy away from playing him in Week 9.

He’s got a cupcake matchup coming up with the Carolina Panthers, who allow the 4th most fantasy points to running backs.

Edwards-Helaire is a nightmare matchup for the Panthers, who have allowed the 6th most rushing yards and the most receptions to running backs this season. CEH is third in the league in rushing yards and 8th in catches.

On top of that, Carolina’s offense is just good enough to keep pace with the Chiefs. Vegas anticipates a high-scoring game with a total of 53 points, which could mean plenty of scoring opportunities for Edwards-Helaire.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans

Montgomery has been quite frankly pretty disappointing this season. After Tarik Cohen went down with a season-ending injury, it was assumed that Montgomery would take on a bell-cow role – and he has!

Beginning in Week 4, Montgomery has played 84% of the Bears’ running back snaps.

However, he’s averaged just 9.53 fantasy points per game and scored one total touchdown. He has a sluggish 3.7 yards per carry. Where he has done pretty well is as a receiver, catching 21 of 29 targets for 27 yards per game.

In aggregate, the Titans give up the 10th most points to the running position, and since Montgomery basically IS the running back position for the Bears, that bodes well for him. Starting running backs have averaged 17.03 fantasy points per game against the Titans.

He’s coming off his best rushing performance of the season with 89 yards on 21 carries. Hopefully, he builds on that in Week 9.

Honorable Mentions: David Johnson @ the Jaguars, Damien Harris @ the Jets, Justin Jackson vs the Raiders

Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

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If we’re starting Roethlisberger, it only makes sense we should start one of his weapons, right?

While I’d recommend all three of his top receiver options, Claypool is the most interesting one to me this week.

He is a bit of a boom-or-bust risk, but what better spot to boom than against a hapless Cowboys defense that has allowed the 4th most fantasy points to wide receivers.

The 6’4″ Claypool, who runs a 4.42 40-yard dash will run plenty of routes against 5’10” cornerback Jourdan Lewis (4.54 40-time), who has a 51.5 PFF grade on the season.

Will Fuller V, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, WR, Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

All it took for the Texans offense to be unlocked was the disappearance of Bill O’Brien. What a surprise.

This wide receiver group flamed the Jaguars secondary for a total of 18 catches, 266 yards, and two touchdowns.

There’s no reason to think they won’t be able to do that again after Justin Herbert and the Chargers dropped 13 catches, 213 yards, and a touchdown on their heads in Week 8.

Start all three of these receivers with confidence in Week 9 in a game that has a Vegas projected total of 51 points.

Honorable Mentions: Marvin Jones @ the Vikings, John Brown vs the Seahawks, Jakobi Meyers vs the Jets

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons

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Fant got off to a fast start this season with 32.3 fantasy points in his first two weeks. He was since slowed by both his quarterback’s and his own injuries.

Since he’s returned though, he’s posted 10 catches for 85 yards in two games.


More importantly, in Drew Lock’s three starts with Fant, he’s targeted him 22 times. Fant is clearly Lock’s favorite target and he should continue to be in Week 9 against a soft Falcons defense that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends.

This game should also be high scoring with a Vegas total of 50 points.

Honorable Mention: Evan Engram @ the Washington Football Team, Logan Thomas vs the Giants

Sits

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennesee Titans vs Chicago Bears

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As impressive as Tannehill (QB10 on the season) and the Titans have been this season, he’s not in a great spot this week against the Bears.

The Bears allow the 5th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and have only allowed multiple touchdown passes in two out of eight games. Meanwhile, Tannehill has thrown for multiple touchdowns in seven out of eight games, so something’s gotta give.

I’m willing to be on the Bears here (kinda). Not only is their secondary legit, but their defense can be run on, so Derrick Henry should be the focus of the Titans’ offensive attack. That’s always the downside to Tannehill, as he’s thrown for less than 250 yards in six out of his eight games.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brees already faced this Buccaneers team in Week 1 and was limited to just 14.4 fantasy points.

Since then, the Bucs have cemented themselves as a top defense, allowing the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.

So Brees has already struggled with this team and on top of that, he’s going to face them on the road now. Brees’ struggles on the road are well-documented. His touchdown to interception ratio plummets from 2.83 at home to 1.87 in away games.

Michael Thomas might return this game, but it might not be enough for you to start Brees with confidence this week.

Honorable Mention: Teddy Bridgewater @ the Chiefs, Matthew Stafford @ the Vikings

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Well, guys, #TeamRoJo was fun while it lasted. Although Jones is RB13 on the season, his stock is plummeting as Leonard Fournette has gotten more and more involved in this offense.

In the last two games since Fournette has gotten healthy, Jones has played just 44% and 24% of snaps and handled only 25 touches for 82 total yards and one touchdown.

On the other hand, Fournette has played 55% and 73% of snaps and taken 35 touches for 168 total yards.

Jones is no longer even startable as anything more than a flex option, and especially so in Week 9 against the Saints.

The Saints allow the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs including just five total touchdowns.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

Trust me, I want to be able to play Swift as much as you do. He tantalized with 123 total yards and two touchdowns in Week 6.

However, since then (although it’s been two bad matchups) he’s only amassed 71 yards and one touchdown.

The biggest problem with Swift isn’t even his production, it’s the inconsistency of his snaps and workload. He played a season high 62% of snaps in Week 8, but only had nine touches. Meanwhile, in his breakout Week 6 game, he played just 38% of the snaps but had 15 touches.

It’s simply impossible to predict when and how Swift will be utilized, so I’m not even going to try – especially in a  lukewarm matchup with the Vikings who give up the 17th fewest fantasy points to running backs.

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Taylor vs the Ravens, Le’Veon Bell vs the Panthers, Devin Singletary vs the Seahawks

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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It’s going to be difficult to bench Evans given his propensity for scoring and the draft capital you spent on him, but it might be time to this week.

This week he faces Marshon Lattimore and the New Orleans Saints. While the Saints have given up the 9th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, Lattimore has been a thorn in Evans’ side when they match up.

In Week 1 when they faced each other, Evans caught just one of four targets for a two-yard touchdown.

Evans isn’t a must-sit, but if you have a better option, this might be a week to keep him on your bench.

Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Similar to Evans, it’ll be hard to bench Cooper. But after seeing his Week 8 performance against the Eagles (five targets, one catch, five yards), you might just have to.

While Ben DiNucci will no longer be the quarterback, the person starting in his stead was actually BEHIND him on the depth chart at one point. That’s not a good sign.

While Pittsburgh is a plus matchup, it’s impossible to be able to count on any kind of valuable targets for Cooper until we’re more certain of what we’re going to get from his quarterback.

Honorable Mention: D.J. Chark vs the Texans, Darius Slayton @ the Washington Football Team, Curtis Samuel @ the Chiefs

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans

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The Bears give up the 8th most fantasy points to tight ends, but that’s not enough to trust Smith this week.

Since the rest of the Titans’ receiving corps has gotten healthy (three games), he’s been targeted only eight times and caught four of them for 51 yards.

With A.J. Brown and Corey Davis soaking up the majority of targets in the passing game, Smith has become an afterthought.

Keep him on your bench until the Titans offense gives him a few more consistent opportunities.

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Honorable mention: Trey Burton vs the Ravens


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMHuo

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