2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit

Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I’m here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit article.

There are four teams on bye this week, the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and The Washington Football Team.

So make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup. If you are under .500 heading into Week 9, this week is a must-win for your team!

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I’ll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can’t entirely agree with.

Make sure you check out our Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 9! Also, be sure not to miss the F6P Week 9 Blurbview – the #1 fastest fantasy weekend preview with all the games, players, weather, announcers, sleepers, and so much more!

Now let’s help you win your pivotal matchup this week with my 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit!

2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit

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Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (ECR QB15)

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Tua Tagovailoa was a start for me two weeks ago and it worked out. Last week I didn’t play him in the few places where I own him, because of the matchup against the Bills and that ended up being a mistake.

He still finished as a top 10 quarterback for the third week in a row after throwing for 205 yards and a rushing touchdown.

The fact that the Dolphins’ offensive line has played very poorly so far this season, which has caused the Dolphins to not be able to run the ball effectively.

The Dolphins have the sixth-fewest rushing yards in the NFL and average the third-fewest yards per game.

What the Dolphins have had to do is to throw a ton, they rank third in the NFL in pass attempts this season, which gives Tua all the volume he needs to be a low-end QB1 most weeks.

The Dolphins also got DeVante Parker back last week from injury, which is just another weapon for Tua.

The Matchup – Houston Texans

The Matchup with the Houston Texans is about the best it can get for Tagovailoa. The Texans have been killed through the air this season.

They allow over 22 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season which ranks fourth-worst in the NFL.

Tua should be in your lineups this week and I would start him over the likes of Ryan Tannehill and Daniel Jones who are both ranked higher than Tagovailoa.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR RB24)

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Last week after the Week 7 injury to Miles Sanders everyone rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Kenneth Gainwell, but the Eagles fooled us all by Boston Scott leading the backfield.

Scott finished last week’s game with 12 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns scoring 18 fantasy points in half-point PPR formats.

The Eagles backfield was somewhat of a committee last week which could worrisome a bit for Scott, with him playing 29 snaps, Kenneth Gainwell playing 20, and Jordan Howard playing 16 snaps.

However, a lot of Gainwells touches came after the Eagles were blowing the Lions out, so it is pretty clear that Scott has a leg up over Gainwell and Jordan Howard in that backfield.

The Matchup – Los Angelos Chargers

The Los Angelos Chargers are coming off a loss against the New England Patriots where they just got gashed on the ground. They allowed 141 total rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Chargers have also allowed the second-most rushing yards this season to running backs, and the second-most fantasy points per game as well.

I will be starting Boston Scott over guys like Javonte Williams and Josh Jacobs.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns (ECR WR33)

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Jarvis Landry came back from a knee injury in Week 7, and since that time he has seen 18 targets in two games.

We know from previous years that Landry is Baker Mayfield‘s preferred go-to option and nothing has changed this season.

The ceiling might even be higher for Landry now considering it was announced Wednesday that Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer with the team.

Landry finished last week with five targets for 65 yards but unfortunately lost a fumble that hurt his fantasy production, only scoring 7.5 fantasy points.

I expect Landry to have a bounce-back week, with him seeing a 22% target share in the two games, he is due for a touchdown, and that could come as soon as this week.

The Matchup – Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals defense is much improved this season, as they are in the middle of the league in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.

However last week New York Jets slot wide receiver Jamison Crowder killed the Bengals for eight receptions for 84 yards.

Landry does his best work from the slot so I believe he will have an efficient day. I would be starting Landry over guys ranked higher than him like Cole Beasley and Jakobi Meyers.

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (ECR TE17)

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The rookie tight end out of Penn State Pat Freiermuth has taken advantage of his role expanding due to injuries to J.J. Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron.

In the last two games, Freiermuth has seen 14 targets. Last week he caught five of his seven targets for 44 yards and a touchdown for 12.5 fantasy points.

You shouldn’t expect much more than that from your tight end position unless you have a top-five guy at the position.

As the season goes on you can see the chemistry growing between Ben Roethlisberger and Freiermuth. Ben Has been known to target big tight ends in the red zone, with the likes of Eric Ebron, Heath Miller, and Jesse James in years past.

Freiermuth saw a season-high 58 snaps last week and should be viewed as a top red-zone target on this squad.

The Matchup – Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears defense has been good against tight ends so far this season. They have allowed the fewest amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, which might scare people off Freiermuth.

I’m not one of those people however, The Bears defense is struggling with injuries too Eddie Jackson, and Kahlil Mack. I will be firing Freiermuth up this week and not thinking he should have a solid day.

I’m starting him over the likes of Evan Engram and Tyler Conklin.


Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (ECR QB13)

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Daniel Jones is coming off of a solid game in a good matchup against the Kansas City Cheifs. Jones was 22-32 for 222 yards two touchdowns and one interception for 17 fantasy points.

Through the first eight weeks of the season, Daniel Jones looks to be an improved fantasy producer. Currently, Jones is QB13 on the season and is averaging just over 17.5 fantasy points per game.

Unfortunately, he has come back down to earth a touch in the last four games he hasn’t reached that mark once and was in single digits twice in that time span.

The Giants wide receivers just can’t seem to stay healthy, and we’re still not sure which receivers we’ll see on the field this weekend.

The Matchup – Las Vegas Raiders

The thing that scares me off of Jones this week against the Las Vegas Raiders is the fact they have allowed the second shortest pocket time for quarterbacks in all of the NFL.

The Giants’ offensive line is one of the worst in football, and that doesn’t bode well for Jones and the Giants. Jones might be under siege all game long which arrant throws and turnovers.

I’d definitely start Tua Tagovailoa over him this week.

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (ECR RB19)

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Chase Edmonds was solid in last Thursday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. He finished with seven carries for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Edmonds also had three catches for 39 yards en route to 14.4 fantasy points in half-point PPR formats.

Last week’s game was the first week since Week 4 that Edmonds scored double-digit fantasy points.

The emergence of James Conner in this offense caps Edmonds ceiling weekly, which was something we were afraid of. Conner has actually outscored Edmonds fantasy-wise four out of the last five games.

The Matchup – San Fransico 49ers

This is the second time the Cardinals will be squaring off against the San Fransisco 49ers. The first time around the 49ers’ defense held Chase Edmonds to only six carries for 15 yards and finished with 2.9 fantasy points.

The 49ers this season are also allowing the lowest amount of fantasy points per game to running backs. This is just a brutal matchup for Edmonds, and that’s why I’m shying away from him this week.

Id rather start guys like Boston Scott and Myles Gaskin.

Devonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR WR30)

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We had some big aspirations for the Heisman trophy-winning Wide receiver Devonta Smith. However, his quarterback just hasn’t been good enough to support the rookie wideout.

Smith has had an up and down season, He scored over 11 fantasy points three times this season, but under five fantasy points four times. So when the floor falls out on Smith, it really falls off.

Unfortunately for Smith the target consistency just hasn’t been there for the rookie either. Smith has seen six or more targets in six games this season which is solid.

But only 75% of his targets have been catchable which ranks 53rd in the league. That goes back to Jalen Hurts just not being an accurate passer.

The Matchup – Los Angelos Chargers

The Philadelphia Eagles welcome a tough Los Angelos Chargers team to town. We have seen time and time again that the Chargers’ defense can be had on the ground, but they are much tougher through the air.

The Chargers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Chargers have also allowed the fewest yards to receivers this season as well.

This Chargers secondary is elite and I’m staying far away from Smith this week.

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angelos Rams (ECR TE8)

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This isn’t the first time Tyler Higbee has made this list as a sit this season. I was all about Higbee coming into this season with him being connected to solid starting quarterback, and Gerald Everett leaving for Seattle.

Unfortunately, it just hasn’t worked out that well. Higbee is on the field for 80% of the Rams snaps. Higbee just isn’t getting enough targets, he is only seeing a target on 15% of his routes run.

This Rams offense is surrounded by awesome pass-catching talent with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and the emerging Van Jefferson.

So there is really no need to funnel targets to Higbee. Due to that Higbee has only had over 40 yards twice in eight total games.

The Matchup – Tennesee Titans

The Tennesee Titans have been absolutely killed through the air this season allowing 1,728 yards to wide receivers which is the worst in the league. They have also allowed the most touchdowns to wide receivers this season with 12.

So I am thinking that the wideouts will have a huge day for the Rams. While Higbee will stay being an after-thought in the offense. I would rather start guys like Dan Arnold, and Pat Freirermuth over Higbee this week.

Thanks for diving into my 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Start-Sit! I’ll see you all next week!

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