2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview

by Richard Savill
2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview

The NFL calendar has specific dates that reflect important shifts in the league. Some are greater than others, but each has its own relationship to fantasy football.2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview Blurbview

In other major sports outside of the NFL, the trade deadline marks a significant point which coincides with their respective fantasy seasons. The NFL is usually, but not always, quiet by comparison.

Vikings Trade Just in Time

This week, in the NFL, the trade deadline came at a moment none too soon for the Minnesota Vikings as they lost Kirk Cousins for the season. Joshua Dobbs comes to the team from the Cardinals as the team needs to figure out the chemistry at quarterback from there. Current backup Jaren Hall will likely get the first chance.

If the season ended today, the 4-4 Vikings would have the last playoff spot in the NFC. Since there is a chance the team can reach a Super Bowl, the Vikings will now scramble to get a quarterback into the groove quickly.

For fantasy, the three-game winning streak the Vikings are currently riding has brought Jordan Addison into soaring value.

They play Atlanta this week. We can't wait to see how it all works out.

Good luck in Week 9!2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview Blurbview

Week 8 Starts/Sits and Sleepers disclosure:
1. Best Start: George Kittle Worst Start: Alexander Mattison Week: 64%
2. Best Sit: D.J. Chark Worst Sit: DeAndre Hopkins Week: 27%
3. Best Sleeper: Rashid Shaheed Worst Sleeper: Jauan Jennings Week: 42%
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The Games this Week

Byes: Broncos, Forty-Niners, Jaguars, Lions

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Dolphins (6-2) vs Chiefs (6-2) (Frankfurt 930am ET)

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It's hard to remember a game of greater magnitude played in the International Series. This matchup, filled with major fantasy interest, stands out as a diamond in the 2023 NFL schedule. Taking place in the illustrious surroundings of Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, it's all the more enticing!

Game Story

The Dolphins enter this game off a strong 31-17 win over the Patriots. The Chiefs only managed field goals in their 24-9 loss to the Broncos.

Tua Tagovailoa and Patrick Mahomes are nearly equal this season. Mahomes is slightly under Tagovailoa in touchdown passes (18 vs 15) and passing yardage (2416 vs 2258), but for the most part, there isn't much between them in 2023.

Big Difference in Rushing

The small difference between the quarterbacks is not the same for the ground offense. This might be a pivotal aspect in the game. The Dolphins rank first in the league in rushing yardage (1214) and the Chiefs are 17th with 841 yards.

The Dolphins are also top in the league in rushing touchdowns with 16 versus just four for the Chiefs.

Fantasy Starts?

Start everyone relevant and feel comfortable by judiciously selecting sleepers from this game. A game that could explode. This is something unusual for an international game.

Fun Fact: The Chiefs have a three-game win streak against the Dolphins. This is the seventh International Series game featuring the Dolphins. They have a 3-3 record and lost their last two at Wembley.

Vegas Line: Chiefs -2.0
Vegas OU: 50.5
Start: Rashee Rice, WR, Chiefs
Sit: Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs
Sleeper: Durham Smythe, TE, Dolphins
Pick Poll: Chiefs 52%
In the Booth: Rich Eisen, Jason McCourty, Dan Orlovsky
Injury Update: Braxton Berrios Q | Durham Smythe Q |

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Cardinals (1-7) at Browns (4-3)

We're likely to see Clayton Tune for at least one week until Kyler Murray returns. Now that the Cardinals are 1-7, with the playoffs essentially out of reach, rushing Murray back makes no sense. The Browns will see the return of Deshaun Watson. Your Browns get a major fantasy uptick for this game as a result. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your Cardinals. Emari Demarcado is out and Keontay Ingram is a tepid fantasy substitute.
Vegas Line: Browns -10.0
Vegas OU: 38.5
Start: Jerome Ford, RB, Browns
Sit: Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
Sleeper: Elijah Moore, WR, Browns
Pick Poll: Browns 97%
In the Booth: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Injury Update: Emari Demercado O | Michael Wilson Q |

Vikings (4-4) at Falcons (4-4)

We know the Vikings will start a different quarterback this week, but what about the Falcons? Desmond Ridder went to the doghouse last week and Taylor Heineke will start. If Taylor Heineke begins looking better than Desmond Ridder to Arthur Smith, then what's the world coming to? This game will likely be a close one, and to emphasize, all relevant fantasy players are high risk, boom or bust in this game. There's little to expect anything in-between.
Vegas Line: Falcons -4.0
Vegas OU:  37.0
Start: Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings
Sit: KhaDarel Hodge, WR, Falcons
Sleeper: Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons
Pick Poll: Falcons 71%
In the Booth: Chris Myers, Mark Schlereth
Injury Update: Drake London O | Brandon Powell Q |

Rams (3-5) at Packers (2-5)
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More quarterback questions. Matthew Stafford has a thumb injury. Fans in Green Bay are beginning to get restless with Jordan Love. Check this blurb for added notes on the situation with Stafford. The Rams are faltering defensively. They are third in missed tackles this season. We might expect that the Rams' receivers and Packers' running backs have the better chances for good fantasy points. Oddly, the metrics point to the reverse!
Note: Matt Stafford is trending toward out and his "Q" turns red. He's still marked as a game time decision, but Brett Rypien will warm up.
Vegas Line: Packers -3.0
Vegas OU:  38.5
Start: Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams
Sit: A.J. Dillon, RB, Packers
Sleeper: Jayden Reed, WR, Packers
Pick Poll: Rams 78%
In the Booth: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston
Injury Update: Matthew Stafford Qgtd | Puka Nacua Qep |

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Commanders (3-5) at Patriots (2-6)

With Kendrick Bourne out for the season, can Demario Douglas step into a higher fantasy profile? If he's still available in your league, heck, why not ride the possibility? The Patriots aren't pass heavy with a deep receiving room, so Douglas is worth a try. Miami forced the issue last week, but Bill Belichick generally looks on with scorn toward air yards. The Commanders will try annoying Belichick by using their speed like the Dolphins did.
Vegas Line: Patriots -2.5
Vegas OU:  41.0
Start: Terry McLaurin, WR, Commanders
Sit: Logan Thomas, TE, Commanders
Sleeper: Demario Douglas, WR, Patriots
Pick Poll: Commanders 61%
In the Booth: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Injury Update: Curtis Samuel O | DeVante Parker O | Pharaoh Brown Q |

Seahawks (5-2) at Ravens (6-2)

The Seahawks and Ravens are both in the top 10 for allowing the fewest total yards. This may indicate a defensive struggle, but other metrics suggest this game may not be as such. Both teams favor a rushing attack and are effective at it. The power vacuum of the passing game must then open up for both sides. Oddly, the gamescript forecasts special teams to come up big. We might be lining up for a few field goals in this one.
Vegas Line: Ravens -6.0
Vegas OU:  44.0
Start: Zay Flowers, WR, Ravens
Sit: Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks
Sleeper: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Ravens
Pick Poll: Ravens 86%
In the Booth: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Injury Update: DK Metcalf Q | Tyler Lockett Q |

Bears (2-6) at Saints (4-4)

It seems like Tyson Bagent wasn't too difficult for the Chargers defense to figure out. He starts again versus the Saints. This is a game where sitting all your fantasy Bears might be a good idea as the Saints have a solid pass defense. On the other hand, all your fantasy Saints are good plays. The game flow will have the Saints design: Alvin Kamara ground attack, Taysom Hill mixing in, and Derek Carr throwing heavily - likely above 40 attempts or so.
Vegas Line: Saints -8.5
Vegas OU:  41.0
Start: Derek Carr, QB, Saints
Sit: D.J. Moore, WR, Bears
Sleeper: Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Pick Poll: Saints 94%
In the Booth: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Injury Update: Kendre Miller Q |

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Buccaneers (3-4) at Texans (3-4)

Two teams with weak backfields. Here's an easy tip: both C.J. Stroud and Baker Mayfield are good startable options. This is obvious because of the lack of a running game on both sides. This is a game worthy of our study to see what happens when teams like this meet up. Do they stick with the short game or open it up early and often? If we use our noggins, we can see that special teams are likely to come up as the strong determining factor in all this.
Vegas Line: Texans -3.0
Vegas OU:  40.0
Start: Nico Collins, WR, Texans
Sit: Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
Sleeper: Dalton Schultz, TE, Texans
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 53%
In the Booth: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Injury Update: Dameon Pierce O |

Late Sunday: Cowboys (5-2) at Eagles (7-1)
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Well, well, well. A game with important playoff implications and all the rest of it. The Eagles are numero uno in the power rankings, and with San Francisco dropping off, they are odds-on favorites to take the conference top seed.

The Cowboys have their weaknesses, but their defense matches well against the Eagles. We could have a close game and a potential upset.

Pollard Must Get Air

Tony Pollard posted his only 100+ yard rushing game in Week 3, but his best numbers come from catching passes out of the backfield.

For some odd reason, Pollard worked better as a 1b to Ezekiel Elliott in 2022 than as the feature back in 2023. Rico Dowdle is a bit of an odd case. He's a UDFA that the Cowboys scooped up in 2020 and today seems now locked-in as the clear RB2 on the team.

What's odd about this is that Deuce Vaughn, a typical light scat back, doesn't get much involvement in the passing game of the Cowboys. And yet, the coaches prefer Dowdle to come in.

A.J. Brown: The Beast Goes On

He's having a career season. Brown will try for his seventh straight 100+ yard game this week. He's certainly raising the bar for himself in 2024. His fantasy value is already through the roof. Brown is still on pace for 2,000 receiving yards. No player has ever done it. Calvin Johnson was the closest in a 16-game season with 1,964 yards in 2012.

There's a problem with Brown getting to 2,000. Yes, his pace in the 17 game season means he can make it. However, the Eagles would want to rest him for the playoffs. If they clinch early, Brown might need that game to get over the top. Would they play him?

Game Character

A.J. Brown will need to work hard in this game to keep up the pace for 2,000, because the Cowboys allow the second fewest passing yards. Yes, so Jalen Hurts has to get the ball in Brown's hands anyway he can.

On the other side, the Eagles allow the fewest rushing yards in 2023. Getting Tony Pollard going might not be so easy.

When you match all this and other factors, you get a game where one team focuses on shutting down the pass, while the other focuses on shutting down the run.

It adds up to potential chaos. Look for RPO scrambled eggs and toast. Quarterbacks running. Tight ends making first downs. Jet sweeps. The whole bit. You should fully expect to see trick plays coming from both sides. Also, not forgetting, the now famous "tush push."

Start every player fantasy relevant. Obviously.

Fun Fact: These teams have gone OVER in their last five straight meetings in Philadelphia.

Vegas Line: Eagles -3.0
Vegas OU: 47.0
Start: Dallas Goedart, TE, Eagles
Sit: Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
Sleeper: Jake Ferguson, TE, Cowboys
Pick Poll: Eagles 80%
In the Booth: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Injury Update: Boston Scott O |

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Colts (3-5) at Panthers (1-6)

Since the Colts are 1-4 at home, they might be better off as road warriors. They are one of those teams, like Forrest Gump's "box of chocolates." In this game, however, start your Colts and Panthers with reasonable confidence. One more thing to fill out this blurb, and important to pass along: the Panthers allow the second most fantasy points to running backs, so Zach Moss is in play. Think "box of chocolates" and start everyone relevant.
Vegas Line: Colts -2.5
Vegas OU:  44.0
Start: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Colts
Sit: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Panthers
Sleeper: Zach Moss, RB, Colts
Pick Poll: Colts 87%
In the Booth: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Injury Update: Josh Downs Q | DJ Chark Jr. Qgtd | Jerome Ford Q |

Giants (2-6) at Raiders (3-5)

A new day dawns for the Raiders. Again. Firing a coach on the Raiders is the happy days, toy town, newspaper smile event which pretends that flipping a switch is the cure. Problems remain with this organization. The Davis doctrine of cobbling together a patchwork quilt team and sewing "just win baby" on it doesn't work anymore. Let's see if the Raiders are brave enough to follow through with a plan and actually allow winning to evolve through peaks and valleys this time.
Vegas Line: Raiders -1.5
Vegas OU: 37.0
Start: Davante Adams, WR, Raiders
Sit: Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
Sleeper: Darius Slayton, WR, Giants
Pick Poll: Raiders 72%
In the Booth: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Injury Update: Saquon Barkley A | Wan'Dale Robinson A |

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Bills (5-3) at Bengals (4-3)

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The game we did not get in 2022 because of a near on-field tragedy. The sports world paused. The fate of Damar Hamlin stirred something in everyone's heart about the fragility of life.

It remains uncertain whether Hamlin will participate in the game. Whether he does or not, Cincinnati ultimately has become a place of good memories and not bad ones. Because of what happened, these teams and cities will likely never have a nasty rivalry.

But Football is Football

Like the last time this matchup came up on the schedule, there is major importance to it for both sides. And also, like last time, all your fantasy relevant players and select sleepers are in play.

Let me emphasize this: start everyone fantasy relevant and streamable options too!

Watch The Big Show

Expect a showcase of football on SNF. The world is watching this game - especially if Hamlin suits up. Buckle up and take the Over. These teams have four straight Unders coming in to this game, but due to the emotionally charged atmosphere, go high.

Fun Fact: In their last meeting in the Divisional Playoff last season, Joe Mixon was the star with 105 yards on 20 carries plus a touchdown. Bengals took the win at Orchard Park 27-10 and moved on to the AFC Championship.

Vegas Line: Bengals -2.0
Vegas OU: 50.5
Start: Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals
Sit: James Cook, RB, Bills
Sleeper: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Bills
Pick Poll: Bengals 58%
In the Booth: Mike Tirico, Chris Collinsworth
Injury Update: Joe Mixon Q |

Monday Night Football

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Chargers (3-4) at Jets (4-3)

After going an entire game having a punting contest with the Giants last week, the Jets mustered up enough energy for a game-winning field goal. There were plenty of jokes about the "so bad, it's good" game, but the Jets are not really a bad football team. Their defense can cause trouble for anyone and that includes the visiting Chargers. Austin Ekeler is trying to get another touchdown streak going, but these Jets have allowed just three against them.
Vegas Line: Chargers -3.5
Vegas OU: 40.0
Start: Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets
Sit: Josh Palmer, WR, Chargers
Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers, WR, Raiders
Pick Poll: Chargers 68%
In the Booth: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Injury Update: Joshua Palmer O | Xavier Gipson Q |

In the Booth on Sunday2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview Blurbview

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Sunday Games2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview Blurbview

NFL Network (Frankfurt 930am ET)

Dolphins vs Chiefs: Rich Eisen, Jason McCourty, Dan Orlovsky

CBS Early

Seahawks at Ravens: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Buccaneers at Texans: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Bears at Saints: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Cardinals at Browns: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

FOX Early

Rams at Packers: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston
Commanders at Patriots: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Vikings at Falcons: Chris Myers, Mark Schlereth

CBS Late

Colts at Panthers: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

FOX Late

Cowboys at Eagles: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Giants at Raiders: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez

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