QB START EM: Deshaun Watson
Ever since Watson’s first game without Bill O’Brien, he has been on a tear. Since week five, Watson is averaging over 334 passing yards per game and 3 touchdowns per game. He is averaging 26 points over this span, and he should be able to continue this week. The Texans are coming off their bye week and will travel to Jacksonville to meet the struggling Jaguars defense that ranks third to last in the league to opposing Quarterbacks. I have Watson as a top 3 Quarterback this week; definitely start ’em.
QB START EM: Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert is one of the most exciting rising stars in the NFL. He has been proving analysts wrong, showing he’s worthy of the sixth overall pick. Herbert has taken over the offense and is leading them beautifully. Over the past four games, Herbert is averaging over 3 touchdowns per game and has been one of this year’s top waiver pickups. Part of his success has been his bond formed with fellow receivers in a pass-first offense. In week 9, the Chargers will host the Raiders, likely a very high scoring divisional affair.
QB SIT EM: Drew Brees
Drew Brees has not been the quarterback fantasy owners were hoping he’d continue to be. His average draft position (ADP) was in round 7, but he has not been putting up points worthy of that selection, only averaging just above 18 points. Part of this unsuccessful season has been due to the absence of Michael Thomas and the idea of giving Alvin Kamara a more significant workload. This week, Brees will probably have Thomas back, but the matchup is why Brees is a sit this week. The Saints will be going up against arguably the best pass defense in the league in the Buccaneers. They have held opposing fantasy quarterbacks to terrible games like Aaron Rodgers, Teddy Bridgewater, and Nick Foles. When Brees faced Tampa in week 1, he didn’t surpass 14 points. Sit Brees this week against the Buccaneers defense.
QB SIT EM: Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill was one of the few sleepers this year at the quarterback position that has proven himself worthy of being a starter. This week, he is not, though. Over the past two weeks, he’s averaging just above 16 points on two defenses that have struggled against quarterbacks this seasons. Mike Vrabel may look to more of a workload for running back Derrick Henry this week because they face a Chicago defense with plenty of playmakers in the secondary. I think Tannehill will struggle this week, and it will become more of the Derrick Henry show once again.
RB START EM: James Conner
Despite facing a top tier Ravens defense last week, James Conner put together a pretty solid game scoring 13.5 points. Conner has been producing for fantasy managers this season, ranking 11th overall for running backs. The Steeler’s offensive success has been the most significant part of Conner’s successful season. They score lots of points and seem to get inside the 5-yard line every game, right where Conner strives. He has found the endzone in five out of seven games this season; what better way to keep the production rolling than to face the Cowboys. In this matchup, Conner should put together an excellent game and surpass 15 points.
RB START: Chase Edmonds
One word that could describe the Cardinals offense this season is electric. Led by Kyler Murray, the offense has been nothing shy of incredible, putting up many points against no matter the matchup. This week, Chase Edmonds falls into the perfect start. With Drake out, Edmonds has a chance to be a top-five back. He’s a fast, talented back that has been crucial to the passing game this year. Now, he will get a fair amount of carries to go along with his already established receiving game. Edmonds also has a very favorable matchup this week against the Dolphins, who rank 26th in ppg to opposing running backs. I am starting Edmonds in every league.
RB SIT EM: Ronald Jones
When Fournette was out, Jones was a top running back, totaling over 100 yards in three straight games. However, since Fournette’s return, Jones hasn’t topped 34 yards. Fournette has already out carried Jones over the past two weeks and has designated himself as the clear goalline back. It’s beginning to seem like Fournette is becoming the lead runner in the backfield. Jones doesn’t have a favorable matchup this week either, as the Buccaneers are hosting the Saints. New Orleans has been elite against the run this year, and I don’t see Jones being a viable fantasy option this week.
RB SIT EM: Jonathan Taylor
Last week, Taylor had an excellent opportunity to put up great numbers, yet he disappointed fantasy owners. He had a clear chance to destroy the Detroit run defense but was overtaken by both back-ups: Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. Hines caught two touchdowns, and Wilkins almost doubled Taylor’s carries. Now Taylor is a dangerous start for fantasy owners, as we don’t know when and who the carries will go to. This week, Taylor is nursing an injury but is expected to play against the best run defense in the league, the Baltimore Ravens. Due to the uncertainty of who will get the carries, I would bench Taylor and other Colts’ running backs.
WR START EM: Tyler Lockett
After Lockett’s incredible Sunday night, he slowed down as DK. Metcalf was the clear wr1 last week, totaling over 34 fantasy points. It has seemed like any given week, one of the two will go off for fantasy owners. This week, I think it’s going to be Lockett. After DK’s fantastic performance last week and publicity in the media, the Bills will take note. I think that they won’t let DK have a fantastic game against them, doubling him most of the game. The intense coverage on Metcalf will lead to an incredible amount of targets and open spaces for Tyler Lockett. Lockett is one of the league’s most underrated receivers; I think he will be the main target for Wilson this week and finish as a top 10 receiver.
WR START EM: Keenan Allen
It’s beginning to seem like Allen is a receiver start and love on a week to week basis. Well, it’s true. Allen has been nothing shy of excellent as he has formed an elite connection with Herbert. Over the past five weeks, Allen is averaging over 15 points per game and is only getting better as his connection with Herbert progresses. The offense has been a pass-first unit, which hugely benefits Allen. Just like Herbert, Allen has a good matchup this week against the Raiders. Herbert should be able to get going fast in this game and target Allen plenty.
WR SIT EM: Amari Cooper
Ever since Dak Prescott‘s season-ending injury, Cooper has not been a reliable start in Fantasy. He will play with his fourth quarterback of the season on Sunday due to Ben Dinnuci losing the job. Quarterback Garret Gilbert will be under center for the Cowboys, and with the uncertainty of how the offense will work, Cooper isn’t looking too good for this week. He will be going against elite cornerback Joe Hadden and that top tier Steelers defense who will give Garret Gilbert lots of problems in a game that could get ugly fast.
WR SIT EM: D.J. Moore
Last week against a struggling Falcons defense, DJ Moore failed to get going. He only had two catches for 55 yards, and I don’t see that changing much. Before last week, Dj Moore played well, averaging a touchdown in his previous three matchups. This season, Bridgewater has shown Robby Anderson as the main target on the team, which has sunk Moore’s value. The offense will face the red hot Chiefs defense that has let up a total of 25 points the past two weeks. Put DJ Moore on the bench this week.
START TE EM: Noah Fant
Noah Fant is a fantasy starter when quarterback Drew Lock plays. Plain and simple. Since Lock has returned from his sprained AC joint in his shoulder, Fant is doing much better.. Fant’s numbers still haven’t been too high, but last week he saw a team-high nine targets in a game that Lock was throwing a lot. I think Lock will be doing the same this week against the Falcons, who have let up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. This game should be very high scoring, and I think Fant will get it going this week.
SIT TE EM: Robert Tonyan
Since Tonyan’s breakout game in week 4, he has not proven to be a fantasy starter. Throughout weeks 6-8, Tonyan has totaled a total of 18 fantasy points. Part of this is due to Devante Adams taking touchdowns away from Tonyan. Another factor that will hurt Tonyan is the return of receiver Allen Lazard. Rodgers has proved to target Lazard when he’s been healthy, whereas Thursday night, he will be active. The 49ers have been very good against opposing tight ends, led by star linebacker Fred Warner. I wouldn’t say I like Tonyan on TNF.
START FLEX EM: David Johnson
When the Texans traded Deandre Hopkins, the organization drew harsh criticism from fans. Overall, Johnson has not had a bad season. Johnson has not been able to return to the top 5 back he used to be, but he has still been able to put together a solid fantasy season. Ever since the firing of Bill O’Brien, Johnson has been a crucial part of the offense. He has been averaging 19 touches per game and doing solid work with it. In week 5, when the Texans and Jaguars squared off, Johnson totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage. This week, I think he gets going once again and also adds a score. I feel confident starting him this week, especially in PPR formats.
FLEX SIT EM: Marquise Brown
Due to the mediocre season that Lamar Jackson is having, Marquise Brown has not been relatively good. On the season, he is averaging 9 points per game and only three catches per game. He is not getting the targets we were expecting and can’t be trusted weekly. This week, I’m not too fond of his matchups against the best defense in the league, The Indianapolis Colts. They have ranked number 1 all year to opposing receivers, and I think that the Ravens will struggle offensively in this one. Keep Brown on your bench this week.