Week 9! We’re halfway home, baby! With injuries mounting, bye weeks interrupting ahd playoffs looming it is a critical point of your season. Come with me on a journey of ‘Really? That guy?!’ selections as we delve into your weekly starts/sits.
Outside of the usual suspects (Kyler, Josh etc) there’s no standout, slam dunk candidate for me this week. I was tempted with Taysom but I’m a complete NOLA-homer so outside of that extreme bias I can’t really justify it, despite being the company’s designated Agent of Chaos.
So let’s go with Stafford, he’s up against a Tennessee D that isn’t exactly tough on opposing QBs (unless you’re Carson Wentz: Fourth Quarter Meltdown Edition – the new toy just in time for Christmas!). Let’s face it, with Cooper Kupp, Bobby Trees and Van Jefferson as your three primary wide-out options you can’t really go wrong. Stafford has topped 300 yards five times this season whilst the Tennessee D has given up 300 yards+ on all but one occasion.
Honourable mentions: Taysom Hill, Derek Carr
I know I know, Mike ‘Effin’ White just put up a monstrous ass-whooping on this Bengals D but I just can’t figure out the Browns outside of ‘Nick Chubb is really good’. Baker has only topped 20 FPTS once this year and that was when the offense put up 42 points on the Chargers! Not only is his shoulder injury an issue, his utterly collapsed relationship with OBJ means we’ve got Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones who are either injury-prone or just not getting it done.
(Dis)Honourable Mentions – Mac Jones, Kirk Cousins
This recency-bias pick could blow up horribly but if you ignore how hormonal the Eagles offense is and pay attention to how the Chargers run-defence is as annoying as four-way temporary traffic lights then you see a path to Scott having a big day. He logged only 45% offensive snaps against the Lions because the game got so out of hand so quickly, it should be a much closer game against Los Angeles and he’s got a chance for some big RB1 style numbers.
Honourable mentions: AJ Dillon, Jeremy McNichols
Mevlin Gordon III
Yes, two touchdowns last week. No, he’s not repeating that this week. Denver are facing an NFC East team that will give them problems in the form of the Dallas Cowboys as opposed to the hugely disappointing Washington Football Team. The Cowboys are strong against the run and Denver are likely to be playing from behind for much of this game (roll on some more 3rd and long throws short of the sticks!). General rule here is: if Denver are playing a relatively good team, don’t start any of their players if you can help it.
(Dis)Honourable Mentions: Devin Singletary, Sony Michel
It is with a heavy heart that I’m listing Renfrow as featured wide-out here. We do not need to – and will not – go through the awful news surrounding Henry Ruggs. Football does go on, no matter what and Hunter Renfrow’s value has now gone through the roof and whilst he was already a reliable WR2/3 he’s now got to be viewed through the prism of a high-end WR2. He generally sees 7+ targets a game…I don’t know what else to say! Start him!
Honourable mentions: Jaylen Waddle, Brandin Cooks
Marvin Jones is one of the few things to love about the Jags this season but whilst he can have a 23 PPR game against the Dolphins he can also have a 3.5 point game against the Titans. This week he and the Beautiful One are up against the Lean, Mean, Offense-Destroying Machine that is the Bills D who have pitched shutouts against Miami & Houston already this year. Y’know who else stinks just as much as those two teams? Jacksonville.
(Dis)Honourable Mentions: Russell Gage, Jakobi Meyers
There comes a point during these articles where I realise that I start picking players because of who they’re playing because I detest that particular organisation. Gesicki should have a good game, he sees a decent amount of targets against the middling-to-poor teams (Falcons, Jags etc) but Houston just stink. Bleurgh.
Honourable mentions: Dallas Goedert, Albert Okwuegbunam
I had him on here a fortnight ago and I’m doing it once more until I just class him as irrelevant for Fantasy. This week he goes up against the Panthers who double and occasionally tripled-covered Kyle Pitts to a reasonable degree of success. I’ve almost done this as a ‘prove me wrong’ to Smith but whilst Hunter Henry is healthy and producing ten Smith should not be starting.
(Dis)Honourable mentions: Gerald Everett, Cole Kmet