Week 9 Starts/Sits – Sunday Late Games, SNF & MNF

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Without doubt, the biggest head scratcher of a fantasy football player is deciding who to start in their line-up each week. There is nothing worse than leaving a game on your bench and spending the entirety of the next week dwelling in hindsight.

Whether you’re in 1 league or 100 leagues, setting your line-ups is the most crucial part of your fantasy week and we’re here to let you know which players are in the best environments to boom and which are most likely destined to bust.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for tomorrow’s podcast where we dive into a full preview of the weekend games and make sure you head over to Twitter (@F10YFantasy) for “Start ‘em, sit ‘em, GIF ‘EM!”.

Spoiler alert: I’m not a fan of Cooper Rush (I know, shocking). 

Sunday Late Games

Matchup: Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers

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Start of the Game

Josh Jacobs – Running Back – Las Vegas Raiders

I know he may have been drafted as your RB1 but Josh Jacobs has blown hot and cold this season, for avoidance of doubt, you’ve got to start him this week. He won’t rush for 31 attempts this week but the Chargers do like to give up points to RBs and I like him to get back on track here. He’s only reached 20+ points twice this season, it’ll be three by Monday morning.

Other Notable Starts

Las Vegas Raiders – Derek Carr – Quarterback

Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert – Quarterback

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Sit of the Game

Justin Jackson – Running Back – Los Angeles Chargers

I see Justin Herbert throwing for another 300+ yards in this game which hurts an already-difficult (Fantasy-wise) backfield for the Chargers. Joshua Kelley will continue to take snaps away from Justin Jackson so this is more of a word of caution for those who have the injury bug in their backfield (literally everyone), Justin Jackson may not be the saviour for you this week. Look elsewhere.

Other Notable Sits

Las Vegas Raiders – Nelson Agholor – Wide Receiver

Los Angeles Chargers – Joshua Kelley – Running Back

Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

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Start of the Game

James Conner – Running Back – Pittsburgh Steelers

Oh man, it’s tempting to say start Pittsburgh’s DST but I’ll be sensible and advise you to slide James Conner into your starting lineup. After a productive outing against the Ravens I expect Pittsburgh to be up early and by plenty with short fields, this points to running the clock down with the backfield and Conner will do that against an average Fantasy run-D.

Other Notable Starts

Pittsburgh Steelers – Chase Claypool – Wide Receiver

Dallas Cowboys – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Amari Cooper – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys receiving corps in general has seen their Fatnasy output decimated in the face of Dak Prescott’s crushing injury. With Cooper Rush/Garrett Gilbert due to start at QB this week you can’t expect good production out of Dallas WRs for the rest of the year and if you are in a re-draft league I would look to trade Amari Cooper if you can get any sort of value for him. You never know, you might get lucky. He won’t. Sit him.

Other Notable Sits

Pittsburgh Steelers – N/A

Dallas Cowboys – CeeDee Lamb – Wide Receiver

Matchup: Miami Dolphins @ Arizona Cardinals

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Start of the Game

Chase Edmonds – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals

No Kenyan Drake? No problem. Edmonds performed like Alvin Kamara againts the Seahawks with nearly 150 scrimmage yards and this week he faces a Miami team who are weak against running backs in Fantasy. In PPR leagues Edmonds is an absolute must start this week.

Other Notable Starts

Miami Dolphins – Preston Williams – Wide Receiver

Arizona Cardinals – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Matt Breida – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals

With Myles Gaskin going down for a few weeks it is difficult to see where the carries are specifically coming from in Miami. Is it Breida? Maybe. Jordan Howard seemingly can’t crack the active roster anymore and they’ve just traded for DeAndre Washington. All this just leaves me wondering if we’ll see a committee approach to the backfield over November. I could be wrong (usually am) but right now you’re spitting in the wind starting a Dolphins RB.

Other Notable Sits

Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa – Quarterback

Arizona Cardinals – Dan Arnold – Tight End

Sunday Night Football

Matchup: New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Start of the Game

Tom Brady – Quarterback – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I wasn’t a Brady-believer at the start of the year and felt rather smug after Week One but fair play, I was wrong. He’s on fire at the moment and with a matchup against the Saints who are struggling with the deep ball I fancy Brady to torch them in a shootout. Fun fact, Brady nabbed a rushing TD against the Saints in Week One…His first of two this season, the same as Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson!

Other Notable Starts

New Orleans Saints – Jared Cook – Tight End

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rob Gronkowski – Tight End

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Sit of the Game

Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints

Sanders (along with Michael Thomas and to a lesser extent Marquez Callaway) returning to action is great news for the Saints. However, he has just recovered from CoVid which makes me sceptical that he’s going to be 100% this weekend against a fearsome Bucs D.

Other Notable Sits

New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees – Quarterback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Leonard Fournette – Running Back

Monday Night Football

Matchup: New England Patriots @ New York Jets

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Start of the Game

Damiere Byrd – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots

A desperately poor Fantasy matchup here aside from the Pats DST but I’m not going to go own that road. However, with the earth of pass catchers for the Patriots there has been a glimmer of hope in Damiere Byrd, he’s not been targeted that much but when he does get a target he’s reliable and has appeared on 85%+ of snaps in every game this year. Against a woeful Jets, he may have a standout day.

Other Notable Starts

New England Patriots – Cam Newton – Quarterback, Damien Harris – Running Back

New York Jets – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Braxton Berrios – Wide Receiver – New York Jets

There’s a chance Jamison Crowder returns for Sunday but if he does or doesn’t is immaterial this week. Whilst Berrios holds a bit of PPR value you can find someone out there who will offer more who isn’t playing against the team that drafted him. Oh, they also happen to be coached by Darth Belichick himself. It’s not the same D as last year but the Pats rank in the top 10 for Fantasy D against Wide Receivers.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Darnold saw some more ghosts.

Other Notable Sits

New England Patriots – N/A

New York Jets – Sam Darnold – Quarterback

For the latest on each player’s start and sit status, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

Dave Moore

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