Here we go, week nine of the NFL and fantasy seasons. Many fantasy leagues are just past the halfway mark. The next couple of weeks are crunch time. I hope that you have been paying attention to our starts ‘n’ sits. In addition, have you been scouring the waiver wire week in and week out? If so, you should be on solid footing heading towards the playoffs. If not, there is still time but not much.
Here are your week nine starts ‘n’ sits.
Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears
Trubisky is one of those QBs that you have to watch and see who he is playing. This week he is a solid play. The Chicago Bears travel to Buffalo to take on the Buffalo Bills. The Bills’ defense is very giving to opposing QBs.
Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns
Chubb has the opportunity to take the reins in Cleveland. Last week he laid a fantasy egg with only 9 points against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His week 9 matchup is more favorable against the Kansas City Chiefs. This defense is surrendering almost 6 yards per carry. Look for Chubb to have a solid outing.
Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos
Sutton has started to excel in the Broncos’ offense. The young receiver out of SMU is the reason the Broncos were able to trade Demaryius Thomas at the deadline. Look for Sutton to have a solid game against the Houston Texans, who will look to double-team Emmanuel Sanders.
O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It is hard to think about starting a Buc in fantasy. However, with the move back to Fitzpatrick’s and Howard’s productions, you could make this one. Howard has 11 or more points in each of four previous games. The Carolina Panthers allow 19 FPPG to TEs.
Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
Crosby has been a madman since his debacle. He has had 11 or more fantasy points in recent weeks. Look for that trend to continue against the New England Patriots Sunday Night. They are averaging nine fantasy points to kickers.
The matchup this week against the Tennessee Titans plays into the favor of the Cowboys’ defense. The front of the Cowboys should be able to get to Marcus Mariota. The Titans are allowing three sacks per game. With pressure comes turnovers.
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
The Redskins are a fast-rising defense. The Falcons are horrible on the road, averaging 14 points. The Redskins’ defense averages 16 FPPG. This game sets up nicely for them again.
Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Barber has been a workhorse for the Bucs of late. He has 14 plus FP in two of his last three games. That will be two of his last four after Sunday. Against the Panthers, the Bucs could be forced to throw the ball.
Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin has been a fantasy bust in 2018. That trend should continue this week against the Los Angeles Chargers. This defense has only allowed 2 TDs to slot receivers through 8 weeks.
Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons
Hopper is probably going to be in many lineups this week, especially with the shortage of TEs given the bye weeks. If you have to do so, play him with caution against the Redskins defense, which is not friendly to TEs.
Sebastian Janikowski – Seattle Seahawks
This could be a game in which the Seahawks’ offense struggles. Even with the depletion of the Chargers’ defense, they have been top-notch. That could be the same this week. Stay away from Sebas.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are one of the best defenses in the NFL. However, a matchup against the high-powered New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees begs some questions. Can they stay undefeated?
That is what we got for week nine. Hopefully you are still in the race in your league(s). If not, there is always next season. Good luck!
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