The Fantasy Footballers’ Week 9 Starts
QB Tyrod Taylor @ New York Jets
Tyrod Taylor’s rushing ability gives him a nice floor, and the fact that he has turned the ball over just twice on the year makes him fairly bust-proof. The combination of Taylor getting a new weapon in Kelvin Benjamin along with a matchup against a struggling Jets secondary make Taylor a good start this week.
RB Christian McCaffrey vs. Atlanta
Christian McCaffrey is a lock for plenty of receptions each week, providing a great baseline every week. He is essentially now the WR2 for Carolina.
WR Golden Tate @ Green Bay
Golden Tate should be peppered by targets as Matthew Stafford’s most reliable pass-catcher. This is his second week back from returning from injury and should be much more active this week.
TE Tyler Kroft @ Jacksonville
Jacksonville shuts down the WR position, making Tyler Kroft a good option this week. He’s had a nice baseline since Tyler Eifert was lost due to injury. Kroft should be the second option in the passing game behind A.J. Green and should be in line for four-to-six catches this week.
QB Alex Smith @ Dallas
Jason is going way out on a limb this week by choosing the top fantasy quarterback on the season. Seriously though, doubters were vindicated when Alex Smith had a somewhat down-week last week, and perhaps fantasy owners are worried about a potential tailspin. Simply put, stop worrying, a great matchup against an atrocious secondary makes Smith a must-start option this week.
RB Alvin Kamara vs. Tampa Bay
Alvin Kamara has been great since the departure of Adrian Peterson. This game is expected to be a high-scoring game and the Tamps defense is not great at stopping opposing RBs. Kamara is start-worthy in nearly any situation given his ability to produce on the ground and as a receiving threat.
WR Will Fuller vs. Indianapolis (this selection was made prior to the devastating Deshaun Watson news)
Will Fuller has TD regression coming, but he’s still a good receiver playing in a matchup where the opposing defense struggles with giving up big plays. Big plays are Fuller’s specialty, so even if he sees a small number of targets he is still capable of a big performance.
TE Jack “baby hands” Doyle @ Houston (made prior to Watson news that could alter game script)
Jack Doyle is the top target in Indianapolis, and Indy may need to throw the ball a lot to keep up with Houston.
QB Matthew Stafford @ Green Bay
Matthew Stafford heads to Green Bay this week aided by the return of Golden Tate. Stafford should be able to pick apart the beatable Packers defense.
RB Adrian Peterson @ San Francisco
Adrian Peterson goes up against the defense surrendering the most fantasy points to RBs this week. If he is not game-scripted out due to an inept performance by QB Drew Stanton, Peterson should see a nice workload and eat up the 49ers defense.
WR Ted Ginn vs. Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay has given up the third-most point per game to the WR position, and Ginn has had at least 66 yards receiving or a TD in four of the last five matchups. Ginn has worked his way into a flex/WR2 role.
TE A.J. Derby @ Philadelphia
Philadelphia gives up the seventh-most points to the TE position. In games QB Brock Osweiler played last year, the TE position accounted for 51% of his pass completions. The next highest QB-to-TE ratio was just 34%, which shows that Osweiler locks on to TE position, making Derby, who scored last week, a nice play this week.
Jason Moore’s ironclad, locked-and-loaded, 100% guaranteed, boom-boom kicker of the week
Go nuts…for Will Lutz vs. Tampa Bay