We are back after a quick little one week hiatus (focused on the start of the NBA season last week), and it’s basically the midway point of the NFL season. Holy crap, how are we in Week 9 already? I’m not sure, but we are just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving, which means we’re about a month and a half away from Christmas, which means we only have about two months of regular season football to go. This is the point in the season where certain teams get desperate to stay in the mix, and others start to press too much and fall out of the race.
Quick post this week with my new Power Rankings and who you should start and sit in fantasy. Hope you enjoy Week 9!
- New England Patriots
- Dallas Cowboys
- Denver Broncos
- Atlanta Falcons
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Oakland Raiders
- Minnesota Vikings
- Seattle Seahawks
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Green Bay Packers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- New York Giants
- Houston Texans
- Arizona Cardinals
- Washington Redskins
- San Diego Chargers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Buffalo Bills
- Baltimore Ravens
- Tennessee Titans
- Detroit Lions
- Carolina Panthers
- New Orleans Saints
- Indianapolis Colts
- Miami Dolphins
- Los Angeles Rams
- New York Jets
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Chicago Bears
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- San Francisco 49ers
- Cleveland Browns
*Insert quarterback facing the Browns here* Not much more that needs to be said. Dak against the Browns is about as slam dunk a start as it gets. He might not go crazy, but he’ll do more than enough to make him worth starting this week.
This is obviously only if he plays, which is still in doubt, but if Ben is on the field, he should be in your lineup. The Ravens’ pass defense is not very good, so if the Steelers’ line can keep him clean, he should pick that secondary apart.
He’s one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, but he’s facing one of the worst defenses in the league at home. If you’re streaming quarterbacks, or if you need a fill-in for Cousins, Brady, Dalton or Palmer, Kaepernick could be your guy.
Odds are Stafford is your best (or only) option, but just don’t expect too much from him, so that you can be stoked if he has a big game. The Vikings’ defense has terrorized QB’s all season long, and I expect that to continue on Sunday.
Unfortunately for most Wilson owners and the Seahawks themselves, Russell is not the guy you thought he was going to be entering this season. He’s banged up, the line can’t protect him and there isn’t much talent for him to utilize. Against the Bills, I’ll pass on him.
The first start for Booker didn’t go exactly as every fantasy expert this side of Denver was expecting it to go, but he’ll have a chance to really breakout in front of the entire nation against the porous Raiders’ defense on Sunday night.
Where you should be worried about the Vikings if you have Stafford, don’t let that defense scare you away from starting Riddick. He is the only reliable option in the Lions’ backfield, and Jordan Howard just had over 200 yards from scrimmage against the Vikes. Riddick is more talented than Howard, especially in the passing game, so I expect he could be in line for a big game.
I’m going with my gut on this one, but facing the Broncos’ defense, I expect the Raiders to look to run the ball more than they have recently, and that could lead to a big game for Murray. He’s scored a lot of touchdowns this year, and I think he gets at least one on Sunday night.
The Bills are a good matchup for Michael, but this is more based on the competition in the Seattle backfield. CJ Prosise is now healthy, and with a shoddy offensive line, as a pass catching back, he is more valuable to the team, in my opinion. I think Michael will continue to lose touches to Prosise as the weeks go on.
Gore has had a really nice season for the Colts, despite being “over the hill” for an NFL running back. That being said, the Colts face the Packers this week. That is a terrible matchup for Gore. Start somebody else this week.
I’d suspect that Landry owners are probably a little disappointed with what they’ve gotten from him so far this season. Nothing like a matchup with the Jets to get a receiver back on track. Landry should fill it up this week, and might even find the end zone once or twice.
Randall Cobb is expected to miss another game, and believe it or not, Adams is on pace for just under 1,000 yards receiving this season. The Colts’ secondary is horrible, and Adams should have another big game, especially in PPR leagues.
Travis Benjamin is unlikely to play, and likewise with Hunter Henry. That means Antonio Gates and the aforementioned Williams will be the top targets for Philip Rivers against a bad Titans’ secondary. Williams has been great this season, and I think he’ll have another big game this week.
Xavier Rhodes is going to be shadowing Jones on Sunday. That is enough for me to sit him in any lineups I’d have him in. I suggest you do the same.
No Alex Smith, a coach that wants to run the ball and he’ll have Jalen Ramsey covering him all day long. I don’t expect very much from Maclin this week, or the rest of the season for that matter. Try to trade him if you possibly can at this point.
For the same reason I like Tyrell Williams, I also like Antonio Gates. No Hunter Henry and the Chargers are going to throw the football. Could be a huge game for Gates this week.
Very quietly, Kendricks has turned into a top option in the Rams’ passing game. He has at least seven targets in three of their last four games, and we all know the Panthers are having trouble covering anyone. Kendricks is a great bye week fill-in.
He’s back and healthy, but a rough matchup against the Vikings and their talented cover linebackers, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. Ebron is a great pickup for the rest of the season, but I’d consider keeping him on your bench this week.
It’s hard to trust anybody on the Jaguars’ offense these days, especially Thomas. He’s scored a touchdown in each of his last two games, but he’s also had less than four catches in each of their last four games. A rough matchup with the Chiefs means you can do better than Thomas.