Fantasy starts and sits for Week 9

Jody Smith looks at some of the key start/sit options for Week 9.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

(AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

Fantasy starts and sits for Week 9


When we saw the 2015 NFL schedule drop, we knew Week 9 was going to be a bad week for fantasy owners. The six team that are on bye this week are loaded with talented players regularly used to fill fantasy starting lineups.

Since those players are off limits this week, fantasy owners are scrambling to the waiver wire and researching what reserves can be inserted into their lineup this week to recover some of those points.

Because fantasy owners are digging deep on this cruelest of bye weeks, let’s dig deep at some players to consider for our Week 9 start/sit picks.

 

Start

Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor, Bills (vs. Miami) – After missing about a month, Taylor is returning to a favorable game against Miami’s 26th ranked fantasy quarterback defense. Along with Taylor’s healthy return, the Bills are expecting RB Karlos Williams and, more importantly, WR Sammy Watkins to also suit up. Before he got hurt, Taylor was averaging over 24 fantasy points-per-game. Meanwhile, Miami allows 23 fantasy points-per-game to quarterbacks, so look for Taylor to have a solid Week 9 and make a nice bye week replacement.

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  • TJ

    What’s the reasoning behind McFadden on the sit list? Shouldn’t he see the bulk of the carries and maybe a few targets against a mediocre Eagles run defense?

    • ryanrauch

      Eagles actually have a solid rush defense. Good article here with breakdown on Eagles vs Cowboys game: dlvr.it/CdwF6Q

    • J.R.

      I agree. They act like everyone reading this is in the position to sit a workhorse running back. Unless you are starting both Gurley, Peterson or Freeman – you’re going to start Mcfadden, hands down.

      He will get a good amount of receptions even if Dallas is behind.

    • Jody Smith

      Ryanrauch is right. Philadelphia is a top-5 fantasy run D, and is solid in RB pass coverage as well. The way I personally see it, McFadden will be the focal point for Philly, as Dallas can’t do anything in the passing game without Romo. I’m not necessarily saying you should sit McFadden if he’s an RB2 on your squad, which is why he’s in the “others” part. Simply stating that he could be a disappointment, and if you have comparable starters, it might be worthwhile to consider them.

    • Black Power Ranger

      Mediocre run defense? They’ve allowed basically one 100-yard rusher (Jonathan Stewart) in like two years. Even last year’s rushing champion (Murray) couldn’t get going against them last season. It’s been the same story this season.