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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 9

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks

Start

Josh Allen, Bills (vs. Seahawks): Over his first four games, Allen had ten passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. He averaged 30.09 fantasy points per game, which was third among quarterbacks. However, he has significantly regressed since then. Over his next four games, Allen had only four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Consequently, he averaged only 16.06 fantasy points per game, which put him as the QB14 during that span. He has a great chance to bounce back with a big game against the Seahawks, who are giving up the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

Justin Herbert, Chargers (vs. Raiders): Since Herbert debuted in Week 2, he is the QB5 in fantasy. For some reason, he is only being started in 62% of ESPN leagues. He should be a weekly starter, unless you have Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, or Kyler Murray on your roster. Trust him in a solid matchup against the Raiders defense.

Sleeper: Cam Newton, Patriots (vs. Jets)

Sit

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. Bears): No quarterback has scored 20 fantasy points against the Bears this season. I do not expect Tannehill to break that trend.

Garrett Gilbert/Cooper Rush, Cowboys (vs. Steelers): Either Gilbert or Rush will start at quarterback for the Cowboys this week. Neither player inspires confidence or offers much upside. Additionally, the starter will face a nightmare matchup in the Steelers. Avoid both Gilbert and Rush this week.

Running backs

Start

James Conner, Steelers (vs. Cowboys): The Cowboys are giving up a whopping 170.9 rushing yards per game, which is the most in the league. Conner could be the top running back this week.

Gus Edwards, Ravens (vs. Colts): Mark Ingram’s status for Sunday’s game is unclear, but he is still not practicing.

I think it’s a safe bet to expect Edwards and J.K. Dobbins to once again lead the backfield this week. I’m not too concerned about the matchup here. Edwards burned the Steelers defense for 87 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last week. He is a solid start, as long as Ingram is out.

Sleeper: Jordan Howard, Dolphins (vs. Cardinals)

Sit

Jonathan Taylor, Colts (vs. Ravens): Taylor is in a confusing situation. Overall, he is the RB20 in PPR leagues, but he has not had more than 12 carries since Week 4. Also, Jordan Wilkins led the Colts with 20 carries last week in a surprising development. He carries too much uncertainty in a matchup against an elite defense.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. Steelers): Elliott has regressed without Dak Prescott, as defenses are keying in on him. Elliott has recorded two straight single-digit fantasy point weeks. The Steelers had the NFL’s best run-defense entering their matchup with the Ravens last week.

Wide receivers

Start

Cole Beasley, Bills (vs. Seahawks): Beasley has been a great flex option in PPR leagues this season. He is 16th in the NFL in receptions. He could be in store for a big game against the Seahawks, who are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Marvin Jones Jr., Lions (vs. Vikings): Kenny Golladay is listed as doubtful. In Golladay’s potential absence, Jones will become the number one receiver. Jones had two receiving touchdowns last week, and he will have a favorable matchup against the Vikings, who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (vs. Jets)

Sit

DJ Chark Jr., Jaguars (vs. Texans): The Jaguars are benching quarterback Gardner Minshew and will start sixth-round pick Jake Luton. Minshew was actually a fantasy-friendly quarterback; he had 301 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Texans in Week 5. It is hard to trust Luton, and Chark along with the rest of Jackonville’s receivers could take a step back this week.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins (vs. Cardinals): Last week, Parker’s three-yard touchdown reception was his only reception against the Rams. Additionally, rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa targeted Parker only twice. The Rams also held Tagovailoa to only 93 passing yards. I would bench Parker this week.

Tight Ends

Start

Noah Fant, Broncos (vs. Falcons): Fant leads the Broncos in receptions this season, but he has not scored a touchdown since Week 2. He has a good chance of breaking that streak against the Falcons, who are allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends.

Sleeper: Jordan Akins, Texans (vs. Jaguars)

Sit

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (vs. Cardinals): Like Parker, I’m concerned about Gesicki’s fantasy value with Tagovailoa starting. Against the Rams, Gesicki only had one reception for eight yards and was targeted twice.