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Week 9 Start_Sit: Trade Deadline Fallout

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I’m not sure what is ahead for trades or changes in the NFL, but it could impact my Week 9 Start_Sit article. The NFL’s trade deadline ended at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and one team is making headlines with coaching changes. That one team is the Browns, who are changing their coaches.

Head Coach, Hue Jackson, and Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley, were both relieved of their duties on Monday. Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams, will be the interim Head Coach for the rest of the season.

The NFL’s trade deadline concluded on Tuesday and it had more fireworks than the fourth of July. Here is a list of all the trades that went down yesterdya:

Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans

Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles

Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens

Dante Fowler Jr. to the Los Angeles Rams

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins

I don’t expect any of these players to be active this week, so I won’t have them on my list. The players who could be on this list are their teammates who get a Fantasy boost because of the trades. Those players could be Marvin Jones Jr., Courtland Sutton, Washington Redskins defense, or others. You’ll just have to scroll down to find out if they’re in this article.

As we look ahead to Week 9, some of the teams that are out this week include Indianapolis, Arizona, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York (Giants), and Philadelphia. There is no London game this week, so you won’t have to wake up at eight in the morning to check your roster.

This week there are many teams that have difficult divisional games such as Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Detroit, and Miami. There are some potential playoff matchups we could see like Atlanta vs Washington and Los Angeles (Rams) vs New Orleans.

Week 9 Start_Sit



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Deshaun Watson at Denver Broncos

Watson had an incredible Thursday night game against Miami. He finished with more touchdowns than he did interceptions. I’ve said in previous articles that this Denver defense isn’t like their past defenses. They don’t impose the same fear into their opponents like they once did. Denver is allowing 24.2 points per game and almost two passing touchdowns a game to QBs. Watson will look to continue his hot streak against this disappointing Broncos defense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick at Carolina Panthers

In Weeks 1-3 when Fitzpatrick was the starter for Tampa Bay, he was the best QB in Fantasy Football. He almost led a comeback against the Bengals and was awarded the starting QB position. Carolina, since their Week 4 bye week, have allowed 991 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns. Fitzpatrick has high upside with his potential to throw his usual 400-plus yards and multiple touchdowns.

Running Backs

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Adrian Peterson vs Atlanta Falcons

In his 11th season, AP has shown that Father Time can’t catch up to him. Five of his seven games this year he has rushed for 96 yards or more. Look at the last three games he has played, he’s averaging 115 rushing yards. The Falcons are allowing 112.7 on the ground this season due to their dismantled defense. Peterson is a strong RB2 and a borderline RB1 against Atlanta this week, but remains game dependent.

Latavius Murray vs Detroit Lions

Latavius is a strong RB2 as long as Dalvin Cook is out with a hamstring injury. Over the last three straight games, he has four rushing touchdowns and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Detroit acquired All-Pro, Damon “Snacks” Harrison, from the Giants to help their struggling run defense. On Sunday, his presence didn’t help as Seahawks’ RB, Chris Carson, ran for 105 yards a touchdown. Murray should have no problem running against this bottom three run defense.

Wide Receivers

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John Brown vs Pittsburgh Steelers

As a boom-or-bust player, he could make or break your Fantasy week. In Week 8, he tied his season low in receiving yards with 28, but will look to have a strong bounce back game. This is the second meeting in 2018 between these two teams. In their Week 4 matchup, Brown had 116 yards on three catches with a touchdown. It’s possible that he could have similar success this week against Pittsburgh, who is allowing the sixth most Fantasy points to WRs.

Jarvis Landry vs Kansas City Chiefs

Even with Hue Jackson and Todd Haley gone, I still have Jarvis as a Top 15 PPR receiver this week. Kansas City has had trouble stopping the pass all season and I don’t expect that to change this week. They don’t have that shutdown corner who can lineup across from Jarvis and shut him down. Entering Week 9, Landry is the second most targeted and has six straight games with double-digit targets. Facing a defense who has given up the third most receiving yards per game makes Landry a must start this week.

Tight Ends

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Trey Burton at Buffalo Bills

In Week 8, there were multiple TEs that were busts. One of the busts was Trey Burton. He snapped his three game streak of scoring touchdowns. Buffalo hasn’t allowed a TE to gain more than 55 yards all season. Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, and Jordan Howard will all be garnering attention from the Bills. This leaves Burton for the potential to have minimal coverage and the possibility to have a solid game.

Jared Cook at San Francisco 49ers

With the departure of Amari Cooper, many had Jordy Nelson receiving more targets, but that wasn’t the case. Cook was the beneficiary and it showed on Sunday. He received five targets and four catches, but made the most of it. He ended the night with 74 receiving yards and one touchdown. San Francisco has allowed four touchdowns and a couple 100 yard games to TEs this season. Cook will continue to be successful this season with Cooper gone.


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Dallas Cowboys vs Tennessee Titans

A favorable matchup between a dominant pass rush and an offense trying to find their identity. Dallas is a completely different team at home than away. At home they have 12 sacks in three games and seven sacks while they’re away. This year, Tennessee has allowed 22 sacks and their QBs have thrown six interceptions. Dallas has a lot of upside with their Monday night home matchup.

Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills

I’m not a gambling man, but I’d wager to bet that Chicago will be the top ranked defense in Week 9. Nathan Peterman will be under center for the Bills this week with Derek Anderson out. Peterman has nine interceptions for his career. For his three appearances this season he has four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Buffalo Bills have given up the most Fantasy points to defenses and that bodes well for Chicago.




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Case Keenum vs Houston Texans

The departure of Demaryius Thomas makes this an easier choice to have Keenum on the bench this week. I had him on the list before the trade because of his difficult matchup against the Texans. During their five game win streak, Houston has 11 takeaways and is allowing 18.6 points per game. In every game this season, Keenum has an interception and has 10 on the season. Case isn’t worth a streaming option even with all the QBs on a bye week.

Baker Mayfield vs Kansas City Chiefs

Even with a favorable matchup against a bottom defense, I’m not a fan of starting Baker this week. Kansas City has shown blips of promise for their defense, but the lack of weapons makes it difficult. Since Cleveland’s last win in Week 5, Mayfield has been nothing short of horrible. He is averaging 211 passing yards and that is not acceptable. If Baker keeps under performing, this Browns team will continue to struggle as a result.

Running Backs

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Isaiah Crowell at Miami Dolphins

For some reason, Crowell is still owned in 85% of Yahoo leagues. If you put aside his two breakout games, you’ll see how much of a bust he is. Failing to eclipse more than 40 rushing yards in five of his seven games is not acceptable. Crowell had double-digit carries for the last four games, so there is potential. Three straights without a touchdown and a rivalry away game makes me want to stay away from Crowell this week.

Royce Freeman vs Houston Texans

An ankle injury kept him out of the game against the Chiefs and his status is unknown for Week 9. Denver is starting to lean on Phillip Lindsay more with Freeman out. He hasn’t rushed for more than 70 yards since Week 1, but the touchdowns are a bonus. Freeman shouldn’t be in the RB2 discussion this week. If you have to put him in your Flex spot, be warned that his Fantasy day will only  be saved by a touchdown.

Wide Receivers

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Chris Hogan vs Green Bay Packers

Too many mouths to feed in New England is the downfall to Hogan’s diminishing Fantasy value. Not only has James White stepped up to be the go-to target, but Hogan is losing targets overall. In the four games since Julian Edelman’s return, he has more targets and receptions than Hogan. He has gone six straight weeks without a touchdown and he has failed to get more than 78 receiving yards all season. There is too much risk with having Hogan in your starting lineup.

Jordy Nelson at San Francisco 49ers

Without Aaron Rodgers, I’m not sure how well Jordy can really be. In 2018, the only Fantasy relevant game he’s had is when he got a season high in catches and receiving yards. He caught six balls for 173 yards and secured one touchdown. Other than that, his season has been nothing short of disappointing. His next highest receiving total is 48 yards. Even against a struggling 49ers secondary, I wouldn’t trust Nelson.

Tight Ends

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Antonio Gates at Seattle Seahawks

Entering Week 9, Gates continues to be a touchdown dependent TE. At this point I don’t believe Gates is even worth a roster spot. He hasn’t had more than three receptions all season and only one touchdown. This matchup against Seattle isn’t easy either, as they’ve only given up one touchdown to TEs.

Cameron Brate at Carolina Panthers

As a second string TE, there isn’t much growth in his Fantasy value. If you’re looking for more information why Brate should be on your bench this week, check out my Week 4 Start_Sit article.


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Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don’t be fooled by this Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, they are high scoring, especially with Fitz starting. In his first three games, Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers averaged 34 points. Carolina has had some difficulty stopping the passing game a few times this season. You’re better off streaming a defense

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

After being the best defense in Fantasy this past week, they will be on my bench for Week 9. Naturally, it’s going to be tough to play any defense that faces off against Aaron Rodgers. New England has an interception in all eight games and a touchdown in back-to-back games. Green Bay is averaging 25 points this season and on Sunday this game could come down to the wire. If you can get Dallas’ defense, which is available in more than 40% of Yahoo leagues, that is a better solution.

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