Week 8 was another up-and-down week for both GOAT and A-Mac. GOAT told you to pick up under-owned Davante Adams and he got you seven points in standard leagues, but that was on 12 catches, so he got you 19 points in PPR leagues. A-Mac suggested you pick up Denver rookie Devontae Booker and he responded with a 12-point effort against the Chargers. However, A-Mac also said to look at Jacksonville receiver Marqise Lee, who fumbled his only reception on the day, which was good for a big ol’ zero points.
Week 9 has the Bears, Bengals, Cardinals, Redskins, Texans, and those 7-1 New England Patriots on bye, so not only do you get a slate of out of market football games in Boston, but you probably need a ton of fill-ins this week! Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 9!
GOAT’s Week 9 Start Ems’
Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Cleveland Browns (ESPN 86.8% owned): Pryor is a boom or bust type player with an even split between good and bad weeks of fantasy scoring. The Cowboys were not a great pass defense, to begin with, but losing starting defensive backs Morris Claiborne and Barry Church this week could make them much worse. Pryor should be able to exploit any corner back that matches up with him. With rookie Corey Coleman coming back, this should be a week of fantasy feasting if your team is starting Pryor.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN 7.5% owned): West could be the starting back for the Chiefs if Spencer Ware doesn’t make it out of concussion protocol in time for the game this week. While the Chiefs picked up Bishop Sankey as running back insurance, I would expect him to be a limited contributor to the offense. West can expect some level of success against a Jaguars run defense that gave up 183 yards and two touchdowns last week to the Titans.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN 47.7% owned): Wentz has put up some pretty brutal fantasy numbers in the last three weeks. While the New York Football Giants have a fairly decent secondary, they tend to be really inconsistent. That inconsistency should give Wentz some nice opportunities to bounce back in Week 9. If Eli manages to get it together long enough to complete some passes, this could be a shootout in the making.
A-Mac’s Week 9 Start Ems’
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (ESPN 78.7% owned): Entering Week 9, Prescott ranks as the 12th best quarterback in ESPN standard scoring leagues, so he should be owned in all leagues. Prescott and the Cowboys play the Cleveland Browns who have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in seven of the first eight weeks of the season.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 32.2% owned): After Saints starter, Mark Ingram was benched last week for fumbling for the second straight week, Hightower came in and ran all over the Seattle Seahawks for 102 yards. If Ingram doesn’t see the field this week cause of his fumbling issues, Hightower faces a 49er run defense that is dead last in the league.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 57.4% owned): With Julio Jones held to only three catches last week, the Falcons still beat Green Bay because Sanu stepped up with 84 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. Even if Jones goes off on Thursday night against Tampa Bay, Sanu should still see plenty of targets against a Buccaneer defense that just gave up 513 passing yards last week to the Raiders.
GOAT’s Week 9 Sit Ems’
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (ESPN 85.3% owned): Carr set a franchise record last week throwing for 513 yards on the road against the Buccaneers, who are a mediocre 17th against the pass. This week he faces a much more difficult challenge in the second-ranked Broncos pass defense. I would expect his numbers to be closer to what he put up against the Chiefs in Week 6, with just 225 yards with one touchdown and two turnovers.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (ESPN 89.3% owned): I know how it worked out last time I told you to sit Ajayi. He is coming off of a bye after putting up back to back 200+ yard games. While everything seems to be pointing to him being a must start, the Jets defense is ranked third against the rush. I know the Jets have struggled this season, but the run defense has been pretty outstanding even when the pass defense has been atrocious.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions (ESPN 96.4% owned): Since Golden Tate remembered that he was a good NFL receiver, Jones’ production has been on the downswing. Heading to Minnesota to play a top defense doesn’t bode well for his fantasy production this week. Even with Minnesota coming off back to back losses, their pass defense is fierce. Look elsewhere for wide receiver production with this highly unfavorable match-up looming.
A-Mac’s Week 9 Sit Ems’
Matt Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (ESPN 85.8% owned): Since lighting up the Rams for four passing scores, Stafford has looked mortal the last two weeks, throwing for under 270 yards and a touchdown in each of the last two weeks. This week, Stafford and the Lions will visit Minnesota and the Vikings number one ranked pass defense, and have allowed an average of a mere 11 fantasy points a game in their new home.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (ESPN 98.4% owned): Gordon’s value this season has lied in his ability to find the end zone, scoring a league-leading ten total touchdowns this year. Gordon and the Chargers play a Titans defense that is surprisingly ranked ninth against the run and have allowed just three rushing touchdowns all season.
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (ESPN 99.9% owned): The 2016 season has been a disappointment for Todd Gurley owners everywhere, as he ranks as just the 21st best running back in ESPN standard scoring leagues entering Week 9. This week won’t be any easier against the Carolina Panthers defense that looked like their old selves against the Arizona Cardinals last week, allowing just 24 rushing yards to David Johnson and the rest of the Arizona backs.