Thanks for joining The So-Called Fantasy Experts for our Week 9 Game Previews!
It’s a brutal week in Fantasy Football. Fantasy teams are now decimated with injuries and it seems like half the teams in the league are on a bye this week!
Well, this is a week where you are going to see other players forced to step up. With Le’Veon Bell and Keenan Allen out, there is now room for other potential Fantasy studs to emerge.
With only a few weeks left before the Fantasy playoffs, you have to start deciding whether or not you want to keep holding on to players like Brian Quick or you’re going to try to target players who are more actively involved.
There’s a lot on the line this week, so let’s jump right into our Week 9 game previews.
Week 9 Game Previews
Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers
Are you going to start Aaron Rodgers against a defense that has only allowed an average of 228.9 passing yards per game to opposing teams this season? The Over/Under for this game is 45.5, but I think this is going to be a bigger defensive battle than people are expecting.
Washington Redskins at New England Patriots
Kirk Cousins recorded 317 passing yards and threw three touchdowns in his last game, but don’t expect that in Week 9. That was mainly based on the matchup, and Bill Belichick is going to have a nice surprise waiting for anybody who is trying to get sneaky and start Cousins in their Week 9 Fantasy matchups. Expect the usual dose of scoring frenzies from Tom Brady and company.
Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints
Was the Saints defense always that bad before they played the Giants? The answer is yes. The defense for New Orleans allowed 14 passing touchdowns to opposing teams before squaring up with New York. Can Marcus Mariota keep up with Eli Manning’s six-touchdown performance from Week 8? Probably not, but he has a pretty solid matchup. Benn Watson is going to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire, but he deserves that status as he has averaged 7.6 receptions and 111 receiving yards over the past three games.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
New head coach Dan Campbell has turned his team around, but the Dolphins had a setback against the Patriots in Week 8. The Bills defense held the Dolphins to 14 points in Week 3, so Campbell has his work cut out for him. With Tyrod Taylor set to return, don’t expect the 45 passing attempts E.J. Manuel has recorded in the past two games. Karlos Williams has yet to be cleared from his concussion protocol, so the starting running back job is still LeSean McCoy’s for now.
St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Todd Gurley has averaged an insane 144.5 rushing yards per game in his last four performances. While the Minnesota Vikings will need an answer for Gurley, the St. Louis Rams will need an answer for Stefon Diggs. The rookie receiver has some pretty impressive stats of his own, averaging 104.75 receiving yards per game for the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets
Two of the top wide receivers in Fantasy Football are on the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it’s hard to imagine Allen Hurns to continue to make an impact with Julius Thomas back in the lineup. The future of Brandon Marshall is very much in question, and Fantasy owners may have to tamper expectations for the veteran receiver moving forward.
Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
Carr was able to pick apart the tough Jets defense with four touchdowns in Week 8, and he shouldn’t have too much trouble against the Steelers. Is this the week Ben Roethlisberger can turn Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant into two wide receivers on the same team you should start in daily leagues? The Raiders defense is allowing an average of 302.1 passing yards per games to opposing teams.
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Don’t expect Manning to throw six touchdowns again, but the Buccaneers defense is pretty friendly to opposing quarterbacks. With almost no one left to throw to, there has to be a player on the Buccaneers who steps up and emerges. Jameis Winston can’t just pass to Mike Evans on every play.
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
There’s not much to go over for the Falcons. You’re starting Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones. For the 49ers, however, there are some interesting opportunities. New practice-squad player Kendall Gaskins will lead the backfield for a little while until Mike Davis and Carlos Hyde are cleared to play. Expect new signee Pierre Thomas to see some action as well.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
It’s funny how not to long ago this matchup would have been considered one between two of the best quarterbacks in Fantasy Football. Manning’s star is fading, and Luck is struggling to continue his success of last season.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Have you figured out how the Eagles backfield has worked yet? Neither have I. Dez Bryant has a friendlier matchup this week, but he still has Matt Cassel throwing the ball. He was limited at practice today (Thursday), so it may just take a few games for him to get going.
Thanks for checking out our Week 9 game previews, and best of luck in your matchups from the entire staff at The So-Called Fantasy Experts!
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