This is a really, really bad week for Covid in the NFL. It’s been overshadowed as we await election results, over one third of teams have reported positive cases this week. All we can hope for is false positives and to keep things moving as we have reached the halfway point of the season. Part of the reason this is coming out on Friday instead of Thursday is because I didn’t think there was a chance San Francisco and Green Bay would play on Thursday Night. It’s probably for the best, because JaMycal Hasty would have been a start and I haven’t seen him touch the ball yet.

With the NFL sort of doing everything on the fly this season, I don’t understand why this game couldn’t have been pushed back to Sunday after Kendrick Bourne’s false positive. I would have thrown a fit if I were San Francisco. But instead of ranting and raving in here, let’s dig into the starts and sits for week 9.

Starts

Ben Roethlisberger

Keep attacking Dallas. It’s a great play every week! Pittsburgh is rolling through tough competition and this should be a show out game for the passing attack. Pittsburgh has done a great job this year keeping the pressure off of Roethlisberger’s arm. If you take out the Tennessee game, Big Ben only has one interception in the rest of the games this year so far. The weapons have definitely been a plus in the receiving game in 2020. Chase Claypool is having a great rookie year, JuJu Smith-Schuster has gotten more involved with the offense over the past couple of weeks, and Diontae Johnson has been dynamic when he can stay on the field. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben finds the end zone three or more times on Sunday.

Phillip Lindsay

Phillip carved himself out quite the dynamic secondary roll in this backfield. So much so, that it’s sort of a 1A/1B attack on the ground between Lindsay and Gordon. I think Lindsay is a good flex play this week against Atlanta after averaging 87 yards per game in the last three contests. One of the things they don’t tell you in driving school is that if you get a DUI, you could lose touches as a lead back in the NFL. Sorry Melvin, hopefully a lesson was learned!

Justin Jackson

The over/under in this game is sitting at 51.5 after opening at 56. I get that it’s a divisional game, and those can get kind of messy but both of these teams can score so I wouldn’t be surprised if this one ends up in the 60s providing plenty of opportunities for Justin Jackson to score. Jackson is coming off of his busiest game of 2020 where he touched the ball 20 times for the first time. The Raiders give up 4.6 yards per carry and are tied for the lead in the NFL giving up 12 touchdowns on the ground so far this year. I think Justin Jackson finally finds pay dirt in this one.

Mike Williams

As you can tell, this is a game that I am heavily targeting. The Chargers are a nice DFS stack this week if you like throwing money into the DraftKings and Fanduel well. In two out of the last three weeks, Mike has had nice fantasy days with 5/109/2 against New Orleans and 5/99/1 against Denver last week. I actually caught a lot of the Denver/L.A. game last Sunday and was thoroughly impressed with Williams’ performance. L.A. has given Herbert the reigns when they have the ball on offense and it’s been fun to watch. 

Diontae Johnson

Are you picking up on a theme here? I like stacks! When Pittsburgh faced a Charmin soft secondary a couple of weeks back in Tennessee, Johnson was targeted 15 times and ended up with a nice line of 9/80/2. It’s clear that Big Ben loves Diontae’s potential and DJ is explosive when he is healthy. If you haven’t frustration dropped him, this is the week.

Noah Fant

Surprise! Another stack! We all know you can throw all over Atlanta and my other choice for a start was Jonnu Smith because if there is any way to beat the Bears through the air it’s with the tight end. But I can’t recommend starting someone who has completely disappeared from the offense. Noah Fant has not. His lowest target total this season is 5 and he has had no fewer than 7 over the past two games for Denver. Drew Lock is back and he loves him some Fant and so should you. 

Sit

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill faces the worst 6-2 team that I have ever seen in my life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stingy against the pass. Tannehill’s efficiency has been a revolution this year with multiple touchdown passes in every game but one. In order to beat the Bears, the Titans don’t have to air it out. They shouldn’t need much from Tannehill. For Tennessee to have success, it will be a big Derrick Henry game. And if the Bears win, it will likely be a tight one without garbage time opportunities.

Jonathan Taylor

The sit for running back came down to Ezekiel Elliott and Jonathan Taylor. If you drafted Elliott, I doubt that you have better options to start at running back, but I would expect a pretty low score. There is a better chance that you have a better option if you fell into the lure of JT though! I said in buy/sell that I have given up on JT and this is halfway an attempt to reverse jinx that. The problem is that Nyheim Hines is great in the passing game and now Jordan Wilkins is involved as well. With Jonathan Taylor banged up and facing a tough Ravens’ defense, I’d do what I can to get him out of your lineup.

Antonio Brown

I wouldn’t let the temptation of last year’s 2 td game in his only start last year take over. AB has now been away from football for over a year and it’s going to take some time to get re-acclimated. Bruce Arians has already claimed that AB will not take on a full workload in his first game back. He may see as few as 10 snaps. With Chris Godwin in line to play if he is able to catch the ball comfortably in Friday’s practice, there will simply be too many mouths to feed. Way more than there were in AB’s one start with New England last season. 

Jimmy Graham

It’s probably tempting to start Graham against Tennesse without much depth at the TE position around the NFL. Graham hasn’t found the end zone once in the last 3 games which is pretty much his only way to put up a respectable fantasy score. Also, Cole Kmet has recently become more involved in this offense, so if any TE were going to have a big game, I think it’s him. 

  1. Cram It says:
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    Really struggling picking 2 WR’s here. PPR. Patrick doesn’t get any love anywhere, so he’s been quietly strong with a cherry matchup. I can’t read Mooney because of my Bears colored glasses. And idk if Lutton will help or hurt Shenault’s usage. I’ll probably flip a coin but I’m curious if you have strong feelings either way or it’s coin flip territory to you.

    Mooney
    Patrick
    Shenault

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d go Mooney and Shenault

  2. Brian Di Rosario says:
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    Full PPR do you roll with Fournette or Dobbins?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Dobbins

  3. Matt says:
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    Hey MB
    which WR to stream in PPR?

    C. Davis
    Shepard
    Patrick
    Mooney
    Cobb
    Gage
    Samuel

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mooney this week

  4. Matt says:
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    Would you start Justin Jackson over Gibson in PPR?
    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d still go Gibson

  5. toolshed says:
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    So I need 2 wr to pick from out of: AB, Evans, Mooney, watkins, lamb. It sucks that I am even asking if I should start Evans but let’s face it, he is forgotten when Godwin plays and now AB is in the mix too. I can’t start lamb. Watkins is questionable but looks like he is on track to suit up. .5 ppr

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d go Evans and Mooney. Evans is good in the RZ

  6. toolshed says:
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    Another league and more injuries with Carson out. Who do I use at rb out of lev bell or gus edwards? .5 ppr. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Gus

  7. Louis says:
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    Herbert or Murray?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Herbert

  8. Dominic Brady says:
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    My team is pretty banged up/on byes this week…

    For Flex: If Zeke doesn’t play AB or Eric Ebron

    For RB (another league): Jordan Wilkins or Wayne Gallman

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ebron and Gallman

  9. theweekend says:
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    Mike Wlliams vs Antonio is precisely my decision of the week. The fact Mike Williams had his big game vs NOLA and AB is playing NOLA gives me one more thought of going antonio…

    certainly will be interesting to see that guy back on the football field.

    thanks for the write up. quick question. trade devonta freeman for deejay dallas/ alex collins?

    thanks.

    • theweekend.2 says:
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      Or, trade devonta freemand for gus edwards.

      thanks, again.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Would definitely do Freeman for Edwards

    • MB

      MB says:
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      MW for me

      Eh, I guess grab Deejay. At least useful for this week

  10. JC says:
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    Three point dog this week in 12 teamer, standard scoring league. 6-2 playing against 5-3 so a win would go a long way a bye week in the first round.

    Need to fill two spots with Edwards, Beasley and Crowder

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Beasley and Crowder

      • JC says:
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        I was able to grab Pollard. He has Zeke. Quite a change in projection. I now am a 8 point favorite but who knows! So now two questions on my team below:

        1. Any changes to the starting lineup? Crowder not playing until Monday is an interesting wrinkle. Beasley safer? Gotta still start JT, right?

        2. Any swaps off the wire to improve my bench?
        Wire: Jeudy, Hurst, Mooney, B Hill, Dolphins, Kelley

        Tannehill
        Cook, Pollard, Taylor
        Julio, Crowder
        Waller
        Pats

        Bench: Golladay (out), Beasley, Boyd (bye), Mattison, Edwards, Wilkins,
        IR: Gaskin

  11. Ludicrous Speed says:
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    Flex Diontae or D Montgomery this week for half-ppr?
    Thx..

  12. Brett says:
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    Which player do you play in PPR? Justin Jefferson or DeeJay Dallas?

  13. The Gipper says:
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    Pick 2 WRs to start in PPR league from:
    Preston Willaims
    Agholor
    Mooney
    ‘Chark
    Shenault
    Thanks!

  14. Mark Underwood says:
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    Cam, Lock or Lamar Jackson for this week/

  15. nightpandas says:
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    Hey MB

    14 team std

    Mooney AP or Wilkins at flex?

  16. Ludicrous Speed says:
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    Robbie A @ KC or Diontae @DAL this week half-ppr?
    I feel Diontae is a must start here but he’s also an injury risk.
    Thx

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