David Moore (vs LAC): Moore enjoyed his third straight double-digit fantasy point game and third-straight game with a TD reception. He’s doing this on not a lot of receptions (average of 3 in his last 3 games,) but while Russell Wilson has his number he’s definitely worth picking up if he can continue building his chemistry with Wilson.
D.J. Moore (vs TB): Moore finished Sunday’s game against the Ravens first in receptions, yards and targets in their receiving game for 17 fantasy points. Ifb is really having shoulder issues he could continue to dump short and medium length passes to Moore. In week 8 his longest reception was only 33 yards and in the three weeks prior to that it was only 20 yards. Moore is going to benefit from Cam’s less.
Baker Mayfield, (vs KC): Baker followed up his best fantasy performance of the year (20 fantasy points) with a pedestrian 13 points in week 8. Week 9 sees the Browns welcoming the high-octane Chiefs to Cleveland. The Chiefs often end up in high scoring affairs leading to their opponents having to pass a lot more as evidenced by their second worst 2,591 passing yards allowed to opposing QBs. On October 22, 2016 Patrick Mahomes and Mayfield faced off in college and their teams broke the combined single-game yardage record with 1,709 total yards. Baker Mayfield threw 7 TDs in that game. That obviously won’t happen this time around — but hopefully we still get an exciting game out of the two and with the Browns likely to be playing from behind for most of the game, I think Mayfield will be zipping the ball around the yard.
Derek Carr (@ SF): I’m not any happier about this recommendation than you are. But here’s the deal — Carr is fresh off a 3 TD/0 INT game against the Colts for 27 fantasy points. Carr is still capable of having flashy performances against sub-par teams. This week he’ll face the 49ers who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to QBs this year including giving Josh Rosen his best start of the year in week 8 (19 fantasy points.)
Aaron Jones (@ NE): Juuuuust under my arbitrary cut-off line of 50% owned is Aaron Jones. He has now bookended two fairly disappointing starts in weeks 5 and 6 with double-digit fantasy games and rushing TDs in weeks 4 and 7. With Ty Montgomery going rogue and no one else shining inthe Packers backfield — Jones could just be warming up.
Eli McGuire (@ MIA): McGuire is eligible and likely to return from the IR in week 9. With Bilal Powell himself on the DL there is an opportunity for McGuire to carve himself out some playing time. Since his 219 rushing yard performance current start Isaiah Crowell has averaged just over 31 yards in his last three games. Trenton Cannon who has seen his ownership rise with the Powell announcement only managed 10 yards in 6 rushes. The Jets offense has been pathetic over the last few weeks culminating in a 207 total yard game last week in Chicago. Due to injuries the Jets offense has just not been able to gain any consistent attack in either the running or passing game. However, maybe McGuire could be a shot in the arm especially against a Dolphins run defense allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to RBs.
Adam Humphries (@ CAR): Humphries was second in targets for the second week in a row to only Mike Evans. Now, with DeSean Jackson demanding a trade before the October 30th @ 4:00 p.m. deadline expect Humphries to be one of the most-added players heading into week 9. Get in front of this trend.
Brandon LaFell/Seth Roberts (@ SF): I had Roberts as the WR you wanted to add in the wake of the Amari Cooper trade and he responded as the highest yardage gaining WR for the Raiders last week. However, out of nowhere he was paced in fantasy points (12) by Brandon LaFell who hadn’t played in a single game all season. Martavis Bryant’s career is slowly declining into obscurity while the veteran LaFell and up-and-coming Roberts are trending upwards without Cooper in the lineup.
Willie Snead IV (vs PIT): Another week, another Snead recommendation. I feel like I’ve written about him every week. Sure, he isn’t scoring TDs (only 1 way back in week 1,) but he did just nab his 6th double-digit fantasy scoring game in 8 total games. He also lead the Ravens with 11 total targets compared to Michael Crabtree’s 5 and John Brown’s 7. His week 9 opponent, the Steelers have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to WRs, and the second-most receiving TDs making Snead a solid deep flex play.
Hayden Hurst (vs PIT): Hurst’s stats may not look like much considering he missed the first four weeks of the season due to injury and only had 1 reception heading into his week 8 game against the Panthers. But he hauled in two passes for 29 yards against Carolina including a TD reception. Hurst was the Ravens 25th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft so they have every reason to want to see what they have in the 6’4” 245 pound gorilla. They have other TE options in Baltimore — but not very good ones. Maxx Williams, Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle are all owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues and none of them are averaging more than 6 fantasy points per game. There is an opportunity for Hurst to continue to see increased time (he was on the field for 34% of the team’s snaps — only 10 less than Boyle.)
Dallas Cowboys (vs TEN): The Cowboys have yet to put up negative fantasy points on the years and have shone against mediocre offenses (13 fantasy points against the Giants in week 2; 12 fantasy points against the Jaguars in week 6.) Week 9 they’ll be facing the Titans who have scored the third fewest points this year.
Mason Crosby (@ NE): I recommended Crosby last week two since his ownership has tumbled to 35.9% after that embarrassing 1 for 5 FG performance in week 5. Since then he’s scored 29 fantasy points in two games and is climbing back atop the kicker scoring lists. Get out there and grab him if your kicker is on a bye — I don’t want to have to write about him again next week!