We’re officially at the halfway point of the NFL season. The trade deadline has come and gone, but it’s once again the “bye-pocalypse.” Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit.

You need start options and sit options, I got you. Here are my Week 9 fantasy football starts and sits:


Start: Geno Smith @ Cardinals

Geno Smith has been arguably the most impressive player in the NFL thus far. He hasn’t been an incredible fantasy option, but I like his matchup this week against the Cardinals. Arizona’s secondary has been terrible, and the Seahawks should take advantage of that and throw all over them. This benefits Geno, and I view him as a really good streaming option this week.

Sit: Tom Brady vs. Rams

If you’re a Tom Brady manager, I feel you. Brady has been impossible to trust this season, and the only time he really scores fantasy points is when the Bucs are down. Between the Rams’ and Bucs’ struggles, this figures to be a close game. The Bucs aren’t scoring enough points through the air for Tom Brady to be an every-week starter, and I don’t like him against the Rams. So I’m sitting Tom Brady in Week 9.

Running Back

Start: D’Onta Foreman @ Bengals

In Week 8, D’Onta Foreman filled in the Panthers’ backfield with Chuba Hubbard out, and he answered the call. On 26 carries, Foreman rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns. A more-than-impressive performance should earn Foreman just as many carries against a Bengals team that just surrendered over 100 rushing yards to Nick Chubb. So expect the Panthers to keep pounding the rock and giving the ball to Foreman. He’s a starting option this week.

Sit: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Titans

With the news that Isiah Pacheco will be the new starting RB in Kansas City, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Clyde Edwards-Helaire finds himself on my “Sit” list. CEH was out carried eight to six by Pacheco in the Chiefs’ Week 7 game before their bye. The split should be even more in favor of Pacheco against a Titans team that struggles against the run. This should allow the Chiefs to ease Pacheco into the starting role. With the questionable volume, CEH lands on my bench in Week 9.

Wide Receiver Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit

Start: Tyler Boyd vs. Panthers

The Bengals’ offense struggled on Monday Night Football against the Browns, to say the least. However, I expect a bounce-back from the offense as a whole. Tyler Boyd has been more than serviceable in games where the Bengals have been missing either Ja’Marr Chase or Tee Higgins. In fact, he thrives in those situations. With Chase now out indefinitely, fantasy managers should expect a heavy dose of Boyd in Week 9. He should be in your lineups. 

Sit: Brandin Cooks vs. Eagles

Brandin Cooks was expected to be traded by the trade deadline; nonetheless, he wasn’t. Cooks had a solid Week 8, but the inconsistencies in the Texans’ offense reflect on Cooks’ fantasy numbers. He’s unreliable, and this Philly defense will more than likely feast on Houston. In addition, he’s drawing a tough matchup against Darius Slay. All things considered, Brandin Cooks is better off out of your starting lineups this week. 

Tight End Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit

Start: Evan Engram vs. Raiders

Evan Engram came to play against a Denver defense that has been shut down against most offenses. Engram had a really solid week with four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. We’re seeing Engram get more and more involved in the offense, and this should continue against the Raiders. Las Vegas’ secondary has a struggling secondary, and Engram should see a nice chunk of targets in this game. So if you need a streaming option, Evan Engram could be your guy.

Sit: Cole Kmet vs. Dolphins

It’s unclear whether newly acquired Bears’ WR Chase Claypool will play in Week 9, but even assuming he doesn’t, Cole Kmet isn’t an option I prefer this week. He hasn’t done anything special so far, and it’s fair to assume he won’t do anything against the Dolphins. He’s touchdown dependent, but the Bears will continue establishing the run against the Dolphins. Don’t start Cole Kmet in Week 9. Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 9 Fantasy Football Start/Sit.