WEEK 9: plug em in/sit em out


Plug em in

  • Cam Newton (NE Patriots): 
    • Jets are allowing an average of 20.5 fantasy points per game which is third most in the NFL. 
    • Divisional header, Jets are showing out with their offense, could be a close game requiring both QBs to throw. 
    • Cam bounced back last week versus the Bills scoring 17.36 fantasy points after a 2 point outing the week before. 
  • Derrick Carr (LV Raiders): 
    • Divisional header with two playoff contenders in a must win game. 
    • Chargers are allowing 22.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. 
    • Justin Herbert will keep this game close. 
    • Carr only has two interceptions on the year. 
    • Last week versus Browns it was a run heavy game due to the weather so Carr only scored 11 fantasy points. 
  • Drew Lock (DEN Broncos):
    • Drew Lock looked great last week versus the Chargers, scoring 20.82 fantasy points and 3 TDs. 
    • Lock has another great matchup this week versus the Atlanta Falcons.
    • The Falcons lead the league in fantasy points allowed to QBs at 25.6. 
    • The Falcons defense has struggled all year and I expect these struggles to carry into this week. 
  • Other plugs: Josh Allen (BUF Bills), Ben Roethlisberger (PIT Steelers), Deshaun Watson (HOU Texans)

Sit em out

  • Nick Mullens (SF 49ers):
    • The Niners season looks to be over as Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the year with a high ankle injury. 
    • Nick Mullens will look to step up against a Packers defense allowing the 9th least fantasy points to QBs. 
    • The Packers also have one of the best corners in the league in Jaire Alexander who will likely cover Brandon Aiyuk.
    • Deebo, Kittle and Bourne are likely to miss this game as well.
    • Mullens will have trouble on Thursday night against the Packers. 
  • Lamar Jackson (BAL Ravens):
    • Jackson has not been playing as well as he was projected to, having only 3 games over 20 fantasy points. 
    • This week Lamar plays the Colts who have allowed a league low 13.2 fantasy points per game. 
    • Jackson has also struggled in the passing game making Marquise Brown’s breakout delayed. 
  • Drew Brees (NO Saints): 
    • Drew Brees takes on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers once again this week. 
    • Week 1 versus the Bucs, Brees only scored 14 fantasy points.
    • Michael Thomas might be back this week but he played week 1 against the Bucs as well and was shut down. 
    • The Bucs defense has only allowed an average of 14 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. (5th least)
  • Other sits: Sam Darnold (NY Jets), Cowboys QB, Daniel Jones (NY Giants)

Running Backs

Plug em in 

  • Chase Edmunds (ARI Cardinals):
    • Kenyan Drake might be out this week and this might be Edmunds chance to show out. 
    • Edmunds has been playing really well as a backup RB, scoring more than 10 points in 4/7 weeks as a backup.
    • To make matters better for Edmunds, the Cardinals play the Miami Dolphins. 
    • The Dolphins are allowing the 7th most fantasy points to running backs at 21.8 per game. 
    • Game script will also favor Edmunds. 
  • JaMycal Hasty (SF Niners):
    • No Mostert. 
    • No Deebo. 
    • No Coleman. 
    • No Wilson Jr. 
    • No Kittle. 
    • No Bourne.
    • No Garoppolo. 
    • The Packers also lead the league in fantasy points allowed to running backs at 29.2 per game. 
    • Hasty’s only competition in this game is Jerrick Mckinnon. 
  • Justin Jackson (LA Chargers):
    • Justin Jackson had a great game against one of the toughest run defenses in the Broncos last week, scoring 17.20 fantasy points.
    • Jackson finds himself in an easy matchup this week against the Raiders. 
    • The Raiders have allowed the fifth most points to running backs at 23.0 per game. 
    • Kelley is fading as well which is good for Jackson. 
  • Other Plugs: LaMical Perine (NY Jets), Matt Breida (MIA Dolphins), David Johnson (HOU Texans)

Sit em out

  • Jonathan Taylor/ Jordan Wilkins (IND Colts): 
    • Jonathan Taylor has been dealing with an ankle injury and last week Wilkins carried the ball more than Taylor. 
    • It’s unlikely Taylor misses time but even then I would be wary of starting either of these backs this week. 
    • The Colts take on the Ravens run defense this week. 
    • The Ravens have the second toughest rush defense in the league, allowing only 13.4 fantasy points per game. 
  • JK Dobbins/ Mark Ingram (BAL Ravens): 
    • Just as the Ravens have the second toughest run defense, the Colts have the third toughest. 
    • Colts are allowing an average of 13.5 fantasy points to opposing backs. 
    • Mark Ingram might even return this week which will cause Dobbins’s carries to drop. 
    • This three headed backfield should be avoided in a tough matchup this week. 
  • Todd Gurley (ATL Falcons):
    • The only reason Gurley has stayed fantasy relevant is because he has a nose for the endzone. 
    • Gurley has been averaging around 2 yards a carry over the past three weeks and only has one game over a 100 yards this season. 
    • This week Gurley faces his toughest challenge in the Broncos defense.
    • The Broncos are allowing the 4th least points at 14.8 per game. 
  • Other sits: Tyler Ervin (GB Packers), Ezekiel Elliot (DAL Cowboys), Leonard Fournette (TB Buccaneers)

Wide receiver 

Plug em in

  • John Brown (BUF Bills): 
    • Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs are also must starts. 
    • The Bills play the Seahawks in a likely shootout this week. 
    • The Seahawks are allowing a league high 36.2 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. 
    • John Brown should get back on track this week versus the Seahawks. 
  • Dionte Johnson (PIT Steelers): 
    • Chase Claypool is a must start and JuJu is a good sleeper pick. 
    • The Steelers will take on the Cowboys this week in a game that’s likely to be a blowout. 
    • Everyone on the Steelers is a must start, even their D/ST. 
  • Danny Amendola (DET Lions): 
    • Kenny Gollday is going to miss this week’s game versus the Vikings. 
    • This is a great matchup for WRs as the Vikings allow the second most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs at 32.2. 
    • Amendola, Jones Jr. and Hall should all step up and see lots of targets in this divisional header. 
    • Amendola is also the Lions slot WR and has continued to see targets throughout the season. 
  • Other plugs: KJ Hamler (DEN Broncos), Jakobi Meyers (NE Patriots), Terry Mclaurin (WAS Football Team)

Sit em out 

  • Denzel Mims (NY Jets): 
    • Jamison Crowder might return this week and he is the WR1 for the Jets. 
    • Denzel Mims has played well since he returned from his injury. 
    • Mims has a tough matchup against Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots.
    • The Patriots are allowing the second least fantasy points per game to opposing WRs.  
  • Tyler Lockett (SEA Seahawks): 
    • Lockett was shut down by the Niners last week after his 53 point performance the week before. 
    • Lockett has another tough matchup against the Bills this week. 
    • The Bills are allowing a league low 19.5 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. 
    • DK is matchup proof but Lockett gets shut down in tough matchups. 
  • Michael Thomas (NO Saints): 
    • It’s tough to bench Thomas but be wary of starting him if he is active. 
    • Thomas is returning from a high ankle injury which is hard to recover from especially for a receiver. 
    • Week 1 the Bucs held Thomas to only 3 catches. 
    • Be wary of MT this week. 
  • Other sits: Devante Parker (MIA Dolphins), Mike Williams (LA Chargers), Brandon Aiyuk (SF 49ers)

Tight ends 

Plug em in

  • Noah Fant (DEN Broncos): 
    • Falcons are allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends in the whole league. 
    • With Lock healthy, Fant is once again thriving.
    • Should be a high scoring close game. 
  • Rob Gronkowski (TB Buccaneers): 
    • Saints are allowing the 4th most points toTEs at 11 points per game. 
    • Should be a high scoring divisional header during SNF.
    • Gronk has also picked it up lately. 
  • Other plugs: Jonnu Smith (TEN Titans), Greg Olsen (SEA Seahawks), Evan Engram (NY Giants)

Sit em out

  • Robert Tonyan (GB Packers):
    • Niners are only allowing 5.0 points per game to opposing tight ends. 
    • It will be a tough matchup for Tonyan.
  • Dalton Shultz (DAL Cowboys):
    • The Steelers are only allowing 4.9 points per game to opposing tight ends. 
  • Other sits: Mark Andrews (BAL Ravens), Jordan Reed (SF 49ers), Chris Herndon (NY Jets)


Plug em in:

  • Steelers D/ST
  • Patriots D/ST
  • Washington D/ST

Sleeper pick:

  • Texans D/ST
  • Packers D/ST

Desperate start: 

  • Titans D/ST
  • Cardinals D/ST

Sit em out:

  • Chargers D/ST
  • Bills D/ST

Author: Hamza Naqvi

College Graduate. Football Analyst.

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