By: Nate Leer
Week 9 not only brings a lot of byes but several of the 6 teams that ith the week off happen to have many valuable fantasy assets (Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, even the Vikes). That means another week of digging deep into your bench and/or the waiver wire. Not to worry though. We got you covered.
4 Players to start this week:
1. Marshawn Lynch – RB – Oak @ Mia: Lynch has been arguably the biggest non injury bust of the year so far. However, this is his chance to make hay. Miami has been gouged regularly of late so give Marshawn one more shot.
2. Adrian Peterson – RB – Ari @ SF: AP is another aging vet in a good matchup. However, he has had success recently so he is an even better play than Lynch.
3.Jared Goff – QB – LAR @ NYG: Goff looks like a prime bounce back candidate after a few down weeks. He has not had a juicy matchup like this in a while so he should put up good to great numbers.
4. Will Fuller – QB – Hou vs Ind: Fuller’s value took a hit with the injury to QB Deshaun Watson. However, this is a sweet matchup for him so he is worth deploying this week. If he has a big week, look to trade him ASAP.
Honorable mention: Alex Collins – RB – Bal @ Ten.
3 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Terrelle Pryor – WR – Was @ Sea: If you need a roster slot this week, don’t be afraid to cut Pryor. He has not been productive or even targeted much at all. He is very unlikely to have any production this week so you can likely pick him back up next week if you still believe.
2. Ty Montgomery – RB – GB vs Det: Monty is also cutable although he may be worth hanging onto to see how the O looks after the bye. Just don’t start him even if it means streaming some other scrub.
3. Jay Ajayi – RB – Phi vs Den: You certainly drafted Ajayi to be an every week play and this is a tough week to sit him. However, the matchup is tough and we need to see how the roles shake out in Philly before risking playing Ajayi.
Honorable mention: Carson Wentz – QB – Phi vs Den.
3 Players to grab and stash:
1. Curtis Samuel – WR – Car vs. Atl: Samuel is a tough play since he has very little track record. Thanks said, the Panthers need WRs to step up after the Kelvin Benjamin trade and Samuel is maybe the most talented WR on the team. This is the time of year when young players start to”get it.” Definitely grab Samuel if you have roster flexibility but only start him if you have very limited options.
2. Kenyon Drake – RB – Mia vs. Oak: I prefer not starting Drake to see if he gets enough touches to produce but he is definitely the most talented RB in Miami. Make sure he is owned or else grab him up as an upside hold.
3. TJ Jones – WR – Det @ GB: With WR Kenny Golladay out again and no production from the TEs this year, Jones is in line for a decent number of targets. He is a lowend pick and play option with a bit of upside.
Honorable mention: Devontae Booker – RB – Den @ Phi, Damion Williams – RB – Mia vs. Oak, Alfred Morris – RB – Dal vs. KC (Ezekiel Elliott suspension looking), Darren McFadden – RB – Dal vs. KC (Ezekiel Elliott suspension looking).