BUY / SELL / STEAL FOR WEEK 9
(Based on PPR format)
First off, big shout out to Carey Stevenson who filled in for me last week while I was going broke in Disney World!
Emptying out the notebook:
— Will Fuller (ACL) is done for the year.
— Cooper Kupp (MCL) should return this week.
— Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Arizona, Jacksonville and the Giants have a bye week.
— Oakland at San Francisco starts off the week on Thursday.
— Tennessee at Dallas closes us out Monday.
Ravens Fantasy Pick of the Week
The last time these teams met, Brown finished with a line of 3/116/1. Most of those yards came on a 71-yard play, but in order for the offense to get back on track they need to start attacking downfield again. There is no better team to do that against than the Steelers, who over the past three games have allowed eight passing plays of 20+ yards. The Steelers defense has not improved from the last time these two teams met and if the Ravens want to get back on track, Flacco-to-Brown should be said a lot on Sunday.
DeShaun Watson: Watson was about left for dead in the fantasy world prior to his five-TD game last week. Even though he lost one of his go-to targets in Will Fuller, the Texans went out and replaced him with Demaryius Thomas. Add that to the return of Keke Coutee and the re-emergence of Lamar Miller, and Watson will take advantage of a Denver team that looks like they are cashing out.
Chris Carson: Quietly, not many backs have been hotter than Carson over the last month, as he’s gone for over 100 yards in three of four games while averaging 14 points during that time. Carson and the Seahawks offense have put up 20 or more points five straight games.
Antonio Brown: Sure, this is an obvious start, but AB has destroyed the Ravens over his last five contests against them, averaging 20 points a game. Even though he is playing against the “number one” ranked defense, Marlon Humphrey is hurt, Jimmy Smith has lost a step or two and Brandon Carr is no match. AB is lined to finish as the top fantasy WR this week.
Other names: Tyreek Hill, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Keenan Allen, Tyler Lockett, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon
George Kittle: Kittle, who has six straight games of double-digit points, has been a top tier fantasy TE this season. With C.J. Beathard looking like he will miss the game and with Nick Mullens getting the start, this lines up as a big day for Kittle. Look for the Niners to rely heavily on short, quick passes to get the ball out of Mullens’ hands.
Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Houston, Dallas
Matthew Stafford: In four home games this season, the Vikings have held opposing QBs to 11, 11, 8 and 7 fantasy points. And that seven-point game was just last week against the soon-to-be Hall of Famer Drew Brees. Stafford is usually must start, but owners should expect a very low out put this week.
Mark Ingram: The Rams defense has not been as stout as many, including myself, thought they would be this year. However, they still have maybe the best front four in football. And that front four holds North/South runners like Ingram in check. The Saints went run heavy last week against the Vikings to keep the offense off the field and Ingram bullied the Vikings and gained 70 plus yards. They will try a similar style this week but the Rams aren’t the Vikings.
Amari Cooper: Fresh start, same results! Cooper has four games this year of two catches or less and that was in a more pass-heavy offense then what they run in Dallas. Dallas is a run-first team with Zeke and passing is secondary there. Combine that with Cooper’s drops and Dak’s inconsistencies in the passing game and you don’t get much more production then what you got in Oakland.
Jordan Reed: Reed, who started off the year hot, has cooled off drastically being held to under 45 yards in four straight games and hasn’t reached the end zone since Week 1.
Denver, Seattle, Rams, New England, Green Bay
Mitchell Trubisky: The Bills are on a short week and Trubisky is on a tear, averaging 24 points over his last four games. He is a borderline QB1 this week.
Doug Martin: In his first start last week, Martin racked up 72 yards and 5.5 ypc. Look for him to be featured more this week against the Niners.
Courtland Sutton/Kenny Golloday: No players benefited more from this week’s trades – in fantasy – than these two. With Thomas and Tate traded away, Sutton and Golloday ascend to their respective team’s number 2 WR. Both players are in line for increased volume the rest of the year.
Chris Herndon: Herndon has scored in three straight games and gets the Dolphins this week, who just allowed two TDs to Jordan Thomas.