Fantasy Football Week 9: Start’em / Sit’em
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Dez Bryant, PHI (65%, 9) – Didn’t do much in his first game back from injury (2-12) but should be healthier this week and is facing an Eagles secondary that has given up the 5th most fantasy points to WRs. If you held on to Dez through his injury, play him this week. I get that he’s questionable to play and his QB blows, but he’s one of the 10 best WRs in the game and that 65% start ratio is way too low.
Eric Decker, JAX (64%, 9) – Has put up double-digit fantasy point in every game he’s played and found the end zone in every game but one. With Fitzpatrick cleared to play this week, you can start Decker with confidence.
Stefon Diggs, STL (62%, 8) – Tough match-up this week, but has been active for four games and has 80+ yards in each of them. Diggs has also scored in consecutive games and has establihsed himself as Bridgewater’s #1 option.
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Tavon Austin, @MIN (36%, 8) – The Rams are starting to utilize Austin as a WR more often and have targeted him seven times in each of the last two games. The rushing success of rookie Todd Gurley has opened up the passing game for the Rams and Austin could put up huge fantasy numbers if the Rams can get him the ball consistently. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Stevie Johnson, CHI (20%, 9) – The loss of Keenan Allen could lead to a big spike in targets for Stevie, though he only had four last week. The Chargers don’t have much else at WR and the Bears are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to the position.
Dorial Green-Beckham, @NO (2%, 6) – New coach Mike Mularky hasn’t mentioned DHB as far as I know, but I think he is going to make a point of getting the talented rookie involved and trying to build rapport with fellow rookie Marcus Mariota. This would be a good week to do it as the Saints have a bottom five pass defense.
Marquess Wilson, @SD (1%, 5) – Eddie Royal’s injury promotes Wilson into the starting lineup and he has shown flashes of big play ability this season. The 6’3 Wilson has a significant height advantage over the 5’9 Jason Verrett who most likely will be covering him. Wilson just missed a long TD pass last week and should see some deep jump balls on Monday night.
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