Start'em Sit'em

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 9

David Montgomery

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 9

Midseason has finally arrived! I would like to congratulate fantasy owners who won their matchups in week 8 and offer positive vibes to those who did not. Fantasy league results are starting to show which teams are going to make the playoffs and which teams are not. For the start of the second half of the season, here are my recommendations for start/sit week 9.

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Trevor Lawrence

Raiders @ Jaguars | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 17.5%

The young second-year quarterback has shown promise this year by throwing for over 1800 yards and 10 touchdowns this season as he is on his mission to prove that the Jaguars picked the right quarterback for their future. Against the Raiders defense that has poorly performed this season as they have allowed on average a total of 26.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks which ranks the worst in the league, I have no doubt that Lawrence will perform well becoming a solid QB2 in week 9 against Las Vegas.

David Montgomery

Dolphins @ Bears | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 55.2%

The Bears rushing attack has been the best part of their offense this season. Now that the Bears acquired a playmaker wide receiver by trading for Chase Claypool, this move opens up both the running game and passing game by making their offense more of a threat in both areas. Montgomery will have a solid game in week 9 because the Dolphins defense allows on average a total of 16.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, resulting in Montgomery easily becoming a high-end RB2, with a good possibility of becoming a low-end RB1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Titans @ Chiefs | 8:20 EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 36.6%

The Chiefs offense has been running smoothly the past couple of weeks. The offense has finally started to click, allowing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to throw to each of his receivers. Smith-Schuster’s role on this offense is very clear as he leads the wide receivers in targets with 48, recording 34 receptions, totaling 494 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per reception, and scoring 2 touchdowns. In week 7 he secured 7 receptions for 124 yards, averaging 14.7 yards per reception, and scored 1 touchdown in the Chiefs blowout win over the 49ers. In week 9 against the Titans defense that allows on average 24.6 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, Smith-Schuster will absolutely become a solid WR1.

Robert Tonyan

Packers @ Lions | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 25.8%

Tonyan’s production has seen an increase in recent weeks due to the wide receivers not being effective on the field. He recorded 5 receptions for 35 yards in the Packers loss to the Bills in week 8. Tonyan is second in targets with a total of 42 resulting in 35 completions which shows that Rodgers trusts him and is giving him the chance to show what he is capable of. Against a Lions defense that on average allows 9.1 fantasy points per game to tight ends, Tonyan who is already heavily involved on this offense is due for a good game becoming a solid TE1.

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Tom Brady

Rams @ Buccaneers | 4:25 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 62.1%

The Buccaneers have not looked good at all this season, and the organization not making any moves before the trade deadline makes it worse. Brady has looked off all season, and I do not see it getting any better, especially against a decent Rams passing defense that on average only allows 15.3 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. My recommendation is to look elsewhere for a quarterback to start this week, as I do not trust this offense whatsoever.

Jonathan Taylor

Colts @ Patriots | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 95.5%

Nobody including myself would have expected Taylor to have an absolutely horrendous year, especially being the number one overall pick in almost every fantasy draft this past offseason. The Colts offense has not been able to click, and Taylor has been playing through his ankle injury for most of the season. Against the Patriots defense who on average allow 12.4 fantasy points to opposing running backs which ranks second best in the league, my recommendation is to sit Taylor in week 9.

Davante Adams

Raiders @ Jaguars | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 95.5%

How the Raiders offense performed last week is baffling to me, as I have no words to describe it. The whole offseason the hype that Adams was joining his college teammate Derek Carr this season was through the roof, I was even excited. Now as the season progresses, the excitement has faded for me completely and I am sure the feeling is the same for other fantasy owners. The Jaguars defense has flashed this season against good offenses such as when they beat the Chargers earlier in the season. Even though, the Jaguars defense on average allows 20.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, the Raiders offense will find some way to perform horribly again this week. After watching Davante Adams post 1 reception for 3 yards last week, my recommendation is to sit him this week.

Mark Andrews

Saints @ Ravens | 8:15 pm EST Monday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 96.6%

Expectations for Andrews were not high to begin with this season, and so far, this has come to fruition. Andrews has not been playing well this season with the exception of the Bengals game. Andrews has been dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries which he has been playing through not giving himself time to recover and is making it worse for fantasy owners who would need him down the stretch during the second half of the season. Against the Saints defense that on average allows 2.5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, my recommendation is to sit Andrews in week 9.

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