Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 9

Jason Schandl
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We're at the halfway point of the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 9, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football 2019

1. Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins (14% Owned)

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DeVante Parker may be the top waiver pickup among Miami Dolphins wide receivers this week, but Preston Williams still offers plenty of value. Williams has seen no fewer than five targets in a game in 2019, averaging 7.3. He's tallied 10 catches on 15 targets since Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to the starting lineup in Week 7, and like the entire Dolphins' offense, a matchup with the New York Jets gives him a huge boost this week. The Jets have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts in 2019.

2. Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (25% Owned)

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On the other side of that game, the Jets' offense gets a big boost as well. Miami has given up the NFL's most points per game (34.0), and only three teams allow more fantasy points per contest to the quarterback position. Sam Darnold's fantasy production has been nothing special, but outside of a nightmare game against the New England Patriots he's averaged 16.1 fantasy points. Just about any quarterback is in play against Miami, and Darnold is one of the top streaming QB options for Week 9.

3. Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (7% Owned)

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It didn't reflect in his production, but Zach Pascal saw his role in the Indianapolis Colts' offense increase in a big way in Week 8. After playing more than 55 percent of the team's offensive snaps in only one of the first six games, he played a season-high 92 percent against the Denver Broncos in Week 8. He's shown upside even with limited workloads, catching six passes for 106 yards and two TDs on a 47 percent snap share in Week 7, and this increase in snaps should let him show off more of that potential.

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