Week 9 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Panthers vs Chiefs

Larry Rupp
DJ Moore's budding chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater makes him a great start in Week 9.
DJ Moore's budding chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater makes him a great start in Week 9. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers (3-5) will look to pull off the upset when they head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) in Week 9 NFL action. The Chiefs will try to stay undefeated at home and are 10.5-point favorites in this game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 9 Panthers-Chiefs showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start D.J. Moore, Wr, Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore is a player that was considered a borderline WR1 coming into the season, but has had his fair share of ups and downs. He is beginning to trend in the right direction as he has posted 93 receiving yards in 3 of his past four games. He had a down game last week hauling in just 2 passes, but he still led the team in receiving yards with 55. Moore has also scored 3 touchdowns in the past four weeks after scoring none in the first four weeks. Moore draws a tough matchup in Week 9, but it seems like he is developing more and more chemistry with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as the season moves on. It may be risky, but Moore is worth a start in your FLEX spot this week.

Start Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire continues to be the workhorse running back for the Chiefs despite their signing of Le'Veon Bell just a few weeks ago. Edwards-Helaire has only had 14 carries over the past two weeks, but that isn't his fault as the Chiefs have used a heavy passing attack recently to win games. Edwards-Helaire has played in at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in every game this season and this is a great bounce-back spot for him. The Panthers are giving up 4.7 yards per carry (T-No. 22 in the NFL) and 124.9 rushing yards per game on the season (No. 20 in the NFL). Look for Edwards-Helaire to have a lot more touches in this game and go back to producing starting-caliber numbers in fantasy football.

Sit Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers: While Moore is trending in the right direction, the opposite seems to be happening for fellow wide receiver Robby Anderson. Anderson has impressed in his first year with the Panthers, but hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. In fact, Anderson hasn't surpassed 100 receiving yards in any of the past three games after he did so three times through the first five weeks of the season. He now faces a Chiefs' defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this year and has only allowed 201.2 passing yards per game (No. 3 in the NFL). It is best to go with a safer option at wide receiver this week and move Anderson to your bench.

Sit Le'Veon Bell, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: When Le'Veon Bell signed with the Chiefs, many fantasy football managers were excited to see what he could do in an Andy Reid led offense. However, Bell's usage hasn't been as high as people expected as he has played in an average of just 29.5 percent of the offensive snaps in his two games with the team. He has had 6 carries in each of the past two games, but his numbers do not make him worthy of starting consideration in fantasy football as he is the clear backup to Edwards-Helaire. Unless we see his role in the offense increase, it is best to keep Bell on the bench.

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