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Week 9 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Ravens vs Colts

Larry Rupp
J.K. Dobbins continued increase in touches makes him a great start in Week 9.
J.K. Dobbins continued increase in touches makes him a great start in Week 9. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Two of the top teams in the AFC clash in Week 9 as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) go on the road to take on Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts (5-2). It is expected to be a closely contested matchup as the Ravens are 2.5-point road favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 9 NFL odds.

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

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins, RBs, Baltimore Ravens: It is unknown whether or not Mark Ingram will play this week due to a ankle injury, but Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins would remain starting-caliber players if he is unable to suit up. Last week in a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers rush defense, Edwards put up 87 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown while Dobbins rushed for 113 yards on a career-high 15 carries. This 2-headed monster in the backfield could be in for another big game this week as they have proven they can produce despite a bad matchup.

Start Indianapolis Colts D/ST: This may be a week where owners look to sit the Indianapolis Colts D/ST, but they haven't done anything to justify being benched. The Colts are the No. 1 D/ST in fantasy football and have had 1 or more interceptions in every game since Week 1. The Colts lead the league with 3 interception return touchdowns and have allowed 11 points or fewer in three of seven games this season. The Ravens do present a difficult matchup as they have scored 29.0 points per game this season (T-No. 8 in the NFL), but the Colts D/ST should be started every week until they show some kind of decrease in production.

Sit Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens: At this point in the season, Lamar Jackson isn't a fantasy football quarterback you can just start every week and have no worries about. The advantage he brings by being able to run the ball is almost completely taken away by the struggles he has had passing the ball this season. Jackson has not surpassed 208 passing yards since the season opener and has thrown 4 interceptions in the past four games. He draws a challenging matchup this week facing a Colts' defense that is giving up just 293.4 total yards per game this season (No. 2 in the NFL).

Sit Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Rookie Jonathan Taylor has failed to deliver consistent production ever since he took over as the starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts after Week 1. He enters this week in a perplexing spot as the Colts' backfield may be turning into a running back committee. Taylor rushed for just 22 yards on 11 carries last week while fellow running back Jordan Wilkins rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown as well. Nyhieim Hines also saw 5 carries and scored 2 touchdowns as a receiver. Moving forward, this seems like a backfield to stay away from entirely until it is clear who is most valuable from a fantasy football perspective. For now, there is no shame moving Taylor to your bench against an elite Ravens' defense.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.