Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bears vs Titans

Larry Rupp
Aj Brown's continued ability to reach the endzone makes him a great start in Week 9.
Aj Brown's continued ability to reach the endzone makes him a great start in Week 9. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears (5-3) will attempt to snap a 2-game losing streak when they go on the road to take on the Tennessee Titans (6-2) in Week 9 NFL action. The Titans are looking to remain atop the AFC South division as are 5.5-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 Bears-Titans showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: David Montgomery has been a solid fantasy football player this season, surpassing 54 total yards in every game this season. He has yet to have a breakout game, but his role in the offense is steadily increasing. Montgomery has averaged 18 carries over the past three games and has seen at least 5 targets in each of the past five games. He draws a decent matchup in Week 9 as the Titans are giving up 128.1 rushing yards per game (No. 22 in the NFL). This a massive game for the Bears as they try and stay in the NFC playoff race so look for the team to lean on Montgomery early and often as they attempt to pull off an upset victory.

Start AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans: This is not a great matchup for almost any Titans offensive player, but AJ Brown remains a must start as he continues to score touchdowns. He has reached the end zone five times over the past four games and has seen at least 7 targets in every game he has played this season. The Bears defense is tough, giving up just 10.2 yards per completion this season (T-No. 10 in the NFL), but Brown has become quarterback Ryan Tannehill's go-to option whenever he needs a spark on offense. It wouldn't be shocking to see Brown keep his touchdown streak going this week and he should be started in every fantasy football lineup.

Sit Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears: Anthony Miller is set to be a trendy waiver wire pickup this week as he caught 8 of 11 targets for 73 yards in last week's overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. However, his performance may have simply been an outlier for his overall season as he had surpassed 70 receiving yards just once prior to Week 8 and hadn't seen more than 6 targets since Week 1. With the emergence of rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney, Miller is becoming the No. 3 receiving option in this offense. Miller is a great option to stash on your bench, but he isn't worth a start until he can produce starting-caliber numbers a couple weeks in a row.

Sit Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans: Jonnu Smith had a surprisingly great start to the season scoring 5 touchdowns in the first four games of the season and looked primed for a breakout season. Even so, things have taken a turn for the worse as Smith has disappeared on the offense racking up just 51 yards on 4 receptions in the past three games. Titans' tight end Anthony Firkser has begun to see more and more work. Firkser saw more targets playing in 42 percent of the offensive snaps than Smith did playing in 81 percent. In fantasy football, the tight end position is known to be quite thin and Smith has done nothing to prove he is a starting-caliber player moving forward.

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