Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Saints

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Week 9 matchup, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Alvin Kamara and Matt Ryan.
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Week 9 matchup, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Alvin Kamara and Matt Ryan. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
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The New Orleans Saints will look to extend their 3-game winning streak when they host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Saints slated as 6-point favorites in a game that is sure to have impact on the NFC South division.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 9 NFC South showdown.

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: The Saints defense has been no joke this season, but offensive weapon Cordarelle Patterson has yet to disappoint fantasy managers in any given matchup. The 30-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season and has already tied a career-high mark in total touchdowns with 7. Patterson is averaging 13.7 touches per game and ranks as the RB8 in PPR scoring leagues. There's no reason to believe his workload will decrease in this game, especially with the Atlanta hungry to get a divisional win. That means he should be able to post borderline RB1 numbers once again despite the tough matchup.

Alvin Kamara Fantasy

Start Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Of course, fantasy managers rostering running back Alvin Kamara are going to start him this week. This is rather a recommendation to target him in the daily market as he has a great shot to finish as the top overall player this week. The Falcons are giving up the seventh-most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs and have posted Football Outsiders' eighth-worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. With quarterback Jameis Winston going down, it wouldn't be surprising to see head coach Sean Payton lean on Kamara's talent even more than usual. The Pro Bowl ball-carrier looks to be in for a massive performance.

Matt Ryan Fantasy

Sit Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan's fantasy season has been a roller coaster so far. He has three games with 300 or more passing yards, but has also been held to under 170 yards passing twice this year. One of those disappointing efforts came last week when he tossed 2 interceptions and was sacked three times against the Carolina Panthers. The matchup doesn't get any easier for the veteran QB in Week 9 as the Saints have posted the second-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. It's worth pointing out that New Orleans is also tied for the league lead in interceptions (11). This is not the week to slide Ryan into a starting spot.

Tre'Quan Smith Fantasy

Sit Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints: Wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith now has two games under his belt since returning from an injury and scored a touchdown in Week 8. However, his impact has been minimal from a fantasy football perspective. The fourth-year pro has seen just 6 targets and hauled in 4 of them for a total of 44 yards. Smith is set to experience a downgrade at quarterback without Winston available to play and that leaves little room for him to explode for a big game. The Falcons have been solid against wide receivers, giving up the 12th-fewest PPR Fantasy points to the position. Smith is merely a depth player to keep on the bench for now.


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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. 

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