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Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Lions vs Vikings

Larry Rupp
Marvin Jones Jr. becoming the Lions No. 1 receiver makes him a great start in Week 9.
Marvin Jones Jr. becoming the Lions No. 1 receiver makes him a great start in Week 9. / Leon Halip/Getty Images
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It's an NFC North battle in Week 9 as the Detroit Lions (3-4) go on the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings (2-5). The Vikings will look to secure their first home win of the season and are 4-point favorites heading into 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 Lions-Vikings showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions: With No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Golladay suffering a hip injury that will cause him to miss multiple weeks, Marvin Jones Jr. is set to see an uptick in targets as quarterback Matthew Stafford's top option in the passing game. Jones has had at least 80 receiving yards or scored a touchdown in each of the past two games while receiving an average of 6.5 targets. He draws a decent matchup as the Vikings have allowed 15 touchdowns to wide receivers this year, which is the most in the NFL. Jones has been a popular stash or depth piece on fantasy football teams all year, but this is the time to move him into your starting lineup.

Start Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins did not have to do too much last week as the Vikings' running game, spearheaded by Dalvin Cook, destroyed the Packers defense. That may not be the case this week as the game is expected to be a shootout with an over/under set at 52.0 total points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Cousins will look to take advantage of a Lions' defense that has allowed 248.4 passing yards per game this season (No. 19 in the NFL) and 10.9 yards per completion (No. 22 in the NFL). Cousins has thrown for 2-plus touchdowns in four of the Vikings' seven games this season and look for him to get it going again this week in a divisional matchup.

Sit D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions: This is simply another case of a talented running back stuck in a confusing backfield. D'Andre Swift has been the most valuable fantasy football running back on the Lions' roster, but his usage has taken a hit over the past couple of weeks thanks to Adrian Peterson's presence in the running game and Kerryon Johnson's role in the passing game. Swift played in a season-high 62 percent of the offensive snaps last week, but rushed for just 1 yard on 6 carries and caught 3 passes for 22 yards. If you take out Swift's breakout game in Week 6, he has rushed for 70 yards on 27 carries on the season and his passing-game work hasn't been consistent enough to be a good start this week.

Sit Anyone on the Vikings Offense Besides Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, or Dalvin Cook: The Minnesota Vikings offense may score 26.1 points per game (T-No. 13 in the NFL), but it doesn't bring much upside in fantasy football for players other than the studs on offense. Starting tight ends Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph have a combined 22 receptions for 284 yards on the season, while the No. 3 wide receiver on the team is Bisi Johnson, who has just 93 receiving yards. Unlike other teams where role players can produce FLEX worthy numbers at some points in the season, the Vikings' offense is carried by the three starters and that's about it. No one else is even worth being owned in fantasy football redraft leagues besides for handcuff purposes.


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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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