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Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Chargers

Larry Rupp
Justin Jackson's continued increase in usage makes him a great start in Week 9.
Justin Jackson's continued increase in usage makes him a great start in Week 9. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

It's an AFC West divisional battle in Week 9 as Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders (4-3) go on the road to take on Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers (2-5). This game is expected to be a toss up as the Chargers head into this one as 1.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 9 NFL betting odds.

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

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr has been able to lead the Raiders to a winning record so far this season without piling up insane statistics in the passing game. He has surpassed 300 passing yards just twice this season, but has only thrown 2 interceptions. He is playing clean football and now faces a Chargers' defense that has allowed 14 passing touchdowns so far this season (T-No. 21 in the NFL). Overall, the Chargers are giving up 251.7 passing yards per game (No. 21 in the NFL) and this is as good a matchup as any for Carr to have a big game. He is a solid option at quarterback this week, especially for teams looking for a weekly streamer.

Start Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: No one knew what to think about the Chargers' backfield once starter Austin Ekeler went down with an injury, but Justin Jackson has cemented himself as the team's go-to option moving forward. Jackson played in 47% of the offensive snaps last week, which led all running backs, on his way to rushing for 89 yards on a season-high 17 carries. Jackson's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield only makes him more valuable in fantasy football as he has seen 5 or more targets in each of the past three games. The Chargers have already given up 3 receiving touchdowns to running backs this season so it wouldn't be surprising to see Jackson reach the end zone this week.

Sit Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been a popular pickup in fantasy football recently as he had posted of 40-plus receiving yards and a touchdown in Weeks 4,5 and 7. However, he put up zeros on the stat sheet last week as he was unable to haul in either of his 2 targets. Agholor is the definition of a boom-or-bust player as he thrives on long plays down the field. The risk that comes with starting him is not worth it as there are many other wide receiver options that are safer while still offering some upside.

Sit Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Henry was a lock to be a TE1 in fantasy football heading into this season, but hasn't been able to put together productive outputs in consecutive games all season. Henry put up a combined 156 receiving yards in the first two games of the season, but has faield to surpass 50 in any other game so far. Like many tight ends, Henry's fantasy production depends a lot on scoring touchdowns and he is struggling in that department. Henry has scored just 1 touchdown this season after he reached the endzone 5 times last year.

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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.