Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Cowboys

Larry Rupp
Dallas' poor pass defense makes Chase Claypool a great start in Week 9.
Dallas' poor pass defense makes Chase Claypool a great start in Week 9. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) look to remain undefeated as they go on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys (2-6) in Week 9 NFL action. The Steelers aren't expected to run into any trouble here as they are 13.5-point road favorites, 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 Steelers-Cowboys showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Any Pittsburgh Steelers' Wide Receiver: Rather than try to decide which one will have the best game, it is much easier to just start Juju Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson this week as they should all thrive against this poor Dallas pass defense. The Cowboys have allowed 1,304 yards to opposing wide receivers this season (No. 23 in the NFL) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is known for spreading the ball around in the passing game. The Steelers will likely want to build a large early lead and all three of these receivers could see at least 5 targets. The Cowboys have also given up 14 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers (No. 31 in the NFL), so it wouldn't be surprising if one or more of these players reaches the endzone this week.

Start Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: No one expected to be debating whether or not to start Ezekiel Elliott at this point in the fantasy football season, but it has become a legitimate question. The Dallas Cowboys are about to start their fourth different quarterback of the season, which has made teams focus on shutting down Elliott in the running game. Elliott hasn't surpassed 80 total yards or scored a touchdown in any of the past three games and now faces a Steeler's defense that is No. 5 in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (96.9). However, he remains the top option among any Cowboys player to be started in fantasy and has 20 touches in two of the past three games. That type of volume warrants a start for now.

Sit Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Tight end Eric Ebron is coming off one of his best games of the season as he hauled in 4 of 5 targets for 48 yards and scored a touchdown as well. It is the fifth time this year he has had at least 40 receiving yards. However, if the Cowboys have been able to stop anyone on offense, it has been at the tight end position. They have given up 362 yards to opposing tight ends all season (No. 15 in the NFL) and have only given up more than 60 yards to an opposing tight end twice. Plus, if the Steelers can build an early lead, Ebron could be used a lot more blocking in the running game than running routes.

Sit Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: If anyone has suffered from losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a major injury, it is No. 1 wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper is coming off a performance where he posted just 5 yards on 1 catch. He saw 5 targets, but most of the throws were uncatchable as he attempts to adjust to getting open for inexperienced quarterbacks. He draws a difficult matchup this week as he goes head to head with a Steelers' defense that gives up just 213.9 passing yards per game (No. 7 in the NFL) and has only allowed 81 receptions by wide receivers all season (T-No. 4 in the NFL). It is best to keep Cooper on your bench until the Cowboys' quarterback situation is ironed out.


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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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