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

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs Baltimore Ravens Week 9 matchup, including Marquise Brown, Tyler Conklin and Latavius Murray.
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs Baltimore Ravens Week 9 matchup, including Marquise Brown, Tyler Conklin and Latavius Murray. / Rob Carr/GettyImages

The Baltimore Ravens will look to earn a victory out of the bye week when they host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ravens slated as 6-point favorites in a game that features some of the biggest names in fantasy football.

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

Tyler Conklin Fantasy

Start Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Talk about quiet production. The name Tyler Conklin is not very known throughout the fantasy football world, but the 26-year-old is starting to heat up. Conklin has racked up 128 yards on 8 receptions (12 targets) over the last two weeks. He has become a reliable target for quarterback Kirk Cousins and draws a favorable matchup in Week 9. Baltimore is giving up the most PPR fantasy points to opposing TEs this season, which includes a whopping 6 touchdowns (T-most in NFL). Conklin is the perfect streaming option for teams shallow at the position or teams with a player like TJ Hockenson on a bye week.

Marquise Brown Fantasy

Start Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are passing the ball at a much higher rate this season than in the past. Baltimore is averaging the ninth-most passing yards per game in the NFL (268.1). That benefits wide receiver Marquise Brown more than anyone else. Brown has seen 29 targets over his last three games and turned them into 18 receptions for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns. He ranks as the WR6 in PPR scoring leagues during that span and now gets to face a struggling Vikings' defense. Minnesota are giving up the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs as well as 14.4 yards per reception. Brown has WR1 upside this week.

KJ Osborn Fantasy

Sit KJ Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings: It's definitely tempting to start wide receiver KJ Osborn this week given the Ravens' susceptibility to strong passing offenses. However, the Vikings' No. 3 wideout simply isn't seeing enough volume to warrant a start in any way. Osborn has seen 4 or less targets in two of his last three games played and has surpassed 30 receiving yards just once since Week 3. Keep in mind that the Ravens have only given up 5 receiving touchdowns to opposing WRs this season (T-No. 4 in NFL). That is not good news for a touchdown-dependent player like Osborn. Keep the 24-year-old on the bench on Sunday.

Latavius Murray/Devonta Freeman Fantasy

Sit Latavius Murray/Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens: No one truly knows who is going to see the majority of the carries in this Ravens' backfield moving forward. It wouldn't be shocking to see a committee approach be employed by the Baltimore coaching staff. Latavius Murray is averaging only 3.6 yards per rushing attempt this season and Devonta Freeman saw just 4 carries as the starter two weeks ago. Baltimore's rushing attack is being carried by quarterback Lamar Jackson's legs and that leaves little room for any of these RBs to perform. Neither Murray or Freeman is worth starting against a Vikings' defense that ranks in the middle of the pack against the run.

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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.