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Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Week 9 start 'em, sit 'em advice for fantasy football, including Taysom Hill, Jeremy McNichols and Jarvis Landry.
Week 9 start 'em, sit 'em advice for fantasy football, including Taysom Hill, Jeremy McNichols and Jarvis Landry. / James Gilbert/GettyImages
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Whether you're off to a hot start to your fantasy football season or you're already looking at an uphill battle for a playoff spot, your season is probably still alive in Week 9. That makes every fantasy football start and sit decision crucial.

With that in mind, here are The Duel's Week 9 start 'em, sit 'em picks for fantasy football.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9 Quarterbacks

Start Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (vs ATL): When Taysom Hill started four games last season (Week 11 through 14) he averaged 21.5 fantasy points per game, ranking eighth among all QBs during that stretch. That average would also put him at QB10 this season. For whatever you think about him as a real QB, his rushing upside makes him a great QB for fantasy football. Add in a matchup with the Atlanta Falcons (fifth most fantasy points per game allowed to opposing QBs) and starting Hill is a no-brainer.

Sit Jordan Love , Green bay Packers (@ KC): We've seen all year that the Kansas City Chiefs are a matchup to exploit with QBs, but there's just too much risk involved with Jordan Love. Aaron Rodgers does a lot to make people forget about how thin this Green Bay offense is. Davante Adams' status is still uncertain, and Love would be in a brutal spot if he had to make his first career start with Allen Lazard as his WR1. There's also the big question mark around whether Love will even be an effective QB at the NFL level. There have been some seriously mixed reviews and results with his training camp and preseason performances. He has reasonable upside, but the floor is way too low here.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9 Running Backs

Start Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans (@ LAR): Despite the Tennessee Titans signing Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols is the back you should be most excited about in their first week without Derrick Henry. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Titans as 7.5-point underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams. Even if Peterson is fully in game shape (an obvious question mark as the 36-year-old makes his first start of the season), we can expect him to be strictly an early-down, run-heavy back. He hasn't caught more than 20 passes in a season since 2015. So in a likely pass-heavy game script as underdogs, the Titans will likely feature McNichols (21 receptions on the year so far) this week.

Sit Adrian Peterson, Tennessee Titans (@ LAR): See above. Even if we assume the best-case scenario for Peterson (that he's 100% ready to handle a full workload already), this just isn't the matchup that will allow it to happen.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9 Wide Receivers

Start Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (@ CIN): Jarvis Landry's numbers since returning have been very encouraging. In Week 7 he saw 8 targets despite playing only 54% of the Cleveland Browns' offensive snaps as he eased his way back into action. Then he racked up 10 targets on a 90% snap share in Week 8. With Odell Beckham out, Landry is Cleveland's top wideout and should be a weekly fantasy starter.

Sit Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (@ PIT): If you haven't already, it's time to give up on Allen Robinson unless something changes drastically. Since Justin Fields took over at quarterback, Robinson has averaged just 3.0 receptions for 35.3 yards on 4.8 targets per game. He has not scored double-digit PPR fantasy points in any of those six contests. Stay far, far away from Robinson.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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