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

Jason Schandl

Bye weeks keep rolling on, and we've got maybe the most impactful set of teams on bye that we've seen all season, with the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals getting the week off.

Fantasy Start Sit

Having so many players unavailable can force your hand with some tough fantasy football lineup decisions, and having limited options makes it especially important that you get it right in the spots you do have to decide on in Week 9.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football 2019

If you need some help with your Week 9 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 9 Quarterbacks

Start Gardner Minshew II (JAX vs HOU): Having already topped 20.0 fantasy points in three of his last four starts, Gardner Minshew II draws another favorable matchup in Week 9. Fantasy football's QB13 on a per-game basis, Minshew is up against a Houston Texans' defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Houston also comes in at No. 23 in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings.

Sit Kyler Murray (ARI vs SF): Kyler Murray's situation is the opposite of Minshew's. The San Francisco 49ers rank first in pass defense DVOA, even beating out the New England Patriots. They've held opposing QBs to just 6.1 fantasy points per game on the year, holding each of the last four they've faced under five points. Murray has been a solid fantasy producer in his rookie season, but he's not matchup-proof, and this matchup is about as tough as it gets.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9 Running Backs

Start Mark Walton (MIA vs NYJ): Mark Walton didn't exactly show out in his first start of the post-Kenyan Drake era for the Miami Dolphins, but his workload was encouraging. He played 87 percent of Miami's offensive snaps, which is the highest mark for any of their backs in a game this season. He also notched 17 opportunities (11 carries plus six targets), which Drake had only topped twice, and which gives him an average of 16.0 per game over the last two. This week he gets to bring that workload into a terrific matchup, taking on a New York Jets team that is allowing top-12 fantasy production to opposing RBs.

Sit Ty Johnson (DET at OAK): Ty Johnson didn't see nearly as much volume as expected in the Detroit Lions' first game with Kerryon Johnson on IR. He notched just seven carries and four targets on 25 snaps, while Tra Carson was right behind him with 12 carries on 19 snaps. J.D. McKissic also threatens to soak up some of the passing-down work, and Johnson will be tough to start in fantasy until he can prove that he's got a better hold on the lead back role.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9 Wide Receivers

Start DK Metcalf (SEA vs TB): The Seattle Seahawks' passing game should be in for a big week against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, that ranks 26th in pass defense DVOA. DK Metcalf is steadily seeing his role expand, with a season-high nine targets in Week 7 and a season high 92 percent snap share in Week 8. He's notched the same number of targets (26) as Tyler Lockett over the last five games, putting the pair in similarly strong spots this week against the Bucs.

Sit Alshon Jeffery (PHI vs CHI): A revenge game against his former team won't help Alshon Jeffery this week, as the Chicago Bears have allowed the sixth-fewest PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Jeffery's volume has been down recently, with just 11 targets and six receptions across his last two games, and this doesn't look like a great bounce-back spot.

For the rest of your start 'em, sit 'em decisions, check out our full Week 9 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.