2019 Fantasy Football Week 9: Starts/Sits
Welcome to Week 9, and we're past the halfway point here in the fantasy season!
Whether you're 8-0 and cruising, or 2-6 and needing every win you can muster, we're back at it again for the weekend slate on Sunday and the Monday night matchup! With those, we've got some starts and sits for ya to help you with your lineup decisions!
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That said, let's get right into it!
START Gardner Minshew, JAX vs. HOU (London)
Gardner Minshew should find little opposition across the pond tomorrow morning as he faces a defense ravaged by injuries up front (no J.J. Watt) and on the backend (CB Bradley Roby and S Tashaun Gipson out, CB's Jonathan Joseph, Lonnie Johnson, and Gareon Conley on injury report). Minshew has scored at least 16 fantasy points in every matchup so far in 2019, minus Week 6 against the Saints. The last four QB to face the Texans have scored at least 24 fantasy points. It's a matchup I love, it's a matchup London will love, and one that his fantasy owners will love as well. USE THE COCKTAIL STICK!
SIT Jacoby Brissett, IND @ PIT
One change to the secondary has paid enormous dividends for the Pittsburgh Steelers and that change is the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Jacoby Brissett gets to visit these same Steelers at Heinz Field, without his top target T.Y. Hilton, who was ruled OUT on Friday. Since the Fitzpatrick trade, the Steelers have no allowed a QB to finish in the top 15 in fantasy during that stretch. To expect a top 12 performance, on the road, without the top target of the Colts offense? That's definitely a stretch.
START the Denver Broncos Backfield vs. CLE
Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman should be heavily relied upon by new signal caller Brandon Allen as he slides in as the Broncos starter following Joe Flacco's placement on IR. Both backs have been fantastic and provided a ton of value to fantasy owners and that should continue this week against a Browns squad whose secondary is now healthy. Let's face it, other than some tosses to Courtland Sutton, this will be a run-heavy approach for the Broncos. Lindsay is a rock-solid RB2 while Freeman is a low-end RB2/great FLEX play this week.
SIT Mark Ingram, NE @ BAL
Mark Ingram has grown increasingly touchdown dependent lately, losing some carries to Lamar Jackson, and aside from two touchdowns the last 3 weeks, would be staring at 4 consecutive contests with under 10 PPR points. Ingram is pretty safe when the matchup is great, but under the night lights, against the top NFL defense, things could get hairy for Ingram on Sunday night. He's a middle of the road flex option for me tomorrow night.
START Michael Gallup, DAL @ NYG
Michael Gallup threw up a bit of a dud in the last slam dunk matchup he had with the Eagles a couple weeks ago, but this matchup may even be a better one. Gallup should see plenty of DeAndre Baker, who has been torched repeatedly by opposing wide receivers, allowing 13 yards per target and have had receivers complete over 70% of passes against his coverage. The Giants as a whole are 3rd worst against WR in fantasy, so while Amari Cooper is flirting with overall WR1 upside this week, Gallup should be safely played as a WR2 with top 10 upside.
SIT Terry McLaurin, WAS @ BUF
As if Scary Terry couldn't get scarier coming out of #SpookySZN, Terry McLaurin matches up with Tre'Davious White, an incredibly tough assignment for any receiver, as well as the passes he gets coming from Dwayne Haskins. Haskins has shown zero ability to quarterback a professional football franchise and the Bills should feast on Sunday. I'm only playing McLaurin in the most desperate of circumstances.
START Jonnu Smith, TEN @ CAR
With Delanie Walker out, that gives the Titans even more of a boon as it allows Jonnu Smith to double down on his great week last week, where he torched the Buccaneers for 6-78-1. He's an excellent streaming candidate and the Panthers aren't great against tight ends themselves either. They've allowed 4 top-12 finishes to opposing tight ends, so fire up Smith with confidence this week!
SIT Vance McDonald, PIT vs. IND
Whenever we decide to finally end this "Vance McDonald" pipe dream, he comes back like The Undertaker and reels off a 6-96-2 line. Since Week 3, he has 14.8 fantasy points in PPR. Combined. The matchup against the Colts is a favorable one, but you can't start Vance with any sort of confidence.