Start, Sit, Stash...or Quit? Week 9 Decisions

Welcome to Start/Sit/Stash/Quit for Week 9, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify breakout players you can stash and disappointing players you can safely drop.

START


Josh Allen - BUF (vs SEA)


Allen and the Bills started 2020 with a bang. The strong arm QB rolled out four consecutive finishes as the QB6 on the week or higher and also led Buffalo to four straight victories, but things have changed significantly since then. Josh Allen hasn’t finished higher than the QB15 on the week since Week 5, so a matchup with Seattle couldn’t have come at a better time. Pass defense is optional for the Seahawks, who’ve allowed an average of 36.2 fantasy points per game to the QB position. Start Allen with confidence as a top 5 QB this week.


Other QBs to start:


Justin Herbert - LAC (vs LV)

Kirk Cousins - MIN (vs DET)



JaMychal Hasty - SF (vs GB)


Another week, another slew of injuries to the San Francisco 49ers. As if a matchup with Seattle wasn’t difficult enough to begin with, the Niners lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo, TE George Kittle and RB Tevin Coleman to injury. With three of the 49ers’ five running backs injured, the door is open for rookie JaMychal Hasty to take over the reigns as the number one back for the 49ers, as he did against the Seahawks. Green Bay isn’t a particularly scary defense against the run, as they allow a whopping 29.2 fantasy points per game to RBs, the most in all of fantasy football! Both Hasty and Jerick McKinnon are in play as RB2s this week.


Other RBs to start:


Antonio Gibson - WAS (vs NYG)

Miles Gaskin - MIA (@ ARI)

Chase Edmonds - ARI (vs MIA)



Mike Williams - LAC (vs LV)


There isn’t a more overqualified number two receiver on any team than Mike Williams. While his high risk playstyle tends to get him injured fairly often, there’s no denying that, when healthy, Williams is a solid option for fantasy. Now, with Justin Herbert as his QB, Williams’ value is higher than its ever been. Coming off of a huge 8/5/99/1 performance against the Broncos, an even more beatable pass defense is up next in the Las Vegas Raiders this week. Start Williams as a high-end WR3 with WR2 upside.


Other WRs to start:


Justin Jefferson - MIN (vs DET)

JuJu Smith-Schuster - PIT (@ DAL)

Antonio Brown - TB (vs NO)



Noah Fant - DEN (@ ATL)


The tight end position has been a wasteland this year. There aren’t many truly elite options and even the streamers have been more hit or miss than usual. Luckily, we have the Atlanta Falcons, who allow 12.7 fantasy points per game to the tight end position, the most in all of fantasy. This week, it’s Noah Fant who has the honour of going up against their porous secondary, so a top 5 finish is definitely in the cards for the talented second year player.


Other TEs to start:


Rob Gronkowski - TB (vs NO)

Logan Thomas - WAS (vs NYG)


Sit


Ryan Tannehill - TEN (vs CHI)


Tannehill started the season on a tear and is currently the QB11 on the season through seven games, but he was pretty disappointing last week in a smash matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He failed to reach 20 fantasy points for the second straight game and things won’t get any easier against the Chicago Bears, who’ve only allowed one QB1 finish all season. It might be difficult to sit Tannehill this week, but if you have a good pivot option, I would recommend starting them instead.


Other QBs to sit:


Matt Ryan - ATL (vs DEN)

Teddy Bridgewater - CAR (@ KC)


Jonathan Taylor - IND (vs BAL)


The Indianapolis Colts’ backfield has been incredibly frustrating for fantasy players. I’m scratching my head as to how Jordan Wilkins got 21 touches against the Detroit Lions, but Philip Rivers said Jonathan Taylor was banged up in a post-game interview, so hopefully that explains it. Still, it looks like Taylor is part of a three-headed RB committee with Wilkins and Hines. Assuming JT is ready to roll in week 9, he should remain on your bench in a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens defense that’s been stymieing opposing run games.


Other RBs to sit:


D’Andre Swift - DET (@ MIN)

Joshua Kelley - LAC (vs LV)

Gus Edwards - BAL (@ IND)



Marvin Jones Jr. DET (@ MIN)


Don’t be fooled by his two TD performance, this is the same Marvin Jones Jr. game we get once every year. The multi touchdown game that gets you thinking you could start Jones every week moving forward as a consistent WR3. I get it, he had seven targets, scored twice and will be the number one WR for the Lions since Golladay is expected to miss Week 9 with a hip injury, but I’m not buying it. In the first two weeks of the season without Golladay, Jones put up a measly 14/8/78/1 line as the Lions’ number one WR. I would sit him, even against the Vikings’ laughable secondary.


Other WRs to sit:


Christian Kirk - ARI (vs MIA)

Corey Davis - TEN (vs CHI)

DJ Chark - JAX (vs HOU)



Hunter Henry - LAC (vs LV)


You’d think that, with the way Justin Herbert is slinging the ball around, Hunter Henry would be a top six TE week in and week out, but that just hasn’t been the case. Henry is a great tight end in real life, but he’s just not getting the job done for fantasy. He’s seeing a solid 6.8 targets per game, but has only eclipsed more than 50 receiving yards twice and has reached the endzone just once. Herbert only has eyes for Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in the redzone, so it might be time to look at other TE options this week against a surprisingly good Raiders defense.


Other TEs to sit:


Robert Tonyan - GB (@ SF)

Darren Fells - HOU (@ JAX)

STASH


Allen Lazard (GB - WR)


Lazard underwent core muscle surgery in early October and was ruled out for at least a month. Last week, the Green Bay Packers activated Lazard’s 21-day window to return, so he should be back in action this Thursday against the 49ers. Lazard has been a boom-bust WR3 this season in the three games he’s played, but that’s better than a lot of WRs out there on the waiver wire, so he’s worth a stash for WR needy teams.

QUIT


Mike Gesicki (MIA - TE)


Oh Mike, you were my breakout pick at the TE position, but it just hasn’t worked out. The targets weren’t there with Fitzpatrick as the Dolphins starting QB and, while it is a very small sample size, there’s no reason to believe things will get better for Mikey G moving forward with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. As difficult as it may be, it’s time to move on from the athletic specimen in the hopes of a better 2021 campaign.

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