Fantasy Football Week 9: Start and Sit – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Who to start: Golden Tate (Lions) is back on the PPR map with 21 receptions the past three weeks. Detroit has allowed a league-high 19 passing touchdowns, making Sam Bradford (Vikings) a solid streaming option — even with a new offensive coordinator — and Stefon Diggs (Vikings) a WR2.

Who to sit: Matthew Stafford (Lions) hasn’t thrown an interception in a month, but he also only has one touchdown each the past two weeks. Only use him in this tough match-up if you must. Marvin Jones (Lions) has been hit-or-miss this season. He’s a likely miss this week. Jerick McKinnon (Vikings) and Matt Asiata (Vikings) aren’t worth using until the Vikings’ offensive line improves its run blocking.

Sleeper: Tight end Eric Ebron (Lions) received 10 targets in his return from injury last week and led the Lions with 79 receiving yards. Bears tight end Zach Miller just torched this tough Vikings secondary.


Obvious starters: Cam Newton (Panthers), Greg Olsen (Panthers), Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers), Todd Gurley (Rams).

Who to start: Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) has multiple rushing touchdowns and at least 85 rushing yards in back-to-back games.

Who to sit: All Rams not named Todd Gurley.

Sleeper: The Panthers D/ST just manhandled a Cardinals offense that may be struggling, but is light years ahead of the Rams.


Obvious starters: Drew Brees (Saints), Brandin Cooks (Saints), Carlos Hyde (49ers).

Who to start: I believe Mark Ingram (Saints) will bounce back big time against a 49ers defense that allows every running back to run for at least 100 yards, despite being benched last week in favor of Tim Hightower (Saints). Even Hightower is worth a flex option with this match-up. Both Willie Snead (Saints) and Michael Thomas (Saints) have been too productive to keep on your bench. They are both worthy flex options at very least. Colin Kaepernick (49ers) has a high fantasy floor because of his running prowess. He could end up being the best streaming option this week against an ugly Saints defense.

Who to sit: The tight end position is the only position San Francisco can handle, so Coby Fleener (Saints) is probably best left on your bench.

Sleeper: If Hyde can’t go or doesn’t make it through the entire contest, DuJuan Harris (49ers) will step in and have a big game.


Obvious starters: Marcus Mariota (Titans), DeMarco Murray (Titans), Delanie Walker (Titans), Philip Rivers (Chargers), Melvin Gordon (Chargers).

Who to start: Kendall Wright (Titans) has led the team in targets in two of the past three games and has emerged as top vertical target for Mariota. The Titans struggle defending tight ends, making Hunter Henry (Chargers) and Antonio Gates (Chargers) worthy of flex consideration at least.

Who to sit: Rookie running back Derrick Henry (Titans) only factors in during a blowout — which this won’t be — or if Murray gets hurt. Monitor both Tyrell Williams (Chargers) and Travis Benjamin (Chargers) as both are banged up and on the injury report.

Sleeper: Rishard Matthews (Titans) has scored in three of the past four games.


Obvious starters: Andrew Luck (Colts), T.Y. Hilton (Colts), Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Jordy Nelson (Packers).

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