Fantasy football Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: D.K. Metcalf, Kyler Murray

Seahawks-Buccaneers, Jets-Dolphins, Cowboys-Giants and Lions-Raiders are all great Week 9 fantasy football matchups you should take a look at, while Cardinals-49ers and Ravens-Patriots are worth avoiding.

Below are some good plays for this week, as well as some other NFL players you should consider avoiding.

Reminder that the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are all on bye in Week 9 (if you need a bye week fill-in, check out Week 9 waiver wire pickups).

Who to Start

D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WR): Metcalf picked up a pair of touchdowns in Week 8 and was targeted five times for three catches and 13 yards against the Falcons, who have the second-worst defense in points allowed. He faces the third-worst on Sunday against the Buccaneers. He is a solid WR2 this week with high upside.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders (QB): Stafford has had at least three touchdowns and 342 yards in each of his past two games and will try to make it three straight against an Oakland defense that is bottom seven in the league in points against and sacks. The Lions defense has not been great either, so expect this game to be a shootout. Stafford is a top-five quarterback this week.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Green Bay Packers (RB): Ekeler was stymied on the ground on Sunday and was held to three attempts for three yards, though he did have a receiving touchdown to salvage his day. He has a nice Week 9 matchup against the Packers run defense, which has been a pain point all season. They should struggle with the dual threat of Ekeler and Melvin Gordon, who are both high end RB2s with RB1 upside this week.

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers (RB): Williams has carved out a role for himself even with Aaron Jones on the field. He had two receiving touchdowns in Week 8 against the Chiefs, and has another nice matchup in Week 9 versus the Chargers. Jones is a top tier RB1 this week, with Williams ranking in the RB2 range.

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans (WR): Dede Westbrook has been battling shoulder and head injuries that forced him from Sunday’s game. D.J. Chark was just added to the Jaguars injury report on Wednesday with a quad injury. Conley led the team in receiving in Week 8 with 103 yards on seven targets for four catches and a touchdown against the Jets. He is a flex option with upside, especially if both Westbrook and Chark are out.

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers (TE): Smith had a season-high seven targets for six catches, 78 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. His targets should remain elevated without Delanie Walker, who missed Week 8 after re-aggravating an ankle injury in Week 7. He is a TE1 this week, even in a less than stellar matchup against the Panthers.

Denver Broncos D/ST vs. Cleveland Browns: Starting your defenses against Miami and Washington has been a given this year, but the Browns offensive line puts them in a category adjacent. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has regressed significantly since his impressive rookie year, and the Denver defense, after a relatively slow start, is ranked eighth in the league in average points allowed. They picked up four sacks in Week 8 and should have ample opportunity to do the same in Week 9.

Who to Sit

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers (QB): Murray has looked pedestrian recently with injuries to some of his top weapons, Christian Kirk and David Johnson. The additions of Kenyan Drake and Alfred Morris will help with running back depth, but aren’t a major threat for the 49ers defense, which is second in points against and interceptions and fourth in sacks. This is a good game to sit your Cardinals, except for Larry Fitzgerald in PPR formats.

LeSean McCoy, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings (RB): McCoy is in a timeshare with Damien Williams, which has limited his carries significantly. He has not had more than 12 attempts in a game this year, and is averaging 45 rushing yards per game. He was held to 40 yards on nine attempts and fumbled in Week 8 in arguably his easiest matchup this year against the Packers. There is a good chance he struggles in Week 9 against the strong Vikings defense.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (RB): This has been a disappointing season for fantasy owners that drafted any Chicago running backs. The Bears have struggled to establish the run while playing from behind so frequently. The Eagles secondary has been bad all season, but their front seven has looked sharp. Sit Montgomery this week in a bad matchup.

Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills (WR): Just when you think the Redskins quarterback situation could not get any worse, Dwayne Haskins was forced take over after Case Keenum suffered a concussion in the first half against the Redskins. Haskins attempted only five passes for three completions with an interception on a pass that was intended for McLaurin, who finished the game with an unimpressive four catches for 39 yards. Sit him this week in a difficult matchup in Buffalo.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers (WR): A tempting matchup, but It has been like a game of whack-a-mole trying to figure out which non-Davante Adams receiver will end up in the end zone. Adams may be off the field again, but it was Allen Lazard who led the team in snaps in Week 8.

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots (TE): Andrews has not scored since Week 5 against the Browns, and has yet to put up double digit fantasy points since Week 3. He has a number of tough matchups down the stretch, starting with the Patriots this week, which have proven to be the league’s top defense. An easy case could be made to sit all Ravens this week, and Andrews is borderline droppable.

Minnesota Vikings D/ST at Kansas City Chiefs: It will be the Matt Moore show at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, but the Chiefs have more than enough weapons on offense to put up huge numbers, even against a solid Minnesota defense.

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