Written By: Next Man Up Sportscast
*Disclaimer* In this article I will be giving you advice as you are locking in your fantasy lineups. I will NOT include obvious must starts like Patrick Mahomes and Christian Mccaffrey because that is way too easy and if you have those guys, they will already be in your lineup
Lock-in Sit-out Week 9 QBs
Lock-in QB1: Josh Allen
Josh Allen makes the lock-in list because his matchup is great this week. I understand that he has underperformed recently but, trust Josh Allen this week. The Seattle defense has been very kind to opposing quarterbacks as they are allowing 28.4 points per game and over 307 passing yards per game. I expect this game to be very high scoring and fantasy-friendly, especially for Josh Allen.
Lock-in QB2: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson makes the lock-in list because while his team hasn’t played great sitting at 1-6, he has still played at a high level. Pair that with a great matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week and Watson should produce healthy numbers for your fantasy team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing 31.4 points per game.
Lock-in QB3: Cam Newton
Cam Newton makes the lock list as he gets the Jets this week. Do I have to write more? The Jets are one of the worst teams against fantasy QBs this year. After losing a close contest last week, Cam Newton will look to get back on Bill Belichick’s good side. I predict 3 total touchdowns.
Sit-Out QB1: Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones should be on your bench this week. Jones has been startable in the last couple of weeks, even against tough competition (Bucs and Eagles). However, leave Jones on your bench this week as he gets another tough matchup in the Washington Football team. The Washington defense is getting healthy and has a front seven that should disrupt Jones all game long.
Sit-Out QB2: Phillip Rivers
Phillip Rivers makes the sit-out list, as he will be playing a tough Ravens defense. The reasoning behind the sit-out decision isn’t just because of the Baltimore defense but because of how I see the flow of the game going. Both teams will run the football a lot, work the clock, and limit each other’s possessions. This will lead to fewer opportunities for Rivers.
Sit-Out QB3: Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill makes the sit-out list also, as he has the toughest of matchups in the Chicago Bears defense. The Bear’s defense is returning to the form that got them a playoff berth in 2018. Tannehill is at his best when defenses are focusing on Derrick Henry, but with the Bear’s great run defense, it may make it tough for him to get going, in turn making it tough for Ryan Tannehill.
Lock-in Sit-out Week 9 WR
Lock-in WR1: Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs makes the lock-in WR1 slot as the Bills prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks. I believe his quarterback Josh Allen has a nice game here against Seattle’s generous defense, so it only makes sense that the target and reception leader on the team does so also. In addition to all this, Seattle will be without one of their better corners, Shaquill Griffin, which only helps Diggs.
Lock-in WR2: Marvin Jones Jr.
Marvin Jones Jr. makes the lock-in list this week as the Lions get set to play the Vikings. I like Jones in this spot because the Lions are a pass-happy offense and without number 1 receiver Kenny Golladay who is out with a hip injury, I think Matt Stafford will be targeting Jones often.
Lock-in WR3: Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson makes the lock-in list not because he has a great quarterback or a particularly good matchup, but because he is targeted A LOT. In a Bear’s offense that hasn’t been great, Allen Robinson has been awesome and Nick Foles looks his way often. He leads the team in targets and receptions and has become one of their reliable red-zone options. Start Allen Robinson with confidence.
Sit-out WR1: Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper makes the sit-out list as he will be playing the vaunted Pittsburgh defense. Amari Cooper gets a tough matchup, has a rookie QB taking his first-ever snaps in the NFL, and a banged-up offensive line and running back. Put all these together and you get a receiver that needs to be benched for this week.
Sit-out WR2: Corey Davis
Corey Davis makes the sit-out list this week, even though he has had some recent success. It all has to do with the matchup this week. I think it will be hard for him to find room against the Chicago Bears’ defense this week. I see a low scoring affair with not a lot of room for fantasy points for a lot of players in this game.
Sit-out WR3: Devante Parker
Devante Parker makes the sit-out list simply because I do not know just yet what I am getting out of Tua. Last week the Dolphins did win, but they were shutout in the second half and beyond the 1-yard touchdown pass to Parker, it was a pedestrian day for the Dolphin offense. There is just a lot of uncertainty here and I would wait and see with Parker.
Lock-in Sit-out Week 9 RBs
Lock-in RB1: Chase Edmonds
Chase Edmonds makes the lock-in list at RB1 as he is now the full-time starter in Arizona, who has an offense that has been firing on all cylinders. Last week Kyler Murray was the team’s leading rusher, but Edmonds had 145 total yards and added 7 catches. Edmonds volume and effectiveness should have him locked into your starting lineup until Kenyon Drake gets healthy.
Lock-in RB2: James Conner
James Conner makes the lock-in list this week as he gets one of the best matchups of the week in the Dallas Cowboys run defense. I like Conner here just based on the matchup as he has been underwhelming this year. However, he still gets most of the carries and should gash the Cowboys’ defense for a significant amount of fantasy points.
Lock-in RB3: David Johnson
David Johnson makes the lock-in list but just barely. David Johnson has not been as dynamic as he once was, but he sees a lot of carries and all the goal-line work. In a matchup where I see the ball moving up and down often, I can see David Johnson getting in the endzone this week.
Sit-out RB1: Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette
Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are the two Tampa Bay backs who make the sit-out list, as they are facing a great New Orleans front 7. Both backs struggled to get anything going on the ground last week against the NY Giants defense and I think we see some of the same this week. The Saints secondary has not been strong, but the front 7 has been great.
Sit-out RB2: David Montgomery
David Montgomery makes the sit-out as he has had some lackluster performances as of late. Besides last week’s overtime game against the Saints, Montgomery has not been able to rush for over 60 yards in the past 5 weeks. The Titans have all the tools to stop Montgomery and I think they will this week.
Sit-out RB3: Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley makes the sit-out list this week as he gets Vic Fangio’s defense. The Broncos have not been kind to running backs all year and I think that trend continues this week. On top of this, Todd Gurley is losing snaps to Brain Hill lately and Brian Hill is targeted way more in the passing game and in PPR formats. This hurts Gurley’s production a lot. If you have a better option, I would bench Todd Gurley this week.
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