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A new spate of injuries brings a new slate of start/sit debates and we're here to answer them all for every matchup on the slate. There are glaring Week 9 examples of players you should start and sit. There are also examples of sleepers who could provide unexpected production and big names who could flop based on these Week 9 matchups. Every week we'll break down every game on the slate and pinpoint the players you need to know in every matchup.

The best part is that you get to have a say in who makes this story every week! Follow me on Twitter and look for my weekly #SSSB polls to help me choose who I analyze. 

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Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
CAR +3.5, O/U 41
Bust Candidate
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CAR Carolina • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE NE -3.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
15.7
WR RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
81
REYDS
645
TD
3
FPTS/G
16.6
I've seen Sam Darnold revert back to a tentative, pressure-adverse quarterback. I know the Patriots defense will not only pounce on him behind his bad O-line but also focus to take Moore away from him in obvious passing situations. Moore has already been a nightmare over his last four games, managing an awesome 27% target share from Carolina quarterbacks but catching just 53% of them thanks to drops (three) and off-target throws from Darnold (eight) and P.J. Walker (one). He's also become a short-area target who doesn't see much red-zone action (seven targets all year). To be fair, he did have what looked to be a touchdown taken away from him by replay last week on a red-zone throw, but it came against the weak Falcons pass defense. I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats lined up J.C. Jackson on Moore with some extra help over the top to make it tough on the wily receiver. You'll probably end up starting him because of his target volume, but don't be surprised by a fifth straight disappointing game.
Bust Candidate
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CAR Carolina • #30
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE NE -3.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
7.8
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
391
REC
18
REYDS
119
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.9
Hubbard's volume and touchdown from last week cover up a lot of bad stuff, like his first-carry fumble or his 56% snap rate or his sub-3.0 rushing average in the fourth quarter. He's even begun sharing passing downs work with Ameer Abdullah after beginning to lose some run-downs time to Royce Freeman. About the only saving grace for Hubbard is that the Panthers simply don't have another running back they trust more. The matchup is a mixed bag -- New England's run defense has ceded at least 104 total yards to a running back in five of its last six games, but only two rushing scores have been allowed on the season. I'm nervous Hubbard won't see another 20-plus touches nor score, which puts him in the low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back mix.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
CIN -2.5, O/U 47
Flex Starter
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CIN Cincinnati • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CIN -2.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
12.6
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
49
REYDS
353
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.7
The stats say Higgins is on the verge of breaking out: 15 targets in Week 7; a 4-97-0 stat line in Week 8; three end-zone targets over both games; second-best air yards (280) over both games. The film shows what it's always shown: a big guy who doesn't have great speed and struggles to catch passes in tight coverage. But if Joe Burrow is going to insist on feeding him at a 20% target rate, then Higgins is a safe start as at least a low-end No. 2 receiver when facing favorable matchups. Cleveland's pass defense is boosted by its pass rush, suggesting it could be rare when Burrow has more than 2.5 seconds to throw. Ultimately it's the improving volume and long-ball targets that make Higgins appealing.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
DAL -10, O/U 49.5
Flex Starter
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DEN Denver • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
12.9
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
11
REYDS
111
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.6
As last week's game went on, Jeudy not only saw more playing time (22 of his 36 snaps came in the second half) but he looked more and more like the effortless-moving, space-creating wideout we've come to love. By the end of the game he was getting open and caught his last two targets from Teddy Bridgewater for 25 yards. The odds are high that the Cowboys will task top cornerback Trevon Diggs to handle Courtland Sutton, meaning primary slot cornerback Anthony Brown will see Jeudy. Brown has handled the gig well, but he and the Cowboys have barely been tested by slot receivers since Keenan Allen rocked them for over 100 yards in Week 2. Jeudy would best serve Fantasy managers as a No. 3 option or a Flex.
Flex Starters
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DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
13.4
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
62
REYDS
579
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.7
The Cowboys pass defense has become one of the trickiest to predict -- they entered last week playing a bunch of man coverage, but they leaned heavily on zone coverage to baffle Kirk Cousins and it worked. They could end up doing the same here since Bridgewater has been much more effective against man coverage. Likewise, Sutton has struggled against zone coverage (63% catch rate, 12.9 yards per catch) compared to man coverage (70% catch rate, 18.1 yards per catch). Facing Trevon Diggs will probably mean more contested catches than usual. It's not enough to completely ditch Sutton, but with 11 or fewer PPR points in each of his last two games (and in four of his last six), it's hard to trust him as a must-start.
DEN Denver • #25
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
6th
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
397
REC
18
REYDS
148
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.6
Sit Him
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DEN Denver • #33
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
6th
PROJ PTS
9.8
RB RNK
28th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
355
REC
22
REYDS
135
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.2
You've come to this space each week to look for clarity on the Broncos run game. Here's this week's attempt: Steer clear of Williams, stick with Gordon if you need a running back. Over Denver's last three games Gordon has taken a slight lead in overall snaps (55% to 45%), snaps inside of 10 yards (6 of 9) and snaps on third and fourth downs (57%). In full PPR leagues, he's had at least 10 PPR points in each game while Javonte has been above that number once. All of this comes into play against a Cowboys defense that's allowed two total touchdowns to running backs all season thanks in part to seeing the second-fewest rush attempts per game (15.7) on the year. Gordon's the safer pick of the two, giving him some flex appeal, while Williams shouldn't be trusted outside of deeper PPR leagues until he starts getting more playing time.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
JAC +14.5, O/U 48.5
Start Him
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BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BUF -14.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
9.2
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
227
REC
16
REYDS
148
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.6
Coming out of the Bills' bye week, Moss played 64% of the snaps (his second-highest total of the year) and maintained his stranglehold on snaps from 10 yards or closer to the goal line (3 of 3) and snaps on third and fourth downs (11 of 14). More notably, Moss saw seven targets against the Dolphins including five designed plays meant for him, both season-highs. So Moss has been getting the workload we've been waiting for a Bills running back to have, he's just not showing much efficiency or touchdown production. The hope is that changes against the Jaguars, who aren't pushovers against the run (3.6 yards per carry allowed to running backs) but do figure to be stuck seeing a lot of running back carries in the second half. Moss is good enough to call a low-end No. 2 option who's safer in PPR.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
MIA -6.5, O/U 45.5
Start Him
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MIA Miami • #37
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU MIA -6.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
13.8
RB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
279
REC
31
REYDS
165
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.7
If not now, when? Gaskin's been the clear leader in the Dolphins run game since Malcolm Brown's injury two games ago, playing 61% of the snaps and seeing the field on all nine of Miami's plays from 10 yards or closer. He's also handled 58% of their third and fourth downs. Best of all, Gaskin's seen at least 15 touches in each of his past two with four targets in each (and four-plus targets in 7 of 8 games this season). The Texans have allowed over 100 rushing yards to running backs in five straight games (5.4 yards per rush) with a touchdown to a running back in each one. Teams are also blocking well against the Texans defensive front, getting 1.76 yards before contact per carry (ninth-highest mark this season). That especially helps Gaskin since his O-line has been a detriment -- for one week they might not be.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
NYG +2.5, O/U 46.5
Start Him
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #28
Age: 30 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
15th
PROJ PTS
12.4
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
216
REC
17
REYDS
138
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.1
Booker got a lot of touches against a bad run defense on Monday and was fantastic. Expect a similar outing here, hopefully including a bunch of targets like he had at Kansas City (a season-high six). Frankly, he's among the league's least efficient running backs (under 4.0 yards per carry in three of his last four games, six missed tackles forced all year) but is in such a good position to rack up touches, forcing Fantasy managers to have some optimism. The matchup helps a lot: Las Vegas has allowed at least 81 total yards to a running back in four of its seven games and a touchdown to a back in 6 of 7. They're also horrible in yards before contact allowed per carry (1.80, sixth-worst in football) and close to league average in yards after contact allowed per carry (2.78). The hope is the Raiders' mediocre run defense doesn't hamper Booker's O-line much and gives the run game a shot at some decent numbers.
Sit Him
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #89
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
11.6
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
35
REYDS
343
TD
0
FPTS/G
9
What's scariest: That Toney ran only 17 routes on Monday, or that only three of them were over 10 yards downfield, or that he has a better receiving average on eight targets from Mike Glennon (13.6) than on 27 targets from Daniel Jones (8.7)? No doubt he's a wily, slippery receiver who should see an uptick in playing time this week against the Raiders, but maybe I've been overvaluing his upside. Would you believe the Raiders lead the league in fewest yards after catch per reception allowed (3.97), yet have given up the fourth-most passing yards (1,656)? That's wild but expected considering they line up in zone coverage on nearly 82% of their snaps. The Giants would be wise to feed Toney lots of short- and intermediate-level throws against the Raiders, though his small sample size suggests he's much more explosive against man coverage. Without the guarantee of heavy target volume and the likelihood of him being corralled by Las Vegas' defense, I wouldn't feel great starting Toney this week as anything more than a middling flex.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
BAL -6, O/U 49.5
Sit Him
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BAL Baltimore • #34
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN BAL -6 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
8.9
RB RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
109
REC
6
REYDS
59
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.8
When we last saw the Ravens, Freeman had the most playing time, played both snaps near the goal line (and scored from a yard out!) and honestly looked like the Ravens' most explosive running back even if he was splitting passing-downs work almost evenly with Le'Veon Bell and Ty'Son Williams. I can only guess that Freeman will be the Ravens' lead back, but I'm using the term "lead" loosely and I'm using the word "guess" very seriously. Figure him to have a shot at around 12 touches versus a Vikings run defense that was hemorrhaging rushing yards until the past two weeks when they held the Panthers runners to 3.8 yards per tote and the Cowboys' stud duo to 3.3. If this matchup is getting tougher and Freeman isn't assured a sizable amount of touches, he's hard to feel good about starting.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 1:00 pm ET •
NO -6, O/U 42
Sit Him
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BAL Baltimore • #28
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -6 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.7
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
258
REC
23
REYDS
110
TD
2
FPTS/G
10
In two games since the Falcons bye, Davis has racked up 54 yards on 13 carries and 22 yards on five catches (six targets). Think that's good? It's not. It's Davis' worst two-game total this season. Sadly, he's seeing his touches begin to wane even though his playing time has remained pretty much steady. Davis has yet to exceed 12 PPR points in a game this season and has been granted at least 10 Fantasy points in five games. If you understood what you just read, it means he's been between 10 and 12 points in 5 of 8 games. There's your ceiling and your floor for Davis, though this week he's taking on a Saints defense that's been especially stingy against the run. I would start pretty much any human being who has a chance to have at least a decent game ahead of Davis, who just cannot be relied upon to snap out of his low-production funk.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 4:05 pm ET •
PHI +1.5, O/U 50
Sneaky Sleeper
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #87
Age: 35 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI LAC -1.5 O/U 50
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
9.3
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
38
REYDS
260
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.7
Cook has seen at least five targets in three of his last four games, scoring in two of them. While the Eagles have been outstanding against wide receivers, they've had some bumps in the road against tight ends. T.J. Hockenson (18 PPR points), Foster Moreau (18 PPR points) and O.J. Howard (16 PPR points) each had strong games against them over the last three weeks. Cook's best games came against Las Vegas and Baltimore, two teams that have struggled as much against tight ends as the Eagles have (if not a little worse). Expect Cook to be a part of the Chargers red-zone game plan this week, if not a bigger part of the offense as the Chargers figure their way out of the two-game funk they're in.
Start Him
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PHI Philadelphia • #35
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -1.5 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
84
REC
3
REYDS
10
TD
3
FPTS/G
3.8
In the Eagles first half of their blowout win last week against the Lions, Scott played 64% of the snaps and handled 64% of the running back carries, averaging 6.1 yards per carry with a score. He would score again in the third quarter but relinquish touches to Jordan Howard before rookie Kenneth Gainwell soaked up fourth-quarter garbage time snaps. That's enough evidence to call Scott the Eagles' lead back this week. Not only does the matchup against the Chargers suggest a more competitive game, but it's also easier on the running backs! Los Angeles has given up seven rushing touchdowns to running backs in their last three games. Their metrics on yards allowed before contact per rush (2.11, second-worst) and yards allowed after contact per rush (3.01, seventh-worst) suggest any bullying offensive line can make a difference. The Eagles have that, and their coaching staff has finally grasped the idea of running the ball. I'm very comfortable starting Scott this week.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 4:25 pm ET •
KC -7.5, O/U 48
Sneaky Sleeper
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GB Green Bay • #28
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -7.5 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.5
RB RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
309
REC
10
REYDS
90
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.7
With Aaron Rodgers unavailable, the Packers brain trust would be wise to dial back their passing game and use the run to take pressure off of Jordan Love. The second-year quarterback has terrific arm strength and mobility, but he was streaky in college and didn't look particularly good until he got some garbage time in the Packers' Week 1 loss. We already saw the Packers succeed with 31 running back carries last week when they were without their top three receivers. Dillon had a team-high 78 yards on 16 carries. Now he and teammate Aaron Jones will take on a Chiefs defense that gave up over 120 total yards to Devontae Booker on Monday night. Jones is still the main guy, but the bulldozing Dillon should be expected to get close to 15 touches once more.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 4:25 pm ET •
SF +1.5, O/U 45
Bust Candidate
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MIA Miami • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF ARI -1.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
7th
PROJ PTS
10.3
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
427
REC
30
REYDS
211
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.2
Sit Him
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ARI Arizona • #6
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF ARI -1.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
7th
PROJ PTS
7.6
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
358
REC
5
REYDS
34
TD
8
FPTS/G
11.5
If not for a touchdown last week, Chase Edmonds would have had under 10 PPR points for a fourth consecutive game. Touchdowns have been exactly what's kept James Conner's Fantasy numbers afloat -- he's scored at least once in 5 of his last 6 and has delivered 12-plus PPR in four of those five. Edmonds has definitely started taking more of the running back workload from Conner over the last two weeks, keeping him at 10 or fewer touches. The assumption is that both might get leaned on in this matchup because Kyler Murray won't be fully healthy because of his ankle sprain (if he plays at all). The 49ers have been pretty good against running backs, keeping all but Aaron Jones and Jonathan Taylor to under 90 total yards in their last six games but giving up a score in four of them (Conner had one in Week 5). Conner's a touchdown-dependent running back without a high ceiling; Edmonds also needs touchdowns to be helpful and he's rarely getting the opportunities to do so. I'd steer clear of both unless looking for a low-end flex.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Sun, Nov 7 at 8:20 pm ET •
LAR -7.5, O/U 53.5
Start Him in PPR
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ATL Atlanta • #33
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -7.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
8.5
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
38
REC
21
REYDS
203
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
I can't say for sure that McNichols will have a large role in the Titans run game moving forward, but his prowess in the passing game has been grossly underreported. Already locked into the Titans passing-downs role when Derrick Henry was healthy, McNichols grabbed 21 of 27 targets for 203 yards including a brilliant 9.86 yards after contact per attempt. Most of his receptions are screens and dump-off throws from Tannehill, but they're effective -- 10 of the 21 receptions have been good for at least 10 yards including each of his last five. I'm cautiously optimistic that McNichols will be asked to do more in the passing game, particularly when the Titans fall behind against the Rams on Sunday night. Versus running backs, the Rams are in the top-10 in targets allowed (7.5 per game), catches allowed (6.1 per game) and yards allowed (49.9).
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Mon, Nov 8 at 8:15 pm ET •
PIT -6.5, O/U 40
Start Him
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PIT Pittsburgh • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI PIT -6.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
12.2
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
47
REYDS
403
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.7
It's been a disappointing stint for Claypool since JuJu Smith-Schuster's injury, catching half of the 12 targets sent his way for a measly 62 yards. But if there was ever a matchup for Claypool to liven up his numbers, this is it. The Bears pass rush was awful last week without Khalil Mack, and if he's out again then Ben Roethlisberger might actually have time to throw without dealing with pass rush pressure. On the season, Chicago has managed to hold outside receivers like Claypool to a 61.4% catch rate (12th-best in football) but rank in the bottom-10 to receivers lined up wide in yards per catch (15.1), yards after catch per reception (4.51) and touchdowns (eight). Those numbers have helped make the Bears statistically the second-best matchup for wide receivers in Fantasy Football. If Claypool can't take advantage, then perhaps he's just not start-worthy any longer.
Start 'em
10.0-7.00
6.99 - 5.01
5.00 - 0
Sit 'em
Thu, Nov 4 at 8:20 pm ET •
IND -10.5, O/U 46
Start Him
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -10.5 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
279
REC
26
REYDS
226
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.3
Indianapolis isn't blind -- not only should the defense realize how Carter's being utilized, but it should feel good about its chances to combat it. Indy ranks 10th-best in yards after catch allowed on passes traveling 10 yards in the air or shorter this season, and the most yards after catch they've ceded to a team's group of running backs in a game is 54 against Baltimore (a game that went into overtime). But Indy cannot control how much Carter gets the ball, and odds are he will remain in position to get 70% of the Jets' snaps, just as he has been since their bye week. Given the attrition at the position, any running back playing that much is an automatic must-start. I'm a little nervous about him maintaining his 8.5 catch-per-game average since Week 7, but the Jets shouldn't be dumb enough to get away from using the multi-purpose back in the pass game, they just need to be more creative with it. Moreover, running backs on Thursday nights are better rested than the defenses they're playing, which is why I'm counting on Carter seeing a boost in efficiency.
Bust Candidate
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BUF Buffalo • #80
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -10.5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
30
REYDS
203
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.8
White looked Crowder's way on 18% of his throws last week, but it came against a flummoxed Bengals defense that somehow let its guard down against slot receivers. The Colts should be a step up in competition -- they allow the third-highest catch rate to receivers lined up in the slot (83%) but allow the third-fewest yards after the catch on a per-catch basis (3.67). Plus the Colts won't be oblivious to the Jets' dink-and-dunk passing "attack." If you start Crowder, you're hoping for his target volume to match or exceed what he got in Week 8, but he's had eight-plus targets in just four of his past 12 games. He's OK as a No. 3 receiver or a flex in full-PPR formats but shouldn't be counted on for much more than 13 points.
Bust Candidate
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WAS Washington • #11
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ IND -10.5 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
7th
PROJ PTS
22.1
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1926
RUYDS
108
TD
15
INT
3
FPTS/G
20.9
Wentz has managed at least 20 Fantasy points in five straight games, so benching him among the streaming options might be tough to do. That goes double in a matchup against a Jets defense that's let up at least 25 Fantasy points to three straight quarterbacks (Joe Burrow, Mac Jones, Matt Ryan). But Wentz has become terribly inefficient over his last two games, averaging a rough 57% completion rate and 4.95 yards per pass attempt but getting by with a fortuitous 6.5% touchdown rate. The worry is that a defense will come along and blitz the snot out of him to send his stats reeling. The Jets are basically league average in pass rush pressure rate, sack rate and blitz rate, and they're playing on a short week, so they're probably not the defense to do it. However, the short week might not do Wentz any favors other than give him the chance to lean on his run game. Any quarterback with upside to hit 25 Fantasy points should get the nod ahead of Wentz, including Tua Tagovailoa and Kirk Cousins.

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