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I'm curious to see how the Titans plan to replace Derrick Henry (foot), who is out for 6-10 weeks. It doesn't appear like offensive coordinator Todd Downing wants to change things in Tennessee, even with Henry not on the field.

On Thursday, Downing said, "I'd be doing the offense a disservice if I jerked the wheel on our identity at this point of the season with Derrick Henry out."

It sounds like Downing still wants to lean on the ground game, which bodes well for either Adrian Peterson or Jeremy McNichols. For now, give me McNichols heading into Week 9 at the Rams -- and maybe the rest of the year.

McNichols will be the one playing on passing downs. And despite what Downing said, I expect the Titans to be forced to throw the ball more with Henry sidelined. That will likely happen Sunday night against the Rams if the Titans are chasing points as expected. 

McNichols already has at least three catches in four games this season. He should get the chance to carry the ball more as well, and he's a nice sleeper for Week 9. 

We'll see what happens with Peterson, who is 36 and last played for the Lions in 2020. He could be the best running back for the Titans, and maybe he keeps Tennessee's run game afloat.

But I'm skeptical to trust Peterson, which is why I'd lean toward McNichols, who has been Henry's backup all season. I'm hoping McNichols steps up and takes over for Henry in Week 9 and beyond.

McNichols is one of my favorite sleepers in Week 9. Let's see some other sleepers that I like, as well as some DFS lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel you can use. This is a good week to win some money, so let's get started.

Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

Week 9 Sleepers
Week 9 Preview
Sleepers
Quarterbacks
HOU Houston • #5
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -5.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
29th
QB RNK
14th
ROSTERED
18%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
416
RUYDS
55
TD
4
INT
0
FPTS/G
23.1
Taylor is back for the Texans after being out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, and this is a great situation for him. He's facing a Dolphins defense that is No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and hopefully Taylor will pick up where he left off prior to getting hurt. He scored 27 Fantasy points in Week 1 against Jacksonville and 18 Fantasy points in just a half against the Browns. Hopefully, this game becomes a shootout with the Texans and Dolphins, and Taylor has top-10 upside in his return to action.
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG LV -3 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
23rd
QB RNK
13th
ROSTERED
94%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2269
RUYDS
29
TD
12
INT
5
FPTS/G
22.2
Carr won't have Henry Ruggs III for the rest of the season, but Carr should still perform well as a Fantasy quarterback. He scored at least 22 Fantasy points in each of his past two games, and he should have success against the Giants, who have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 26 points. In three road starts this season, Carr is averaging 23.0 Fantasy points per game.
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -6 O/U 50
OPP VS QB
11th
QB RNK
9th
ROSTERED
92%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1953
RUYDS
75
TD
14
INT
2
FPTS/G
23.6
Cousins falls into sleeper status because Fantasy managers, myself included, are hesitant to trust him. He struggled as the Start of the Week in Week 8 against Dallas with just 14 Fantasy points, and he's now scored 15 Fantasy points or less in three of his past four games. We'll see how he does against the Ravens, who have allowed two of their past four opponents to score at least 26 Fantasy points. I like Cousins as a low-end starter in all leagues.
Running backs
PHI Philadelphia • #35
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -1.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
21st
RB RNK
23rd
ROSTERED
81%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
84
REC
3
REYDS
10
TD
3
FPTS/G
3.8
We'll see how the Eagles use Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jordan Howard this week in a more competitive game since Philadelphia blasted Detroit last week 44-6. The Chargers will make things tougher on the Eagles, but I'll still trust Scott as a low-end starter or flex in most leagues. In the first game without Miles Sanders (ankle) against the Lions, Scott had 12 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and hopefully he takes advantage of this matchup. The Chargers have allowed a running back to score in three games in a row, with seven touchdowns scored over that span. Scott will also help in the passing game if needed, and Gainwell is a sleeper in deeper leagues based on his expected role as a pass catcher. Let's hope Nick Sirianni doesn't abandon the run game for the Eagles, and Scott should have the chance for 15-plus touches this week.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BUF -14.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS RB
8th
RB RNK
20th
ROSTERED
92%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
227
REC
16
REYDS
148
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.6
Moss hasn't scored a touchdown in three games, but he's still found a way to be productive. He had six catches in Week 8 against Miami, and it's great that Josh Allen is leaning on him with seven targets. Moss should have the chance to score this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed nine total touchdowns to running backs this year. The Bills are also 14.5-point favorites on the road, so Moss could have some fourth-quarter production as well.
GB Green Bay • #28
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -7.5 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
24th
RB RNK
32nd
ROSTERED
83%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
309
REC
10
REYDS
90
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.7
Dillon will likely be looking at a big workload in Week 9 at Kansas City with Aaron Rodgers (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Jordan Love starting, the Packers will likely lean on Aaron Jones and Dillon against the Chiefs. We saw that in Week 8 at Arizona when Davante Adams (illness) and Allen Lazard (illness) were out, and Dillon had 16 carries for 78 yards. Jones is clearly a must-start running back in all leagues, but Dillon is a good flex option this week. And the Chiefs have already allowed eight running backs to score at least 11 PPR points this year.
BAL Baltimore • #34
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN BAL -6 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
9th
RB RNK
34th
ROSTERED
64%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
109
REC
6
REYDS
59
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.8
Latavius Murray (ankle) is out again, and hopefully Freeman can take advantage of a Vikings defense that will be without defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow). Freeman hasn't been great the past two games without Murray, but he has found the end zone twice. Hopefully, coming out of the bye for Baltimore, Freeman gets the majority of touches ahead of Ty'Son Williams and Le'Veon Bell. I like Freeman as a flex option in Week 9.
NO New Orleans • #14
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NO -6 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
18th
RB RNK
41st
ROSTERED
56%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
321
REC
9
REYDS
49
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.5
We'll see if the Saints give Ingram more work in his second game with the team, and he could be a flex this week with a positive matchup against the Falcons. Ingram had six carries for 27 yards in Week 8 against Tampa Bay, as well as two catches for 25 yards on two targets. He'll work in tandem with Alvin Kamara, and the Saints could lean heavily on their running backs with Trevor Siemian under center. Atlanta has also allowed a running back to score on the ground in four of the past five games.
Wide receivers
CIN Cincinnati • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CIN -2.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
20th
WR RNK
22nd
ROSTERED
96%
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
49
REYDS
353
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.7
Higgins is more of a starter than a sleeper, but Fantasy managers are still a little hesitant to trust him because he's been overshadowed by Ja'Marr Chase this season. I get it, but hopefully the past two weeks are a sign that Higgins is coming around. He's scored 13 PPR points in each of his past two games against Baltimore and the Jets, and he has 21 targets over that span. Joe Burrow is starting to rely on Higgins more, and he should continue to deliver, especially this week against the Browns. Cleveland has allowed 10 receivers to score at least 11 PPR points this week, and I like Higgins as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG LV -3 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
25th
WR RNK
26th
ROSTERED
84%
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
51
REYDS
399
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.8
Henry Ruggs III is no longer with the Raiders, which should help Renfrow and Bryan Edwards get more targets from Derek Carr. Both should be considered sleepers this week against the Giants, who have allowed 14 receivers to score 11 PPR points this year. Renfrow has scored at least 11 PPR points in four of his past five games, and he has at least seven targets in five outings this year. And Edwards just had his best Fantasy game in Week 7 against the Eagles before the Raiders bye with three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on four targets, which should help his confidence heading into this matchup with the Giants.
LAR L.A. Rams • #12
Age: 25 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN LAR -7.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
41st
ROSTERED
46%
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
39
REYDS
392
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.2
DeSean Jackson and the Rams parted ways Tuesday, which should be good news for Jefferson moving forward. He had 13 targets in his past two games against Detroit and Houston, and he scored at least 11 PPR points in each of those outings. Matthew Stafford will hopefully rely on him more moving forward, and he has a great matchup against the Titans in Week 9. The Titans allow the most receptions (132) and yards (1,728) to opposing receivers, and they are tied for third in touchdowns allowed (12). Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods should have big outings in Week 9, but Jefferson could also be a quality No. 3 Fantasy receiver as well.
BUF Buffalo • #1
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BUF -14.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS WR
16th
WR RNK
27th
ROSTERED
98%
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
43
REYDS
413
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.9
Sanders was a disappointment in Week 8 against Miami with no catches on four targets, but he should rebound this week. Prior to Week 8, he had four games in a row with at least 12 PPR points, and Josh Allen should help Sanders get back to producing at a high level against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed 11 receivers to score at least 12 PPR points this year, and I like Sanders, Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley to all play well in this matchup.
DEN Denver • #10
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49
OPP VS WR
15th
WR RNK
29th
ROSTERED
95%
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
11
REYDS
111
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.6
Jeudy let us down in his return to action in Week 8 against Washington after being out since Week 1 with an ankle injury. Against Washington, Jeudy had just four catches for 39 yards on four targets. He should get more attention this week at Dallas, and the Broncos will likely be throwing more if they are chasing points as expected. Jeudy is worth trusting as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
Tight ends
PIT Pittsburgh • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI PIT -6.5 O/U 39
OPP VS TE
2nd
TE RNK
9th
ROSTERED
65%
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
27
REYDS
202
TD
2
FPTS/G
7.7
Freiermuth doesn't have an easy matchup in Week 9 against the Bears, who have only allowed one touchdown to a tight end this season. But I like the way he's been used lately, so I'll trust Freiermuth as a low-end starter in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR. He now has 14 targets, 11 catches, 102 yards and a touchdown in two games without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder), and Freiermuth has scored at least 12 PPR points in each outing. Hopefully, Ben Roethlisberger continues to lean on Freiermuth as a short-area target again this week.
MIN Minnesota • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -6 O/U 50
OPP VS TE
29th
TE RNK
13th
ROSTERED
43%
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
37
REYDS
297
TD
1
FPTS/G
9
Conklin just had seven targets in Week 8 against Dallas, and he finished with five catches for 57 yards. He's now scored 10 PPR points in consecutive games, and hopefully he's starting to become a more viable weapon for Cousins and Fantasy managers in deeper leagues. He has the best matchup of the week against the Ravens, who are surprisingly allowing the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year. Baltimore has allowed a tight end to score in five of seven games this year, with six total touchdowns allowed to the position. Conklin is worth trusting as a streamer in all leagues this week.
DEN Denver • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49
OPP VS TE
18th
TE RNK
15th
ROSTERED
3%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
13
REYDS
91
TD
1
FPTS/G
5
Okwuegbunam is worth using as a streamer with Noah Fant (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In the lead tight end role for the Broncos, he has a chance to be productive against the Cowboys, who have allowed a tight end to score at least 10 PPR points in each of the past two games. In deeper tight-end premium leagues, look for Okwuegbunam with Fant ruled out.
Week 9 Preview
DFS LINEUPS

DraftKings

QB: Dak Prescott (vs. DEN) $6,900
RB: Devontae Booker (vs. LV) $5,900
RB: Myles Gaskin (vs. HOU) $5,800
WR: Amari Cooper (vs. DEN) $5,700
WR: Brandin Cooks (at MIA) $6,100
WR: Marquise Brown (vs. MIN) $6,000
TE: Mike Gesicki (vs. HOU) $4,900
FLEX: Zack Moss (at JAC) $5,300
DST: Cowboys (vs. DEN) $3,300

Prescott is back after being out in Week 8, and I expect him to light up the Broncos, who are playing their first game without Von Miller. Hopefully, we see Prescott lean on Cooper, especially with CeeDee Lamb (ankle) a little banged up.

My other receivers here are Cooks and Brown, and I love both. Brown should have a big game against the Vikings coming off his bye week, and Cooks should benefit in a big way with Tyrod Taylor back. I also love Gesicki at tight end with his matchup against the Texans, as well as DeVante Parker (hamstring) being out.

My trio of running backs here have plenty of upside with Booker taking on the Raiders in a revenge game, Gaskin against the Texans and Moss against the Jaguars. The matchups are favorable, and these three running backs have huge upside.

FanDuel

QB: Tyrod Taylor (at MIA) $6,900
RB: Ezekiel Elliott (vs. DEN) $8,200
RB: Josh Jacobs (at NYG) $7,200
WR: Brandin Cooks (at MIA) $6,800
WR: Jaylen Waddle (vs. HOU) $6,100
WR: Jarvis Landry (at CIN) $5,900
TE: Darren Waller (at NYG) $6,800
FLEX: Aaron Jones (at KC) $8,500
DEF: 49ers (vs. ARI) $3,500

I'll stack the Texans here with Taylor and Cooks, and they should have plenty of success against the Dolphins. I'll play Waddle on the other side, and I love his outlook with Parker out.

My other receiver is Landry, who excels every time Odell Beckham is out, and now Beckham is no longer with the Browns. Waller should also have a huge game at tight end against the Giants, and he's worth spending the money on this week.

At running back, I'll trust Elliott against the Broncos, and I love the upside of Jacobs against the Giants. I also expect Aaron Jones to be heavily used against the Chiefs with Aaron Rodgers (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

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