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When most of you woke up Wednesday morning, you saw the big news out of Las Vegas that the Raiders fired coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi. Antonio Pierce is the interim head coach, Champ Kelly is the interim GM, and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Along with that, the Raiders decided to bench Jimmy Garoppolo in favor of rookie Aidan O'Connell, and Pierce said Wednesday that "it will be Aidan going forward" as the starting quarterback. Wow. Just wow.

There are plenty of Fantasy implications here, and hopefully this is a change for the better. Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams have struggled this season, and only Jakobi Meyers has stood out for the Raiders.

Moving forward, Jacobs remains a borderline No. 1 Fantasy running back in all leagues. He's averaging 13.9 PPR points per game for the season, but he's scored at least 16.8 PPR points in three of his past five outings. I love Jacobs this week against the Giants, who just traded Leonard Williams to the Seahawks and have allowed six running backs to score at least 15.8 PPR points this season.

Adams is averaging 14.9 PPR points per game for the season, but he's scored 8.5 PPR points or less in three of his past four outings. He's been vocal about his frustrations, and hopefully things can turn around now.

In one start with O'Connell in Week 4 at the Chargers, Adams had eight catches for 75 yards on 13 targets. And he has a great matchup in Week 9 against the Giants, who have allowed six No. 1 receivers to score at least 15.0 PPR points in their past seven games. This is a great bounce-back spot for Adams at home.

Meyers is averaging a career-best 15.5 PPR points per game, and he has thrived with Garoppolo. However, in his lone start with O'Connell, Meyers only had two catches for 33 yards on four targets against the Chargers.

I'm still going to start Meyers as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver against the Giants in Week 9, and hopefully he and O'Connell can have a positive rapport. I don't want to write Meyers off after just one game with a rookie quarterback.

Tight end Michael Mayer is also worth stashing in deeper leagues to see what develops with O'Connell, but don't start Mayer in Week 9. And O'Connell should be added in all Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, although he's a risky starting option against the Giants.

It's a new era for the Raiders with McDaniels gone and Garoppolo benched. Hopefully, that leads to great things for the top trio of Fantasy options in Las Vegas with Jacobs, Adams and Meyers.

NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
20.2
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1910
RUYDS
20
TD
8
INT
4
FPTS/G
14.6

Do you think Derek Carr is enjoying the mess in Las Vegas right now? He was kicked to the curb by the Raiders last season, but now he's got the Saints tied for first place in the NFC South.

He's also playing well coming into Week 9 against the Bears, and I like him as the Start of the Week. Carr should be considered a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues.

While Chicago's defense improved this week by keeping cornerback Jaylon Johnson and adding pass rusher Montez Sweat via trade from Washington, this is still a favorable matchup for Carr at home. The Bears are No. 3 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks at 23.1 points per game, and only Kirk Cousins in Week 6 and the combination of Brian Hoyer and Aidan O'Connell in Week 7 failed to score at least 20.1 Fantasy points against Chicago this year.

Carr also comes into Week 9 having scored at least 18.3 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and he has three games in a row with at least 301 passing yards. He finally had his first game with at least 20 Fantasy points this season in Week 8 at Indianapolis with 22.3, and he should have the chance for a solid encore in Week 9 against Chicago.

This is a rough week for Fantasy quarterbacks with Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, Trevor Lawrence and Brock Purdy on a bye, and Kirk Cousins (Achilles), Justin Fields (thumb) and Matthew Stafford (thumb) all dealing with injuries. I hope Carr can help Fantasy managers in need of a quarterback this week, and I like the setup for him at home against the Bears.

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Quarterbacks
QBs to Start
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DAL Dallas • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -3 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
30th
PROJ PTS
17.4
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1637
RUYDS
104
TD
11
INT
5
FPTS/G
18.8
The last time Prescott played at Philadelphia was Week 18 of the 2021 season, and he was 21-of-27 passing for 295 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's not coming close to that this week, but the Eagles defense has given up some huge games to quarterbacks this season, including Mac Jones in Week 1 (30.1 Fantasy points), Kirk Cousins in Week 2 (36.6) and Sam Howell in Week 8 (38.9). In total, five quarterbacks have scored at least 20.9 Fantasy points against Philadelphia, and Prescott is coming off his best game of the season in Week 8 against the Rams with 36.1 Fantasy points. I'll stick with Prescott this week as a top-10 quarterback in all leagues.
SEA Seattle • #14
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS QB
19th
PROJ PTS
15.6
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2146
RUYDS
130
TD
14
INT
8
FPTS/G
20.8
Howell just had his best game of the season in Week 8 against the Eagles with 397 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception, along with 11 rushing yards, for 38.9 Fantasy points. And he was sacked a season-low one time. He's now scored at least 21.6 Fantasy points in five of eight games this year, and I'll trust him again as a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues. The Patriots have allowed big games the past two weeks to Josh Allen (28.3 Fantasy points) and Tua Tagovailoa (27.8), and Howell will hopefully stay hot in this matchup on the road.
LV Las Vegas • #10
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR IND -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
9th
PROJ PTS
15.3
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1400
RUYDS
40
TD
9
INT
5
FPTS/G
12
My only real concern with Minshew this week is that the Colts could dominate the Panthers defense with Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss running the ball, and Minshew doesn't have to do much. But he's averaging 19.2 Fantasy points per game in his four starts, and I think he can stay in that range this week. He scored at least 18.8 Fantasy points in each of his past two games against Cleveland and New Orleans, and those are brutal matchups. While Carolina limited C.J. Stroud to 12.9 Fantasy points in Week 8, the two previous quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Tua Tagovailoa scored at least 26.1 Fantasy points. I like Minshew as a low-end No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
HOU Houston • #7
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
16th
PROJ PTS
16.6
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1800
RUYDS
68
TD
10
INT
1
FPTS/G
19.1
Stroud failed to deliver a big game as the Start of the Week in Week 8 when he only scored 12.9 Fantasy points at Carolina. But I'm going right back to him as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in Week 9 against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed two of the past three quarterbacks to score at least 26.4 Fantasy points, and Stroud is averaging 23.1 Fantasy points per game in three home starts this season. After three games in a row with fewer than 19 Fantasy points, Stroud will get back on track as a standout Fantasy option in Week 9.
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TB Tampa Bay • #6
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
8th
PROJ PTS
15.3
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1600
RUYDS
118
TD
10
INT
4
FPTS/G
18.8
Mayfield has been at his best on the road this season with three of his four outings of at least 20.4 Fantasy points having come away from Tampa Bay, including Week 8 at Buffalo when he scored 25.4 points. The Texans have allowed two of the past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 18.3 Fantasy points, and Mayfield should be able to perform at that level in this matchup on the road. Mayfield should be considered a borderline No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues.
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
17.4
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1641
RUYDS
68
TD
9
INT
8
FPTS/G
13.3
It will take some guts to start Jones this week, but he's worth the gamble in deeper one-quarterback leagues. Even though Jones just lost his No. 1 receiver in Kendrick Bourne (ACL), the Commanders parted ways Tuesday with both of their top pass rushers in Chase Young (San Francisco) and Montez Sweat (Chicago) at the trade deadline. With those two, Washington was still No. 1 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and Jones has thrown two touchdowns in each of his past two games against Buffalo and Miami.
CAR Carolina • #9
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND IND -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
18.7
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1202
RUYDS
76
TD
7
INT
4
FPTS/G
14.6
Young just got his first NFL win in Week 8 against Houston, and now his coach, Frank Reich, gets to face the team that fired him last season in Indianapolis. Young is starting to make strides as a passer, and he hasn't thrown an interception in his past two games against the Dolphins and Texans. The Colts have allowed two of the past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 18.5 Fantasy points, and Young is a great option in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues in this matchup at home.
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SEA Seattle • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
1st
PROJ PTS
14
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1645
RUYDS
49
TD
9
INT
6
FPTS/G
16.3
Smith had another mediocre Fantasy outing in Week 8 against Cleveland with 17.9 Fantasy points. He's now scored more than 20 points just once this season, which was Week 2 at Detroit, and he should only be started in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues in this game at Baltimore. The Ravens just allowed Joshua Dobbs to score 26.9 Fantasy points in Week 8, but he's the lone quarterback to score more than 20 points against Baltimore this season, including matchups with C.J. Stroud, Joe Burrow and Jared Goff. Smith will likely have another game with fewer than 20 Fantasy points in Week 9.
GB Green Bay • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR GB -3 O/U 38.5
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
17.6
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1492
RUYDS
164
TD
13
INT
8
FPTS/G
20.3
Love hasn't topped 19.6 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and he continues to make mistakes heading into Week 9 against the Rams. He has a five-game interception streak dating back to Week 3, and he's thrown five touchdowns to eight interceptions over that span. Now, the Rams have given up some huge games to quarterbacks this season in Anthony Richardson (33.6 Fantasy points in Week 4), Jalen Hurts (29.3 Fantasy points in Week 5) and Dak Prescott (35.9 Fantasy points in Week 8), but every other quarterback has scored fewer than 16 Fantasy points, including Geno Smith, Brock Purdy and Joe Burrow. Love will likely fall below the 20-point threshold again this week, making him just an option in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -1.5 O/U 37
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
17.5
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
884
RUYDS
197
TD
3
INT
6
FPTS/G
11.8
Jones is expected to play in Week 9 at Las Vegas after missing the past three games with a neck injury, and you'll want to start him in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues. But he's not someone to trust in one-quarterback leagues yet since he only has one game this season with more than 8.7 Fantasy points. Darren Waller (hamstring) is also banged up, and the Raiders have held their past four opposing quarterbacks (Jordan Love, Mac Jones, Tyson Bagent and Jared Goff) to under 15 Fantasy points. I'm glad Jones is back, and hopefully, he can finish the season strong. But he's not a starter yet in one-quarterback leagues for this matchup on the road.
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TEN Tennessee • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT PIT -2.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS QB
11th
PROJ PTS
13.9
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
238
RUYDS
11
TD
4
INT
0
FPTS/G
34.6
Levis had a ridiculously good NFL debut in Week 8 against Atlanta with 238 passing yards and four touchdowns for 34.6 Fantasy points. You should definitely stash him on your bench to see what happens moving forward, but he should only be started in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues for Week 9 at Pittsburgh. The Steelers haven't allowed a quarterback to score more than 17 Fantasy points in their past three games against Lamar Jackson, Matthew Stafford and Trevor Lawrence, and Levis will likely face plenty of pressure from Pittsburgh's defense, especially with Cam Heyward (groin) expected to return. I'm excited to see how Levis does in this spot Thursday night, but I'm not starting him in one-quarterback leagues.
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Running Backs
RBs to Start
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TB Tampa Bay • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS RB
18th
PROJ PTS
10.9
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
305
REC
29
REYDS
233
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.4
White's involvement in the passing game has been exceptional over the past two weeks, particularly against Atlanta and Buffalo. During this period, he's secured 13 catches for 135 yards on 13 targets. Conversely, his performance in the run game has left much to be desired as he rushed for a meager 73 yards on 22 carries over the same time span. Despite his struggles in the run game, White has become a must-start running back in PPR leagues. I hope the game plan doesn't change for White in Week 9 at Houston. This is especially promising given that the Texans have allowed four running backs to catch four or more passes this season. In fact, a total of eight running backs have scored at least 11.3 PPR points against Houston, and that should be White's floor in Week 9.
CIN Cincinnati • #21
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR IND -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
9.9
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
589
REC
16
REYDS
123
TD
6
FPTS/G
17.9
Even with Jonathan Taylor back and now playing at a high level, Moss has still found a way to be productive. Moss has scored at least 14.4 PPR points in three of four games with Taylor, and he has four touchdowns over that span. He also has at least 12 total touches in each of those outings, which should continue in Week 9 at Carolina. The Panthers are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and eight running backs have scored at least 11.2 PPR points against Carolina this season. There have also been three running back duos to reach that mark (Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier in Week 1, David Montgomery and Craig Reynolds in Week 5, and Raheem Mostert and Salvon Ahmed in Week 6). There's room for Taylor and Moss to both be productive this week, and Moss is worth starting as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues.
NE New England • #38
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
10.9
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
307
REC
25
REYDS
173
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.6
Stevenson had a down game in Week 8 at Miami, recording 10 carries for 39 yards and just two catches for 11 yards on four targets. The involvement in the passing game seemingly disappeared from the previous two weeks, which was disappointing, and hopefully that changes in Week 9 against Washington. In two weeks prior to Week 8, Stevenson had 11 catches for 75 yards on 12 targets against Las Vegas and Buffalo. Mac Jones might lean on Stevenson more this week with Kendrick Bourne (ACL) and DeVante Parker (concussion) banged up. Washington just lost pass rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat via trade, so this defense isn't as formidable. This season, six running backs have scored at least 12 PPR points against the Commanders.
CLE Cleveland • #34
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
13.1
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
381
REC
15
REYDS
106
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.5
CLE Cleveland • #27
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
10.9
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
158
REC
6
REYDS
58
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.3
I like the setup for both Browns' running backs this week against the Cardinals. Ford and Hunt are worth using as No. 2 Fantasy options in all leagues. I'll give a slight lean toward Ford as his ankle sprain from Week 7 wasn't as serious as initially feared. Ford played in Week 8 at Seattle but was limited to just nine carries for 37 yards and one catch for 2 yards on two targets. Prior to that, Ford scored at least 11.1 PPR points in three out of four games since Nick Chubb (knee) was injured, and I expect him to get back on track against Arizona. Hunt has scored at least 13.7 PPR points in three games in a row, and he's been hot after Cleveland's bye in Week 5. Nine running backs have scored at least 13.1 PPR points against the Cardinals this season, and the Browns will continue to ride Ford and Hunt in Week 9.
LAR L.A. Rams • #27
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -3 O/U 38.5
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
12
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
92
REC
4
REYDS
59
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.6
We'll see what happens with the Rams if Matthew Stafford (thumb) can't play in Week 9 at Green Bay, but I expect Henderson and Royce Freeman to be a focal point of the offense no matter what. It's a good matchup since the Packers are No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and five running backs have scored at least 12.6 PPR points against Green Bay this year. Henderson has scored at least 11.5 PPR points in two games since joining the Rams in place of the injured Kyren Williams (ankle), and Henderson should be a factor in the passing game. He had three catches for 54 yards on three targets in Week 8 against Dallas, and he continues to get the lion's share of touches compared to Freeman. That being said, I also like Freeman as a sleeper in this matchup.
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CAR Carolina • #30
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND IND -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
10
RB RNK
28th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
270
REC
15
REYDS
85
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.1
It remains to be seen if Hubbard will remain the lead running back for the Panthers in Week 9 against the Colts, but he dominated playing time in Week 8 against the Texans. Hubbard played 67 percent of the snaps last week, even with a healthy Miles Sanders in the running back stable. While Hubbard managed just 15 carries for 28 yards and two catches for 26 yards on two targets against the Texans, he could be a flex if he remains in this role for Week 9. The Colts have allowed seven running backs to score at least 15.1 PPR points this season, including six in the past five games.
BAL Baltimore • #43
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA BAL -5.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
12th
PROJ PTS
7.7
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
211
REC
15
REYDS
67
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.4
Gus Edwards is worth using as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in Week 9 against Seattle, but this won't be an easy matchup. It's tough to run on the Seahawks, so we could see Hill more involved in the passing game. He just had four catches for 40 yards on four targets in Week 8 against Arizona. Four running backs have at least four receptions against Seattle this season. I like Hill as a flex option in PPR.
SEA Seattle • #26
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
19th
PROJ PTS
4.5
RB RNK
42nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
162
REC
8
REYDS
47
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.8
I don't expect Charbonnet to play more than Kenneth Walker III in Week 9 at Baltimore, but I also didn't expect that to happen in Week 8 against Cleveland. However, Charbonnet ended up playing more snaps than Walker (34-24) for the first time all season, and maybe that's because Walker came into the week dealing with a calf injury. For Week 9, you can consider Charbonnet a flex option. He did well against the Browns with five carries for 53 yards and two catches for 11 yards on two targets. Meanwhile, Walker had eight carries for 66 yards, and one catch for 4 yards on two targets. Walker remains a No. 2 running back in all leagues, but Charbonnet could be building momentum. Charbonnet may very well be worth starting as a flex in deeper leagues.
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PIT Pittsburgh • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN PIT -2.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
10.7
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
175
REC
26
REYDS
184
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.7
Warren has been held to under 40 total yards in each of the past two games against the Rams and Jaguars, and it's not like he's excelling in the passing game compared to Najee Harris. Over the past two games, Warren has five catches for 18 yards on seven targets, and Harris has eight catches for 57 yards on eight targets. We'll see if that continues moving forward, but this isn't an easy matchup against the Titans. I'd only use Harris and Warren as flex options, but Harris is the safer play this week when it comes to the Steelers backfield.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #26
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
6.3
RB RNK
36th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
183
REC
7
REYDS
42
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.1
Dameon Pierce is not expected to play in Week 9 against Tampa Bay because of an ankle injury, so Singletary will start in his place. I would try to avoid Singletary if possible, and he's a flex option at best in the majority of leagues. Houston will likely use Mike Boone and Dare Ogunbowale to help Singletary, but this backfield has been a mess all season. The Texans only have two games this season where a running back has scored double digits in PPR, which was Pierce in Week 3 at Jacksonville (14.9 points) and Week 4 against Pittsburgh (11.8 points). They have scored the fewest Fantasy points of any backfield in the NFL. This also isn't an easy matchup against the Buccaneers, who are No. 7 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. I hope Singletary does well with Pierce out, but I'm not overly optimistic.
CLE Cleveland • #21
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
8.9
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
204
REC
7
REYDS
43
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.4
Foreman was great in Week 7 against Las Vegas with 33 PPR points, but he cratered in Week 8 at the Chargers with 4.6 PPR points. That's now two games with 7.7 PPR points or less in three appearances since Khalil Herbert (ankle) went down in Week 5. Foreman will likely have another down game in Week 9 at New Orleans, as the Saints are No. 4 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Roschon Johnson and Darrynton Evans will continue to share touches with Foreman, who is a flex option at best in most leagues.
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LV Las Vegas • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -5 O/U 37
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
390
REC
21
REYDS
109
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.1
Mattison has failed to score more than 6.2 PPR points in each of his past two games against San Francisco and Green Bay. His workload will probably continue to lessen with the emergence of Cam Akers, who scored a touchdown against the Packers. With Kirk Cousins (Achilles) out, beginning this week at Atlanta, the Vikings are turning to rookie quarterback Jaren Hall to make his first NFL start, which could be messy. Things could eventually improve once newly-acquired Joshua Dobbs takes over, but I would only use Mattison as a flex option in Week 9. It doesn't help that the Falcons are No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs.
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Wide Receivers
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CAR Carolina • #18
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN PIT -2.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
13.6
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
26
REYDS
212
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.4
Kenny Pickett (ribs) is expected to start Thursday night against Tennessee, and hopefully, Pickett will continue to pepper Johnson with targets. He had 14 in Week 8 against Jacksonville and finished with eight catches for 85 yards, and he has now scored at least 12.9 PPR points in two games since returning from a four-game absence with a hamstring injury. Johnson should be considered a No. 2 PPR receiver against the Titans, who are No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. And I like George Pickens as a high-end No. 3 PPR receiver in this matchup as well.
HOU Houston • #12
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
48
REYDS
577
TD
3
FPTS/G
15.5
Collins had a disappointing game in Week 8 at Carolina with four catches for 30 yards on six targets, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. But I'm expecting a rebound performance this week against Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers have struggled with opposing receivers of late. Since Week 6, a span of three games, six receivers have scored at least 11.4 PPR points against Tampa Bay, including three Bills (Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Khalik Shakir) in Week 8. Continue to start Collins as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
BAL Baltimore • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA BAL -6 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
12.5
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
61
REYDS
461
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.2
Flowers just had the worst game of his career as the rookie had five catches for just 19 yards on seven targets in Week 8 at Arizona. Prior to that, he had scored at least 11.5 PPR points in three games in a row, and I expect him to get back on track in Week 9 against Seattle. The Seahawks are No. 8 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and 10 receivers have scored at least 13.7 PPR points against Seattle this year. Baltimore could struggle to run the ball in this matchup, so look for Lamar Jackson to lean on Flowers in this matchup at home.
IND Indianapolis • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR IND -2.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
5th
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
56
REYDS
473
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.4
Downs is hot right now, and it's time to consider him a must-start Fantasy receiver in all leagues. He's scored at least 13.1 PPR points in four games in a row and five of his past six outings. He has two touchdowns in his past three games, and he has four games in a row with at least six targets. Gardner Minshew is locked in on Downs, and it's been fun to watch. I still like Michael Pittman as the best Colts receiver, but Downs isn't far behind. And you can start both with confidence in Week 9 at Carolina, especially Downs who is a former Tar Heel.
CIN Cincinnati • #5
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF CIN -2 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
42
REYDS
218
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.8
At some point, Higgins is going to have a breakout game and end his four-game slump. He showed some signs of life in Week 8 at San Francisco with five catches for 69 yards on six targets, but he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2 and has been laboring with injured ribs. Maybe the bye in Week 7 helped the healing process, and he has a favorable matchup in Week 9 against Buffalo. The Bills have allowed eight receivers to score at least 11.3 PPR points in their past four games, and three times a pair of receivers (Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk, Kendrick Bourne and Demario Douglas and Chris Godwin and Mike Evans) each hit that mark. That bodes well for Ja'Marr Chase and Higgins in Week 9.
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WAS Washington • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
8.7
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
49
REYDS
291
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.9
Let's hope Dotson's performance in Week 8 against Philadelphia wasn't a fluke when he caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He now has 18 targets in his past two games, and Curtis Samuel (toe) is banged up. Terry McLaurin remains the No. 1 receiver for the Commanders and is a must-start Fantasy option, but Dotson is worth trusting again in three-receiver leagues. The Patriots also just allowed three Dolphins receivers (Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Cedrick Wilson) to score touchdowns in Week 8, so McLaurin and Dotson should have the chance to make plays in this matchup.
NE New England • #81
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
8.2
WR RNK
38th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
30
REYDS
222
TD
0
FPTS/G
6
I'm excited about the setup for Douglas this week after Kendrick Bourne (ACL) was lost for the season, along with DeVante Parker (concussion) banged up. In Week 8 at Miami, Douglas led the New England receivers in snaps (41) and caught a season-high five passes on seven targets. He only managed 25 yards, but he has a great matchup in Week 9 against Washington. The Commanders are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to receivers, and Douglas could have his breakout game this week. In deeper leagues, you can also take a flier on JuJu Smith-Schuster or Tyquan Thornton, but I like Douglas as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all formats.
NO New Orleans • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
10.7
WR RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
38
REYDS
479
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.3
I'm excited about Derek Carr in Week 9 against Chicago, and I expect his receivers to play well in this matchup. Chris Olave, despite his struggles with only two games of at least 12.7 PPR points in his past five outings, remains a must-start option. And Michael Thomas is a quality No. 3 PPR receiver since he's scored at least 10.5 PPR points in three of his past four games. Shaheed is a wild card because of his boom-or-bust production. He has three games this season with at least 18.3 PPR points and four outings with 7.2 PPR points or less. But when he's on he can win you a week in your Fantasy league, and I like his chances with this matchup against the Bears.
KC Kansas City • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA KC -1.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
10.4
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
39
REYDS
361
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.5
Rice had a down game in Week 8 at Denver with four catches for 56 yards on five targets, and his 9.6 PPR points snapped a three-game streak where he scored at least 11.2 PPR points. I'm expecting him to get back on track against the Dolphins in what should be a high-scoring affair in Germany. All the Chiefs struggled against the Broncos, so we can throw that game out. Rice should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and look for Patrick Mahomes to keep involving him as a significant piece of this high-powered offense.
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CHI Chicago • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
57
REYDS
691
TD
5
FPTS/G
17.9
I'm still starting Moore in three-receiver leagues in Week 9 at New Orleans, but I'm not expecting a big game in this matchup. Moore has struggled with Tyson Bagent starting for the injured Justin Fields (thumb), and this is a tough matchup on the road. Moore has 55 receiving yards or less in his past three games, with Bagent starting two of them, and Moore hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 5. In Week 8 at the Chargers, Moore was held to four catches for 55 yards on six targets. The Saints are No. 14 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and Marcus Lattimore and this secondary should make things tough for Moore. Also, in his past three games against the Saints, Moore has combined for five catches for 41 yards and no touchdowns.
GB Green Bay • #9
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR GB -3 O/U 38.5
OPP VS WR
11th
PROJ PTS
9.5
WR RNK
42nd
YTD Stats
REC
11
TAR
24
REYDS
176
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.7
It's tough to trust Watson right now given his recent level of play. He's gone three games in a row without a touchdown, and in his past two games against Denver and Minnesota, Watson has combined for six catches for 60 yards on 13 targets. Jordan Love is trying to connect with Watson, but it's not working. And Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed are having more success, so Love is spreading the ball around. I hope this is the week Watson breaks out of his slump, but he should only be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues against the Rams.
NE New England • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -5 O/U 37
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
8.4
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
47
REYDS
360
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.8
Osborn just had his best game of the season in Week 8 at Green Bay with eight catches for 99 yards on 10 targets, but we know what happened in that game. Kirk Cousins (Achilles) was lost for the season, and I'm not going to trust Osborn in Week 9 with rookie Jaren Hall under center at the Falcons. I'm still OK with Jordan Addison as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, but Osborn gets downgraded from a No. 3 Fantasy receiver to someone who is risky with an inexperienced quarterback.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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KC Kansas City • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
11.8
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
69
REYDS
416
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.3
There's a good opportunity to buy low on Brown, especially if he struggles in Week 9 at Cleveland. Kyler Murray (knee) is expected to make his 2023 debut in Week 10 against Atlanta, and Brown should benefit with Murray back. In Week 9, rookie Clayton Tune is making his first NFL start, and I expect him to struggle against a standout Browns defense. Cleveland is also No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and Brown has scored 7.9 PPR points or less in two of his past three games. Brown is only worth starting in three-receiver leagues with Tune under center.
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Tight End
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BUF Buffalo • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN CIN -2 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
27th
PROJ PTS
8.7
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
34
REYDS
258
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.8
Kincaid has looked like a Fantasy star over the past two weeks, and Dawson Knox (wrist) is not coming back any time soon. In his past two outings against the Patriots and Buccaneers, Kincaid has 13 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. He's a must-start tight end heading into Week 9 at Cincinnati, and the Bengals were just abused by George Kittle in Week 8 for nine catches and 149 yards on 11 targets. Six tight ends have scored at least 8.5 PPR points against Cincinnati, and Kincaid has top-five upside in this matchup.
ARI Arizona • #85
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
9.2
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
35
REYDS
265
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.2
There are a couple of things working against McBride this week that could be a problem. The Cardinals are changing quarterbacks with rookie Clayton Tune making his first NFL start on the road. And the Browns are No. 1 against opposing tight ends this season. So why is McBride a start? I'm hopeful that Tune does what Joshua Dobbs did all year, which is target tight ends, and the Cardinals enter Week 9 with the most targets at the position in the NFL. McBride was awesome in Week 8 against Baltimore, another team that excels at stopping tight ends, with 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. It might be risky to trust McBride already in a tough spot, but I'm all in. He should be considered a top-10 Fantasy tight end in Week 9.
DAL Dallas • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -3 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
18th
PROJ PTS
8.3
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
33
REYDS
237
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.7
Ferguson came off the bye in Week 7 with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown on four targets against the Rams in Week 8. This is now four games this year with at least 9.8 PPR points, and he should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy tight end in this matchup with the Eagles. Three tight ends have seen at least six targets against Philadelphia this season, and all three (Hunter Henry in Week 1, T.J. Hockenson in Week 2 and Logan Thomas in Week 8) have scored at least 16.4 PPR points. Ferguson has three games with at least seven targets this year, and the Cowboys should be throwing a lot in this NFC East showdown.
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CLE Cleveland • #85
Age: 27 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS TE
4th
PROJ PTS
10.3
TE RNK
8th
YTD Stats
REC
28
TAR
39
REYDS
293
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.8
In the past four games with Deshaun Watson (shoulder) hurt, Njoku has become a reliable Fantasy option, and Watson is questionable to play in Week 9 against Arizona. Njoku has scored at least 10.4 PPR points in three of his past four outings, including two in a row, and he just scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 8 at Seattle. He also has 17 targets in his past two games, and the Cardinals have allowed four tight ends to score at least 8.3 PPR points this year.
WAS Washington • #82
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS TE
15th
PROJ PTS
7.3
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
40
REYDS
280
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.5
There have been three tight ends with at least six targets against the Patriots this season in Jake Ferguson, Michael Mayer and Dalton Kincaid, and all three scored at least 12.5 PPR points. Thomas comes into Week 9 with at least six targets in three of his past four games, including two in a row, and he has scored at least 9.1 PPR points all three times he's gotten that many attempts over that span. Sam Howell is looking for Thomas as one of his top three targets with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson, and this is a favorable matchup. I like Thomas as a top-10 Fantasy tight end in Week 9.
NO New Orleans • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
10.7
QB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
PAYDS
69
RUYDS
203
TD
3
INT
0
FPTS/G
8.7
Hill was back to being a wild-card for the Saints with Juwan Johnson back in action in Week 8 at Indianapolis, but that worked out well for Hill's Fantasy production. He had nine carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns, along with one catch for 14 yards on one target, and he's now scored at least 12.3 PPR points in three games in a row. While it was great to see him operate like a traditional tight end the previous two games with Johnson out, Hill is always a threat to produce with his legs. He's worth trusting as a low-end No. 1 tight end in this matchup with the Bears.
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MIA Miami • #81
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN ATL -5 O/U 37
OPP VS TE
16th
PROJ PTS
7.7
TE RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
36
REYDS
322
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.2
Taylor Heinicke is starting at quarterback for the Falcons in Week 9 against Minnesota, and we'll see if that helps or hurts Smith moving forward. The past two games against Tampa Bay and Tennessee, Smith has been a non-factor with a combined four catches for 40 yards on four targets. Prior to that, Smith scored at least 8.7 PPR points in five games in a row, including three outings with at least 10.7 PPR points. The Vikings have struggled with Travis Kelce and George Kittle this season, but otherwise have limited the production of most tight ends. I'm OK with Kyle Pitts as a low-end starter this week, but I would shy away from starting Smith if you can.
GB Green Bay • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR GB -3 O/U 38.5
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
7
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
31
REYDS
198
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.3
Musgrave has plenty of potential, and hopefully he'll start to become a consistent Fantasy option. But until that happens, he's tough to call a starting Fantasy tight end. He's still looking for his first touchdown this season, and he only has two games this year with more than 8.0 Fantasy points. The Rams have allowed five tight ends to score at least 10.2 PPR points since Week 4, and hopefully Musgrave does the same. But it feels like the idea of Musgrave has been better than the actual production, making him tough to trust in most leagues.
LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -3 O/U 38.5
OPP VS TE
13th
PROJ PTS
7.3
TE RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
42
REYDS
286
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.8
Higbee is coming off one of his better games of the season in Week 8 at Dallas with 9.5 PPR points, which was his best performance since Cooper Kupp returned from his hamstring injury in Week 5. Still, Higbee is looking for his first touchdown of the season, and he's been held to 45 yards or less in each game with Kupp. Along with that, Matthew Stafford (thumb) is hurt, and I'm not willing to trust Higbee with Brett Rypien under center for the Rams.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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HOU Houston • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS TE
12th
PROJ PTS
8.8
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
39
REYDS
220
TD
3
FPTS/G
9
Schultz had a down game in Week 8 at Carolina with two catches for 5 yards on five targets, and I hope that's not a sign of things to come now that Nathaniel Dell and Noah Brown are healthy. Prior to Week 8, Schultz had scored at least 13.2 PPR points in three games in a row with three touchdowns, but he also had two outings over that span with at least seven targets. This week, he's facing a Tampa Bay defense that has done well against every tight end aside from Dalton Kincaid, who had 17.5 PPR points in Week 8. Otherwise, T.J. Hockenson, Cole Kmet, Dallas Goedert, Sam LaPorta and Kyle Pitts have been held to 47 receiving yards or less with no touchdowns against the Buccaneers.
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DST
DST to Start

Patriots (vs. WAS)

Sam Howell was only sacked once last week against the Eagles, but prior to that he was sacked at least four times in every game this season. His 41 sacks this year put him on pace to break David Carr's NFL record of 76 sacks in 2002, and we'll see if the Patriots can get to Howell like most teams have this year. It's been a down year for the Patriots DST, especially with injuries to Matthew Judon (biceps) and Christian Gonzalez (shoulder). But this is a spot to trust the Patriots DST at home in Week 9.

Sleepers

Chargers (at NYJ)

Packers (vs. LAR)

Raiders (vs. NYG)

Giants (at LV)  

DST to Sit

Dolphins (at KC)

Even though the Chiefs have scored fewer than 20 points in two of their past three games, including a nine-point disaster at Denver in Week 8, don't get cute with the Dolphins DST in Week 9. We know what Patrick Mahomes is capable of, and I'm sure he'll put on a show in Germany. The Dolphins DST is not worth using in most formats.

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KICKERS
Kicker to Start
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CLE Cleveland • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS K
26th
PROJ PTS
8.1
K RNK
11th
Hopkins was impressive in October, and hopefully he'll stay hot in November. Despite not playing in Week 5 because of a bye, the Browns kicker still managed to make 10 field goals on 11 attempts, including four field goals of 50-plus yards. He also added six PATs, and you should start him in all leagues in Week 9 against Arizona. The Cardinals are No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing kickers, and five kickers have made at least two field goals against Arizona this season.
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NO New Orleans • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NO -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS K
25th
PROJ PTS
9.3
K RNK
2nd
HOU Houston • #15
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB HOU -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS K
15th
PROJ PTS
6.6
K RNK
9th
CIN Cincinnati • #2
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF CIN -2 O/U 49.5
OPP VS K
10th
PROJ PTS
7.6
K RNK
8th
Kicker to Sit
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MIA Miami • #7
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -1.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS K
3rd
PROJ PTS
7.3
K RNK
18th
Despite playing on one of the best offenses in the NFL, Sanders is not a great Fantasy kicker. He only has two games this season with at least 10 Fantasy points and none since Week 3. He's only made three field goals in his past six games. The Chiefs also are stingy to opposing kickers, ranking No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to the position. For the season, Kansas City has only allowed two kickers to make multiple field goals and none in the past three games.