Apologies to Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but there's exactly one wide receiver return the Fantasy football world will be watching in Week 9: Antonio Brown's Buccaneers debut Sunday night against the Saints. We want to see what Brown looks like after playing just one game since 2018, but we also want to know what kind of impact he's going to have on the Buccaneers passing game. The problem is, we may not know in Week 9.

Chris Godwin took part in a Bucs practice Friday and things went well, but he isn't 100% certain to play as of Friday. If he does play, we'll get to see the Buccaneers offense at something like full strength, and we'll get our first sign of how they divvy up targets in an offense that was already plenty crowded before Brown showed up.

Of course, if Godwin doesn't play, then we probably won't learn much. Brown could play a significant role, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will moving forward. Theres' boom upside here — after all, he was the best receiver in football for a long time — but he's certainly not a must start no matter Godwin's status. Here are Jamey Eisenberg's Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls for Week 9 at wide receiver. 

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START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receiver
Start 'Em
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -2.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
11.6
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
28
REYDS
209
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.4
In Shepard's two games since coming back from a toe injury, he has been the Giants leading receiver with 14 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets. He should continue to be the target leader for Daniel Jones, and he's worth starting as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in PPR. His value is slightly lower in non-PPR leagues, and the Washington Football Team is among the league leaders in fewest Fantasy points allowed to receivers. But I'm going to trust the rapport between Jones and Shepard, as well as the targets, and I expect another quality outing for Shepard this week.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC HOU -6.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
34
TAR
51
REYDS
427
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.7
Cooks had his best game of the season in Week 5 against Jacksonville, and he should have another quality outing this week in the rematch. He comes into Week 9 with three games in a row with at least 13 PPR points, and he had 30 PPR points against the Jaguars to start that stretch with eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. Will Fuller should be started in all leagues as well and is the No. 1 receiver in Houston, but Cooks isn't far behind based on his recent production. He has top-15 upside in all leagues this week.
BAL Baltimore • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND BAL -2.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
11.6
WR RNK
31st
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
44
REYDS
379
TD
2
FPTS/G
11
I'm going to trust the squeaky wheel theory here with Brown after he complained about his lack of targets following the Week 7 loss against Pittsburgh. He only had two targets against the Steelers, and while he scored a touchdown on his lone catch for 3 yards, he's clearly frustrated. The Colts have allowed six receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past three games, and Brown could be headed for a breakout game with Lamar Jackson doing what he can to get Brown the ball.
ARI Arizona • #13
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA ARI -4.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
14.6
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
32
REYDS
277
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.7
I'll ride the hot hand with Kirk, who went into Arizona's bye in Week 8 averaging 18.0 PPR points in his past three games. He has two games over that span with at least seven targets, and he should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. It's not an easy matchup against a quality Miami secondary, but the Dolphins won't be able to stop DeAndre Hopkins and Kirk. Based on his recent level of production, Kirk will hopefully stay hot for Fantasy managers in Week 9.
Sleepers
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TB Tampa Bay • #81
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO TB -4.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
9.6
WR RNK
45th
YTD Stats
REC
0
TAR
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
Brown could be in a good spot in his 2020 debut if Chris Godwin (finger) remains out. But even if Godwin plays, I would expect Tom Brady to lean on Brown in his first game. That happened last year in New England in Week 2 when Brown had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on eight targets at Miami, and I could see a similar stat line against the Saints in prime time. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with upside in Week 9.
BUF Buffalo • #11
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA SEA -2.5 O/U 55
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
51
REYDS
494
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.8
Beasley had his worst game of the season in Week 8 at New England with two catches for 24 yards on two targets, but he should rebound this week against the Seahawks. Prior to Week 8, Beasley had scored at least 11 PPR points in six games in a row, including three games with at least 14 PPR points over that span. Consider him a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -1 O/U 52
OPP VS WR
8th
PROJ PTS
10.6
WR RNK
44th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
34
REYDS
309
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.7
The Chargers traded slot cornerback Desmond King to the Titans this week, and hopefully that's a spot the Raiders attack with Renfrow. He had four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown on four targets against the Browns in the bad weather in Cleveland in Week 8, and Derek Carr should continue to lean on him. Nelson Agholor also has the chance to make plays this week, but I'll stick with Renfrow again in Week 9 given the matchup.
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NE -7 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
10.3
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
11
TAR
17
REYDS
125
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.1
Meyers has become the go-to receiver for Cam Newton over the past two games, and he has 10 catches for 118 yards on 16 targets over that span against San Francisco and Buffalo. He will hopefully remain a popular option for Newton in Week 9 against the Jets, who just allowed four touchdowns to the Chiefs receivers last week. This is a favorable matchup to trust Meyers as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
DEN Denver • #10
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -3.5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
35th
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
47
REYDS
359
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.3
It was great to see Jeudy get fed targets in Week 8 against the Chargers with 10, and he finished with four catches for 73 yards. We'll see if Tim Patrick (hamstring) is able to play this week, which would impact Jeudy,, but he should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver against the Falcons. Atlanta is No. 5 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers for the season, and Jeudy and Drew Lock are hopefully starting to develop a connection.
Sit 'Em
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DAL Dallas • #19
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT PIT -13.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
12.8
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
54
TAR
77
REYDS
588
TD
2
FPTS/G
15.9
The Cowboys are a mess, and you should consider benching Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup in all leagues. Andy Dalton (illness) is out, and Ben DiNucci has been benched. Dallas will start either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush, and neither should inspire confidence for Cooper, who was limited to one catch for 5 yards on five targets in Week 8 at Philadelphia. Oh yeah, and the Cowboys are playing the Steelers in Week 9. This could be ugly.
BUF Buffalo • #1
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -4.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
13.1
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
36
REYDS
304
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.7
The Saints are expected to get Michael Thomas (hamstring) back this week, which will put Sanders back in his No. 2 role. He's been out for the past two games because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and we'll see how he does in his return. Sanders and Thomas played one game together, which was Week 1 against Tampa Bay, and Sanders had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown on five targets. His targets could be minimal, and he's facing a tough Buccaneers secondary again. I would only consider Sanders as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best, whether Thomas plays or not.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI TEN -6 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
6th
PROJ PTS
12.8
WR RNK
19th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
39
REYDS
369
TD
3
FPTS/G
16.8
Davis is more of a bust alert than a must-sit option, but I expect him to struggle in Week 9 against Chicago. He's been awesome so far this year with at least 11 PPR points in all five games he's played. And in his past two games following a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list he's scored a combined 41 PPR points. But the Bears have allowed just two touchdowns to opposing receivers all season and should make things tough on Davis. I'm still starting A.J. Brown in all leagues, but Davis is just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -2.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
12.9
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
56
REYDS
485
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.1
In the past two games with Shepard back on the field, Slayton has struggled. He had seven catches for 79 yards and no touchdowns over that span on 12 targets, and it's hard to trust him. Now, he did score in the first game against Washington in Week 6 with two catches for 41 yards on four targets, but that was with Shepard out with a toe injury. Slayton remains a boom-or-bust Fantasy receiver, but right now he's hard to trust with Daniel Jones leaning on Shepard.
JAC Jacksonville • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -6.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
23rd
PROJ PTS
11.6
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
41
REYDS
291
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.2
I've gone back and forth on Chark this week with the quarterback change from Gardner Minshew (thumb) to Jake Luton, and I want to believe that Luton will help Chark have a breakout game. But I need to see it happen first before starting Chark in all leagues, and I would consider him just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 9. Chark also has a matchup with Houston cornerback Bradley Roby that could be tough. In their Week 5 matchup, Roby allowed just three receptions for 16 yards on four targets in shadow coverage against Chark.
Bust Alert
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MIA Miami • #11
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -4.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
42
REYDS
367
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.1
Parker caught a 3-yard touchdown from Tua Tagovailoa last week against the Rams, but it was Parker's lone catch on two targets. He'll have more involvement this week, but Parker could be headed for a difficult matchup against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. I still like Parker as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, but he's not a must-start option until we see more from Tagovailoa, especially when Parker is facing one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL on the road.

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