This week and next are the two most challenging lineup weeks in terms of having to find bye-week replacements (with six teams on a bye this week and six more next week). With that in mind, we’ll open this week’s article with a few streaming Week 9 quarterback options.
Michael Vick may see fantasy lineups for teams in a pinch for a starting quarterback. Vick will get his first start for the Jets (a full week of starter-reps in practice should help, although his playing at Arrowhead sounds daunting). Vick added 69 yards rushing last week in three quarters of play.
Alex Smith is the more attractive quarterback option in the Chiefs-Jets game – the Jets have allowed 22 passing touchdowns against (not only last in the NFL but five worse than any other team).
Eli Manning has been up and down fantasy-wise but at home on Monday Night Football against the Colts is a good draw. Don’t expect 500+ passing yards again against the Colts, but Manning is averaging 2 touchdowns per game, he hasn’t thrown an interception in three games, and the Giants are coming off a bye.
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Other Week 9 tips:
Ahmad Bradshaw (Indianapolis) is near must-start anyway (on pace for 16 touchdowns) but especially this week as he makes his first return to New York to play against his former team.
Make sure running back Charles Sims (Tampa Bay) is not on the waiver wire. Sims is coming off injured reserve and should provide fresh legs and fantasy value during the second-half of the year. Doug Martin has underwhelmed and with a 1-6 record it is time for the Buccaneers to start turning to the future. Sims is an exceptional receiving running back.
My Week 9 daily fantasy football lineup is: QB Andrew Luck ($10,100), RB Ronnie Hillman ($7,200), RB Jeremy Hill ($5,200), WR T.Y. Hilton ($8,100), WR Anquan Boldin ($6,300), WR Mike Evans ($6,000), TE Rob Gronkowski ($7,900), K Nick Novak ($4,700), Jacksonville Defense ($4,500).
Week 9 sleepers
The rookie receiver explosion continued last week with Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis) and Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh). Both remain strong fantasy starts this week.
Fellow rookie receiver Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia) is due for a big game. Matthews had 11 targets last week and almost had a score (he caught what would have been the game-winning score but was out of bounds).
I am keeping Mike Evans (Tampa Bay) in my FanDuel lineup. Evans has been solid every week (4 or 5 receptions) and is due for a big game.
Giovani Bernard may be out for the Bengals, or certainly limited if he plays, leaving Jeremy Hill as a strong sleeper play for this week.