NFC West Fantasy Preview: Week 9

BYES: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers


Tennessee Titans @ St Louis Rams (Sunday 1.00pm ET)

First of all I’ll apologise for writing about Bradford instead of Clemons last week… Hopefully you’ll not have started Clemons!

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Kellen Clemons actually had a reasonable debut for the Rams but couldn’t get into the endzone. A couple of picks he shouldn’t have thrown wouldn’t have prevented his team from an upset if they’d found the endzone just once to go with a bunch of FGs. Either way he’s only worth starting in 2QB leagues for me.

Zac Stacy made an excellent run defence look very ordinary on MNF, 26 carries for a whopping 134 yards, but unfortunately no score. I think the Rams are going to run the ball a lot without Bradford (averaging 22.4 rush attempts per game w/Bradford, attempted 35 v Seattle) and this is going to help Stacy a lot. His status is Questionable this week, though his injury is thought not to be too serious. If he sits, Daryl Richardson could be a good flex option and even Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham could share a dozen carries. Stacy is definitely a guy I would start as RB2 this week if he’s healthy, and trade for him if you can. Also bear in mind the Titans allow the 7th most fantasy points to RBs (20.07)

Tavon Austin has been a major fantasy letdown this season – photo from

Rams WRs weren’t very lucrative anyway, but with Clemons as QB they are going to take a further dip. Givens, Pettis, Austin etc aren’t going to win you matchups and each week it’s a crapshoot as to who you should start. Avoid starting unless you’re in a 20 team league

Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks aren’t worth owning anymore in 12 teamers. I’ve officially given up on them both.

Rams D/ST were solid against the Seahawks, but a less familiar matchup will render them unstartable this week I fear.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks (Sunday 4.05pm ET)

Russell Wilson should be in line for a good game against the winless Bucs. As a 49ers fan I want the Bucs to shock the world but it just isn’t going to happen. Wilson will grab 20 points comfortably in this matchup, even with those DBs, Tampa’s pass D isn’t great at all.

Marshawn Lynch only managed 8 carries against the Rams, converting that into 23 yards. He had a pair of big gains turned back for holding penalties but this was a real surprise outcome against D that allows a tonne of yards on average. The Bucs have been pretty stout against the run, but Lynch is practically matchup proof. Start him with confidence as your RB1/2

Sidney Rice is out for the season as Percy Harvin looks likely to get involved for the first time this season. I’d advise Harvin owners to be patient with him. I rate him as a WR3 or Flex option this week as he’s going to be rusty and he’s still never played an NFL game with his new team or QB. Golden Tate caught a pair of TDs against the Rams and to me he is making a strong case to be a good fantasy WR each week. I’d start him as a high end Flex option this week. Doug Baldwin is now worth owning but not starting with Rice’s injury, and in super deep leagues Jermaine Kearse could be a replacement for Rice if you’re desperate.

Zach Miller is not worth owning in fantasy.

Seahawks D/ST are a good start this week against the Bucs, top 8 performance should be in the offing for the ‘Legion of Boom.’

The ‘Legion of Boom’ should help Seattle’s D/ST to a top performance against the Bucs – photo from


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