Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 9 Start or Sit

It time! Week 9 Start or sit is here. Don’t be fearful of my guys as some will set season highs. Week 8 has passed, and thank goodness for that. Two running backs (McCoy/Breida) who were supposed to sit, wound up starting. There was no Mostert on any sandwiches, Seattle finally runs instead of passes, and Tre’Quan disappeared. The rest of my week 8 attempted predictions are as follows:

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Running backs who will shine

Latavius Murray (Detroit@Min 1pm est)

Contrary to my beliefs, Latavius has proven more than capable of producing as an every down back again. He is averaging 4.7 yards/carry and adding sneaky value in the passing game. Even if Dalvin Cook returns this week, I expect to see either an even split or possibly even 60/40 in favor of Murray. Going up against the Lions who have surrendered over 169 rushing yards 4 times thus far, expect some pound and ground play calling for the Vikings. His success while Cook has been injured, has earned Murray the first shot at running over some Lions.

Prediction: 16 car 73 yards 1 td, 2 rec 13 yards: 15.6 pts

Mark Ingram (LAR@NO 4:25pm est)

Fantasy owners who were patient have hit the Mark with Ingram as he has returned to his normal role. He has handled 41 carries and been targeted 8 times since being activated 3 games ago. This week, Ingram and the Saints host the undefeated Rams who have allowed 463 rushing yards the last 4 weeks. New Orleans will want to keep Brees upright and I feel a lot of running ahead for Ingram and Kamara.

Prediction: 15 car 71 yards 1 td, 3 rec 21 yards: 16.6 pts

Aaron Jones (GB@NE MNF 8:15pm est)

We have all been Jones’n to see the Pack feed Aaron the ball more. Green Bay might have finally realized what the rest of us have known for some time, that he is the best back on the roster. Jones had 12 carries for an impressive 86 yards and touchdown. He is now averaging 6.2 yards per carry this season which would lead the NFL if he had the qualifying number of carries. I expect the Packers to implement a similar gameplan they used against the Rams and highlight Jones’s abilities.

Prediction: 17 car 86 yards 1 td, 4 rec 26 yards: 19.2 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

49ers running backs (Oak@SF 8:20pm est)

One week, Alfred Morris is supposed to lead the backfield only to see 1 snap. The next week, Matt Breida is supposed to be on snap count and plays almost whole game. Forget starting any of these guys until 2 of the 3 are either ruled out or traded.

Prediction: NOT GOOD FOR ANY OF THEM

Frank Gore (NYJ@Mia 1pm est)

The ageless one, Frank Gore is defying all odds and still dragging defenders to a 4.6 yards/attempt clip this season. He has not scored a touchdown on the ground and has only caught 6 balls however. The increased usage of Kenyan Drake over the last 2 weeks, and the lack of big play ability make Old man Gore a tough play in fantasy.

Prediction: 11 car 62 yards, 1 rec 7 yards: 7.4 pts

Alex Collins (Pit@Bal 1pm est)

All I need to say is, “Ty Montgomery”. The Baltimore Ravens went out of their way to acquire the former Packer for some much-needed backfield/receiver depth. I expect the Ravens to ride the hot hand, and Montgomery may show well against Collins and Allen’s 3.7, and 2.6 y/a averages. Collins has run for 50+ yards only 3 times this year, and now with weapon stealing touches, he may not surpass 50 the rest of the season.

Prediction: 10 car 45 yards, 1 rec 10 yards: 6 pts

Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

DJ Moore (TB@Car 1pm est)

The rookie was scratching some sick jams last Sunday against the vaunted Ravens defense. Moore showed explosiveness and elusiveness with 5 receptions for 90 yards while also adding 2 rushes for 39 yards. The Maryland rookie took full advantage of Torrey Smith’s absence and has more than likely taken his place as the 2nd wideout. This week, Moore and the Panthers face the Bucs third worst pass defense. Expect SuperCam to take advantage of DJ’s abilities and stretch the field with him.

Prediction: 1 car 9 yards, 5 rec 82 yards 1 td: 17.6 pts

Jarvis Landry (KC@Cle 1pm est)

Much like Iron Mans’ Jarvis, Landry has been the do it all receiver for Cleveland in 2018. He has almost as many receptions (49), then the next player has targets (Njoku 52) and has almost doubled Njoku in yards. The Chiefs are coming to town and have brought the fourth highest Over/Under of week 9 at 52 points. Kansas City has been better of late vs the pass, but the Browns will be throwing a lot and Landry will be targeted on many of those throws. He offers a wonderful floor this week in what could be the Browns best offensive performance since facing the Raiders.

Prediction: 8 rec 93 yards 1 td: 19.3 pts

Amari Cooper (Ten@Dal MNF 8:15pm est)

Dak has a new set of Amari Cooper tires and will be excited to test the traction on him during Monday night football. Tennessee offers a difficult test for Cooper as they’ve only surrendered over 226 passing yards once in 2018. However, Amari is now the clear-cut number 1 receiver, and only real red zone threat for Dak. I see the Cowboys getting Cooper involved early and targeting him multiple times in the end zone.

Prediction: 6 rec 85 yards 1 td: 17.5 pts

Splinter Time

Marquise Goodwin (Oak@SF TNF 8:20pm est)

In a plus matchup last week, Goodwin only recorded one catch. His one catch was a 55-yard touchdown but plays like that don’t happen every week. This week Marquise and the Niners host the Raiders while possibly starting their third quarterback of the year. With Beathard or rookie Nick Mullens under center, let him ride the pine during Thursday night.

Prediction: 4 rec 52 yards: 6.2 pts

Demaryius Thomas (Pit@Bal 1pm est)

Now part of the triple D’s in Houston, Thomas is set to see an uptick in targets. Before we get too excited for his debut performance however, remember he has only 4 days to become familiar with a new offense. He is also facing the team that drafted him on road, for his first game, talk about difficult circumstances. I am sure he’ll be used plenty but without knowing the entire playbook, and some guaranteed emotional distress, this is a good week to avoid DT88.

Prediction: 5 rec 50 yards: 7.5 pts

Tyrell Williams (LAC@Sea 4:05 pm est)

Averaging a healthy 27.5 yards/target, Tyrell Williams has found himself on fantasy rosters once again. He has turned a total of 11 targets into 3 TDs the last three weeks but his success depends on deep balls. Much like Djax, Williams production will be volatile while relying on deep passes for his receptions. He’ll continue to put up good games this season but not this week. The Seattle Seahawks are a different team at home and the impending return of Melvin Gordon will make targets even more limited.

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