Fantasy Football: Week 9 Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em

Welcome Back fans of the NFL. Here we are back for another year of fantasy football. It is time to get those lineup set and chase down that money. That is if you are playing for money. Here at the IroniqMedia, we do not bring you the heavy starters. You should not need any help starting those. We bring the players that you may have a question starting or sitting. Thus, without further ado here are your week nine starts and sits.

Bye Week – Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams


Start: Drew Lock – Denver Broncos

Lock is finally healthy. His receivers are finally healthy. The RBs are healthy. Denver’s offense is picking up where it should be. In addition to health, the Broncos play the Atlanta Falcons this week. ATL is 29th against the pass. They have a very porous defense that should play well for Lock to be in your fantasy lineup.

Sit: Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers

After being briefly knocked out of last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Bridgewater woke up. However, he has a tougher fantasy matchup this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have one of the underrated defenses in the league. I expect them to get after Teddy and Panthers on Sunday.

Running Back

Start: Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals

Edmonds has quietly taken over for Kenyan Drake in the Cardinals offense. Drake’s ankle injury is not helping that cause. Nonetheless, look for Edmonds to have a big day. The Miami Dolphins are averaging 21 FPPG to RBs this season. Thus making Edmonds a must start on your fantasy team in week 9.

Sit: Damien Harris – New England Patriots

Last week against the Chiefs, the New York Jets defense looked competent against the run. This, in reality, should be a bigger game for Cam Newton. I would expect Josh McDaniels to let the arm of Newton do the damage to the Jets rather than the run game. Run points could come late during garbage time.

Wide Receiver

Start: Marvin Jones Jr. – Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Vikings secondary is bad. They have allowed 15 TDs to WRs this season. Jones has been hot since the talks of him being traded. He has back-to-back games of 13+ points. Besides, the Lions will be without star WR, Kenny Golladay this week. Thus, making Jones a very confident play on your fantasy team.

Sit: Sterling Shepard – New York Giants

Shepard has been a nice target for Daniel Jones since his return. Nevertheless, avoid playing him this week against the Washington Football Team. They are allowing the fewest points to WRs this season. Combine that with also being the pass defense in the NFL (929 yards); make Shepard a bench warmer in week 9.

Tight End

Start: Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders

Waller is a must-start almost every week now. This week he has a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers defense is allowing the 10th-most FPPG to TEs. Look for Derek Carr to find his big TE early and often in the AFC West battle.

Sit: Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers

Let us flip to the other side of that matchup for our sit. Henry will explode soon. I just do not see it this week against the Raiders. Henry has only one TD on the season. He also only has one double-digit fantasy output since week 4. Those numbers right there make him a fantasy football bench warmer.


Start: Pittsburgh Steelers

This is an easy one. There are only two words as to why you should be starting the Steelers in week 9, Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers have at least 18 FPPG in the last two weeks. The Cowboys are on their fourth QB of the season. Steelers defense in a cakewalk.

Sit: Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are a hit and miss defense. While you would be tempted to start them against Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins and I would hesitate. The Cardinals have only scored double-digits against the Cowboys this season. That should throw a fantasy red flag and have you review starting them in week 9.


Offense: JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu has been slipping with the rise of Chase Claypool. However, in week nine there should be plenty of balls to go around. A fantasy matchup against the Dallas Cowboys can bring relief to any offense. The Cowboys are allowing the second-most FPPG to WRs. Therefore, you can “JuJu on that beat” with fantasy football confidence.

Defense: Tennessee Titans

The Titans could be big in week 9. While they have not put up many points on the season, this could be their opportunity. The Chicago Bears offensive line is touchy. This week they have been hit with the Covid and could be pretty decimated. Look for the Titans front to get after Nick Foles.

There you have it; your week nine fantasy starts and sits for the 2020 NFL Season. We are going to be here for 16 weeks. We hope to help win some games during that time.

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