Week 9: Get 'Em In, Get 'Em Out

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Holy injuries folks!  I am running out of players to write about at this rate, with players getting serious injuries at an astounding rate.  But as teams find ways to move on, we must also.  Week 9, let's power through.

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New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

  • Get 'Em In 
    • Antonio Gibson - Gibson saw his largest workload of the year prior to last week's bye, carrying the rock 20 times for 128 yards.  Granted that was against the Cowboys Swiss cheese defense, but the volume is incredibly promising.  Before the 20 carries against Dallas the most rushes Gibson had in a game was 13 back in Week 4.  Gibson has already faced the Giants where he only accumulated nine fantasy points, but that gives you the floor for him.  Take that floor with a touchdown and 15 is a solid RB2 stat line.
  • Get ' Em Out
    • Wayne Gallman - Gallman is in line to be atop the depth chart again this week as Freeman is still beat up.  That probably won't translate to a solid fantasy day however.  The Redskins have a strong defensive line and currently boast the fourth best rush defense in the league.  Last week Gallman faced a strong Bucs defense and ran 12 times for 44 yards.  His day was saved by a touchdown, but that in itself shows he is fully touchdown dependent.  And with almost no role in the passing game he makes it hard to start him, especially in PPR leagues. 

Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans

  • Get 'Em In
    • Darnell Mooney - The Titans secondary continues to be very beatable.  Currently ranking in the bottom 3 in the entire league.  Allen Robinson remains a steady, but Mooney has carved out a nice role for himself the past few weeks, and appears to be a favorite of Nick Foles.  The Titans have expressed their displeasure with their two game losing streak.  I foresee them coming out strong, forcing the ball into Nick Foles hands.  Mooney is averaging roughly six targets a game, making him good WR3/Flex play moving forward.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Bears Defense - The Bears remain one of the better defensive units in the league, but they could be looking at a second straight dud.  Last week against the Saints they were only able to get three measly fantasy points as they forced zero turnovers and only got one sack.  They should be able to raise that sack total this Sunday, but the Titans are going to score, and they don't turn the ball over.  You want to roll the dice on a different D this week?  Houston has a chance to make some noise against a rookie qb in Jacksonville. 

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

  • Get 'Em In
    • Marvin Jones (Danny Amendola if Stafford doesn't play) - I am really hitting with you the advice here.  Stud wideout Kenny Golladay is out with a hip injury opening the door for Marvin Jones.  Yes, it was Marvin Hall who exploded last Sunday when Golladay exited, but don't expect that to happen again.  Jones becomes the de-facto WR1 with Golladay out and with the Vikings putrid pass defense, Stafford and Jones could be set up for a field day.  With that said, Stafford currently sits on the COVID list even though a positive test has not been reported.  If Stafford does not play, I downgrade Jones a lot.  I then boost Amendola to a flex play though.  In Stafford's place would be backup star Chase Daniel.  It's just that feel of a backup looking for those easy, quick dump offs.  Could lead to a busy day for Amendola.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Justin Jefferson - On paper, you would think I am a fool for benching Jefferson.  The Lions are currently 20th against the pass.  Quite beatable.  However, I will not to tell you what Dalvin Cook did against the Packers last week because its NSFW.  The Lions may be 20th against the pass, but they are 31st against the run and are now without Jarrad Davis at linebacker.  This game should be all on Cook again, and when the Vikings do throw, it should be to Thielen. 

Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs

  • Get 'Em In
    • Mecole Hardman - Hardman is coming off of his best game of the season with seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.  That was somewhat expected against the winless Jets.  But Hardman has had other good games scoring 18 in Week 3, and 12 in Week 4.  With Hardman, the chance for a touchdown is there every time he touches the ball with his game breaking speed.  He is what he is.  A high risk, high reward player.  The Panthers should be able to make this game somewhat of a fight giving Hardman that chance to be high reward.
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Mike Davis - You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell up out of here.  Not verbatim, but probably along the lines of what was said to Davis in the running backs room this week.  Christian McCaffrey is back, ending the fantasy ride for Mike Davis.  The first two weeks where McCaffrey was healthy and played, Davis rushed the ball once.  And that's all she wrote.

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Get 'Em In
    • Texans Defense - I mentioned them earlier when I wrote about benching the Bears defense this week.  The Jaguars were already a good team to stream a defense against.  Now this week they are starting rookie quarterback Jake Luton.  The Texans defense is far from great, but against a rookie making his first start, they should be good for some sacks and some turnovers.  If one of those turnovers goes back for six it's called getting your cake and eating it too.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • D.J. Chark - ROOKIE QUARTERBACK MAKING HIS FIRST CAREER START!  Don't you people listen to me?

Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts

  • Get 'Em In
    • J.K. Dobbins - Mark Ingram is slated to miss another game with his ankle injury.  That leaves rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards as the Ravens' backs.  Dobbins is the better option of the two as he gets more attempts and is involved in the pass game unlike Edwards.  The Colts have an excellent run defense, yet in the same breathe, allowed two rushing scores to the Bengals, sans Joe Mixon just last week.  If the Bengals can run a couple in, so can the Ravens who have a much better rushing attack.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Zach Pascal - TY Hilton is out for the game, but let's be real, even if he was playing you were not starting him anyway.  But Hilton would at least garner attention. With him out, all that attention from guys like Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey will go to Pascal.  Avoid all Colts offensive starters this week.  You're welcome.

Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bils

  • Get 'Em In
    • John Brown - John Brown has been damn near useless since Week 2.  He started the season flying out of the gates with 19 points Week 1, and another 18 Week 2.  Since then he has 11 fantasy points and has also missed two games with a bad knee.  On Thursday he logged a full practice which is extremely promising.  What else is promising is Seattle still has the leagues very worst pass defense.  This is a game chalking up to be a shootout and I love Brown's chances to take the top off of this Seattle defense. 
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Devin Singletary -We may have finally watched the passing of the running back torch down to rookie Zach Moss.  Moss saw his workload increase Week 7 against the Jets, then took off last week with 14 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns.  It's clear Moss will at least be the goal line back which is where it really counts.  Singletary had not scored double digit fantasy points since way back in Week 4, so it's not like he was anything special with Moss not in the picture.  This week Singletary should slide to your bench, and another week of Moss would allow you to slide him to the waiver wire.

Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jerry Jeudy - Why not?  The Falcons defense is one of the most beatable the Broncos have faced all season, and Tim Patrick remains less than 100 percent with a bad hamstring.  The Broncos are going to need to find a way to keep pace with Falcons, and that will be done through the air.  I think it is time for a rookie explosion.  How about a fearless forecast of seven catches, for 98 yards and a touchdown? 
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Melvin Gordon - I have a thing against Melvin Gordon.  But that thing, always checks out.  And that thing?  It's that he's not that good.  I have been very vocal on that and we are seeing it again this year in Denver.  Lindsay is the more explosive player, and Denver sees that too.  Gordon only ran the ball eight times last week and has only hit 100 yards a single time this year.  In a game too that Denver will probably need to throw a lot too, that renders Gordon pretty useless.  I'm sorry, he's not that good.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Derek Carr - The Chargers defense has plummeted fast this year because of numerous big time injuries and trading away pieces.  Derek Carr was playing great up until last week.  However, that was expected and predicted by myself because of the awful weather conditions in Cleveland.  Well, now he gets sunny LA to go back to his fantasy winning ways.  Before last week's game, Carr had five straight games with at least 21 fantasy points.  That is an easy floor for Carr this week, who should take plenty of shots downfield against a depleted Chargers defense.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Hunter Renfrow - Renfrow had a good game last week.  Again though, expected and predicted.  Sometimes this job is too easy.  So why the bench now?  Well last week was obvious.  50 mph wind gusts with snow and rain meant zero ability to throw a deep ball.  Enter Hunter Renfrow.  This week Vegas goes to LA where they can easily push the ball downfield.  Enter Ruggs and Agholor.  Exit Renfrow.  It's simple math really.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

  • Get 'Em In
    • James Conner - STOP THE COUNT! STOP THE COUNT!  No no, not THAT guy.  I am talking about what the Cowboys defense is screaming every Sunday.  Running backs are averaging over five yards a carry against the Cowboys defense.  That is STAGGERING.  Backs are not even being touched until about four yards downfield.  It is truly jaw dropping.  This should easily be Conner's best game of the year to date.  Give me 125 yards and 2 scores. 
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Ben Roethlisberger - You must be sitting there saying, huh?  This guy doesn't stop telling me how bad the Cowboys defense is every week, but he is telling me to bench Big Ben?!  No I did not go to Oregon to test out their newly passed laws.  I am perfectly sober and sane.  It's simple.  There just should not be many reasons Ben is going to need to throw the ball come Sunday.  Ben is almost 40 and doesn't need the stats or to run up the score anymore.  This will be a James Connor game, and Tomlin won't risk injury to Ben by having him drop back just because.  You saw this kind of game flow back in Week 6 against Cleveland.  Same thing, great game on paper, but Pitt was blowing the doors off of Cleveland and Ben threw only 22 times for 162 yards and one score.  Exactly that is more likely Sunday than 350 and 4 scores. 

Miami Dolphins @ Arizona Cardinals

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jordan Howard/Patrick Laird - Basically both guys can be used in your Flex spot this week for desperation plays.  Gaskin hit the IR and Matt Breida is out with an injury also.  That, I would expect, then thrust Howard back into the starting running back's role with Laird being the third down/pass catching back.  Each will have a role.  Laird will be solid for PPR and Howard will be solid if he can fall into the end zone at some point.  With injuries and byes, you survive anyway you can.  No one said it has to be pretty.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • DeVante Parker - Tua had less than a stellar debut last week, but it's his job to keep.  Parker only saw two targets last week and this week he is going to see a lot of Patrick Peterson.  Parker should slide to the bench come Sunday.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jared Cook - If there is an area where you can reasonably beat the Tampa defense its from the tight end position, where they are average at best.  Cook put up a strong line back in Week 1 against the Bucs with five catches for 80 yards.  If you sneak a touchdown in there, it's a monster day.  With Michael Thomas still not 100 percent, it could be Cook to be the one to hit the end zone.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Ronald Jones - Things have gotten real quiet for RoJo ever since I hyped him up back leading into Week 7.  He has 20 carries combined the last two weeks for only 47 yards.  Woof!  Those trends, plus the Saints Top 3 rush defense, make him a no go for me this week.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

  • Get 'Em In
    • Cam Newton - Goff, Baker, and Burrow on byes.  It's the Jets.  I mean, come on.  IT'S THE JETS.
  •  Get 'Em Out
    • Jamison Crowder - Too much risk here.  And besides Crowder, there is not real legitimate fantasy relevant wide receiver you could turn to if you wait until Monday and then Crowder is ruled out with his lingering groin injury.  Not a game you want to play.


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