It’s another week in which six teams are on a bye (New England, Chicago, Washington, Arizona, Cincinnati, and Houston). So, you need to fill those holes with either your bench players or waiver wire additions. Here is the list of starts and sits for Week 9 to take under consideration before you click "submit."
QB: Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay is down to its third running back, Antone Smith. The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points to the opposing quarterback this season. Winston already had a successful game against Atlanta in Week 1. In the first matchup, he threw for 281 yards and four TDs. With injuries to their running game, look for the Bucs to air it out more on Thursday night.
Others to start: Dak Prescott (Cowboys), Marcus Mariota (Titans), and Colin Kaepernick (49ers)
RB: Terrance West, Ravens
The Steelers have allowed at least 120 rushing yards to opposing running backs in back-to-back games. In the past three weeks, they’ve allowed five rushing touchdowns to their opponent’s running back. West struggled in his last game (10 rushing yards on eight attempts), but he’s still averaging 4.4 yards per rush and has accumulated at least 87 rushing yards in three of the past four games.
Others to start: Charcandrick West (Chiefs), Darren Sproles (Eagles), and Theo Riddick (Lions)
WR: Donte Moncrief, Colts
Welcome back, Mr. Moncrief. After missing more than a month of action, Moncrief returned to the starting lineup and was effective. He caught four passes for 41 yards and a TD against the Chiefs. Moncrief has scored in two of the three games he’s started in this season. In the past three weeks, Green Bay has allowed five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, too.
Others to start: Mohamed Sanu (Falcons), Michael Thomas (Saints), and Davante Adams (Packers)
TE: Eric Ebron, Lions
Matthew Stafford took advantage of having his big tight end back in the lineup. Last week, Ebron tallied 10 targets, seven receptions, and 79 receiving yards. In Week 8, Zach Miller caught seven passes for 88 yards against Minnesota. With Week 9 having some of the best tight ends on bye (Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, and Tyler Eifert), Ebron should be a solid selection to fill the void.
Others to start: Antonio Gates (Chargers), Gary Barnidge (Browns), and Cameron Brate (Buccaneers)
QB: Tyrod Taylor, Bills
Even if LeSean McCoy is cleared to play this Sunday, Taylor is in line for a tough night against the Seahawks secondary. Without Shady McCoy, Buffalo is one dimensional. Taylor has scored a rushing TD in back-to-back games, but Seattle has allowed only two total rushing touchdowns to opposing QBs. Last week, Seattle held Drew Brees to 265 passing yards and only one TD pass.
Others to bench: Derek Carr (Raiders), Sam Bradford (Vikings), and Carson Wentz (Eagles)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor
RB: Don Jackson, Packers
Ty Montgomery was a late scratch last Sunday and Jackson still managed only four carries for 10 yards. Aaron Ripkowski led the running back stable with six carries for 34 yards. Jackson is probably the only Packer I’d bench this week in their projected high-scoring affair with the Colts.
Others to bench: Mark Ingram (Saints), Duke Johnson Jr. (Browns), and Frank Gore (Colts)
WR: Marvin Jones Jr., Lions
I’m not just benching Jones because of his matchup against the Vikings, but also because he’s been losing to Golden Tate in the target department. In the past three games, Tate has received 31 targets and Jones notched only 18. Also, with Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick active last week, Jones fell to fourth in receptions and targets against the Texans.
Others to bench: Michael Crabtree (Raiders), Travis Benjamin (Chargers), and Sterling Shepard (Giants)
TE: Julius Thomas, Jaguars
The Jags are struggling and Thomas has been ineffective in the passing attack. Sure, Turquoise Julius has scored in back-to-back games, but he’s caught no more than three passes in four consecutive starts. As for his opponent, the Chiefs have allowed only one TD to the tight end position all season and no one has registered more than 44 yards receiving in a game.
Others to bench: Zach Ertz (Eagles), Clive Walford (Raiders), and Charles Clay (Bills)