We have passed the hump of the season and we are that much closer to seasonal depression. Last week we had a very solid midseason Sunday with both the Saints and the Bucs games coming down to the wire. They match up this week for a chance to claim the lead in the NFC south.
Read below for key matchups, fantasy players, rookies and injuries.
Matchups to Watch
Baltimore Ravens 5-2 at Indianapolis Colts 5-2, 1pm – The Ravens are a very exciting team and the Colts are surprisingly good, despite the fact that Phillip Rivers is their QB.
Chicago Bears 5-3 at Tennessee Titans 5-2, 1 PM – Another surprisingly good team in the Chicago Bears finding ways to win is a sign of a good team. Tennessee is looking to get back to winning after dropping a couple to the Steelers and the Bengals.
Seattle Seahawks 6-1 at Buffalo Bills 6-2, 1 PM – This game is going to be an airshow. While Allen has the bigger arm he will have to be perfect to outduel Russel Wilson who is playing on an MVP level. Jamal Adams also returns.
Miami Dolphins 4-3 at Arizona Cardinals 5-2, 4:25pm– Tua got his first career win with a Tebow like stat line. He’ll need to up his game in order to defeat the Cardinals.
New Orleans Saints 5-2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-2, 8:20pm– I’m glad Brady has competition in his division. Years of beating up on the the Dolphins, Bills and Jets are over.
Fantasy Players to watch
Marquise Brown, WR Baltimore Ravens– The Ravens are facing a top 5 run defense. Brown has been a bit quiet this season and is due for a 2 touchdown game.
Hayden Hurst, TE Atlanta Falcons- Hurst has been a fine replacement for Austin Hooper who departed for Cleveland in free agency. I hardly include tightends in this, but if you’re looking for a TE this week, Hurst’s consitency should attract your attention. Also Calvin Ridley is questionable at best this week.
Antonio Brown, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Do you dare to start Antonio Brown who hasn’t played a snap of football since September 20th, 2019. Fresh off of doing absolutely nothing for over a year, Brown may supply some much-needed relief to the Bucs who have been struggling to give Tom Brady a consistent receiver.
Dalvin Cook, RB Minnesota Vikings- Duh, spend the money in your daily fantasy.
Mike Williams, WR Los Angeles Chargers- Big play Mike. He is emerging as Justin Herberts favorite target.
Rookies to Watch
Antoine Winfield Jr., SS Tampa Bay Buccaneers- This young man is a flat out difference maker on an already loaded defense. If you’re and aspiring saftey you need to key on Winfield Jr and his play.
Jeremy Chinn, OLB Carolina Panthers- A versitile linebacker who is earning the trust of Panthers with every play.
Tee Higgins, WR Cincinnati Bengals- His Qb loves spreading the ball around and fourtunately for Tee, the Bengals have to throw the ball alot to stay in games.
James Robinson, RB Jacksonville Jaguars- With Minshew out this week I think the Jags will not have much choice but to feed the rook the rock.
Joe Burrow, QB Cincinnati Bengals- He’s gonna throw for 300 and 3 tds… again.
Injuries/Substitutions to Watch
Chris Carson, RB Seattle Seahawks- Also importanat to note that Carlos Hyde is also out. Deejay Dallas will replace the two.
Kenny Golladay, WR Detroit Lions- Golladay has been injured off and on all season long. He will be out this week versus the Vikings. Look for Marvin Jones Jr to have help keep up with Dalvin Cook.
Gardner Minshew, QB Jacksonville Jaguars- Minshew mania has probably come to an end. It was fun but after concealing a fracture in his thumb that happened in the last meeting with the Texans he may have opened the door for Jake Luton. Minshew under went surgery over the bye week and will miss at least this week. Rookie 6th round pick Jake Luton will get the start.
Ali Marpet, G Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Marpet is a beast and Tom Brady will miss him sorely. Marpet is dealing with a concusion and didn’t make it to the practice field at all this week.
Enjoy Week 9
I hope you find what you’re looking for in this Week 9 of NFL football. Stay tuned for NFL Sunday: What to watch in Week 10.
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