Tyrod Taylor, QB (Buffalo Bills)
Tyrod Taylor plays on Thursday Night and will have a good matchup against the New York Jets who have given up 17 passing touchdowns this year (most in the league) and 160 yards to QBs on the ground (3rd most in the league). The Jets are giving up the 11th most points to quarterbacks this season with an average of 17.40; Taylor is one of the top starts in Week 9 for those looking for a bye week replacement at the position.
Lamar Miller, RB (Houston Texans)
Fresh off a 22.30-point performance against the Seattle Seahawks, Lamar Miller has a juicy matchup this week against the Indianapolis Colts who are allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points per week to the running back position (27.30). Deshaun Watson has revitalized Miller’s fantasy football relevance and he is in store for a massive Week 9 performance.
T.Y. Hilton, WR (Indianapolis Colts)
Over the past 3 weeks, T.Y. Hilton has 5 total receptions, averaging 20.30 yards and 3.70 fantasy points. While Hilton has been a major disappointment as of late, look for him to rebound against a Texans defense that is allowing the 9th most points to wide receivers so far, an average of 34.10 per week. While the Colts are expected to be in catch-up mode for most of the game, this is where Hilton, if targeted, should be able to rack up a lot of fantasy points this week.
Jared Cook, TE (Oakland Raiders)
Jared Cook continues to be involved in the offense now that Derek Carr has returned to the offense. In his last 2 games Cook has totaled 10 receptions for 164 yards. With the Dolphins defense relatively holding wide receivers to limited yardage this season, Cook should have an opportunity to see 6-8 targets against a defense allowing the 5th most points to tight ends this season, an average of 15.00 per week.
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K (Houston Texans)
Ka'imi Fairbairn was limited to 8.00 points last week but that’s not reflective of the overall potential of the kicker. While he made his lone field goal attempt, Houston moved the ball efficiently against the Seahawks and Fairbairn converted 5 extra points - if the Texans are to stall in the red zone at any point Fairbairn's week-to-week potential is unmatched at this point in the season. This week the Texans play the Colts who give up a league-high average of 11.00 fantasy points to kickers this season.
Arizona Cardinals, DEF
While the Arizona Cardinals Defense have scored a combined 1.00 fantasy point in their last three outings, they face a 49ers team that currently don’t trust their starting quarterback and have given up 16.00 and 21.00 points to the Dallas and Philadelphia defenses, respectively, over the past 2 games. 49ers QBs are currently allowing the 10th highest amount of points to opposing defenses with an average of 9.00 points. Over the past few weeks, the 49ers offense has not been in rhythm and the Cardinals should be able to take advantage and force turnovers.
Andy Dalton, QB (Cincinnati Bengals)
Andy Dalton was a start last week and was able to take advantage of his matchup against the Colts, scoring 18.70 fantasy points. This week's matchup could arguably not get any tougher, as he faces the Jaguars. Over their last 5 games, the Jags defense has held opposing quarterbacks to 2.60, 5.00, 2.60, 9,9, and 11.10 fantasy points. Those looking for a bye week replacement should look elsewhere for a more appealing matchup.
LeGarrette Blount, RB (Philadelphia Eagles)
Even though the Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman says LeGarrette Blount remains the starter, that decision is ultimately up to the head coach moving forward. Blount’s role will be significantly reduced with the addition of Jay Ajayi and, as seen for most of the season, Blount is best utilized when ahead in games to close them out. Even if Blount does receive the most carries in Week 9’s matchup with the Broncos, they are giving up an average of 62.43 yards per game and have not allowed a rushing touchdown against them. If owners are starting him this week due to a large number of teams having the week off, they will be praying for a goal line touchdown or two.
Robby Anderson, WR (New York Jets)
Robby Anderson set a career high in receiving yards last week (104) against the Falcons and has now averaged 15.30 fantasy points over his last 3 contests. On Thursday, Anderson faces a much tougher Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed only 3 receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. Owners should temper their expectations this week in what may be a slow-paced, low scoring affair to start off Week 9.
Eric Ebron, TE (Detroit Lions)
Eric Ebron has underperformed all season and has a case of the dropsies. As if starting him against a mediocre defense was the least of your worries, this week the Lions play the Packers who are the best at guarding the position. Through their 7 games played they are only allowing 3.86 receptions and 33.72 yards to tight ends, and are the only team to have not let an opposing tight end score a touchdown against them.
Giorgio Tavecchio, K (Oakland Raiders)
Since his week 1 performance of 19.00 fantasy points, Giorgio Tavecchio has been nothing short of disappointing, averaging a mere 4.86 points per game, including a 2.00-point performance last week against the Bills. There are plenty of options on the waiver-wire and Tavecchio cannot be started with any confidence.
Denver Broncos, DEF
The Denver Broncos Defense for the second time in 2 weeks is recommended as a ‘sit’ as the team just isn’t getting it done. Last week against Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs, and while they were able to force an interception (albeit from Tyreek Hill), the defense was only able to score 7.00 fantasy points. This week they play the Philadelphia Eagles who are only allowing 3.60 points per game to opposing defenses, much in part due to the fact they can put points up in bunches.