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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 9: Quarterbacks - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains

Look for a bounce back performance from Justin Herbert.

Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.

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Justin Herbert

Week 9 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Start of the Week

Justin Herbert at Eagles (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Herbert has posted two duds in a row, scoring a combined 24.82 fantasy points in losses to the Ravens and Patriots. This week’s matchup against the Eagles is a bad one on paper, but their defense has given up 19-plus fantasy points to four different quarterbacks, including both Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo. Keep the faith in Herbert in what could be a high-scoring affair.


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Joe Burrow vs. Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Burrow has been hot in recent weeks, as he’s scored 20-plus fantasy points in three straight games. During that time, he had a combined nine touchdown passes. I’d keep him in your lineups this week, as he faces a Browns defense that’s allowed 11 touchdown passes and the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last four weeks. Consider Burrow a top-10 option.

Derek Carr at Giants (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Fantasy fans looking for a streaming option at quarterback should consider Carr this week. He's been a nice fantasy producer on the road, averaging 23 points per game, and the Giants have allowed four different signal-callers to score 20-plus fantasy points against them this season. That list includes Teddy Bridgewater and Taylor Heinicke, who aren't exactly elite options at the position.

Kirk Cousins at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Cousins against the Ravens as a start 'em? Am I insane? Well, look at the numbers. Four quarterbacks have scored over 22 fantasy points against Baltimore this season, including Derek Carr and Carson Wentz. One of those games, against the Colts, came at home. Overall, their defense has allowed just under 19 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. So maybe I'm not crazy?

Tyrod Taylor at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Taylor will start for the Texans this week, and I like him as a matchup-based starter and two-quarterback league option. The Dolphins have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and Taylor looked great in his first two games before suffering an injury. He's available in many leagues for those who need help off the waiver wire.

More Starts

  • Matthew Stafford vs. Titans (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
  • Jalen Hurts vs. Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Daniel Jones vs. Raiders (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

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DFS Bargains

  • Derek Carr at Giants ($5,900)
  • Tyrod Taylor at Dolphins ($5,000)
  • Jordan Love at Chiefs ($4,400)

Week 9 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Sit of the Week

Ryan Tannehill at Rams (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Tannehill has been an inconsistent option for fantasy fans this season, scoring fewer than 19 fantasy points in five of his first eight games. This weekend he’ll face the Rams, who have allowed an average of fewer than 17 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and he’ll do it without Derrick Henry. Unless you’re in a multi-quarterback league, I’d be fading Tannehill.

Sit ‘Em

Matt Ryan at Saints (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Ryan has struggled in recent weeks, scoring a combined 23.6 fantasy points in his last two games. That includes a six-point stink bomb last week in a game where he hurt his left hand. Next up is a difficult matchup against the Saints, who have allowed just two quarterbacks to score more than 18.9 fantasy points against them in 2021. Ryan will also be without wideout Calvin Ridley.

Justin Fields at Steelers (Mon., 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Fields looked great last week in a loss to the Niners, scoring 25.3 fantasy points on the strength of his 101 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Regardless, I still wouldn’t start him in traditional leagues against the Steelers on Monday Night Football. Their defense has allowed just three touchdowns and the second-fewest points to enemy quarterbacks since Week 5.

Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Garoppolo is coming off his best fantasy line of the season, scoring 27.3 points in a win over the Bears. However, I wouldn't chase the points as he next faces a Cardinals defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks. Overall, just one quarterback (Kirk Cousins) has scored more than 19.3 points against Arizona.

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Trevor Lawrence vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Lawrence looked like he might be on the verge of turning a corner a few weeks back, but his totals in his last two games have left much to be desired. Things aren’t likely to change this week either, as the Jaguars face a Bills defense that has allowed five touchdown passes and the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. I’d avoid Lawrence if at all possible, even in superflex leagues.

More Sits

  • Sam Darnold vs. Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Baker Mayfield at Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Mac Jones at Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

DFS Fades

  • Patrick Mahomes vs. Packers ($7,800)
  • Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Cardinals ($5,700)
  • Matt Ryan at Saints ($5,600)

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