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

In a plus matchup against the Vikings, Marquise Brown is your Week 9 WR Start 'Em of the Week.

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.

Byes: Buccaneers, Football Team, Lions, Seahawks


Baltimore Ravens Marquise Brown

Week 9 Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Start of the Week

Marquise Brown vs. Vikings (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Brown has become a valuable asset in fantasy leagues this season, and that trend should continue when the Ravens host the Vikings. Their defense has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, and both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb went over 100 yards against them last week with Cooper Rush under center. Start Hollywood with confidence.


Start ‘Em

Brandin Cooks at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Cooks posted 20.3 fantasy points last week, albeit in garbage time, in a loss to the Rams. I’d keep him active this week, as the Texans face a Dolphins defense that’s allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Receivers lined out wide have also scored eight touchdowns when facing Miami, so Cooks is in a good spot to find success. He’ll be a solid No. 2 option.

Robert Woods vs. Titans (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Woods has rebounded after a very slow start, scoring 15-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games. He should remain in starting lineups this week, as the Titans have allowed 12 touchdowns and the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. That includes allowing a league-high 216 receiving yards per game. Woods will be an attractive No. 2 wideout.

Jaylen Waddle vs. Texans (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Waddle had a bit of a stinker last week, but I like him to rebound against the Texans. Their defense has allowed eight wideouts to score at least 15 fantasy points, including fellow slot receiver Christian Kirk. Waddle should also see more targets in the projected absence of DeVante Parker, who had a setback in practice and is considered doubtful. Consider Waddle a solid No. 1 option.

Emmanuel Sanders at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Sanders put up his first dud of the season last week, failing to score a single point in a win over the Dolphins. However, he had put up 13+ points in each of his previous four games, and I still like him as a FLEX option when the Bills face the Jaguars. Their defense has allowed the sixth-most points to receivers lined out wide, where Sanders has run most of his routes in 2021.

More Starts

  • Jarvis Landry at Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Chase Claypool vs. Bears (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Courtland Sutton at Cowboys (1 p.m. ET, Fox)

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DFS Bargains

  • Jarvis Landry at Bengals ($5,100)
  • Hunter Renfrow at Giants ($4,800)
  • Jamal Agnew vs. Bills ($4,300)
Philadelphia Eagles Devonta Smith

Week 9 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Sit of the Week

Allen Robinson at Steelers (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Robinson is still considered a starter in far too many fantasy leagues based on his name alone. However, the production is not there as he's failed to score double-digit points in all but one game. He also has a tough matchup next on the schedule, as the Steelers have allowed just four touchdowns and 21.1 fantasy points per game to receivers lined out wide.

Sit ‘Em

DeVonta Smith vs. Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): I was dead wrong on Smith last week, as he put up a stink bomb in what was a blowout against the Lions. This week he faces the Chargers, which would be a bad matchup in most cases, but they're down two of their top cornerbacks in Michael Davis and Asante Samuel Jr. That makes Smith more attractive as a fantasy starter, but he's more of a low-end FLEX option.

Kadarius Toney vs. Raiders (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Toney might have some added value if the Giants are without Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard due to injuries, but he's been dealing with injuries of his own that have made him tough to trust. This season, the Raiders have been tough on wideouts, allowing the fourth-fewest points per game to the position. At best, Toney would be a risk-reward FLEX option this week.

Marvin Jones Jr. vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Jones has been tough to trust, as he’s scored 8.5 or fewer fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’ll be a tough sell this week too, as the Jaguars face a Bills defense that’s allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts overall. Their defense has also surrendered the fewest points to receivers lined out wide, where Jones has run most of his routes.

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Jakobi Meyers at Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Meyers has struggled in the stat sheets in recent weeks, scoring fewer than 10 fantasy points in three of his last four games. What's more, he's failed to score more than 11.4 points in that time. This week he'll face the Panthers, who have allowed just eight touchdowns and the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. I'd keep him on the fantasy sidelines.

More Sits

  • Marquez Callaway vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
  • Kenny Golladay vs. Raiders (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Robby Anderson vs. Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

DFS Fades

  • Mike Williams at Eagles ($7,100)
  • D.J. Moore vs. Patriots ($6,400)
  • Marvin Jones Jr. vs. Bills ($5,700)

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