Fantasy Football: Week 9 FAAB / Blind Bidding Guide
These recommendations are based on a league using a $1,000 budget. Bid based on your league history as some leagues may be aggressive, while others might not spend as much.
Week 9 Byes: Bengals, Colts, Giants, Eagles, Jaguars, Cardinals
RYAN FITZPATRICK – TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Bid needed to win:$75-$100
Jameis Winston was benched in Week 8 after throwing four interceptions. Winston has six touchdowns and ten interceptions in four games. Fitzpatrick has been better than Winston this season. After replacing Winston against the Bengals, Fitzpatrick went 11-for-15 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback history to top 400 yards passing in three straight games to open the season. With a lot of weapons in the offense, Fitzpatrick is a good bye-week fill-in and could have value the rest of the way.
ALEX SMITH – WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
This is all about the matchup. The Falcons have allowed at least three passing touchdowns in six of eight games. Even Eli Manning passed for 399 yards. The Falcons have allowed 17 passing touchdowns in seven games as injuries have decimated the defense. Smith has one touchdown pass or fewer in four of seven games and hasn't topped 178 yards passing in the last three games, but with six teams on bye, he's an option.
Others to consider: Derek Carr, OAK – $30, Dak Prescott, DAL – $30, Joe Flacco, BAL – $30
For 14-16 man rosters
JALEN RICHARD – OAKLAND RAIDERS – Bid needed to win: $150-$200
Richard was added in a lot of leagues last week but is still available in some. In the first game without Lynch, Richard had two carries for 14 yards and caught all eight targets for 50 yards. In five of seven games, Richard has reached double-digit points in PPR formats. He's not as appealing in non-PPR.
DOUG MARTIN – OAKLAND RAIDERS – Bid needed to win: $100-$125
Martin looked good last week despite a fumble late in the game. Martin had 13 carries for 72 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. Martin needs the game to be competitive to stay involved and with the 49ers and Cardinals in two of the next three games, they should.
ITO SMITH – ATLANTA FALCONS – Bid needed to win: $75-$100
Smith was quiet in Week 7 with seven carries for 16 yards and two catches for 29 yards. The previous games he scored a touchdown in each. Smith might have been dropped in some leagues with the Falcons on a bye last week. Smith is going to get about 10-12 touches per game, and if Tevin Coleman goes down, Smith gains a lot of value.
DEVONTAE BOOKER – DENVER BRONCOS – Bid needed to win: $75-$100
Booker's value depends on the status of Royce Freeman, who missed Week 8 with an ankle injury and some reports say it's a high-ankle sprain. If that's true, Freeman could miss another game or two. Booker played behind Phillip Lindsay, but had nine carries for 78 yards and caught four passes for 23 yards.
NYHEIM HINES – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Bid needed to win: $75-$100
Hines didn't do much in the first two games with Marlon Mack back. Hines was more involved in Week 8 with 11 carries for 78 yards and two catches for seven yards. Mack has had two injuries, and Hines would be valuable if Mack misses time again. The Colts offensive line is one of the best in the NFL.
For 18-20 man rosters
ELIJAH MCGUIRE – NEW YORK JETS – Bid needed to win: $100-$125
McGuire was mentioned here last week and picked up in some deep formats already. He's still available in most leagues since he has yet to play this season. McGuire has been on injured reserve and returned to practice last week. McGuire is eligible to be activated this week. With Bilal Powell out for the season, McGuire could see double-digit touches behind Isaiah Crowell, and it wouldn't be surprising to see McGuire emerge as the main back late in the season.
JOSH ADAMS – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Bid needed to win: $75-$100
The Eagles are going to play a few running backs. It's been that way under Doug Pederson, but Adams is rising. Adams had nine carries for 61 yards and caught an 8-yard pass in Week 8 against the Jaguars. Corey Clement had five touches for five yards, and Wendell Smallwood had ten touches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Adams is someone to consider in deeper formats to see if his role continues to increase.
Others to consider: D'Onta Foreman, HOU – $40, Kapri Bibbs, WAS – $40, Chris Ivory, BUF – $40, Tyler Ervin, HOU – $40, Kyle Juszczyk, SF – $40, Spencer Ware, KC – $40, Malcolm Brown, LAR – $40, Chase Edmonds, ARI – $30, Wayne Gallman, NYG – $30, Rod Smith, DAL – $30, Kenneth Dixon, BAL – $20
For 14-16 man rosters
COURTLAND SUTTON – DENVER BRONCOS – Bid needed to win: $450-$500
Sutton is owned in competitive leagues and deep formats. If he's available, add him Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders could be traded today, and Sutton's value would soar. The skills are apparent. He has scored in two of the last four games but isn't getting the volume as the third receiver. He hasn't caught more than three passes and topped 58 yards once. In Week 8, he caught three passes for 78 yards four targets. If he gets the volume, he could be a league winner.
D.J. MOORE – CAROLINA PANTHERS – Bid needed to win: $200-$250
The Panthers are finally starting to unleash Moore, who was a rising draft pick in high stakes leagues leading up to the season. He was dropped in leagues that weren't deep due to his lack of production. Moore got more playing time with Torrey Smith out with injury, playing 46 of 65 snaps against a good Ravens defense. He had 22.2 percent of the target share. Moore had a season-high six targets and caught five passes for 90 yards and rushed twice for 39 yards. Moore has at least five targets in three straight games.
KEKE COUTEE – HOUSTON TEXANS – Bid needed to win: $200-$250
If you need wins the next two weeks, Coutee might not fit your team. Coutee is dealing with a hamstring injury and his status for Week 9 is unclear. The Texans have a bye in Week 10, and it's possible Coutee doesn't return until Week 11. Either way, he will be valuable when he's back. Will Fuller is out for the season with a torn ACL and Coutee will see a lot of targets. He had
22 percent of the target share when he played. Coutee had 15 targets in his first game of the season in Week 4. He had 27 targets in his first three full games, and Coutee doesn't have much competition for targets outside of DeAndre Hopkins. He has caught 21 of 30 targets for 196 yards and a touchdown.
TRE'QUAN SMITH – NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – Bid needed to win: $125-$150
Smith will be boom or bust, but he can explode any week. Drew Brees passed for only 120 yards in a win over the Vikings last week, and Smith had three catches for 18 yards on four targets. He's ahead of Cameron Meredith, and with the Rams up this week, lots of points will be put up.
DEVANTE PARKER – MIAMI DOLPHINS -- Bid needed to win: $125-$150
He's back! Parker has been invisible most of the season. He missed time due to injuries, and Adam Gase seemed reluctant to play him as trade rumors swirl involving Parker. Gase had little choice but to play Parker last week with the Dolphins wide receivers slammed by injuries. Parker had nine targets and caught six passes for 134 yards. Parker played all of the snaps, and he will play a significant role with Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson injured.
ANTHONY MILLER – CHICAGO BEARS – Bid needed to win: $125-$150
Miller has seven targets in consecutive games. With Allen Robinson out last week, Miller had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.
DANNY AMENDOLA – MIAMI DOLPHINS – Bid needed to win: $75-$100
With Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson out, Amendola has a high floor in PPR formats. Amendola has 24 targets in the last three weeks. He has hit double-digit points in PPR formats the last three weeks, although he needed a touchdown pass to Kenyan Drake to get there in Week 8.
TYRELL WILLIAMS – LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
Williams is the epitome of boom or bust, but he has two straight games of 118 yards and has scored three touchdowns the last two games. It came on seven catches and eight targets, so he's reliant on big plays, but with six teams on bye, he's in play.
For 18-20 man rosters
DAVID MOORE – SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Bid needed to win: $100-$125
Moore has scored four touchdowns in the last three games on nine receptions. He caught all four targets for 97 yards and a touchdown last week against the Lions. The Seahawks are averaging 22.6 passes the previous five games, and Moore isn't a primary option. He's worth rostering.
SETH ROBERTS – OAKLAND RAIDERS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
Roberts had two catches for 42 yards with a touchdown last week. He has 17 targets the last three games and has a decent floor in deeper formats.
JOSH REYNOLDS– LOS ANGELES RAMS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
If Cooper Kupp is out in Week 9, Reynolds is in play. He was quiet in Week 7, but he caught three passes for 42 yards with two touchdowns on five targets in Week 8. The Rams-Saints has an over/under of 60.
Others to consider: Michael Gallup, DAL – $45, D.J. Chark, JAX – $40, Dontrelle Inman, IND – $40, Kendrick Bourne, SF – $40, Chris Conley, KC – $35, Tajae Sharpe, TEN – $35, Rishard Matthews, NYJ – $30, Curtis Samuel, CAR – $30, Vyncint Smith, HOU – $25
For 14-16 man rosters
JACK DOYLE – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS– Bid needed to win: $125-$150
Doyle is only owned in 25-percent of Yahoo! Leagues. He missed a lot of time as he was hurt from Weeks 3-7, but he returned in Week 8 against the Raiders and was clearly a big part of the offense even with Eric Ebron playing well in his absence. Doyle played 57 of 78 snaps, while Ebron played 17. Doyle had seven targets, catching six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. While Doyle is on bye in Week 9, he should be owned in all formats.
For 18-20 man rosters
CHRIS HERNDON – NEW YORK JETS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
Herndon has scored in three straight games but isn't getting a lot of volume. He has 11 targets the last three games. In the last three games, the Dolphins have allowed five touchdowns to tight ends.
ED DICKSON – SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Bid needed to win: $50-$75
Dickson made his season debut and caught both of his passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. He played fewer snaps and ran fewer routes than Nick Vannett.
Others to consider: Hayden Hurst, BAL – $25, Jordan Thomas, HOU – $25, Nick O'Leary, MIA – $20, Jeff Heuerman, DEN – $20