Fantasy Football: Week 9 FAAB / Blind Bidding Guide - Grab Darren Fells

Jim Day

Week 9 FAAB / Blind Bidding Guide

This past Sunday was National Tight End Day, as the NFL tries to slam something else down our throats. But the bigger story at the tight end position this week was that the top three players for the week were all streaming options. 

I bet everyone expected the top of the TE rankings for Week 8 to include Ryan Griffin, Darren Fells and Jonnu Smith. I know I did. Okay no I didn’t, but in two leagues where I was against the wall, I did start Smith in one and Fells in the other. Yay me! 

Don’t forget that there are four teams on bye this week: Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. 

Here is your Week 9 FAAB Guide.


Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags can’t want to go back to Nick Foles after Minshew’s performance in Week 8, can they? He is still available in 40% of Yahoo leagues and is currently among the top 12 quarterbacks in most leagues, depending on scoring. 

Minshew is averaging just under 250 passing yards per game and has a 13- touchdown-to-two interception ratio on the season. He is fearless in the pocket and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five-of-eight games. 

Both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have also thrown multiple TDs in 5 games so far, so Minshew is in good company. 

Recommended Bid: 7-10% of remaining FAAB

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Jones once again had a good game in Week 8, but it was against a bad Detroit defense without one of their best players. Jones threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns, but for the first time since his first game, he threw no interceptions. He did fumble once and he sure needs to learn how to feel backside pressure, but he has shown twice that he is capable of monster performances. 

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones

He has a tough matchup in Week 9 against a strong Dallas defense, but after that, he is scheduled for some decent matchups. The rookie has five favorable matchups in his last seven weeks. He faces the Jets and Packers before matchups with the Eagles, Dolphins and Redskins in the fantasy postseason. 

Recommended Bid: 3-4% of remaining FAAB

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Tannehill has played good football the last two weeks after the Titans benched Marcus Mariota. He has won both games and finished as a top-12 performer in fantasy both weeks as well. In those two games, he has thrown for 505 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception. 

Tannehill has some tough games ahead, but that should force him to throw more. He has plenty of good players around him and even if he scores points in garbage time, fantasy is not reality. 

Recommended Bid: 2-3% of remaining FAAB

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Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

I was surprised to see Singletary available in over 40% of Yahoo leagues. He was coming off three games missed games due to injury and after doing next to nothing last week, I guess a lot of owners panicked. 

Time to take advantage. Gore has been a good runner for Buffalo, but they don’t use him in the passing game. That’s where Singletary will slot in. The rookie only has 29 touches on the season, but he is averaging 7.9 yards per touch. In comparison, Devonta Freeman is averaging only 4.6 yards per touch. 

Recommended Bid: 20-24% of remaining FAAB

Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins

Okay everyone, it seems like Derrius Guice will attempt to get back on the field. Let’s see if he cooperates and can stay on the field. As of this writing, Guice is just starting to practice, and coach Bill Callahan expects him to be able to play in Week 11. 

He has some good matchups down the stretch and if he is available in your league, jump on him now before everyone else.

Recommended Bid: 12-15% of remaining FAAB

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins

Walton has worked almost 50-50 with Kenyon Drake the last two weeks, but now that will change Arizona’s recent trade for Drake. That move doesn’t bode well for David Johnson or Chase Edmonds and their health. Either that or this is the shortest player rental in history.

Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton

Walton has only had one good game and that was against a bad Washington defense, but in that game he did catch five passes. Most likely that is where his value will come from going forward. He is not a must-start player each week, but he will have value with Drake gone. 

Recommended Bid: 10-12% of remaining FAAB

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Mostert came in during Week 8’s game when Matt Breida left the game with an ankle injury. The 49ers are playing again on Thursday night, so there is a decent chance Breida won’t be able to go. Even in a part-time role in Week 8, Mostert rushed 9 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.

If Breida misses a few games, it could play out well for Mostert. Over the next three weeks, the 49ers face the Cardinals twice and the Seahawks. Both teams are among the bottom at defending opposing running backs. 

Recommended Bid: 8-10% of remaining FAAB


DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Tuesday is the trade deadline in the NFL and many expect Parker to be traded. Ultimately, it would be the best thing that could happen to him. Sometimes a change of scenery can resurrect a career. Just ask Amari Cooper.

But even if he doesn’t get traded, he has been a steady player with a decent floor for Miami. He has had either 50 yards receiving and/or a touchdown in six-of-seven games this year. He has hit double-digit scoring in his last four games and has scored in three of them.

Recommended Bid: 12-15% of remaining FAAB

Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions

After a strong Week 1 performance, Amendola fell off the radar. In his next three games he had a total of five receptions for 43 yards on seven total targets. But in the last two weeks we have seen more of what he did in Week 1.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola

Over that two-week span, Amendola has seen 19 targets. He had eight receptions in each week and has totaled 200 total yards. He has been a strong WR2 in both weeks.

With Kerryon Johnson done for the year, I expected the Lions to use J.D. McKissick in the short passing game, but instead they have turned to Amendola. If he continues to be used this way, he will be a boon to many fantasy teams.

Recommended Bid: 8-10% of remaining FAAB

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Jackson is expected to start practicing this week. He has been out since Week 2 and the Eagles’ offense has not been the same without their speedster. Carson Wentz needs his over-the-top receiver to help open up the middle of the field.

There is a good chance he is held out until after their Week 10 bye, but now is the time to go get him. He has some nice matchups going forward, after the Week 11 game against the staunch Patriots’ defense. 

Recommended Bid: 7-9% of remaining FAAB

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars

Conley is not an every-week starter, but as he showed in Week 8, in the right game he has value. In the last two games, Conley has seen seven targets in each game and has produced double-digit fantasy points in both games. He is a big-play receiver, as evidenced by his 70-yard touchdown against the Jets on Sunday. 

He still has the Texans, Buccaneers, Raiders and Falcons on his schedule, the last two in the fantasy playoffs.

Recommended Bid: 3-5% of remaining FAAB

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams

Once again, Brandin Cooks is in concussion protocol. He left the Rams’ Week 8 game early before earning a single fantasy point. Concussions have been an issue for Cooks before. The Rams do have a bye in Week 9 so Cooks may be back by Week 10, but with his history there are no guarantees.

Reynolds showed last year that he is a viable backup when one of the Rams’ big three go down. After Cooks went down in Week 8, Reynolds only caught three passes, but he did have a total of 73 yards and a touchdown. 

If you have bench space you can use, grab him cheaply this week in case Cooks misses more time. 

Recommended Bid: 1-3% of remaining FAAB

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

With Atlanta trading Mohammed Sanu to the Patriots, someone needed to step into his role. Meet Russell Gage, who will be working out of the slot often. In his first week, he caught seven-of-nine targets for 58 yards. 

The Falcons have a pretty tough schedule moving forward, but if Gage can also take over the role of security blanket for Ryan that Sanu had, he could have a decent floor most weeks. 

The Falcons are on a bye this week so now is the time to grab him at a cheap price. 

Recommended Bid: 1-2% of remaining FAAB


Darren Fells, Houston Texans

Fells has quickly risen in the TE rankings and is currently eighth at the position on the season. Over his last six games, he has had four top-10 finishes, including finishing second in Week 8. Against a poor Raiders’ secondary, he caught all six of his targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns, including the play of the week made by QB Deshaun Watson. 

Fells will have some bad weeks, but over his last six weeks he has been the fourth-best tight end. He is still available in 80% of Yahoo leagues. Come on people, get off those named players like Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald and Greg Olsen. 

Recommended Bid: 15-20% of remaining FAAB

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Goedert has really stepped up in his last three games. Even though he continues to get out-snapped and out-targeted by Zach Ertz, the second-year tight end has out-produced Ertz. In those three games, Goedert has 12 receptions, 139 yards and two touchdowns. Over that same span, Ertz has eight catches for 112 yards and no touchdowns.

Goedert hasn’t taken over the number one spot, if that’s what you were thinking, but more likely it’s Carson Wentz going away from the defensive coverage that has been draped on Ertz. It is a trend that will most likely shift back to Ertz with the soft schedule they have to end the season, but if you are desperate at tight end, you can absolutely do worse than Goedert.

Recommended Bid: 7-9% of remaining FAAB

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Smith was another excellent streaming option this week. With Delanie Walker continuing to deal with a bad ankle, the same ankle that cut short his 2018 season, Smith has stepped up. Smith has nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. 

If Walker continues to miss time, the former Florida International tight end could continue to grow into this role. It does help that Ryan Tannehill is turning it up from the QB position. 

Recommended Bid: 4-6% of remaining FAAB

Good luck in Week 9.

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