Let’s start with some good news: Only one of the four d/sts available this week (buccaneers) is a regular fantasy starter. The rest (Lions, Seahawks, Washington) can usually be found on the waiver cable at this point. Unfortunately, those three teams that are inactive still hurt our Week 9 fantasy defense rankings. All three, at least lately, have been top contenders for streaming, creating fewer sleepers and potential waiver wire pickups.
with those three out, plus a host of other favorable matchups, either bad defenses (dolphins vs. texans) or really good defenses already owned by many (bills @ jaguars, colts vs. jets, steelers vs. .bears, [email protected]), there aren’t many worthwhile streaming options.
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Week 9 Standard Ranking: Quarterback | running backwards | wide receiver | tight end | kicker
The best bets are the Panthers (vs. Patriots), who have fallen below 50 percent ownership in yahoo leagues, the Raiders (@giants), and the Saints (vs. Falcons). you can also try the chargers (@eagles) and the dolphins (vs. texans), but if tyrod taylor (hamstring) is back, that matchup doesn’t look so good.
week 9 ppr rankings: quarterback | running backwards | wide receiver | tight end | kicker
There is one more potential streamer by the numbers, but it’s hard to recommend. we are talking about the packers, who face the caciques. yes, the bosses. Heading into Week 8, Kansas City was tied for seventh with the most fantasy points per game allowed for d/sts. It sounds crazy, but with Patrick Mahomes taking sacks and throwing interest every week, there have been plenty of opportunities for defenses to score points against this normally powerful and efficient offense. One could argue that the Packers are a better streaming option than the Saints, Chargers and Dolphins, but it still feels weird starting any d/st against Kansas City.
dfs lineups for week 9: fanduel | drafts | yahoo
As far as normal headlines with bad matchups go, the Bengals (vs. Browns), the Ravens (vs. Vikings), the Browns (@bengals), and the Broncos (@cowboys) are hard to trust this week. . rams (vs. titans) also have an unfavorable opponent, but we’re keeping them in our top 12 due to a lack of other top-tier options. (Update: With Derrick Henry out with a foot injury, the Titans aren’t that tough of a matchup.)
week 9 dfs: best stacks | best values | lineup creator
There aren’t many easy answers this week if you’ve relied on the Bucs, Bengals, Browns, Broncos or Ravens all year. We preach this every week, but if you have the flexibility of the roster, be sure to plan for these kinds of weeks. I probably could have grabbed the panthers or raiders for free last week when few homeowners were thinking of picking them up or had the space to pick them up. now, there will be competition, possibly even on waivers. Our waiver transfer watch list, which we post every Thursday, looks ahead to the following week so you know who to pick early.
week 9 fantasy: sleepers | busts | start, sit down
Note: We’ll be updating these d/st rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest analytics and player movement.