Guide to Week 9 Fantasy Football Betting (2021) – Waiver Wire, Start/Sit and Sleepers
Injuries continue to kill fantasy owners. Derrick Henry was in a league of his own this season and now it sounds like he’ll miss the remainder of the season. Absolutely devastating for both fantasy owners and the Tennessee Titans.
No matter how great of a bench you have, there is no replacing King Henry. For everyone else, hopefully your injuries aren’t as detrimental.
This fantasy guide should help guide you through Week 9.
Top Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds
I’m not going to lie, I whiffed with my waiver wire adds last week.
Let’s see if I can have more success this week.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (56% Owned)
After missing three games with a shoulder/hamstring injury, DeVante Parker made his return to the field in Week 8.
- In a tough matchup against the number one pass defense, Parker put up these numbers.
- 8 receptions
- 85 yards
- 11 targets
Even with Mike Gesicki and Jaylen Waddle in the fold, Parker reclaimed his spot as the number one target in the Miami Dolphins passing attack.
Parker has a much easier matchup this week with the Houston Texans. The Texans defense hasn’t done much right this season, and that includes defending wide receivers.
At this point, Miami has abandoned the run. Their 316 team passing attempts ranks third in the league. It might not be pretty, but the volume is great for Parker.
So basically, you have the top receiving option on one of the pass-heaviest offenses.
There’s no reason he should have over 20 percent less ownership than someone like Odell Beckham Jr.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Tennessee Titans (9% Owned)
As I mentioned in the intro, no one can replace Derrick Henry. And I stand by that. However, someone has to take over as the lead back for the Tennessee Titans.
Barring a last-second trade, Adrian Peterson will be that guy.
The Titans signed the 36-year-old to take over for Henry. Now a 36-year-old running back isn’t exactly the most exciting thing but Peterson isn’t your ordinary running back. He rushed for over 1,000 yards as recently as 2018.
Even without Henry, I expect the Titans to remain a run-first team. Peterson likely won’t have 20+ carries, but 12-15 is enough to provide value. He’ll also be their goal-line back.
Peterson should make his Titans debut this week against the Los Angeles Rams. His upside makes him a must-add moving forward.
Week 9 Start Calls
Last week, I hit big on starting Damien Harris and Michael Pittman Jr. Both took advantage of advantageous matchups to produce big days.
Here are my Week 9 starts.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Coming into Week 8, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals were on top of the world. Burrow threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns in the Bengals victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Somehow, the Bengals followed that up by losing to the New York Jets. A brutal loss for Cincinnati, but Burrow still had a good fantasy day.
- 259 passing yards
- 3 touchdowns
- 1 interception
Burrow has passed for at least two touchdowns in all eight games this season. He is also riding a streak of three straight games with three touchdowns.
Cincinnati will take on their in-state rival Cleveland Browns. Cleveland’s pass defense has looked better lately, but that was against Ben Roethlisberger and Teddy Bridgewater. It remains a beatable defense.
Burrow has attempted at least 29 passes in five straight games. The volume is there and he has a great receiving cast with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
I expect another big day for Burrow.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
The last time we saw Josh Jacobs, he was running all over the Philadelphia Eagles.
- 6 carries
- 29 rushing yards
- 1 touchdown
- 3 receptions
- 39 receiving yards
He suffered a chest injury late in the first half that held him out for the remainder of the game. Still, it marked his third straight game with a touchdown.
The Las Vegas Raiders had a bye last week, so we aren’t 100 percent sure the status of Jacobs’ health. Before the bye, Las Vegas expressed optimism that he would return in Week 9.
That’s great for fantasy owners, as Jacobs takes on the New York Giants.
In Week 8, New York allowed Darrell Williams and Derrick Gore to rush for 97 yards. That’s the fifth time this season running backs have rushed for at least 95 yards against the Giants.
Las Vegas also seems like a quality option for your parlay.
As long as he is healthy, Jacobs is a quality option.
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Ben Roethlisberger being at the end of his career, it’s clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers want to control the game using their ground game and defense. That’s a big reason Najee Harris is in the race for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Even with the low-passing volume, Diontae Johnson continues to produce.
He has at least 70 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season. He also has double digits targets in five of his six games.
Johnson should continue his success this week against the Chicago Bears.
The Bears have allowed the third-most points to fantasy wide receivers this season. Deebo Samuel tagged them for 171 yards last week.
Pittsburgh should have success on the ground, but they’ll need to throw the ball as well. When they do, Johnson should produce.
Week 9 Sit Calls
Very mixed results with my sit calls last week. Sitting Robert Woods was terrible, but I had the right idea with Mike Davis.
Who am I sitting in Week 9?
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
For a few weeks there, it looked like Matt Ryan was back to being a viable option in fantasy football. Unfortunately, I think we’re back to sitting him.
- Last week, Ryan had to play against a tough Carolina Panther defense. Here are his numbers.
- 146 yards
- 1 touchdown
- 2 interceptions
The biggest issue for Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons is Calvin Ridley is stepping away from football for personal reasons. Without him, the Falcons passing game is just Kyle Pitts.
As good as Pitts has been, he needs someone else to take the pressure off him.
This week, Atlanta will take on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints pass defense isn’t as good as their run defense, but I still don’t like the matchup.
Last week, Stephon Gilmore shadowed Pitts. Who’s to say Marshon Lattimore won’t do the same?
Until Ryan has success without Ridley, I can’t trust him.
Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams remains in a committee with Melvin Gordon. While Williams seems like the better back, the Denver Broncos refuse to give him the majority of the workload.
The biggest issue for Williams is he isn’t finding the end zone. He only has two touchdowns this season. Without the volume, he isn’t a great option.
Denver will head on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys. Following their Week 8 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas looks like one of the best teams in football.
They’re also a team that should be attacked through the air.
- Passing Yards Per Game: 278.1 (28th)
- Rushing Yards Per Game: 88.3 (6th)
With Dallas playing so well, I can’t imagine Denver will be able to control this game on the ground.
It’ll likely be another tough week for Williams and the Broncos ground game as a whole.
DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith continues to operate as the number one option for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Jalen Hurts’ struggles have taken a toll on Smith.
Check out Smith’s numbers over the last three weeks.
Because of Hurts’ rushing ability, he can produce fantasy numbers despite a bad passing day. Smith can’t say the same.
It won’t get any easier with a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. This is your weekly reminder that you don’t attack the Chargers through the air.
They have the worst run defense and fifth-best pass defense. I know the Eagles are weird about running the ball but they should let Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, and Kenneth Gainwell carry the workload.
Smith hasn’t found the end zone since Week 1. Unless he finds it this week, he’ll likely have another disappointing performance.
Best Fantasy Sleepers for Week 9
Last week was a bit weird with my sleepers. Rashod Bateman remains a good stash, while Allen Lazard turned out to be nothing when he missed Thursday’s night game.
Let’s discuss my Week 9 sleepers.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Houston Texans (4% Owned)
At this moment, I’m not 100 percent sure Tyrod Taylor will play this week. He continues to work back from a hamstring injury but he will split first-team reps in practice.
Bringing Taylor back would give the Houston Texans offense a big boost. Let’s check out his numbers this season.
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In Week 2, he only played in the first half.
The biggest thing with Taylor is his rushing upside. Think of him as a discount version or Jalen Hurts.
If Taylor plays this week, he should produce quality numbers against the Miami Dolphins. Miami has allowed the second-most passing yards per game this season. Taylor should be able to move the ball.
Even if he doesn’t come back until Week 10, Taylor is a quality bench option that can start in plus matchups.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (5% Owned)
Following Miles Sanders’ ankle injury, everyone flocked to the waiver wire to pick up Kenneth Gainwell. Then, all those people had to watch as Boston Scott had 12 carries, 60 yards, and two touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t use Gainwell until the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter. It appears his role as the Eagles pass-catching back will remain in place.
In case you missed my sit section, I talked about the Eagles opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, terrible run defense.
Scott should play the lead role in the Eagles ground game.
Jordan Howard also made an impact last week, but I think that was more of a product of playing the Detroit Lions.
Philadelphia will go with their best option this week.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Advice
My best advice is to have players that don’t have an injury. Okay, easier said than done.
The top three running backs coming into this season have all missed time or will miss time with an injury. These injuries are so unpredictable and it seems like everyone is taking a hit this season.
It’s always important to remind you how sports betting plays a factor in fantasy football. With the Las Vegas Raiders being (-3.0) point favorites, they can likely use their ground game to control things. That plays a factor in Josh Jacobs making my start list.
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