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Week 9 Buy Low Candidates

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Below are some Week 9 Buy Lows. In need of a change or a spark to get back in the 2016 playoff hunt? Target some of these players on the cheap before this week’s games.

Todd Gurley | RB Rams

Folks, he is a top 1-3RB talent-wise, and he is getting the carries. The problem is that he has been facing eight-man fronts, and his team can’t move the football down the field. The good news is that he has already had his bye, so if you acquire him, he’s bye-free moving forward. Plus, the Rams may have addressed the offensive struggles during the bye week, and while there is no true solution for that offense given the QB situation, there is a chance they change-up their game plan a bit to free up the run. Could he struggle all year? Sure. But, he is worth the risk given you can get him at super-low RB1-type value, and RB2-type value in some cases. That’s extremely-low risk and high-reward.

DeAndre Hopkins | WR Texans

This situation is the same as the Todd Gurley situation up above. Is there risk that the offenses continue to hold back both Gurley and Hopkins? Sure, but both are proven talent-wise. I have ZERO doubt that both Gurley and Hopkins are top 1-5 talents at their position. ZERO. The disappointing seasons both are having are offensive-related, which may or may not be fixed in Weeks 9-16, but they are both worth trading for if the price is right. I’ve seen Hopkins go at high-end WR2-type value. Steal.

Allen Robinson | WR Jaguars

I know, he is on the list every week and he keeps disappointing. The targets are there, folks, he is massively targeted, but he isn’t seeing a ton of catchable passes. Will it change? Will things stay the same? Tough to say, but a losing team means lots of 3rd- and 4th-quarter passing, so my money is on ARob being a HUGE steal moving forward, even if Borltes is hit and miss and still throwing picks left and right. ARob is a top 5-9WR to me moving forward (and especially in dynasty in case your league is a dynasty league). I know that sounds crazy to some, but keep in mind I would never buy him in that 5-10WR value in redraft, as you don’t have to. Anyone buying him as a top 5-10WR in redraft is not using the market values to their advantage. That’s bad management. Buy him at WR2-type value, because he can easily be had at that value, which he’d earn on a still-disappointing season.

Donte Moncrief | WR Colts

The receiver is on his way back to full-strength this week, and even last week, his first game back from injury, he pulled in 40 yards and a TD. I expect a high-end WR2-type season moving forward if he can stay healthy. However, do NOT buy him at that value (high-end WR2-type value), or you are ruining all the upside with your acquisition. Buy-low and hope for big play!

Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman | RB Falcons

After a disappointing yardage outing in Week 8, a week he was suppose to explode given Coleman was out, many Freeman owners are considering selling Freeman at just solid value, not high value. If the owner in your league also has Coleman, buy both at less-than-high value and you might just have yourself a top 3-5RB moving forward (with the duo). They won’t be buy-low types, but they won’t cost you the kind of value they can still hold, in my opinion. Coleman might miss Week 9, but he isn’t yet ruled out. Freeman will likely have a big Week 9 if Coleman sits, and buying at merely solid-type value will be out the window. He will be overpriced if he goes nuts this week. Owning both rushers is the key, though.

Derrick Henry | RB Titans

It looks like DeMarco Murray (toe) is going to be ok for Week 9, or at least the week after… his MRI results came back negative. However, he is an overused rusher and he was abused in Dallas in such a way it shortens careers. You will find no one higher on Murray/Henry entering August drafts (or even moving forward — I love the duo, still!); I had the duo as a top 5RB entering 2016. That said, there are different ways to attack all this, and if you don’t own both, and especially don’t own Murray, see if the current Henry owner (if that owner doesn’t own Murray) will trade Henry to you for a player that can help that owner in terms of their lineup. With all the byes and injuries right now, someone that was crafty enough to draft just Henry (if they weren’t lucky enough to grab both Titans RBs like we advised in August), that owner might be hit hard with injury/bye and they may sell off their ‘what if’ prospect in Henry to better their playoff hunt chances. Just check out who owns Henry in your league and see what’s what, it’s worth a look, especially if that owner just owns Henry and is struggling with injury or bye. If Henry starts games in 2016, he will be a top 5-10 RB, if not higher, per start. That’s how good this starting slot is in Tennessee, and it’s why I loved, and still do, the Murray/Henry combo. I still love the duo, and if you own the duo, keep them… ride it out, you’re golden with both backs!

Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Charcandrick West (RB/KC)

Spencer Ware suffered a Week 8 concussion and Jamaal Charles is getting a second opinion on his knee(s). While Ware could play Week 9, there is a strong chance West gets the start this week, and he is a low-end RB1 if starting, he is that good.

Mike Gillislee (RB/BUF)

With LeSean McCoy’s Week 9 status up in the air, Gillislee is a must-own (if even available, as we have said for weeks to grab him) and proved it with his 85 yards and a TD on 12 carries in Week 8. He does play Seattle next week and McCoy could return, so much is cloudy, but he is still a must-own given his upside of starting.

Jamison Crowder (WR/WAS)

This guy has been awesome so far this year, and he was a breakout candidate of ours, so congrats to all who grabbed him early on. However, he still appears available in a decent number of leagues, so we had to list him yet again this week even though he is already gone/played in most leagues. Crowder pulled in 9/107/1TD in Week 8 and he had 7/108/0TDs in Week 7. He has a bye in Week 9.

Tim Hightower (RB/NO)

After fumbling one too many times and after being rather inconsistent, the team is likely turning to Tim Hightower.

JJ Nelson (WR/AZ)

His Week 8 line (8/79/2TDs ) was impressive enough to add him ASAP as a deeper WR play for Weeks 9-16.

Derrick Henry (RB/TEN)

Make sure he isn’t available. We said to draft and stash him, as he is a huge, huge secret weapon stash this year. For some reason, we see him on waivers, and Murray (toe) got banged up this past week. Murray looks fine, his MRI came back negative, but it’s a reminder to those overlooking Henry that he is an injury away from being a RB1.

Rob Kelley (RB/WAS)

He has a Week 9 bye, but the guy had 87 yards and 1TD in Week 8. He looks like the lead back in WAS for now. That could change, but you’d think after his 87/1TD line in Week 8, he will likely start in Week 10 coming out of the team’s Week 9 bye.

Darren Sproles (RB/PHI)

He ran for 86 yards and pulled in 5 passes for 17 yards in Week 8 against Dallas. He is actually available in a lot of leagues, and with more byes on the way and lots of injuries stacking up, he should be owned in all leagues.

Seth Roberts (WR/OAK)

He pulled in 69 yards and 1TD in Week 8, and he is used often in that offense. He is a fine WR4-type player with WR3-type upside, no question!

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Sunday Morning Week 9 News Wire

Good morning, Starters Nation. Below is our Sunday Morning News Wire, which we will update all morning long heading into kickoff. Good luck in Week 9, everyone!

Week 9 Breaking News

NEWS: Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was knocked unconsious moments ago and was slow to get up.

FANTASY: He will have to exit the game for at least a play, likely longer. We will keep you posted.


NEWS: Patriots RB Dion Lewis left Week 9 against the Redskins with a left knee injury.

FANTASY: The runner went down without contact, which is never a good thing. LeGarrette Blount could become a strong RB2 if Lewis is out for a while/season. We will let you know once we know more.


NEWS: According to the NFL Red Zone, Colts WR TY Hilton is active and ready to play Week 9.

FANTASY: This goes against everything that was being reported this morning, so clearly he tested the foot and feels good about playing. Start him with caution and stay on top of this in case something changes prior to kickoff, but he looks like a go, which is great for Andrew Luck owners. Keep in mind, we still like Moncrief in this one, and the Colts are expected to get both Fleener and Allen more involved in this one.


NEWS: According to reports, Brandon Marshall (toe, ankle) expects to play Week 9 against the Jaguars. Eric Decker is also active.

FANTASY: Stay close to your Smart Alerts, but he looks like a go as of now.


NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against New England.

FANTASY: It’s tough to trust the guy as anything more than a low-end WR3/4.


NEWS: Titans WR Kendall Wright is out this week; Justin Hunter will start in his place in Week 9.

FANTASY: If you need a WR this week, Hunter isn’t a bad play. Dorial Green-Beckham, a super talented player, is also a sneaky play this week..


NEWS: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, T.Y. Hilton (foot) is a “longshot” to play in Week 9 against Denver.

FANTASY: Donte Moncrief will get some extra looks, so he is a great play. Andre Johnson also has sneaky WR3/flex play for the week. Check back with us on Hilton, though.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, Chargers OC Frank Reich said that the team needs to “keep feeding” the ball to rookie rusher Melvin Gordon.

FANTASY: Rotoworld provides this quote from the OC: “You get a guy like Melvin the ball enough times, you’re hoping that one of those runs is going to pop out of there,” said Reich. Don’t give up on Gordon despite the growing pains, we still love his future, and he could have sneaky good value moving forward if he can hold onto the football in Week 9.


NEWS: Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 9.

FANTASY: Antonio Gates (knee) is probable. Expect Gates to have a big, big game, assuming that he suffers no setbacks and can be full-go.


NEWS: Bill WR Sammy Watkins (ankle) is questionable for Week 9, however, most sources are projecting that Watkins plays.

FANTASY: Stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts all morning, as we will surely update you on this situaton as the morning unfolds.


NEWS: 49ers RB Pierre Thomas is expected to be part of a RBBC in Week 9.

FANTASY: Most sources are predicting that Kendall Gaskins gets the start and a higher percentage of the Week 9 carries, but anything can happen with these kinds of situations. If we had to guess, Gaskins is the play if you owned both and had to pick one to start, but using either comes with some significant risk.


Week 9 Waiver Wire Recommendations

Top Pickups of Week 9

DeAngelo Williams
Jeremy Langford

With LeVeon Bell (MCL) out for the year, there is no better pick up than DeAngelo Williams. He is 100-yard/TD capable every single week that he starts, and he is now the starter in PIT. Matt Forte might be out for 2 weeks, maybe longer, maybe shorter, but that leaves Jeremy Langford as the current lead dog in Chicago. He should be owned in all leagues.

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News: 11/2 – Owen Daniels (knee) is active for Sunday night’s Week 9 contest against PIT.
Take: The tight end has been cleared to play even though he just had surgery on his knee roughly a week ago. Be cautious using him this week, as he could be on a snap count in this one. In this battle, we expect to see a whole lot of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger is a fine start coming off his monster 6TD performance last week, but expect more of a 2TD-type performance this week (and hope for more). He was on pace for 22-23TDs prior to last week, so expecting a grip of 3+TD performances moving forward isn't advised, but he can certainly throw down a 3+TD outing on occasion, no doubt.


News: 11/2 – Lamar Miller left Week 9 against the Chargers with a shoulder (left) injury.
Take: He had 49 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries prior to leaving. We will keep you posted, but word is that he couldn’t raise his arm above his head when on the sideline — His availability next week is in question.


News: 11/2 – Zach Miller is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Luke Willson will be the TE in Week 9 for SEA.


News: 11/2 – Nick Foles done for the day with a clavicle (collarbone) injury.
Take: This is horrible news for Foles owners and Eagle fans. We will keep you posted on this one, but it’s not good that he didn’t return and could indicate that the collarbone is broken. If broken, Foles will be out a significant amount of time, if not the remainder of the regular season.


News: 11/2 – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be playing in some serious snow in Week 9.
Take: Not only is it snowing, but reports are that the accumulation of the snow falling will add up to as much as three inches on the field. What does this mean for fantasy owners? Well, snow can be tricky, as it’s not all that uncommon to see passers toss for multiple TDs in snowy weather, even if yardage is reduced. Still, all in all, this isn’t a good thing for both offenses, especially if the wind stays strong. Should fantasy owners sit studs due to the snow? No. Always start your studs, even in snowy conditions. All it takes is for a defender to slip and studs like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski could take a short reception to the house. Expect to see a lot of Jonas Gray in this one, and Denver will also look to feed their runner, Ronnie Hillman, a decent amount of carries. With that, though, game flow could improve or eliminate plans of rushing the football, especially in snow. Snow just adds a whole lot of unknowns here, and not all of those unknowns will necessarily be negative. Note: The snow is being cleared, it’s just a matter of whether the snow stops after it’s cleared. Have dilemmas with your line-up due to this news? Get on our fantasy football forums and get some advice!


News: 11/2 – AJ Green is active and will start in Week 9 against the Jaguars.
Take: This is no surprise, but we just wanted to let you know it’s official that he is a go. Mohamed Sanu is still a super-strong WR3 at the very least, as Green could be looking at a snap count. Snap count or not, if Green is playing, you have to play him. Andy Dalton is a sneaky QB start this week now that he has Green back. Jeremy Hill has sneaky-good RB2-type value (if not more) this week with Giovani Bernard out for Week 9 with a hip injury.


News: 11/2 – Tony Romo (back) is officially inactive for Week 9 against the Cardinals.
Take: This was already in motion, but we wanted to let you all know that it’s official. Brandon Weeden will be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.


News: 11/2 – According to Adam Caplan, “While the #Buccaneers did activate RB Charles Sims on Saturday, hearing that they may wait another week to play him.”
Take: Even if it’s just a one week thing, get ready for the Bobby Rainey Show in Week 9. Game flow can always take a runner out fantasy-wise, so know that, but if you need a sleeper RB2-type start this week, Rainey is your guy! Doug Martin is inactive.


News: 11/2 – Kyle Rudolph (groin) is inactive for Week 9.
Take: No surprise here, but we wanted to let you all know.


News: 11/2 – Storm Johnson is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Denard Robinson is the guy in JAC now, no question. We liked Johnson, but the momentum is clearly with D-Rob.


News: 11/2 – Darren Sproles (knee) is listed as probable for Week 9.
Take: He is expected to play, no doubt, but using a player like Darren Sproles clearly depends on your team’s depth/situation. For quick line-up dilemma advice, jump on our Fantasy Football Forums! LeSean McCoy, still a strong buy-low candidate given his upside vs cost right now, should have a bounce-back outing in this one, although his fantasy owners are growing tired of his inconsistencies. All in all, we expect that Philly offense to have a big Week 9. As for Zach Ertz, he is expected to see a grip of red zone targets moving forward in this offense, and he is a fine sneaky-good TE1 moving forward. Make sure he isn't on waivers in your league!


News: 11/2 – Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to start Week 9.
Take: As we have said all week, he should be grabbed in most leagues, but only play the passer this week if you’re in desperate need, as he could be a bit rusty. RG3 under center gives fantasy bumps to both DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and even Jordan Reed. The team is expected to lean on Alfred Morris this week as RG3 gets back into the swing of things, which is great news for Morris owners. Morris owners should grab Roy Helu, though, as there is a tiny bit of long-term concern about Morris right now. Call it a precautionary move backing the starter up, especially when Helu is so talented.


News: 11/2 – AJ Green (toe) “will play today” against Jacksonville according to ESPN.
Take: This is great news, and he should be much more than just a decoy in the game. Still, it’s hard to count on him as his usual self. He should be in all line-ups though if he is a go. Of course, check back with us via our news wire and Smart Alerts all the way up to kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups with these kinds of things. Note: Giovani Bernard (hip) is out for this one, making Jeremy Hill a sneaky-good RB2 play this week.


News: 11/2 – NFL Network’s Desmond Purnell is reporting that Tony Romo (back) will not play today against the Cardinals.
Take: Of course, check back with us all the way up to kickoff, as there still is some thinking here that Romo will try to warm-up and test out his back. However, Brandon Weeden looks to be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.


News: 11/2 – Tony Romo, who has two broken bones in his back, is expected to test the back out early Sunday.
Take: Brandon Weeden is expected to start if Romo, who is currently ‘questionable’, can’t go, and we’d say he is heading in the direction of ‘doubtful’ vs ‘probable’. Stay tuned and expect at least one more Smart Alerts on this topic this morning.


News: 11/2 – Zach Ertz and the Eagles could use the tight end more in the red zone moving forward.
Take: This guy is on our Upside Board for a reason. Yes, he and Nick Foles are off to a slow start, but Ertz is a red zone beast and tough to cover. Expect him to have a strong finish to the 2014 fantasy season.


News: 11/2 – The Bucs have activated RB Charles Sims off injured reserve/designated for return and the runner is expected to play in Week 9.
Take: While anything can happen on Sundays, Doug Martin is doubtful and Sims will be used cautiously… this leaves Bobby Rainey most of the Week 9 touches. There is risk, but he is a sneaky-good start in Week 9. If something pops up news-wise regarding the workload being more of a split, we will fire out another smart alert on this, so be certain you’re signed up for our Smart Alerts.


News: 11/2 – Reggie Wayne (elbow) is probable for Monday night’s battle between the Colts and Giants.
Take: Donte Moncrief owners were hoping Wayne would enter this game with a snap count, but early word is Wayne won’t be too limited. I think Moncrief has earned an exciting amount of touches, but the return of Wayne certainly isn’t good news. So, if you are running Moncrief out onto the field in Week 9, you can be hopeful, but curb expectations a bit.


News: 11/2 – Rashad Jennings (knee) is ‘out’ for Week 9.
Take: No surprise hear, although, there is a chance Jennings could return in Week 10. We will keep you posted on this next week, but until then, expect a solid effort by Andre Williams on Monday night. He could be good for 80+ rushing and he could have a strong shot to score in the contest! Check your waiver wire just in case, as he is strangely available in some leagues.


NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: Week 9 Buy-Low & Sell-High Players!

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