Identifying possible failures before your fantasy, start making decisions, sit down is how you avoid having disastrous weeks. There are a number of factors that can make things go wrong for fringe beginners, and we took all sorts of different variables into consideration: matchups, injuries, usage trends when we put together our Week 9 fantasy bust lists. , which features such disparate names as Adrian Peterson and Patrick Mahomes. We also list up-and-coming guys like Michael Carter and Dan Arnold as players to think twice about when making start ’em, sit’em decisions.
As always, even perennial stars can fail in favorable matchups, but it’s hard to call superstars “busts” unless they’ve really gone down (as was Mahomes). Mostly we just name the guys on the start or finish bubble – not guys who are just going to have a good but not great week and not guys who are on over 90 percent of the renounce leads. Sometimes you don’t have the depth to reasonably bench these guys (or you may just disagree with our ratings), especially in a week like this.
In week 8, we mostly had a successful busts selection. Khalil Herbert and Antonio Gibson got us off to a great start as Gibson’s shin continued to restrict him, while Herbert was kept without a touchdown and didn’t do enough in the receiving match to match some of his other performances. James Conner was not eliminated, having scored two touchdowns, but our trial was correct. He only saw five carries in a competitive match, but the cheap goal line touchdowns saved him. Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert were ineffective against strong defenses. Jakobi Meyers only scored a 4-37-0 line, and Mike Evans’ day was saved by a long touchdown in a day with two tricks. Jared Cook, Dalton Schultz and Mike Gesicki can also be considered victories in our column. The Carolina and New England defenses were our biggest misses.
After a good performance, we are back. Remember, we won’t be selecting obvious choices, but guys who are reasonably at the beginning, sit the bubble.
Fantasy busts of the week 9: Running back
Michael Carter, Jets @ Colts (Jackson Sparks). Carter amassed 32.2 PPR fancy points last week and recorded 15 receptions in the past two weeks. If he is force-fed with goals against Indianapolis, he can avoid getting high. However, Indianapolis is the third best defense in fantasy points per game (FPPG) awarded to the RBs and has not yielded more than three receptions to the RBs this season. On the ground, he only allowed Derrick Henry and Elijah Mitchell to run over 100 yards since the start of the 2018 season. So, again, Carter’s only path to fantasy success is in PPR leagues with lots of targets. easy, but Indianapolis should do a good job of closing it down.
Khalil Herbert / David Montgomery, Bears at Steelers (Vinnie Iyer). That’s why you don’t feel rushed good production with Justin Fields in a brutal Monday street match, as the touches will be distributed too evenly to trust both Bears’ backs.
Adrian Peterson, Titans @ Rams (Lutovsky). AP’s return is a fun story, but the 36-year-old full-back is unlikely to play close to a full series of shots in his first game with Tennessee. He could easily get a short TD, but against the Rams’ eleventh running defense, he won’t get many yards or fancy points, especially in PPR formats.
High on Fantasy Football of Week 9: Quarterbacks
Kirk Cousins, Vikings @ Ravens (Sparks). Cousins is a boom or bust quarterback, and when he’s on a cold streak, he’s best avoided. The Ravens have been exposed by some quarterbacks this year, but we expect them to be ready to go after a week of waiting. Playing Baltimore is no easy task, this Minnesota pass bout looked out of place against Dallas.
Kyler Murray, Cardinals to 49ers. (Ier). You’re still playing with him if he’s active, but no running and shaky passes with an ankle injury (plus no AJ Green and possibly no DeAndre Hopkins) are making you nervous that he won’t put any more QB1 numbers.
Patrick Mahomes, Capi v Packers (Lutovsky). Sounds strange, right? We know it’s difficult to bench Mahomes, but something is happening with the former MVP. He achieved poor consecutive fantasy performances and failed to make it past two TDs in his last four games. We know he’s capable of a great performance in a given week – and you’ll feel like a complete idiot if you bench him for, say Tua Tagovailoa or Taysom Hill and walk away – but the Packers have just shut down Kyler Murray and are allowing the fourth. number of FPPGs per QB. Mahomes is not necessarily a “must-start” this week.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receivers
DeVonta Smith, Eagles vs. Chargers (Sparks). The Chargers have only conceded three touchdowns to wide receivers this year, and none of them have been traded to the “# 1” receivers. Smith has scored less than 5.2 fantasy points in four out of eight games this year, and against the excellent Chargers secondary, how can we expect more? Los Angeles is in the top three against fantasy WR.
Adam Thielen, Vikings in Ravens (Iyer). This is more of a Justin Jefferson game as the Ravens won’t let Marlon Humphrey get exposed by his speed and fall into the slot to get Thielen away from Kirk Cousins.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots @ Panthers (Lutovsky). We continue to wait for Meyers’ steady stream of goals to translate into more fantasy points, but he hasn’t scored yet in his NFL career and has only surpassed the 70 yards he received once this season. You can argue that it’s “due”, but at least in standard leagues, it’s simply a low-ceilinged piece of depth.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight end
Dan Arnold, Jaguars vs. Bills (Sparks). As previously mentioned with Michael Carter, Arnold’s only path to fantasy success is in PPR leagues if he draws plenty of easy targets for minimal yards. However, against an elite defense from Bills, we don’t feel comfortable trusting Arnold in this matchup. Buffalo has given up on the seventh minus FPPG for tight end this season, and only Logan Thomas and Travis Kelce have scored against his defense. To put it simply, Arnold is not Kelce or Thomas.
Tyler Higbee, Rams vs. Titans (Iyer). This is a great wide receiver match for Los Angeles, so no more Higbee love with Cooper Kupp dancing inside.
Zach Ertz, Cardinals @ 49ers (Lutovsky). Ertz has been solid since going to Arizona, but with seven holds (nine targets) for 108 yards and one score, he has yet to establish himself as a “must-start”. The 49ers allow the third lowest number of FPPGs to make a tight end, so Ertz is a risky game.
Fantasy Busts of the Week 9: Defenses
Denver Broncos @ Cowboys (Sparks). Denver is in the top 10 D / ST in FPPG this year, but Dallas has too much up front to start anyone against them. Even with Cooper Rush, we saw Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Cedrick Wilson eating. Especially if Dak Prescott (calf) is back (and possibly Michael Gallup), he benchs any defense that’s ready to compete with the Cowboys. It’s also worth noting that Von Miller obviously won’t rush Denver passerby as he has been traded to the Rams.
Cleveland Browns in Bengals (Iyer). Don’t go hunting for more Joe Burrow picks and sacks when he’s comfortable at home.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Vikings (Lutovsky). Even when the Vikings fight offensively, as they did last Sunday night, they don’t turn around much and don’t allow many sacks. In fact, they’ve only filmed it five times in the entire season and haven’t conceded more than two sacks in a game since week 1. Baltimore has a few directors, but its base and roof are much lower than usual this week. .