Week 9 Fantasy Sleepers: Jeremy McNichols, Jordan Love among the players on the starting bubble with a rediscovered value


Week 9 is here and some of the big names coming up are D’Andre Swift, Terry McLaurin, Mike Evans, Tom Brady and DK Metcalf. This isn’t the most backbreaking bye week, but we’re missing out on some players near the top of their positional rankings. For those of you who have leaned on Buccaneers, congratulations to you, but this week you will have to fill in the gaps. Whether it’s players on your roster or those sitting on the edge of giving up, those are always on a sneaky upside in any given week. Jeremy McNichols, Jordan Love, and Taysom Hill are the types of players who get started and sit in bubbles thanks to new roles, and we quite like their chances of putting them on our Week 9 fantasy dream list.

It is worth noting that any of our selections I could bust this week. We are taking risks here, because we don’t want to tell anyone too obvious. A list of easy choices would be of no use to anyone. You won’t start the guys below on consistent and proven manufacturers, but you probably won’t be looking for fantasy sleepers if your lineup is set. However, even if so, our list of sleepers can help you find value in DFS contests, as these players’ prices should be affordable.

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Last week, Michael Carter was one of our top picks of the season, but it may have been nullified by the dumpster fire we saw with Kenneth Gainwell. To complement our RB selections, Zach Moss was a weak standard league game but a decent piece of PPR. Our QB selections of Daniel Jones, Carson Wentz and Teddy Bridgewater did well overall, with Wentz having the most success. A pass-catcher, Darius Slayton, Laviska Shenault, Jerry Jeudy and Mo Alie-Cox left a lot to be desired, but we cashed in Evan Engram and Dan Arnold.

That said, we’ve had some great W’s and huge L’s, but hey, that’s part of that when you look at fringe fantasy beginners.

Week 9 Fantasy Sleepers: Running back

Jeremy McNichols, Titans @ Rams (Jackson Sparks). McNichols’ workhorse dreams were shattered by the acquisition of Adrian Peterson, but McNichols will still be contributing to this offense, especially this week. We expect Tennessee to turn into a heavier side with Derrick Henry (foot) out and McNichols serving as receiving full-back. That said, Peterson’s signing was a better scenario for McNichols than a back with a receiving profile. The Rams will score, Ryan Tannehill will try a lot of passes and McNichols will get a lot of goals. In PPR leagues, it seems to be a great flexible option.

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins vs. Texans (Iyer). Gaskin is expected to be busy with a positive game script as well as good reception numbers this week.

Derrick Gore, Heads vs. Packers (Matt Lutovsky). Gore came out of nowhere to run 11 times for 48 yards and a TD last Monday, and if Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) were to come out again, it seems likely that Gore will have a similar workload against the Packers. As insane as it sounds, Kansas City is in danger of losing out in this game (yes, even with Jordan Love at QB), and if that happens, Gore’s ceiling is lowered too, but it should get major carries early, especially if The Chiefs bypass the goal line. It can still work as a flex in this neutral matchup.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins vs. Texans (Sparks). Tagovailoa has averaged 25.45 fancy points against Atlanta and Jacksonville and will face a similarly bad defense in week 9 against Houston. He knew he was going to struggle against Buffalo, but his 16.2-point exit was actually a better performance than many expected. The Dolphins don’t have a decent quick attack, so they’ve had to air it early and often over the past three weeks (42 pass attempts per game). Yours is our No. 1 QB streamer.

Jordan Love, Packers @ Chiefs (Iyer). Love has the weapons and game support in the running to put together good numbers in front of Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs’ wobbly defense will rush to prepare for an unknown.

Taysom Hill, Saints vs. Falcons (Lutovsky). Hill averaged around 21 fantasy points per game (FPPG) on his four QB starts last year. That total places it around QB10 / 11 this year. He has a high floor / medium ceiling regardless of the opponent, but bad defense on passes like Atlanta only increases his potential. Expect about 200 yards passing, 50 yards running, and a couple of TDs if Hill (concussion) is knocked out and starts.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receivers

Jerry Jeudy, Broncos @ Cowboys (Iyer). He was quiet on his return last week, but he should be eating in the slot against Dallas with loud volume for his QB.

Van Jefferson, Rams vs. Titans (Lutovsky). Jefferson has seen 13 targets in his last two games, and with DeSean Jackson out of town, that share of targets should only increase. Jefferson has great play capabilities and can be used around the goal line as well. Against the poor defense on the Tennessee passes, it has a high ceiling.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers: tight end

Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos v Cowboys (Sparks). Assuming Noah Fant (reserve / COVID) is out, Albert O should be viewed as a low-end TE1. He has Fant-like physical tools, and while Dallas has secondary directors, they are more stingy against WR than TE. Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t been shy about targeting Okwuegbunam when he’s on the pitch, so we’re not shy about playing him this week.

Tyler Conklin, Vikings to the Ravens (Iyer). This is a fantastic matchup for Conklin, as Baltimore has granted the second most FPPGs to TEs. Expect Conklin to get more involved with Adam Thielen contained within.

Pat Freiermuth, Steelers vs. Bears (Lutovsky). Freiermuth has consecutive seven-target games in contests without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder). It is not a coincidence. It will continue to be a major part of Pittsburgh’s dink-and-dunk attack, giving it a high PPR plan (for a TE) against anyone. Chicago actually allowed the least number of FPPGs to TEs, so on paper this is a terrible match, but their high numbers are largely due to the lack of TDs and the favorable matchup. In three games against “good” TEs (Tyler Higbee, Darren Waller, TJ Hockenson) in position-defining offenses, the Bears have allowed an average of 4.3 tricks and 51.7 yards – still impressive, but it doesn’t go out. Freiermuth is now closer to that level of TE than the rest of Chicago’s TE opponents, so with Hockenson, Rob Gronkowski and Ricky Seals-Jones on goodbye and Dawson Knox (hand) and George Kittle (calf) probably out, Freiermuth still works. in PPR leagues.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense

Cincinnati Bengals versus Browns (Sparks). Cincinnati’s defense has been exposed against Mike White and the Jets, but for now we will consider it a fluke. Before that game, their defense was solid and they ranked in the first half of the league in fantasy points per game. Cleveland’s injured bout is a fire right now so we like the Bengals to play well at home.

Las Vegas Raiders to Giants (Iyer). Expect a jackpot, baby against Daniel Jones with an active and aggressive D after goodbye.

Green Bay Packers @ Chiefs (Lutovsky). In seven games since the start of Week 2, Kansas City has shot it 19 times and conceded 14 sacks. Perhaps even more shocking, in three of their last four games, the Chiefs have been kept under 21 offensive points. Meanwhile, the Packers have 14 takeaways and 20 sacks in their last seven games. Trends are too surprising to ignore.


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