Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable - Week 9
Welcome to the Week 9 Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable! Let's get to our panel and this week's burning questions. Follow Steve Rapin (@fantasygeek37), Gary Haddow (@garyhaddow1) and Kevin Tompkins (@ktomplinsii) on Twitter right now!
With four teams on bye and guys like TY Hilton out, which wide receiver would you start in a full point PPR as your WR3 - Danny Amendola, Corey Davis, Chris Conley, or Cole Beasley?
Steve Says - Chris Conley. With Dede Westbrook's status in doubt, Chris Conley is the pick here for me. He has 15 targets over the last two weeks which resulted in 186 yards and a score for Conley and I love his matchup against Keion Crossen this week. Conley could be in for a big game even if Westbrook suits up.
Gary Says - Danny Amendola. Danny Amendola has the highest floor and has an amazing connection with Matthew Stafford. It’s kind of impossible to guard Amendola when you have Golladay and Jones Jr. lining up with him. He just needs to hope that the Raiders stay close in this game, which they should since they are much better than we give them credit for.
Kevin Says - Danny Amendola. Just as Golden Tate was the "running game" for so many years in Detroit, Amendola will be featured the same way and will make a solid number three receiver for the Lions. You honestly can't trust anybody else aside from Beasley, but he's more of a WR4.
As the fantasy trade deadline approaches in many leagues, who is a player you want to aggressively pursue in a deal and why?
Steve Says - Zach Ertz, TE Eagles. Zach Ertz only has one touchdown and has only topped 70 yards once this whole season. Yuck. However, he is the perfect buy low target because he has some great matchups against the Dolphins, Giants and Redskins down the stretch and with the wasteland that is the tight end position, he could really help you win a fantasy championship.
Gary Says - Devin Singletary, RB Bills. I am really looking to purchase Devin Singletary as his snap percentage continues to
increase. The schedule is great and I think they continue to use him more and more. The Bills do not need a running back outside of their existing running back room.
Kevin Says - Alex Mattison, RB Vikings. With the ground game being the bread and butter of the Minnesota offense, Mattison can be a viable flex play some weeks. If something happens to Dalvin Cook, Mattison is an immediate RB1. He's great insurance for Cook owners, an amazing lottery ticket, and can provide standalone value as well.
Baltimore plays New England on Sunday night. Given the Patriots defense, would you sit Lamar Jackson and/or Mark Ingram?
Steve Says - You never sit Lamar Jackson. Never. Even if it's a tough matchup for him, his rushing ability should always put him in the top five quarterback rankings. While Mark Ingram is a little bigger question mark, the Patriots defense has looked good against pitiful competition. The Ravens are the Pats toughest matchup to date and you should fire up both Jackson and Ingram in Week 9.
Gary Says - I am not sitting Lamar when he has the ability to go off on any week. The Patriots are an amazing defense, but the Ravens are built differently up front and with their WR/TE group than the rest of the teams the Patriots have played.
Kevin Says - Mark Ingram is my sit of the week among running backs as he's gotten a bit touchdown dependent the last couple of weeks. You can't sit Lamar Jackson at this juncture. He's too good and too valuable.
Which Cheap DFS play is your favorite of the weekend?
Steve Says - Mark Walton, RB Dolphins. With Kenyan Drake now doing his thing in Arizona, Mark Walton has a shot at winning the full-time job in Miami. Kalen Ballage hasn't topped three rushing attempts in their last four games, so I fully expect Walton to be the guy. With Walton priced at only $5,700 on Fanduel, I am going to be firing him up wherever I can.
Gary Says - Allen Robinson, WR Bears. I don't play DFS but I LOVE Allen Robinson if he's cheap.
Kevin Says - Mike Williams, WR Chargers. He's eighth in the NFL in air yards, yet 30th in receiving yards. He's due for positive regression.
Steve Says - Robby Anderson, WR Jets. Despite having 14 targets in the last two games, the results just haven't been there for Robby Anderson. However, a matchup against the pitiful Dolphins should be enough to get Anderson back on track.
Gary Says - Allen Robinson, WR Bears. I’m a big believer that Mitchell Trubisky absolutely sucks. But he doesn’t think he sucks, and this feels like a game where Trubisky blows up against the terrible Eagles pass defense. He will blow up because Allen Robinson is hyper targeted and easily gets room for dare I say, two touchdowns.
Kevin Says - Derek Carr, QB Raiders. He's going into a possible shootout with Detroit this week. He now has Tyrell Williams back who is finally healthy, and he has five touchdowns in his last two games. He's an excellent streamer for Week 9.
Steve Says - Chris Carson, RB Seahawks. While Tampa Bay may not be the best team in the NFL, their rush defense is very good. How good? Well they are the number one rush defense in the league only giving up 68 rushing yards per game. The number two rush defense isn't even close as the Saints give up a little over 84 rushing yards per game. This sets up as a good Russell Wilson game and not necessarily a good Chris Carson game.
Gary Says - Terry McLaurin, WR Redskins. I am very nervous about the impact of Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin is awesome and will be a stud for a long time to come, but Haskins doesn’t look ready and I would be sitting McLaurin where possible. In addition, McLaurin should be covered by Tre’Davius White who is probably more Awesome than McLaurin… if such a thing is possible.
Kevin Says - Terry McLaurin, WR Redskins. He's heading into Sundays perfect storm of awfulness. The combo of Tre'Davious White and Dwayne Haskins throwing him the ball?! No thanks!