Gearing For The Playoffs: Fantasy Football’s Aww’s and Naw’s For Week 9

Aww Quarterbacks

Jared Golf, Los Angeles Rams (away vs New Orleans Saints) – This game should be fun to watch as Goff should be getting back wide receiver Cooper Kupp in this potential shootout in New Orleans.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – Prescott will play well on this national televised game at home against the Titans. He has averaged over 21 fantasy points in his last four games and this will be his first outing with newly acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – Wilson has been on fire his past three games with three straight touchdown passes. He does not run much anymore but he’s on a good streak so continue to start him.


Naw Quarterbacks

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – Trubisky has a tough matchup on the road against the Buffalo Bills but he’s a solid mobile quarterback so he should put up steady numbers. I just don’t expect big numbers like he’s been putting up over the last three weeks.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – We all know not to start Big Ben on the road, especially against a tough Ravens defense who hasn’t played well in the past two weeks.


Aww Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – This guy is the true meaning of “Can’t stop, won’t stop”. With running back Chris Thompson still hurting, Peterson should get 20 plus carries again at home against the Falcons.

Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (home vs. Detroit Lions) – Murray has been playing very well in the past three weeks with Dalvin Cook still nursing a hamstring injury. He has a great matchup at home against the Lions, who’s given up a lot of fantasy points to opposing running back this season.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (away vs. New England Patriots) – If the Packers keep this game close, Jones should exploit the Patriots defense. With former teammate Ty Montgomery traded to the Ravens, Jones will get more carries (between 15-18) and be productive.


Naw Running Backs

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Chicago Bears) – With Nathan Peterman starting at quarterback this week against the Bears, things will be ugly for McCoy.

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Even though Collins scored last week against the Carolina Panthers, it will be hard to trust him this week. They will be playing against the Steelers, who have allowed just five touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Adding running back Ty Montgomery also could limit Collins.


Aww Wide Receivers

Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets) – I am hoping that last week’s performance in Houston, was not a fluke for Parker. He has a good matchup at home against the Jets, who have allowed 11 receivers to score or gain at least 100 receiving yards.

DJ Moore/Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – The Bucs’ pass defense is horrific and quarterback Cam Newton should have a field day at home throwing to Moore and Funchess.

John Brown/Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Here’s a fact- the Steelers are fourth in the NFL in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. I’m hoping this can be a shootout.


Naw Wide Receivers

Demaryius Thomas, Houston Texans (away vs. Denver Broncos) – There’s something about starting players that just got traded a few days ago, especially playing against their former team, who knows how to cover him.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – This is a risky play for Cooper, who will be making his Cowboy debut.  I love that this game against the Titans will be in Dallas on Monday night, so it’s understandable if you start him.  This is just a gut feeling to sit him till he builds more chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott.


Aww Tight Ends

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – In two of the first three games with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Howard scored at least 13 PPR points. He’s playing on the road against the Carolina Panthers, which comes into this game allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so continue to start Howard.

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – In week four against the Ravens at home, McDonald had five catches for 62 yards on five targets. This week, they are playing in Baltimore, which the Ravens allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.


Naw Tight Ends

Trey Burton, Chicago Bears (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – The Bills defense has done a great job against opposing tight ends this season, averaging only four catches allowed per game. They also held one of the best tight ends of the league, Rob Gronkowski, to only 43 yards last week.

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Washington Redskins) – The Redskins defense has allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season but with the recent addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, they’ll be ready to contain Hooper this week at home.


Aww Team Defense

Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets) – Here’s a defense to pick up and start if you own the Jacksonville Jaguars, who’s on a bye this week. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold should make a few mistakes on the road.

Houston Texans (away vs. Denver Broncos) – One of the hottest defenses in the league right now will be on the road against the Broncos, who they’ll rush Case Keenum a lot for sacks.


Naw Team Defense

Buffalo Bills (home vs. Chicago Bears) – The Bills defense played a good game last Monday against the Patriots despite the bad offense. The Bears come in town this weekend and they should have some success but with Nathan Peterman starting, it’ll be déjà vu from last week.

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