Our Week 9 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 9 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Drew Brees NO @ CAR

The Brees is back to his traditional air it out form. After dicing up the Packers Sunday night, he will be back at it against the division rival Panthers Thursday night. Brees should be a no-brainer starter for all fantasy owners moving forward. Carolina played well at home defensively against Seattle, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from playing him. Trust me, he needs to be in your lineup.

Andy Dalton CIN VS JAX

The Bengals proved to be up to the task last weekend against the Ravens thanks to this ginger on the final drive. With the possiblity of A.J. Green coming back from his toe injury, there should be even more opportunity to light up the scoreboard against one of the league’s worst defenses. The Jags are the same defense that Kirk Cousins lit up, who compares himself to Andy Dalton. So let’s just say a 30 point performance is definitely feasible.

Running Backs

Andre Williams NYG VS IND

It looks like it will take one more week for Rashad Jennings to heal up, so take advantage Andre owners. The Colts look very exploitable, coming off an embarrassing defensive performance against the Steelers. Williams should see the goal line workload too. I see a couple Meadowlands romps in the cards for the Andre and the G-Men come Sunday.

Ahmad Bradshaw IND VS NYG

It will be a homecoming for Bradshaw for where he got his feet wet in the NFL. Going against his former teammates will stir up emotions and typically players thrive in that situation. I expect a big game from Andrew Luck and subsequently Bradshaw around the goal line. This game could have huge fantasy impact, I expect a shootout.

Wide Receivers

Kelvin Benjamin CAR VS NO

Kelvin has been the model for consistency in an otherwise inconsistent Panthers offense. He put up very solid numbers against Seattle’s secondary and is the clear #1 target for Cam Newton. I expect Carolina will begin airing the ball out more and will have to do so on Thursday night to keep up with the New Orleans attack. The secondary is the weakness for the Saints and I expect Benjamin, despite being a rookie, to exploit it at will. He could be celebrating like it’s Mardi Gras in this game.

Brandin Cooks NO @ CAR

Just when people were beginning to not believe the hype surrounding this rookie, he torches the Green Bay defense and shows his dynamic game-breaking speed. Coach Peyton has been vocal about finding ways to keep getting the ball in his hands, so I’m expecting a big second half from him. It starts Thursday night and it starts with rushing and receiving yards. I like his ability to achieve 20 plus points in Charlotte.

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce KC VS NYJ

Kelce is another contender for having a huge second half of the season. The first true Kansas City tight end since the Tony Gonzalez era should be pointing his air arrow up towards the heavens to celebrate first downs against the Jets. The Jets are reeling as a whole and Kelce has potential to have a huge game. Smith to Kelce, get use to it at Arrowhead.

Jason Witten DAL VS AZ

Witten is one of the best tight ends in Cowboys history. He’s beginning to heat up, as evidenced by his nose dive into the end zone on Monday night. The Cardinals are going to have their hands full, whether it is Tony Romo or Brandon Weeden throwing passes out there. 70 plus yards and a TD are realistic results.


San Francisco 49ers SF VS STL

San Francisco put up 15 plus fantasy points on Monday night against this same Rams squad a few weeks ago. St. Louis lost it’s #1 wide receiver, Brian Quick, for the season. The 49ers are getting back more players on defense, including Navarro Bowman. The game is at home, Levi Stadium will be loud and the 49ers need to keep pace with Seattle and Arizona to have a legit shot at making the playoffs. All these things point towards a 49ers defensive dominance. Start ’em.