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Corner Lockdown – Week 9

Bold Predictions

Jay Cutler will have over 20 fantasy points.

Cutler has had four solid games in a row and will have another Monday night. The Chargers defense allows about two touchdown passes per game and has yet to allow less than 24 points in any game this season. With Matt Forte out, Cutler will be asked to do more than usual. I think he should have no problem throwing for over 300 yards with a minimum of two touchdowns. He’ll probably be good for a Cutler-like interception, but overall he’s a top-10 and maybe even top-5 fantasy quarterback for Week 9.

Jeremy Hill finally sees more than 20 carries and has monster day.

Fantasy owners have had a tough go around with Hill in 2015. He was a second round pick for most and even a late first rounder for others. There have been some matchup and game flow issues that he’s had to overcome, but the arrow is pointing up for Hill now. He has received 31 carries over the last two games and is starting to regain his early down dominance in the fast-paced Cincinnati offense. Gio Bernard will still steal some passing down work and a few carries here and there, but owners have to love the matchup against Cleveland. The Browns allow the most rushing yards per game to running backs this season so Hill should see his busiest workload on the year. He’s a must start RB2.


Shark Sleepers

Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta

Tamme has been targeted at an inconsistent rate so far this season, but is coming off a huge 10-catch, 103-yard performance. He also scored his first touchdown of the season in that game. Julio Jones can’t catch every ball in this offense and with Leonard Hankerson still banged up, Tamme should have another solid day at San Francisco. The 49ers are in disarray right now and haven’t been able to stop any opposing offenses. With the tight end position being very weak and six teams on a bye, fantasy owners could do worse than starting a player on a potent offense with a good matchup.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago

Nobody is talking about Wilson right now and I can’t understand why. No. 2 receiver Eddie Royal hurt his knee pretty bad last week and is doubtful for Week 9, leaving Wilson as his replacement in the starting lineup. When Wilson plays a significant role, he gets targeted a lot and he delivers. Plus with Matt Forte out, the Bears are going to have to rely heavily on the passing game. The Chargers defense can’t stop a nosebleed right now and with Alshon Jeffery commanding a lot of attention I see Wilson sneakily getting double-digit targets and finding the end zone.


Lock of the Week

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego

San Diego WR Stevie Johnson.

Johnson will benefit the most from the season ending injury that stud WR Keenan Allen suffered last week. He should now assume the No. 1 receiver role for the Chargers and get a lot of the same routes that made Allen such a dominant force. In the span of a week, Johnson goes from barely a FLEX option to a strong WR2 in all formats. If he’s available in your league then you need to pick him up and start him every week moving forward. You can expect a healthy stat line along the lines of eight receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against a poor Bears pass defense


Who’s on Revis Island?

The Jacksonville Jaguars come to town on Sunday where Revis will be facing Allen Robinson. Robinson has been great this season and has four touchdowns in his last three games. The touchdown streak ends in Week 9 though as Revis is coming off a superb effort against rookie sensation Amari Cooper where he held him to five receptions for 46 yards. Expect even less production from Robinson in Week 9.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.