Trick or treat! Week 8 precluded Halloween with an assortment of treats, surprises and a few scares. Just when it appeared Ryan Fitzpatrick’s fantasy season was resting in peace, he rose from the dead to help Tampa Bay nearly come back to defeat Cincinnati. In addition, he has already been named as Tampa’s starting quarterback for Week 9. New Orleans sought revenge successfully against Minnesota, whose “Minnesota Miracle” touchdown in the final seconds in the playoffs last season propelled it to the NFC championship. James Conner continues his tear, which has helped Pittsburgh lead the AFC North and potentially move on from Le’Veon Bell. Lastly, the trade deadline has already made major impacts for the remainder of the season with Golden Tate headed to Philadelphia and Demaryius Thomas packing for Houston.
After your tummy is full of delicious Halloween candy, don’t be afraid to take a dive into Week 9 as we prepare for a spooky week of NFL action! Six teams are on bye and the weather looks stable, so good luck this week!
QB Jared Goff, L.A. Rams
After a disappointing 2016 campaign, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s sophomore season and fantasy potential was “six-feet under.” However, Goff and the Rams resurrected into a powerhouse in 2017 and an undefeated season thus far in 2018! Goff will visit New Orleans, who has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks as its strong secondary last season appears to be a distant memory. In two previous matchups against New Orleans, Goff has played well with five touchdowns and two interceptions. With six on quarterbacks on bye and a potential return of wide receiver Cooper Kupp, Goff may be a top five play this weekend!
Week 9 projection: 300 passing yards, 2 TD
RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Chicago running back Tarik Cohen has been one of the key components to Chicago’s improved offense this season. Although Jordan Howard continues to receive the larger share of carries, Cohen has been instrumental as a top receiving target for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Cohen will visit Buffalo, who has given up the 11th-most points to running backs and has been even more vulnerable to backs catching passes. With more than 60 receiving yards and scores in four straight games, “treat” Cohen as a low-end RB2 or FLEX with great upside this weekend!
Week 9 projection: 80 total yards, TD
WR David Moore, Seattle Seahawks
What does a wide receiver need to do to land on the fantasy radar? Seattle wide receiver David Moore has scored four touchdowns and is averaging more than 60 receiving yards over the last three games. Although Moore’s home matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers is relatively neutral, he has big play ability and continues to build rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson. Consider Moore a WR4 or FLEX with upside.
Week 9 projection: 60 receiving yards, TD
TE Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens
With tight end frighteningly shallow and six teams on bye for Week 9, good luck streaming a tight end this week! If you are in this dreadful position, take a look at Baltimore tight end Hayden Hurst, who has been hyped by coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh recently mentioned Hurst’s high talent and importance of getting him “rolling” in the offense. After scoring his first touchdown in Week 8, Hurst may be in store for an encore as Baltimore welcomes rival Pittsburgh, who has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. Consider Hurst if you need a tight end for this week!
Week 9 projection: 50 receiving yards, TD
D/ST Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have a favorable Monday night home matchup against Tennessee, whose offense has struggled this season. Although Dallas lost its last game against Washington, its defense has been solid with eight sacks and forcing four turnovers over the last four games. Dallas’ defense has kept offenses to less than 25 points in every game this season. The Tennessee offense has allowed the fourth-most points to opposing defenses and will likely be “tricked” again in Week 9.
Week 9 projection: 11 points