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THE DIVE: Week 9 “When the Cold Wind Blows”

Did your fantasy football team provide more tricks than treats last week? If you started Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook or DK Metcalf, then you savored some sweet performances! Several games during Week 8 were affected by weather, especially windy conditions. Weather will begin to be a factor to more closely monitor with the second half of the season occurring during the fall and winter seasons.

With Week 9 approaching, let’s take a dive into several players and defense that may help you win your week and stay in the playoff hunt. The Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Philadelphia are on bye so adjust your rosters accordingly. Also, keep an eye on your players’ game statuses with a few COVID-19 cases arising. Also, currently, Jacksonville (vs. Houston) and Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans) hosted games face weather concerns with wind and rain in the forecast.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit

Update: Stafford has just been placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list after exposure to an infected person on Monday. As long as he tests negative for five consecutive days (began Tuesday) and remains asymptomatic, then he should be able to go on Sunday.

Although he may not receive the attention and glamor of some of the other quarterbacks in fantasy football, Stafford has been proven to be a valuable and reliable asset. Over his last two games, he has averaged 338 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. Although he is likely without Kenny Golladay in Week 9, Stafford has enough weapons for another solid outing in a road matchup against Minnesota, who has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. With Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz and Joe Burrow on bye this week, Stafford is a great option as a QB2 with high upside. 

Note: that Stafford has just been placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list after exposure to an infected person on Monday. As long as he tests negative for five consecutive days (began Tuesday) and remains asymptomatic, then he should be able to go on Sunday.

Week 9 results: 325 passing yards, 10 rushing yards, 2 TD

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco

Through eight games, San Francisco has now lost Raheem Mostert twice, Tevin Coleman twice and Jeff Wilson. This does not include the major injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the defense. Jerick McKinnon has been involved in the ground game as well, but primarily a secondary run option who is more involved in the passing game. That leaves JaMycal Hasty. San Francisco is a run-heavy offense, which may increase with the losses of Garoppolo and Kittle. Hasty should receive the bulk of carries with McKinnon assisting on third down opportunities and will be in store for a productive outing at home against Green Bay, who has given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs (including a four-touchdown game to Dalvin Cook last week). Hasty’s only downside is he has only six catches this season. Consider Hasty as a high floor, low-end RB2 or Flex for Thursday night.

Week 9 results: 80 total yards, TD

Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit

Slow out of the gate, many fantasy owners have been regularly benching or even dropping veteran receiver Marvin Jones Jr. from their roster. With two strong back-to-back performances and top wideout Kenny Golladay sidelined, it is time to reconsider Marvin Jones. He will be facing a secondary that has surrendered the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (including the most touchdowns). Consider Jones as a WR3 or Flex with a high floor and great upside!

Week 9 results: 75 receiving yards, TD

Noah Fant, TE, Denver

It has been tough owning Noah Fant given his ankle injury as well as Denver starting three different quarterbacks this season due to injuries. Regardless, Fant is a very talented tight end and produces when healthy. In fact, he recorded his highest catch total (seven) last week and looks forward to continuing his momentum into Week 9 when Denver visits Atlanta, who has given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (including the most catches and touchdowns). Start Fant as a TE1 without hesitation!

Week 9 results: 75 receiving yards, TD

Houston Defense/Special Teams

Houston has been disappointing both offensively and defensively, and even fired its head coach a few weeks ago. After a bye and two weeks to prepare for an upcoming road matchup against Jacksonville (who has allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing defenses,) Houston will be a great plug-and-play this week. In addition, sixth-round rookie quarterback Jake Luton is the probable starting quarterback with Gardner Minshew II sidelined with an injured thumb. Look for Houston’s best defensive outing of the season in Week 9.

Week 9 results: 12 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.