Week Nine is upon us as we have rounded the season’s halfway mark and are heading for the playoff stretch. Keep an eye on the COVID lists this week; it appears more and more players are being added this week. At this point in the season, leagues start to separate, and the time for making your push is now. There are players in good spots this week that should push up point totals and some expectations that should be tempered.
Cam Newton QB New England Patriots (at Jets)
The Patriots have been bad this season, and Cam hasn’t been great, but it’s the Jets. This Jets team seems like at this point; they’re just playing out the string. Newton has not played like the QB1 we have grown accustomed to over the years, but this is an excellent spot for him. The Jets have allowed 16 touchdowns on the year to opposing quarterbacks, and although Cam hasn’t thrown a touchdown in his last three games, that changes this week.
James Conner RB Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cowboys)
Conner has been rolling this year and will look to keep it going this week against the Cowboys. The Cowboys have allowed a league-high 1,109 rushing yards on the year and have allowed eight touchdowns to running backs. The Steelers come into this one undefeated and will look to run the ball against a weaker opponent that they should have no trouble beating. This is a smash-spot for Conner this week.
David Johnson RB Houston Texans (at Jaguars)
Despite not having a 100-yard game this year, Johnson has been more than adequate at the running back position that has been disseminated by injuries. He gets a plus matchup this week against a Jags team that allows 104 rushing yards per game and allows six catches per game to running backs. The Jags are also starting a rookie quarterback who could struggle, leading the Texans to run out the clock if they can build a lead.
Marvin Jones WR Detroit Lions (at Vikings)
Jones comes into this one fresh off a two touchdown performance a week ago as the Lions will take on the Vikings in this one. The Vikings have allowed a league-high 15 touchdowns to receivers and allow 191 yards per game. With Kenny Golladay out for this game, Jones looks to lead this receiving corps and should see a ton of work. Matthew Stafford was added to the COVID Reserve list this week but is eligible to come off Sunday morning with a negative test result. Either way, Jones is in a good spot this week and is worth consideration in all lineups.
Terry McLaurin WR Washington Football Team (vs Giants)
Scary Terry performs no matter whom the quarterback in Washington is, and he continues to impress. He’s got back-to-back games with double-digit targets and continues to see the majority of the passing work in this offense. This week he gets a juicy matchup against the Giants, who allow 171 receiving yards per game and have surrendered eight touchdowns on the year. McLaurin should continue to roll in this one.
Noah Fant TE Denver Broncos (at Falcons)
Many people had high hopes for Fant coming into this year, but it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride thus far. This week he gets a matchup with the Falcons, who have been friendly to tight ends this year. They’ve allowed a league-high eight touchdowns on the year and are giving up 67 yards per game to the position. There is enough trust in this matchup to warrant Fant starting in lineups this week.