Here are the recommended grabs for Week 9:
Geno Smith, NYJ
Geno looked remarkably proficient against the Raiders, meaning he did his prep and he has progressed as a QB. He’s here because all Chan Gailey QBs end up producing in fantasy on the whole. Check injury reports to be certain, but it looks like he will play and is safe in 2-QB leagues.
DeAngelo Williams, PIT
Bell is gone for the year, and Williams is now a top-5 fantasy back. He produced when he started before, and with Big Ben at the helm he will continue to produce.
Jeremy Langford, CHI
With Forte set to miss Week 9, Langford will get a RB1 workload and has a chance to make a huge impact. If Forte misses extended time as expected, Langford becomes a major asset.
Shane Vereen, NYG
Vereen is now a reliable PPR weapon because no other backs have done anything to keep him off the field. He was targeted often and is good for 11-to-18 fantasy points per game depending on if he scores.
DEEP: David Cobb, TEN
He comes back for Tennessee and has a chance to assert himself with the other backs struggling to produce.
Kenbrell Thompkins, NEP
Thompkins got plenty of targets from Geno and Brandon Marshall is banged up enough that he needs to be considered. If Marshall doesn’t go, he is suddenly a genuine Flex play. He is a bye-week replacement for the desperate at this point.
Tavon Austin, STL
He got in the end zone again. Twice. At some point I have to accept that he is a part of the game plan and is actually their number one receiver. I don’t believe it, but the play on the field says so.
Malcom Floyd, SDC
Floyd has low targets but high output, and with Philip Rivers slinging it, Floyd has been targeted consistently enough that he is worthy of a bye-week replacement start.
DEEP: Chris Givens, BAL
With Smith going down for the year, Givens gets time as the No. 2 until Perriman gets healthy. He had 60 yards and is a good field-stretching wideout that could benefit from Flacco’s big arm.
Jacob Tamme, ATL
Tamme had a huge 10-catch, 103-yard performance with Hankerson out, so he is a safe bet for 6-to-8 targets a game going forward. With everyone focusing on Julio and Freeman, Tamme will get some matchups that work for him and Ryan to exploit.
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