Sep 3, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (36) rushes the ball against Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn (90) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
For fantasy football heading into Week 9, stay far away from these top 10 players that will contribute close to nothing in your starting lineups.
Not only are we coming into Week 9 with six teams on a bye, but Week 8 resulted in several injuries which resulted in minimal fantasy points per game. Hopefully you acted quickly and were able to bring players like DeAngelo Williams or Jeremy Langford on your Week 9 waiver wire.
Scavenging through players and attempting to pick-up anyone that will offer you at least a few fantasy points per game has become a common interest heading into this week’s match-ups.
With filler options becoming scarce, keep in mind that with one wrong player your entire game can be negatively affected within a blink of an eye. Heading into Week 9, be sure to sit these top 10 players in order to avoid a Week 9 fantasy flop.
Next: 10. This Bear is not coming in strong
Nov 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
10. Jay Cutler
As the Chicago Bears prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers, Jay Cutler is not on the top of the quarterback starter list for Week 9. Cutler completed 22-of-33 passes for a total yardage of 211. Cutler also rushed a 4-yard touchdown last week.
These statistics all seem great however, there are much more promising quarterbacks this week such as Eli Manning or Jameis Winston. Cutler is a risky choice against a Chargers’ defensive secondary who only allowed one passing touchdown this season.
If you’re looking for the most points, Cutler is definitely not where you’ll find them. Cutler is a definite sit in Week 9.
Next: 9. Be sure to sit this Giant
Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) and defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96) tackle New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) in the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Running back Orleans Darkwa is a must sit for Week 9. Darkwa was removed from last week’s game with a back injury and even before that, was ineffective as a rusher.
Limited in Wednesday’s practice, Darkwa’s status will be day-to-day. With a badly bruised tailbone and a questionable status for Week 9, I would not risk losing valuable fantasy points.
If Darkwa plays in this week’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers match-up he will be ranked as a RB3/RB4. With other options that are certainly available, there is no need to risk your Week 9 line-up with Darkwa. Stay away!
Next: 8. This Redskin is no match-up for the Patriots
Oct 25, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) attempts a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
8. Kirk Cousins
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off a bye in this Week 9 match-up against the New England Patriots. In Week 7, we saw a completely different quarterback.
Cousins completed 33-of-40 passes for 3 touchdowns. He also rushed 3 times for 15 yards and a touchdown over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7.
Although Cousins succeeded in Week 7, he is inconsistent, and that adds no value to fantasy points per game. His team is unsure of even re-signing him… Why would you trust him, especially in Week 9 against the Brady bunch?
Next: 7. Stay away from this Saint
Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) scores a touchdown in the second quarter of their against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers are in trouble and Pierre Thomas will not benefit them much. With valuable player injuries and wonky quarterback capabilities, Thomas will not add value to Week 9’s line-up.
The 49ers do not have a solid plan of action, as they have three fairly new team members. Because of this, it is hard to predict what will pan out in Week 9. Thomas will be playing with a completely different quarterback in Blaine Gabbert which will take some getting use to.
In my opinion, do not start any 49er running back in an effort to save face and triumph in Week 9.
Next: 6. A Patriot worth staying away from
Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) pulls down a pass in front of New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Don’t let his team name fool you! This New England Patriot is an absolute useless wide receiver when it comes to fantasy football. Especially when he is out targeted by Dion Lewis and Brandon Lafell.
Amendola caught 1-of-1 targets for 11 yards against last week’s win over the Miami Dolphins. This wide receiver only played 34 snaps compared to his teammates who averaged over 50.
Unfortunately, Amendola is not a top target for the No. 1 quarterback of the NFL in Tom Brady. Amendola should sit comfortably on the bench in Week 9’s match-up.
Next: 5. Don't start this Cowboy
Nov 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel (16) reacts during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
5. Matt Cassel
The Dallas Cowboys have been struggling the past few week’s without their starting quarterback Tony Romo. Matt Cassel has not been able to conquer this season as the Cowboys’ replacement quarterback after Brandon Weeden, and he won’t be able to take you far this week in fantasy football.
In the Cowboys miserable loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8, Cassel completed only 13-of-25 passes for a little under 100 yards. He also rushed 4 times for a total of 43 yards.
Although Cassel was injured in the final drive of last week’s game, he is reported to play in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, this does not mean you should play him! Sit him or drop him… just don’t start him, as he will be irrelevant for your fantasy points per game.
Next: 4. Stay away from this new Bronco
Oct 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) celebrates with tight end Vernon Davis (85) after catching a 32 yard touchdown pass during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
4. Vernon Davis
Tight end Vernon Davis has been traded to the Denver Broncos coming into Week 9. Interestingly enough, Davis arrives to the Broncos just in time for their Week 9 match-up against his brother Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts.
Davis comes to the Broncos as the top performing tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. Even with his skills and talents, it will take some time to adjust to his new team and quarterback Peyton Manning.
Davis does have the ability to score big in future weeks to come, Davis will probably play only less than half of the snaps. This tight end is a great candidate for future weeks to come, but not in Week 9.
Next: 3. This Titan has been missing since Week 5
Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews (26) rushes during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
After Week 5’s score in fantasy points per game, Antonio Andrews was a top wire waiver pick. However since then, he hasn’t been able to catch a break.
He had his best performance during last week’s game. Andrews had 16 rushes for a little over 60 yards and, 3 receptions for 18 yards
Although Andrews is on the board, these statistics don’t seem promising or beneficial in Week 9. Andrews having not exceeded more than 3 receptions per game, is a definite sit in Week 9.
Next: 2. Another Cowboy to definitely sit
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) dives in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Currently the Cowboys do not have a consistent quarterback, and these inconsistencies reflect the players and their positions. Wide receiver Terrance Williams is a great example of this.
Williams caught 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in Week 8’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. With Dez Bryant projected to return this week after a crucial injury, Williams will continue to regress.
This WR4 is really not benefiting you or rolling in many fantasy points per game. Williams should sit during Week 9.
Next: 1. Stay away from this Titan
Sep 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) is pursued by New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports
We can only hope that coming off a bye Jordan Matthews will get it together in the Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles match-up against the Dallas Cowboys. Some suggest Matthew’s secret hand injury is the reason his performance had been lacking, even though he has been performing at less than average since the beginning of the season.
The Eagles’ offense hasn’t been anything close to what was envisioned during the off-season. Matthews has been completely inconsistent and should definitely not be in starting lineups due to it.
Matthews is ranked 106 out of 107 wide receivers ranked. In the last 5 weeks, Matthews has a little under 20 points combined. With an inconsistent Sam Bradford, we cannot rely on Matthews to earn top fantasy points per game in Week 9. Sit Matthews immediately!