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Fantasy Football Week 9 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: RB Trenton Cannon

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Trenton Cannon #40 of the New York Jets escapes a tackle attempt by Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Trenton Cannon #40 of the New York Jets escapes a tackle attempt by Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 9 fantasy football, New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon is not worth starting against a strong run defense in the Miami Dolphins.

The New York Jets have dealt with their issues on offense throughout the season thus far and in recent weeks, it’s become clear that the team possesses a struggling rushing attack. That could be due in large part to a weak offensive line and the issue has only become more evident with the recent season-ending neck injury of longtime back Bilal Powell.

Just last week, the Jets struggled mightily in regards to the run game, totaling just 57 yards on 24 attempts for an average of 2.4 yards per carry. The fact that the Chicago Bears have a talented defense obviously played a factor in that, but it’s also important to note that star defensive lineman Khalil Mack was inactive and the Jets still struggled to gain any significant yardage on the ground.

Those struggles could very well continue this week, as the Dolphins defensive strengths lie within its defensive line. The unit is led by skillful defensive ends Cameron Wake and Andre Branch and has only let up an average of 108.0 rushing yards per game. That doesn’t bode well for the Jets or fantasy football owners that own any of their running backs.

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In addition to that, Trenton Cannon, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, isn’t even the primary running back for the Jets. Yes, he has tremendous speed and has shown signs of promise, but he was drafted primarily for his skills as a returner and still has work to do before seeing more time as a rusher. To put that idea into perspective, he received just six carries last week and totaled only 10 yards.

Against the Dolphins, it’s very possible that the Jets once again struggle running the ball. And regardless, Isaiah Crowell will likely once again receive the bulk of the carries and there is also a chance Elijah McGuire is activated too if he’s cleared to play making it a no-brainer to sit Cannon in Week 9 fantasy football.

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