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Week 9 Start/Sit

With six teams on bye this week a lot of fantasy lineup decisions have been made for you by the NFL scheduling department. For all of your remaining start and sit questions make sure you know this week's X factors to boost your scoring opportunities.

Michael Thomas stiff arms Chief's defensive back D.J. White
Michael Thomas stiff arms Chief's defensive back D.J. White
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Home Field Advantage:

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota vs Detroit

The Vikings welcome a soft Detroit defense to U.S. Bank Stadium, where Diggs is averaging an extra five yards per reception than he is on the road.  The offensive line play of late for Minnesota has been well documented as terrible and this week it has even lead to Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner's resignation.   Thankfully NFL offensive lines are historically better at home.  This matchup comes at a perfect time for new Coordinator Pat Shurmur, who has previously worked with Sam Bradford, to showcase Diggs in his efficient, quick passing offensive scheme.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota vs Detroit

He should see the same home field advantage as Diggs and Detroit is the best fantasy matchup for a tight end.

The Road Favorites:

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans at San Francisco

Whether you find yourself down or up big from Thursday night's shootout you should play nearly everyone from Sunday's Saints at 49ers game for what Vegas expects to be more of the same.  My favorite plays from this game are both running backs, Carlos Hyde and Mark Ingram, but the Saint's wide receivers can be a little tougher to flex on the road.  This week though I have no fear in expecting big things from Michael Thomas.  He has led the Saints' wide receivers in targets on the road and playing time over the last month.  Though he hasn't scored a touchdown in the last two games, Thomas does get to play the league's best defense at giving up receiver touchdowns with a league high 13.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas at Cleveland

He has played particularly well on the road this season and gets a very favorable matchup versus the Browns this week.

NBA Jam "He's On Fire":

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay vs Indianapolis

In the classic arcade game NBA Jam it took three makes in a row to be on fire.  After Davante Adams' last two games, resulting in 25 receptions, 200+ yards, two touchdowns, and with a matchup at home versus Indianapolis, Adams is no longer just "heating up."  As of Friday the injury news has put Randall Cobb's chances of playing at slim which makes this Sunday's game, with a Vegas implied 31 point total for the Packers, as BOOMSHAKALAKA for Adams' owners.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina at Los Angeles

He has two touchdowns and over 20 fantasy points in his last two games and should continue to get goal line chances.

The Touchdown Gamble:

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle vs Buffalo

In a national spotlight, Monday night game, I am expecting Michael to get in the end-zone and for fantasy that's really the most important stat.  At home this year the Seattle running back has four of his five touchdowns and the 12th man should aid the Seattle run game once again.   It helps that they are playing a Buffalo Bills defense that has given up nine touchdowns on the ground, an NFL seventh worst.

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore vs Pittsburgh

He has the most targets without a touchdown in the NFL making him the perfect touchdown positive regression candidate for week nine.

The Matchup Bonus:

Devontae Booker, RB, Denver at Oakland

With C.J. Anderson on IR it seemed Booker was a league winning running back stash until his own injury (shoulder) sidelined him for parts of the game last Sunday.  If he is able to play this week, I expect that he will, Booker again gets a matchup against a bad defense versus the run with a projected game script seeing him getting well over 20 carries.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco vs New Orleans

The Saints are one of the league's worst against the pass and paired with Kaepernick's rushing totals I can easily see him as a QB1 this week

Kenny Stills and DaVante Parker, WR, Miami vs New York

Definitely deeper plays, so be cautioned, but there shouldn't be much reason to not see one of these guys having a big day against a Jets' secondary that has been giving up big plays all season.

Here's Your Chance:

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City vs Jacksonville

Spencer Ware has been ruled out with a concussion and Andy Reid said West is going to be the guy.  If you were able to get the backup running back off of waivers this week you should feel confident plugging him into your lineup.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Philadelphia at New York Giants

With Josh Huff no longer on the team, and now getting more targets than Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham might just become a thing in Philadelphia.

Shut it down:

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore vs Pittsburgh

It is time for the Ravens to start to work rookie running back Kenneth Dixon into their offense more eating away at West's opportunities that have already started to decline.

Ryan Matthews, RB, Philadelphia at Kansas City

Matthews might be the Eagles starting running back on paper, but snap percentage and work on the field is showing that this backfield belongs to Darren Sproles.

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit at Minnesota

This is not a particularly favorable matchup for Tate and with the return of Theo Riddick last week Tate's numbers have again dipped to where they were before Riddick's injury.

Buffalo Bills' and Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receivers

The Seahawks and Chiefs aren't exactly great matchups and I just don't see their defenses giving up the garbage time points that Bills' and particularly Jaguars' fantasy owners have come to expect.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis at Green Bay

With the return of Dwayne Allen, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett do not expect Jack Doyle to continue at his TE1 pace.

Other Sits If You Can Afford It For Bye Week Apocalypse:

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit at Minnesota

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland vs Denver

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles vs Carolina

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami vs New York Jets

Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz, WRs, New York Giants vs Philadelphia

Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego vs Tennessee