The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 9 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 9 Start/Sit list for the offensive side of the ball!

Another week, another major injury to shake up the Fantasy football landscape. MVP candidate and current RB1 Derrick Henry unfortunately was placed on Injured Reserve with a broken foot which required surgery. There is a possibility that he is able to return by season's end but major questions linger of his potential amount and quality of workload if he does return. We now turn our eyes to a former fantasy football hero, Adrian Peterson, who will fill in as the temporary Henry replacement.

Another unique situation that came to a head in week 8 is regarding Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley decision to step away from the game of football. Ridley put out a personal statement explaining the surprise week 8 inactive designation due to a personal matter. I wish Ridley well as he takes some time away from the game to work on his mental well-being. The specifics of the personal issues and timeline of his potential return are unknown. My advice is to just hold him on your rosters where you have him.

It is important to recognize that whether a player is dealing with physical or a mental struggle, at the end of the day they are human beings. Fantasy Football is supposed to be a fun game to play but provides unique obstacles to overcome. Obstacles of which are entirely minuscule compared to what the actual athletes sometimes have to face. I wish Henry and Ridley well and hope for a speedy and full recovery!

The Week 9 bye situation is a little heavier with four teams that have the week off.  The four teams that are on bye are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions.

The "Trust, If You Must, and Bust" System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

Thursday Night Football

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
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TrustMichael Carter RB

If You Must - Corey Davis WR (if active, unlikely), Mike White QB, Jamison Crowder WR (stronger option if Davis is inactive)

Bust - Elijah Moore WR, Ty Johnson RB


TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR, Carson Wentz QB

Bust - Nyheim Hines RB, Zach Pascal WR, Mo Alie-Cox TE, Jack Doyle TE


Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
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TrustNick Chubb RB, Jarvis Landry WR

If You Must –  Baker Mayfield QB

Bust - D'Ernest Johnson RB, Rashard Higgins WR, Austin Hooper TE, David Njoku TE, Odell Beckham Jr. WR (he is looking to become a drop candidate, but i wouldn't do it just yet if you can help it)


TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja'Marr Chase WR, Tyler Boyd WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

If You MustC.J. Uzomah TE

Bust - Samaje Perine RB


Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys
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Trust –  Courtland Sutton WR, Jerry Jeudy WR

If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB

Bust - Albert Okwuegbunam TE


TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE

If You MustTony Pollard RB

Bust - Blake Jarwin TE, Cedrick Wilson WR


Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins
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TrustBrandin Cooks WR

If You Must - Nico Collins WR

BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RB, Davis Mills QB


Trust - Mike Gesicki TE, Myles Gaskin RB, Tua Tagovailoa QB, Jaylen Waddle WR, DeVante Parker WR


Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
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TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

If You Must - Matt Ryan QB, Mike Davis RB

Bust - Falcons WRs


TrustAlvin Kamara RB

If You MustMark Ingram RB, Marquez Callaway WR, TreQuan Smith WR

Bust - Saints QB: Trevor Siemian or Taysom Hill? TBD... (best case scenario is "If You Must" with Taysom Hill and Siemian if named starter is an add for Super Flex leagues but only a desperation start)

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants
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TrustDarren Waller TE (if active) Josh Jacobs RB, Derek Carr QB

If You MustHunter Renfrow WR, Kenyan Drake RB, Bryan Edwards WR

Bust - Raiders WRs; after the terrible situation revolving around WR Henry Ruggs III there is a clear void in the Las Vegas passing attack since his recent release from the team. The question is: who will step up and will it matter for fantasy purposes? Keep an eye on WR Zay Jones , he should be a speculative add but want to see consistent usage before considering him as a starting option.


TrustKadarius Toney WR

If You Must - Saquon Barkley RB (if active, unlikely), Devontae Booker RB (if Saquon Barkley inactive),  Daniel Jones QB, Evan Engram TE, Sterling Shepard WR (if active, unlikely), Kenny Golladay WR (if active)


New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers
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Trust - Damien Harris RB

If You MustHunter Henry TE, Jakobi Meyers WR, Nelson Agholor WR, Jonnu Smith TE, Mac Jones QB

Bust - Kendrick Bourne WR, Brandon Bolden RB, Rhamondre Stevenson RB


Trust –  D.J. Moore WR, Christian McCaffrey RB (if active)  Chuba Hubbard RB (only if McCaffrey inactive)

If You MustRobby Anderson WR, Sam Darnold QB


Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
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TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE (if active)

If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Zack Moss RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR


If You MustMarvin Jones WR, James Robinson RB (if active), Trevor Lawrence QB, Dan Arnold TE, Laviska Shenault WR, Jamal Agnew WR, Carlos Hyde RB (if James Robinson inactive)


Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens
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Trust - Kirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RBJustin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

If You MustK.J. Osborn WR, Tyler Conklin TE

Bust - Alexander Mattison RB (becomes a Trust - only if Dalvin Cook is inactive)


TrustLamar Jackson QBMark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR, Rashod Bateman WR

Bust - Devonta Freeman RB, Latavius Murray RB, Le'Veon Bell RB, Ty'Son Williams RB

Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
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TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

If You MustJared Cook TE

Bust - Justin Jackson RB, Larry Rountree RB


TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE, Boston Scott RB

If You MustKenneth Gainwell RB

Bust - Quez Watkins WR, Jordan Howard RB, Jalen Reagor WR


Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
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TrustDavante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB

If You Must - AJ Dillon RB, Randall Cobb WR, Jordan Love QB

Bust Allen Lazard WR (if active)


TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Darrel Williams RB

If You MustMecole Hardman WR

Bust - Jerick McKinnon RB, Josh Gordon WR, Derrick Gore RB


Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
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TrustKyler Murray QB (if active), DeAndre Hopkins WR, Chase Edmonds RB, James Conner RBZach Ertz TE

If You MustChristian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR (if active, unlikely)


Trust –  Deebo Samuel WR, Elijah Mitchell RB

If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR

BustTrey Sermon RB, Jamycal Hasty RB


Sunday Night Football

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams
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Trust –  A.J. Brown WR

If You Must - Ryan Tannehill QB, Adrian Peterson RB, Julio Jones WR (if active)

Bust - Jeremy McNichols RB


Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp WR, Darrell Henderson RB, Robert Woods WR, Tyler Higbee TE

If You Must –  Sony Michel RB, Van Jefferson WR

Monday Night Football

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Trust –   Khalil Herbert RB

If You MustJustin Fields QB, Cole Kmet TE, Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR,


TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR

If You Must - Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pat Freiermuth TE


Good luck and enjoy the games!

Thank you for reading my NFL Week 9 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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