So now, the consensus QB20 returns to face the team who is 31st at giving up points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. As far as Week 9 sleepers, find out which quarterback is a smash play!
Week 8 was bananas, and if you didn’t have multiple players going off, you probably lost your matchup—in many cases, lost badly. As long as you listened to my advice, you had a couple of those players, so congratulations on your well-deserved victory. If you didn’t, you’re likely picking which toilet seat you will wear at next year's draft.
In the business, we call that a segue into the recap section of last week's piece. It’s a smooth transition to the full write-up of Week 8 before giving you those Trophy Winning Sleepers at the bottom of the column for Week 9.
So let’s do that now and close the books on the week that was!
Our Quarterback Heater Continues
If you take nothing else from this column, at least follow the quarterback's advice. With Taylor Heinicke’s QB8 finish on the week, seven of our eight quarterback choices finished in the top 12.
F you, Matt Ryan!
Heinicke played hero for the Commanders and this author with an amazing comeback against the Colts. The consensus QB16 smashed his projection with the final plunge into the end zone. He also beat three of the four lineup suggestions. Put a tally in the win column.
Pivot Paid Off
We had to pivot for the second time this season after our initial choice was ruled out for the week. In this case, it was a great decision as the pivot was the D’Onta Foreman.
Foreman gashed the Falcons for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Usually, that would lead to the weekly RB1 finish, but in this case, it was only good enough for RB5. Still, we hit at running back as he beat out all four lineup choices we suggested for a clean sweep.
Didn't Quite Get There
Speaking of the Commanders late comeback win, the other hero of the day was local boy and our wide receiver sleeper Terry McLaurin. McLaurin made a colossal catch near the end of regulation to set up the Heinicke run to win the game. The problem for us is he didn’t score, which would have led to a Top 12 finish and a three-for-three start.
Alas, it was not to be, and McLaurin’s big day was only good enough for a WR17 and a two-for-four finish in lineup advice. Some of our fades also had big days making the play decent but not great.
Did He Play Though?
Well, technically, it should be 0-3-1, but I am taking the loss on all four because of how atrocious Harrison Bryant’s stat line was. Zero; he had zero points on zero targets. He wasn’t hurt, benched, or part of the game at all.
I am not sure you can make a worse call than Bryant for Week 8. Just an embarrassment and an awful way to end the week. Luckily, it was Halloween, and there were Jell-O shots to dull the pain of this considerable miss.
So, where does that leave us at the halfway point of this article series?
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 9:
Top 12 Finishes - 12-20
Lineup Advice - 87-44-1
A decent week of top 12 plays but our worst week of lineup advice in quite a while as we hit just above .500. Let’s be better with our Week 9 trophy winning sleepers.
Bet Against the Chiefs Secondary for Week 9 Sleepers
At quarterback, we are going with the Titans Ryan Tannehill to return from injury and go off against the Chiefs in a shootout. Tannehill was off in Week 8. Although the Titans won, I feel very confident Malik Willis did not take Tannehill’s job. The rookie was unspectacular in his debut as King Henry led the team to victory.
So now, the consensus QB20 returns to face the team who is 31st at giving up points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. As far as Week 9 sleepers, Tannehill is a smash play.
I like Tannehill over Trevor Lawrence, Andy Dalton, Tom Brady, and Justin Fields this week.
Soul-Stealing Week 9 Sleepers
Unfortunately for me - and all D'Andre Swift fans - I am not deciding who gets the carries in Detroit. Jamaal Williams is getting far more touches than expected and making them count. And now, Dan Campbell came out and said he thought they overworked Swift last week.
I expect the insanity to continue for one more week and Williams’ to lead the backfield in touches and red zone touches. The volume should lead to him smashing his RB23 ranking in Week 9 against a Packers team who is 21st against opposing running backs.
Give me Williams as one of my sleepers over David Montgomery, Raheem Mostert, Tyler Allgeier, and teammate D’Andre Swift for Week 9.
The “What the Hell Is He Doing so Low” Award for Week 9 Sleepers…
With Ja’Marr Chase injured, Tyler Boyd is a must-start every week. Regardless of the matchup, you play Boyd when Chase (or Higgins) is out. So when I saw Boyd at the consensus WR23 for the week, my choice was easy. Couple that with the fact he is playing the Panthers, who are 19th in points allowed against opposing wide receivers, and this is a free square.
Boyd gets the nod over Michael Pittman Jr, Christian Kirk, DJ Moore, and Tyler Lockett (and many others this week, but I only pick 4 in this column).
Learn from Your Mistakes
I am a stubborn man, but I am not stupid. I learn from my mistakes. One of the big ones I made was choosing Will Dissly as my tight end sleeper the last time Seattle faced the Cardinals. Now I was right about the Cardinals being embarrassing against tight ends, but Noah Fant should have been the call. Well, the Seahawks get the Cardinals again, so it’s time to make the change and go with Fant as our tight end sleeper.
The consensus TE17 has a great matchup and should have a big game. Of course, me picking Fant means Dissly is the Week 9 sleeper to go with, but I can’t go with the former in good faith. Hopefully, the choice doesn’t add to my embarrassing tight end selections thus far in 2022.
I would play Fant over Mike Gesicki, Hayden Hurst, Evan Engram, and Tyler Higbee this week.
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