Fantasy Football 2021: The Phinest Sleepers – Week 9

A new week means new options for fantasy managers that many have a guy or two missing from their lineup because of injury or a bad matchup being on the horizon. Don’t fret though. We got you covered in the latest Sleeper issue for Week 9. Do you need options? We got you taken care of as we get ready to head into Week 9 and fantasy managers will want to take advantage of some of these guys and their matchups…

Derek Carr vs NYG

Carr’s been a very consistent QB this season with only 1 single-digit game, and 2 TDs in every other game. Fresh off a bye week, he now gets the Giants’ defense and the possibility of Darren Waller back. What’s not to like about the Raiders QB that’s available in 46% of ESPN leagues?

Tua Tagovailoa vs HOU

After returning from injury, Tua has been a solid fantasy option. He’s scored 15+ in his last 3 matchups, even with 4 interceptions over that time span. As he works to improve on those mistakes, Houston seems like the defense to have a good game against. They allow the 25th most points to QBs and it should be closer than you might think. 

Boston Scott vs LAC

Scott had a great game last week against Detroit, with 2 TDs as he served his time as the Eagles pure rusher. Expect him to continue his success with Miles Sanders on IR, and against a weak Chargers run defense. Boston Scott got the early game work, and was more explosive than the other 2 Philly backs.

Devontae Booker vs LV

Booker has been a great replacement for Saquon Barkley, and scored 17.5 against the Chiefs without scoring a TD. He should continue to get more work in the passing game, as most of the Giants’ WRs are hurt. 

Robert Woods vs TEN

Oh Robert Woods, the Rams wide receiver that many (including myself) picked over Cooper Kupp this past offseason only for him to be the WR3 behind Van Jefferson. Woods hasn’t had the explosive 30+ games that Kupp is used to but has been solid over the past couple of weeks. He’s scored double digits in every game but one, and a TD in 2 of his last 3. Expect Woods and Kupp to continue their success against a 32nd ranked Tennessee pass defense.

Rashod Bateman vs MIN

Bateman hasn’t exactly exploded onto the scene as some of his other fellow rookies have, but this week could give him his chance. The Ravens are coming off a bye week after a tough loss to the Bengals and should do well in the passing game against a Minnesota defense that allows the 27th worst points to WRs.

Pat Freiermuth vs CHI

Friermuth has finally emerged as a part of the Steelers passing attack. He’s scored double digits the past 2 games and is averaging 7 targets a game in that span. Expect him to continue his solid performance against a Bears defense that just let up 33 points to a 49ers offense that hasn’t been impressive this year. 

Colts D/ST vs NYJ

Not only do the Colts have a good defense matchup this week, but they also face the Jaguars in Week 10, making them a great 2-week pickup/play. They’re currently the D/ST4 and only 54.6% rostered in ESPN leagues, so go check your waivers.

Jason Sanders vs HOU

Sanders hasn’t exactly scored as you would expect the K1 from last year. He’s currently the K26 and is averaging 5 points a game which can be attributed to Miami’s poor offense. However, he’s got a great matchup against the Texans who rank 24th in points allowed to kickers.

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