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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 9 Running backs

We break down the top starting options at running back this week, along with some players who should be avoided.

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Week 9 of the fantasy football season is here, and we're back with another crop of start/sit options. We have a nice set of data about each team through six weeks, and can make informed decisions on good plays and traps. With that in mind, we'll pick quarterbacks who should exceed expectations in Week 9, along with three you should probably sit.


Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are among the worst teams in the NFL at defending pass-catching running backs. Kamara has had at least three receptions in every game this season, to go along with his usual output of around 10 rushes. Kamara has scored double-digit fantasy points in five straight games, and against a defense that allows at least five receptions to running backs per game, he should keep that streak alive.

Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Offensive coordinator used the term “feed the beast” this week to describe how Peterson will be used in the game plan with Drew Stanton at quarterback. That’s all we need to hear to get Peterson back into lineups after his disappointing performance in London before the bye. It’s no secret the Cardinals want to hide Stanton as much as possible, and Peterson showed in Week 6 that he can handle a big load.

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans

Collins had such a big game against the Dolphins last week — season highs in carries (18) and yards (113) — that coach John Harbaugh said this week he wants to get Collins more work in the run game. The other great stat to come out of last week was Collins’ two catches for 30 yards. If the Ravens are going to give Collins more pass targets, then he could really go off this week. The Titans are ranked 29th in the league in DVOA against pass-catching running backs.


C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles

This is the time-share edition of “running backs to sit.” Anderson has only had two games in double-digit fantasy points and both came at home and both came in the first four weeks of the season. Now he’s on the road again and has seen his workload reduced with the emergence of Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker. All signs point to another single-digit day.

Jay Ajayi, Eagles vs. Broncos

The main issue here is not only whether or not Ajayi suits up in his first game for the Eagles after being acquired early this week in a trade, but if he does play, what kind of workload does he get. The Eagles have indicated that LeGarrette Blount is still the starter and Ajayi is obviously still learning the plays. Oh, and the Broncos have the best run defense in the league.

Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders

The Dolphins have confirmed that they’re going with a committee approach against the Raiders on Monday night, with Damien Williams, at the minimum, getting third-down snaps. If Drake struggles at all in his early-down reps, there’s always a “hot hand” possibility in play. That’s a little too much volatility to make Drake a comfortable selection.