Fantasy Football Tips: Week 9

by J.K. Karlson, Buffalo Sports Page Fantasy Expert

This week we saw the NFL trade deadline and along with it some moves that will affect some players and their fantasy rankings. Here are my picks for which of these trades will have an immediate fantasy impact.

Kelvin Benjamin – Good news if you have him on your roster as he will definitely get more touches in Buffalo than he did in Carolina. Benjamin could easily be the No. 1 WR option for Tyrod Taylor since Jordan Matthews hasn’t done much to talk about. Expect Benjamin to be an important part of the Bills offense as they make a playoff push this season, and to move up further in the fantasy rankings.

Jay Ajayi being traded to the Eagles also has some fantasy ramifications. I’m not saying to get rid of LaGarrett Blount, but expect less production from him. Ajayi is now listed as the No. 2 RB on the Eagle’s depth chart and they are expected to split time. Fantasy production this year from Ajayi has been disappointing so far, he currently sits at No. 31 for fantasy points earned despite high expectations. The Dolphins lack-luster offense is partially to blame for Jay Ajayi’s inadequate output so far this year, but that should change as he joins the Eagles and shares the workload with Blount.

Marcell Dareus – Why am I talking about a D Tackle? The Jacksonville Defense has scored 107 fantasy points already this season through their seven games played. That’s the most by any defense. If you compare the fact that the 2 leading wide receivers: DeAndre Hopkins and Antonio Brown have 102 and 101 points you can see why a high-scoring fantasy defense can help make you a fantasy champ. The trade to add DT Marcell Dareus to the Jags D should make them better as a unit. So what can you do if you don’t already own the Jags? Offer up a decent offensive player that you can spare in a trade. Most fantasy coaches will not know the importance of having a Top 2 defense when it comes to reaching fantasy glory and will take that trade thinking they got away with a bargain.


Deshaun Watson (Houston)
Russell Wilson (Seattle)
Alex Smith (Kansas City)
Drew Brees (New Orleans)
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia)
Dak Prescott (Dallas)
Cam Newton (Carolina)
Kirk Cousins (Washington)
Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo)
Derek Carr (Oakland)


Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams)
Kareem Hunt (Kansas City)
Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville)
LeSean McCoy (Buffalo)
Devonta Freeman (Atlanta)
Lamar Miller (Houston)
Doug Martin (Tampa Bay)
Chris Thompson (Washington)
Carlos Hyde (San Francisco)
Mark Ingram (New Orleans)


DeAndre Hopkins (Houston)
Julio Jones (Atlanta)
Tyreek Hill (Kansas City)
Dez Bryant (Dallas)
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay)
A.J. Green (Cincinnati)
Michael Thomas (New Orleans)
Doug Baldwin (Seattle)
Michael Crabtree (Oakland)
Will Fuller (Houston)


Zach Ertz (Philadelphia)
Travis Kelce (Kansas City)
Cameron Brate (New Orleans)
Evan Engram (New York Giants)
Jimmy Graham (Seattle)
Jason Witten (Dallas)
Austin Steferian-Jenkins (New York Jets)
Delanie Walker (Tennessee)
Jared Cook (Oakland)
Vernon Davis (Washington)

Start’em, Sit’em

QB: Start ‘Em: Jameis Winston, Jared Goff
Sit ‘Em: Brock Osweiler, Jay Cutler

RB: Start ‘Em: Doug Martin, Alvin Kamara
Sit ‘Em: Jay Ajayi (let him get his sea legs first)

If you need more advice, you know where to find me (on Twitter @jk_karlson).


J.K. Karlson

J.K. Karlson is a connoisseur of football, actual and fantasy. Commissioner of her fantasy league and winner of championships. Charity work includes setting lineups for those in need and helping others reach their fantasy best.

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