Editor’s note: The players listed below are NFL stars who have been drafted in virtually every Sportzshala Fantasy league. However, this column is not support hand them in at 9 weeks. You control your composition; every league size and shape is different. We are trying to explain what expectations should be lowered this week compared to usual for some of the NFL’s biggest stars. In addition to studying this week’s matches, it can also serve as a reminder to not overreact if one of your draft picks disappoints in Week 9.
Cooper Kupp @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kupp suffered a completely unnecessary ankle injury during trash time at the very end of last week’s game, and while he says he dodged a bullet, the star receiver is still dealing with “tissue edemaIt looks like the type of injury that will affect Kupp at least in the short term makes this week’s later start times possibly problematic for fantasy managers who decide lineups. He gets a Tampa Bay defense that has been stumbling lately but has only allowed 5.8 yards per year this season. Another concern is the Rams’ broken offense. Los Angeles gets the second-most yards per game, and Matthew Stafford this season has already been pressured as many times as all of last year.
Kupp’s main concern is obviously his ankle. You won’t bench him if he’s active, but Kupp easily disappears from the DFS and expectations should be lowered a lot more than usual this week.
Leonard Furnett vs. Los Angeles Rams
Furnett is getting just 2.9 YPCs at home this season, while the Bucks are bottom of the NFL in EPA/rush (-0.27). He averaged just 11.0 touches in his last two games as a rookie. Rachel White continues to become much of Tampa Bay’s crime. This week’s match sees two teams in the bottom six average total points in games this year, and the Rams are penultimate in terms of pace (neutral situations). Los Angeles allowed the running backs to have the 11th-fewest fantasy points this season, but that can be misleading as they oddly had to face Christian McCaffrey back to back games. This season, Los Angeles did not give 15.0 fantasy points (0.5 PPR) to a non-CMC runner. Furnette ranks last in the league rush yards beyond expectation and should continue to see fewer targets when the Tampa Bay receivers are finally operational.
Devin Singletary @ New York Jets
Singletary will surely lose pass work after the bills were sold for Nyheim Hines (James Cook can be cut) and this week he gets a sneaky hard matchup. The Jets have allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL in the past three weeks and third in home yards this season. the defense of New York ranked 3rd in DVOA since week 4 and lost out on second place in the YPC rankings (3.8) this season, so Singletary may have some abnormal difficulties this week.
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Jonathan Taylor @ New England Patriots
Taylor hasn’t scored since week one and his status on Sunday is unclear after he aggravated an ankle injury. Even if he were completely healthy, he would have been in a tight spot against the New England defense, allowing runners this year to have the second-lowest fantasy score. Nyheim Hines was sold on time, but Taylor saw only one target from Sam Elinger last week which is discouraging as he is Indy’s new starting QB moving forward. Colts just fired offensive coordinator, miss you very much Nick Sirianni and have the second-lowest overall team score (17.0 points) that week (only the Broncos have scored fewer points on average during matches in 2022). Until this year, Taylor hasn’t missed a workout (let alone a game) due to an injury he sustained in high school. His season looks increasingly lost. Deon Jackson should be added to all fantasy formats and remains available in over 65% of Sportzshala leagues.
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