The Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and Washington Redskins all are on a bye in Week 9, so chances are you have some holes to fill in your fantasy football lineup.
Luckily, we have some advice on who you can add (or drop) before this weekend’s slate of games. And, believe it or not, there is some talent out there.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
West likely was already scooped up in your league, but if he wasn’t, stop what you’re doing and pick him up right now. West will be Kansas City’s No. 1 back Sunday with Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware both injured and has an extremely favorable matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have given up 124.7 rushing yards per game this season, good for 27th in the NFL.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
So Pitta probably won’t light the world on fire Sunday, but the Ravens are facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, who’ve given up the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. And during a week that fantasy owners are without the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert, Pitta is by far one of the better options available.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
You’re going to have to hear us out here. Kaepernick has a laughable 46 percent completion percentage in his two starts, but he also has 150 rushing yards and 8.8 rushing yards per attempt in that span. The New Orleans Saints’ pass defense is very, very bad — they’ve given up the 10th-most points to opposing quarterbacks — so if you’re in desperate need of a QB, Kaepernick actually isn’t a bad option.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill is the signal caller you really want, but he’s a hot commodity this week, so you’ll have to act fast if it’s not already too late. The Dolphins quarterback is facing a New York Jets defense that’s given up the most passing yards in the league in 2016, and he has a great No. 1 receiver in Jarvis Landry. Tannehill is sure to give you some cushion if you own, say, division rival and Patriots QB Tom Brady.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Nelson won’t help you this week, but it’s not a bad idea to get ahead of the pack with the Cardinals wide receiver. Nelson caught two touchdowns in Week 8, and coach Bruce Arians said Monday that the 24-year-old will be a starter over the struggling and injured Michael Floyd. He’ll be sure to put up points from here on out.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
See: Nelson, J.J. After losing his starting job, Floyd can be safely dropped.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars’ offensive line is bad, therefore their rushing game is bad, therefore you don’t have to hold onto Ivory. The running back had one acceptable (but not great) game against the Bears, and that’s about it.
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