Fantasy Preview: Week 9 Early Slate Part 2

  • Raiders (-1.5) @ Jaguars (+105): O/U 48

    Colts (+5.5) @ Patriots (-240) O/U 40.5

    Bills (-11.5) @ Jets (+460): O/U 46

    Vikings (-3) @ Commanders (+143) O/U 43.5


    Raiders @ Jaguars

    Key storylines/What to Watch

    This game has the making of a high-scoring affair. Both offenses have quarterbacks capable of throwing downfield with great playmakers. Both offenses have great running backs, and both defenses have been very bad this year. The key storyline is how close this game is because if it’s close, I believe there will be an abundance of fantasy points scored. This is a great game to target in DFS.


    Top Starts

    Josh Jacobs: Jacobs is quietly having a fantastic season. He sees more volume than almost every other running back in football, and he’s seeing a big boost in efficiency. He’s setting career-highs with 5.6 yards per carry and an 84.6% catch percentage. Jacobs has been more involved in the passing game than in years past as well. The Jags allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and the Raiders will try and limit how much Derek Carr has to throw, making him a must-start RB1 this week.


    Travis Etienne: Etienne exploded in his first game without James Robinson last week, as he saw 24 touches for 156 yards and a touchdown. He is finally the featured back in an offense, and he doesn’t seem to be looking back. His efficiency has been incredible this year, and the Raiders allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. If Etienne sees close to 30 touches like he did last week, he has serious potential to finish as the RB1 of the week. Fire up the starting RBs in this one.


    Trevor Lawrence: Lawrence has quietly put together a good fantasy season, as he comes in as the 12th-ranked fantasy quarterback. This play is more about the matchup though. The Raiders allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in all of football. The Jaguars presumably will be able to do whatever they want in this game, and they will want to get Lawrence some confidence going into the second half of the year. The Raiders are able to score as well, which means Lawrence will have to throw a good amount. This has the potential to be a 300-yard, threee-touchdown game, similar to the one he had against the Chargers in Week 3. Lawrence was drafted as a backup in most leagues, so it’s understandable to bench him, but fantasy managers should try and start him unless they also have a consensus top-5 quarterback on their roster. 


    Boom/Bust Dart-Throw

    Evan Engram: Engram played a season-high 93% of snaps last week. He’s seen 29 targets over the past four weeks, and he’s turned that into good fantasy production. Despite his relatively slow start, Engram comes into play as a top-10 fantasy tight end. Trevor Lawrence trusts Engram more than many of the other receivers on the Jaguars. The Raiders allow the second-most points to opposing tight ends also. Engram seems safe, but he could resort back to his role earlier in the season at any time. This being said, Engram seems like one of the safer boom-or-bust tight ends in Week 9.


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