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Fantasy Football Believe it or Not: Can you trust the Browns or Jaguars?

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For many of us, Week 8 was a debacle. Raheem Mostert, David Njoku, and Jordy Nelson completely disappointed. Jameis Winston threw four picks and got benched. Even the typical reliable Drew Brees laid an egg. Men det er ingen tid for tårer.

Week 9 approaches and with it comes the first byenado of the season. Six teams are off the schedule and tough roster decisions must be made. It starts in Jacksonville.

You can drop Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon.

The Carlos Hyde debut with the Jaguars was underwhelming, to say the least. He ran the ball six times for 1

1 yards. If it’s bath, it was four more carries and 4 more yards than T.J. Yeldon picked up on the ground. Yeldon saved his day with a strong performance in the passing game, but I’m not sure how often we can count on Jacksonville playing from behind.

This looks like a full committee until Leonard Fournette returns, which could be as soon as Week 10. There is no reason to hold on to Hyde or Yeldon in a 12-team league.

Verdict: Believe it.

In fact, there’s not a player on this team other than Fournette. I would suggest holding on to. I expect this defense to get healthy during the bye, and Fournette should be right there with them. There will be rare occasions when Yeldon sees enough work in the passing game to be relevant in PPR, but I would not bet on guessing which week that will be.

Perhaps the best test for if anyone is droppable is how popular they would be on waivers. Can you see yourself scrambling to pick up Hyde or Yeldon on their bye week? I doubt it.

It’s time to add DJ Moore.

Week 8 grades

Or maybe, if you were wise enough to hold on to him, it’s time to gloat a little. Because the Panthers rookie receiver is coming on strong. After seeing just four goals in the first three weeks of the season, Moore has come alive after the bye. In Week 8 he saw a career-best six goals and turned them into five catches for 90 yards. He also ran the ball twice for 39 yards.

Moore now has at least 67 total yards in three of his past four games. He tied for the team lead in goals in Week 8. All the signs are there pointing to a second half-surge, and he’s available in 85 percent of leagues. That should change in a big way when waivers run.

Verdict: Believe it.

In fact, I’ll go a step further. It’s time to start Moore. Want in Week 9 is hij tegenover de Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This defense has allowed 14 different receivers to either score a touchdown or top 100 yards. Tyler Boyd did both in Week 8. If Moore matches this week’s 22 percent target share against Tampa Bay, he may just be a top 10 receiver.

You can not trust this Brown’s offense.

Hue Jackson is not the only person frustrated with his offensive performance. It’s driving Fantasy owners crazy, too. Baker Mayfield has teased us with his tantalizing upside, but he’s only topped 20 Fantasy Points once in seven games. Nick Chubb was set free with the Carlos Hyde trade, but his lack of involvement in the passing game still makes him touchdown-dependent. Jarvis Landry is still seeing a ton of goals, but he has the lowest catch rate among players with at least 62 goals. And do not even get me started on Njoku.

I clearly overhyped this offense in the preseason, and there is no reason to trust it until it can prove otherwise.

Verdict: Do not believe it.

I understand your frustration, I really do. But you do not want to overthink this. They get the Chiefs in Week 9. They face the Falcons in Week 10. Now is not the time to jump off the Browns bandwagon, at least not the stars.

Chubb faces a defense this week that just gave up 173 yards on the ground to Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker. Landry is going to see double-digit targets, so you can not put him. And Njoku is a tight end. How many of them can you really trust? I could understand benching him if you can find a better option, same for Mayfield. Men med seks hold på en bye og Browns står overfor en av de mest generøse forsvarene i kampen, må du stå ved dine Browns.

Doug Martin and Jalen Richard are startable.

The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the league and look like they will be playing from behind for most of the year. So it probably sounds weird that they have two starting running backs in Fantasy. But right now they do.

Martin looked good until he fumbled, running for more than 5 yards per carry behind an offensive line that was finally moving in the right direction. Richard caught another eight passes once the team fell behind and now has the fifth-most receptions among all running backs.

Both of these backs are solid flex plays every week that look more like low-end No. 2s with all these teams on bye.

Verdict: Believe it.

Martin is not a must-start, but he looks like he will get you six to eight points most weeks and will get the goalline work if the Raiders ever get in that situation again. There are good matchups left on his schedule and no one to challenge for the early-down work.

Richard is a good start in PPR, this game script is one that we’re going to see a lot or in Oakland. He has caught 86 percent of his goals this season and led the team with a 28 percent target share in the team’s first game without Amari Cooper.

Start them both in Week 9.

Larry Fitzgerald is back.

Well, Byron Leftwich did not quite give us the Bruce Arians experience he promised, but he did get Fitzgerald involved. Fitzgerald saw a season-high 12 goals and looked like his old self (no pun intended). He caught eight of those targets for 102 yards and his second touchdown of the year. More importantly to Leftwich, the team won. I’d expect more of the same moving forward, so Fitzgerald will be a must-start receiver after his bye.

Verdict: Believe it.

You do not want to make too much of one week’s worth of data, but a 34 percent target share is a great sign. It also makes sense, because this is what the Cardinals did before Mike McCoy. In the past three years, Fitzgerald had at least 141 goals and at least 101 receptions each year. He’s too far behind that pace to match those numbers this year, but that’s the pace I would expect moving forward.

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