NFL Week 9 Fantasy Picks

Add of The Week: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

The New England Patriots finally got rid of Tom Brady’s protégé, trading the former second-round draft pick from Eastern Illinois out west to the San Francisco 49ers. Garoppolo has shown us all what he can do when he stepped in for Brady during his four-game suspension, and now it is his time to take over the helm of his own offense. While he isn’t expected to start this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals due to unfamiliarity with the 49ers’ playbook, his play style should coincide well with Shanahan’s playbook. Look for him to be ready for their matchup with the New York Giants in Week 10.

Buy, Sell, Hold

Buy: WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is clicking finally, and Drew Brees—after a not-so-Brees start to the season—looks more like his normal self. Michael Thomas has quickly developed into one of Drew Brees’ favorites, compiling 42 receptions on 62 targets. Brees consistently looks Thomas’ way on drives, and while he is three touchdowns short of his TD total at this point last year (5), it is expected that he will continue receiving a large workload moving forward.

Sell: WR Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers

With the departure of Kelvin Benjamin, you probably think that I am crazy for advising you to sell Funchess. However, give me a second to explain my reasoning before things get out of hand. Targets are an attribute of top value—and yes, while they are there—QB Cam Newton’s connection with Funchess has not been a pretty sight this season. Funchess has 33 receptions on 58 targets, which the majority of have been low, uncatchable throws from Newton. The loss of Benjamin also means that RB Christian McCaffrey could be used heavily on passing plays both of the backfield and out of the slot. Lots of people will crave Funchess’ potential as a big target for Newton, so now is the time to sell.

Hold: WR Alshon Jeffrey, Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz seems to have reached the conclusion that if he tosses the ball up for Alshon to make a play, it is probably going to result in a 50-yard touchdown. With the recent addition of RB Jay Ajayi to the red-hot offense, expect an improved run-game to take some pressure off the wideouts, especially if they are going to be facing single coverage more. Doug Pederson could have some tricks up his sleeve with this acquisition, so keep a close eye on Jeffrey’s production with Ajayi on the field.

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