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25 Fantasy Football Players to Buy (Week 9 Trade Advice)

25 Fantasy Football Players to Buy (Week 9 Trade Advice)

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Here are all the players we’re buying and selling this week. And below let’s take a closer look at a few players to trade this week.

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)

The Chargers faced difficulties in the rushing game, totaling only 54 yards. Austin Ekeler had 29 rushing yards on 15 attempts, as the team struggled to establish a strong ground game. Joshua Kelley went just 6 for 21 rushing yards.

Ekeler was not only active in the rushing game but also made significant contributions as a receiver. He had 94 receiving yards on 7 receptions, including a touchdown (21% Target share, 8 targets). Overall, 67% snap share.

Clean sweep on the Sunday Night Football rushing unders.

Ekeler was the primary “buy-low” target last week and that looks like a W. Still looking to buy him with a favorable schedule for RBs coming up.

Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)

Breece Hall led the Jets in rushing attempts with 12 carries but had difficulty finding significant yardage. He accumulated 17 rushing yards on a 64% snap share. The team, as a whole, managed 58 rushing yards. Woof.

Dalvin Cook had two carries for 5 yards. Played fewer snaps than Michael Carter. RB3 status. His days in New York may be numbered.

In the receiving game, Garrett Wilson was the primary target for Zach Wilson, recording 100 receiving yards on seven receptions (13 targets).

Hall also played a significant role, catching six passes for 76 yards, including a touchdown (9 targets). The concentrated effort around Hall and Wilson is great for their long-term outlooks with the Jets’ favorable schedule.

Wilson, 36.1% Target share. Hall: 25% Target share.

The schedule over the second half of the season is JUICY. Chargers, Raiders, Bills and Dolphins up next.

Tony Pollard (RB – DAL)

The Cowboys’ rushing attack was led by Tony Pollard, who carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. No TDs again. Only 1 target in another blow-out home win for the Cowboys. Buy low. The TDs have to come at some point. Pollard is the RB6 in expected fantasy points per game this season. And he is averaging nearly the EXACT same points per game as did last season at (12.2 vs 12.3) through 8 weeks. Finished as RB4 the rest of the way. Buy Low.

Bijan Robinson (RB – ATL)

Bijan Robinson led the way with 62 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown run on 1 of 2 red-zone carries. Tyler Allgeier carried the ball 8 times for 31 yards. Robinson also had 5 targets but somehow caught zero?

One was erased by a penalty. Also dropped another and had one tipped at the LOS.

Still logged 74% of the snaps as the RB1 in the backfield. If Drake London misses time, I’d presume targets flow through the tight ends (Vikings are weak versus tight ends) and Robinson.

Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)

On the ground, Jonathan Taylor was the star of the game. He carried the ball 12 times, accumulating 95 yards at an impressive average of 7.9 yards per carry. But should be noted…11 for 94 in the first half.

While Taylor didn’t find the end zone on the ground, his explosive runs contributed significantly to the Colts’ offensive success. Zack Moss also made an impact, with 11 carries for 66 yards and one rushing touchdown. 4 red-zone carries including the score.

JT had 2 targets to Moss’ 1. But Taylor only had one red-zone carry…
Simply put, Moss isn’t going away. And that is always going to cap the high-end ceiling of JT, despite how crazy and high-scoring it seems like every Colts game tends to be.

He’s a hold for now because it’d be malpractice to move him before he plays Carolina. And his snaps continue to increase, maxing out at 61% snap share in Week 8.

DK Metcalf (WR – SEA)

D.K. Metcalf contributed with 5 receptions for 67 yards (14 targets, 38% Target share) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught 3 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown (4 targets) that sealed victory for the Seahawks.

JSN only ran a route on 66% of dropbacks, which was a downgrade from last season. The targets were low but he got away with a TD score. I hate selling rookie WRs – they usually break out in the second half- so he’s a hold for me unless I can get something well above market value on him.

Seattle seems to really like this Jake Bobo fellow, and that hurts JSN’s bottom-line.

Metcalf was peppered with downfield looks, earning 152 air yards. All the opportunity is there for him to have a massive game on the horizon. 5 red-zone targets, but zero scores. He is on the cusp of an eruption game. Buy low. Probably my No. 1 buy-low candidate in fantasy football for Week 9.

Through 7 healthy games this year, Metcalf still leads the Seahawks in receiving yards. Also has seen 8-plus targets in three of his last 4 games.

The Ravens and Commanders over their next two games, followed by the Rams, 49ers, Cowboys and 49ers again.

Zay Flowers (WR – BAL)

Zay Flowers had just 19 yards on 5 receptions. Down game but still the overall Target share leader with 7 passes (25.9% Target share). Buy low as always.

Flowers has been the model of consistency throughout his entire rookie campaign and remains a buy candidate. 15th in Target share (28%) 8 games into his rookie year.

DJ Moore (WR – CHI)

D.J. Moore ended with 6 targets – 16% Target share – catching 4 balls for 55 yards. Buy D.J. Moore after back-to-back down games with Justin Fields returning. Solid SOS for WRs rest of the season.

Christian Kirk (WR – JAC)

Christian Kirk saw just 5 targets. 4 for 46. Still ran a full allotment of routes. As always is the move with Jaguars, you buy-low after down games. And the same is said with Calvin Ridley after he posted a strong output, leading the team in routes run and air yards.

But if you can’t get anything worthwhile, both guys are holds with favorable matchups post bye week.

Bye Week, 49ers, Titans, Texans

Garrett Wilson (WR – NYJ)

In the receiving game, Garrett Wilson was the primary target for Zach Wilson, recording 100 receiving yards on seven receptions (13 targets).

Hall also played a significant role, catching six passes for 76 yards, including a touchdown (9 targets). The concentrated effort around Hall and Wilson is great for their long-term outlooks with the Jets’ favorable schedule.

Wilson, 36.1% Target share. Hall: 25% Target share.

The schedule over the second half of the season is JUICY. Chargers, Raiders, Bills and Dolphins up next.

Isiah Pacheco (RB – KC)

The Chiefs struggled on the ground, with only 62 rushing yards. Isiah Pacheco led the team with 8 carries for 40 yards. Caught 3 balls on 4 targets but for -3 yards. Snaps dipped with Chiefs involving Jerick McKinnon more (41% snap share) in negative game script. However, Pacheco still ran the most routes and had more targets. Buy. Next 3: MIA (Germany), PHI, LV

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)

Cincinnati’s rushing attack was led by Joe Mixon, who had 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Mixon’s performance on the ground, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, played a crucial role in the team’s offensive success. Chipped in 3 targets.

Efficient off the buy week versus a beatable 49ers run defense. Mixon will be licking his CHOPS against Buffalo’s atrocious run defense.

Tee Higgins (WR – CIN)

Tee Higgins recorded 5 receptions for 69 yards, 6 targets (19% Target share). Ran a route on 82% of dropbacks. There’s room for that to grow. Still a screaming buy as the Bengals begin their heater on the league with a healthy Burrow.

Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)

Javonte Williams toted the rock 10 times in the first half to McLaughlin’s 2.

Ended the day with 27 carries for 85 yards. 30 total touches. 9 red-zone touches.

Juggernaut Javonte is BACK.

Additionally, McLaughlin contributed with 4 carries for 33 yards.

Williams was effective as a receiver out of the backfield, catching all 3 of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown. McLaughlin saw two targets and Samaje Perine earned 3.

Williams finished with a 63% snap share. Trending WAY up after leading the Broncos in routes run (tied with Perine).

James Cook (RB – BUF)

James Cook carried the ball 14 times for a total of 67 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He didn’t score any touchdowns but had a long run of 18 yards. Latavis Murray started (eye roll) and had 5 carries for 7 yards, averaging 1.4 yards per carry. Came in at the goal line as he often does and got stuffed. Both guys each only caught one pass on one target, while Cook dominated the route share (61%).

Overall, Cook played 67% of the snaps to Murray’s 33%. Cook’s snaps increased from last week and that makes him a buy. The Bills cannot be pleased with how ineffective Murray has been as a rusher, and I’d think that makes them lean MORE into Cook as the season progresses. He has seen some red zone work this season, so it’s at least an idea the Bills have toyed with, and I think they go back down that road based on how Murray has underwhelmed as the red zone back recently. He hasn’t scored since Week 3. On the year, Cook and Murray each have 14 red zone carries.

But over the last two weeks, Cook has out-touched Murray 31 to 12.
And with the addition of Leonard Fournette – signed to the team on Monday – I think that means it’s curtains for Murray. Neither Murray nor Damien Harris has panned out as a compliment to Cook. Fournette has a better skill set, so I think his addition is more of how displeased the Bills are with Murray, not Cook. Therefore, if a manager in your league views this as a death nail for Cook, I’d gladly take them off their hands.

The Bengals, Broncos, Jets and Eagles are the Bills’ next four games before a Week 13 bye week.

Nico Collins (WR – HOU)

Noah Brown led the way with 57 receiving yards on 3 receptions (2nd in routes with no Robert Woods). Nico Collins was another significant contributor, recording 30 receiving yards on 4 receptions (25% Target share). Could have more production given his near 100 air yards.

Tank Dell: 4 targets / 17% Target share. Still led the team in routes run (93%).

Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Arizona and Jacksonville over the next month.

So yes, you best be scooping up Nico Collins/Tank Dell shares ASAP rocky fam.

Aaron Jones (RB – GB)

The Packers’ rushing game was anchored by Jordan Love, who demonstrated his mobility and rushed for 34 yards on 4 carries. However, the ground game saw limited success in terms of touchdowns and yards with the RBs. A.J. Dillon rushed for 11 yards on 6 carries, 3 coming inside the red zone.

Aaron Jones, 7 for 29 with 2 red-zone attempts and 2 red-zone targets.
A.J. Dillon also contributed significantly in the passing game, catching all 5 of his targets for 41 yards.

Both guys split backfield work with a dead even 51% snap share split. The only positive out of this game is that Jones played a season-high in snaps. If the Packers are going to turn this around, it will because on the heels of a Jones’ second-half surge.

If you need a spark at RB, a healthy Jones gives you the most bang for your buck. Panthers/Vikings in the fantasy playoffs.

Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)

Diontae Johnson was the top target overall for the Steelers, catching 8 passes for 85 yards. 14 targets / 32.6% Target share. Also was being used much more downfield with a whopping 188 air yards. A true target commander with a potential untapped ceiling if he continues to see usage farther downfield. He has a 25% Target share through three games averaging 5-plus catches per game.

George Pickens scored the only touchdown for the Steelers on a 22-yard reception. 5 targets but just one catch. 81 air yards.

With Trubisky last season, Diontae Johnson posted much better numbers. Would expect him to be Steelers WR1 in a great matchup versus Tennessee in Week 9.

Johnson’s targets with Trubisky games in 2022: 12, 10, 11, 8, 10.

Pickens in those same games: 3, 2, 7, 3, 5

The Steelers schedule: Titans (TNF), Packers and Browns.

Dalton Kincaid (TE – BUF)

Rookie tight Dalton Kincaid caught 5 passes out of 7 targets for 65 yards. He scored 1 touchdown (18% Target share).

Last week, Kincaid ran a route on 63% of the dropbacks while playing 61% of the snaps. In Week 8, he ran a route on 85% of the dropbacks while playing 84% of the snaps.

Wheels ARE up for the rookie tight end.

The Bengals and Broncos are the Bills’ next two games.

Drake London (WR – ATL)

In the passing game, KhaDarel Hodge was the standout receiver, catching all three of his targets for 75 yards, with a long reception of 52 yards.

Additionally, Drake London and Kyle Pitts contributed significantly to the aerial attack. London (21% Target share) and Pitts (15% Target share).

London was getting checked for an injury toward the end of the game with a groin injury. Only a 54% snap share as a result.
I’d buy low.

Rashee Rice (WR – KC)

Rashee Rice had a notable performance in the receiving game, catching 4 passes for 56 yards on 5 targets.

Led all Chiefs WRs in snaps played (61% was a season high) and finished second in routes run at 59%. He didn’t score as the Chiefs offense overall underperformed. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a buy.

Nobody else saw more than 4 targets.

Hardman saw a snap increase to 36%, while Kadarius Toney barely played.

Next 3: MIA (Germany), PHI, LV

If you can buy Patrick Mahomes’ weapons after a down game…do it. The schedule suggests he will bounce back in a BIG WAY. Remember, apparently, he played the game with the flu.

Tank Dell (WR – HOU)

Noah Brown led the way with 57 receiving yards on 3 receptions (2nd in routes with no Robert Woods). Nico Collins was another significant contributor, recording 30 receiving yards on 4 receptions (25% Target share). Could have more production given his near 100 air yards. Tank Dell: 4 targets / 17% Target share. Still led the team in routes run (93%).

Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Arizona and Jacksonville over the next month.
So yes, you best be scooping up Nico Collins/Tank Dell shares ASAP rocky fam.

Demario Douglas (WR – NE)

The target leader was Demario Douglas: 7 targets, 24.1% Target share.

They are looking for ways to get this guy the ball in a similar way – from my opinion to how Baltimore uses Zay Flowers. Only 5 catches for 25 yards, but great usage. 77% snap share led all WRs as did his two red zone targets and 84% route participation.

DeVante Parker and JuJu Smith-Schuster played fewer snaps on offense than Jalen Reagor….

The Pats get the Commanders and Indy (Germany) over the next 2 games. After their bye week it’s Giants, Chargers, Steelers and Chiefs.

It’s a great schedule for WRs, so we could be on the cusp of a true Douglas breakout. Wild times.

Roschon Johnson (RB – CHI)

The rushing game faced some difficulties, with the team totaling 73 yards on 25 rushing attempts. D’Onta Foreman led the way with 34 rushing yards on 9 carries. 32% snap share.

D’Onta Foreman caught 1 pass for 2 yards (2 targets). Roschon Johnson totaled 4 targets while leading the backfield in snap share at 36%. 6 carries for 21 yards.

It was a full three-way committee with Darrynton Evans also playing 27% of the snaps. 4 carries for 18 yards and 1 TD on 1 of 2 red-zone carries. Also caught 3 balls on 4 targets.

First half carries were 5 to 4 to 1, between Foreman/Johnson/Evans.
Therefore, you need to get out of this backfield business ASAP. Bears want to use multiple guys and it will be even more muddled when Khalil Herbert returns. Tough remaining schedule for RBs.

If I were to buy any guy dirt cheap, it would be Roschon. Snap leader after missing multiple games is encouraging.

Trey McBride (TE – ARI)

Biggest L for me this week (of many). Trey McBride.

McBride led the way with 95 receiving yards on 10 receptions, including a touchdown where he willed his way into the end zone on one of his 3 red-zone targets. 98 air yards. 14 targets / 37.8% Target share. 82% snap share.

Woof (to me). 88% route participation.

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