We’re now getting closer to those final weeks of the season, about to start Week 9 of the 2021 season, and continuing our Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em series. Did anyone else start their league with just a few IR spots and now regret that? Especially in dynasty leagues, this has been a brutal season with players missing time. We again have a few teams on bye this week:
- Detroit Lions
- Seattle Seahawks
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Washington Football Team
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Joe Burrow v CLE
Burrow is showing exactly why he was taken at the top of the draft. I thought the offensive line would be ok this year, with the patched free agents that they signed getting them through for this year. The receiving talent on offense is crazy, against a Cleveland defense that has given up a bunch to the position, Burrow is a clear start.
Ryan Tannehill @LAR
Tannehill is not an obvious start this week, going on the raod to face the Rams defense. A defense that just added Von Miller as a secondary pass-rusher. The Titans are now without Derrick Henry, who was the focal part of their offense. While the team are still likely to try to move the ball on the ground, they are going to have to air it out.
Tua Tagovailoa v HOU
I’m going to back the Miami QB this week to show that he isn’t the issue with this team. There were trade rumours flying round that Deshaun Watson was going to come to the Dolphins, but that didn’t happen in the end. Tua is going to be motivated to show why they shouldn’t circulate again, against the team that currently (on paper) has Watson on their team.
For the brave/ desperate- Jordan Love v GB
Love has been a popular add this week, with the announcement that Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID. Against a poor Kansas City defense, Love could be a start if you are desperate. But I’d only do it if Davante Adams and the receivers that missed last week are back.
Matt Ryan @NO
The Falcons offense has plenty of passing volume in any given week. The issue this week is that he is travelling to face the Saints defense, who are one of the best defenses in the league. If you can avoid, you should. Especially as the offense will need to adjust to life without Calvin Ridley.
Sam Darnold v NE
Darnold has been limited this week, and has struggled to be consistent this season. The bigger issue is that the blueprint on how to beat Darnold exists in the building from his time with the New York Jets. The Patriots have also restricted offenses through the air, with an average of 16 points to the position this season.
Justin Fields @PIT
Fields had a good time out last week. But don’t be fooled that wasn’t at all because of his ability with his arm. Instead it was the 103 yard and TD he got on the ground. With turnovers still a big issue, as well as sacks, don’t start him against the Steelers unit.