Week 9 Start Sit

Week 9 Shore Thing Sleepers

“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football Week 9 start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.

Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.

Week 9 Start/Sit Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers

Mecole Hardman (WR, Kansas City Chiefs) | 34.8 Percent

It’s no secret the Kansas City Chiefs are a powerhouse of an offense. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been electric in 2022, despite losing his favorite target in wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mahomes has spread the ball out among his receivers and tight end Travis Kelce this season. However, receiver Mecole Hardman seems to have recently fallen into the all-pro quarterback’s favor.

The speedy fourth-year pass-catcher had three consecutive 10-plus PPR point totals ahead of the Chiefs’ Week 8 bye. Heading into a Week 9 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Hardman consequently has an opportunity to continue his upward trend in fantasy. The Titans’ defense is giving up the sixth most PPR points per game to receivers. Their run defense, however, has been stout. Kansas City doesn’t have much of a rushing attack, and it’s certainly unlikely that changes this week. This team will win this game through the air, and I subsequently expect Hardman to be a big part of this explosive offense in Week 9. – Polvogt

Garrett Wilson (WR, New York Jets) | 74 Percent

With Breece Hall out for the year, Corey Davis out this week and Elijah Moore being a non-factor, Garrett Wilson will again be the focal point of the New York Jets’ offense.

He faces the Buffalo Bills, with Tre’Davious White and Jordan Poyer both inactive. That will leave the up-and-down cornerback group of Dane Jackson, Taron Johnson and Kaiir Elam to cover Wilson and company. This unit has allowed the 10th most PPR points to opposing WRs over the last month. The 15.3 Yards Per Reception (YPR) they’ve allowed to WRs over the last month, plus a likely negative game script plays in Wilson’s favor for a boom week. – Woolcock


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