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The second of the dreaded bye-pocalypses is upon us as six of the better teams (fantasy-wise) have the week off. Running backs are getting hurt left and right and no one knows who will get the carries in a few contests. Here is my advice for Week 9 of the regular season:
Marcus Mariota (vs. San Diego): This game looks to be a contest in which Mariota will be throwing a ton and should find some favorable matchups for his wide receivers and tight ends. He might not get the win, but he should score fantasy points.
Charcandrick West (vs. Jacksonville): West gets the start this week with Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles out. Jacksonville has been terrible against the run, so look for West to take advantage.
Kelvin Benjamin (vs. Tampa Bay): Cam Newton did not throw a single touchdown last week, but Benjamin still got 70+ receiving yards. Benjamin is a huge red zone target and threat against a lackluster corner group for the Rams.
Antonio Gates (vs. Tennessee): Gates no longer will have Hunter Henry stealing targets from him (since Henry is out). Expect a lot more balls thrown his way in this great matchup.
Carolina D/ST (vs. Los Angeles): Carolina sacked Carson Palmer eight times last week and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Expect more of the same this week against a weaker offensive line for the Rams.
Derek Carr (vs. Denver): The Denver defense is still as potent as last season. Even with Aqib Talib in question, Carr won’t be productive as he has been all season long.
Frank Gore (vs. Green Bay): The Packers have had one hiccup against the run (Ezekiel Elliot) and that trend should continue against the woeful offensive line of the Indianapolis Colts.
Marvin Jones (vs. Minnesota): Minnesota looked susceptible last week, but the Vikings should be able to regroup at home against a division opponent. Jones should get Xavier Rhodes as well which should limit his production.
Eric Ebron (vs. Minnesota): With so many teams on bye, it is tough to find productive tight ends. Ebron hasn’t been healthy and draws a tough matchup against the Vikings n the road. Look elsewhere if you can.
Tennessee D/ST (vs. San Diego): The Titans’ defense has looked solid at times this season with sacks and turnovers forced. However, the Chargers are putting up points even with limited weapons and should continue to do so this week.