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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 9
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia

Courtland Sutton

On the rise: The fantasy football community is gaga over the Broncos new No.2 wide receiver.

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Tre’Quan Smith vs LAR: I might be guilty of chasing his Week 5 production here, but I smell a classic Superdome shootout this week against the Rams. Smith has only been a small part of the game plan these past few weeks, as the return of Ingram has brought more balance to the offense. With the bye week crunch taking a few big offenses off the table this week, I’m happy to gamble with the No.2 receiver on one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Look for the Rams to smother Michael Thomas, and for Smith to beat them at least once for a big score.

O.J. Howard @ CAR: Itís been a miserable year for the tight end position. Other than Ertz, Kelce, and Eric Ebron (what?!?) the position has mostly been a weekly shot in the dark. Quietly sitting as the No.6 overall tight end is Howard, who has 50+ yards and/or a score in all the gameís heís finished this season. He produced strong TE1 numbers early in the year with Fitzpatrick under center, and with the Magic back for a Week 9 matchup against a Carolina defense giving up to the most fantasy points to the position, Howard is a top flight option.

Courtland Sutton vs HOU: The finale of my ďtwo rookie, one tight endĒ special for Week 9, Sutton finds a spot on the SCR this week thanks to the Broncos moving Demaryius Thomas at the trade deadline. The Denver rookie second round pick has produced when given chances, but up until now those chances have been limited. Possessing big play potential (19+ yards a reception) and a big body (6í3íí) in the red zone, Sutton instantly vaults into WR3 territory. Houstonís secondary has been decimated by injury, and Sanders should command most of the attention. Sutton makes for a sneaky upside play from here on out.

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Amari Cooper vs TEN: I totally understand the tremendous pressure there will be to roll out Amari Cooper this week against the Titans. The Cowboys will likely try to force the ball his way to begin to justify the ridiculous price tag they paid for an underachieving receiver. The Titans do have a burnable secondary, but with only a short time to learn the playbook, and zero timing with Prescott, Iíd take a cautious approach to trusting Cooper as anything more than a hopeful WR3.

Kyle Rudolph vs DET: I realize itís all hands on deck for the tight end position in fantasy, but the fact is Rudolph has become a distant afterthought in this Viking offense. He hasnít passed 50 yards since Week 4 and has found the endzone only once. Heís got potentially the lowest floor of any ďTE1Ē at the moment, and Iíd strongly consider streaming a more explosive option somewhere else. Iíll let the other writers on help you figure out who!

Jets Receivers @ MIA: Injuries combined with a lack of depth have sunk this unit to new lows. The combination of raw young players and street level veterans has hindered Sam Darnoldís development. The receivers get no separation, there isnít a downfield threat, and because they lack run after the catch ability itís been nearly impossible for the Jets to move the ball, OR come back from early deficits. Jermaine Kearse has been peppered with targets as the only decent option, but heís been able to reel in only 3 of his last 12 targets. Miami is far from formidable, but even if Robby Anderson is able to play on a bum ankle this week, there isnít a player on this offense Iíd feel comfortable starting.

Good luck this week!

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