Week 9 brings us our second week of bye week chaos. Both Week 8 and 9 will have seen six teams on bye. At least for my teams, I’m finding Week 9 to be the harder hitting of the two weeks, leaving me fighting for scraps to fill out lineups. I have had to make some tough decisions on both who to start, and who to cut loose. So, to help out with the bye week struggle, take a look at my cut candidates for Week 9.
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Last week, I mentioned Wilson as someone worth giving an extra week. Well, he again underperformed. He couldn’t even muster double-digit fantasy points against the perpetually awful Saints’ defense. For me, that’s the final straw. In 1 QB leagues, Wilson can be dropped. Let him be someone else’s headache. In 2 QB leagues, it’s obviously a different situation. There are far better fantasy options owned in a lower percentage of leagues. For example, Marcus Mariota has more points the past four weeks than Wilson has on the season. He is just one among many options better than the hobbled Seattle quarterback.
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The first problem for Maclin has been quarterback play. Alex Smith isn’t a high volume passer, and now he’s banged up. It’s possible that having Nick Foles under center will help give Maclin a spark. It seems unlikely, though. Maclin has only two touchdowns on the year and has failed to break 80 yards in any game this season. That’s disappointing, to say the least. With the Chiefs’ offense losing its quarterback and being extremely run heavy, Maclin’s bounce-back chances are underwhelming at best.
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DeSean Jackson is on a bye himself this week after playing in London in Week 8. He’s a player I would not hesitate to drop if you need to fill a starting spot. He has failed to break 55 yards since Week 3, and that’s even with star tight end Jordan Reed missing some time. You would think one less mouth to feed would have boosted his production, however, that has failed to materialize. Jackson still holds a significant target share in this offense. So it’s not as though he’s been phased out of the offense. But the production simply hasn’t been there. Jackson will no doubt catch a few deep balls between now and the end of the season. He’s sitting outside the top 40 in both PPR and Standard leagues,making him statistically a fringe WR 4/5. That’s not the type of player I consider a must hold through the bye week by any means.
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Like Russell Wilson, I’ve also previously mentioned Matt Jones as a hold. He’s also the second Redskin in this article, and I promise I have no anti-Redskin bias. Jones has been inconsistent all season and has battled injuries and fumbles. If you’re in a PPR league, his lack of any passing game contribution hasn’t helped either. He carries almost no trade value, and good luck knowing which weeks to start him. He has two other backs to share work with as well, including one who will eat up all the passing down work. He’s low upside, and frustrating to own.