Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season is peak Lamar Jackson season and I’m here for it.
The excitement that the Ravens win over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football gave me simply can’t be explained — so instead, in true millennial fashion, I’ll use a GIF to describe what’s going on in my head:
That’s all the preamble I need, so let’s get into the counsel you crave.
% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football
Shallow and Intermediate Leagues
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 41% owned
Tampa Bay has finally settled on a lead back, right? Well, I’m not 100% sure if Bruce Arians figured out what he has in his backfield but it seems to be trending in the logical trajectory. Jones out-carried Peyton Barber 18 to 4 on Sunday afternoon and Jones rewarded that faith with 67 rush yards and a touchdown (on top of 2 targets for 2 catches and 15 yards). Jones is most likely the Buccaneers starter for the rest of the year and more than worth an add in all formats.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins – 36%
The Parker Express has finally arrived – he has been touted as a potential fantasy breakout performer since the wheel was being grunted into existence. It’s the year 2019 and Parker is, at least, scratching the surface of his potential. Sure, he’s on a hapless Dolphins team that just won its first game, but Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to be playing at a higher level of late and Preston Williams’ season just ended. The Dolphins have to throw to somebody and Parker has 3 touchdowns in 4 games since the bye week, on 28 targets (7 targets per game). Parker will be a solid WR3 for the rest of the year.
Devin Funchess, WR, Indianapolis Colts – 6% owned
You were expecting to see Zach Pascal on this list weren’t you? Yes, Pascal is probably the add for the next few weeks – T.Y. Hilton is out for a few match-ups and Parris Campbell just went down (again) — and yes, the Colts have to throw to somebody and Pascal will be the #1 wide receiver after being on the roster bubble during the off-season. However, Funchess may provide more value down the home stretch of your fantasy season. He would be coming back around week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and showed that he had earned Brissett’s trust in week 1 before finding himself on injured reserve. He only caught 3 passes for 32 yards but also drew 5 targets. If you are able to wait a few weeks, Funchess is worth a gander.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins – 4% owned
Desperationsville, population – fantasy owners sans one of the top 4 tight ends in the league (most of you). As I mentioned before, Preston Williams just went down for the year and Gesicki is essentially a wide receiver playing the tight end position. He had the best game of his career last week with 6 targets for 6 catches and 95 yards. He should only get more involved with the Dolphins’ need for pass catchers and the slow (but inevitable) emergence of Fitzmagic.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders – 3% owned
Hunter Renfrow is a (Hermes-sized) college football deity and is starting to find his footing at the professional level as well. The last few weeks, Renfrow has been one of the receivers Derek Carr has relied on most. Against the Detroit Lions he posted 7 targets for 5 catches, 54 yards and a touchdown and the week before, in Houston, he saw 4 targets for 4 catches, 88 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pace might not continue but that’s a pretty stellar catch rate regardless. Renfrow is a nice speculative pick-up.
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