Week 9 Sneaky Starts

By Adam Cook (@Fantasy_Schnerd)

It’s now Week 9, and your fantasy football team is likely dealing with some tough decisions due to the bye week blues and the massive number of injuries that have occurred this year. As a result, in this article, I will discuss three sneaky fantasy options that are all being started in less than 5% of ESPN leagues (and in one case not even owned in that many). The sneaky starts have had a lot of success so far this year, recommending Danny Woodhead the week he blew up for two TDs, being a week ahead of the pack on Terrance Williams, and many more. So without further ado, here’s your Week 9 sneaky starts!


Shonn Greene, RB – Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson owner’s favorite goal line vulture is back! Coach Munchak recently told reporters that he could see Shonn Greene getting 15 carries this week. He also said Chris Johnson would handle 20 so there is something a little fishy going on. The TItans have averaged 22 rushing carries so far this season, and it seems ridiculous that they suddenly increase to 35 going forward. However, the telling thing is that the Titans are looking to get Greene more involved. Greene isn’t near as talented as Johnson, but he arguably is a better fit for the Titans power run scheme. He was eased back into action last week, but with another week to get healthy he should be a full on go. The Rams are generous against the run giving up 116.1 yards per game. I expect Kellen Clemens to struggle to move the ball against an underrated Titans defense. As a result, the Titans should get out to a big lead and will be pounding the rock and killing the clock. I see 50 yards and a touchdown in his near future.

Bold Prediction: 12 carries, 52 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 reception, 8 yards


Drew Davis, WR – Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White
missed practice on Thursday and even though he returned to a limited practice on Friday he looks very questionable. The Falcons are all but eliminated from the playoffs, so there is no real need to rush Roddy back. After the trade deadline came and went and no reinforcements were acquired, it looks like Davis will draw another start. He showed some life last week against Arizona totaling 5 receptions, 77 yards, and a touchdown and seems to be gaining confidence each and every week. Davis played on 71-83 snaps last week and ran 51 pass routes, so the Falcons intend to use him. The Panthers may blow this game wide open, so don’t be surprised if Matt Ryan will be chucking it all over the field. He could possibly attempt 60 plus passes again in comeback mode so there will be plenty of opportunity for Davis.

Bold Prediction: 6 receptions, 81 yards, 1 touchdown


Riley Cooper, WR – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have been losing and teams seem to have figured out the blueprint on how to contain LeSean McCoy. As a result, the Eagles have been passing more and I expect that will be the case again this week. Nick Foles has been cleared of his concussion and is expected to start this Sunday, great news considering the Eagles were almost stuck with being forced to start Matt Barkley. There seems to be a great connection between Cooper and Foles. In the last two full games that Nick Foles has played, Cooper posted his best two games of the season, 4 receptions, 120 yards, and a touchdown against the Bucs and 6 catches for 88 yards against the Cowboys. He has been targeted 6 plus times in a game three times this year and Foles has started two of those three games. The Raiders can be passed on and DeSean Jackson should draw plenty of coverage leaving Cooper in plus situations coverage wise.

Bold Prediction: 6 receptions, 92 yards, 1 touchdown

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Adam lives in Baltimore where he works in property management and writes about fantasy sports in my free time. He is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Capitals, and Baltimore Orioles. His number one rule is to never let my bias affect my fantasy sports decisions. His other hobbies include golf, Call of Duty, and mock drafting. Adam also spends time writing for TheFakeBasketball and TheFakeBaseball. Follow Adam on Twitter @Fantasy_Schnerd!