Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Derek Carr, DeVante Parker, Ryan Tannehill

The NFL trade deadline was a yawn. Let’s hope the rest of your fantasy football season isn’t.

Fantasy footballers have to contend with another four-team bye week that takes all of the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons out of play. But even with a slightly smaller player pool to choose from, there are plenty of under-the-radar booms and busts available to help and hurt fantasy players.

Here are my under-the-radar booms and busts for Week 9!  Good luck, RotoBallers!

Editor's Note: Get any rest-of-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive DFS Tools, Lineup Optimizer and Premium DFS Research through the Super Bowl. Sign Up Now!


Week 9 Lineup Booms

Derek Carr (OAK, QB) vs. DET

You have to hand it to Jon Gruden. The guy is a quarterback whisperer and has done wonders with Carr this year. Carr has a 9-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over Oakland’s past five games despite getting royally screwed by the whole Antonio Brown fiasco and having Tyrell Williams banged-up throughout the season. Now Carr gets to throw some missiles against Detroit’s 32nd-ranked pass defense which is fronted by a secondary ripped apart by the team’s own management. New York Giants rookie Daniel Jones had no trouble decimating the Lions corners and safeties in Week 8. Last week was Carr’s best game of 2019, but he might top it this week.

Allen Robinson (CHI, WR) at PHI

I think we know by now that Chicago quarterback/whipping boy Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be confused with Peyton Manning anytime soon, at least not this year. I still see Robinson overcoming his QB’s inefficiencies and posting prodigious numbers this weekend, though. While Philadelphia’s 21st-ranked pass defense looked better last week versus Buffalo, it was more because of Josh Allen’s inaccuracy than it was tighter play in the secondary. Robinson has not had fewer than seven targets in any game this year and has broken the 60-yard mark in all but one contest. He will be Trubisky’s top target and should have plenty of opportunities to shine again the Eagles’ ravaged and below-par defensive backfield.

Devante Parker (MIA, WR) vs. NYJ

As horrendous as the 0-8 Dolphins have been this season, one of the lone semi-bright spots has been Parker. Miami’s No. 1 WR has had 50-plus yards in four of his past five games and has scored a trio of touchdowns during that stretch. As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is his quarterback, Parker is a playable fantasy commodity. The laughable Jets have the 24th-ranked pass defense, largely due to a non-existent pass rush (nine sacks, tied for second-lowest in NFL). That anemic pass rush got worse this week when defensive end Leonard Williams was traded to the New York Giants. Look for “FitzMagic” to get revenge against his former team and for Parker to be the biggest benefactor in the passing attack.

Greg Olsen (CAR, TE) vs. TEN

After a stunning three-game start that saw Olsen rack up 16 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns, the longtime veteran has struggled mightily with Kyle Allen as his QB. Olsen only has eight catches for 70 yards and zero scores over his last four games. So he is overdue for a solid fantasy outing against a middle-of-the-pack Tennessee pass defense (16th in the league) that allowed Atlanta’s Austin Hooper to pile up 130 yards and gave up touchdowns to Cleveland’s David Njoku and Jacksonville’s James O’ Shaughnessy in earlier road tilts this year. Look for Olsen to rebound this week and make his fantasy owners rethink dropping him for another tight end.


Week 9 Lineup Busts

Ryan Tannehill (TEN, QB) at CAR

Two starts, two wins, 505 passing yards, and five touchdown passes. That is what former fantasy football fall guy Tannehill has done the past couple of Sundays. While he may have conned some fantasy players into thinking a change of scenery has suddenly changed his fantasy value, the true test will be this Sunday. Carolina boasts the fifth-best pass defense in the league and is second in sacks. Both Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Los Angeles’ Jared Goff, two quarterbacks more capable than Tannehill, could not crack the 200-passing-yard mark against the stingy Panthers, and those guys have many more weapons than Tannehill. The Titans quarterback might end up with 150 yards and a pair of picks by game’s end.

Jimmy Graham (GB, TE) at LAC

Graham is not the playmaker he was during his glory days in New Orleans, nor is he the touchdown machine he was in Seattle, but he is still a serviceable fantasy tight end with Green Bay. Unfortunately he's running into a Chargers pass defense that has only allowed one tight end over its past five games to break the 40-yard barrier in a game. Graham has become a touchdown-dependent fantasy play because his battered legs betray him whenever he attempts to make a big play downfield (no 30-yard receptions in 2019). This is not the week to expect a score or a 40-yard game from him, however.

Royce Freeman (DEN, RB) vs. CLE

I understand that Cleveland has the NFL’s 29th-ranked run defense. Do you understand that it will not matter if they stack eight or nine defenders in the box when Denver cannot complete any passes due to the "injury" to Joe Flacco and the departure of Emmanuel Sanders? Not only does Freeman have to deal with the Browns keying on the run since new quarterback Brandon Allen has never played in an NFL game, but he also has to split the touches with firebrand Phillip Lindsay. I know Freeman has scored in back-to-back weeks and is much improved in the pass-catching department this season, but I would still stay away from him.

Darius Slayton (NYG, WR) vs. DAL (MON)

Slayton turned his two catches into two touchdowns this past weekend against the Detroit Lions. He has thrived in the No. 2 WR role since Sterling Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season. The issue for Slayton is that Dallas has covered their opponents’ No. 2 receivers this year as well as Jalen Ramsey covers No. 1 receivers.  The only touchdown the Cowboys have allowed to a team’s No. 2 WR was against Washington’s Paul Richardson in Week 2, and Richardson only scraped together 16 receiving yards in that contest. Slayton’s two touchdowns last week should also come with an asterisk considering he scored them against the worst pass defense in the league. There are other low-cost options at WR on waiver wires and in streaming situations I would take over the slick Slayton in Week 9. 

More Weekly Lineup Prep

More Recent Articles


ADP Cost Analysis – Robbie Ray vs Trevor Bauer

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More

2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Second Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as "the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – C.J. Cron

As another fantasy baseball season approaches, we once again have the chance to discuss C.J. Cron as a fantasy sleeper. Cron will be playing for his third team in three seasons. It is tough to wrap one's head around the idea that a player of Cron's talent continues to be undervalued by professional and fantasy... Read More

2020 Starting Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a very different strategy if you wish to truly compete. All preseason long, RotoBaller has you covered with the latest rankings for all fantasy baseball league types. Here we present our points league rankings... Read More

Second-Half Improvements: Buy Into These Starting Pitchers

The second half of the season is always put under a microscope for starting pitchers. Fantasy players have a love for the second half of the season, as the belief is that pitchers who take a step forward could carry over that success the next season and perhaps even build upon it. But, as we... Read More

How to Attack RP in SV+HLD Leagues

No position has seen as much evolution in recent seasons as the relief pitcher. Gone are the days where starters were expected to go seven innings as most teams have embraced the idea of "super-bullpening" and try to fit as many pitchers that can throw 95+ MPH into their bullpen as they can. Many fantasy... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitch Info

One of the most fundamental questions in fantasy sports is if a player's current performance is sustainable. More than any other sport, baseball has a slew of statistical measures that can be dissected in numerous ways to analyze player performance. Pitch Info is a publicly-available pitch tracking system that provides a lot of different data to... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More

Mock Draft Review: Best Late-Round Targets

Last week, some members of the RotoBaller staff completed a 12-team mock draft for standard 5x5 format. After the draft, we each broke down our strategy and some of our favorite picks, which can be found here. However, I want to take a closer look at one portion of the draft in particular. Since we know that... Read More

Faster and Furious: Pitchers with Rising Velocity/Performance

Welcome fantasy baseball players! I’m sure that you, like me, are anxiously counting down the days until your drafts and Opening Day. While the fantasy season may not start for several weeks, there are plenty of things we can do to start preparing for a successful season. One of those things is to take a good... Read More

James Karinchak Is A Relief Pitcher To Know in 2020

One of the lesser-known players that intrigues me for the 2020 MLB season is Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak. The former Bryant Bulldog was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in the 2017 draft and went on to have one of the most outrageous statistical seasons in minor league baseball history. As someone who... Read More

2020 Relief Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More

2019 Barrel Breakouts: Who's For Real and Who's Next?

As pitchers and catchers get even closer to reporting and most fantasy leagues prepare for their drafts, everybody is looking for a leg up on the competition - a way to get in on a guy before everybody else does. In this article, we're going to look for a way to identify hitters who improved... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIP

While FIP is a useful tool to predict a pitcher's future ERA performance, fantasy owners should remember that ERA, not FIP, is what really matters in most formats. This means that we are interested in the "luck" that separates the two statistics. While some of this luck is unpredictable, we can and should predict some... Read More

Second Year Player Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More