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Week 9 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

Welcome to the Week 9 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide. Let me be the millionth person to remind you that the NFL trade deadline is Tuesday afternoon at 4 PM EST. There are circumstances for players that will change. Be ready! Every week I provide you with detailed coverage of all the NFL players you might be courting for our fantasy football squad. More importantly, I guide you on how much to spend on each player. You will find obvious player opinions such as Dak Prescott is still a top 5 QB, but I will also give you useful, less-heralded takes like Mike White legitimately created a controversy with Zach Wilson that sadly isn’t going to last. If you need Waiver Wire adds only, check out my Fantrax pal Colin McTamany’s Waiver Wire Rankings here

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Week 9 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

$1,000 is a common budget size for season-long leagues and that is the template for my FAAB bid percentages. The Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide attempts to cover all styles of fantasy scoring, but I write this article from a redraft and PPR point of view. All roster percentages for this week come from Fantrax and ESPN fantasy football leagues. 



Taysom Hill32%2%7-10%ATL
Carson Wentz80%56%4-7%NYJ
Ben Roethlisberger60%21%4-7%CHI
Jimmy Garoppolo43%11%3-5%ARI
Tua Tagovailoa78%35%3-5%HOU
Phillip Walker5%0%2-4%NE
Teddy Bridgewater66%30%2-4%@DAL
Mac Jones73%28%2-4%@CAR
Mike White10%2%1-3%@IND
Davis Mills25%2%1-3%@MIA

Reference Points

  • The only bye-week QB of note you might be trying to replace this week is Tom Brady. Sounds like an ideal time to spend some money on Taysom Hill! His rushing prowess makes him the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s his show now down in the bayou.
  • Over his last three games, Ben Roethlisberger has not thrown an INT. He also has at least 229 yards passing in each outing which is a positive trend compared to how weak he looked the first couple of games. His current yards per attempt is 6.6 which lands him near players like Sam Darnold and Davis Mills. The variety of playmakers he has makes me believe he’s worth making your bye week replacement or backup QB going forward.

  • The demise of Jimmy Garoppolo is far from imminent. He will always be an injury risk, but his talent is without question. I decided to roll with him as my QB for Lamar Jackson while he was on his bye in Week 8. Three of his next four games are at home with his only road trip landing him to the wonderful southern hospitality of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.
  • My fellow fantasy expert/friend Vlad Sedler started Mike White in a DFS slate for Week 8 that won him a solid chunk of change. I always believe in what Vlad does. However, timing is everything in life. White may not be a fluke, but he has an awful, quick turnaround match-up Thursday night in Indianapolis and then Buffalo after that. Zach Wilson may be back in time after Buffalo.

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Adrian Peterson7%5%15-20%@LAR
Boston Scott54%20%10-12%LAC
Jeremy McNichols20%8%7-10%@LAR
Marlon Mack57%17%5-8%NYJ
David Johnson84%46%5-8%@MIA
D'Ernest Johnson68%62%4-7%@CIN
Carlos Hyde25%7%4-7%BUF
Derrick Gore1%2%3-5%GB
Phillip Lindsay53%15%3-5%@MIA
Ty Johnson38%5%3-5%@IND
Ty'Son Williams36%9%2-4%MIN
Devonta Freeman40%22%2-4%MIN
Jordan Howard7%2%3-5%LAC
Mark Ingram66%37%1-3%ATL
Samaje Perine52%23%1-3%CLE

Reference Points

  • The availability of Derrick Henry is zilch. Is it now the time for 36-year-old Adrian Peterson to be a workhorse back for the Titans?! He fits the mold of Henry in terms of the Titans game plan. Henry has averaged 27 carries a game in 2021. Peterson is a back who could come close to that still, which is just stupefyingly awesome. People are going to pay through the nose for All Day, so be prepared to spend a lot. My bid range might be conservative. It’s also the max I am willing to spend on him.
  • I labeled Jeremy McNichols slightly cheaper than Peterson. He is being labeled as a pass-catcher first. He has a chance to take this job for the rest of the fantasy season. That alone is cause enough to spend your FAAB bucks on him.
  • The Eagles finally ran the ball with some consistency. Boston Scott tallied two TDs but so did Jordan Howard. Scott out-snapped Howard 29 to 16. Miles Sanders is on IR for now. Kenneth Gainwell is lurking in the shadows as well. If you’re feeling like you need wins ASAP, spend the dough on Scott first. He has a tasty date against a horrendous Chargers’ run defense this Sunday.
  • If you claimed to be all over Derrick Gore as a starter in Week 8, I am going to have to see time-stamped tweets verifying such claims. Gore scored a TD on 11 carries tallying 48 yards. He didn’t have a target though and CEH should be returning soon. Go easy.

  • Marlon Mack and David Johnson crowded near the top of this list are speculative possibilities based on the trade deadline. If one or both of them get dealt, it will be to an improved situation increasing their fantasy value. Most FAAB runs will be after the deadline.


Davante Parker83%35%7-10%HOU
Kadarius Toney75%58%7-10%LV
Rashod Bateman75%31%5-8%MIN
Nico Collins41%1%3-5%@MIA
Marquez Callaway74%40%3-5%ATL
Tim Patrick65%28%3-5%@DAL
Van Jefferson49%13%2-4%TEN
Russell Gage64%15%2-4%@NO
Mecole Hardman80%45%2-4%GB
Tre'Quan Smith41%3%2-4%ATL
Darnell Mooney Jr.83%42%2-4%@PIT
Nelson Agholor65%24%1-3%@CAR
Tajae Sharpe2%0%1-3%@NO
Cedrick Wilson60%1%1-3%DEN
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine8%0%1-3%@LAR
Deonte Harris0.220.081-3%ATL
Elijah Moore0.130.161-3%@IND

Reference Points

  • The Dolphins stink because they have employed two offensive coordinators. Davante Parker is thriving despite this madness. I am willing to spend up to 10% of my FAAB for him because the Dolphins will trail often. In 5 games played he has at least 7 targets.
  • I love Nico Collins for two reasons: the Texans will always be behind and Collins has an incredible catch radius. Pay for him now!
  • Another player I am been infatuated with since the offseason is Van Jefferson. Check the past FAAB articles I have written this season and you will find Jefferson always in the mix. Now that DeSean Jackson is on the outs in Los Angeles, Jefferson is the go to deep threat for a QB in Matthew Stafford who can chuck it down field with the best of them.

  • I take mental health concerns seriously because none of us are immune to them. Calvin Ridley is stepping away indefinitely to focus on his well-being. We should all applaud him and hopefully his honesty will help others. Having said all that, this is a FAAB budgeting article and I have a job to do. Russell Gage should get more chances with Ridley off the field. However, he didn’t get a single target in the loss to Carolina. Teammate Tajae Sharpe is a cheaper choice who had an equal amount of snaps to Gage against Carolina.


Pat Freiermuth48%11%5-8%CHI
C.J. Uzomah63%47%3-5%CLE
Ty Conklin31%25%2-4%@BAL
Evan Engram76%32%2-4%LV
Ricky Seals-Jones54%42%2-4%BYE
Jack Doyle13%1%1-3%NYJ
David Njoku34%10%1-3%@CIN
Dan Arnold51%5%1-3%BUF
Cole Kmet50%21%1-3%@PIT
Kyle Rudolph9%0%1-3%LV
Tommy Sweeney7%3%2% or less@JAX
Brevin Jordan9%0%2% or less@MIA
Marcedes Lewis2%0%2% or less@KC
Tommy Tremble17%0%2% or lessNE
Geoff Swaim1%0%2% or less@LAR

Reference Points

  • Another in the series of players I have highlighted on my preseason draft lists, Pat Freiermuth has all the talent he needs to be a stud TE1 very soon. As Big Ben gets back to basics, Freiermuth will play a key role in that improved consistency. We all know that the TE position in 2021 is a nightmare of epic, dystopian proportions. Pay the money now and lock him in your lineups.
  • The Vikings are a mystery, but Ty Conklin is not. Outside of Week 5, he has had at least 5 targets in his last five games. Irv Smith Jr. could come back eventually, but it’s not going to happen any time soon. Conklin has a low ceiling, but a floor I can live with.
  • Many pundits are calling for Evan Engram to be traded soon. With the Packers losing Robert Tonyan to IR, Engram to Green Bay is the tweet du jour. I tossed Marcedes Lewis on this list because he is a veteran who could be useful if the Packers stand pat.
  • Brevin Jordan made the most of his opportunities in garbage time Sunday against the Rams. Jordan is a rookie receiving TE out of Coral Gables. Pharaoh Brown had one more target than Jordan, but Jordan is the future. Take a cheap flier on Jordan.

The Leftovers

  • Week 8 still leaves us with more questions to ponder. The mysteries of this season will continue to baffle us. Will DeAndre Hopkins ever be healthy enough to be a top 5 WR this season? Who will make the most impactful fantasy trade at the deadline Tuesday? Can we expect Justin Fields to use his legs as well as he did last Sunday against the 49ers going forward?
  • These players with uncertain roles are all worth mentioning but are not quite worthy of going into too much detail. Jamal Agnew seems like he’s not as talented as Laviska Shenault Jr. but he keeps getting more chances to accrue fantasy points. How long can we dismiss his output? There is a shred of me considering former Iowa RB Mekhi Sargent as the guy who ends up taking over the main job in place of Henry in Nashville. He has two carries in 2021. Marquez Valdes-Scantling should have come back against Arizona. He didn’t. With Robert Tonyan tearing his ACL, this opens the doors for MVS to gain fantasy points once he comes returns to the field. That could be this Sunday at Kansas City. Dare Ogunbowale may be in line for playing time if Carlos Hyde is moved. James Robinson was injured Sunday against Seattle but it is not believed to be serious so this is another hunch requiring several things to go right for Ogunbowale to play regularly. Washington is on a bye this week so Jaret Patterson cannot show off his prowess at RB. If Antonio Gibson continues to be in injury limbo, Patterson is a legendary college back from Buffalo who is more than ready to take the reins.
Jamal Agnew17%2%2-4%BUF
Marquez Valdes-Scantling38%9%2-4%@KC
Mekhi Sargent3%0%1-3%IND
Dare Ogunbowale2%0%1-3%BUF
Darius Slayton58%15%1-3%LV
Jamison Crowder72%19%1-3%IND
Brandon Bolden34%14%1-3%@CAR
Kendrick Bourne41%8%1-3%@CAR
Allen Lazard43%7%1-3%@KC
Jaret Patterson24%2%1-3%BYE
Rhamondre Stevenson50%8%1-3%@CAR
Jordan Akins23%0%1-3%@MIA
Tyler Kroft7%0%1-3%@IND
Kenneth Gainwell85%63%1-3%LAC
Quez Watkins38%2%1% or lessLAC
Chris Evans23%1%1% or lessCLE
Rex Burkhead5%0%1% or less@MIA
Mo Alie-Cox46%15%1% or lessNYJ
Case Keenum16%2%1% or less@CIN
JaMychal Hasty23%2%1% or lessARI
Irv Smith Jr.41%10%1% or lessDAL
Ameer Abdullah4%0%1% or lessNE
Tyrod Taylor32%6%1% or less@MIA
Anthony Firkser33%6%1% or less@LAR

Post Script

The Week 9 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide is here to serve you. If you have any questions related to your fantasy football FAAB selections, please DM me on Twitter @mjgovier any time. You can also read my ROS Rankings and listen to my Fantrax podcast The Fantasy Football POV which absolutely has the most information for your buck (it’s free). New episodes come out every Wednesday morning. However you absorb your preferred fantasy football content, FantraxHQ has you covered. Thanks for stopping by. Now go splurge with those FAAB bucks!

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