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Fantasy Football Week 9: Revisiting Preseason Picks and Adjusting Strategies

As we hit the midpoint of the fantasy football season, it’s the perfect time for reflection and strategy adjustments. Back in the draft, we all had our sleeper picks, breakout candidates, and trusted stalwarts—now, after nine weeks of play, we can see which predictions panned out and which fell flat. This is crucial as it not only impacts our current rosters but also informs our decisions for the rest of the season. Here's a deep dive into some of the players I picked, examining where they stand now, and deciding whether to hold firm or pivot away.

Underperformers to Reassess:

  • Miles Sanders: The shift to the Panthers was promising due to his track record of delivering 1000+ scrimmage yards in three of the last four years. However, he's fallen short of his ADP value and appears to have lost his starting spot to Chubba Hubbard—time to consider other options.

  • Rashad Penny: His performance every time he stepped on the field for Seattle was electrifying, but those sparks haven't followed him. Now at 28, and often a healthy scratch for the Eagles, it seems best to part ways.

  • Michael Thomas: Not a complete letdown, as he's been good for a consistent 10-12 PPG in PPR leagues, but the expectations for a WR2 resurgence might have been overly optimistic. Currently, he’s better suited as a depth option.

Players with Rising Value:

  • Marquise Brown: Last year, without DeAndre Hopkins and alongside Kyler Murray, Brown was a top 5 WR. Based on his target share and potential QB upgrade, he's a valuable asset.

  • Kyler Murray: Worth stashing even if your QB position is secure. Given Tua's current high performance, trading him could be wise to capitalize on his value, especially when you have a player like Kyler, who boasts top-10 potential, ready to step in.

  • Diontae Johnson: Returning from injury, he’s quickly reminding us of his draft day promise. If you’ve got him, he's worth holding onto.

  • David Montgomery: I initially underestimated him, but with the Lions possibly reverting to a split workload in the backfield after their bye, Montgomery is a smart trade target.

Consistent Performers to Keep Riding:

  • Alvin Kamara: Overlooked by many due to preseason concerns, he's turned out to be an exceptional pick—potentially even a league winner.

  • Adam Thielen: At 33, Thielen is having an outstanding year, with consistent production each week—aside from a recent dip. His secure role in the offense makes him a must-start.

  • Sam LaPorta: Who says rookie TEs can’t deliver? Currently ranked TE#4, LaPorta is proving to be a solid hold in any roster.

  • Tua Tagovailoa: He's risen above the offseason noise to secure a spot as QB5. It's a tough decision, but trading Tua at peak value could be a strategic play, especially when you can count on Kyler Murray as a reliable substitute with top-tier upside.

As we gear up for the second half of the fantasy season, it’s clear that flexibility and the willingness to adjust will be key to success.

What about you? Which players have exceeded your expectations, and who has left you considering a roster shuffle? Share your insights and join the conversation with me @Degen_Checkers!


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