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Fantasy Football: Start or Sit Jameis Winston in Week 9?


Bye Apocalypse part two is upon us, and for fantasy football owners, this one hurts right in the quarterback spot. This week we will be without Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Brock Osweiler, Kirk Cousins and maybe most importantly, Tom Brady. Luckily some marginal players are available out there or who are already rostered who have great matchups that can see you through this week.

Chances are if you rostered half the players unavailable this week, you likely rostered another marginal QB1/QB2. One such quarterback is Jameis Winston, who is coming off a couple of good matchups with the 49ers and the Raiders. His run of incredible matchups continues this week as he takes on the Falcons at home this week.

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Jameis has been very up-and-down, especially given his propensity for interceptions (he is tied for third behind Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick with 9) and his scattershot accuracy leading to up-and-down yardage figures. The numbers for good Jameis are almost a completely different player from bad Jameis.

If you split his seven games almost down the middle, you get 284 yards passing, three touchdowns and 0.75 interceptions per game in his good games versus 214 yards/0.67 TD/2 interceptions. The good Jameis/bad Jameis split comes out to one of the best quarterbacks in the league to one of the worst. He isn’t a reliable weekly option right now in the slightest, but he does take advantage of the juicy matchups.

This week he gets the most fascinating matchup in the league for quarterbacks this year, as he takes on the Falcons at home. The Falcons allow the most fantasy points per game to quarterback this year, and that includes Jameis smoking them at home in week one when he went for 281/4/1 to hand Atlanta a loss in the first week of the season. The Falcons are the worst against quarterbacks and have yielded at least 24 fantasy points to the position in five of the eight games they’ve played this season, giving up at least three passing touchdowns in each of those games.

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Winston has been an up-and-down quarterback option this year, but luckily he is in a good matchup this week as he takes on the division rival Falcons. He is worth a start over every single quarterback not named Cam, Brees, Rodgers or Matt Ryan. Slot him into your lineup this week and hang onto him, his matchups only get better down the stretch, which means more good Jameis than bad Jameis going forward.


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Robert D. Cobb
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