Fantasy football: Who to start — and sit — in Week 9

The Buffalo Bills take on the N.Y. Jets to kick off Week 9 of NFL action on Thursday. If the Bills come away with a win they’ll be tied for the best record in the AFC at 6-2.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor must have confused Halloween for Christmas when he learned his team traded for Kelvin Benjamin. The addition of the big target is an immediate upgrade at the position. The new Bill probably won’t play Thursday, but I still like Taylor to start. Of course you’ll start LeSean McCoy as well. On the other side of the ball, Matt Forte is an OK flex play. Here’s a look at who else you should start and sit in Week 9.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 9 rankings.

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: He didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Steelers in Week 8, but he amassed 423 passing yards. Don’t worry about him too much. He’ll get the ball in the end zone against the Packers this weekend.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes under pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave (79) during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: Before last week’s tough weather conditions, Cousins had four straight great fantasy games. He’s facing Seattle on the road this week, but you saw what a rookie did to them on Sunday. Now they could be without Earl Thomas who is nursing a hamstring.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints: He was already being productive before Adrian Peterson was sent to Arizona, but he could be really special now. If Mark Ingram continues to have fumbling issues, it could get even better for Kamara. As of now, I think both Saints running backs are solid starts against the Buccaneers.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals: After Peterson had a huge first game with the Cardinals, everyone was on board with him being effective. Then he had a tough go against the Rams in London. Since then Arizona has had a week off and they are set to face the 49ers. Peterson should do well against a defense that struggles at limiting running backs.

Adrian Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball during the NFL match between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: He’s had two games in a row of success catching passes out of the backfield. This week he should do damage on the ground against the Jaguars who aren’t good at stopping the run.

Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks: He has three touchdowns in his last two games and I’m thinking he can keep up the production against the Redskins. Josh Norman is likely to stick with Doug Baldwin, leaving Richardson with softer coverage.

Ted Ginn, WR, Saints: The Bucs are the worst team at limiting wide receivers in fantasy scoring. Ginn is on a decent roll as of late, catching 13 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown in the last three games.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, Jets: He doesn’t have the easiest matchup as he faces the Bills. They’ve only allowed six touchdown receptions, but they’ve given up the fourth most receiving yards. Kearse looks like a good flex play this week.

Atlanta Falcons’ Deion Jones (45) tackles New York Jets’ Jermaine Kearse (10) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Jack Doyle, TE, Colts: As bad as the Colts are, Doyle has been a bright spot for fantasy. He has 25 catches, 215 yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. The Texans are in the bottom third at limiting tight ends.

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Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers: I’m seeing some people looking to him as a good start this week as he faces the Saints. There are a lot of concerns, however. First, he’s got an AC joint injury he’s dealing with in his throwing shoulder and second, the Saints defense is playing better of late.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants: The Giants were on a bye in Week 8 so it’s probably a good idea to remind you here that Manning isn’t very good this season. He’s without his top two receivers, though he gets Sterling Shepard back. The Rams are a tough draw, however.

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals: He’s had a tough season so far and he’s got to face one of the best defensive backfields this week. The Jaguars are outstanding at limiting quarterbacks’ fantasy points.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: Anderson’s been disappointing this season and he has a really tough matchup against the Eagles. It doesn’t help that his quarterback situation seems to be up in the air.

Running back C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by cornerback Kenneth Acker #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 30, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Miami running backs: Don’t get enticed by new opportunity for Damien Williams and Kenyon Drake. Neither could beat out Jay Ajayi, and he wasn’t doing well behind the Dolphins line either. This will most likely be a running-back-by-committee situation as well.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles: Speaking of Ajayi, wait a week before inserting him into your starting lineup. He’s new in town and he has to face the Broncos right away. LeGarrette Blount is still a factor as well. Ajayi is possibly a decent flex play, but temper your expectations if you have to start him.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins: He was a decent start last week, but this week is a different story. DeVante Parker is likely to return for Miami, putting Stills further down the pecking order.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons: Sanu is coming off a good game, but he’s got a tougher matchup this week as he faces the Panthers. They’re in the top 10 of defenses at limiting wide receiver fantasy points.

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: I’m thinking he’ll be the odd man out this week. Not that the other two main targets in Green Bay will have much better days. It’s a tough hand the Packers have been dealt with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback.

UPDATE: Previously a must-start player, Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice on Thursday and it’s a sad end to a promising start for the rookie. Here’s what was written before we learned of his injury: This is probably the last time he’ll be in this section. Not because he won’t be worthy of a start, but because he’s an auto-start from now until the end of the year. If he can do what he did to the Seahawks, he can do it against anyone. This week it’s going to be the Colts.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Who to start — and sit — in Week 2

Well, that was an interesting first week of the season, wasn’t it? Can’t wait to see what Week 2 brings. It kicks off Thursday night with Houston at Cincinnati. Safe starts are clearly A.J. Green and Lamar Miller. We’ll help you with the tougher calls as we tell you who should start and sit this week (and every week this season).

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: This is a vote of confidence for Stafford, even though he’s taking on a tough secondary in the Giants. He’s got a solid, dependable target in Golden Tate and an emerging big play receiver in Kenny Golladay. Add to that his receiving threats out of the backfield, and I think Stafford does just as well as Dak Prescott did in Week 1 against the Giants.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 2 rankings.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: He did more than hold his own against a great Broncos defense. Rivers has a much better matchup as he faces the Dolphins this week. He found Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon for touchdown passes in Week 1 and should be a low-end QB1 in Week 2.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: I don’t trust him over the long haul because of age and wear and tear. But it’s early in the season and he should still be fresh. He had over 90 yards of offense last week and he should find the end zone for the first time this season against the lowly Jets.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots: I was wrong about him last week, but it looks like he really is taking on the LeGarrette Blount role. He scored three short touchdowns last week and should have plenty of chances to produce good fantasy numbers against the Saints.

New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs away from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs away from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Terrance West, RB, Ravens: Danny Woodhead is out and the Ravens give their running backs a good amount of touches. West has a nice matchup against the Browns this weekend and should produce RB2 numbers at least.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: Cooks had a solid outing in the season opener, but he wasn’t able to cash in on a score. This week should be better, given that he’s facing a bad Saints defensive backfield that got torched by Sam Bradford and the Vikings.

Eric Ebron, TE, Lions: I’m going out on a limb on this one after Ebron had just two catches for nine yards in Week 1. He’s facing the Giants and I think he’ll take advantage of the matchup that Jason Witten did in the first week of the season.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals: Is it just me or does Palmer look like he should have retired in the offseason after all? Last week he was horrible against the Lions. He has a great matchup against the Colts, but I don’t trust him after his Week 1 performance.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: His performance in Week 1 was nothing to write home about and he’s got a tough matchup against the Rams. They returned two interceptions for touchdowns in their game against the Colts. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and the Rams will make things tough.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) and defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) and defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals: He’ll replace David Johnson in the Cardinals’ lineup, but I don’t think he’s worthy of the start on your fantasy team. It’s more about how the Colts have played the run so far. They faced Todd Gurley and the Rams in Week 1 but allowed just 1.9 yards per carry.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Despite Hill being the veteran starter, Joe Mixon got the most touches out of the backfield for the Bengals last week. The Texans had trouble stopping the Jaguars on the ground last week, but with three mouths to feed, it’s hard to start Hill.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: The Steelers face a solid defensive backfield and Bryant disappointed against the Browns last week. Ben Roethlisberger plays a lot better at home, but he’s found a nice target in tight end Jesse James. Antonio Brown will most likely be the only wideout for Pittsburgh worthy of a start.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: With Andrew Luck still out, I don’t see how Hilton holds much value, especially facing tough coverage from the Cardinals.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.