15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 9 – numberFire

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You could easily make the argument — there may not even be an argument — that the New England Patriots defense is, thus far, this year’s fantasy football MVP.And that brings forth an interesting dilemma for those of us — yes, I’ve got them, too — with the unit on our fantasy squads. Can the Patriots really keep this up? Is this sustainable?Are we witnessing fantasy football history?Sell the New England Patriots DefenseThe analogy I’ve been using on my podcast (which is called The Late-Round Podcast, and you should subscribe to it) to describe the Patriots defense is as follows:Imagine you’ve got a friend who ran a mile in five minutes, but that mile was done on a track. There were no hills — there was no rise and fall in elevation.Would you tell your friend that their mile wasn’t that impressive as a result? Hell no. A five-minute mile is fast, no matter where you ran it.The New England defense has been good, no matter who they’ve faced….but they haven’t gone up against the most formidable opposition this season. Among their seven opponents (they’ve faced the Jets twice), six rank in the top-eight in fantasy points allowed to opposing defenses. Even when you remove the Patriots defense from the equation since they skew those numbers a bit, those six still rank in the top-11, with five of them in the top-7.Things will look a little different over the next month and a half. They get the Ravens this week (sixth-worst matchup for a defense in fantasy points against), then the Eagles (17th), Cowboys (1st), Texans (14th), and Chiefs (2nd) over their next five games. It’s unlikely we see this type of production — this absolutely insane production — from the New England defense during this stretch.Now, it should be noted that if you’re in a good spot to make the playoffs and lock up a bye, the Patriots do face Cincinnati and Buffalo in Weeks 15 and 16. It’s always worth hearing offers, but they’ll be an elite option during the playoffs.In all, though, we know that defenses are relatively replaceable in fantasy football given the number that are available to choose from each week in most leagues. So if there’s a leaguemate who’ll buy into what’s happened across the first half of the season, it may not be a bad time to sell.Buy Le’Veon BellIt’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Jets offense, and things haven’t been any better for Le’Veon Bell. Since Sam Darnold’s return from mono, Bell’s ranked no higher than RB22 in weekly PPR scoring, and he’s caught just five passes. That’s not what you like to see from a guy who was often selected in the first round of fantasy drafts in August.Fortunately, things should get better. It was good to see Bell with a target share north of 17% on Sunday, and he’s still managing almost 86% of the team’s running back rushes. The volume is there. And that volume should come in handy against New York’s cakewalk of an upcoming schedule. Get this: over the Jets’ next six games, they’ll face the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, and Dolphins again. Not only do the Jets have a good chance at some positive game scripts against those opponents, but five of the six rank as top-12 matchups for a running back from a fantasy points allowed perspective.Don’t expect Bell to give you solid RB1 n

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