18 players to start or sit in fantasy football for Week 9

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D.J. Chark has the chance to put up big fantasy numbers this week.
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Each week, we’re listing players to start or sit in fantasy football.As always, these are less obvious choices — players fantasy owners might be on the cusp of starting or sitting.Here are our start ’em, sit ’ems for Week 9 of the NFL season.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.Last week was our most successful start/sit column to date.Using top-30 finishes, respectively, for running backs and wide receivers and top-12 finishes for quarterbacks and tight ends, we correctly picked 13 of 18 players to play or leave on your bench.We’ll try to keep it rolling in Week 9, the beginning of the second half of the NFL regular season. As always, we try to pick less obvious choices — players fantasy owners might be on the cusp of starting or sitting.Check out our start ’em, sit ’ems for Week 9 below.

START: Garnder Minshew, QB

Gardner Minshew.
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Team: Jacksonville JaguarsWeek 9 opponent: vs. Houston TexansWhy you should start him: Minshew Mania continues to roll along. Over his last four games, Minshew is averaging 267 passing yards per game and has 6 touchdowns and 1 interception. He’s QB7 in fantasy over that time. The Jaguars are home and face a Texans defense that has allowed top-12 finishes to Jacoby Brissett and Derek Carr the last two weeks.

SIT: Jacoby Brissett, QB

Jacoby Brissett.
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Team: Indianapolis ColtsWeek 9 opponent: at Pittsburgh SteelersWhy you should sit him: Brissett has been a solid fantasy quarterback, but he’s far more productive at home than on the road. The Steelers defense remains solid (9th in DVOA), and we’ve seen games where the Colts lean on the rush more than the pass (though the Steelers run defense isn’t one to target, so it may not be the case here). Brissett isn’t a bad start, but don’t expect a spectacular line.

START: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB

Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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Team: Miami DolphinsWeek 9 opponent: vs. New York JetsWhy you should start him: If you’re desperate at QB this week, Fitzpatrick should be serviceable. Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins are back home this week, and they get a Jets team that appears to be falling apart. Fitzpatrick has five touchdowns over the past three weeks (and three interceptions) and could be productive against a Jets defense that was just lit up by the Jaguars. Don’t forget: there is a revenge element involved, too, as Fitzpatrick’s best season came with the Jets. He finished as QB7 in Week 7 when he played the Bills, another former team.

SIT: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB

Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Team: San Francisco 49ersWeek 9 opponent: at Arizona CardinalsWhy you should sit him: Some see Garoppolo as a starter this week because the red-hot 49ers are taking on the weak Cardinals defense. We don’t see it that way. On the season, Garoppolo is just QB22. Players like Daniel Jones, Andy Dalton, and Derek Carr have been better fantasy options. Garoppolo hasn’t thrown for over 250 yards in his last four games,

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