It was feast or famine once again for wide receivers in fantasy football in week 8. 

Four players notched more than 20 fantasy points, while only 10 other wide receivers were in double-digits.

Finding quality matchups continues to be difficult, but noteworthy, with some of those receivers who are teetering on the WR2/WR3 line. 

Here's the week 9 wide receivers start 'em, sit 'em guide for fantasy football. 


Marvin Jones vs. Green Bay Packers

He's not going to show up every week, but he's gaining some momentum. He has 25 combined targets in his last two games, notching 12 catches for 224 yards and one touchdown. 

He's getting good work in the last two games, but I can't imagine that kind of volume is going to continue. But even if he dips toward the eight-target mark, he's still in the WR2 discussion based on production. 

And against Green Bay, that production should be good enough to start. Green Bay is a bottom-half pass defense that is getting more pressure on it since Aaron Rodgers' injury. Jones is a big-play threat and Green Bay is susceptible to the big play, allowing the 12-most plays of 20-plus yards against the pass. 

Golden Tate may still be nursing an injury, so trust Jones in your lineup. 

Devante Parker vs. Oakland Raiders

Keep an eye on the injury report, but it appears that Parker is due back to return in week 9 against the Raiders. 

And with the exit of Jay Ajayi to the Eagles, bet on Jay Cutler to throw more and look to stretch the field. Cutler is averaging a career-worst 5.5 yards per pass completion. That has to be remedied, so I expect him to stretch the field by targeting Parker on deep routes. 

That should work well against the Raiders, which are allowing the highest QBR among NFL teams this season. If Parker plays, the Dolphins will make an effort to get him into the gameplan as early as possible. 

DeSean Jackson vs. New Orleans Saints

Look for some serious scoring in week 9 in this matchup. And that means plenty of opportunities for Jackson, who should bounce back with a solid effort in week 9. 

The bad news for Jackson is that he's not catching many balls. He only has 11 catches in his last three games and he's not putting up the yards we're used to seeing. The good news, though, is he's seeing about eight targets per game, which is good news for his big-play capabilities. 

New Orleans shouldn't scare anyone defensively, especially against the pass. The Saints give up the fifth-most 20-plus plays through the air in the NFL. That works in Jackson's wheelhouse. Expect plenty of fantasy points in this game. 


Paul Richardson vs. Washington Redskins

I can't trust Seattle. What you saw in week 8 isn't who they are defensively or offensively. 

That's why you shouldn't put too much stock in Richardson's week 8 performance where he finished fourth among wide receivers in fantasy points. He has less than seven targets in four of seven games. He's generally a touchdown-dependent wide receiver, so that is rarely a consistent option, especially in a Seattle offense that generally doesn't score many points. 

Despite his fantasy struggles, Doug Baldwin is still the preferred wide receiver option for the Seahawks, limiting Richardson's ability to garner enough targets to be a consistent weapon. 

Sterling Shepard vs. Los Angeles Rams

Here's another game featuring my lack of trust. 

Do you trust Eli Manning against a Rams defense that ranks in the top-10 in pass defense? Or how about facing a team that ranks in the top-10 in sacks?

That spells serious trouble for Manning, who doesn't have an offensive line to protect him and basically no top-tier wide receivers to tally consistent yards. 

Shepard is going to be the No. 1 receiver on the team, but this isn't the matchup to exploit. He'll have other opportunities in the near future when the schedule eases up a bit. For now, though, I'd sit him with the Rams defense rested and able to rush the quarterback. 

Alshon Jeffery vs. Denver Broncos

Jeffery is going to attract attention from one of the better secondaries in the NFL. That spells trouble for a wide receiver unable to create much separation this season. 

Usually, I'm a big target man, and in the case of Jeffery, he has done a decent job in that department. However, he's not catching many balls. He generally gets the No. 1 defensive back on the opposing team and his nose for the end zone is all but gone. 

The Broncos allow the fourth-fewest points per game against wide receivers and the Eagles love to spread around the ball. Jeffery may see some targets, but he won't be productive enough to notch a start. 

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor for the Clinton Herald. During his free time, he blogs about fantasy sports and handicaps games.

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