In Week Nine of the NFL season, the Tennessee Titans are taking on a Chicago Bears team that prides itself on the strength of its play on the defensive side of the ball. After back-to-back losses, the Titans look to get back on track against a Bears team with one of the most stale offenses the league has to offer. While it is not only a big matchup between both five-win teams, Week Nine also presents a countless number of critical fantasy football matchups with massive playoff implications as the fantasy postseason is just over one month away.

At this point in the fantasy season just about every team has suffered some sort of injury. With many impact players across the league battling injuries, Week Nine is an instance where depth is likely to play a major factor.

While going back and forth, tinkering with your roster and scouring the waiver wire for favorable matchups, there is a decent likelihood you might find yourself contemplating plugging a Titan into your lineup for the week.

With Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown remaining “must starts” as long as they are healthy, it is players like Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, and Ryan Tannehill who will find themselves in the conversation for starts on Sunday.

Derrick Henry 

It takes a special kind of stupid to even consider removing Henry from any starting lineup at any point in the season. Yes, the Bears have a watered down version of the Monsters of the Midway, but their run defense is not as stout as it may be perceived. The Bears rank 16th in the NFL allowing an average of 120 rush yards per game. Though Chicago’s stingy defense has only allowed one 100-yard rusher this season, Henry presents the most challenging matchup the Bears have faced, and likely will face, all season.


Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill has been as efficient as Titans fans could have ever imagined through seven games this season. But even with a touchdown to interception ratio of 22:6, Tannehill rarely throws for over 300 yards. To no fault of his own, Tannehill often takes a backseat to Henry, rendering him less valuable in fantasy leagues. Tannehill typically finds himself at the back end of the QB1 conversation, but with a tough test against a respectable Bears pass defense, there are better options at quarterback for this week.

A.J. Brown & Corey Davis

You shouldn’t have to listen to any fantasy football podcasts to figure out that Brown should be in starting lineups on a weekly basis. In Brown’s four games since returning from a knee injury, the wide receiver has averaged over 79 yards per game while scoring five touchdowns in that span. Brown’s big play ability and relatively low floor makes him an auto play so long as his health holds up.

Davis is a player many fantasy owners are likely to consider this Sunday. Davis exploded for his biggest outing of the year in last week’s loss to the Bengals with team highs in targets (10), receptions (8), and yards (128) while also finding the endzone once.

With bye weeks and injuries hampering rosters everywhere, you could do a whole lot worse than what has been a consistent Corey Davis for your Week Nine matchup.

Jonnu Smith 

After starting the season in impressive fashion, Smith has cooled down as of late. After scoring five touchdowns in his first four games, Smith has reeled in just four passes for a total of 51 yards over his last three outings. After looking like a rock-solid TE1 through the first quarter of the season, Smith has found his way to the bench and, in some cases, the free agency pool. Smith should be benched until he finds his way back into the gameplan.


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