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Chargers vs. Titans: Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 9

Taking a look at who should sit and who should start for your fantasy team this weekend.

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If you are the proud owner of any San Diego Chargers or Tennessee Titans this week, your decisions about who should sit and who should start probably are not that difficult because both teams have fairly well-defined roles for their starters and the matchups this week are pretty clear.

This game has one of the highest implied point totals in the NFL this week, so you’re going to want to start a lot of your players from these teams.


Philip Rivers is a very solid start this week in spite of a three-week stretch in which he was QB15. Fear not, the Titans are not the Denver Broncos. In terms of allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks, they’re far closer to the Atlanta Falcons and I suspect you remember how that went. Unless you are truly blessed at QB, Rivers is an easy call to start.

The Chargers defense has been rather stingy when it comes to QB fantasy points this year even after you adjust for the fact that Trevor Siemian is terrible, but Marcus Mariota’s ability and willingness to run (and the Chargers historic weakness to running QBs) still make him a safe start if you don’t have one of the more clear-cut QB1s on your roster.

DeMarco Murray isn’t someone you probably need to be told to start at this point in the year and frankly, all running backs put up points against the Chargers defense (especially in PPR formats).

The Titans are actually a difficult matchup for opposing running backs and you can expect a drop in efficiency from Melvin Gordon this week, but when projecting running backs nothing matters as much as opportunity, and very few backs have the kind of defined role and lack of competition for touches that Gordon has. He remains a must-start.

Delanie Walker and Antonio Gates are both coming off weeks in which they saw over 20% of their teams’ targets. With Hunter Henry out and most of the Titans’ other receiving options being poor, that should continue. Walker is the more dynamic player, but the Titans are more generous to opposing tight ends. Walker is a must-start if he plays (watch out, though, because he’s Questionable with a groin injury) and Gates is a quality streaming option.


The wide receivers in this game are risky starts at best. Tyrell Williams is probably a decent WR3 if he is healthy enough to perform, but it’s hard to say he will be even if he is active and on the field. Travis Benjamin is playing through injury as well and hoping to be something approaching 80%. If you don’t have a better option on your roster then you can probably still find a better one on the waiver wire unless you’re in a deep league.

The Titans wide receivers from Rishard Matthews to Tajae Sharpe to Kendall Wright are already uninspiring starts in any given week, but the Chargers defense has been one of the toughest on opposing receivers this year even after adjusting for schedule. You shouldn’t be rolling out a Titans receiver unless you’re desperate this week.

Backup running backs for the Chargers are a bad bet. Don’t tie your hopes to some kind of Dexter McCluster revenge game narrative. Sure, you’ll look clever if it works out, but know right now that it’s a bad idea.