Week 9 Duds: Ben Roethlisberger, Tevin Coleman, Kenny Golladay
If this was your duds article I’d skip right over the intro. That being said…
Ben Roethlisberger at BAL
Big Ben is a top-ten QB on a per game basis this season (7th at 21.91 FP/G). Generally speaking, you start Ben in every home game and most of his road games. This is not one of those road games. Over the past five seasons, Roethlisberger has averaged 234.8 yards, 0.8 pass TDs, and 1.0 INTs in Baltimore. Don’t expect the big guy to buck the trend this week. He’s a mid-range QB2 in Baltimore.
Tevin Coleman at WAS
Tevin Coleman is going to be an RB1 with Devonta Freeman out for the season, right? Wrong. He currently comes in at RB26 on a per game basis behind the likes of Isaiah Crowell, Lamar Miller, and Austin Ekeler. Not exactly what fantasy owners have been hoping for. The Falcons have had to air it out all season on account of their defense falling apart and Coleman just hasn’t been a part of the passing game. He’s also averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry this year. They get a Washington Redskins defense on the road this week that ranks second in both total defense and rush defense. If Coleman doesn’t score, he’s going to find himself in RB3 territory once again.
Kenny Golladay at MIN
Kenny G was playing the hits for the first five weeks of the season, averaging 17.6 FP/G. Since their bye in Week 5, he’s averaging just 4 FP/G. I know they just traded Golden Tate to the Eagles but I don’t necessarily think that helps his fantasy value this week in Minnesota. The Vikings have literally nothing to fear in the middle of the field without Tate because their TEs stink and the supposed heir apparent, Brandon Powell, isn’t going to be ready to fill Tate’s role right out of the gate. I fully expect the Vikings to play angry and suffocate this Lion’s offense after their loss to the Saints last week. Golladay could see plenty of Xavier Rhodes as well, which is a boon to WRs everywhere. Hold off on your Kenny G hype for Week 10 against the Bears.
Austin Hooper at WAS
It’s been an up and down season for Hooper, as it has been for most TEs this season. He’s had three boom weeks and four busts. The three booms came against three of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to defending the TE position, the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Steelers. He had another great matchup against the Bengals in Week 4 but flubbed with just one catch for 19 yards. The Falcons just aren’t a team that consistently works a TE into the offensive game plan. Their opponent this week, the Redskins, have allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points to the TE position this season which gives me pause with Hooper. You might have to go with him considering there are six teams on a bye but I wouldn’t count on a top-12 performance.