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2 D/STs to start and 2 D/STs to fade in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over who you should start and who you should sit at D/ST for Week 9.

Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins looks on against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Some D/STs seem like as must-start fantasy football options every week, but most aren’t. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two D/STs worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 9 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.

D/ST Starts

Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Dolphins are just outside the top five in standard and PPR leagues. They’ve held opponents to a mere 18.6 points per game, which is the best mark in the league. Kyler Murray can run up the score on a lot of teams but has thrown seven interceptions in seven games. Miami ‘s defense made some impressive plays against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8 and could ride that momentum into this weekend.

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team

New York can’t seem to get wins but does have a top 10 fantasy defense. The Giants have an elite cornerback in James Bradberry and a stout run defense that bottled up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tandem of backs in Week 8.

D/ST Sits

Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens

The top two fantasy defenses in the NFL will face off in this matchup and Baltimore has a clear edge. The Colts have given up more than 30 to the Browns and Bengals before limiting the Detroit Lions in Week 8. The Ravens ran through the Pittsburgh Steelers without two starting offensive linemen last Sunday and are capable of putting up big numbers.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

The Chargers seem to be in a shootout every week and has given up an average of 32 points per game over the last four weeks. The Raiders could be underestimated after their miserable Week 8 game in extreme winds. Derek Carr and company put up 42 points against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road earlier this year and could do the same at SoFi Stadium.