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Fantasy football: Week 9 start/sit advice for Team Outsports Equality

Here’s our weekly fantasy football starting lineup of NFL players who have expressed support for LGBT equality.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Rodgers is our starting QB this week.
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 is on the horizon and today is the NFL Trade Deadline. Last year, several players, including Outsports fan favorite Jimmy Garoppolo, were dealt in what was deemed as one of the most active trade deadlines in recent memory.

With players like Amari Cooper already being traded prior to today, keep in mind the fantasy repercussions any of these trades could have.

Which players would you like to see traded?

Now, onto Team Equality.

With no openly gay players in the league, we formed a fantasy team from players who have shown their support for LGBT issues in interviews with Outsports and other media.

Here are our starts and sits for Week 9:

Quarterback

Start: Aaron Rodgers @ Patriots (SNF)

Rodgers proved last week against the Rams that his banged-up offense is not the issue. And with skepticism surrounding the running back situation in Green Bay, look for the Packers to rely on Rodgers more and more.

Sit: Andrew Luck (BYE), Cam Newton vs. Buccaneers, Derek Carr @ 49ers (TNF), Russell Wilson vs. Chargers

I was strongly considering Cam Newton as a starter this week given his strong play in his last five quarters, but Rodgers ultimately beat him out. Carr, Luck, and Wilson were simply a level under Newton and Rodgers.

Running back

Start: Jordan Howard @ Bills

The Bears are facing the Bills on a short week, where the Bears are likely to be winning for majority of the contest.

Start: Frank Gore vs. Jets

Gore continues to surprise, and with Miami’s uncertainty at quarterback, they will rely on their run game a lot more. Look for Gore to continue his tear.

Sit: Kyle Juszczyk vs. Raiders (TNF)

Juszczyk is seeing more run in the Niners’ offense, but it is not enough to warrant a start.

Wide receiver

Start: DeAndre Hopkins @ Broncos

Hopkins had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter during the Texans’ TNF win over the Dolphins. With Will Fuller out for the year, Hopkins’ role in the offense is only going to grow.

Start: Adam Thielen vs. Lions

Thielen eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the eighth straight game this season and continues to lead the league in yards. He continues to be the most surprising player this season in fantasy and perhaps the most valuable.

Sit: Davante Adams @ Patriots (SNF), Marquise Goodwin vs. 49ers, T.Y. Hilton (BYE), Kenny Stills vs. Jets, Robert Woods @ Saints

Among this list of very effective options, be on the lookout for Kenny Stills’ status this week as he missed last week with an injury.

Tight end/flex

Start: Rob Gronkowski vs. Packers (SNF), Travis Kelce @ Browns

Gronk and Kelce continue to be our 1-2 punch at tight end. Expect Kelce to break out as he faces a Browns team in peril with their recent coaching shuffle.

Defense

Start: Miami Dolphins vs. Jets

It was a mistake to start this team last week, but what’s the chance that they have two straight weeks of absolute mediocrity? The Jets have not played very well this season on offense and with the Dolphins well rested and back at their friendly confines, expect them to be a strong play this week.

Kicker

Start: Brandon McManus vs. Texans

McManus returns home to Denver to face the Texans, a team that allows more field goals than touchdowns. I like his chances this week to reach double digits.

Sit: Matt Prater @ Vikings

Prater only kicked two extra points last week, which was a red flag. This week, Prater and the Lions face the Vikings, a team desperate to get back on the right track. Look for the Vikes to shut down the Lions this week and limit Prater’s production.

LGBT Focus

Kenny Stills

NFL: Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins
“I don’t have a problem with it at all, I just feel like, as an American society so much attention is given to that, and it shouldn’t be,” said about Jason Collins coming out in the NBA in 2013. “OK, he’s gay, he likes what he likes. I’m straight, I like what I like. We just keep on moving on. It’s a sensitive subject to talk about, but I feel like everybody likes what they like and that’s how it is.”
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Jeremy Brener is a student at the University of Central Florida who writes for Outsports. He can be reached via email (jeremybrenerchs@gmail.com) and followed on Twitter.