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The NFL kicked off November with some of the biggest divisional matchups of the season: a former underdog evened the score in the AFC East, the dominant team took the lead in the NFC West, and that Steelers-Ravens game was a real nail-biter right up until the last second.

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If you're competing for your own divisional title in your fantasy league, here are the drops, swaps and shops to make in Week 9.

Drop

Mo Alie-Cox

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Alie-Cox had promising performances in Weeks 2-4, but after a knee injury sidelined him in Week 5, he hasn't been much of a fantasy factor since then. While he recently returned in Week 8, his workload has gone to Jack Doyle and Trey Burton, meaning Alie-Cox is third in line for tight end work. He's only rostered in three percent of ESPN Leagues, but if Mo Alie-Cox is still on your roster, it's best to leave him on the wire.


Swap

Corey Davis

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After a bye week and two weeks out with injury, Corey Davis was sitting on waiver wires everywhere until last week—he was picked up in 30.4 percent of leagues, and he's now rostered in 52.4 percent of them. Chances are 50/50 as to whether he's available or not, but do whatever you have to land the number one receiver in the Titans offense. In Week 8, Davis landed eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, so it looks like this guy is back on track for a significant season.

DJ Moore

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Don't let his fantasy points fool you: DJ Moore is a high risk, high reward play, but he's been pretty high reward the past few weeks. Three weeks in a row, Moore turned four or five passes into 93 yards each game, scoring three touchdowns in that three-game spread. While he doesn't get a lot of targets per game, Moore is a deep threat that sees a lot of opportunities, especially for touchdowns, so he's an ideal flex for the remainder of this season.

Chase Edmonds

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a bye week, Chase Edmonds is ready to run the Arizona backfield as the top RB option in Week 9. With Kenyan Drake expected to be out for the next few weeks, Edmonds could be someone you want to trade for if you have a few extra wide receivers and lack RB depth. Edmonds is a pass-catching back, which bolsters his fantasy value enough to make him a safe bet as long as he starts.


Shop

Zack Moss

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

In a game prediction I wrote for PatriotMaven, I predicted that Bill Belichick would force the Bills to rely on the run. While that turned out to be true, what I didn't anticipate was that Zack Moss would be so good at it. In his highest amount of snaps this season, Moss took 14 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. It seems more and more like Moss is the future of the Bills backfield—if he's available in your league, invest in him for the remainder of the Bills' season.

Kendrick Bourne

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As we said in Week 7, the 49ers roster is like a revolving door: each week, a new player gets injured, and a new guy comes to take his place. With Deebo Samuel and George Kittle out, Nick Mullens is likely to rely on Bourne, who is owned in only 9.3 percent of ESPN leagues. As with many NFL teams at this point in the season, Bourne is a sure bet because… he's the only one left to bet on.

Logan Thomas

NFL: Washington Football Team at New York Giants Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

If you are reeling from the loss of Kittle and Bourne isn't right for your roster, consider picking up Logan Thomas. While his target share is concerning, Thomas made the most of his catches by scoring a touchdown in each of his last two games. Although he got four targets, he scored second in most major receiving categories in Week 7, and he stands to benefit against the Giants in Week 9 and from being in football's worst division this year.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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