NFL Week 9 Preview: My Favorite DFS Plays
Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers (FD$9100/DK$7800)
Quarterback is ugly this week so I suggest paying up for the best one on the board. The Colts defense ranks 30th against the pass, Rodgers is at home and Rodgers has 572 yards and two touchdowns over his last two contests. He’s my favorite QB play of the week and though I usually don’t pay up for quarterbacks I will do so this week.
Ryan Tannehill – QB – Miami Dolphins (FD$7200/DK$5600)
The idea of relying on Ryan Tannehill at all in any setting makes me uneasy. It’s not just him that makes it this way as his OL often acts as an EZ pass lane for pass rushers. With that said, Josh f’ing McCown just put together a top ten finish against this same Jets defense last week. Tannehill put together two decent statistical games against the Jets last season and this Jets defense is decidedly worse than that Jets defense.
Dak Prescott – QB – Dallas Cowboys (FD$7600/DK$6100)
Prescott concerns me a little this week because Ezekiel Elliott just might run the ball so well there’s no need for passing. However, Prescott has had five straight top 12 fantasy finishes. Cleveland has allowed 19 touchdown passes and an NFL worst 103.4 passer rating against. Game script might work against him though.
Devontae Booker – RB – Denver Broncos (FD$7000/DK$6400)
Oakland is allowing 113 rushing yards per game on a 4.9 YPC clip this season. The backfield is his and he’s going against a bottom five rush defense.
Mark Ingram – RB – New Orleans Saints (FD$6700/DK$4800)
I know Ingram got benched last week. I know he’s another fumble away from getting benched again but New Orleans coaches talked him up as a big part of their team. The 49ers have allowed the second most fantasy points to runningbacks and have allowed a rushing touchdown in the last five games. Ingram isn’t exactly a safe play but I think his floor is higher than others believe it is.
Le’Veon Bell – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers (FD$8700/DK$7700
I think Bell will be less popular than usual because Ezekiel Elliott is in the same price range and playing against the Browns this week. Bell is probably the best receiving back in the sport, and Pittsburgh has used him all over their formations on the regular this season. With Roethlisberger possibly back in the fold, Bell should see a lot of usage in the passing game.
Melvin Gordon – RB – San Diego (FD$7800/DK$6300)
Melvin Gordon is a top five fantasy back this season much to everyone’s surprise. San Diego might be in a favorable spot against a pretty mediocre Titans team at home. I think he’s matchup proof at this point and his price is very reasonable for a top five back who isn’t ceding much to other backfield members.
Matt Asiata – RB – Minnesota Vikings (FD$6000/DK$4300)
It’s frustrating playing Asiata because he’s not very good and the Vikings OL is a disaster. Despite that, he’s getting the majority of the touches in the Minnesota backfield right now. The Lions are 24th in the NFL in run defense and have also given up 46 catches to opposing backs. Play him and don’t bother watching the game.
Kenny Stills – WR – Miami Dolphins (FD$6000/DK$3900)
The Jets don’t defend deep passes. Kenny Stills excels in catching deep passes. The Jets are the second worst pass defense in football and the best run defense in football. Stills should have plenty of chances to make plays. Just start fast receivers against the Jets every week.
Donte Moncrief – WR– Indianapolis Colts (FD$6100 /DK$5800)
There should be a lot of points in Green Bay and T.Y. Hilton isn’t at full strength and Moncrief had nine targets last week. He was an ill-timed Colts penalty away from having a two touchdown outing. Take advantage of using him while his price is manageable.
Jarvis Landry – WR - Miami Dolphins (FD$7600/DK$7100)
The Jets pass defense stinks. The Jets run defense is the opposite. Just use receivers against them every week. Trust me.
Mike Wallace – WR – Baltimore Ravens (FD$6600/DK$5600)
Mike Wallace has been targeted 43 times in the last four weeks. Wallace has averaged 7 catches and 110 yards per game in the two games Smith has missed. It doesn’t look like Smith is playing on Sunday, so fire up Wallace against his former team.
Cash Game Targets
Kyle Rudolph – TE – Minnesota Vikings (FD$5000/DK$4000)–
Gronkowski and Jordan Reed are on byes which means this is an ugly week for the tight end position. Minnesota’s offense hasn’t looked good and I don’t think he has a particularly high ceiling but he has caught five passes in each of the last two games and one would think Minnesota will get to the redzone again someday. If they do, he has as good a shot as anyone to score a touchdown.
Delanie Walker – TE – Tennessee Titans (FD$6400/DK$4600)
There could be a lot of points in this game and Walker might be the best tight end on the board. The Chargers pass defense scares nobody and playing a tight end is mandatory. So…Enjoy.
Antonio Gates – TE – San Diego Chargers (FD$5500/DK$3000)
Hunter Henry is OUT so why not? He scored a touchdown last week and has averaged 9 targets per game in his last three.
Miami Dolphins - They’re playing against Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Baltimore Ravens - They’ve been pretty consistent all year and a divisional game against a banged up Ben Roethlisberger might be a good source of points.