Here are your Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value plays, and let’s just hope this week goes (much) better than last week. When it comes to DFS, a bad week (or weeks) is bound to happen, and Week 8 was one of those in which every pick was a flop. I would blame the byes, but there are six teams off again this week, so no more excuses. Let get back on track and in the green this week.
(Reminder: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and New England are all on bye In Week 9.)
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week. More often than not I will not focus on the Thursday night games. I will be entering some lineups for those slates as well, but be forewarned this post will not include the Buffalo-New York Jets matchup.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 9 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 9 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay ($8,300 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings)
Brees has been solid as ever and last week was the first time he didn’t have a touchdown pass. This week he faces a defense that is ranked 30th against the pass and if he finds the end zone a few times along with 250-plus yards he will meet value. This is a safe matchup and Brees’ price tag makes him appealing.
RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants ($9,100 FanDuel/$8,100 DraftKings)
Gurley has been rock-solid this season and now he had a chance to get some rest with the bye week. The Giants are 23rd in the NFL against the run and Gurley should be in line for at least 18 carries and a few receptions. He costs quite a bit, but is still the fourth-highest RB, so he does have you a little bit of money. The DFC projection tool has Gurley as the No. 1 scoring RB this week as well.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Indianapolis ($9,100 FanDuel/$9,200 DraftKings)
Hopkins is the highest-priced receiver this week and for good reason. He has been matchup-proof this season, is facing the defense that ranks second to last against the pass, and he has caught a touchdown in each of his last four games.
WR: Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay ($5,700 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings)
Ginn also is in a great matchup and although he has been the No. 2 option in the Saints’ passing attack, he is still productive. He also is available at a bargain price that will make it easier to have both DeAndre Hopkins and Todd Gurley on your roster too. Willie Snead doesn’t seem to be a factor yet for New Orleans, so that should leave Ginn with plenty of opportunities to put up some numbers against the 30th-ranked passing defense.
(UPDATE: ZACH ERTZ RULED OUT 11/5) TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs. Denver ($7,600 FanDuel/$6,800 DraftKings)
This season Ertz has been an absolute stud and the top tight end without a doubt. He has scored at least 13 DraftKings points every week and has a touchdown in five of his eight games. Denver has an elite defense, but the Broncos have had some issues against tight ends so Ertz should still be able to do some damage.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay at New Orleans ($7,700 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings)
Winston is coming off of a horrible game, and because of that his ownership should be low. New Orleans’ secondary is not very good at slowing anyone as the Saints rank just 17th against the pass (224.4 ypg) and 21st against the run (120.3 ypg). As long as Winston’s shoulder isn’t an issue, he should be able to get back on track this week and back to his 20-plus DraftKings points ways.
RB: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco vs. Arizona ($6,500 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings)
Hyde also is coming off of a terrible performance, but it actually could lead to a bigger role in the game plan this Sunday. The 49ers traded for a new quarterback, but it will still be rookie C.J. Beathard under center against Arizona. Hyde has been sharing the workload with Matt Breida, but he’s dealing with a knee injury, so that could mean more carries for Hyde. The Cardinals have been somewhat generous to fantasy RBs, so maybe this is Hyde’s week to break out. This is a bit of dart throw and it’s risky, but if you need cap relief with upside Hyde is your guy.
WR: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants ($6,000 FanDuel/$4,200 DraftKings)
Watkins has been putrid this season. Prior to the bye week he only surpassed three receptions three times and he has been non-existent aside from his massive Week 3 performance. This week the Giants are without their top corner and if the Rams are going to try and force Watkins in to the offense following the bye this would be a great place to start. Again huge risk, as Watkins could get a goose egg, or he could get 20 points. I am taking the risk.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.