Week 8 was an explosion of chalk plays that actually ending up destroying many daily fantasy football lineups. So many players who were in dream matchups and cost a pretty penny completely collapsed. Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Spencer Ware (left game early with concussion) and T.Y. Hilton all put up duds relative to their cost. If you didn’t have Derek Carr or Amari Cooper you were likely struggling to cash out in any of your contests.
On DraftKings the late scratch of Ty Montgomery hopefully led you to swap in Davante Adams, and since my Week 8 article was written prior to the C.J. Anderson news, Devontae Booker should have been an instant plug-in. Although he fumbled and lost a touchdown to the fullback, Booker still met value. Evans hurt this lineup for the most part and it didn’t cash in any of the games I played it in.
The FanDuel lineup was similar. I swapped in Adams late, but it too fell short in most GPP contests by about 10 points. It did cash in one of my smaller 50/50 games with 107.82 points. Evans and Jack Doyle were the knives through the heart in this one.
There are 11 games on the main slate this week as quite a few of the big hitters will be unavailable because of a bye. So no David Johnson, A.J. Green or Lamar Miller for Week 9, and that’s just a few names. I would have mentioned DeAndre Hopkins but he has been irrelevant (and downright frustrating to own) this season.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 8 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 6 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 9 Top 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 all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at Green Bay ($8,000 FanDuel/$6,700 DraftKings)
Luck gets the Packers’ injury-riddled and susceptible secondary this week. He is coming off of a week where he only threw for 210 yards, but added two touchdowns. He will be a player that could be impacted by the injury reports, however. T.Y Hilton aggravated a hamstring and Phillip Dorsett also was hurt late in last week’s game. Luck still has other weapons like Donte Moncrief and tight end Jack Doyle, so he should still be capable of doing some significant damage against Green Bay.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas at Cleveland ($9,200 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Cleveland is not a good team, while Dallas has the best record in the NFC and is just one win behind New England. Elliott is in the midst of a touchdown drought, but this should be as drool-worthy of a matchup as the rookie will get. The Browns’ run defense actually hasn’t been terrible, but with the Cowboys’ offensive line Elliott should be able to meet value, and has a very high floor in Week 9.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Philadelphia ($8,900 FanDuel/$8,800 DraftKings)
Beckham faces a secondary which is allowing nearly 164 yards and almost two touchdowns per game to WRs. This game is a division rivalry which should help amp up OBJ. His cost is significant, and there is always risk with leaning on him, but I am willing to take the plunge this week in what should be a high-scoring affair.
TE: Coby Fleener, New Orleans at San Francisco ($5,800 FanDuel/$3,400 DraftKings)
Fleener is affordable and in a fantastic matchup in Week 9. The 49ers have been pretty good against the TE position this season, but this week the high-octane Saints are coming to town and Fleener should be seeing the ball from his quarterback, who loves to spread it out. And at this cost he will allow you to squeeze in those two or three elite options at other positions this week as well.
Value Play of the Week
Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams ($6,000 FanDuel /$4,400 DraftKings)
Britt has really been coming on this season, especially over the past three weeks. The targets are there, and with volume comes yardage and big-play potential. The Panthers’ secondary is nowhere near as good as it was last season and the defense is allowing 20.58 fantasy points per game to the WR position on the season. This gives Britt a floor of more than twice his cost with a much higher ceiling. A very solid value pick this week.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. Again these are lineups that should work well, in addition to encompassing my top plays for the week in some fashion. However, I don’t recommend only using this lineup. Find values and mix it up. Making your lineup your own is more fun and challenging.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— 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.