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NFL DFS Week 9: Locks, Value, and CrackUm

A handy guide on who to play for Week Nine of Daily Fantasy Football.

Bye weeks tend to screw up the fantasy season. This week there are a total of four teams out of action, which has made a significant impact on DFS pricing this week. The elite players’ prices have now reached a tier that almost makes you just want to ignore them totally. However, not to worry, as there are still plenty of other players with matchups that are just as favorable. Here are the players to get in those lineups for Sunday’s main slate of week nine NFL action.

Quarterback

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Lock: Jameis Winston (FD:$7.5K/DK:$6.1K). The biggest stat to start with: Winston has had a passing touchdown in every single game so far this season. That trend should continue against a Seahawks defense that ranks near the bottom of the league against the opposing quarterback. In five out of seven games this season, Winston has had 35+ pass attempts. Yes, he is always good for an interception or two, but that is no reason to stay away from him.

Value: Derek Carr (FD:$7.3K/DK:$5.5K). The Raiders’ quarterback has started to get things going as of late, throwing five total touchdowns over the last two weeks. This week should feature a similar performance due to the Lions sitting near the bottom of the league against the opposing quarterback. This is another game that is stackable, but make sure to figure out if that is the QB/WR, QB/TE, or even QB/RB.

Running Back

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Lock: Aaron Jones (FD:$7.7K/DK:$7.0K). The Packers are going to continue to get the ball to Jones as much as they can. Last week he showed how big of a threat he was in the passing game. His matchup against the Chargers is a solid one. Los Angeles just gave up 135 yards to David Montgomery, who even had burned them for a massive 55-yard run. Want to know who else is good at breaking off those runs? Yup, Jones is very capable of the same feat. Over the last four games, the Chargers defense has given up four rushing touchdowns, so expect Jones to score at least once.

Value: Devin Singletary (FD:$6.1K/DK:$4.7K). The Bills will be looking to continue to increase the workload for their rookie running back, making this a good matchup to attack that. One area in which the Redskins struggle mightily is defending receiving running backs. That is where the Bills will attack this game, and Singletary has been very serviceable in that department over the few games he has played. Expect him to get into the end zone at some point in this game and log over 100 total yards.

Wide Receiver

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Lock: Allen Robinson (FD:$7.2K/DK:$6.8K). For the always reliable Robinson, there is nothing better than a favorable matchup. The Eagles are the second-worst defense against wideouts. Additionally, Robinson sees seven-plus targets in every game. This is a contest in which he will record over 100 yards with the possibility of adding in two touchdowns.

Value: Tyrell Williams (FD:$6.3K/DK:$5.9K). Williams returned last week with a major showing. Now he will face the Lions, who rank in the bottom-ten of the league against wide receivers, so this should be a favorable matchup for him. As stated earlier, this is a stackable game, and Williams is the best option. Expect him to have a similar game to last week with around 90 yards and a touchdown.

Tight End

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Lock: Travis Kelce (FD:$6.7K/DK:$6.9K). Even without Patrick Mahomes at the quarterback position, Kelce has not lost any value. Tight end is always a tough spot anyway, so sometimes it just easier to lock in one of the best players at the position. Matt Moore will continue to get him the ball with no issue, but just keep in mind that the Vikings rank in the middle of the league against the tight end position.

Value: Hunter Henry (FD:$6.4K/DK:$6.0K). Henry has now become one of Philip Rivers’s favorite targets. Given this game should be more of a shootout, Henry’s targets will continue to be there. Over the last few weeks, the Packers have begun to struggle against tight ends. That should be an area of weakness the Chargers look to attack. Expect Henry’s stat line at the end of the day to look something like seven-plus targets, 80 yards, and one touchdown.

CrackUm Player Of The Week

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Derrick Henry (FD:$6.8K/DK:$5.7K). The season has been up and down at times for Henry. It’s finally time for another big game for the powerful running back. The Titans are on a roll as of late due to their switch at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill has been pretty solid, in case you are looking for more options. The biggest thing to note here is that the Panthers have been in the bottom-five against running backs all season and have gotten even worse over the last few weeks. So, as stated earlier, attack the spots that teams are struggling with by using some players that would otherwise fly under the radar.


Good luck to all this weekend. If you have any fantasy football-related questions, make sure you go follow @FantasyHRontap on Twitter.


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