Week 9 of NFL DFS is here, and we’re looking to cash in on the big daily fantasy football money at FanDuel. Now through the playoffs, we’ll bring you our top NFL DFS GPP picks for each position and recommend some Cash plays as well.
As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, gameflow, and several more factors. This is important to remember when constructing a roster on any of the daily fantasy sites.
FanDuel DFS Week 9 Tournaments
FanDuel DFS Quarterback Picks
Jared Goff @ NO ($8.4K)
I tend to shy away from Jared Goff in tournaments because he doesn’t throw the ball enough (15th most). Also, Todd Gurley leads the league in red zone rushing attempts, carries, touches, and touchdowns. However, the New Orleans Saints have allowed the fewest rushing yards per game, which will likely mean a few more passing attempts. That’s not to say Gurley won’t be productive. In his three games without 100 rushing yards, Gurley has caught at least passes. That’s a plus for Goff. Also a plus, this Saints defense has allowed the fifth-most yards per game, the 10th-most points per game, and the fourth-most fantasy points to QB’s. Football Outsiders has their defense as the fourth-worst against the pass. NO has given up the most fantasy points to wideouts, and you know how solid a trio the Rams have. Four if you include Gurley.
Drew Brees vs. LAR ($8.4K)
So if the Rams are going to score — and they will — Drew Brees is going to have to keep up. There’s a reason this game features the highest total of the season at 59.5. The Saints rank second in points per game, while the Rams third. Brees has averaged 236 passing yards on the road compared to 348 per game at home inside the dome. Also, Brees has a ridiclous 83.5 completion percentage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Cash game QBs to consider: Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins
FanDuel DFS Running Back Picks
Kareem Hunt @ CLE ($8.5K)
The Cleveland Browns have surrendered the third-most rushing yards per game out of all the teams on the main slate. They have given up a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns, and their defense ranks 27th against the run, according to Football Outsiders. Kareem Hunt is a nice fall-back option if you decide to fade Todd Gurley, who is in a tougher matchup. Hunt has a touchdown in seven straight games and 15 catches in his last three games, compared to just five in his first five games of the season.
Latavius Murray @ MIN ($6.7K)
Latavius Murray has 52 carries, 280 rushing yards, four touchdowns, and eight catches in his last three games. The success shouldn’t be a surprise as he has eight rushing touchdowns in his final 10 games last season and one in the playoffs. If Dalvin Cook missed another game, roll out Murray. The Detroit Lions have allowed 144.6 rushing yards, which is more than any other team on the main slate. Their 5.1 yards per carry allowed is the second most in the NFL, and they are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to backs.
*If Dalvin Cook plays, I’d shy away from Murray.
Jordan Howard @ BUF ($6.2K)
Jordan Howard doesn’t have a high ceiling, but I like this matchup, and he’s affordable. The Chicago Bears leaned on Howard with the lead in their last game, and I’m expecting that to happen again this week. Howard’s 22 carries in Week 8 were the most he’s had in four weeks, and he scored a rushing touchdown for the second straight game. The Buffalo Bills have scored a league-worst 10 points per game while throwing for the fewest yards per game (149). Nathan Peterman has nine picks in seven career games, so the Bears should have great field position all game. Howard could get another 20-plus touches and all the goalline work.
Cash game RBs to consider: Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller, Chris Carson
FanDuel DFS Wide Receiver Picks
DeSean Jackson @ CAR ($6.6K)
First of all, the first few wideouts listed below as cash options are 100 percent worthy of tournament plays. In fact, they are very strong GPP plays, but DeSean Jackson will allow you to spend up elsewhere. Jackson has nine catches, 275 yards, and three touchdowns in his first two games of the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will be back under center this week. Fitz leads the NFL in passing yards per attempt, and Tampa’s lack of a run game and defense will force him to take some shots down field.
DeVante Parker vs. NYJ ($5.8K)
The New York Jets have allowed the second-most receiving yards per game (191) to wideouts on the main slate. Miami will likely be without Kenny Stills again, and we saw last week that was great news for DeVante Parker. Albert Wilson remains sidelined, and Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant don’t pose much of a deep threat. Parker has the touchdown upside and the big-play ability to win you a tournament. He racked up nine targets, six catches, and 134 yards last week. The Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wideouts.
D.J. Moore vs. TB ($5.3K)
The Carolina Panthers are going to score points this week; there’s no question about that. Tampa Bay has allowed the most points per game, the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and the most yards per game out of any team playing this week. They rank dead last overall and against the pass, according to Football Outsiders. Cam Newton is a strong play, and all of his weapons are in play too. D.J. Moore can save you a few bucks and is coming off a career week. The rookie wideout garnered six targets: five grabs for 90 yards last week. Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen are a bit safer, but Moore is explosive and has the potential to bust off some big plays.
Cash game WRs to consider: Adam Thielen, Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, Emmanuel Sanders, John Brown
FanDuel DFS Tight End Picks
Jordan Reed vs. ATL ($5.6K)
Jordan Reed had a team-high 12 targets and seven catches last week. Washington’s offense hasn’t been all that great, and most of it has run through Adrian Peterson. They have relied on him and their defense, but Atlanta may just test Alex Smith and company. The Falcons can score points, but they have coughed up the third-most yards and passing yards per game. They’ve also allowed 17 passing touchdowns and rank 28th against the pass, according to Football Outsiders.
Cash game TEs to consider: Travis Kelce, O.J. Howard, Greg Olsen
FanDuel Defense DFS Picks
Kansas City Chiefs @ CLE ($3.9K)
Kansas City has played much better on defense of late, and their 24 sacks rank second in the league. Cleveland has allowed a league-high 33 sacks, and Baker Mayfield is only completing 58 percent of his passes. He has six interceptions and four fumbles. His offensive line has not helped him one bit.
Cash game DSTs to consider: Chicago Bears, Houston Texans
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