Week 9 features our second week with six teams on byes (Bengals, Cards, Bears, Texans, Patriots, Redskins). That narrows the regular Sunday DraftKings contests to just 11 NFL games. Several games pop out on the card, including Saints-49ers and Colts-Packers. Expect to see high ownership in both of those games.
The Quarterback list is a little shorter than normal. Three high-end options and two low-price options. That is what happens when Brady, Dalton and Cousins are on byes.
|QB||Aaron Rodgers||GB||7800||Who needs a running game?|
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7200||Who needs a defense?|
|QB||Andrew Luck||Ind||6700||See Brees above|
|QB||Marcus Mariota||Ten||5900||Three excellent weeks in a row|
|QB||Ryan Tannehill||Mia||5600||Not often on this list - Jets D not good|
Several running back contingencies are on the list this week. Carlos Hyde is in play if healthy. The last man standing in KC, Charcandrick West, is definitely in play if Spencer Ware is out. Same for Derrick Henry if DeMarco Murray can’t suit up.
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||7900||Top back with Johnson on bye|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7700||Have to consider every week|
|RB||Devontae Booker||Den||6400||Got pricy quick|
|RB||Carlos Hyde||SF||6100||Solid play if healthy|
|RB||Jay Ajayi||Mia||6000||Back-to-back with over 200 rush yards|
|RB||Derrick Henry||Ten||5000||Cheap play if DeMarco can't go|
|RB||Theo Riddick||Det||4900||Returns with a vengeance|
|RB||Charcandrick West||KC||4400||Only man standing in KC|
A very solid, but short list of wide receiver candidates. Packers receivers have been rolling since the running game went on IR.
|WR||Dez Bryant||Dal||7400||Great return - tops the WR list|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||7100||Guaranteed points as possession receiver|
|WR||Emmanuel Sanders||Den||6300||Broncos only throw to two WRs|
|WR||Demaryius Thomas||Den||6000||Raiders defense still not playing well|
|WR||Davante Adams||GB||5900||Dominant since the backs were hurt|
|WR||Ty Montgomery||GB||5800||If healthy - and a bump if Cobb is still out|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||5500||Very dependable|
|WR||Kenny Stills||Mia||3900||A flyer for a deep ball (or two)|
One of these weeks we will pick the correct tight end. Seems like a wasteland of players in Week 9, so we narrowed the list down to just four (and they all have warts).
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||6200||TE is really weak this week|
|TE||Travis Kelce||KC||5300||Kelce might be better with Foles|
|TE||Delanie Walker||Ten||4600||Mariota's top target|
|TE||Eric Ebron||Det||3100||Inconsistent but cheap and healthy|
We go short on defenses in Week 9 as only four grace our list. Two big home favorites lead the way.
|DST||Chiefs||KC||3500||Jax is sloppy with the ball|
|DST||Cowboys||Dal||3400||Anyone vs. the Browns|
|DST||Ravens||Bal||3300||If Big Ben is still out|
|DST||Dolphins||Mia||3100||Jets struggle if they fall behind|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today:
Here is my DraftKings GPP game lineup as of today: