We’re on to Week 9 of the NFL DFS season, and at this point, things are getting a bit tougher because of one main reason. Bye weeks. With six teams off in Week 9, pricing is tight in tournament games, and our FanDuel GPP lineup had to navigate those prices. There are still plenty of sleepers, but there are also injuries that could have a big impact on the slate if top-tier guys aren’t available. At this point in the season, it’s important to have a strategy for daily fantasy lineups, and we attacked this tournament lineup with a plan.
This week, we targeted top matchups and actually went with an underrated QB-TE stack that could perform well for us. We also spent heavily at RB this week, and add as many as three high-volume backs, one matchup-proof and two with great matchups. That’s a bit of a risk, as we spent down at receiver, but it should give our lineup enough differentiation to potentially win big in these tournaments.
Week 9 Standard Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
With all that said, here’s a look at our FanDuel tournament lineup for Week 9 of the NFL season.
WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 9 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS tournament lineup
QB Alex Smith, Redskins vs. Falcons ($7,500). I like Alex Smith as a buy-low option this week. He’s the 13th-most expensive QB on the slate, but he has one of the best matchups. The Falcons have allowed at least 22.66 fantasy points to QBs since Week 1. In that time, they have allowed three passing TDs to every QB they faced except Eli Manning. Smith hasn’t been lighting it up for Washington this year, but at home against a spotty defense, he should get a chance to have one of his best outings of the year. I like him at this price-tag and I think his ownership will be lower than it should be, so we’ll target him as a solid GPP play.
RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs @ Browns ($8,500). For the second-straight week, we’re targeting Hunt and other top-tier backs are part of our tournament strategy. The Browns have given up at least 29.3 fantasy points three times this year, and they went to Melvin Gordon and James Conner. Hunt is on par with those players, and Hunt has posted four TDs in his last two outings. He should give the Browns defense some trouble, so I don’t mind spending up at the position to get him. And, we’re still saving $2,700 on the positional ceiling, so this could be a solid value (even though paying up for Todd Gurley is always nice).
RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers @ Seahawks ($8,600). Gordon missed the Chargers’ last outing with a hamstring injury, but he had been on fire prior to that game. Gordon has posted three-straight games of at least 120 scrimmage yards, and he has logged five TDs during that span as well. Coming off a bye, he should be fresh and even though the Seahawks defense has been solid against RBs, they did have a stretch where they struggled to stop some of the better runners in the league (Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, Todd Gurley) so Gordon should have a chance to beat them. He’s probably the closest thing to Gurley on this slate (besides Gurley) but he comes at a much cheaper price.
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WR Cooper Kupp, Rams @ Saints ($6,800). The Saints have allowed the most FanDuel points per game to WRs this year, giving up 40.8 fantasy points per game in seven games this season. The Rams have a plethora of receiving weapons to choose from but of their three starters, Kupp is the cheapest. Though Kupp is coming off an MCL sprain, but Sean McVay believes he will play on Sunday. That’s enough for us to take a chance on him as if he’s on the field, he should have a chance to score and catch a good deal of passes.
WR Devin Funchess, Panthers vs. Buccaneers ($6,400). The Buccaneers have given up a lot of fantasy points to WRs this year. In fact, 11 players have scored in double-digits against them in just seven games this year. Devin Funchess should be licking his chops for this action, and given that he has scored three times in his past five games, there’s a good chance he could be a breakout performer this week. He’s also coming off his fewest targets so far this season (3) so that may scare some people away from him.
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WR Courtland Sutton, Broncos vs. Texans ($5,500). Sutton is now the No. 2 receiver for the Broncos after the team shipped Demaryius Thomas to the Texans. He should see solid volume and though the Texans have a solid defense, Sutton has TD potential and at a $5,500 price-tag, he’s worth having as a low-cost, high-volume option.
TE Jordan Reed, Redskins vs. Falcons ($5,600). I wanted to stack Smith with one of his receiving weapons, and I figured Reed would be a good option. He saw a season-high 12 targets and seven catches last week and is due to score after being kept out of the end zone since Week 1. Reed is a solid value as the seventh-highest priced TE this week, so we’ll take a chance on him.
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FLEX Latavius Murray, Vikings vs. Lions ($6,700). Murray completes our trifecta of high-volume RBs, and he should have a chance to perform well. The Lions have struggled against RBs this year, and they have allowed a double-digit scorer at the position in 6-of-7 games this season. If Murray is still getting full volume — which he should with Dalvin Cook out — he will be a solid flex and could easily outplay his salary, especially if he gets a TD.
DEF Carolina Panthers vs. Buccaneers ($4,300). I like to spend down at defense, and Carolina was one of the better options to target after avoiding the pricing ceiling. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to be starting at QB once again for the Buccaneers. He’s bounce to commit some turnovers, so we’ll capitalize on that.
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