Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football: Picking the Optimal Lineup
A week ago our hunt for the perfect daily fantasy football lineup was disrupted. Ryan Fitzpatrick going down with a hand injury just moments into his game against the Oakland Raiders pretty much killed our run.
We still missed on Chris Johnson and A.J. Green didn’t score, but Fitzmagic only put up 3 fantasy points and his absence naturally had an impact on Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. We may opt to spend a tad more at quarterback this week, but we still love the idea of stacking a QB with a WR or two in a matchup you love.
Also, we didn’t use Drew Brees last week (511 yards and 7 TDs), so placing would have been difficult, regardless.
Onward and upward! Let’s move along to week nine, where there are plenty of studs and some solid value to take advantage of:
QB: Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers ($6.6k)
Big Ben shook off the rust with three picks last week and his matchup wasn’t exactly easy against the Bengals. He should be closer to normal this week, though, as he gets a great matchup in the Raiders at home. I’m not saying he’ll be perfect, but he has to be better and the value here is really amazing. Losing Le’Veon Bell should have Pitt taking it to the air slightly more, as well. And really, this is just a massive game for the Steelers. Even if they don’t win, I expect them to come out and play well.
RB: LeSean McCoy – Bills ($5.5k)
Shady is the same price is DeAngelo Williams. The value is just ridiculous. The crazy thing is McCoy hasn’t even enjoyed a true blow up game in Buffalo. He’s just been solid (one game under 10 fantasy points) and that’s despite not being 100%. He’s healthy now and he’s at home against a Miami defense that – despite improving defensively over the past few weeks – still gives up a lot of production to running backs.
RB: Jeremy Langford – Bears ($4k)
We really need to keep in mind two things: Matt Forte isn’t for sure ruled out just yet this week and Langford is a rookie. He’s not the easiest to trust, but Chicago claims he’s feature back material and if Forte is out, this kid could get 15-20 touches. Against an atrocious San Diego run defense, I’m willing to take a stab at that.
WR: Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($5.3k)
Ben Roethlisberger returned last week but wasn’t able to hit many big plays and specifically didn’t connect with the explosive Bryant. Big Ben’s rust is shaking off and he’s at home against a terrible Oakland pass defense. I think these two get it going in week nine and the value is absurd.
WR: Stevie Johnson – Chargers ($3.2k)
This is all about price and perceived role. Keenan Allen is out for the year with a kidney issue and Johnson was impressive in the first two weeks of the year. He’s going to be needed more going forward, so we just have to hope Philip Rivers actually gets him the ball. At this super low price, he’s worth the gamble. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s at home and Chicago’s pass defense stinks.
WR: Antonio Brown – Steelers ($8.1k)
If I like Big Ben and Bryant, I have to like Brown, too, right? And I do. Brown has slowly come back to life the past two weeks (38 total fantasy points) and with Big Ben back in the saddle, he’s once again a threat to be an elite play. If that’s true, his price is way too low and we need to be all over it.
TE: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($8k)
I’m not playing around at tight end. Tyler Eifert and Gary Barnidge already played this week and a lot of the other TEs have bad matchups. Gronk does as well, but he’s Gronkowski. He doesn’t have a single game under 10 fantasy points this year at DraftKings and I see no reason for that to stop now.
Flex: Chris Ivory – Jets ($5.9k)
Ivory was not good last week. Like, 17 rushing yards on 15 yards, not good. But keep in mind the aforementioned Ryan Fitzpatrick injury, as well as the fact that Oakland is actually pretty good against the run (its the pass they don’t stop). Ivory is also a monster at home, as he’s averaging 27 fantasy points in two appearances on his home field this week. In week nine he draws the Jaguars, who are ranked 31st in the league against the RB position. Ivory is a ridiculous value this week and carries monstrous upside.
Def: Denver Broncos ($3k)
Let everyone else roll the dice with an expensive Falcons defense. Denver held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing last week and has registered 9+ fantasy points every single game in 2015. Now they get a turnover-prone Colts team that just seems to be awful. They’re without a doubt the best value when it comes to team defense and they’re also probably the safest option.
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