Devonta Freeman and Daily Fantasy Football’s Top Plays For Week 9
Drew Brees was the top pick of all top picks in daily fantasy football last week. If you played him, you probably won some money.
I mean, 500+ yards and 7 touchdowns in one game. A Saints stack would have been it last week.
He wasn’t among our top plays, but that performance deserves a shout out. Even so, we still enjoyed a solid week in DFS, as Tom Brady and Philip Rivers both crushed, while the likes of Julio Jones and Rob Gronkowski also lived up to their “top pick” billing.
Many of us had the unfortunate happening of a Le’Veon Bell injury, while Tyler Eifert was a bit of a disappointment. Again, none of that really matters if you didn’t have Brees or Eli Manning, how both owned the DFS world in their own special way a week ago.
Let’s move on to week eight’s top plays at DraftKings:
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady – Patriots ($8.5k) and Eli Manning – Giants ($6.9k)
Brady is Brady, as he is simply on fire and the most consistently elite fantasy quarterback in the game right now. He has three games with 32+ fantasy points and hasn’t dipped below 25 in any game. The Redskins at home is not a tough matchup for him, and as always, he seems to be playing with a unique edge that we can’t ignore. The price is steep, but no one is more stable right now.
Drew Brees may be the sexy play this week, but don’t sleep on Manning, who also put up 41 fantasy points via six touchdowns. Manning has a great matchup against a bad Buccaneers pass defense, while Brees and some of the other top options have more difficult matchups. Manning won’t toss six scores again, but he should return great value on his solid price tag.
Running Backs: Devonta Freeman – Falcons ($8k) and Todd Gurley – Rams ($6.9k)
Freeman is like the Brady of running backs, as he’s just so stable and also carries upside in any given week. He hasn’t dipped below 15 fantasy points since the first game of the year and if he’d found the end-zone the past two weeks he’d have five straight 20+ fantasy outings. I think he gets back to that number against a bad Niners defense this week and he might be worth the steep price.
Gurley remains a value despite hanging 100+ rushing yards on his opponent for four straight games. He’s on the road in week eight, but Minnesota is not elite against the run and Gurley just seems unstoppable right now. There are better values to be found, but none have his talent or upside.
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown – Steelers ($8.1k) and Demaryius Thomas – Broncos ($7.5k)
Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. are coming off of huge performances and are super obvious plays for week eight. They’re amazing and have killer matchups, so feel free to use them. Let’s step slightly away from the grain and consider Brown and DT, though.
With the Steelers losing Le’Veon Bell, they’re going to lean harder on their passing game and that’s naturally going to include a ton of catches for Brown. He’s already gotten back on track over the past two weeks, but with Big Ben back and getting more comfortable, Brown is due for a true blow up game this week.
Thomas is right there with Brown, as Peyton Manning returns to Indy to take on a Colts team that has regressed sharply. Manning showed the world last week that in the right conditions, he can still ball. I think he carves up his former squad with another 300+ yard day and DT is going to be a big reason why.
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($8k) and Greg Olsen – Panthers ($6.5k)
The Gronk needs little backing here. He’s the top tight end in the game, is at home and hasn’t handed out less than 10 fantasy points in a single game. He might not always be the #1 tight end for the week, but he’s typically always around the top-5 and has the best floor and ceiling of any TE. He may be a must play considering how beaten down the position is.
Olsen is a distant second, but he’s still worth considering heavily this week. He was strong in week seven again and always carries solid upside due to being Cam Newton’s only truly reliable target. He’s a solid value here, as well and gets a Packers defense that typically isn’t great against the tight end position.
Team Defenses: Atlanta Falcons ($3.4k) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($2.8k)
The Falcons are facing Blaine Gabbert this week. Not much more needs to be said there. The Jags have shown potential in flashes this year, and right now the Jets have no idea who their quarterback will be this week. If it’s Geno Smith or Bryce Petty (or anyone not named Ryan Fitzpatrick), they’re worth firing up at this price.
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