Daily Fantasy Expert Picks (Week 9)
We are going into the ninth week of our DFS contest amongst experts. In case you’re not familiar, we have been hosting our annual Daily Fantasy Accuracy Cup (DFAC) for four years now. Each week, experts from all over the industry compete against one another in a game hosted by our friends at FanDuel. It’s been a great contest so far with the top five experts separated by less than 50 points.
As a benefit to you, after each week, we ask the top finishers to give us their favorite plays for the weekend. Find out below who the experts like as their top DFS pick for Sunday’s main slate.
Q. Which one player will you be using in all of your DFS lineups this weekend?
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): $9,200 at CLE
“The one player on my radar as a lock come Sunday is Ezekiel Elliott. Returning to the State of Ohio where he played his college ball, the league’s leading rusher faces the Browns. Cleveland is the league’s worst defense giving up 144 Rushing Yards and 30 points per game and “Zeke” should have a field day. I don’t mind paying the expensive price tag and neither should you.”
– Terrance Bridgett (Fantasy Six Pack)
Donte Moncrief (WR – IND): $6,100 at GB
“My real answer is Ezekiel Elliott, as I’ll have 100 percent exposure to him on all sites this week — but let’s make things a little more interesting. While there’s a lot of good wide receiver options this week, Donte Moncrief stands out to me as the top value on the board. The Colts should be in a shootout with the Packers this weekend, and Moncrief should be one of the main beneficiaries. I’d have to imagine his pricing would be much higher had he not been injured through the first seven weeks. With that considered, and how bad the Packers secondary has been this year, he makes for an easy cash game choice.”
– Russell Clay (Pro Football Focus)
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): $9,100 vs. IND
“There’s enough value on the board this week be able to pay up for Aaron Rodgers and I think he has the safest floor for cash games along with the highest ceiling for tournaments. Paying down at QB is a popular way to approach the position, and rarely is a QB so heavily owned that he’s worth fading in tournaments simply to differentiate, you can do that elsewhere. Green Bay’s running game has been replaced by a nearly exclusive short passing game approach due to injury, and this is the nuts spot to exploit it. The Colts rank 29th against the pass according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, and more specifically they rank 31st when defending short (anything within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage) passes.”
– Ryan Noonan (The Fantasy Fix)
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): $5,000 vs. DET
“Coming in at 15th in TE salaries this week, Kyle Rudolph is actually 5th in fantasy points per game of Week 9 eligible TEs this year on FanDuel. His salary placement could be attributed to his recent performances, however, over the last three weeks, Rudolph has faced fantasy defenses that have limited TE points to the 8th, 3rd and 4th fewest on the year. This week, in a much needed get right game at home, Rudolph and the Minnesota Vikings face the Detroit Lions who have given up the most fantasy points to TEs this year. Additionally, TE coach Pat Shurmur was promoted to offensive coordinator this week with the resignation of Norv Turner. The stars are aligned.”
– Scott Whitfield (Roto Rankings)
Melvin Gordon (RB – SD): $7,800 vs. TEN
“Gordon is currently third in the NFL in touches with 185 and accounts for 47.93% of all of the Chargers touches which is 2nd best in the league. He is also first in the league in touchdowns with 10. The rumors of his regression were greatly exaggerated a few weeks back! I consider him matchup proof moving forward.”
– Arash Ghaemi (Draftshot)
Wil Lutz (K – NO): $4,500 at SF
“If there is one thing for sure on Sunday, the Saints offense will be able to move the ball against a 49ers defense that is dealing with too many injuries to list. Drew Brees has looked sharp against the Seahawks and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks. On top of it all, Willie Snead is healthy and the run game is showing life with the ‘timeless’ Tim Hightower. All of this adds up to Wil Lutz looking like an easy candidate for double-digit points without hurting your salary cap at all as the Saints spend most of Sunday in the Red Zone.”
– Muntradamus (BEASTDOME)
Thank you to the experts and best of luck in Week 9. For more DFS advice, listen to our latest podcast below.