DraftKings NFL Lineup Advice: Week 9 (Full Slate)
There are six teams on bye in Week 9 with the Bengals, Colts, Giants, Eagles, Cardinals, and Jaguars all getting some rest. There are a lot of good offenses and DFS options among those teams, so this shrinks the player pool and forces us to focus on just a few teams this week for our rosters.
At least we don’t have to worry about much excitement on Thursday or Monday night with the Raiders, 49ers, Titans, and Cowboys on the docket. The Sunday night tilt has intrigue with the Packers and Patriots squaring off, but no players from those teams make my “Cash Game Core” to consider for the Week 9 full slate.
Doug Martin (RB – OAK): $4,300 @ SF
Ugh! Yuck! Blah! Those are just a few words to describe the Thursday night matchup between two one-win teams. With the 49ers potentially starting a QB, Nick Mullens, who I have never heard of until this week and playing on a short week, it feels like the Raiders, who actually looked decent on offense last week could control this game. If they control the game, then that means that Martin should be in line for a ton of carries. Martin looked fresh last week with 72 yards on 13 carries along with a couple receptions for 17 yards. All he has to do is find the end zone with similar yardage output, and he is well on his way to a solid fantasy night at a low salary.
Early Cash Game Core
Cam Newton (QB – CAR): $6,600 vs. TB
Cash game lineups this week are going to be all about fitting as many players from the Panthers, Rams, and Saints as possible. The decisions begin at QB where Newton, Drew Brees, and Jared Goff are all in contention. I’ll give the early lean toward Newton. He has been on a roll lately with at least two TD passes in six straight games, while also providing a high floor due to his rushing ability. He’ll be at home against a Buccaneers pass defense that continues to get shredded by opposing QB allowing the most fantasy points to the position by far.
Alvin Kamara (NO – RB): $7,300 vs. LAR
The RB position is no different than QB where I want to roster at least two from the same collection of teams including Kamara, Mark Ingram, Christian McCaffrey, and Todd Gurley. I’m seriously considering rostering both Saints RBs this week to capture all of the rushing and receiving numbers in a game with a 60-point Vegas total. The Saints have become more run-focused again since the return of Ingram in Week 5, and both Kamara and Ingram have had big games over their last three outings. They’ll face a Rams defense that has been more vulnerable to the run than the pass this season with a 25th DVOA ranking against the run, according to FootballOutsiders, compared to a sixth DVOA rank against the pass.
Brandin Cooks (LAR – WR): $6,700 @ NO
There is a strong possibility that I will be rostering two Rams WRs this week if I don’t use Goff at QB. The Saints have been very strong against the run this season, ranking second DVOA and allowing just 2.87 YPC to opposing RBs, which ranks first in the league. They might be able to at least “slow down” Gurley and force the Rams to pass more often this week. Cooks returns to the New Orleans, where he had three productive seasons to begin his career and had a propensity to score from distance when at home in the Superdome. Watch the status of Cooper Kupp for this week to help determine which other Rams WRs to consider rostering.
Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): $4,700 vs. TB
We might be pushed to pay up a little bit at TE this week on DraftKings as the position seems to be lacking cheap options. Even though my C.J. Uzomah call last week did not pan out against the Buccaneers defense, they have still allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position this season and have been scored on in four of their last five games. Olsen is starting to look healthier and rekindle his connection with Newton after posting four receptions for 56 yards and a score last week. O.J. Howard on the other side the field also deserves consideration as the Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing TEs this season. Picking Howard also allows you to save a few bucks.
Players to Watch
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): $5,500 @ MIN
The surprising trade of Golden Tate to the Eagles before the trade deadline could open up more looks to go to Marvin Jones and Golladay. This week, Jones figures to draw the attention of the Vikings’ top cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, which could force more targets towards Golladay with his big play ability.
Rishard Matthews (WR – NYJ): $3,500 @ MIA
The Jets WR shuffle continues with Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa hurt and Terrelle Pryor out of town. Jermaine Kearse remains, but the Jets have also added Matthews into the mix. Matthews has had a couple of weeks to get up to speed with the offense and QB Sam Darnold and could see the field this week against the Dolphins. Listen to reports of his expected snap count and where he will line up. If it is in the slot, then sign me up.