I will not try and sugar coat it; week 8 was a disaster. The beauty of Draftkings however is mistakes only have to last for a week. A fresh slate means fresh opportunities and a reset scoreboard. With that being said lets see if I can find a winning lineup this weekend.
QB – Russell Wilson, $7,600 – With no obvious run game to speak of I turn to the man with more touchdown passes than anyone else on the season to spearhead my team. The Bills have given up the 29th most points to Draftkings quarterbacks this season and in a game that has “shootout” written all over it, I’ll back Russ to continue on his MVP pace. His lowest output in a single week so far has been 24.9 points.
RB – James Robinson, $7,000- Rookie quarterback? Check. Porous run defence of opponent? Check. James Robinson, should, be in for a huge day. His bets performance of the season came last time out so he is a man in form. No other Jaguar has logged more than 6 carries on the campaign, so Robinson is the guy to ride in Jacksonville. That said porous run defence of the Texans has yielded the 3rd most draftkings points to opposition runners this season.
RB – Dalvin Cook, $8,200 – He returned with a bang last weekend, racking up a huge 51.6 draftkings points. A repeat of that magnitude is obviously unlikely but I would still expect a good return. The Lions have given up more fantasy points to runners than any other team. With question marks surrounding Matt Stafford, this could become a one sided affair, giving the Vikings the opportunity to pound the ball with Cook.
WR – John Brown, $4,600 – Brown has finally ditched the injury designation and should see his workload increase now back healthy. The Seattle defence is as bad as the offence is good so all of the Bills wide receivers could well find success. I’ll take a chance on Brown with double coverage more likely to head the way of his running mate Stefon Diggs on the other side of the field.
WR – Chase Claypool, $5,700 – It’s difficult to gauge which Steelers wide out will see the bulk of any targets week to week but against the Cowboys, there should be plenty to go around. The 7-0 Steelers have had all of the talk focussed on the defence, this is a chance for the offence to shine. The 2nd worst pass defence behind Seattle is the opposition and the last time Claypool played against the NFC East he went off for a 4 touchdown day. A high risk, high reward type selection.
WR – Demarcus Robinson, $3,200 – I can’t pick a side and not select a Chief. I love the value of Robinson, who has seen his playing time massively increase since Sammy Watkins went down. With no Watkins again this week I expect more of the same. Somewhere in the region of 6-8 targets and hopefully 1 or 2 big plays mixed in. He scored his first touchdown of the season last week as Mahomes tossed the ball all around the park.
TE – Noah Fant, $4,600 – The big tight end was slightly overshadowed by the rookies in the Broncos side last week. Look behind the highlight reel however and you will see Fant had a career day with 7 receptions. He hasn’t found the end zone since week 2 but gets a good opportunity here against a Falcons team ranked 6th worst in giving up points to opposing tight ends. Fant will look to establish himself ahead of Albert O as the premier man at his position in Denver.
FLEX – Darnell Mooney, $3,900- Mooney is quickly developing into a nice option in the bears passing game. He has seen at least 5 targets in 6 straight games and is the deep threat in the receiving core. He turned in a 5 reception, 69 yard, 1 touchdown day last weekend. He draws the Tennessee defence that has played poorly this year and ranks 3rd worst in terms of fantasy points given up to opposing receivers.
DST – Pittsburgh Steelers, $4,900 – I normally never purchase the most expensive D/ST. The most expensive D/ST is never normally this amount of cap room. However this is the NFL number 1 ranked D going against a banged up Cowboys offensive line and an offence that hasn’t registered more than 10 points in a month. I haven’t even mentioned they will be starting their 4th quarterback of the season! Good Luck
Good luck if you are playing in week number 9. Catch me tomorrow on the Full10 Yards NFL podcast where we will be reviewing all of the action.