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Fantasy Football: Who to play in Week 9

Pete Davidson
November 03, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Week 9 is here … and the Patriots are on Sunday Night Football—off the main slate again. It’s the cost of being great, I suppose. For what it’s worth, if I was going to engage in any small slates that include the Patriots, James White would be at the top of my list. He’s a great fit for DraftKings full PPR scoring and has more red zone targets than any Patriots player. As for what I love on this week’s main slate, just keep reading.

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All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs at Browns, $7,700

I had a few folks asking me if I am going back to James Conner this week. The answer is “sort of”, because I am most definitely going back to the well, but the well is the matchup and not the player. The Browns have been an enabler for running back stats this season. They haven’t shut anybody down and have been lit up by Marshawn Lynch, Melvin Gordon and most recently by Conner in Week 8. I see Hunt as the next link in the chain. He’s a RB cornerstone for me in Week 9 along with Todd Gurley.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams at Saints, $6,000

Kupp has so much going for him in this week’s matchup.

- Cost relative to Robert Woods and Brandon Cooks.

- Slot role.

- Red zone role.

- His matchup with P.J. Williams (slot for corner for Saints) is a good one.

- The highest projected game score in Vegas this week is Rams at Saints.

The concern for Kupp is that he’s coming off of a knee injury injury, but he’s off the injury report and practicing fully, so I am comfortable playing him in cash games and obviously in GPPs as well. He’s going to be in most of my Week 9 lineups.

Jared Goff, QB, Rams at Saints, $6,000

Goff is going to be one of my two primary QB plays this week along with Cam Newton. I am currently leaning towards Goff in cash games because I save some money on a week where I need it, and because I like stacking him with Kupp and Gurley. The Saints stop the run more than anything else on defense. It’s their calling card and the Rams can pass to set up the run game. I think that’s how they’ll play this one. They won’t go away from Gurley at all, but he’ll see more targets than normal and probably fewer first half carries.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos vs. Texans, $3,900

With Demaryius Thomas now, ironically, playing for the Texans, Sutton will be thrust into a primary role. His snaps and targets should both increase. Sutton was already a big red zone threat but now he’ll get more of a chance between the twenties. This is not complicated. He’s simply mis-priced due to the mid-week trade. In cash games, he’s an easy choice. In GPPs (large tournaments), you can make arguments against him because much of the field will be playing him, but I am leaning towards taking the savings and finding some differentiation elsewhere.

Elijah McGuire, RB, Jets at Dolphins, $3,000

McGuire is far from an optimal play this week. What he is, is the best cost-saving option you’ll find on the slate at his position. He’s a tool you can use if you want to get an extra high-cost player into your lineup. Now, obviously, there are tons of guys at the cost floor. In and of itself there is no value in just being cheap. However, McGuire has an intriguing range of outcomes this week. He could be anywhere from a few snaps to a significant workload. The reason I am using him, albeit sparingly, is because he has a skill set that fits DraftKings’ scoring system and because the Jets lead back, Isaiah Crowell, is banged up with foot and ankle injuries. He’s been playing through it because the Jets are hurting at running back, but McGuire gives them a potential relief valve. My guess is that McGuire plays about 35 percent of the snaps and gets about 10 touches—with 3-4 touches being receptions. If that appeals to you, then join me in taking on some exposure.