It’s hard to believe that we’ve already passed the halfway point this season. Football weekends are passing by quickly and the number of games left to play this year gets smaller each weekend. If you haven’t already joined a daily fantasy football website then I suggest going out and trying at least one before the season is up. Week 9 will present some pretty good games that leaves everyone out there who has a decent team with a fighting chance of winning. Read over my personal lineup and observations below!
Quarterback – Lots of fantasy players probably got burned by Ryan Fitzpatrick getting hurt last weekend. He was a solid play before getting injured in the first quarter. Although he might be back in action this week, I’m thinking it’s best to steer clear of any Jets quarterback or wide receiver. Instead, Tyrod Taylor ($7200) appears to be back on the practice field and may be a good play against Miami. Peyton Manning ($7700) is also affordable, reliable, and draws a pretty favorable match-up against Indianapolis. Those wanting to spend a little less on their QB position may want to consider Derek Carr ($7000) who looked really good against a strong Jets defense last weekend!
Runningbacks – Some of the best sleeper runningbacks have skyrocketed up the rankings during the first half of the season. Todd Gurley ($9000) and Devonta Freeman ($8900) were both $7000 players at one time. While they are both still great starters, their price tag has made it a tough decision on whether to start them in daily leagues or not. Both are worth starting if you don’t mind spending less money in other positions, but I also like Christopher Ivory ($7500) who not only takes up less of your salary cap, but also draws a really favorable match-up at home against Jacksonville. Along with that, keep an eye on the status of Matt Forte this week. If he doesn’t start then Jeremy Langford ($6400) becomes a great sleeper pick against a poor San Diego rush defense. Darren McFadden ($6500) is another affordable running back to consider starting!
Wide Receivers – Since Keenan Allen won’t be playing this weekend you might want to consider playing Malcom Floyd ($6100) who figures to see some extra passes thrown his way. As usual, guys like Julio Jones ($9200) and Antonio Brown ($8700) would both be worth putting into your lineup as well. If you’re looking to spend less on receivers then Randall Cobb ($7400), Amari Cooper ($7300), or Brandin Cooks ($7100) would also be solid starting options in daily leagues!
Tight End – Although Rob Gronkowski ($8500) looks pretty tempting against Washington, I actually think the best tight end in Week 9 is Antonio Gates ($6000). He appears to be over his injury from a few weeks ago and with Keenan Allen out he stands to benefit the most. If you’re looking to spend a little less then consider Benjamin Watson ($5700) because he has seen a huge uptick in passes coming his way recently!
Defense – There are lots of good defenses to choose from this weekend. Since I don’t think defense is a position you can really afford to go cheap on, my top pick would be the St Louis Rams ($5100) as they take on a week Teddy Bridgewater offense. I also think the Philadelphia Eagles ($4700) could do well since Tony Romo is still out. Aside from those two, both New York Giants ($4500) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($4300) could be cheaper options if you’re willing to gamble in the defense position a little!
Kicker – With the Saints taking on a mediocre Titans defense this weekend it makes Kai Forbath ($4600) a decent option at that his price. Josh Brown ($4800) could also have another big day as the Giants will face Tampa Bay. For the cheapest option I would have to consider starting Sebastian Janikowski ($4500) or Andrew Franks ($4500) as both of them could end kicking multiple field goals!
Free FanDuel Week 9 NFL Lineup
The lineup below is one we recommend using on either FanDuel or DraftKings this weekend. Feel free to play this lineup on either website and see how it plays out for you. We believe the players within this lineup have solid odds of putting up big points in Week 9. Keep in mind, this lineup does not include any Thursday night and Sunday morning games. Players are only for Sunday afternoon/evening and Monday night games!
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – $7000
Jeremy Langford – Chicago Bears – $6400
Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys – $6500
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – $8700
Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – $8400
Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – $7400
Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – $6000
St Louis Rams – $5100
Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – $4500