Load up with Seahawks in DFS for Week 9
It's Week 9 of the National Football League regular season schedule, and there are six teams on a bye to make settling a successful DFS lineup slightly more challenging. The Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans are off this weekend, and that means Fantasy staples Randall Cobb, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate will be watching football on Sunday just like you. Still, there are plenty of good matchups and strong Fantasy options available.
(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
* - Brandon Weeden, QB, Dallas ($5000 vs ARI): This selection has HUGE asterisk, because if QB Tony Romo (back) fights through the pain of two fractured transverse process bones in his back to play, then Weeden obviously sits and is useless to Fantasy owners. However, if Romo is held out, Weeden is a great DFS play. The Cardinals rank last in the NFL by allowing 302.9 yards per game through the air, yielding 12 passing touchdowns in seven games. They have allowed 21 or more pass plays of 20-plus yards, so if Weeden starts, he has a solid arsenal to put up big DFS numbers.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle ($6800 vs OAK): Fantasy owners have been big fans of Wilson, not only because of his arm, but because of his ability to make things happen with his legs, too. He has two 100-yard rushing games over the past four weeks, and he has connected for seven touchdown passes and three rushing scores over the past five games. He didn't do a lot last weekend, but that was mostly due to a strong effort from the Carolina Panthers defense in a road game out east. This game will be at home in front of the 12th man, and the Oakland Raiders defense, especially due to its inability to stop the rush, will never be confused for even a mediocre defense. Wilson should gouge the Raiders for at least 225 passing yards, 75 rushing yards and a combination of three total touchdowns.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati ($4300 vs JAC): Giovani Bernard (hip, shoulder) is dealing with a multitude of injuries, and he is expected to sit. With Bernard on the shelf, it is the rookie Hill who will see a lion's share of the carries. At this price level against a poor defense, Hill is a tremendous DFS value. He'll be a very popular choice in salary-cap formats.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle ($5650 vs OAK): It will be 'Beast Mode' time in Seattle Sunday, so hopefully kids going to the game received plenty of Skittles in their Halloween treat bags. Lynch has been rather marginal from a Fantasy perspective over the past three games, failing to find the end zone while rushing for 62 or fewer yards during the span. However, both of those streaks come to an end Sunday. He should push the century mark in yardage, and if he doesn't find the end zone against the leaky Raiders rush defense it would be shocking.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland ($4700 vs TB): The Buccaneers pass defense has given up 286 yards per game through the air, second-worst in the NFL behind Arizona. Hawkins isn't a huge downfield target, but he could gain huge chunks of yardage on short crossing patterns and yards after the catch.
Larry Donnell, TE, N.Y. Giants ($4600 vs IND - Mon.): In Week 1, Indianapolis allowed Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (7-104-3) to have a big game. In Week 2, it was Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (4-86-0) with a decent stat line against the Colts. In Week 4, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (5-84-1) carved them up. In Week 5, it was Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (5-70-0), and last week it was Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (7-112-1) exploding for a huge stat line. Might Donnell be the next NFL tight end in line to carve up the Colts defense? At a mid-level price it is worth a roll of the dice to find out.
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