TERRELLE PRYOR HEADS UP THE VALUES IN WEEK 9
It's Week 9 in the National Football League. The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins have already played, and six teams are off. But there are plenty of great options available in Daily Fantasy games. Here are my picks for games in a couple of different formats.
(DraftKings.com salaries listed in parantheses)
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Josh McCown, QB, CHI ($5500 at GB - Mon.): McCown will get the start in his key NFC North battle. While I don't trust him as much as some of the top-line starters, the Packers do rank 20th in the NFL in passing defense. McCown could surprise, especially at this low salary.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, OAK ($6700 vs PHI): The Eagles enter the week with the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL, allowing 302.2 yards per game through the air. They're not really great against the run, either, ranking 25th in the league. That bodes very well for T.P., who enters as a great value with a mid-level salary.
Ben Tate, RB, HOU ($3000 vs IND): Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that Tate (ribs) will play in the game Sunday night. He also said Arian Foster ($7800) (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Keep an eye on the reports all weekend. If Foster is indeed ruled OUT, Tate will be a tremendous value against a Colts rushing defense which has been gouged for 122.3 yards per game on the ground. Even if Foster plays, Tate should see plenty of touches and production to exceed salary expectations.
Danny Woodhead, RB, SD ($5600 at WAS): Woodhead should see plenty of opportunities against the league's 30th ranked rushing defense. The Redskins have also allowed 10 rushing touchdowns, most in the NFC, and second-most in the NFL.
Lance Moore, WR, NO ($3500 at NYJ): Moore enters this game as a big-time bargain if WR Marques Colston (knee) is unable to play. He should see plenty of targets if Colston is inactive, and TE Jimmy Graham (foot) is once again limited.
Kenny Stills, WR, NO ($4700 at NYJ): Stills is a little more expensive, but he has big-play ability and might be able to do some things against the so-so pass defense of the Jets. Like Moore above, if Colston is inactive, look for Stills to do big things.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL ($5300 vs MIN): Williams has really stepped up his play, assuming the role as the No. 2 wide receiver in Dallas' high-octane pass offense. He comes with a cap-friendly salary, and 100 yards and a score isn't out of the question against Minnesota's leaky pass D.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL ($5300 vs MIN): If you're shopping for high-end TEs, know that Graham will be limited, and New England's Rob Gronkowski ($6800) (back, forearm) is still a health risk and substantially more expensive. Witten will be facing the NFL's 29th ranked pass defense, and the Vikings have given up 16 passing TDs, tied for worst in the NFC, and second-most in the NFL.
At DraftDay.com, they have 'Rapid Fire' games, you have five head-to-head matchups to choose from each day. It is rather simple. You choose the player you think will score the most Fantasy points that day. If you get at least three matchups correct, you win.
For Sunday's NFL action, here are the following matchups:
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS over Philip Rivers, QB, SD: This game has the potential to be a shootout, with both guys going over 300 yards. I just don't like a west coast team going east, especially for the second time this season, and RGIII gives you the added dimension with his feet.
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN over Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI: Sure, Marshall will get his, especially in a primetime matchup with the Pack. Remember, though, Josh McCown is set to start at QB. However, who can pass up AD? He has 200-yard and multiple score ability every time he steps onto the field, regardless of the competition.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI over Matt Forte, RB, CHI: Shady started out as a ball of fire, but has cooled significantly of late. Still, in a west coast game against a so-so team, McCoy could shine.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL over Harry Douglas, WR, ATL: Douglas has stepped up and filled a void in Atlanta with Julio Jones out for the season, and Roddy White out with a multi-week injury. Still, I like Williams in the pass-happy Dallas attack, as he has made everyone forget about Miles Austin.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI over T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND: I am not using Hilton in my big-money re-draft league, so why would I use him hear? Hilton and the Colts are facing the league's No. 1 pass defense, and No. 1 total defense. In fact, the Texans have allowed just 145.6 yards per game through the air. Those kind of numbers do not bode well for the opposition, so take D-Jax by default, especially in his return to the Bay Area where he played his college ball.
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