Top 10 Need To Know Week 9 DraftKings Sleepers, FanDuel Contrarian Plays
Jake Ciely @allinkid checks in with his weekly Fantasy Football Week 9 DraftKings Sleepers and FanDuel Contrarian DFS Plays
Week 9 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that 1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or 2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or 3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through. These are the players you want to target in tournaments, such as Millionaire Makers. You want a contrarian lineup, and there are few better ways to build one than by grabbing some Fantasy Blind Spot players.
DraftKings Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: QBs
Matt Ryan, ATL ($7,100) – I can tell how frustrated Fantasy players are with Ryan just from the number of seasonal, "Should I drop/bench?" questions about him. Ryan has three games of 20-plus points and that same numbers of 14.14 or less. Consistency is not his strong suit. However, Antonio Brown, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Odell Beckham, Tavon Austin and James Jones totaled 41 receptions, 783 yards and 6 TDs against the 49ers, or an average of 6.8/130.5/1. Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer all threw for at least 311 yards and two TDs. You're telling me Julio Jones and Matt Ryan can't go ape nuts crazy on the 49ers?
DraftKings Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: RBs
LeSean McCoy, BUF ($5,500) – The Dolphins defense didn't improve much after the bye or with the coaching change. They allow 21.5 FPPG to running backs with the 10th most rushing yards overall, even though they've had their bye. LeSean McCoy is healthy, off his bye and the Bills are going to run the ball 135 times this week… give or take five attempts.
Charles Sims, TB ($3,600) – Sims is RB30 in PPR leagues and has three double-digit games in seasonal and on DraftKings. He has two catches in every game, and the Giants have allowed the third most receptions, fifth most receiving yards and second most receiving touchdowns to running backs.
DraftKings Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: WRs
Michael Crabtree, OAK ($4,900) – I talked about Crabtree ad nauseam this year – how seasonal players needed to pick him up and give him respect. Crabtree deserves DFS respect too. He had 29.1 points in Week 2 and 26.2 last week, plus two more scores in the teens. The Steelers are mediocre against the pass, Derek Carr is playing great and the Raiders will need to pass to keep up with Ben Roethlisberger (their pass defense certainly isn't stopping him).
Malcom Floyd, SD ($3,900) – Since it's PPR scoring and Stevie Johnson is cheaper, Floyd is in blind spot territory. Floyd is a big-play waiting to happen, and the Bears have allowed 27 receptions of 20-plus yards and the third most touchdowns to receivers (12). On top of that, they let Calvin Johnson, Lance Moore, Stefon Diggs and Larry Fitzgerald average 14-plus yards per catch while finding the end zone at least once.
DraftKings Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: TEs
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB ($2,800) – Need to be reminded what that Ben Watson guy just did to the Giants? No, Jameis Winston isn't Drew Brees, but ASJ is more dangerous than Watson – if 100 percent healthy. At this price, he's worth that gamble.
FanDuel Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: QBs
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT ($8,300) – Recency bias will have many looking elsewhere already, and Big Ben's price will scare even more away. He's in that range of "why not spend on the top tier or save a decent amount and drop down?" We know Roethlisberger can go off any given week, as Weeks 8 and 9 proved last year. No more Le'Veon Bell means more Big Ben and Antonio Brown, and the Raiders pass defense just happens to stink.
FanDuel Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: RBs
Jonathan Stewart, CAR ($6,600) – No, Stewart isn't going to set off fireworks
...but he can guarantee you double-digit points. Three running backs have neared or surpassed 20 carries against the Packers: Todd Gurley (30), Matt Forte (24) and Ronnie Hillman (19). Each one had a good day: Gurley 15.9, Forte 25.1 and Hillman 18.0. JStew isn't as talented as Gurley and Forte, but you don't think he can match a Hillman day with 20-plus touches?
FanDuel Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: WRs
Malcom Floyd, SD ($6,100) – See above. Checks in for FanDuel too.
Justin Hunter, TEN ($4,600) – This is as contrarian/blind spot as you can get. First of all, you just don't find options this low on FanDuel. Hunter is down with the Marqise Lee, Lucky Whitehead, Jerricho Cotchery, L.T. Smith (who?) and Rannell Hall (who again?) crew. Secondly, the Saints stink against the pass, have allowed 30 receptions of 20-plus yards and lead the league with 10 of 40 yards or more. Mike Mularkey will look to test his receivers and see what he has with Kendall Wright out, and Delvin Breaux will likely be on Dorial Green-Beckham. That leaves Brandon Browner on Hunter. Ha! Enjoy that Hunter!
FanDuel Week 9 Lineup Sleepers: TEs
Heath Miller, PIT ($5,800) – Miller is the king of blind spots this week, as he's the fourth-most expensive tight end with Charles Clay right behind him. Eyes are just going to pass right over him despite the fact Roethlisberger will need him more with no Bell, and the Raiders are still one of the worst teams against tight ends. Miller proved he only needed Big Ben back and throwing him the ball with 10 catches for 105 yards last week.
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