Week 9 Contrarian DFS Picks for FanDuel
Jake Ciely gives you Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football picks for FanDuel.
Week 9 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that you want to target in tournaments, such as the Millionaire Maker, etc… contrarian players if you will. They usually have one of the following characteristics:
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
FanDuel Week 9 Sleepers
Cam Newton $8100 – The quarterback landscape is fairly nasty this week on FanDuel. You could try to get cute with Nick Foles, etc., but don't try to drag me into that madness. Colin Kaepernick is an intriguing play, but Newton has his own value. Few will spend the money to roster Newton, but last week was his worst game of the season at 12.78 points and he has three games with 22-plus, including the opener against the Broncos. The Rams recently gave up four touchdowns to Matthew Stafford. We all know Newton always carries that kind of potential.
Carlos Hyde $7000 – Many will be scared off by his health, and it's understandable. But if Hyde plays this week, he's hard to ignore at a reasonable price. The only team worse than the Saints against the run are… well… his team, the 49ers. Do you recall what Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman did to the Saints? Well, Hyde should see the majority of touches if he's healthy, and Hyde has six touchdowns in the span of four games. He has two quiet showings against the Panthers and Bills, but this is the Saints and a great opportunity for Hyde to come up big.
Derrick Henry $5900 – It's rather risky buying a backup running back, but if you're looking for the boom/bust potential, there are few running backs that bring more boom… figuratively and literally. DeMarco Murray has a slight toe issue, and if the Titans decide to cut back on his workload this week to make sure he's healthy, Henry is in line for a huge day. The Chargers have given up 12 rushing touchdowns already, and Hyde was already a decent bet to score on limited touches. If he's sees the ball 15 times, Henry has Top 10 potential.
Kenny Britt $6000 – No, I'm not a Rams fan, I just can't believe that Britt is still underrated. He has double-digit points in four games with 29.1 against the Lions in Week 6. Somehow, he's down among the Allen Hurns and DeVante Parkers of the world, even though no one has allowed more points to receivers than the Panthers have. Not only have they given up 1,410 receiving yards and nine touchdowns already, they have eight of those touchdowns coming in their last four games.
Michael Thomas $5800 – As with Booker, owners expected a bit more from Thomas last week, but don’t jump off the bandwagon. Thomas is the new Marques Colston for the Saints, and he's been the most consistent option since Week 3. Look for Thomas to find his way back into the end zone, as while the 49ers are decent against the pass, they can't stop Drew Brees and all of his pieces. In addition, the 49ers have been weak against teams' No. 1 options, and Thomas is making the case to be that for the Saints.
Jason Witten $5200 – Kyle Rudolph is going to be highly owned with a matchup against the Lions, and he should be. If you're looking for a pivot though, drop down to Witten who is $100 less than Jack Doyle is and priced the same as Gary Barnidge and Dennis Pitta. Everyone in this group is a flier play, but the Browns are nearly as bad at stopping tight ends as the Lions (as in, they don't). The Browns have actually given up more yards to tight ends and just two less touchdowns (six). Witten found the end zone last week, and he has a chance to make it back-to-back games and provide 2x value.
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