Sam Bradford vs. Detroit Lions
Call it a hunch, or a gut feeling, but Sam Bradford could be in store for quite the game in Week 9 against the Lions. He hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been bad either. He’s been just good enough to stay consistent on a week-to-week basis. This week he faces a Lions secondary that is tied for dead last in TDs allowed to opposing QBs, which makes this a matchup you can take advantage of. Bradford has weapons to utilize in the passing game with Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and the re-emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson. Odds are that this game could go back and forth, meaning opportunities could be aplenty for Bradford to score. The running game for the Vikings has been spotty to say the least, which puts the game into the hands of Bradford. Look for Bradford to log his first 300 yard game of the year, while tossing in two TDs. A nice bye week option, and a DFS option that not many will be on.
Tim Hightower @ San Francisco 49ers
It was only a matter of time, but with the benching of Mark Ingram, 2015 Fantasy playoff hero Tim Hightower stepped right in and put up 102 yards against the Seahawks defense. The coaching staff has already come out and said they plan to employ the dreaded RBBC, but will ride the hot hand. How is Hightower not the hot hand here?
With a matchup against a 49ers defense that is ranked last in points allowed to the position, there is a good chance that Hightower could see plenty of touches in Week 9. I can see the game-flow heavily favoring the Saints offense in this one, as Brees and company get out to an early lead. They will look to run a balanced attack and leave the West Coast with a win, so another 100 yard game is not out of the realm of possibility for Hightower. He will be the hot waiver wire pickup this week, so get him while you can as he should perform at an RB2 pace against the Niners.
Kenny Britt vs. Carolina Panthers
Kenny Britt has been the lone bright spot for a somewhat surprising Rams aerial attack. Outside a poor Week 7 performance, Britt has been very consistent, scoring in double digits in five of seven games. Seems that on a weekly basis, Keenum is hitting at least one deep shot to Britt. In Week 9, the Carolina Panthers will be coming to town. A defense that is currently allowing the most points to opposing WRs. We all know that Cam and the offense can put up points in bunches, which means that the Rams could be playing most of this game from behind. I expect to see Britt get around 10 targets in this matchup, and hauling in seven catches for 90 yards and a score. A performance worth a spot start as your WR3 this week, and a very sneaky DFS play as many people shy away from the Rams offense.
Cameron Brate vs. Atlanta Falcons
Cameron Brate is a tight end that is a hit or miss play in an offense that favors the pass. With only 23 catches on the year, he has scored in the double digits only three times. In the Week 9 Thursday night matchup against the Falcons, Brate could see an uptick in targets as the Buccaneers will be playing from behind all night. Teams have been utilizing the TE position against Atlanta as they have allowed the second most amount of targets to this point in the season. Let’s not forget that the Thursday night game brings more simplified game-plans for teams, which means that if something is working, they will continue to go there. I am seeing a five catch, 80 yard type of game for Brate, as he also finds the end-zone for a second consecutive game. If you like to stream your TE, this could be the week to plug-in Brate.
Mason Crosby vs. Indianapolis Colts
This one is just simple math. A kicker on a good offense, against a very bad defense. It all adds up to many scoring opportunities for Crosby. Will he score more XPs? I’s very likely, but the chance at FGs will certainly be there as well. He is definitely a starting kicker for Week 9.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
This is my Sneaky Play of the week. Call it a hunch, but I see the Raiders coming to play in this one, on both sides of the ball. I believe the Chargers over the last couple of meetings with Denver have put something on film that Oakland can take advantage of on defense. They have the offense to get out in front, and put pressure on the Broncos offense to produce points. The Raiders will make Trevor Siemian try and beat them, which could result in some forced mistakes. It’s very possible that Oakland nears five sacks and two turnovers in this game, which could be enough to win your week. A nice streaming option for Week 9, and a DFS option that virtually no one will be playing.