Top Plays for FanDuel and DraftKings NFL Week 9 Contests

Top Plays for FanDuel and DraftKings NFL Week 9 Contests

Week 9 FanDuel and DraftKings QB Plays

PlayerOpponentFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Drew BreesTampa Bay$8,300$7,000
Jay CutlerOakland$6,700$4,900

Clearly it’s all about Deshaun Watson this week. The rookie has scored 35+ fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 and hasn’t been held under 22 since week 2. If you aren’t going all in on Watson, we really like Drew Brees at home, against a Bucs defense with a injury riddled secondary and absolutely no pass rush (7 sacks in 8 games). Brees is always a solid play at home, but I think this week in particular, facing a defense that can’t get pressure and is starting 2 of the worst corners in the league, he is a lock to hit 3x.

Looking to go with an off the grid value play at QB this week? We will be rolling the dice on perhaps the riskiest play there is, Jay Cutler. Keep in mind that the major issues with Miami have come from their snow-blower-coached offensive line, but this week they face an Oakland defense that comes in with just 12 sacks on the season. The Raiders have given up by far the highest opposing QB rating, and there is little reason to think that changes in a week where they travel 3,200 miles across country.

Week 9 FanDuel and DraftKings QB Plays

PlayerOpponentFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Kareem HuntDallas$9,000$8,600
Adrian PetersonSan Francisco$6,800$5,600
Alfred MorrisKansas City$5,600$5,500

The majority of people will be paying up for Todd Gurley at the RB position this week. He is coming off from a bye, averaging over 21 PPG, and faces a Giants defense that comes into this week giving up over 120 rushing YPG. That being said, Hunt has the better matchup of the two. The Cowboys have only faced one top 20 RB this season, Gurley, and he racked up 220+ yards and a touchdown. Hunt is overdue for a breakout game, and faces a Cowboys defense that, despite playing such an easy schedule, gives up the 2nd most yards before contact to opposing running backs at 2.49. After getting only one favorable matchup since week one, Hunt looks poised to have his biggest game of the season in week nine.

Speaking of guys with great matchups, Peterson is in line to see a massive workload against the NFL’s most RB-friendly matchup in the 49ers. San Fran is bottom five in rushing YPG, touchdowns, and runs of 20 yards or more. What’s more is that they are dead last in the NFL in time of possession, and give up an NFL-high 70 opponent snaps per game.

While we aren’t all in on Alfred Morris as the Cowboys lead back, we are buying in that he will be the goal line back in a game that the Cowboys are predicted to score 26 points. At about $5,500 on each site, Morris can reach value if he even his 65 total yards and a touchdown.

Week 9 FanDuel and DraftKings QB Plays

PlayerOpponentFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Michael ThomasOakland$7,600$5,600
Larry FitzgeraldIndianapolis$7,000$7,000
DeVante ParkerOakland$6,100$5,500
Sterling ShepardKansas City$5,900$5,200

It’s now or never for Thomas’ to have the breakout campaign we expected 2017 to be… The Bucs secondary is an absolute dumpster fire, there starters aren’t good, and they are all hurt. To make matters worse, the defensive line has managed just 7 sacks on the season. Brees and co should be able to rack up 3x type numbers by the first half in this home matchup.

Larry Fitzgerald is another guy with a phenomenal 1 on 1 matchup in week 9. The already bad 49ers secondary got worse at the trade deadline by moving Rashard Robinson, leaving the worst case scenario for Fitz a matchup with K’Waun Williams who is currently giving up about .4 fantasy points per route. After a quite trip to London, look for Fitzgerald to be targeted early and often as the Cards try to get Stanton in some sort of groove.

Despite averaging 13 fantasy PPG through his first three games (6th most in this slate/23rd most expensive WR) DeVante Parker will likely see low ownership % coming off from the ankle injury. We don’t think he will show any signs of rust, as the popular opinion in Miami seems to be that he could have played last week. Again, Oakland can’t cover anyone, they are allowing the highest opposing QB rating by a considerable margin and are yet to intercept a pass this season.

Sterling Shepard is a bit of a risky play in week 9, coming off of the injury and facing a LA Rams defense that has been stingy against the pass this season, but he is certainly on our radar. Manning is yet to establish any sort of rapport with the receivers left on this roster, and the matchup is not as bad as it looks on paper… The Rams secondary was exploited by Prescott and Hoyer, but feasted against guys like Bortles, Tolzien and Stanton.

Week 9 FanDuel and DraftKings QB Plays

PlayerOpponentFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Zach ErtzDenver$7,600$6,800
Tyler HigbeeNY Giants$4,500$2,800

There is no getting around how good of a matchup this is for Ertz, the highest priced tight end on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The Broncos have been bad against the TE position all season, and it’s only gotten worse over the past month. With Jeffery and Agholor likely seeing coverage from Harris and Talib, Ertz should be left to pick apart the Broncos linebackers and safeties.

Higbee has been hit or miss in his first season in Sean McVay’s TE friendly system, but has held off Carrier and Everett to remain in that 70%+ snap count range. The Giants have been the friendliest TE matchup every week this season, and we are betting Higbee sees a significant uptick in usage and production is such a favorable matchup. He’s the minimum price on FanDuel and just above minimum on DraftKings, making him a fairly safe ‘punt’ on both sites.

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

Chris has a background in the development side of After spending almost a decade working on the development end of the fantasy industry, Chris made the move to the content side of the industry in fall of 2011. He covers the NFL, PGA, NBA, and NHL for The Daily Audible.

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