We’ve only got 10 games on this main slate in Week 9 which will cut deep into the player pool this week. Losing 6 teams to the byes is tough but we will manage, bringing you the best paths to cashing in your DFS lineups. Keep it simple, don’t get too fancy, and use the AETY projection model to your advantage. Tag me @jdicarlo78 and hop on our Discord to stay up to speed and who to get in your lineups up until lock, time to break it down…Let’s do this!
A walk in the park for Buffalo at the Meadowlands this weekend, start your Bills in cash games. Josh Allen and the Bills’ receiving core really need no explanation, with Diggs already grabbing 55 receptions and 7 touchdowns through 7 games. Another strong play would be the Bills’ DST, who have shut down the best of offenses (held Kansas City to 20 points) and should be able to contain Zach Wilson and the Jets with their eyes closed.
Jets’ quarterback Zach Wilson will have a short leash at home facing the number one defense of the AFC. He’ll need to stick to the short-yardage passing game for this one to have a chance to move the ball and avoid the interceptions. Check downs to running backs Michael Carter and James Robinson could be on the menu.
Kirk Cousins is back in town after Washington released him in 2018, which may still sting a little from 4 years ago. It will be bittersweet for him to pick apart the Commanders’ secondary on Sunday, mainly looking to Kendall Fuller’s assignment of Justin Jefferson, which will be a giant mismatch. You can bet your bottom dollar Kirk will look to pad his numbers up in this game against his former team who refused to pay up.
Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke is not only 2-0 since taking over for the injured Carson Wentz, but has brought Terry McLaurin back to WR1 status. They’ve combined for 11 receptions for 186 yards and 1 touchdown in their two games. McLaurin is still underpriced ($5,900 DraftKings/$7,200 Fanduel) facing the 26th DVOA against receivers
Chicago unloaded their two best players on defense before the trade deadline of Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn this week, hello Miami! We are all in again on Dolphins this week, Tua will be in the driver’s seat in this high-octane offense featuring Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The trio scored a total of 100 DK points last week in Detroit.
The Bears may have finally begun to reap the rewards of drafting Justin Fields in 2021, averaging 25 fantasy points in his last two games. Using his canon of an arm (330 yards and 3 touchdowns)and being swift with his legs (148 yards/2 TDs), he’s a steal at his pricetag ($5,300 DraftKings/$7,400 FanDuel) and a nice flyer for a GPP.
Chuba Hubbard still can’t shake that bum ankle, which means it’s D’Onta Foreman time again. The Bengals have given up over 130 yards rushing over the past four games putting Foreman in another smash position. Both receivers (DJ Moore/Terrace Marshall) are way too cheap on DraftKings and are very viable in the reinvigorated passing offense.
**Punt play: The Carolina defense ($2,300 on DraftKings) may pile up sacks against an erratic Cincinnati O-line.
Tight end Kyle Pitts was brought back from the dead thanks to Carolina’s defense, so will Hayden Hurst be in line for the same scenario? Ja’Marr Chase‘s vacated targets will need to be funneled elsewhere… A discounted Hurst at tight end and the interim Bengals WR 1 Tee Higgins would be legit. The Bengals are in a smash spot to bounce back after taking a huge beating by Cleveland in Week 8.
LA’s offense has been decimated by injuries, both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are out again, leaving Herbert limited in passing options in Atlanta. The Bolts will be left with Josh Palmer and tight end Gerald Everett as primary targets in the best possible matchup this year…that atrocious Falcons’ secondary. In reality, it’s Austin Ekeler that is the heart of the Chargers’ offense, getting in all the work in the running (5 rushing TDs) and passing game (22 REC/1 TD in his last 2 games)
Atlanta loves to run the ball in the trenches, and LA loves to accommodate opposing running backs, who are 31st in DVOA. Keep an eye on Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury status and workload. If he plays and gets eased in, Atlanta may become a platoon at running back with Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley. Too risky to choose, would be nice for the Milli-Maker though. Drake London has been the only consistent piece in this offense, keep it simple if you like any Falcons this weekend.
Green Bay will try to get back to .500 against a Lions team that’s allowed the most yards and points so far this season. Rodgers may as well just feed running back Aaron Jones all-day long against Detroit’s dumpster-fire run defense. Let’s also wait and see if Allen Lazard can make it onto the field too, with 4 touchdowns in 6 games, Lazard has been the only receiver in this offense that has taken a liking by Rodgers.
Even more targets are headed toward Amon-Ra St. Brown this Sunday with the departure of tight end TJ Hockenson. I can’t wait to see the volume this weekend, if you thought Jared Goff peppered St. Brown before, wait until this Sunday. The Lions are only 4-point underdogs here in this game, and may actually have a shot at beating the underwhelming Packers. The road to their second win of the year is through St. Brown.
Well looks like they’re starting to tank. Jonathon Taylor has already been ruled out and quarterback Sam Ehlinger from what we saw last week is just not ready for the big show. But we sure will take the free-99 at running back with Deon Jackson, whose last start produced close to 30 fantasy points in Taylor’s absence. Be aware also of the struggle on the opposite sideline of New England as they’ve been unable to decide on who to start at quarterback all season. The Colts DST is in play guys and gals.
Coach Belichick loves to pick on rookies, especially opposing quarterbacks. Sam Ehlinger will be a deer in headlights on Sunday when the Patriot defense goes full-on blitz at the inexperienced signal caller. That’s just the appetizer though, the main course in New England has been running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who has put up over 20 fantasy points in his last 4 games. With Damien Harris continuing to carry a questionable tag, Stevenson will still command this backfield.
Expect Vegas to start out with a ton of emotion after getting shut out in New Orleans in Week 8. Davante Adams was under the weather up until game time last week, which may have lingered on the field. Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs also looked out of sorts, we can chalk this up as just an oops. The Raiders will go back to the basics and pound the pigskin with Jacobs on a softer Jaguars front line who now rank 25th in DVOA and work Adams back up to his normal reception volume. Consider taking a flyer on receiver Mack Hollins too, who seems to have won Carr’s trust and put up double-digit fantasy points in his last two games.
Jacksonville and coach Doug Pederson have fully unlocked running back Travis Etienne, the dude just always gets the ball and gets the job done fantasy-wise. The second-year stud out of Clemson has rushed for 270 yards in his last two games. He will face a Vegas defense that was gashed a week ago by Alvin Kamara’s 150 total yards, 3 touchdown game. Tight end Evan Engram is grossly cheap (DraftKings $3,300) for a guy seeing 6 plus targets per game. Lawrence and Kirk have become very affordable as well, so If you’re in the mood to stack for a GPP this weekend, your build may be right here!
It’s time for our weekly dose of Marco Wilson, and Seattle is on deck for Sunday afternoon. Both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are in the mix here, pick ya poison. The Cards will also let you run on them too, who have allowed over 130 yards in 2 of 4 previous games, 173 yards alone last week to the Vikings. Kenneth Walker is still way too cheap on DraftKings ($6,200) for Vegas’ highest-scoring game on the slate.
“Reunited and it feels so good”…is the song playing in the locker room for DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray these days. The duo from the desert have hooked up on 22 grabs for 262 yards and a touchdown in Hopkins‘ return from a suspension in week 7…Marquis who? The AETY Model for some odd reason is also feeling like some Rondale Moore this weekend, perhaps if he lines up across from the Seahawks’ Coby Bryant? Yup, get him in on a dart throw.
It’s so hard to believe that the Rams are the defending Super Bowl champs from the way they’ve played this season. “F@$k them picks” is beginning to show its true colors, the price to pay for selling them off for a championship for a cottage cheese 2022 offensive line. The run game has been obliterated in LA, and Matt Stafford can tell you how many light bulbs are out at SoFi Stadium from the amount of time laying on his back. It’s Kupp only for us here, as usual.
Can Brady and the Bucs finally bounce back this week and get back control of the NFC South? His main weapons are at full strength with Evans and Godwin, and as far as we know 100 percent healthy. Now that the Goat’s divorce is finally behind him, he may focus more on football now. Godwin has a sweet matchup on that cushy Rams’ interior pass defense, and Evans can do what he does best and get in the endzone. Tampa’s recent bad play as of late has put them in the fantasy doghouse, projecting super-low ownership across the board. Get your Bucs in for a tournament or two. Cash Is king although, and that Bucs’ DST will turn that frown upside down when it’s knocking Stafford around like a pinball on Sunday.
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