How was your Week 8 in NFL DFS? Mine was a disappointment as I saw a 20% decrease week on week to score 118.54 points. I only had two selections hit that all important fire symbol, with Carson Wentz and Elijah Mitchell coming through for me, but sadly I had all three of my receivers bust, including a big fat 0 from Emmanuel Sanders. I’m looking ahead to Week 9 now and a new DFS lineup and I’ve selected my best DraftKings NFL DFS lineup for the Week 9 Sunday slate of games, breaking down my reasoning for selecting those players and hopefully helping you with your DFS selections for the week ahead.
Note: I’m setting my lineup based on the standard nine player, $50k salary cap setup for the Sunday slate of games, excluding Sunday Night Football.
Quarterback: Lamar Jackson vs Minnesota Vikings ($7,300)
The Ravens always feel dangerous coming off a bye and we’ve already seen Jackson play at an extremely high level in 2021. Jackson always has that high rushing floor which currently sits at 8.6 points per game and therefore just needs to hit on a couple of big throws to tip him into a top 5 fantasy play in any given week. I like the match up at home against the Vikings and Jackson will be the starting point for a lot of my DFS lineups this week.
Running Back: Austin Ekeler @ Philadelphia Eagles ($7,900)
Ekeler got back on track last week after a flat performance before the bye week, scoring 24 points from 17 touches against the Patriots. Ekeler is second in points per game of all running backs and should continue to see a high workload against the Eagles this week. An easy choice as my RB1 this week.
Running Back: Kenyan Drake @ New York Giants ($5,100)
Drake is seeing more and more of a role within the Raiders offense and has back-to-back games with over 15 fantasy points, though last time out was driven by Josh Jacobs’ chest injury. Jacob appears to be back to full health, but with targets going spare in the Raiders’ offense thanks to recent developments, Drake has extra opportunity to carry on his solid fantasy form.
Wide Receiver: Marquise Brown vs Minnesota Vikings ($6,000)
After rostering Lamar Jackson, I’ll double down that this is a week where Brown goes off. He’s hit and miss with some huge weeks mixed in with others where he disappears, but the match up is good and if he goes off, represents great value in your DFS lineup.
Wide Receiver: Kadarius Toney vs Las Vegas Raiders ($5,200)
With a continuing decimation of the Giants’ skill position players, the fact that Toney goes into the weekend with no injury designation means he becomes a key play for this week’s matchup against the Raiders. Toney should see double digit touches and we’ve already seen what he can do with the ball in his hands and so it should be a big week ahead for the rookie.
Wide Receiver: Jarvis Landry @ Cincinnati Bengals ($5,100)
Low hanging fruit here with the Odell Beckham release but Landry should see an uptick in targets and lead the Browns in receiving. At $5,100, Landry will be in a lot of lineups but the opportunity is too good to pass up.
Tight End: Mike Gesicki vs Houston Texans ($4,900)
Love the matchup for the current TE4 in fantasy. Gesicki is second only Jaylen Waddle in targets for the Dolphins, and with no Devante Parker this week, should continue to see volume in the passing game. Gesicki has feasted against poor defenses and should be a strong play this week.
Flex: Amari Cooper vs Denver Broncos ($5,700)
Cooper is a little banged up this week but is trending in the right direction to play. With CeeDee Lamb seemingly struggling with an ankle injury, Cooper should lead the Cowboys in targets against the Broncos. Dak Prescott is back as well, so the Cowboys; high-flying offense should stay right on track.
D/ST: San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals ($2,800)
I thought this was great value even with Kyler Murray set to play, but with him struggling to suit up this week, this then becomes a no-brainer play if it is Colt McCoy leading the Cardinals offense. Even if Murray does start, he’s clearly going to be limited and that means the 49ers defense can feast this week.
Who are you rostering in your DFS lineups this week?