Week 9 Cash Game Picks on FanDuel

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Quarterbacks

Drew Brees vs TB $8,300
Brees was a fade last week because it was a tough matchup, this week he has one of the better matchups. Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth most yards per game and the third most passing yards per game this season. Brees hasn’t thrown the ball as much in the red zone this year as last, but with Mark Ingram putting it on the ground twice last week, he may just go back to his old ways. New Orleans also averages the second most yards per game, and the fourth most passing yards per game.

Russell Wilson vs WSH $8,500
Wilson has hit the 26 point mark on FanDuel in four of his last five games. He’s thrown for 786 yards with seven touchdowns in his last two games, good for 62 FanDuel points. He’s throwing the ball more than ever due to the lack of run game. This is a tougher matchup, but he’s at home, and given the landscape at the QB position, he’s worth paying up for.

Dak Prescott vs KC $8,200
Prescott is coming off his worst week of the season but will be without Ezekiel Elliott, meaning he’ll get to throw the ball a bit more. Don’t let Trevor Siemian fool you, you can pass on the Chiefs. KC has allowed the third most yards per game, and the fourth most passing yards per game of all the teams going in Week 9. The offense may not be as efficient without Zeke, but Dallas should be able to put up some points in this matchup.

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Matthew Stafford @ GB $7,900
Stafford was very impressive last week throwing for over 400 yards against a very good Steelers team. He could not find the end zone due to his lack of help on the ground, but given the landscape at the QB position this week, I think he makes for a solid play if you want to save some cash.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley @ NYG $9,100
I expect the Rams to roll in New York, fresh off a bye, and they’ll lean on Gurley in this matchup. The Giants are allowing the eighth most rushing yards out of all the teams playing this week, and they rank 24th in rush DVOA defense according to Football Outsiders. Gurley has eight touchdowns and four 100 yard games in his last five contests.

Kareem Hunt @ DAL $9,000
Hunt has come back down to earth a little bit, with three games in a row with fewer than 100 rushing yards. Even still, he leads the league in rushing yards, and he has 12 catches in his last three games. Dallas has the third worst rush DVOA defense in the league.

Mark Ingram vs TB $7,900
People may have some concern with Mark Ingram this week because he had two fumbles last week, but this guy is averaging 24.5 touches per game over his last four. He has 294 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in his last three games, and he has 15 catches in his last three.

Christian McCaffrey vs ATL $6,100
With Kelvin Benjamin traded to the Bills, it should mean even more targets for McCaffrey who already leads all backs with 66 targets and 49 catches. He’s second among backs with 378 receiving yards, and second overall in yards after contact. The Falcons have given up the sixth most FanDuel points per game to backs, and they’ve allowed the second most catches to RBs.

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Doug Martin @ NO $6,700
Martin will allow you to save some cash, and although he hasn’t blown anyone away with big-time performances, the work is there. He has at least 14 carries in his last three games, and 28 in his last two. The Saints are a much better matchup for him compared to what he’s had over the last three weeks. The Saints have the fourth worst rush DVOA defense and they have allowed the 10th most FanDuel points to RBs.

Wide Receivers

Michael Thomas vs TB $7,600
This is a really nice price for Thomas, who has the Bucs, and they’ve allowed the second most FanDuel points to WRs this season. They’ve also allowed the third most receiving yards to wide receivers and the third most passing yards. Thomas has been pretty consistent this season with at least 77 yards in five of his last six games.

Dez Bryant vs KC $7,700
The ownership is likely to be high with no Zeke in this football game, but it doesn’t matter, you play him. He has four touchdowns in his last six games and at least eight targets in three of his last four. Those numbers are likely to go up, and the Chiefs are allowing the sixth-most receiving yards, and fifth most passing yards. They are also allowing the third most yards per game in the NFL.

Jarvis Landry vs OAK $7,000
Landry has been the only consistent players in Miami this season. Last week was his worst game, but it was a tough matchup in Baltimore, and Matt Moore looked brutal. Even worse than Jay Cutler if you can believe it. Cutler is back, and the duo had a streak of touchdowns in three straight games before he suffered an injury. Landry is second in targets and catches this season. The Raiders have the worst pass DVOA defense in the league.

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Mike Evans @ NO $8,500
I expect this game to be a shootout, so it’s wise to play Tampa’s best weapon. We’ve yet to see the big blow up game from Evans, but it’s coming, and it’s most likely going to happen this week. He has at least eight targets in every game this season, and 20 in his last two. He also has three touchdowns in his last five games.

Will Fuller vs IND $7,800
Fuller has seven touchdowns on 13 catches this season. He can’t keep this up, but he’ll likely add to that against the leaky Colts. Don’t believe me? Read up on Watson.

Michael Crabtree @ MIA $7,100
The Dolphins rank fifth worst in pass DVOA defense, and Crabtree has at least seven targets in his last four games. He scored a touchdown in three of those games, and he has six on the season.

Devin Funchess vs ATL $6,100
With Kelvin out of town, I’ll play Funchess at this price, just based on opportunity. Funchess has had at least eight targets in five of his last six games, so that should continue. If he can find the end zone, he’ll return value.

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Marvin Jones Jr. @ GB $6,000
I think we can trust Jones now in cash, especially against the Packers. Jones has 33 targets, 18 catches, and 278 yards in his last three games. The Packers are allowing the 10th most yards per game.

 

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz vs DEN $7,600
Another week, and another great performance from Ertz. There really isn’t much more to say as he’s been in the cash articles since Week 1. He is second at the position in yards and receptions. He’s first in touchdowns and targets. He has a score in four straight games, and five of six, with six TDs over that span. The Broncos are allowing the third most FanDuel points to TEs.

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Jack Doyle @ HOU $5,700
The Texans are allowing the sixth-most FanDuel points per game. Doyle finished with the most Fantasy points last week, and he’s TE5 on the season. Jacoby Brissett is leaning on Doyle, you should too. Doyle has 32 targets and 25 catches in his last three games, and he has over 200 yards in those three games.

Evan Engram vs LAC $6,300
Engram has back-t0-back games with a touchdown, and in those two games, he has 19 targets, 11 catches, and 142 yards. There are little to no options in the passing game for Eli Manning. It’s expensive to roll out Engram, but he’s one of the few tight ends who you know will get the looks.

Jason Witten vs KC $5,900
Witten will get more looks because of Zeke being suspended, and he’s been more than OK this season. He has three touchdowns on the season, and the Chiefs have allowed a ton of yards this season. Instead of running it in the red zone, Dak may just look to Witten.

Kickers

Mike Nugent vs KC $4,600
$100 from the minimum and this game is one of the highest totals of the week. He made four of five field goals in sloppy conditions in his first game with Dallas, good for 16 FanDuel points.

Wil Lutz vs TB $5,100
I expect the Saints to put up some points in this game, making Lutz a solid play if you can afford to spend up at the position. It’s not always the best option, but it’s not a bad one this week.

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Ka’imi Fairbairn vs IND $5,000
If you don’t want to spend up on Watson and Hopkins, roll out Fairbairn, and hope the Texans will stall inside the red zone. There’s no question they’ll be able to move the ball.

DST

Eagles vs DEN $5,300
The Broncos have allowed 25 sacks, and they are getting nothing from the QB position this year. The Eagles have 20 sacks this season and can dial up the pressure with the best of them.

Texans vs IND $5,200
Nobody has allowed more sacks than the Colts this season, and much like Denver, they are not getting a lot from the QB position.

Jaguars vs CIN $5,300
Sacksonville! 33 sacks on the season and they’ve allowed the fewest passing yards per game. Andy Dalton wasn’t all that impressive against the Colts, and I don’t expect him to be this week. Cincinnati has the third fewest passing yards per game.

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