DraftKings Plays for Week 9: Sponsored by FantasyLabs
Designed to give you our best advice for taking down the DraftKings Millionaire Maker, the Play of the Week contest pits writer against writer using FantasyLabs great tools – Trends, Plus/Minus, Vegas Lines, and more.
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Check out the introduction for the nuts and bolts of how this works. The basic idea is that our analysts are going to do their best to recommend lightly-owned players who could smash their expected fantasy points in Week 9. The goal? To help you take down a GPP. To make sure we are well incentivized, the analyst with the best score each week wins a handsome cash prize.
WEEK 8 REVIEW
Before we look at our Week 8 DraftKings plays of the week, let’s review our Week 8 recommendations.
Congratulations to Eric Braun, who wins this week’s cash prize. He beat the next two scores combined. In all, seven analysts gave your GPP lineups a double-digit scoring boost. Let’s see what they recommend this week.
Week 9 DraftKings Plays of the Week
|Anthony Amico||Jacoby Brissett||Adrian Peterson||T.Y. Hilton||Ryan Griffin||Arizona Defense|
|Ben Bauer||Jameis Winston||Derrick Henry||Mohamed Sanu||Jimmy Graham||Arizona Defense|
|Ben Gretch||Dak Prescott||Carlos Hyde||Trent Taylor||Ed Dickson||Indianapolis Defense|
|Blair Andrews||Jared Goff||Javorius Allen||Robert Woods||Ben Watson||Atlanta Defense|
|Brian Malone||Tom Savage||Alvin Kamara||Sterling Shepard||Cameron Brate||Jacksonville Defense|
|Colm Kelly||Alex Smith||Alvin Kamara||Tyreek Hill||Vernon Davis||Philadelphia Defense|
|Dave Caban||Drew Brees||Carlos Hyde||Allen Hurns||Jared Cook||Jacksonville Defense|
|Devin McIntyre||Dak Prescott||Marlon Mack||Dez Bryant||Jimmy Graham||Seattle Defense|
|Drew Heinl||Dak Prescott||Mark Ingram||Dez Bryant||Jack Doyle||Philadelphia Defense|
|Eric Braun||Jameis Winston||Carlos Hyde||Dez Bryant||Vernon Davis||LA Rams Defense|
|George Fitopoulos||Drew Brees||Carlos Hyde||Michael Thomas||Vernon Davis||Jacksonville Defense|
|Hasan Rahim||Dak Prescott||Mark Ingram||T.Y. Hilton||Jimmy Graham||Philadelphia Defense|
|Jacob Rickrode||Kirk Cousins||DeMarco Murray||Demaryius Thomas||Ryan Griffin||San Francisco Defense|
|Joe Paeno||Dak Prescott||Adrian Peterson||Dez Bryant||Jimmy Graham||Indianapolis Defense|
|Matt Wispe||Dak Prescott||Mark Ingram||Devin Funchess||Zach Ertz||San Francisco Defense|
|Pat James||Jacoby Brissett||Lamar Miller||T.Y. Hilton||Jack Doyle||Philadelphia Defense|
|RotoDoc||Jacoby Brissett||Christian McCaffrey||T.Y. Hilton||Jack Doyle||Arizona Defense|
|Ryan Bobbitt||Dak Prescott||Doug Martin||Tyreek Hill||Ben Watson||Indianapolis Defense|
|Scott Smith||Drew Brees||Adrian Peterson||Robert Woods||Jimmy Graham||Indianapolis Defense|
|Tod Burros||Kirk Cousins||Doug Martin||Robert Woods||Vernon Davis||Philadelphia Defense|
Anthony Amico – Ryan Griffin is your low-owned exposure to the team with the highest implied total on the week. Right now, FantasyLabs has Griffin projected to be between two and four percent owned, and he comes out fourth in the Tournament Model.
Ben Bauer – Mohamed Sanu has exceeded FantasyLabs expected points all but one time this season and has a reasonably modest projected ownership this week.
Ben Gretch – Ed Dickson is the only skill position player in the NFL to play 100 percent of his team’s snaps in each of the past four games (only one other player, DeAndre Hopkins, has even two such games in that span) and has seen four or more targets in five straight games. With Kelvin Benjamin traded and Devin Funchess projected to be highly owned, Dickson makes for a leverage play with the third-best Projected Plus/Minus among TEs on the slate, per FantasyLabs.
Blair Andrews – Robert Woods has the sixth-highest projected ceiling among WRs on FantasyLabs, but at $4,300 he has only the 28th-highest WR salary on the slate. He leads the Rams in targets and air yards and now faces a depleted Giants secondary.
Brian Malone – Cameron Brate has a top-five ceiling and five Pro Trends, and his ownership should be in the low single digits.
Devin McIntyre – Marlon Mack has a 20+ yard play in five of six games, and a 10+ yard play in every game this year. Still just $4,100, FantasyLabs notes that’s an 80 percent bargain rating versus his FanDuel pricing and projects him for under one percent ownership.
Drew Heinl – Dak Prescott has FantasyLabs highest Plus/Minus, but his ownership percentage is projected between five and eight percent. I think Prescott will throw slightly more in the red zone and may even have a couple of attempts at a QB draw with Elliott on the field.
Eric Braun – I have to hope that the ownership will be down for Dez Bryant as Fantasy Labs projects him at 17-20 percent. Labs likes the matchup as they give Bryant a +1.32 projected plus/minus.
George Fitopoulos – Carlos Hyde might fly a bit under the radar this week due to a perceived bad matchup and a messy situation within the 49ers’ offense. While the Cardinals have a good run defense (Opponent Plus/Minus of -2.7), Hyde has been a monster in the passing pass game as well, averaging 7.7 targets per game over the last three weeks. Absent Pierre Garcon, Hyde should continue to see a massive workload and is at his lowest price since Week 3.
Hasan Rahim – Dak Prescott’s projected Plus/Minus of 3.82 points is the highest number among all QBs. Additionally, Prescott’s ceiling of 29.1 points is second best. Prescott’s ownership is forecast to range from 5-8 percent per FantasyLabs, and his depressed ownership makes him a solid play.
Jacob Rickrode – FantasyLabs projects Kirk Cousins to be just one percent owned against a Seattle defense that was just torched by Deshaun Watson. Demaryius Thomas averages 10.8 targets and 16.9 PPR points with Brock Osweiler under center.
Joe Paeno – The Chiefs and Cowboys total opened at 51 and has already moved to 52, so there should be plenty of scoring opportunities. According to FantasyLabs, Prescott has a top-three ceiling, points per dollar, and gets the most favorable matchup bump of any quarterback.
John Lapinski – The departure of Kelvin Benjamin should open up some targets for the rest of the offense. FantasyLabs has Dickson with the third best plus-minus at TE and a low ownership projection.
Josh ADHD – Alex Smith, despite opening the season with a 16/0 TD/INT ratio, is projected between only five and eight percent ownership against a Dallas pass defense that can be had. Stacking Smith with Travis Kelce this week is a nice pivot against more popular stacks.
Matt Wispe – According to the FantasyLabs models tool, the San Francisco/Arizona matchup has the lowest Vegas total. And prior to the Carson Palmer injury, Arizona allowed an average Plus/Minus of 2.6. Add in Drew Stanton’s 14:20 career TD to INT ratio, and the 49ers defense is a cheap play if you avoid the Eagles chalk.
Pat James – I’m going for the full-on Texans-Colts game stack here. The game could get a bit chalky, but we can make a unique combination. According to FantasyLabs ownership projection model, T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle are going to be fairly high owned, but I think Lamar Miller will garner less ownership. I like using Jacoby Brissett in some lineups to make the lineup more unique. The defenses in this game are last and second to last at allowing points over expectation.
RotoDoc – Each individual Colt I’ve chosen doesn’t project to be contrarian according to FantasyLabs ownership, but a QB-WR-TE stack might end up a bit contrarian as people look toward the other side of the ball in this game. Jack Doyle has had four straight games obliterating his Plus/Minus projection, and FantasyLabs lets you easily see from their player games logs that T.Y. Hilton hasn’t been this cheap since 2013.
Ryan Bobbitt – Ben Watson is the third highest-rated TE in the Levitan model and offers salary relief at just $2,700.
Scott Smith – Drew Brees gets a Tampa Bay defense that ranks 31st in passing DVOA. Add in the fact that Brees has scored about 10 more fantasy points per game at home over the last 3 years and it’s easy to see him having a big day. The Saints are touchdown favorites and multiple models at FantasyLabs love Brees.
Tod Burros – My least chalky player, according to FantasyLabs ownership projections, is Kirk Cousins. With Earl Thomas most likely missing a week, he’s a great low-owned option.
|Dak Prescott||7||Carlos Hyde||4||T.Y. Hilton||5||Jimmy Graham||5||Philadelphia Defense||6|
|Jacoby Brissett||3||Adrian Peterson||4||Dez Bryant||4||Vernon Davis||4||Indianapolis Defense||5|
|Jameis Winston||3||Mark Ingram||3||Robert Woods||3||Jack Doyle||3||Arizona Defense||3|
|Drew Brees||3||Alvin Kamara||2||Tyreek Hill||2||Ben Watson||2||Jacksonville Defense||3|
|Kirk Cousins||2||Doug Martin||2||Michael Thomas||2||Ed Dickson||2||San Francisco Defense||2|
|Alex Smith||2||Marlon Mack||2||Demaryius Thomas||1||Ryan Griffin||2||Atlanta Defense||1|
|Tom Savage||1||Christian McCaffrey||1||Devin Funchess||1||Cameron Brate||1||LA Rams Defense||1|
|Jared Goff||1||DeMarco Murray||1||Allen Hurns||1||Jared Cook||1||
|Derrick Henry||1||Mohamed Sanu||1||Zach Ertz||1|
|Javorius Allen||1||Sterling Shepard||1||Travis Kelce||1|
|Lamar Miller||1||Trent Taylor||1|
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