So apparently people that are colorblind couldn’t watch TNF? Wow. Anyway… I cannot believe we are in the double-digit weeks of the NFL regular season. Much too fast, I say. It was a very good week for the chalk this week, as many highly-owned players did very well for themselves. Personally, it was a very enjoyable and watchable Week 9, with Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, PIT-OAK, MIN-STL, and SF-ATL were all great games to watch and follow. As for myself, it was an alright week. I finished in the top-200 in Fanduel’s $1.25 Million Sun NFL Rush, but for the second week in a row, I failed to place in Razzball’s Fanduel Weekly Contests. This time shall be different I say… while crying. Let’s break it down.
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Week 9 Review
Week 9 saw youcanputitontheboardyes take down the top prize in our Fanduel Week 9 League of $60. Huge shout-out to this fine man/woman, I really love the name. This Chicago White Sox fan didn’t have too many contrarian plays, as most of his/her lineup saw players above 15% owned. However, Lamar Miller was the difference-maker. At only 5.9% owned and with 29 fantasy points, this was the play of the week.
Week 10 Preview
Aaron Rodgers, GB ($9,200) – Only 7.6% owned in the Thursday slates on Fanduel, Rodgers and Co. are looking to bounce back after two-straight losses to the Panthers and the Broncos. But now, without a tablet in hand, Rodgers should be firing on all cylinders. With a weak Lions secondary with CB’s Quandre Diggs and Rashean Mathis, and a total D that ranks 30th in the league, giving up an average of 19.3 pts per game, all the signs point to Rodgers having an elite game, even if his price is up there.
Drew Brees, NO ($8,600) – Brees has been on fire as of late. He has averaged 30.4 pts per week for the last 3 weeks. Even though his price has increased $700 since Week 8, he still sits at $8,600. The Washington Redskins’ defense is pretty average against the pass, ranking 15th in the league. An average defense is a good one against Brees. Also, Andrew could be a great contrarian option, checking it at 7% owned on the Thursday slates at Fanduel.
Matthew Stafford, DET ($6,900) – His price is so low. So. Low. The Packers secondary ranks 19th against the pass, and with time to catch their breath and regroup after the bye week, the Lions should come back firing on all cylinders. And with a game with a total O/U of 47.5, a good Packers offense will make the Lions answer back with TD’s of their own.
DeAngelo Williams, PIT ($7,600) – Expect for Williams to be the highest-owned player in Week 10. After a monster performance against the Raiders (37.5 fantasy points), he checked in at nearly 36% owned in the Fanduel Thursday slates. The Cleveland Browns are the 4th worst team against the rush in the NFL, giving up an average of 23.2 fantasy points per game.
Doug Martin, TB ($6,700) – Only 6.6% owned in the Thursday slates on Fanduel, Martin looks to have a bounce-back week against the Cowboys. He has the volume, and he averages 4.5 ypc this year, numbers close to his phenomenal rookie season in the NFL. The Cowboys rush D isn’t great, as even Greg Hardy is terrible against the run (he thrives against the pass, leaving many opposing QB’s on their butt), and the Cowboys give up an average of 5.2 yards per carry.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN ($7,800) – I will get into the stats, but please read this article. In a summary, D Thomas’ mother is going to watch him play for the first time ever, and if that isn’t a great story-line to take advantage of in DFS, I don’t know what is. Anyway, Thomas hasn’t been doing great, only averaging 13.6 pts per game. However, the Kansas City secondary is the worst in the NFL, allowing WR’s to score 31.7 points per game. I’m feeling Thomas as the SLEEPER OF THE WEEK.
Kamar Aiken, BAL ($5,400) – With Steve Smith gone for the rest of the year, Aiken is the next man up. When Smith was out against San Diego, Aiken had close to 60 yards in almost 20 minutes. With a Jaguars secondary giving up an average of 23.8 pts per game to WR’s, and in a game with a total O/U of 48 total points, Aiken looks like a supreme play. Ooh. Supreme, now that’s a word I wouldn’t usually describe Kamar Aiken. You’re welcome.
Alshon Jeffery, CHI ($7,600) – BUST ALERT! Yes, Jeffery is still way too cheap for how much volume he’s gotten over the weeks, however I will still shy away from him this week because the St. Louis Rams’ secondary is just too mean. They are the 4th-best team against the WR position, only allowing close to 15 pts per game. I would shy away.
Rob Gronkowski, NE ($8,000) – Just to give you an idea, the Giants are the 3rd-worst team against the TE position, as they lack the LB’s to defend Gronk. Also, his price has declined by $500 from last week. He’s the Gronk, and he always has the ceiling of 30+ fantasy points. This is a Gronk week.
Kickers and Defense & Special Teams
Justin Tucker, BAL ($4,900)
St. Louis Rams ($5,400)
Panthers D/ST ($4,700)
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