Last week’s strong performance gave me two in a row, so hopefully I’m officially out of my slump, and I’m ready to help you cash this week. But I’ve decided to slightly change the format of how this will go. I will start off by giving my favorite stack for cash games, followed by the one I would recommend for GPPs. After this I’ll tell you the expensive or popular players that I want to fade this week, and finally, I will give out 3 favorite picks of the entire slate. And don’t forget, I end each piece with a list of honorable mentions that usually has quite a few great under-the-radar picks. Now, let’s get into the Week 9 picks.
Favorite Cash Game Stack
QB: Dak Prescott ($6,100)
Player(s) you can stack him with: Dez Bryant ($7,400), Cole Beasley ($5,300), Terrence Williams ($3,700)
The reason I think of this as a stack better suited for Cash Games is that it will probably be the highest owned stack of the week, but this is with reason. Dak and Dez are sure to be popular against Cleveland’s awful defense, and they will surely meet value. Both are priced reasonably, but the real sneaky play here is Terrence Williams. At $3.7K, he draws the best match-up of the game according to Pro Football Focus. Dez will probably get the most targets, but Williams could be a huge factor in helping you cash.
Favorite GPP Stack
QB: Andrew Luck ($6,700)
Player(s) you can stack him with: TY Hilton ($7,600), Donte Moncrief ($5,800)
The only reason this stack will be less owned than it should be is because of how many people love Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this week (and rightfully so). And if you have a good feeling about the Pack, feel free to roster them, they will definitely be able to put up points for you. But back to the Colts, Andrew Luck and TY Hilton are probably the best big-play duo in the entire league, and they’re going up against a tremendously weak Green Bay secondary. Moncrief is another guy a lot of people like this week, and I do as well. This stack has a high floor and possibly the highest ceiling- I’m no genius, but I think that’s good.
Who to Fade
Jay Ajayi ($6,000)
Yes, I know Ajayi has had 200+ yards in his last two games. But, this week his Dolphins are playing the Jets, who are terrible against the pass, but solid versus the run, which spells for trouble for Ajayi. If you want to target the Jets D/ST, pay up for Jarvis Landry (more on this soon).
Melvin Gordon ($6,300)
Gordon continues to be a TD machine, as he found the end zone 3 times last week. But this week he faces Tennessee’s elite run defense, and that on top of the fact that there are so many other RBs around the same price range with better match-ups, it’s just not worth the risk.
3 Favorite Plays
Jarvis Landry ($7,100)
It feels like I’ve written about targeting Darrelle Revis hundreds of times. But it feels like I’ve been right every single time. Jarvis Landry is no exception to this rule. He’s already a great option for DFS, especially for DraftKings’ 1 PPR format. He’s weirdly only managed to score a Touchdown once this year, but is still averaging 16.9 FPG. This is my favorite WR play in the entire slate this week, a great player with an even better matchup.
Emmanuel Sanders ($6,300)
Not to toot my own horn here, but I seem to know when to target Oakland’s secondary with an 100% success rate. I said last week and two weeks ago that Mike Evans and Allen Robinson wouldn’t have great games, and I was right. But this week, Emmanuel Sanders will. Because again, Oakland struggles with the wideouts that are shiftier and harder to keep track of.
DeMarco Murray ($7,600)
Murray, who has only had one game without at least 20 FPG, has a great match-up this week against the beaten-up San Diego run defense. And because of the (well-deserved) hype surrounding Ezekiel Elliot and LeVeon Bell, he’s going to be extremely low-owned in GPPs, which is where I’m playing him the most. If it’s a Cash Game though, It might be safer to go with the aforementioned expensive RBs.
I still have a nice handful of players I like as well, here they are!
Carlos Hyde (listen closely for injury news)
Eli Manning/Odell Beckham/Sterling Shepard