Fantasy NFL Tips – 2018-19 Week 9

Quarterbacks

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Bad Opposition Defense, High Floor – Cam Newton

You can literally play Cam every single week, he always has the reliable floor of his rushing ability and he can score as many Touchdowns by getting in the endzone himself as he does through the air – and now he’s up against a travelling Tampa Bay. A Fitzpatrick-led Bucs offense will keep the game interesting enough that Cam has to keep moving the ball and putting up points, at $6,600 Cam is the QB I’ll pick up on DK this week if I am spending up at the position.

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Ridiculous Weapons, Massive Over/Under, Good Opposition Run Defense – Jared Goff

There is something scary about picking up Jared Goff, even at a very reasonable $6,000, because although he has a good set of wide receivers, you’re always paranoid that Todd Gurley is just going to do everything himself. This week, however, I think (although he’ll still have a great day) he is up against a very underrated run defense, which means the god-tier fantasy RB for the Rams might not be able to dominate on the ground as much as usual, meaning that HC Sean McVay will make use of screens and passes to get TG3 going – this can only be good for Goff, and he has Kupp back this week too. If you’re ever going to play Goff, play him this week.

 

Running Back

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Criminally Underpriced, Pick Him Up – Alvin Kamara

Todd Gurley is amazing, and everybody knows that, but we don’t want to ignore his opposition RB this weekend in Alvin Kamara. It seems that Draft Kings doesn’t know that Kamara is amazing, with him priced at only $7,300, which is insane to me. I will be putting the Saints RB in every single lineup this weekend, to capitalise in the low price, especially when they’re in a game which promises so much passing. If Kamara has even just an average game, he will provide extreme value this week on that low price.

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Risky Pick, Bad Opposition, Low Price with Upside – Jordan Howard

This is one I’m slightly wary of, but Jordan Howard is no less of a talented running back than he has been in the past, he just needs to get some volume. This week in Buffalo, Howard has the best chance he’ll have all year of being ahead by a lot of points, and that could lead to an increase in volume. At only $4,700, I recommend using him if you’re trying to spend up at the WR position, as he has the upside of multiple touchdowns and over 20 carries, if the gameflow goes how it could do.

 

Wide Receivers

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Do it now… His Price Will Never Be This Low Again – Courtland Sutton

This name is one that you should probably know if you’re investing money in fantasy football, but just in case you don’t know him Courtland Sutton is the newly upgraded WR2 in Denver. Since Demaryius Thomas was traded, the DK price for the rookie wideout hasn’t seemingly been adjusted, and so for just $3,900 you can have the starting Z receiver for the Broncos (Sanders plays in the slot), against a beatable Houston Defense. Sutton will be in a lot of your opponents’ lineups this week, but it’s for a good reason.

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High Volume, Perfect Matchup – Jarvis Landry

I think that Landry can be a player people overlook, and I won’t deny that sometimes he just won’t do anything, due to his limited yardage, but the sheer volume which he gets is so powerful in PPR formats like DK. Landry only costs $6,500, against Kansas City, so he can be either a high-end WR2 in your team or if you splash at RB you can use him as your WR1. He will almost certainly get double-digit targets, and so if he pulls seven or more of those in, you’re already on a comfortable 10-point floor.

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Great Offense, Returning from Injury, Amazing Matchup – Cooper Kupp

To be honest, this isn’t just me telling you to start Cooper Kupp, this is me making sure you get excited for all three of the Rams receivers. Kupp ($6,000), Brandin Cooks ($6,700), and Robert Woods ($7,000) are all very exciting this week, visiting New Orleans. The reason I’ve put Kupp’s name as my main recommendation is because he has the returning discount. After the last two weeks, he is now back healthy again, and he should be ready to go; obviously there is still the risk of re-injury, but if he plays the whole game there is literally no way that he disappoints on the low pricetag.

 

Tight Ends

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Perfect Matchup, Great Player, Reasonable Price – Greg Olsen

I already preached how good this week should be for all Panthers players when I recommended Cam Newton, and Greg Olsen is SuperCam’s favourite target. I won’t repeat the same stuff again, but Tampa Bay are awful against the Tight End (so are Carolina, so have a look at O.J Howard too) and if Olsen is able to score a Touchdown, which is very possible, he will instantaneously be a top five TE on a slate which doesn’t include Gronk or Ertz, and for a very reasonable $4,700.

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Low Price, TD Upside – Kyle Rudolph

This isn’t a glamourous pick, but Adam Thielen costs too much, and I’ve written way too much about Latavius Murray and Stefon Diggs so it’s only fair that I give a shoutout to the unsung hero, Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings Tight End seems to be underpriced this week at just $3,600, where Olsen, Jordan Reed ($4,800) and of course Travis Kelce ($6,600!) cost so much more. There are some great discounts this week, and if you want Gurley and/or Kamara, you need to take the discounts they’re giving you elsewhere.

 

Defense

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It’s really obvious who you should take this week if you have some spare change at the end of your lineup, with the Bears D set to absolutely terrorise the Bills – however, with the Chicago pick setting you back $4,100 I think that there are better options to allow your team more talent elsewhere. I am personally recommending the Dolphins Defense as a good budget option at just $2,800. Miami should be good for at least one turnover and the saving of $1,300 is the difference between having Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley.

 

Honourable Mentions:

Drew Brees vs Los Angeles Rams – QB – $6,100

Adrian Peterson vs Atlanta – RB – $6,000

Austin Ekeler @ Seattle – RB – $4,300   (START HIM IF GORDON IS OUT)

Latavius Murray vs Detroit – RB – $5,100

Danny Amendola vs New York Jets – WR – $4,700

D.J Moore vs Tampa Bay – WR – $4,300

O.J Howard @ Carolina – TE – $4,300

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