Early FanDuel Cash Game Looks Week 9
We have reached the halfway point of the NFL season. Through the first 8 weeks, I am hoping that you have found success on a weekly basis in part because of this article. As we look forward to week 9, let us first check out the teams on bye. For the first time this season there are 6 teams with the week off. Those teams are the Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Jaguars, and Giants. With no game in London this week, the only other games unavailable to the main slate is Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night. Those six other teams unavailable are the Raiders, 49ers, Patriots, Packers, Titans, and Cowboys.
With no further ado, let’s dive right into my week 9 cash game plays.
Recommended DFS Tools:
- Daily Roto – Daily Roto has Redzone data, snap counts, targets, and an awesome Lineup optimizer
- The Quant Edge – TQE has a WR/CB matchup tool that’ll be perfect for WR Start/Sits.
$8,600 vs Buccaneers
For the first time this season I am recommending Cam Newton. He is the second highest priced quarterback on the slate but that is because he is playing the Bucs who are allowing the most points to the position this season. The last time the Bucs defense allowed fewer than 2 touchdown passes was week 2 against Nick Foles. They also have not intercepted a pass since week 3. Over the last 3 games, Newton is averaging 25.97 points per game. With Newton’s running ability and matchup, he quite possibly has the safest floor of all of the quarterbacks this week.
$8,400 at Saints
Jared Goff started 2018 off playing very well, then he hit a bit of a cold streak before coming back to life last week. In week 9 the Rams will be squaring off with the Saints. The Saints have been very tough against the run this season and have struggled against the pass all year. Sean McVay is a head coach that will exploit the defenses weak spot and that could mean a big week for Goff. The Saints defense is allowing the 3rd most points to quarterback on the season. In games that Goff has 30 pass attempts, he is averaging 337 yards and 2.5 touchdowns.
$8,500 at Browns
Kareem Hunt was written up in this article last week and although he did not produce to the level I expected, he still had a solid game with 17.1 points. This week, Hunt will face a Browns defense allowing the 3rd most points to running backs over the last 4 weeks. As for Hunt, he has had 5 catches in each of the last 3 games, is averaging 136.2 total yards over his last 5 games, and has scored a touchdown in 7 straight games. According to Daily Roto, since week 5, Hunt has had 15 red zone opportunities which is more than double the next closest (7). The Chiefs should run away with this game which should mean more carries for Hunt as the Chiefs close out the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
$7,500 vs Falcons
Another first timer in the article this season is Adrian Peterson. He continues to defy my belief that he can’t do it and yet here were are. Peterson has rushed for over 95 yards in 3 straight games and 5 of 7 on the season. He has also received 43.4% of his team’s red zone opportunities. The Falcons offense has been high powered this season but the Redskins have been winning games with their defense and ball control. Peterson is the lead back in an offense that is going to run it as many times as they can. The Falcons defense has been a disaster since week 1. Over the last 4 weeks, the Falcons are allowing the 7th most points to opposing running backs. With the Redskins defense playing so well over the last 3 games (15.7 points allowed/game) and the desire to control the clock, Peterson should be in for another heavy workload.
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$7,300 vs Lions
The Lions defense is one that the Vikings passing game can exploit. Adam Thielen is all be locked into 100 yards and a touchdown at this point in the season and is the most expensive receiver on the main slate. I want a part of the Vikings pass offense which is why I am going with the cheaper option of the two in Stefon Diggs. Coming off two down weeks, Diggs responded with 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. There may be some concern about Darius Slay shadowing Diggs, but Slay has not been as dominant this season allowing a QB rating of 116.5 when targeted. The Lions pass defense, as a whole, has been the 2nd worst against receivers in the last 4 weeks. Diggs is in a great spot to have another productive week.
$6,800 at Saints
Cooper Kupp appears to be coming back from his injury this week. Kupp, like Diggs, is the cheapest option in the Los Angeles Rams receiving corps this week. The difference being, Kupp maybe Goff’s number 1 option. The two full games before Kupp’s injury he received 20 targets while Brandin Cooks saw 14 and Robert Woods had 12. Kupp also leads the team in touchdown receptions and is the red zone option that Goff looks for. We all know the way to attack the Saints is through the air. They are 8th worst against receivers this year. Kupp will be matching up with P.J Williams this week and that is great news for Kupp. Williams has been one of the biggest liabilities in the secondary. Kupp’s rapport with Goff and the matchup should lead to a strong outing in Kupp’s return.
$5,300 at Ravens
In a week where it may be necessary to spend up at all other positions, tight end may be the place to look for savings. Vance McDonald’s usage has been up and down this season but with the Ravens showing some vulnerability to tight ends over the last 4 weeks, this could be a spot for McDonald to shine. The Ravens have allowed the 8th most points to tight ends over the last 4 weeks. In their meeting in September, McDonald had 5 catches for 62 yards. McDonald should be involved in the gameplan as the Ravens have been one of the best teams at limiting receiver production.
The first half of the season has been a blast and hopefully, you have made money along the way. However, as we reach the home stretch of the season, we will be looking to win you more money each week. Good luck in week 9.
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Good Luck Week 9!