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Draft Kings NFL Picks Week 9

Draft Kings NFL Picks Week 9

DraftKingsMake no mistake, if you’re an NFL fan, week 8 and the handful of days that have followed have been exciting times. Hopefully, somewhere within all of that, you managed to win big in your DraftKings contests. Much like week 8, this week’s slate of games will have another six teams on bye. No matter how many teams are on a bye though, Gridiron Experts is here to help you win big in daily fantasy. So without further ado, here are some DraftKings picks for week 9.

All scoring is based on DraftKings formats


DeShaun Watson ($8,100): I’m well aware that Watson is the most expensive quarterback on the board this week. At the same time, I’m also well aware that Watson has been an absolute animal this year for daily fantasy players. His 19 passing touchdowns are tied for the most in the NFL and he currently sits as the rushing yards leader among quarterbacks. He went ahead and put up 402 passing yards in Seattle and has single handily put DeAndre Hopkins back on the map. This week, Watson and the Texans will welcome in a Colts defense that is allowing the third most points to the position. The trendy thing to do in daily fantasy is to find that golden ticket bargain. That is all well and good but there is no reason to not bet large on a player who is on a roll. Bet the hot hand with Watson in week 9.

Alex SmithAlex Smith ($6,200): With the Chiefs trading up to draft Patrick Mahomes, Alex Smith has flipped the script from being labeled a game manager to a legitimate MVP candidate. So far in 2017, Smith has had three games with three or more passing touchdowns. In 2016, he didn’t have any. Call it the momentum of Mahomes or just dumb luck but the Chiefs and Smith are headed to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. In two games against the Cowboys in his career, Smith has thrown for 402 yards and four touchdowns. The Cowboys have only allowed one passing score in the two games following their bye and are currently allowing the fourteenth most points to the position. All of that being said though, I like Smith to put up 250 passing yards and three total scores on Sunday. Whatever the over is in this matchup, bet it.


Running Back

Alvin Kamara ($6,300): My first two selections at running back this week will be a little bit easier on your DraftKings wallet. The first of those two backs is Alvin Kamara who will be at home against the Buccaneers. The surprise back from New Orleans has posted 15 or more points in three of his last four games. He is the second most targeted pass catcher in a Drew Brees offense and is averaging eight yards per reception. On top of his pass catching abilities, Kamara also has two rushing scores and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Buccaneers aren’t exactly a matchup dream for running backs but I still like Kamara to do some damage and be a solid option for you in week 9.

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson ($5,600) Lock of the week: From one back who is making it in New Orleans to another who couldn’t hack it, Adrian Peterson has a great matchup at an even better price in week 9. The former Saints back will be going up against a 49ers defense that is tops in the league in points allowed to the running back position. This is also a 49ers defense that is currently knee deep in injuries, including their rookie Solomon Thomas. If you have listened to the FF Faceoff podcast recently, this pick of Adrian Peterson should come as no surprise. It is a game that I have had circled for weeks and could very well be Peterson’s most productive game of the 2017 season. Cash in on the future hall of fame back now while you still can.

Kareem Hunt ($8,600): This is a bonus pick and an obvious one at that. The truth is that I felt so compelled to suggest using Hunt that I wanted to be sure to give you two other lower priced options at the position. On Monday night, Hunt would have his first game of his rookie campaign without 100 total yards or more. That was against a Broncos defense that has kept running backs in check all year. Relief is on the horizon against the Cowboys in what should be a high scoring affair. Hunt will be involved in both the rushing and passing game and will get back to tallying 100 total yards or more. If you can swing it, the Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt stack is stack worth investing in.

Wide Receiver

Devin FunchessDevin Funchess ($5,400):  I have said it before and I’ll say it again, it is hard to beat opportunity. The Panthers pass catcher is already just five targets shy of his career high and now, Kelvin Benjamin is a Buffalo Bill. With Benjamin out the door and Olsen on the shelf, Funchess should continue to see more and more targets. This week, the Panthers will play at home against the Falcons. Despite the matchup and his inability to score at home this season, his opportunity is too good to pass up.. The 2018 Panthers leading receiver is not on their roster today. For now though, Devin Funchess will be the biggest beneficiary of the Kelvin Benjamin trade and that starts in week 9.

Dez Bryant ($6,400): As previously mentioned, the Cowboys will be welcoming in the Chiefs this weekend in what should be a high scoring affair. Regardless of this on and off again Ezekiel Elliott suspension, I like Dez Bryant to up big numbers. It is important to not get too distracted by the fact that the Chiefs shut down Demaryius Thomas this past Monday night. That lack of production was more because of Trevor Siemien being a disaster. The truth is, even with their last performance, the Chiefs are still allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers. It’s a Chiefs team that has allowed an average of 179.7 yards per game and that will be on full display this Sunday. In case you haven’t gotten the hint yet, start your Cowboys and Chiefs this weekend.

Tight End

Jack DoyleJack Doyle ($4,300): The Indianapolis Colts tight end is a bargain at his position and his coming off of a career game. Last Sunday against the Bengals was the first game of Doyle’s career in which he caught more than 10 passes. This wasn’t even an ideal matchup for Doyle. Prior to Sunday, the Bengals were allowing less than 40 yards per game to the position. The Houston Texans are next for the Colts and are currently allowing the tenth most points to the position. Jacoby Brissett has continuously leaned on Doyle this year as he is the fourth most targeted tight end in football. If you’re looking to utilize some high priced stacks at other positions, Doyle is a nice bargain that can help you round out your roster.


Cardinals ($3,500): The Arizona Cardinals are coming off of their bye week and are headed on the road for a matchup against the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo is now a 49er and while the fans continue to walk on air, the newly acquired quarterback will be busy learning Kyle Shanahan’s offense. So for now, the 49ers and their fans will have to endure another week of  C.J. Beathard. On top of counting down the days till he loses his starting job, Beathard will have to make due behind an injury-riddled offensive line. Sacks will come in bunches out in Santa Clara this weekend. I highly recommend the Cardinals or spending $300 more for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Good luck in week 9!

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