When it comes to DFS, everyone looks for those slate-breaking players (and if you are not, then you should be!), players who can win you the big bucks if they have a day and lower ownership, even better! This especially matters in tournaments, where you are looking to differentiate from your competition and sometimes even yourself and your other lineups, as opposed to cash games, where you would be after more ‘safer’ lineups to secure a more likely pot of cash.
These articles will highlight those players who I feel can break the week’s slate and players you should be, at the very least, considering, going for position-by-position.
Week Eight Review
Week Eight always looked to be a difficult one, and that it proved to be.
The lineups built never got to the level they needed to be at for significant cashing purposes, which was a bit frustrating. However, when you are an all or nothing GPP player, this will happen, and you have to accept that.
Week 9 feels a bit of deja vu from Week 8, in all honesty, so I must correct mistakes from last week and home in on the right plays and games to hit that upside once again.
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Studs (3x plus return): 8
Average Joes (2.1 – 2.9x return): 14
Scrubs (2x or lower return): 7
I wouldn’t say I like tipping up chalkier plays on these articles, but Lamar Jackson ($7,300) feels too important to ignore this week. It is primarily because of the spot the one-time MVP finds himself in, against a team in Minnesota who rank poorly against the run, especially against designated schemes, as shown by their performances against the Bengals (136 rushing yards allowed), Browns (180 rushing yards allowed) and Lions (108 rushing yards allowed).
This week, my only concern with Jackson is Minnesota’s top 10 rank for points allowed against QBs this season (9th, 18.6 ppg). Jackson’s rushing upside here should get him across the line, but I do not think he warrants the chalk that everyone seems to be loving.
A QB who I think again this week is going under the radar is Joe Burrow ($6,800). A player whose floor is super high, with his points not dropping below the 21-point mark since Week 3 and three touchdowns thrown in each of his last three games. Now the Cincinnati QB takes on a Cleveland team who, over the previous three weeks (two games), 31st in points allowed to the QB position (25) and 30th for the same ranking in the red zone (10.4).
Jordan Love ($4,400) feels like an absolute must-consideration for your lineups this week. The Green Bay QB was confirmed as the starter on Sunday against Kansas City with Aaron Rodgers immunisation scandal coming to light and seeing the QB being ruled out with COVID-19. Love’s 3x achievability this week is so low that even a non-standout day gets you that value you need in your lineups to hit the big bucks in all competitions. Plus, Kansas City’s defense has not shown much resistance to opposing QBs this season, ranking 31st for DK points allowed on the season in general and in the red zone.
With the announcement of Tyrod Taylor ($5,000) being the starter at QB for Houston this Sunday against Miami, I will probably have a lineup or two with Taylor in them. This is purely because Miami is ranking the worst defense against QBs over the last three weeks, giving up 28.5 points per game over that period. Furthermore, with how quick Miami’s games are in terms of pace, Houston should be plenty of the ball and, therefore, plenty of chances to score points!