Byepocalypse is officially here in week 9. Some of the best offenses are sitting this one out, and there has been much movement across the league this week. Between trades and suspensions, some players should be in for a big week in some big games. There certainly isn’t enough value to roll out a stars and scrubs cash lineup, so fair and balanced should be the optimal strategy in week 9. Without further ado, here’s the Week 9 cash game core.
Week 9 Cash Game Core
Dak Prescott – $6700
This is the first week in, I honestly don’t know how long, that I will be spending more than $5500 Draft Kings Dollars on my cash game quarterback. No one advocates paying down at the position more than myself, ( I have used Deshone Kizer in cash more than one time this year), but I truly feel the midrange is where safety lies in week 9. KC at Dallas owns the highest game total of the week, with a gargantuan 52.5 total. With Elliot assumingly ready to start his suspension, I find it highly unlikely Dallas takes the road of leaning on a ragtag run game consisting of Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, and Rod Smith. Prescott should get to shine this week, using both his arm and legs to keep the Cowboys alive against the prolific Chief’s offense. With solid weapons in Dez and Jason Witten, a high team total, and his rushing floor, Dak checks all the boxes for me this week, and I’ll happily be emptying my pockets a little more than usual.
Mark Ingram – $7600
The price hike on Ingram is still not enough to scare me away from the insane market share of touches in New Orleans. Ingram owns a solid 18% of the team’s targets and an overwhelming 67% of the team’s rushing attempts. In week 9, you can buy that workload, as a massive home favorite for the low low price of $7600. Since Peterson made the trip out to Arizona, Ingram has out-snapped rookie Alvin Kamara, 120 to 106, and has three more targets than Kamara in that time frame. Tampa Bay ranks 20th in rush DVOA and ranks bottom 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Expect Ingram to carry the load for New Orleans this weekend in a game where they are favored by almost a touchdown.
Carlos Hyde – $5200
Carlos Hyde is $5200 this week. I won’t try and understand it, but I will exploit it. A slew of blowouts have put the 49ers in negative game scripts over the last few weeks, and that has capped Hyde in a huge way. The matchup this week is significantly more encouraging, as Arizona will be rolling out Drew Stanton under center. The game total of 39 isn’t amazing, but the line currently sits at 2.5, and a close game, even with a lower total is going to keep Hyde involved early often. Arizona is by no means a pushover when it comes to stopping the run, but Hyde should see work in the receiving game, as well, and the price tag on him doesn’t match the talent or the workload.
Devin Funchess – $5400
Kelvin Benjamin was sent off to greener pastures this week, (Buffalos eat grass right?) I’m not funny, moving on… and Funchess is now the wide receiver one in Carolina. Funchess has been quietly having a pretty strong fantasy season, averaging 8 targets per game, with not a game under 6 targets since week one. The over-under for Carolina/Atlanta doesn’t make you salivate, sitting at a respective 43.5, but this game has every opportunity to shoot out. Atlanta ranks 25th in pass DVOA, and 21st in DVOA against wide WR 1’s, which should bode well for Funchess. The projected workload here far surpasses the $5400 price tag.
Golden Tate – $6600
Nine times out of ten I will lock a slot wide receiver into my cash games. Ten times out of ten, I will lock a slot wide receiver against an atrocious Green Bay secondary into my cash games. The Green Bay cornerbacks are still the fuel for the fantasy fire we all want. They are some of the worst graded and worst performing in the league. Tate gets an excellent matchup this weekend with Damarious Randall, PFF’s 102nd worst graded CB out of 114 qualifiers. Tate is still the wide receiver one in Detroit, despite Marvin Jones’ huge week 8. Tate is averaging 8 targets per game and has an incredible floor. I think you could do a lot worse this week for $6600.
Jack Doyle – $4300
This is the most expensive we have seen Doyle all season, but for me, price still has not caught up with productivity. Doyle has an incredible 22% market share of Indy’s targets, and in a game where neither team is prone to playing much defense, the game script should favor him heavily. I do expect some line movement with Tom Savage expected to signal call for Houston, however, it’s clear that Doyle is the favorite child for Brissett and there’s no reason to believe that the volume will not still be there. Locking up a safe tight tend is key for me this week, as I think there is enough value to roll out a balanced lineup.
Philadelphia Eagles – $3300