The Week 9 main slate has been a fun one to dive into…my favorite on the season I think. Just one week after people missed out on Dalvin Cook, he’s projected to be the highest owned player on the slate my a large margin! The game stacks of Seattle-Buffalo and Raiders-Chargers will be extremely popular this week. Not to mention, Christian McCaffrey is back, playing the Chiefs! So much to digest…
Scores this week on tournament lines will be well into the 200s. Maybe even close to 225-230+ the way these games are shaping up. It will be key to get your game stacks right, and getting plays into lineups that can put up 25+ points. In the Week 9 DFS Building Blocks, I’m giving you five plays I’m looking to start my lineups with who I believe can reach that threshold. Without further ado, let’s get to the plays and hope to see you guys a-top the leaderboards!
Price: $7600 on DraftKings, $9,000 on FanDuel
#LetRussCookSzn is here, right? Time to hop on the bandwagon if you aren’t already because it will continue in Week 9. Wilson finds himself for the first time I believe in the DFS Building Blocks piece all year. Playing Wilson helps me get exposure to what is shaping up to be the game of the week in Buffalo.
It’s a tough pill to swallow to play Wilson on FanDuel at his $9K price tag, so over there I’m fine getting leverage on other guys. But on DraftKings, where he’s priced closely enough to Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen, I like getting to him a ton there. I see multiple scores with the 300-yard bonus in-coming for Russ here. The Buffalo defense ranks No.22 in pass defense efficiency and Wilson has four games with 300+ yards on the season. What’s even more enticing is that he has thrown for three touchdowns in every game but one this season. His floor has upside with his rushing ability on display this year. Wilson has 20+ rushing yards in all but one game. That’s given him no less than 24 DraftKings points in every game. All of this factors into Wilson being my favorite quarterback of the week and the quarterback I expect to be the most overweight on.
Price: $6800 on DraftKings, $7400 on FanDuel
I’m old enough to remember when people were touting Kenyan Drake as a first-round pick in draft season. Fun times! Now, to be fair, Drake is now dealing with an injury, but if you’ve watched any Arizona games it’s been no secret that Edmonds is the better back. The numbers speak for themselves as he’s been super efficient this year. He’s averaging 6.1 yards per carry on only 29 carries. Let’s not forget about the 32 targets on the season, with at least five in three of his last four games. Miami ranks last in rush defense efficiency which is why people were all over the Rams backfield last week but the Dolphins D had something to say about that…
Edmonds comes in as the lone back in the Week 9 DFS Building Blocks because of the sheer upside he offers. I saw it last year when taking over for David Johnson in Week 7 versus the New York Giants. He went ballistic in that game for 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns. People won’t want to pay up for a “backup” running back and not even consider how good the matchup is. If you were willing to play Alexander Mattison a couple of weeks ago without the pass-catching upside, and want to fade Edmonds, at less projected ownership mind you, I don’t understand that. This is a great spot and it’ll be hard for me to make teams on either site that do not include Edmonds.
Price: $7400 on DraftKings, $7600 on FanDuel
What Davante Adams has done this year has been incredible. He’s been the alpha WR1 for the 2020 season. But let’s not sleep on what Stefon Diggs has been doing out in Buffalo. Even with the team struggling to get wins he is seeing an insane 35 percent of the team targets the past four weeks and has 36.6 percent of the team’s air yards. This Seattle secondary has been atrocious versus opposing wideouts…like historically bad. They’ve allowed the most targets (212, no other team allowing more than 180); most receptions at 154, the second-most is 124; and the most yards – nearly 200 more than Atlanta. Getting Jamal Adams may help mitigate the damage, but Shaq Griffin has been ruled out so they should continue to struggle.
Diggs should eat here every chance he gets and with Adams potentially limiting the deep ball, I see Diggs getting intermediate targets in bunches. All wide receivers have been in play and when you can reasonably project double-digit targets for a star in a great matchup, I’m always going to load up. Diggs is a great play on both sites: DraftKings because of his target share and the PPR format and FD he’s a significant discount at the position coming in as WR7 compared to WR3 on DK. Diggs comes in as the Week 9 DFS Building Blocks cover boy.
Price: $5,500 on DraftKings, $6,100 on FanDuel
If you’re not playing Lockett, Diggs, or Julio this week, the one receiver you should be looking to get into your lineups is Brandin Cooks. While it is #LetRussCookSzn Brandin Cooks has been quietly cooking himself since Bill O’Brien has been fired. Over the past three weeks heading into the Week 8 Bye, he’s led the team in targets with 30. His game lines have been 8-95, 9-68-1, and 8-161-1 during that time. He and Watson are definitely hitting their stride.
Pro Football Focus actually has Will Fuller as seeing the toughest matchup of the Houston receivers with Sidney Jones coverage. I don’t expect Jones to shadow, but he did a decent job in the first matchup in Week 5. Fuller was able to salvage his day with a touchdown. Jacksonville had no answer for Cooks, however, as I stated above with his best game on the season. I’m not going to project that similar line, but Cooks is eating in this current offense and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in tournament-winning lineups even outside of HOU-JAX game stacks.
Price: $4,600 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel
Tight end feels like the position that will decide tournament winnings in Week 9. Travis Kelce is the only tight end priced up at $7,000+ on both sites. Darren Waller being a significant discount it’s fair to project him as chalk at this point in the week. Noah Fant will be popular, too, but his price on both DraftKings and FanDuel are too nice to pass up. Tight ends vs Atlanta has been an area to attack all season long. Let’s not forget this is the same defense that gave us ‘Robert Tonyan Week’ when he went scored three times to go along with six catches for 98 yards. Irv Smith got 4-55 versus this defense. TJ Hockenson went for 5-59-1. Even the Carolina tight ends, who had done nothing on the year, fell into 4-33 last week.
Fant has been dealing with the injury bug all season but saw nine targets for a line of 7-47 in Week 8. That was his best line since Week 2 versus Pittsburgh. Knowing Atlanta is allowing the most receptions, touchdowns, DraftKings points and FanDuel points to the position, feel confident in including Fant in your own Week 9 DFS Building Blocks.
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