Easy Money: Week 9 DFS Advice
We’re entering the second half of the season. The year has flown by, and now more than ever, we need to use what we’ve learned so far as we charge ahead to finish the year. Whether you’re looking for upside or safety this week, we’ve got a couple of names you’re going to want to add to your Fanball lineup. As per usual, we’ve tried to avoid the biggest names, and find you low-salary value that can give you a cost-effective foundation for your team. Good luck to all as we head into the season’s latter half!
Best Value, QB: Joe Flacco vs Pittsburgh Steelers – $5,800 – 11% of Cap
Flacco threw for over 350 yards when these two teams met in week four and will be looking for more this Sunday. Pittsburgh has surrendered the ninth-most yards and tied for second most touchdowns per game to quarterbacks this season. Through seven games for the Steelers, five quarterbacks have thrown for at least two scores, and three have reached the 300-yard mark. And since week four, only once has Pittsburgh been able to record an interception. Unfortunately, if Flacco will indeed succeed against Pittsburgh, he’ll need to break off a bit of a snide. In his last four games, he has as many touchdowns as interceptions and zero games with 300 yards.
Best Value, RB: Isaiah Crowell @ Miami Dolphins – $5,600 – 10% of Cap
Miami is one of three teams to have already allowed 1,000 yards rushing. They’re tied for fifth-worst in keeping running backs out of the end zone, and as you can imagine, are a bottom five team when it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing backfields. Making matters worse for the Dolphins, things have only gone downhill in their ability to stop the run. They’ve allowed a one hundred yard rusher in three of their last five games, and in that same time, have surrendered five rushing touchdowns to running backs. Isaiah Crowell has been beyond frustrating, averaging 31 yards over the past three weeks, but his continued high volume of carries should bode well against Miami’s less than solid defense.
Best Value, WR: D.J. Moore vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $4,300 – 8% of Cap
I know D.J. Moore is far from what we call a sure thing. But can we say breakout candidate? His target numbers have only gone up, which culminated in 90 yards on six targets and five receptions last week. Now, he’ll play the worst defense in the league and could break 100 yards for the first time. Tampa Bay ranks tied for dead last in both receptions and touchdowns, and 29th in yardage allowed to the wide receiver position. Already, five receivers have reached 100 yards, and even for those who couldn’t, nine more got into the end zone. Not for nothing, Moore has seen noteworthy production as a runner, averaging 19 yards in his last four games.
Best Value, TE: Jimmy Graham @ New England Patriots – $5,600 – 10% of Cap
If Sunday Night is going to be a shootout, I want any part of it I can get. Jimmy Graham was practically invisible in last weeks loss to Los Angeles, but his recent string of success still points to a tight end with a very high floor. Graham has averaged four receptions and 67 yards over the last three weeks and could improve upon those numbers against New England. The Patriots are in the bottom ten of yards and touchdowns, and bottom five of fantasy points allowed to tight ends. They’ve had a particularly hard time against tight ends over the last four weeks. In that time, they’ve let up an average of 8 receptions, 97 yards, and 1.0 touchdown to the position.
Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.