Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Hot off the presses! The Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet is out early this week! Don’t forget that the pricing is based on DraftKings. If you have specific position questions, please refer to my rankings.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment or shoot us a question/comment on Twitter.

Additionally, you’ll see various references to a team’s DVOA. It stands for “Defense-adjusted Value Over Average”. It’s an advanced metric that takes into account every single play a defense faces. For the full explanation, head over here. Enjoy!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns (o/u 44)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)

Bobby Rainey ($4400 – RB21)
There’s been something fishy all year long with the Bucs backfield. Doug Martin has been completely ineffective, but has held onto his starting role throughout the first 8 weeks. It feels like that’s coming to an end. Rainey continues to outperform Martin, who left last weeks game with an ankle injury. Keep an eye on the Martin situation as Rainey or even Charles Sims who could take over the bulk of the workload for Tampa Bay.

NOTE: Sims is not listed on DK this week. If Martin is out, Rainey becomes a top 15 play for me.

Vincent Jackson ($4500 – WR35) – Mike Evans ($4700 – WR32)
Both of these guys get a great matchup according to DVOA, as the Browns are among the worst in the league in stopping the top two receivers on opposing teams. They are evenly priced, but Glennon has been favoring Evans with a more consistent stream of targets making his floor slightly higher.

Cleveland Browns (+7)

Ben Tate ($4300 – RB22)
This was supposed to be a breakout stretch for Tate who got to face the anemic run defenses of Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tampa Bay in a row! Tate was terrible in the first two legs, combining for just 66 yards on 31 carries. The Browns still want to run the ball, and in a week with 6 teams on bye, it’s hard to pass up this matchup.

Andrew Hawkins ($4900 – WR25)
Hawkins has a high floor simply because of the targets he commands. At least nine targets in six of seven games and faces the Bucs who surrender the most fpts to opposing WRs. I like Hawkins as a cash game play more than PPR, but can’t get too picky if you’re in bye week hell.

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How To Set a DraftKings Lineup for Week 9 Fantasy Football

How to Set up a DraftKings Lineup

A new segment here! I get a lot of questions based on how to construct lineups, where to start, etc.  So I wanted to make a video and show you exactly how to set a DraftKings lineup for Week 9. It provides insight into my though process and the things I look for from my players.  This is specifically for a 50/50 contest of 1-on-1 game.  I will make one for GPPs at some point in the near future.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Week 9 is the week of the BYE.  I counted at least 8 of my usual top 25 WRs on BYE this week. Things get ugly really fast at wide receiver. Remember, these player rankings take into account salaries, so when comparing two players who I find very similar, the cheaper option usually gets the nod. Enjoy!


Rank Name Team Opp.
1 Peyton Manning DEN @NE $9,800
2 Andrew Luck IND @NYG $10,000
3 Tom Brady NE Den $8,400
4 Philip Rivers SD @Mia $8,300
5 Colin Kaepernick SF StL $7,000
6 Russell Wilson SEA Oak $7,800
7 Tony Romo DAL Ari $7,500
8 Nick Foles PHI @Hou $7,700
9 Andy Dalton CIN Jac $6,300
10 Carson Palmer ARI @Dal $6,800
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT Bal $7,500
12 Eli Manning NYG Ind $7,300
13 Robert Griffin III WSH @Min $6,400
14 Joe Flacco BAL @Pit $6,100
15 Ryan Tannehill MIA SD $6,300
16 Alex Smith KC NYJ $5,700
17 Brian Hoyer CLE TB $5,300
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU Phi $5,700
19 Teddy Bridgewater MIN Wsh $5,200
20 Mike Glennon TB @Cle $5,700
21 Blake Bortles JAC @Cin $5,400
22 Michael Vick NYJ @KC $6,600
23 Austin Davis STL @SF $5,500
24 Derek Carr OAK @Sea $5,300

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Week 9 DraftKings Lineup Strategy

Back again to provide some DraftKings lineup strategy. As usual, these are all played on DraftKings. I went with a little different strategy this week. I really like to mix it up a bit every week to see what works and what doesn’t.  Getting out of your comfort zone is so important in DFS. It really makes you realize that anything is possible when constructing a lineup.

Last week, I had (40) lineups in the $2, $100,000 guaranteed GPP.  This week, I went with my (8) best lineups (or what I thought were my best), and entered them into the $5, $100,000 guaranteed GPP.

Little did I know this would be a historic week of scoring in the NFL, so I whiffed on all 8 lineups.  Luckily for me, they were good enough to win some 50/50s and heads up matches.

Best Lineup:

Week 9 DraftKings Lineup Strategy

I was really high on this lineup, thinking that all of these players had high floors and super higher ceilings! I was basically carried by two players.  I was extremely high on Maclin and Gronk, working them into the majority of the lineups. Luckily for me, they both had monster days.  Unlucky for me, I surrounded them with a bunch of duds.

Travaris Cadet was a complete whiff for me.  He was my highest ranked flier with a price tag of only $3000.  He had caught 6 balls in each of the previous two games and with Pierre Thomas out, I expected him to take over a large role in the pass game. The Saints put up 44 points, but did damage on the ground (courtesy of Mark Ingram) and Cadet wasn’t needed.

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Week 9 NFL Player Projections

Week 9 NFL Player Projections

The week 9 NFL player projections are here! We are now through 8 weeks of the NFL season. So that means that there is sufficient data to be able to begin accurately projecting player scores each week.  This is something that I’ve been tweaking for the past month or so and as more games take place, it is getting more and more accurate.

This is based on DraftKings scoring, so that’s PPR, 4 points for a passing TD, and bonuses for going over 100 yards receiving/rushing and 300 yards passing.  Also, this DOES NOT include the Thursday Night game. Only the full slate of Sunday and Monday games.

I won’t give away the “secret sauce” so to speak, but it is weighted towards recent performances, heavily weighted based on positional match-ups, and run 10,000 times to reduce variation. Hope this helps setting lineups this week!


Position Name Tm Opp Projection
QB 1 Philip Rivers SD MIA 24.28
QB 2 Russell Wilson SEA OAK 24.13
QB 3 Peyton Manning DEN NE 23.64
QB 4 Tom Brady NE DEN 23.40
QB 5 Andrew Luck IND NYG 22.03
QB 6 Tony Romo DAL ARI 21.99
QB 7 Colt McCoy WAS MIN 21.58
QB 8 Andy Dalton CIN JAC 20.54
QB 9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT BAL 20.33
QB 10 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU PHI 19.58
QB 11 Eli Manning NYG IND 19.37
QB 12 Mike Glennon TB CLE 18.71
QB 13 Blake Bortles JAC CIN 18.03
QB 14 Colin Kaepernick SF STL 17.76
QB 15 Nick Foles PHI HOU 17.73
QB 16 Carson Palmer ARI DAL 17.68
QB 17 Joe Flacco BAL PIT 17.59
QB 18 Kirk Cousins WAS MIN 16.74
QB 19 Austin Davis STL SF 16.71
QB 20 Ryan Tannehill MIA SD 16.57
QB 21 Brian Hoyer CLE TB 16.55
QB 22 Alex Smith KC NYJ 16.15
QB 23 Teddy Bridgewater MIN WAS 13.30
QB 24 Derek Carr OAK SEA 13.26
QB 25 Robert Griffin III WAS MIN 11.02
QB 26 Michael Vick NYJ KC 7.78

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

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Week 8 Cheat Sheet
Bye: New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Here is the Week 8 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet! Remember, the pricing you see is based on DraftKings and the rank next to the player is based on how they are priced (ex. QB3 is the third highest priced QB). The games you see listed are the ones included in the Millionaire Maker event on DK, so the Thursday night game and the London game are not included.

Additionally, you’ll see various references to a team’s DVOA. It stands for “Defense-adjusted Value Over Average”. It’s an advanced metric that takes into account every single play a defense faces. For the full explanation, head over here. If you have specific position questions, be sure to check out my rankings. Enjoy!

St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs (o/u44)

St. Louis Rams  (+7.5 – o/u 18.5)

Tre Mason ($4400 – RB23)
Mason is clearly the #1 RB on the Rams. Last week I mentioned that this might be coming. 18 carries vs. 2 for Benny Cunningham and ZERO(!!) for Zac Stacy against the Seahawks. Mason was explosive for 4.7 YPC and found the end zone once. Kansas City ranks 23rd against the run in DVOA and hasn’t held opposing RBs to under 11 fpts (standard scorisang) in any game this year.

Brian Quick ($4600 – WR29)
Let’s face it, it’s been an ugly two weeks for Quick. He’s TOTALED 7.3 DK points in the last two games, but it was against Seattle and San Fran. He’s still the clear cut #1 WR option for Austin Davis and faces a Chiefs team that has allowed 170+ receiving yards to opposing WRs in 4 of their 6 games this year. Finally his salary has dipped from $6,000 last week to a much more manageable $4600 this week.

Kenny Britt ($3000 – WR61)
Britt has made the sleeper list a few weeks this season and he’s back again. He left the game last week when he suffered an ankle injury. Prior to last week, Britt had seen 6, 6, and 7 targets over the previous 3 games. He faces a KC defense that allows 50% more receiving yards to team’s #2 WR than the league average. Assuming health, he could play a large role in the offense Sunday.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers on DraftKings

Teddy Bridewater Fantasy Football Sleepers

As you probably know by now, Salary Cap lineups are all about value. One of the ways to win a big GPP is to receive a big performance from a very cheap player. These sleepers are usually owned by a tiny percentage of players and, if they hit, can really jump you up the leaderboard.

This article is to list my favorite sleepers for Week 8 in the NFL. Rostering these guys will allow you salary flexibility to pay for studs. There’s certainly no guarantee these players will have big games, but even a decent day should be able to pay for their salaries. Let’s get to it!

Kenny Britt ($3000)

Britt has seen a respectable number of targets the last three weeks (6,6,7) and is emerging as the Rams #2 WR. He faces a Kansas City defense that is one of the worst in the league at defending the opponent’s #2 WR and on average give up 67.6 yards to that position. If Britt goes for 67 yards and could find the endzone, he’d easily pay for himself.

Jarius Wright ($3500)

It’s difficult to trust Vikings WRs, but the matchup doesn’t get any better than the Buccaneers. The Bucs have surrendered 11 TDs to opposing TEs in only 6 games this year. Factor in the 28 targets he’s seen over the past four weeks and he’s primed for a big day.

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Teddy Bridgewater ($5100)

Speaking of Vikings, Teddy is only $100 over minimum price on DraftKings. My weekly projections have him scoring 15.11 points this week and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him break the 20 mark. It’s a dream matchup for a guy who can score with his arm and legs.

Travaris Cadet ($3000)

Assume that Cadet will see more run with Pierre Thomas being out. In what I expect to be a shootout, he could easily rack up 6-8 receptions which will pay for himself quickly. I think he has the highest ceiling of any sleeper this week.

Week 8 NFL – Position Rankings

Back again for another week of player rankings.  A few extra notes, this time around. Remember that the players in the Thursday game are always omitted, however, this week I’ve also omitted the London game.  These rankings are only for the teams that included in DraftKings full-slate of Sunday games. So the teams you won’t see in here are the Broncos, Chargers, Lions, Falcons.  If you have any questions about players on those teams, leave a comment below or tweet us.

Also, these rankings WILL change throughout the week. So check back often for the most up-to-date ranks. These are current as of: 9:00am EST on Saturday, October 25th

Rank Name Team Opp Salary
1 Aaron Rodgers GB @NO $9,000
2 Andrew Luck IND @Pit $8,800
3 Drew Brees NO GB $8,100
4 Nick Foles PHI @Ari $6,300
5 Russell Wilson SEA @Car $8,400
6 Tom Brady NE Chi $7,200
7 Tony Romo DAL Wsh $7,400
8 Cam Newton CAR Sea $6,600
9 Joe Flacco BAL @Cin $6,500
10 Carson Palmer ARI Phi $6,500
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT Ind $5,800
12 Jay Cutler CHI @NE $7,000
13 Ryan Tannehill MIA @Jac $6,700
14 Alex Smith KC StL $6,000
15 Kyle Orton BUF @NYJ $6,300
16 Andy Dalton CIN Bal $5,600
17 Teddy Bridgewater MIN @TB $5,100
18 Mike Glennon TB Min $6,400
19 Austin Davis STL @KC $6,300
20 Zach Mettenberger TEN Hou $3,000
21 Brian Hoyer CLE Oak $5,200
22 Geno Smith NYJ Buf $5,700
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU @Ten $5,200

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Week 7 NFL Lineup Review

Back again to look at some of my best and worst lineups from this past weekend. As the games play out on Sunday, it always looks so easy. “Why didn’t have have that guy?” runs through my head about 50 times. I am sure you feel the same way. Remember, DFS is not easy! Consistent results come from hard-work, research, and dedication to the craft (or just luck-boxing a GPP).

All these lineups and players are from the $2 $100k Play-Action on DraftKings. It’s a nice GPP to try out a bunch of different strategies and see what works.  I had 40 lineups in it this week, which I will talk more about in another post, but it felt like too many.  I never had a chance in a percentage of them.

Best Lineup:

Week7 Best

To be honest, I wasn’t nearly as high on Russell Wilson as I could have been.  I had him ranked as the #10 QB on the week. My thoughts were that the Seahawks could win this game handily and wouldn’t need him to be Superman. I was wrong there and lucked my way into having Wilson.

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NFL Cheat Sheet – Week 7

Week 7 Player Previews

BYE Teams: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay
Thursday Game Omitted: Jets @ Patriots

Here are this weeks previews for players in every single
game. I use this exact outline when constructing my own lineups. If you don’t see a player listed here, he won’t make my lineups. If you’d like to see someone in the future or what to discuss the previews, leave a comment, I’d be glad to read it!

Falcons @ Ravens

Atlanta Falcons
BAL vs. QBs- 18th most fpts allowed
BAL vs. RBs- 28th most fpts allowed
BAL vs. WRs- 11th most fpts allowed
BAL vs TEs- 25th most fpts allowed

Matt Ryan ($6500 – QB15)
Not a good showing from Matt Ryan against the Bears at home, in what everyone expected to be an offensive slugfest. Ryan has had exactly 3 or 1 TDs in every game this season, so it’s no surprise that he’s a little boom-or-bust. I am buying into a bounceback week for Ryan. It’s not a particularly good matchup and it’s on the road, but it’s at least on turf. I think this offense is too (fantasy) good to not play Ryan. His price has plummeted ($8600 last week) and there’s big upside to this guy.

Julio Jones ($7800 – WR4)
If I am buying Ryan, I have to buy Julio. Again, his price drops after a pedestrian week and he’s matchup proof. I am hoping that owners shy away from these two this week and I will stack them together.

Roddy White ($4100 – WR44)
I am giving up on Roddy until future notice. He looked TERRIBLE against the Bears. He didn’t look particularly interested in running routes and has alway been susceptible to dropping the football. He’s just not the player he used to be and it’s showing on film.

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