Week 9 NFL DFS Sleepers

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,500 DK – $7,100 FD)

Fitzmagic is back baby! Tampa Bay has a tough matchup going into Carolina to face the 5-2 Panthers. That said, Carolina is better at forcing turnovers and stopping the run than they are at limiting opposing team’s aerial attack. The last time the Panthers held a team to less than 2 passing touchdowns was in week 1 against the Cowboys. Also — did I mention that Fitzmagic is back baby!

Alex Smith ($5,000 DK – $7,500 FD)

The red-hot Redskins have been on a bit of a heater winning 3 straight games improving their record to 5-2. In those games Alex Smith has averaged a measly 173 yards on 59% completion but on the positive side his scoring efficiency has been there with 4 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. They will have to keep the tempo up if they plan on hanging with Atlanta or else this could look like their blowout loss to New Orleans. The key differences between this matchup and that one is that the Falcons can’t stop the run like the Saints can and this will be a home game for the Redskins.

Sam Darnold ($4,800 DK – $6,700 FD)

Darnold has had a rocky year so far hurling 10 interceptions through the first 8 games of the season. Luckily for him this week they play against the Dolphins who haven’t held an opponent under 27 points since the Raiders in week 3. The first time the Jets and Dolphins squared off was in week 2 where Darnold threw for 334 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. If he can limit the turnovers the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets, should be in for a big game.

Running Back

Lamar Miller ($5,200 DK – $6,500 FD)

If my memory serves me right, most weeks I’m pushing a lot of pass catching backs that should have a good game script — but not this week. If you pull out your Chinese calendars they will tell you that this is the week of the cow (the bell-cow that is). Denver’s defense has been burnt on the ground this year giving up 135 yards per game at 5.1 yards per carry. Lamar Miller has averaged just over 18 carries in his last 3 games and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him there again this week.

Jordan Howard ($4,200 DK – $5,700 FD)

Nathan Peterman is going to start for the Bills again and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a nice prop bet for you: what is going to happen first, the Bills line up in wildcat or Peterman throws a pick? All joking aside Chicago is going to dominate this game on both sides of the ball like they did last week against the fellow AFC East N.Y. Jets. In that game Howard got 22 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown which is similar to what he might see in Buffalo this weekend.

Isaiah Crowell ($4,200 DK – $5,700 FD)

The first meeting between the Jets and Dolphins left Crowell frustrated with 35 yards on 12 carries and 4 yards on 2 catches. Since the beginning of the season the Dolphins defense has only gotten worse and in their last 2 games they have given up 384 yards rushing to running backs — that’s 192 yards per game. Let me repeat that. 192 yards per game.

Wide Receiver

Devin Funchess ($5,600 DK – $6,400 FD)

At this point it’s a safe strategy to stack with whoever’s playing Tampa Bay each week. A disappointing week for Devin against the Ravens (3 catches for 27 yards) might have people stacking with Moore or Olsen but Funchess is still the clear-cut number 1 on this team averaging over 7 targets and 1 target in the red zone per game.

DeSean Jackson ($5,000 DK – $6,600 FD)

In case you missed it – Fitzmagic is back baby! Through the first 4 games of the season with Fitzpatrick, DeSean had 424 yards receiving with 3 touchdowns. Since then his yards and catch rate has gone way down with Jameis at the helm. These two seemed to have a great connection and it wouldn’t shock anyone to see them pick up where they left off.

Courtland Sutton ($3,900 DK – $5,500 FD)

The Broncos just traded away Demaryius Thomas which will thrust rookie Courtland Sutton into center stage. Even playing third fiddle all year Sutton hasn’t seen less than 3 targets in a game and in the last 4 weeks he has found the end zone twice. The only drawback I foresee coming from Courtland is that everyone will be on him as a sleeper pick making his ownership high (or he could have a bad week I guess).

Tight End

Jordan Reed ($4,800 DK – $5,600 FD)

The receiving core for the Redskins stinks, Chris Thompson has been banged up and nonexistent, and if pounding the ball with AP doesn’t keep them ahead of the Falcons they are going to be forced to throw the pill. That’s where Jordan Reed comes in: throughout the last 3 weeks he has seen 25 targets and the next closest is Doctson at 17. It’s obvious that he is Alex Smith’s favorite target right now so with this price tag and match up against Atlanta I’m high on Reed this week. Get it? High on Reed. Not really that funny I guess.

O.J. Howard ($4,300 DK – $6,000 FD)

Once again, Fitzmagic is back baby! Need I say more?

Kyle Rudolph ($3,600 DK – $5,700 FD)

I’m not crazy about this one, especially on FanDuel where Reed is $100 less, but on DraftKings if you find yourself strapped for cash at the TE position I say go for it. Big Country has seen 8 targets this year in the red zone (averaging 1 per game) but has only scored twice. He consistently sees targets every game so at the very least he has a relatively high floor. The most exciting thing about this pick is that there hasn’t been any buzz around him since early in the season so when he does have that 2 touchdown game you’ll have great leverage against the rest of the field.

 

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Mark Lee

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Detroit sports fan, also sufferer of seasonal depression (the two might be related). Avid golfer and former college baseball player. Would've been in the league if it weren't for my lack of ability. Accountant by day, fantasy sports guru by night.

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