Week 9 DFS Blue Book: Zeke Week
The Week 9 DFS Blue Book is here and ready to make you some money this week. The slate is setting up for some very interesting roster construction with Arodg and Zeke leading the way. It isn’t often that we build around expensive RBs and QBs but here we are…
Aaron Rodgers | QB | Cash
The Packers have turned their attrition at RB into an Aaron Rodgers resurgence. In Week 7 and Week 8, Rodgers has been the QB1 with 58 points over the time span. During this period, Arodg has apparently broken the Olivia Munn curse, to the tune of 7 TDs and 0 INTs. He has an amazing C% of 77.9 percent with an aC% of 77.9 percent, so it is clear the WRs are stepping up in Eddie Lacy’s absence. Lock Rodgers into your cash lineups this week for volume and upside! Aaron Rodgers is my Week 9 DFS Blue Book preferred cash game option.
Andrew Luck | QB | GPP
Andrew Luck enters Sunday’s game as the QB2. He will take on a beaten-up Packers secondary that just 3 TDs to the Falcons (sans Julio). I think the potential for a shootout is there this week and Luck can be in consideration for cash game QB but might be better served as a high-upside GPP target.
Philip Rivers | QB | GPP
Philip Rivers had a rough game last week against the Denver Broncos but then again, who hasn’t? This week he gets a much friendlier matchup with a home game against the Titans. I think that 300 yards and 3 TDs are possible this week. Philip Rivers is my Week 9 DFS Blue Book preferred GPP play.
Dak Prescott | QB | Cash
Another week, another QB playing the Browns in cash game consideration. Dak Prescott has that dream matchup against the Browns secondary which has given up 2 passing TDs to every team they’ve played this year. The only thing holding me back from playing Dak is my intense desire to use Zeke as my cash game RB. That isn’t my favorite kind of stack but with the Cowboys all but guaranteed 4 TDs, you may want to consider locking them all up.
Colin Kaepernick | QB | GPP
This one will come down to the kind of defense the Saints play. Will they man up and take away the passing game completely, leaving room for Colin Kaepernick to run? Or will they play zone and keep some eyes in the backfield? I’m thinking they completely shut down that terrible WR core and leave some space for Kap to run. If that is the case, Kap is a perfect target to play naked in GPPs.
Ezekiel Elliott | RB | Cash
Ezekiel Elliott is averaging well over 100 yards per game, 3.0 Yards After Contact, and he has a catch rate of 88 percent. He’s pretty much everything you want in an RB. This week he has an amazing matchup against the Cleveland Browns. I envision the Cowboys obliterating the Browns and Zeke getting about 125 yards and 2 TDs. It is a rarity that I try and move heaven and Earth to get an RB in my cash game lineups but this might be one of those times.
Devontae Booker | RB | Cash
That is one helluva price jump! But it had to be done, Devontae Booker was in on 83% of the Broncos offensive snaps last week. He was top-10 in the NFL in touches with 24 and looked good. This week, Booker takes on the upstart Raiders who have cleaned up the back end of their defense since Karl Joseph came back from injury. I think the Broncos will have to lean on Booker this week if they want to pull out this W.
Charcandrick West | RB | GPP
The return of CharcNado! This won’t involve washed up actors and actresses doing some blow and overacting in front of a green screen, this will be Charcandrick West’s reintroduction to the American lexicon. The Chiefs have proven they can run the ball with everyone who isn’t named Knile Davis so if Spencer Ware can’t go this week, it’ll be CharcNado time but mercifully Ian Ziering will not be appearing in Kansas City… I hope.
Darren Sproles | RB | Cash
Last week, Darren Sproles was the recipient of 20 touches and has out-snapped (or tied) Ryan Mathews in every game since the Bye Week. There is a lot of dogshit at the RB position this week, so I believe that Sproles is a source of salary relief at the RB position.
Tim Hightower | RB | GPP
Tim Hightower is coming off a week where he took over for Mark Ingram and was rewarded with 27 touches. I have seen criticism of Hightower’s ability as a short yardage back but between last season and last week, the former grocery bagger has always impressed me. He runs hard, almost as if he has tasted what life is like on minimum wage, and he runs hungry. This week he will be running against the worst run D of all time. The numbers aren’t there to support that hyperbole but since Navarro Bowman went down, the Niners have given up a string of huge weeks to RBs.
Kenneth Dixon | RB | GPP
The Steelers have struggled all year with pass-catching RBs. The only question here is whether John Harbaugh was fucking with us or not when he said that he wanted to get Kenneth Dixon more involved. If Dixon is healthy enough to be heavily involved, I truly believe he has RB1 potential this week because of the Steelers shortcomings covering the RB. But Harbaugh could also be trying to give me blue balls and leave me hanging like I’m a testosterone fueled 15-year old after a long night of slow dancing at the high school fall ball.
Antonio Brown | WR | Cash
This one is completely contingent on how much Dilaudid is coursing through Big Ben’s veins.
If Roethlisberger can play, Antonio Brown becomes one of my favorite cash game targets.
T.Y. Hilton | WR | GPP
Check the practice reports, if he is a full participant on Thursday. Load him into your lineup, if he’s limited this week. ABORT! Just rip him right out of your lineups.
Kelvin Benjamin | WR | GPP
Kelvin Benjamin has a great matchup this week against the L.A. Rams. Neither E.J. Gaines nor Troy Hill will be able to matchup with KB’s size. I think that the Panthers will look to make a run in the second half of the season as they did 2 years ago and it will start with the connection between Cam and KB.
Dez Bryant | WR | GPP
Dez Bryant was back throwing up the X on Sunday against a much tougher defense than the Cleveland Browns. I think Bryant has as much upside as any WR on the board. The only problem is the lack of volume that Bryant has had throughout his career always make it difficult to roster him in cash. But there is no denying that Dez, one of the most prolific RZ targets of our time, could turn in a multiple touchdown day.
Jarvis Landry | WR | Cash
Per PFF, Darrelle Revis is set to shadow Jarvis Landry. In that case, Landry has a monstrous advantage. Revis has only traveled into the slot on 11% of his snaps this season and will not be comfortable with Landry. I love Landry here.
Michael Thomas | WR | Cash
Over the past 3 weeks, Michael Thomas has been a top-10 WR option. He also leads the Saints in RZ targets and is taking on a 49ers team that is #notgood. I think that Thomas has a very good chance to reach his price point this week and I will have him on many of my teams.
Ty Montgomery | WR | Cash
Ty Montgomery was a surprise last-minute scratch last week and to be honest it screwed a lot of DFS players. Dropping from Montgomery to Davante Adams was easy enough but many players had them stacked together. This week, I am jumping right back into the Montgomery pool. There isn’t another WR that could see 20 touches and that kind of volume make Ty Montgomery the Week 9 DFS Blue Book preferred cash game play.
Tyrell Williams | WR | Cash/Stack w/Philip Rivers
This season, Tyrell Williams has come from relative obscurity and transformed himself into a valuable fantasy asset. Thankfully, he has played Denver twice in that time which has kept his price relatively low. This week, Williams is my Week 9 DFS Blue Book GPP play of the week and if Travis Benjamin doesn’t play, Williams becomes my favorite WR on the slate.
Devante Parker | WR | GPP
With Revis shadowing Landry, that leaves Devante Parker with Buster Skrine. This is another favorable matchup for the Dolphins. Skrine has been playing a lot of Slot CB and gives up 6 inches to Parker. I love Parker coming off the Bye Week.
Rishard Matthews | WR | Cash
Rishard Matthews has seen his snaps increase every game since his “demotion” and now the targets Andre Johnson were seeing are vacated. I like Matthews this week against the improving but not-great Chargers defense to hit value.
Tyreek Hill | WR | GPP
Tyreek Hill is a piece of shit but he is a very athletic piece of shit that has found himself a niche on the K.C. offense. Andy Reid has found ways to get the ball into Tyreek Hill’s hands in a variety of ways. His 4.34 speed and incredible burst have been put to good use. Hill is one of my favorite GPP plays this week.
Dontrelle Inman | WR | Cash
Dontrelle Inman has consistently led the Chargers in snaps this season at the WR spot. This week, if Travis Benjamin misses or is limited I think that Inman will receive 8-10 targets. Whether it be Brice McCain or Antwon Blake, Inman has a huge size advantage on them and I expect Rivers to put that advantage to good use.
Kyle Rudolph | TE | Cash
Kyle Rudolph is coming off a pedestrian outing but don’t let that deter you. He is playing the TE sieve that is the Lions D. I’ve always felt that the best strategy in DFS, especially with TEs, is to find the team that is completely worthless against the position group and target them. The Lions are that team. Until they change some things on defense (probably in the offseason), we will be able to target TEs playing them with great confidence.
Jason Witten | TE | GPP
The Browns are another team that struggles against the TE. They just struggle. That said, Jason Witten is a nice, low-priced option to pair with Dak Prescott. Witten isn’t what you think of when you think of a GPP play but the touchdown upside is undeniably there.
Vikings | DST | Cash
The Vikings DST is looking to bounce back after letting Jordan Howard resurrect his 2016 fantasy campaign. It was like, “on the 3rd game, he rose again, to take a dump all over the best defense in the league.” I think that the Vikings are going to use that, along with home-field advantage to completely shut down the Lions attack.
Chiefs | DST | GPP
::Checks to see who Blake Bortles is playing:: Yup, a road game in K.C.? Hello, Kansas City Chiefs DST. I like pairing the Chiefs DST with Tyreek Hill (ßTerrible guy but good at football) and hoping for a double-dip. It’s always important to remember that this is fantasy and whether you like someone or think they are a piece of shit, they can still win you money.
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