Defense and special teams are one of the more volatile positions at DraftKings, so with a less expensive play is usually a good route, especially if you like the matchup. Below are a few matchups we like on the cheaper side and some we don’t like at their price.
Best DFS salaries
Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns, ($2,900)
The Broncos have turned on their defense of late, which was expected under head coach Vic Fangio. After forcing no turnovers or recording one sack in their first three games, they’ve brought the quarterback down 17 times and forced seven turnovers in their last five games. Baker Mayfield hits the road to play in elevation in Week 9 after putting together just six touchdown passes to 12 interceptions. The Browns 25th in adjusted sack rate allowed, which gives the Broncos good odds at disrupting Mayfield and causing turnovers.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans ($2,800)
The Panthers D/ST had been putting up big DraftKings points before they ran into the 49ers buzzsaw, as they’d topped 13 DraftKings points in their last four games. They’ll look to get right against the improved Titans with Ryan Tannehill under center, but he is still Ryan Tannehill and the Titans offensive line is still below average.
Worst DFS salaries
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers ($3,400)
The Packers defense is much improved this year, but they aren’t putting up big fantasy numbers of late, as they’ve averaged just 3.8 DraftKings points over their last five games. Phillip Rivers will turn the ball over with the best of them, but the Chargers offensive line has played much better after a horrible start to the season. Over their last five games, they’ve only allowed four sacks and just one defense has put up double-digit DraftKings points on them for the season.
Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders ($2,600)
The Lions’ price is enticing, especially when you think of Derek Carr and his trouble with pressure, but that’s not this year’s Carr. Tthe Raiders offensive line is one of the best in the business, which gives Josh Jacobs and the running game a leg up and keeps Carr clean most games, while Detroit ranks 27th in adjusted sack rate.