Injuries and bye weeks have left the cupboard a little bare for those of us building a DraftKings card for Week 9. The Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, and New Orleans Saints are all sidelined, and that increases the degree of difficulty.
With guys like Julio Jones, Cooper Kupp and Alvin Kamara unavailable you may need to focus on a few games with high scoring potential to fill your cards. Here are a couple of games with high expected point totals that can help you get started in creating a Week 9 lineup.
Russell Wilson ($7,100) is a very good quarterback. Jameis Winston ($6,100) is not, but he’s serviceable in the right conditions. Both are strong QB plays in Week 9. The game has the highest over/under of the week and both offenses are in a terrific position to take advantage of poor opposing defenses. Wilson is the most expensive QB this week, but he could be worth it if Tampa Bay keeps giving up big plays. Winston is $1,000 cheaper than Wilson and with Mike Evans ($7,200) and Chris Godwin ($7,300) at his disposal he could easily end up as a top 5 quarterback this week. You might want to avoid the running backs in this contest. Both Seattle and Cleveland rank among the top 10 teams at defending the run.
Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions
There could be a shootout in Detroit on Sunday. Matthew Stafford ($6,800) will come ready to rock. He’s been spreading the ball around which makes it tough to focus on any single Lion. However, what I know is Kenny Golladay ($7,700) is very good at catching footballs and the Oakland Raiders defensive secondary is a mess. Though it could be Marvin Jones’ ($6,000) turn to haul in a few bombs from Stafford. Oakland’s offense has been pretty good this season for fantasy purposes. It’s full of low cost options that can help you seek out more expensive players at other positions. Derek Carr ($5,500) has 5 touchdowns in his last two games and Tyrell Williams ($5,900) came back last week and resumed his touchdown streak. That’s not an expensive stack, but given Detroit’s inability to stop the run, Josh Jacobs ($6,500) should have plenty of opportunities to brutalize the Detroit defense.