Generally, I prefer paying down at D/ST because the outcomes can be so random. But if you have the salary leftover, spending it on a solid defense can payoff. Here are three plays over $3,000 that could put you in the green on the Week 9 main slate. Salaries via DraftKings.
Bills ($3,800) vs. WAS
Dwayne Haskins will get the start for Washington, which makes sense, but doesn’t give it the best chance to win. The rookie has been extremely turnover prone, tossing four interceptions on just 22 pass attempts this season. Buffalo’s defense has reached double-digit-DKFP in four of its seven games this season, and is arguably in its strongest spot yet.
Browns ($3,100) at DEN
Cleveland’s defense has actually been pretty solid this season, especially on the road. It put up 5.0 DKFP in New England last week, and 10 DKFP in Baltimore earlier in the year. The Browns are also starting to get healthy in the secondary, which should help limit big plays. But the main reason this is such a good play this week is because Brandon Allen is the Broncos’ starting QB. He’s never even taken a snap with Denver, tossing three interceptions and no touchdowns with the Rams in preseason. Denver should have an extremely difficult time on offense in this one.
Eagles ($3,000) vs. CHI
The Eagles could be somewhat of a contrarian play, because the perception is that their defense is terrible. While that may be true, this defense also puts points on the board. Eagles D/ST went for 12 DKFP in Buffalo last weekend, and now gets to face Mitchell Trubisky at home. The Eagles haven’t played at home since Week 5, when it scored 35 DKFP against the Jets, While we’re not expecting that type of production, there’s plenty of upside here.
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