For another big weekend of fantasy football, DraftKings has another 11-game slate ready to roll for Week 9. The highlight of the slate is another chance for players to take a shot at a million-dollar top prize in the $4M Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. We’ll track that contest throughout the day and keep you up to date on the leading entries and the highlights around the NFL.
You can also find coverage throughout the day on The Dream Stream where Leaderboard Live will keep you up to speed and offer analysis for all the big plays and injuries throughout Sunday.
After the 11 games came to a close on Sunday’s main slate, ‘MangioneMotorsports’ had the leading entry with 238.02 DKFP. Like almost all the leading lineups, the entry was built around high-priced RBs Christian McCaffrey ($8,500; 37.1 DKFP) and Dalvin Cook ($8,200; 42.2 DKFP), who both had multiple touchdowns and plenty of yardage. Keenan Allen ($7,000; 28.3 DKFP) got the late points that entry needed to catch and pass ‘Benjie514,’ who was leading after the early games. Gabriel Davis ($3,200; 17.0 DKFP) was a key value in that entry with a touchdown and 70 yards with just 0.6% ownership. Drew Lock ($5,200; 33.22 DKFP) also was a great option at QB with over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos’ loss.
The ‘Benjie514’ entry slid to third while ‘mmichel28’ vaulted into second place, behind a big late-game performance from Christian Kirk ($5,300; 26.3 DKFP), who had over 100 yards for Arizona. Kyler Murray ($7,800; 41.92 DKFP) came up huge for his owners, as well, with the best QB performance of the day to push his owners up the leaderboard. In fifth place, ‘trick1978’ moved up with Murray and could have done even better if Chase Edmonds ($6,800; 11.8 DKFP) hadn’t come up empty.
Note: Leaderboard standings and results current as of 7:40 p.m. ET
Fantasy Football Highlights
4 p.m. ET games — Second Half
The Raiders were down at halftime but stormed back with a pair of touchdown passes from Derek Carr ($5,700; 15.0 DKFP). One went to Nelson Agholor ($4,700; 13.5 DKFP), and one went to Darren Waller ($5,800; 13.2 DKFP). Justin Herbert ($6,800; 26.44 DKFP) hit fullback Gabe Nabers ($4,000; 7.4 DKFP) for a touchdown, but was also shaken up on the play. The two-point conversion failed, so the Raiders still led 28-26. After a Raiders FG, the Chargers drove down the field and scored an apparent touchdown on a pass from Justin Herbert ($6,800; 26.44 DKFP) to Donald Parham ($2,500; 0.0 DKFP) in the highlight below. Upon review, though, the ball clearly hit the ground, so the play was ruled an incomplete pass and the Raiders escaped with a 31-26 victory.
In Arizona, Kyler Murray ($7,800; 41.92 DKFP) continued his big game with a touchdown pass to Darrell Daniels ($2,500; 9.1 DKFP) to tie the game against the Dolphins, 24-24. He converted the fourth down in the highlight below and later ran for a 12-yard touchdown to put Arizona up, 31-24. Tua Tagovailoa ($5,600; 21.42 DKFP) answered back with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins ($3,000; 8.1 DKFP) in the highlight below to tie the game back up. Tua then set up a 50-yard field goal for Jason Sanders, but Kyler also set up his FG kicker for a potential game-tying kick. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, though, Zane Gonzalez came up short and the Dolphins got the road win in Arizona. While Tua’s team got the win, Murray had the better fantasy day with over 100 rushing yards in what was an extremely entertaining contest.
In the most surprising result of the day, the undefeated Steelers were down to the injury-depleted Cowboys going into the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger ($6,500; 28.04 DKFP) rallied his team, though, with a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,200; 21.3 DKFP), although a blocked extra point left the Steelers trailing by four points. After a big kick return, Garrett Gilbert ($4,800; 13.2 DKFP) threw a costly interception, and later Big Ben hit Eric Ebron ($4,500; 11.2 DKFP) for the touchdown in the highlight below, which put the Steelers up five points, 24-19. Gilbert tried to lead the Cowboy back, but he took a huge sack on fourth down, and the Steelers remained undefeated with a hard-fought 24-19 victory.
4 p.m. ET games — First Half
After a busy start to the day with eight games kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET, the NFL had three games in the later window, starting with the Las Vegas Raiders returning to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers. The Raiders got rushing scores from Devontae Booker ($4,000) and Josh Jacobs ($6,300) to go up 14-7 after Kalen Ballage scored for the Chargers on the fourth-down conversion to start the game. Just before halftime, Justin Herbert ($6,800) hit Keenan Allen ($7,000) for a touchdown in the highlight below, and after a field goal, they went into the break with a 17-14 lead.
The undefeated Steelers looked like they had a very easy matchup against the Cowboys, but Dallas pulled out all the stops and built a 13-0 lead thanks to a touchdown from Garrett Gilbert ($4,800) to Ceedee Lamb ($4,900) and the highlight below where they added a little trickeration on special teams. Ben Roethlisberger ($6,500) hit James Washington ($3,000) for a touchdown before the half, but a missed extra point left Dallas up 13-6. Just before halftime, Chris Boswell hit a franchise-record 59-yard FG and the Steelers closed to within 13-9.
In Arizona, the Cardinals and Dolphins played a very entertaining first half with Tua Tagovailoa ($5,500) and Kyler Murray ($7,800) each adding some plays to their highlight reel. Murray threw the deep pass in the highlight below, but it was Tua who took a lead to the locker room, 24-17.
1 p.m. ET games — Second Half
The Bills added a FG after halftime to go up 27-10 following a Russell Wilson ($7,600; 29.1 DKFP) fumble. The Seahawks answered back with a touchdown from DeeJay Dallas ($5,000; 11.9 DKFP) and later a field goal to close to within a touchdown just before the third quarter came to a close. However, in the fourth quarter, the Bills got a short touchdown from Zack Moss ($5,200; 12.8 DKFP), a huge interception from Tre’Davious White and a touchdown run from Josh Allen ($7,000; 39 DKFP) to go up 41-20. Wilson had some late magic with a 60-yard touchdown pass to David Moore ($3,100; 17.1 DKFP) highlighted below and another scoring strike to DK Metcalf ($7,800; 26.8 DKFP), but he ultimately finished with four turnovers and just two touchdown passes as Buffalo got a nice statement win.
Early in the third quarter, Irv Smith Jr. ($2,900; 15 DKFP) got his second short score of the day as the Vikings opened up a 17-point lead over the Lions. Matthew Stafford ($6,600; 10.44 DKFP) threw a pair of interceptions before leaving to enter the concussion protocol, which he cleared the team announced after the game. Dalvin Cook ($8,200) took over the game, though, ripping off the 70-yard touchdown in the highlight below and ending up with over 200 rushing yards.
The Ravens looked good in the second half, despite a fumble near the goal line on their first possession. Philip Rivers ($5,600; 8.08 DKFP) then threw the pass in the highlight below, which was controversially ruled an interception after replay review. The Ravens turned that interception into a touchdown run by Gus Edwards ($4,800; 10.4 DKFP) to go up, 14-10. Lamar Jackson ($6,900; 18.6 DKFP) later ran for a score and the Ravens’ DST ($3,500; 14 DKFP) shut out the Colts in the second half.
The Chiefs trailed at home at halftime to the Panthers, but they got a touchdown from Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,100; 12.4 DKFP) to go up 20-17 toward the end of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Patrick Mahomes ($8,100; 33.88 DKFP) threw his 100th career touchdown which went to Tyreek Hill ($7,100; 36.1 DKFP). Teddy Bridgewater ($6,000; 31.3 DKFP) helped his team pick up the first down on fourth-and-14 in the highlight below and later scrambled for the touchdown to finish the drive. Mahomes hit Hill for another score, though, as the Chiefs held on to win despite a second touchdown from Christian McCaffrey ($8,500; 37.1 DKFP). Kansas City held on, 33-31, after a 67-yard Panthers FG attempt sailed wide right as time expired.
Washington tried to climb out of their deficit with a short touchdown by Antonio Gibson ($5,800; 13.5 DKFP) and a long score from Alex Smith ($4,800; 17 DKFP) to Terry McLaurin ($6,500; 27.5 DKFP) in the highlight below. With two chances to tie the game with a FG, Smith instead threw two interceptions, though, as Washington fell to 2-6 on the season, which is the same record the Giants now have in the mess that is the NFC East.
The Texans got a 77-yard touchdown from Deshaun Watson ($7,100; 24.24 DKFP) to Will Fuller V ($6,800; 24 DKFP) which put the Texans ahead, 27-16. J.J. Watt picked up his 100th career sack in the fourth quarter, but Jake Luton ($4,900; 25.46 DKFP) later led a last-minute drive that came within a two-point conversion of tying the game. Houston held on to win, though, 27-25.
Desmond King was acquired by the Titans before the NFL trade deadline earlier this week, and he had a pivotal scoop and score against the Bears for the Titans’ DST ($3,000; 14 DKFP). The Bears were still without a point going into the fourth quarter but kicked a short FG rather than going for it on fourth down. The Titans answered back with a touchdown by Jonnu Smith ($3,900; 11.2 DKFP), which put the Titans up 24-3. Ryan Nall ($4,000; 13.5 DKFP) and Jimmy Graham ($3,800; 17.5 DKFP) scored garbage-time touchdowns on passes from Nick Foles ($5,500; 24.6 DKFP), but Chicago fell short as Tennessee won, 24-17.
The Falcons didn’t blow their big lead against the Broncos, but instead they built on it after a touchdown toss from Matt Ryan ($6,400; 23.46 DKFP) to Julio Jones ($7,200; 16.4 DKFP) and a touchdown run from Todd Gurley ($6,200; 13.5 DKFP). Jerry Jeudy ($4,700; 28.5 DKFP) and Tim Patrick ($4,900; 12.9 DKFP) had touchdown catches from Drew Lock ($5,200; 33.22 DKFP) in the fourth quarter, but Lock had a costly fumble on a drive that could have potentially tied the game with a touchdown.
1 p.m. ET games — First Half
Josh Allen ($7,000) and the Bills got their day off to a fast start against the Seahawks with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie ($3,000) in the highlight below. Later in the first quarter, Allen connected with Tyler Kroft ($3,200) for his second score of the day. The Seahawks battled back, though, and Russell Wilson ($7,600) snuck for a short score in the second quarter. Allen and the Bills continued to pour it on, though, with his third passing touchdown of the day going to Gabriel Davis ($3,200) to put Buffalo ahead 24-10.
The Jaguars also wasted no time allowing rookie Jake Luton ($4,900) to air it out with the 73-yard touchdown pass in the highlight below. Deshaun Watson ($7,100) and the Texans answered back, though with a big play of their own, a 57-yard touchdown strike to Brandin Cooks ($5,500). After a pair of FGs for Houston, the Jaguars took the lead with a rushing score from James Robinson ($7,000), who was off to a strong start. The Texans bounced back, though, with a touchdown from Duke Johnson ($4,000) after David Johnson ($5,600) was ruled out with a concussion and Houston went into halftime with a 20-16 lead.
Without Calvin Ridley (foot), the Falcons still had no trouble putting up points against the Broncos, Olamide Zaccheaus ($3,000) got the Falcons on the board early, and later in the first half Matt Ryan ($6,400) connected with Brandon Powell ($3,000) as Atlanta built a 20-3 lead at halftime. We all know what the Falcons can do with leads, though, and the Broncos had a big comeback just last week, so this game feels far from over.
Dalvin Cook ($8,200) continued his touchdown binge with an early score against the Lions in an NFC North matchup against the Lions and Kirk Cousins ($6,200) connected with Irv Smith Jr. ($2,900) for another score later in the first half. Marvin Jones ($5,100) had a touchdown before halftime, though, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 13-10, but former Lion Ameer Abdullah ($4,000) caught a screen pass for a touchdown with just seconds to go before the half to put Minnesota up 20-10.
In a low-scoring first half, A.J. Brown ($6,600) caught the 40-yard touchdown in the highlight below to put the Titans up 10-0 at halftime. The Bears were the only team in action in the early window to not score in the first half.
In a matchup of AFC contenders, the Indianapolis Colts got an early score from Jonathan Taylor ($6,000), but Taylor later fumbled in the play highlighted below, which was returned for a touchdown by the Ravens to level the score at 7-7. A field goal just before halftime put the Colts back in the lead, 10-7 at halftime.
The Panthers welcomed back Christian McCaffrey ($8,500) and he got right back into the end zone to give the Panthers an early 7-0 lead over the Chiefs. He hauled in a nine-yard pass on fourth down for the score in the highlight below. After a fake punt, Curtis Samuel ($4,400) took a shovel pass for a touchdown to put the Panthers up, 14-3. The Chiefs came back, though, with a touchdown catch from Demarcus Robinson ($3,200) before halftime. Carolina led 17-13 at halftime following a field goal.
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In an NFC East slopfest, the Giants recovered an early fumble and kicked a field goal to go up, 3-0. They also took advantage of a muffed punt and Wayne Gallman Jr. ($4,500) converted a short touchdown. Kyle Allen ($5,300) took a brutal hit to his leg, which appeared to buckle, and he was replaced by Alex Smith ($4,800). After the teams traded field goals, Evan Engram ($4,300) had the nice touchdown catch highlighted below to put New York up 20-3.
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