DFS Digging In The Crates Daily 2020 Week 9 DraftKings
DraftKings (Main Slate: 11 Games)
Derek Carr @ Cardinals ($5,700)
We can’t blame Derek Carr for his fantasy performance week 8. It was a messy weather day and that hindered numerous passing games. He’ll look to bounce back against a Chargers defense that allowed three, fourth quarter touchdowns last week to Drew Lock. Carr has thrown 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions so far this season with a quarterback rating of 110. The Raiders are going to run the football, but they also have one of the best tight ends in football with Darren Waller. Stacking Carr and Waller is an affordable, upside stack that may go under owned after a fantasy dud last week. DFS players tend to lean on recency bias and will jump off ship quickly if a player burns them a certain week.
Drew Lock @ Falcons ($5,200)
Drew Lock was battle tested week 8, and he came through in a win for the Broncos. It was by no means a perfect performance, but he played well when it mattered. Lock and the 3-4 Broncos will get a POROUS Falcons secondary week 9 in a game that should be close and could have fire works (-4 Atlanta). Stacking him with Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant are the direction that i’m heading, and it’ll be on the cheap! The trajectory is upwards, and Lock has no shortage of young weaponry at his disposal.
Nyheim Hines vs. Ravens ($4,400)
The Colts backfield has an assortment of running back issues heading into week 9. Jonathan Taylor has underachieved, and Jordan Wilkins got the bulk, as Nyheim Hines played the James White role. Hines is a good fit this weekend from a PPR angle as the Colts will see a stout Ravens run defense. His role is varies on a weekly basis and at times it’s frustrating, but they is what makes him a nice tournament piece with upside.
Justin Jackson vs. Raiders ($4,900)
In the absence of Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson has assumed the duties and fill in needs, as best as possible. I think we can anticipate close to 20 touches again week 9. He’ll get a middle of the road Raiders run defense that is allowing 117 yards on the ground per game. His involvement in the passing game is what I zero in on because of DraftKings PPR format. He’s had atleast five targets in three games in a row. I’m comfortable using Jackson in cash games, Chargers stacks, or even a cheap running back one off.
DeeJay Dallas @ Bills ($5,000)
Jerry Jeudy @ Falcons ($4,700)
If there was ever a time for a Jerry Jeudy coming out party, it is this week at Atlanta. He’s had a typical rookie wide out season with highs and lows, but has adapted to the lack of quarterback continuity. The touchdowns are coming. The Falcons have been porous in their secondary all season, and without their best play Courtland Sutton, Jeudy has been really the only model of consistency. He saw a season high target total with 10 in the absence of Tim Patrick. If Patrick does NOT play week 9, i’ll have an enormous amount of Jeudy. He can be used in a game stack, or in cash games.
Diontae Johnson @ Cowboys ($5,000)
Words cannot describe how terrible the Cowboys have become in 2020 on both sides of the ball. Diontae Johnson is “healthy” and he is also under priced given his usage,l and upside when he is on the field. These factors are the recipe for success on the cheap, week 9. Injuries have been a problem so far this season but WHEN he has been on the field, and stayed on it, his upside is as high as nearly any receivers. The Cowboys dead last defensive unit should allow Johnson to do whatever he wants week 9. I am talking about massive 25-30 fantasy upside. I won’t use him in stacks with Ben Roethlisberger, but he’ll be in a ton of my lineups as a one off.
Bonus: Sterling Shepard @ Washington ($4,800)
Hayden Hurst vs. Broncos ($4,100)
Something tells me that the Falcons and Broncos are going to shoot out Sunday. They better, i’ll have massive amounts of both teams. When I use Matt Ryan, I’ll be pairing him with Julio Jones (obviously) and Hayden Hurst. Hurst has obtained the Austin Hooper role with less upside. Perfect for the price in a game that should be up tempo. Hurst has had seven or more targets in two straight games. With Calvin Ridley expected to miss time, Hurst can soak up the targets. Temper the upside expectations on Hurst from an upside angle, but he’s just fine at his price point.
Logan Thomas vs. Giants ($3,700)
This isn’t the first time Logan Thomas has made the Crate list, and it won’t be the last. The Washington Football team lacks offensive talent, but Thomas has become one of the only reliable options. He’s someone touchdown dependent as he’s often targeted in the red zone. He’s second only to Terry McLaurin in receiving yards (208) and leads Washington in touchdown catches (3). Thomas has also scored in back to back weeks. He’s a fine cash game play, and salary saver week 9.
Bonus: Noah Fant @ Falcons ($4,600)
Giants @ Washington ($2,700)
The Giants have become a tough defensive unit recently and they'll have the luxury of getting Kyle Allen on the road. Allen will be sacked, and he’ll turn the ball over. Love the price here.