Week 9 of the NFL season is upon us. The Bengals, Falcons, Rams, and Saints get to sit home this weekend while they’re on byes, while the Jags and Texans travel overseas to clash on the pitch in London.
This means there are only 10 games to choose from on Sunday and players like Cooper Kupp, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and DeAndre Hopkins (and his classic Halloween costume) cannot be slotted into your lineups. But don’t worry – there are still quality options to choose from.
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Here are some under-the-radar players that can help you dominate Week 9.
Matthew Stafford – QB, DET
Opponent – Oakland Raiders
Price – $6,800
The veteran QB has quietly been putting up great numbers through 7 games played. Stafford boasts a 105.3 QBR and is averaging 22.4 fantasy points per game. He’s tossed 16 TDs compared to 4 INTs.
Stafford and his many weapons head to Oakland to take on their porous pass defense. The Raiders’ defense ranks 26th against opposing QBs and 30th in passing yards allowed per game. With the loss of Kerryon Johnson, Stafford is going to be let loose to throw the ball all over the Oakland defense.
If not for success, volume alone should allow for Stafford to put up some serious numbers on Sunday.
Josh Jacobs – RB, OAK
Opponent – Detroit Lions
Price – $6,500
Jacobs has broken into the league this year as a rookie and has been productive in his work. The Alabama product is running angry, averaging 88.6 yards per game and has found the endzone 4 times.
Jacobs and the Raiders welcome the Detroit Lions on Sunday in what should be a high-scoring affair. The defense of the Lions ranks 31st against opposing RBs and 26th in rushing yards allowed per game. The rookie should see a ton of volume in a plus matchup.
Fire up Josh Jacobs.
Zach Ertz – TE, PHI
Opponent – Chicago Bears
Price – $4,700
Ertz has been somewhat disappointing so far this season. Overall, his numbers are fine, but by his standards, he has not produced to his potential.
I think Ertz reaches that potential this week and has a great game against the Bears on Sunday in Philly. While Chicago boasts a stout defense, they are susceptible to getting beat by TEs.
The Bears’ defense ranks 25th against the position and Ertz always plays well against them. Look for him to get back on track and put up solid numbers on Sunday.
DeVante Parker – WR, MIA
Opponent – New York Jets
Price – $4,400
It may not be pretty, but DeVante Parker has been getting it done in the fantasy football world. In 5 of his 7 games played, Parker has posted double-digit fantasy points.
His 2 down performances came against the Patriots and the Cowboys, which have been miserable matchups for all wideouts this season. This Sunday, Parker and the Dolphins take on the New York Jets. The Jets’ defense ranks 25th against opposing WRs and 24th in passing yards allowed per game.
With Parker having seen 18 targets in the last 2 games, I like my chances for him to provide a safe floor at a bargain price.
Listen & Learn
For a full rundown of our under-the-radar Week 9 DFS picks, listen to this week’s Sneaky Plays Podcast – Josh Jacobs Jingleheimer Schmidt – on your favorite podcast platform!
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