DraftKings Value Plays, Picks, and Sleepers for Week 9

By Matthew Gajewski, November 1, 2017
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints

Last week, weather proved to be a huge factor in DFS lineups, influencing numerous games across the East coast. With the forecast expected to improve, this week’s biggest impact appears to be the trade deadline. Jay Ajayi and Jimmy Garoppolo have found new homes and could shake up this week’s slate. In perhaps the most interesting week of DFS yet, here are some DraftKings targets.

Michael Thomas (v. Tampa Bay) - $7,200

On the season Michael Thomas is averaging the 12th most targets per game (8.9). He has also proved to be a safe option, scoring at least 13.1 points in five of his seven games. He now draws Tampa Bay, who allows the most yards per game to receivers in the league (208). Tampa Bay expects to miss Brent Grimes again, making Thomas an attractive cash play.

Robert Woods (@ New York Giants) - $4,300

Surprisingly, Robert Woods leads the Rams in targets this season, averaging 6.2 per game. With Janoris Jenkins suspended, Woods should see softer coverage. Coming into last week, the Giants ranked 30th in DVOA against number two wide receivers. Woods can be fired up as a cheap option in cash and GPPs.

Dez Bryant (v. Kansas City) - $6,400

Coming off a 6 target, 7.9 point fantasy day, Dez Bryant should bounce back against a Kansas City secondary, allowing the 5th most receiving yards per game to wide receivers. Despite his dud game, Bryant still averages the 10th most targets per game (9.1) and should see a boost with Ezekiel Elliott suspended. He makes sense as mid-priced cash option.

Jimmy Graham (v. Washington) - $5,000

Coming off his best performance to on the year, Jimmy Graham should be a DFS target again this week. Graham is second on the Seahawks in targets and draws a Redskins defense, which allows the most receiving yards to tight ends per game. Graham warrants cash consideration, given the matchup and his volume.

Lamar Miller (v. Indianapolis) - $6,200

Despite scoring 22.3 points, Lamar Miller has a modest price in one of the NFL’s top offenses. The past three weeks he has touches of 17, 18, and 24 respectively. Houston currently sits as a 13-point home favorite, which means Miller should be active often. The Colts currently allow the 3rd most points per game to running backs. Lock Miller into cash lineups this week.

Todd Gurley (@ New York Giants) - $8,100

Todd Gurley has seen a monster workload to start the year. Over his past three games he averages 20 touches and 4.3 targets. He draws a Giants defense ranked 23rd in rushing yards allowed per game (120.7). With an elite workload, Gurley is a cash consideration and a tournament pivot off the other high priced running backs.

Dak Prescott – (v. Kansas City) - $6,700

Look for Dak Prescott to bounce back this week following his season low 7.32 points. Prior to this game Prescott reached at least 17 points in every game this season. Playing in inclement weather in Washington last week, the Cowboys chose to run Ezekiel Elliott 33 times. Prescott now takes on the Chiefs, ranked 28th in passing yards allowed per game. Prescott could see low ownership coming off his poor performance, making him a target in GPPs.


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