Week 9 budget options at quarterback 9 are slim, but Jared Goff presents an interesting consideration. After two down weeks that can be attributed to the stellar pass defenses of Jacksonville and Seattle, Goff put up a near 20 point day against Arizona, and equaled a season high in completions. The Giants are giving up the 6th most passing and total yards per game, and have few playmakers outside of Landon Collins. The probability of Todd Gurley stealing points is high, so this a risky choice suited only for tournaments, but if you want to save at the QB position, Goff is your guy.
DeMarco Murray is nursing minor injuries including a bruised shoulder and sore hamstring, but last time we checked he was still a lead back averaging over 18 touches a game in his last three games. Baltimore's defense is a top 10 unit overall, but has been allowing the third most rushing yards per game, something that the Titans will attempt to exploit. There isn't a ton of upside here, but Murray represents a safe pick due to his volume and relatively high chance of a score.
The low valuation for Orleans Darkwa is a combination of how reliant his role is on the flow of the game, how bad the Giants offense is, and the fact that Paul Perkins looks as though he may return this week. These are understandable concerns, but Darkwa offers major upside on his relatively low price. Perkins has been terrible this year, and Darkwa will command the majority of the touches out of the backfield regardless. His rush attempts are dependent on the Giants not being blown out, but a Rams team coming west does not seem like a team that will deliver an early knock out blow. Additionally, they are poor against the run, offering up 8th most yards per game. Darkwa has bust potential for the reasons initially outlined, but is an excellent tournament filler with major upside if the Giants can keep it close.
DeVante Parker, who has been out since a week 5 ankle injury against the Titans, has been heavily targeted and productive when he's been on the field. Excluding his week 5 game where he got hurt, Parker has averaged 9 targets, 6 catches, and 75 yards as Jay Culter's preferred passing option in the Dolphins offense. Both Parker and Cutler are set to return this week, meaning that Parker should be in line for his usual production. Add in a subpar Oakland defense, and Parker looks like excellent value at $6,100.
Fan Duel remains a doubter in Paul Richardson even after his 6 catch, 105 yard, two touchdown performance against Houston. And they have good reason to be. Richardson still has never garnered over 7 targets and before last week was averaging under 3 catches and under 45 yards. Considering touchdowns are highly variable, it's tough to put a lot of faith in Richardson. But last week confirmed that Seattle has to abandon the run. Outside of Russel Wilson, they carried the ball 17 times for 3 yards. Wilson is going to have to pass this team into the playoffs, and Richardson will continue to see ample red zone targets moving forward. He is a volatile tournament play, but also has the upside to win you a lot of money.
In a position that has few consistent options, Cook's 2017 performance has been an outlier. He's presented a solid stream of 7 targets, 4 catches and around 50 yards. That isn't going to win you a week, but it's not going to lose you a cash game either. The Dolphins have a top 7 defense in yards allowed, but have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to tight ends, making Cook a surprisingly good option.
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