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Week 9 DFS Core Plays: Aaron Rodgers, Tyler Lockett, More

Week 9 DFS

Aaron Rodgers has been on an absolute tear lately. He tops the list of core plays for Week 9 DFS. Find out who to build your daily NFL lineups around this week.

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Play Aaron Rodgers: Week 9 Core DFS Plays

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Week 9 DFS Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson $7,100

Wilson faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home this week. Tampa is a funnel defense- great vs. the run but bad vs. the pass. They rank first defending the run and 31st against the pass. The Bucs have allowed the second-most DK points to quarterbacks. This is another smash spot for Wilson.

Aaron Rodgers $6,900

Nobody plays the quarterback position in the month of October like Aaron Rodgers. He has been on a tear this month. Rodgers has amassed 76.9 DK points over the last two games alone. The Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers game has shoutout potential with both teams fielding upper echelon quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers $5,100

Rivers and his Chargers are three-point dogs at home. Rivers will need to have a good game if the Chargers are going to keep pace with the Packers offense. He is priced way down, giving him a relatively low bar to reach to return good value. If you’re looking for a low-cost quarterback that could hit 4x, Rivers is your guy.

Week 9 DFS Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell $7,700

Bell will look to get back on track this week when he and the New York Jets face the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins defense has been abysmal this year. They rank dead last in DK points allowed to running backs. This is a get-right spot for Bell.

Nick Chubb $7,300

Chubb has gobbled up all the touches he can handle in the Cleveland Browns offense. He has 20 or more touches in every game but one this season. Chubb has surpassed 120 yards in each of his last two games. This week he will face the Denver Broncos who have a strong pass defense ranking of fourth. However, the Broncos defense ranks 19th versus the run. Chubb should be busy this week, as the Browns will likely look to him to carry them to victory.

Aaron Jones $7,000

Jones has been a key cog in the Packers offense this year. He finally has a coach that figured out how to marry Rodgers’ abilities as a quarterback with Jones’ skills out of the backfield. The results speak for themselves. Jones leads the league in touchdowns scored this season and should see his fair share of scoring opportunities again this week. The Packers will likely feature their running backs again in this game and stick with what has been working for them lately.

Jaylen Samuels $4,000

Benny Snell has already been ruled out for two to three weeks after having a procedure on his knee. If James Conner is unable to play this week, Samuels will be the feature back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a feature back at only 4k on Draft Kings. On top of being a decent runner, Samuels is a talented pass-catcher out of the backfield. If he gets the backfield to himself Sunday, he is a lock.

Week 9 DFS Wide Receivers

Tyler Lockett $7,500

Lockett will face the Bucs 31st ranked secondary at home this week. He has caught a touchdown pass in every home game this season, a trend I expect will continue this week. Although pricey, Lockett is in a prime spot to have a big game this week.

Chris Godwin $7,300

After a disappointing game last week, Godwin is a bounce-back candidate. The Seahawks defense ranks 10th overall versus wide receivers. However, they can be taken advantage of in the slot where they allow the 12th most fantasy points. Godwin should get lots of looks from Jameis Winston this week and has a sneaky good matchup to exploit.

Allen Robinson $6,800

Robinson gets one of the best matchups of the week for wide receivers. His opponent this week, the Philadelphia Eagles, rank 30th in DK points allowed to receivers. Robinson, who has been targeted at least seven times in each game, should have his way with them this week.

Danny Amendola $4,700

With Kerryon Johnson out of the lineup and a bunch of backup running backs in the backfield, the Detriot Lions have used the short-pass as an extension of the run-game. In the last two games, Amendola has been targeted 19 times. Look for more of the same this week when the Lions take on the Oakland Raiders, who rank 32nd in DK points allowed to receivers.

Week 9 DFS Tight Ends

Hunter Henry $6,000

The game script for the Chargers sets up for a lot of passing, but the Packers corners will likely lock-up the Chargers receivers. Therefore, I expect to see a lot of passes over the middle to Henry and the running backs. The Packers rank 21st in DK points allowed to tight ends. Henry has been targeted 27 times the last three games. 

Zach Ertz $4,700

Ertz has been hovering around his floor all season. Because of this, his price has fallen drastically. At only 4.7K, if Ertz has a floor-game, it won’t kill you. However, if he hits his ceiling this week, the ROI will be immense. Chicago ranks 25th in DK points allowed to tight ends.

Week 9 DFS Defense

Carolina Panthers $2,800

After getting demolished last week by the San Francisco 49ers, the Panthers will look to make a statement this week. Look for them to play with urgency in this matchup at home against the Tennessee Titans. Carolina should be able to get and maintain a lead in the game, allowing their defensive line to do what they do best, get after the quarterback. The Panthers defense has 30 sacks through seven games.

Pittsburgh Steelers $2,400

The Steelers defense has been a great fantasy asset as of late. They have scored double-digit DK points in each of their last five contests. Their D-line has wreaked havoc on offenses to this point, registering 24 sacks and forcing 19 takeaways. They provide us an excellent low-cost and high-ceiling option for DFS this week.

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