Derek Carr – NO vs Bears
FanDuel - $7,100; DraftKings - $5,700
Derek Carr is my favorite value QB of week 9. He has thrown for at least 300 yards the past three weeks, and he gets to face a reeling Chicago Bears secondary this week. The Bears rank in the bottom 6 in completion percentage allowed, passing yards allowed, TD% allowed, and FanDuel PPG allowed to QBs. If you are paying down for QB in DFS this week, roll with Derek Carr and flourish.
Jonathan Taylor – IND vs Panthers
FanDuel - $8,000; DraftKings - $6,400
Jonathan Taylor has appeared to have played himself back into game shape since returning from his ankle injury. He has totaled 108.5 yards per game the last 2 weeks despite Zack Moss getting plenty of work alongside him. Taylor faces the Carolina Panthers who have a terrible run defense. They give up the 2nd most rush yards per game, 2nd most total yards per game, 2nd most yards per carry, 2nd most FanDuel PPG, and have the highest TD5 allowed to RBs on the year. Jonathan Taylor has only one TD this season, but I expect that to change after week 9.
CeeDee Lamb – DAL vs Eagles
FanDuel - $8,800; DraftKings - $8,800
CeeDee Lamb had his breakout game of 2023 in week 8, putting up a 14/12/188/2 line against the Rams. Lamb faces the Philadelphia Eagles, who statistically have a bad secondary. They give up the 4th most receiving yards per game and the most FanDuel PPG to WRs this season. In a game with the highest Vegas Over/Under (46.5), a shootout is expected, meaning CeeDee Lamb will be targeted plenty in week 9.
Kyle Pitts – ATL vs Vikings
FanDuel - $5,200; DraftKings - $4,100
With Taylor Heinicke starting and Drake London not playing in week 9, Kyle Pitts became my favorite TE on the slate. He should be able to garner the lion’s share of the targets against a middle of the road Minnesota Vikings defense. He has averaged 8 targets per game over the last 4 weeks, and that should be the floor for Pitts in a game without Drake London. Let’s pray that Arthur Smith does not mess this up!
New England Patriots – vs Commanders
FanDuel - $3,700; DraftKings - $2,900
The New England Patriots pop up as the top D/ST in both dollars-per-point and DH +/- this week. They face the Washington Commanders who have given up 5 sacks per game this season, tied for worst in the league with the Giants. The Commanders only have a Vegas implied Team total of 19, so Points should come sparingly, boosting the cash game a tourney value of the Patriots D/ST.
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