This is a guest post from our friends at RotoGrinders

Welcome to Week 9! We’re essentially halfway through the NFL season and have a good sample size of games and data to use to build the best lineups possible for our daily fantasy games.

This article will look at some of my favorite cash game picks this week using FanDuel pricing. As a reminder, cash games include head-to-heads and double-ups (also called 50/50s). In these types of contests, we want to be as safe as possible. Since we only need to beat half the field to win prizes, we want to roster players who can get us guaranteed points, rather than “boom-or-bust” players who might give us nothing.

For more on general daily fantasy strategy, check out the content on RotoGrinders.com. (I’m biased. I work there.) Otherwise, let’s get into our Week 9 FanDuel cash game picks!

Quarterback

(David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE)
(David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE)

Tom Brady vs. WAS – $9,500 – There’s going to be a lot of value with all of the injuries last weekend, and I think it’s very smart to pay up for Brady in cash games. He’s averaging over 26 fantasy points a game this season and the Patriots look unstoppable right now. The Washington secondary is already vulnerable to the pass, and all three safeties are questionable to play in this game. It’s tough enough to defend against Brady even when you’re healthy, so this could be a long day for Washington’s defense. I really like the chances for Brady to put up another big day and I think he’s almost a lock for 20+ fantasy points this weekend.

Tyrod Taylor vs. MIA – $7,200 – Taylor said he feels 100% going into the game with the Dolphins and I expect him play on Sunday. Only Tom Brady is averaging more fantasy points per game this season, but Taylor comes at a great discount compared to Brady and Rivers. Miami has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and they’ve allowed seven passing touchdowns in the last two games. They’ve also allowed multiple passing touchdowns in four of seven games this season. Taylor adds value with his running ability, which just further adds to an already solid floor for cash games.

Running Back

(USA Today Sports)
(USA Today Sports)

Devonta Freeman vs. SF – $8,900 – Freeman is leading the NFL in touches per game (24) this season. Since taking over the starting job in Week 3, Freeman has at least 27 touches in four of six games. He has double-digit fantasy points in every game since taking over the starting job and he continues to be the safest option for cash games. I’m a big fan of the Atlanta defense this weekend as well. I think the Falcons get a good lead in this game and then run the ball a lot in the second half. The 49ers defense is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The final result? I’m going to be loading up on Freeman in my cash games this weekend.

Jeremy Langford vs. SD – $6,400 – Matt Forte hasn’t officially been ruled out for Monday’s game, but I think he’s extremely doubtful with a knee sprain. The team is very confident that Langford can get the job done, and I expect him to have at least 20 touches in this game. He’s a great play for this price tag and I think he really exceeds value if he finds the end zone. The Chargers are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. They allowed at least 20 fantasy points to running backs in six of eight games this season, and touchdowns in five of eight games this season. He is still a rookie so there’s a tad bit of risk here, but the numbers look great for Langford this weekend.

Wide Receiver

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Odell Beckham Jr. vs. TB – $9,000 – OBJ’s price tag is up there and I expect him to be highly owned after a big game against the Saints last weekend. The Bucs are allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and they’ve allowed a receiving touchdown in every game. I don’t see TB cornerbacks Banks or Verner being able to stop him. If OBJ lines up in the slot against Jenkins, he’ll have an even bigger advantage. He’s my top wide receiver in Week 9 and I think he’s worth the price tag for the second straight weekend.

Steve Johnson vs. CHI – $5,400 – The injury to Keenan Allen is something we don’t like to see as football fans. With that said, it has opened up a lot of value this weekend. Johnson is the guy I’m turning to amongst the San Diego WR corps. Allen was averaging the six most targets per game (11) this season, and that’s really going to open things up. Johnson should be the target moving the chains and I expect him to see a high volume of targets this weekend. McManis covers the slot 99% of the time for the Bears, making this is a great matchup for Johnson.

Tight End

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Antonio Gates vs. CHI – $6,000 – You can always pay up for Gronkowski, but I think Gates has an extremely high floor this weekend. Chicago has been very good against tight ends so far, but I expect Gates to still see a high volume of looks his way. I actually don’t mind playing Gates and Johnson on the same team this weekend, and I think Gates will be used a lot more in the red zone. Gates has at least nine catches in two of three games this season. With another week to get healthy, Gates should be out on the field for a lot more than half of the snaps and be in a great spot to hit value.

Delanie Walker vs. NO – $5,500 – I’m actually really high on Walker this weekend, and I’ll be using Mariota on a lot of my GPP teams if he plays. I still think Walker is under priced on FanDuel. He has at least 9 FanDuel points in six of seven games this season, and five of those games he didn’t even find the end zone. We continue to see how bad the Saints defense is against the pass, and they’re allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. I think Walker has a seven-point floor, with upside to crush value if he’s able to find the end zone.

Defense

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New York Jets vs. JAX – $4,700 – Expect a big bounce back game for this defense, and respect how far Derek Carr has come from his rookie season. Bortles is capable of a big game, but he has thrown at least one pick in five of seven games this season. This pass rush could cause issues for him, and this is one of the best secondaries in the NFL. If the Jets can stop the run, I expect the secondary to create some turnovers. I really gave a big bump to this defense with the news that Fitzpatrick is supposed to start the game on Sunday.

StevieTPFL’s love of sports has led to much DFS success. In addition to finishing 3rd at the 2015 FantasyAces FABC, he was a 2014 StarStreet PBC Finalist, as well as a 2015 FanDuel PBC Finalist. He is a top-ranked expert in DFS NASCAR, MLB, NFL and NBA. You can check out his work over at RotoGrinders.com, or give him a follow on Twitter @stevietpfl

 

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