Below, you’ll find a list of players I have spotlighted for daily fantasy selections leading into the ninth week of the NFL season. I’m mostly looking for affordable options who will provide good value.
I use the following criteria to try and find players — NFL Vegas totals, NFL team stats, what the fantasy gurus are saying and my GUT.
Without further ado, let’s see who’s made my list of five players this week!
Adrian Peterson, RB Redskins
Even though he’s 33, Adrian Peterson has put together a pretty decent season for himself and the Redskins.
In Week 10, the Redskins play the Buccaneers, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. I’m looking for the Redskins to run the ball frequently on Sunday to keep the ball out of the hands of a very good Bucs offense.
The quantity of carries, and the Bucs’ issues stopping the run could allow Peterson to have a great fantasy day — 33 years old or not.
Andy Dalton, QB Bengals
Typically, I don’t pick quarterbacks in these articles, but this week is a special occasion.
Andy Dalton (or Daytime Dalton as I like to call him) has had a somewhat up-and-down season. However, I believe his Week 10 contest against the Saints could spell good things for Dalton.
The over-under for the Bengals/Saints game is 54 points — the highest of the week — and the Saints give up the second-most fantasy points on average to quarterbacks (25.2).
All things considered, I expect Dalton to have one of his good weeks on Sunday and he should put together a pretty nice day, while being cheaper than the likes of Mahomes, Brees, etc.
Tyrell Williams, WR Chargers
Tyrell Williams has two games with more than 100 receiving yards so far this year. He is the epitome of a boom/bust player.
If you’ve been reading these articles through the season, you’ll know that I like trying to catch players before the “boom.” I think this week against the Raiders could be a boom week for Williams.
The Raiders allow the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, and Philip Rivers isn’t exactly playing bad as of late. I’m looking for Williams and the Chargers offense to run all over the Raiders, and Williams should be able to share the success.
Spencer Ware, RB Chiefs
No — this isn’t my Chiefs pick of the week—we’ll cover that later.
However, the Cardinals have given up the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs in the NFL. With the Chiefs-Cardinals game likely being a blowout in the Chiefs favor, the Chiefs offense may look to get Spencer Ware involved more than usual.
With a large lead, Reid may want to give Hunt a breather before facing a physical LA Rams team. On top of that, a sizable lead should force the Chiefs offense to run the ball frequently in the second half.
Long story short, Ware might see a lot of looks on Sunday, he’s playing decent football right now, and he can be had for super cheap. Ware could be a very solid steal on Sunday.
Benjamin Watson, TE Saints
If you’re looking for a cheap option at tight end, Ben Watson might provide good value on Sunday against the Bengals — even if he is older (37) than your average NFL tight end.
As mentioned earlier, the Bengals-Saints contest has the highest Vegas point total (54) in Week 10. Add the fact the Bengals give up the third-most fantasy points per game to tight ends (11.1), and Drew Brees might find Ben Watson more than usual in Cincinnati.
Last week, I picked the Chiefs D/ST as the pick of the week, and they had a mediocre performance allowing 21 points, forcing one turnover and two sacks.
That left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, so this week we’re going to do it all over again:
I know, I know... The Chiefs have this awesome offense, and I won’t pick any of their players. But really, I’ve been picking the Chiefs offense plenty, and I love an underdog story.
I think the Chiefs defense puts together a good game against the Cardinals. Arizona has given up the second-most fantasy points per game to NFL defenses (12.3).
The Cardinals offense is having troubles to say the least:
- 31st in points scored
- 32nd in yards
- 28th in turnovers lost
- 32nd in first downs
- 30th in passing touchdowns
- 31st in adjusted yards per pass attempt
- 32nd in rushing yards
- 32nd in yards per rush attempt
I think you get the point. This Cardinals offense is, well, offensive. I’m looking for the Chiefs defense to take the opportunity to improve on Sunday against the Cardinals.