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!
Nick Chubb, RB Browns
There are a plethora of reasons why Nick Chubb is a great pick on Sunday. For starters, Chubb has averaged 6.1 yards per carry this season. The Browns are also under the control of new head coach Gregg Williams.
Williams is a defensive-minded coach, and defensive guys love to run the ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chubb had over 20 carries on Sunday.
The Browns are also facing the Chiefs who have given up the second-most fantasy points on average to running backs in the NFL (25.9). All of these factors should lead to Chubb having a solid game.
Devin Funchess, WR Panthers
I understand Devin Funchess isn’t exactly having a great season. However, the Panthers/Buccaneers game has a Vegas total of 55 points, so points should be flowing in Carolina.
The Bucs also have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL — they’re currently giving up the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers per game (31.1).
With the game likely being a shootout according to Vegas, and the Bucs’ issues on defense, I like Funchess’ chances to put up decent numbers in this game.
Brandin Cooks, WR Rams
Brandin Cooks may cost more than the typical players I suggest on our weekly fantasy plays, but I believe he will be worth it this week.
Cooks is averaging 18.4 yards per reception which makes him one of the better deep threats in the NFL. In case you missed it, the Rams have been throwing the ball all over the field.
I suspect the Saints defense — which gives up the most points against wide receivers per game (35.9) — will give up a lot of fantasy points to Cooks.
O.J. Howard, TE Buccaneers
Remember that 55-point spread between the Panthers and Bucs earlier? Well, we’re using it again as part of our reasoning for picking O.J. Howard.
The Panthers have given up the most fantasy points per game to tight ends so far in 2018 (12.7). Add this into likelihood this game ends up being a shootout, and Howard should have a good game.
Isaiah Crowell, RB Jets
Isaiah Crowell has 484 rushing yards so far on the season, and 321 of them came in two games. This means the other six games for Crowell have left more than to be desired.
However, I believe Crowell can have another one of his big games in Week 9 due to the Dolphins’ issues with their run defense.
Currently, the Dolphins are allowing the eighth-most yards per rushing attempt in the NFL (4.6). The Dolphins also allow the third most fantasy points per game to running backs in the NFL (24.8).
Add all these factors together, and it might be worth taking a risk on Crowell. If he explodes and has a huge game, he could provide incredible value. In this case, Crowell is a high risk/high reward decision.
Last week I chose Kareem Hunt as the Chiefs fantasy player of the week. Hunt had a fair day by his standards, accumulating 86 all-purpose yards (16 carries, 5 receptions) and a receiving touchdown.
This week’s Chiefs fantasy pick of the week is...
The last time I picked the Chiefs D/ST as my “Chiefs pick of the week” — they absolutely manhandled the Jaguars offense.
I’m picking the Chiefs defense yet again, and for the following reasons:
- The Browns have given up the 10th most fantasy points per game to D/ST (8.25).
- Cleveland averages 4.9 yards per offensive play — fourth worst in the NFL.
- The Browns have thrown the eighth-most interceptions on the year.
- Tyreek Hill (if available) can score against the Browns special teams unit.
- If Hill isn’t available, Tremon Smith can score against the Browns special teams unit, too.
- Baker Mayfield is still learning, and Bob Sutton can be pretty good at drawing mistakes out of young quarterbacks.