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DFS Value Plays: Week 9

What a wild Week 8! We saw the most exciting trade deadline frenzy in recent memory as well as our game of the year front runner – Houston @ Seattle. Who would have thought that a rookie quarterback could go into Seattle and ball out like Deshaun Watson did? He didn’t get the win but man it was a heck of a game and a great fantasy outing! The fact that the game was in Seattle made Watson the perfect contrarian play on the main slate and likely won some folks a ton of cash this week. Keep that in mind as you build your lineups, You never know how things will go!

Lets see how we did in Week 8:

Cam Newton QB, Carolina Panthers – 13.56 points

I wish I could say this was the first time Cam fell flat on his face in a primo match up but it simply wouldn’t be true. He was a big disappointment this week given what should have happened here.

Andy Dalton QB, Cincinnati Bengals – 18.72 points

Kind of a funky game here but we’ll take the nearly 19 points for the price. North of 20 points would have been nice but at least Andy didn’t kill us like Cam did this week.

Tyrod Taylor QB, Buffalo Bills – 16.70

He saved his day with a rushing touchdown but put up his second lowest passing yardage total of the season. Perhaps the arrival of Kelvin Benjamin will give Taylor the boost he desperately needs through the air.

Giovani Bernard RB, Cincinnati Bengals  – .50 points

Well I may have gotten a little over-zealous with this pick but he was dirt cheap and getting tons of snaps. The snap count went way down this past week taking Bernard out of the bargain basement opportunity conversation for the foreseeable future.

LeGarrette Blount RB, Philadelphia Eagles –  12.20 points

This game was closer for longer than it should have been. The Eagles didn’t really open it up until nearly half time. Blount didn’t run well in this one but he did manage to score, salvaging a near disaster of a day. With Jay Ajayi in town now, our days of relying on Blount for anything might finally be at an end.

Mark Ingram RB, New Orleans Saints – 19.90 points

Fell just shy of 20 points but yet another strong outing from Ingram. This offense is running through the Saints backs at the moment, enjoy the ride!

Chris Thompson RB, Washington Redskins – 16.40 points

DraftKings is a full PPR format, making Thompson useful almost every week. A score would have been nice but this wasn’t a bad outing for the price.

Keenan Allen WR, L.A. Chargers – 10.10 points

The Patriots have quietly played much better defense the past two weeks. There are still gaps but Philip Rivers simply couldn’t find them this week.

Kelvin Benjamin WR, Carolina Panthers –  12.90 points

Another hideous game for Cam Newton who only threw for 154 yards this past Sunday. Thankfully Kelvin caught the lone touchdown pass in this game.

Demaryius Thomas WR, Denver Broncos – 11.60 points

Trevor Siemian is not good at football. I’m actually excited about Brock Osweiler potentially getting the start this week. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Mohamed Sanu WR, Atlanta Falcons – 19.40 points

We nailed this pick. Sanu led the team in targets pulling down 6 of 7 for 74 yards and a score. Great value for the sub $5,000 price!

Jason Witten TE, Dallas Cowboys – 6.10 points

The Redskins finally stopped a tight end from having a big game! Actually I blame this one a little on the weather and the Cowboys strategy. They were content to feed Ezekiel Elliott in the poor weather conditions which made sense. Keep that decision in mind for future contests involving the Cowboys.

A.J. Derby TE, Denver Broncos – 10.10 points

There wasn’t much to go around in for the Denver offense in this contest but a late touchdown saved the day for Derby! Not bad for the $2,900 investment.

Onward to Week 9!

About David Olivarez

David has been writing fantasy football content steadily since 2012 on the web and has been a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association since 2014. He focuses on Daily Fantasy Sports and Trade Analysis. Feel free to ask him questions on Twitter!