Week 9 on The Grind was both hit and miss. Alvin Kamara, O.J. Howard and the Bears defense were key lineup builders on Draft Kings, while Kamara, Kareem Hunt and Howard carried us on Fanduel. The rest of the lineup was not strong enough to brag about though so we are going to keep working and put our best foot forward for week number 10.
No reason to build up the suspense, let’s get right to the lineups this week. Which, by the way, I am feeling extra confident about.
QB Russell Wilson (5700) – The Seahawks find themselves as double-digit dogs on the road in LA, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a fantasy bonanza when these two teams meet. Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in all but one game this season. He is a fantastic mix of high-floor with an extremely high-ceiling this week vs a reeling Rams secondary.
RB Todd Gurley (9400) – Will Gurley’s ownership percentage drop at all coming off his first down game? Doubtful, but we can hope even for a few percentage points to be shaved off. The Chargers ran the ball quite well vs. the Seahawks last Sunday and now they face the top runner in football who lit them up for 3 touchdowns last time they met. There is no reason to fade Gurley in any scenario on DK considering his down game was still 19.9 points scored.
RB Melvin Gordon (9000) – Gordon is fully healthy and playing the worst defense in football; two or three touchdowns seems the likely scenario in this one. While some might worry about the blowout in Oakland, I say Gordon will be the one to get them there and if the Raiders can somehow keep this game close, Gordon could put up a week winning score. The Chargers team total for the week is hovering right around 30 if you need any more convincing.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (5000) – 100 yards or a touchdown in four straight games, this athletic marvel now takes on the team who gives up the most big plays through the pass in the entire NFL. No WR on the main slate has a higher probability of reaching pay-dirt from long distance and we are only paying 5000 for that plus the combination of what MVS has shown as a pretty solid floor. I am fitting him into as many lineups as possible this week.
WR John Ross (3900) – Tyler Boyd will get plenty of work in the slot, but grabbing a piece of the highest over/under of the week at a steep discount makes Ross a great target. Ross practiced fully this week and has made a positive impact on the Bengals when he is given the opportunity. Inconsistent at times, yes we are targeting a low-floor player, but the Bengals know if they want to give the Saints a run for their money, they will have to involve a play-maker like Ross.
WR Tyler Lockett (4800) – Lockett has already roasted Marcus Peters once this year and now he might be even more heavily relied upon as Doug Baldwin still is just not right. Lockett has only not reached the endzone in two contests this season, with his highest yardage total coming vs this same Rams team back in Week 5. I expect the Hawks to approach 40 passing attempts in this game and if I am playing Wilson, it only makes sense that his success will be predicated on if he can get the ball to Lockett.
TE Jack Doyle (4300) – I am all over Doyle this week as not only will the Jags focus on shutting down T.Y. Hilton, but their defense has proven susceptible to the tight end position. Of course I will never fault you for teeing up O.J. Howard over and over again, but Doyle is $1000 cheaper and his reliability when healthy is exactly what I am looking for.
FLEX Dion Lewis (4600) – Overall, the best value on the main slate this week. Lewis is out-snapping and out-touching Derrick Henry at a rate previously unforeseen. Lewis is taking on his former team and with 23 total touches this past Monday, it is very difficult to see myself building a lineup without Lewis in it. His performance on Monday Night Football was not taken into account when he was priced this week and in no scenario do I see Lewis not being a big part of the game-plan. If the Titans can pull an upset, Lewis will likely be a big part of it. If the Patriots lead for most of the game, Lewis will rack up plenty of receptions. $4600 is a steal here.
DEF Green Bay Packers (3100) – The Packers defense has not been tremendous this year by any means, but they will go a bit overlooked coming off games vs Tom Brady and Jared Goff. Brock Osweiler is going to give us plenty of chances to capitalize on poor decisions and/or overthrown footballs. Get the Packers defense at home in your lineup with confidence.