Draftster Plays: Week 9- Michael Floyd Back into your Hearts
November 1, 2014 | adam cook
The bye week blues are hurting many lineups this week and daily lineups will have to move on without players such as Golden Tate, Matt Forte, and Sammy Watkins. Lineup decisions become more challenging and this is the week true fantasy guru’s step up to the plate and get creative. There are some injuries at the running back position so look to fit in value guys like Bobby Rainey and Jeremy Hill. Opportunity is key in fantasy football. Enjoy this Week 9’s top plays and hit me up on twitter if you have any lineup questions. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!
Carson Palmer– Arizona Cardinals- $6400
I don’t like spending a lot of money at the quarterback position in daily fantasy football, so that is why a cheaper option like Carson Palmer is my top play this week. He may not have the 5 TD game upside, but his floor is very low. Quarterbacks are devalued at Draftster as touchdown passes are only worth 4 points. He gets a Cowboys defense this week that just got torched by Colt McCoy. In his 4 starts this year, he has passed for at least 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in each game. He is a statue in the pocket and the Cowboys have a big issue trying to create a pass rush.
Top Value Play
Robert Griffin III- Washington Redskins- $3100
Griffin was announced as the starter on Wednesday night and he is a must play at his near minimum price. He may be a little rusty in his return and faces an underrated Vikings defense, but the price is irresistible. He had a solid 267 yards passing yards Week 1 and 22 rushing yards in a little over a quarter in Week 2. A lineup with RG3 allows you to fit stud receivers like Dez Bryant and Antonio Brown into your lineup. It is very rare to play a player of this quality at this price, take advantage!
DeMarco Murray– Dallas Cowboys- $8000
He faces the No.1 rated run defense this week in the Arizona Cardinals, but there is no stopping this guy right now. He is averaging a RB high 27.04 FPPG, yet is priced below Jamaal Charles and is $1,000 less than Arian Foster. Even if he doesn’t top 100 rushing yards this week, he is still a threat in the passing game with 4 or more receptions in 3 out of the past 4 games. Until he has a bad game, he is a lock for DFS lineups.
Top Value Play
Denard Robinson– Jacksonville Jaguars- $4700
Recommending a Jaguars running back, really? Yep, and let me tell you why. Rushing for 100 yards in one game is cool and all, but two games in a row are no fluke. Robinson has posted 15 fantasy points or more in 2 straight games and gets to face a Cincinnati team who ranks 25th against opposing running backs. The former Michigan quarterback nicknamed “Shoelace” has surprisingly run very well between the tackles. I like him to find the end zone this week and is a premier play under the $5,000 mark.
Antonio Brown- Pittsburgh Steelers- $9000
If you can fit in Brown, you have to play him. He is at the maximum price, but the Ravens are without their best cover corner in Jimmy Smith and they rank 27th against opposing wide receivers this year. Not to mention that Brown is averaging an insane 30.6 FPPG at home this year. The Steelers pass game is on fire right now and I am riding the hot hand. Want a low risk option for 50/50 formats? His lowest total receiving output this whole year is 84 yards! In Week 2 versus the Ravens he posted 7 receptions for 90 yards. He is by far the top wide receiver play this week.
Top Value Play
Michael Floyd- Arizona Cardinals- $4900
Floyd broke a lot of hearts out there last week, but I think he will earn your love back in Week 9. Prior to last week, he had posted a touchdown in 2 straight games. The Dallas secondary gave up two long receptions to DeSean Jackson last week and are vulnerable to the deep ball. Floyd dropped a 35 yard pass last week and was just overthrown on a potential 50 plus yard touchdown versus the Eagles. I like Floyd to have a breakout week this Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski– New England Patriots- $8000
Gronkowski was my top play last week and made me look like a genius so I have to stick with my dude. Playing him gives you a huge advantage over other competitors at the tight end position with Jimmy Graham playing on Thursday night. In 4 home games this year, Gronkowski has averaged 90.3 YPG, 23.8 FPPG, and scored 5 touchdowns. 68 yards receiving is his lowest output over the last 4 weeks. MUST START!
Top Value Play
Travis Kelce– Kansas City Chiefs- $5000
If you like to go cheap at the tight end position, then Kelce is your guy. The Jets have a strong run defense and a terrible pass defense. Even Andy Reid will implement a pass heavy game plan this week right? The Jets rank 27th against the tight end and Kelce is arguably the Chiefs best pass catcher. He looks special with the ball in his hands. Kelce has also been better at home averaging 62.3 YPG compared to only 41.3 YPG on the road.
Seattle Seahawks- $4100
The Seahawks defense has yet to have a game winning fantasy week and there is no perfect week for that to happen besides Week 9. They get a home matchup versus a rookie QB in Derek Carr and an inept Raiders offense. They are averaging 8.7 FPPG at home compared to 3.0 on the road. Their lengthy cornerbacks will match up well with the tall Oakland wide receivers. I’m expecting at least one defensive touchdown this week.
Kansas City Chiefs- $3900
The Chiefs defense seems to be coming into their own with a strong 19 point performance against the Rams last week. This week they get a better matchup against the Jets offense at home. Michael Vick is starting and he is bound for at least one turnover. In 3 home games in 2014, the Chiefs are averaging 13.0 FPPG. In daily leagues, you simply need to look up who the Jets are playing and start the defense playing them. That easy!