The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 9. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones most weeks. What can bring home the money in DFS is finding players who will produce at a lower salary but might not be on many lineup cards.
Here’s a look at some players in Week 9 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Marcus Mariota, Titans
Mariota completed 18-of-22 passes for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jaguars. He has now thrown 10 touchdown passes and just one interception over his last four games. Mariota is one of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks going right now.
Mariota should be able to keep his hot streak going against a Chargers pass defense that’s allowing 291 yards per game through the air. Alex Smith, Blake Bortles, Andrew Luck and Derek Carr have all thrown for over 300 yards against San Diego.
Mariota has thrown for at least two touchdown passes in 6-of-8 games this season. He’s topped 17 DraftKings points in four straight. Mariota is one of the top plays this week at his salary.
Derrick Henry, Titans
With DeMarco Murray battling a toe injury, Henry put up his best fantasy performance of the season against the Jaguars. He rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Henry also added four receptions for 37 yards.
There’s no doubt Henry is a stud but he simply can’t get touches consistently because Murray has been so good this year. Murray is expected to play Sunday versus the Chargers but with the injury Henry will see a bigger workload.
If Henry gets around 15 carries, he should do enough damage to pay off in DFS lineups this week. The Chargers allow the sixth most fantasy points to running backs.
It doesn’t sound like Murray is going to be 100 percent. Expect the Titans to lean on Henry versus a Chargers defense that gives up close to 23 fantasy points a game to running backs.
Tim Hightower, Saints
Mark Ingram was benched against the Seahawks after losing a fumble in the first quarter. Hightower replaced him and ran for 102 yards on 26 carries (3.9 YPC).
Ingram has struggled this year and the Saints coaching staff has faith in Hightower. Sean Payton said Hightower has earned more carries going forward. That’s good news this week against the 49ers.
San Francisco allows the most fantasy points to running backs. The 49ers defense is giving up an average of 163 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game on the ground. The 163 yards is the worst in the league by 34 yards per game.
The 49ers rush defense hasn’t been the same since NaVorro Bowman was injured and replaced by Nick Bellore. Since Bellore took over, David Johnson (157/2), LeSean McCoy (140/3), Mike Gillislee (61/1), Jacquizz Rodgers (154) and Peyton Barber (84/1) have all gutted San Francisco on the ground. Both Ingram and Hightower should have big games on Sunday.
Quincy Enunwa, Jets
Enunwa was targeted a team-high 11 times; catching four passes for 93 yards against the Browns. He’s now gone over 70 yards receiving and scored in each of the last two games.
Brandon Marshall still eats up targets in the Jets offense but Enunwa is emerging as a productive No. 2 option with Eric Decker out for the season. Enunwa doesn’t have as good a matchup this week as he did versus the Browns but it’s still beatable.
The Dolphins allow the 10th most fantasy points to receivers. Miami’s defense gives up an average of 13.0 receptions, 164.7 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers on 20.9 targets.
Enunwa has put up 15+ DK points four times this season and in each of his last two games. He’s worth a look this week in what’s a favorable matchup against the Dolphins.
Rishard Matthews, Titans
Matthews’ fantasy value is heavily touchdown dependent. The good news is Matthews has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games. He’s also caught four passes in each of those games.
As mentioned above, Mariota is red hot. Delanie Walker is the safest player to stack with Mariota but if you’re looking for a low-salary receiver to go with him, Matthews is the best option. He’s scored at least 13 DK points in three of his last four games.
The Chargers have been pretty good against receivers this year but they do allow 174.4 yards per game. If you’re looking at receivers under $4,000 on DraftKings this week, Matthews is playing with a hot quarterback and he’s getting into the end zone. He’s a consideration in lineups with Mariota.
Jack Doyle, Colts
Doyle had a big game two weeks ago against the Titans when he caught 9-of-10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. He predictably took a step back last week taking on a Chiefs defense that’s stingy versus tight ends. Doyle finished with just two receptions for 36 yards.
Doyle is a in a good spot for a bounce-back performance Sunday. T.Y. Hilton is questionable to play with a hamstring injury. If Hilton doesn’t play, it leaves Donte Moncrief and Doyle as Andrew Luck’s primary targets. If Hilton does play he could be limited.
Unlike last week, Doyle has a favorable matchup. The Packers allow the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends. Green Bay’s defense gives up an average 4.7 receptions, 61.6 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game to opposing tight ends.
The oddsmakers have set the total for the Packers/Colts game at 54. That’s the highest total of the week. The game is expected to see a lot of points and if Hilton doesn’t play, Doyle should be heavily targeted against a defense that can be exploited by tight ends.
The Eagles are coming off a tough loss Sunday night against the Cowboys in a game they led by 10 midway through the fourth quarter. Sometimes teams won’t be up the next week after a loss like that but the Eagles do get a matchup with the divisional rival Giants Sunday to keep them focused.
The Eagles have one big advantage in this game: their defensive line vs. the Giants offensive line. Philadelphia has 22 sacks on the year and the Giants offensive line struggles to block athletic defensive fronts. The Eagles defense averages 12.1 DK points. They’ve topped 10 points five times in seven games. They’re good value as the eighth most expensive defense on DraftKings this week.