Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 9

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 9

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 9


One of the most frustrating parts of DFS is not being able to fit all of your star players under the designated salary. Each week The Huddle will look at several value picks and sleepers at each position that could help you free up some valuable cap space for the studs you want to play.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6800 11.3% 15.1%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 15.6%

Alex Smith is officially not in concussion protocol, because if he were that would look bad for the Chiefs, who pulled him out Sunday after taking a shot to the head, and then put him back in only to take another shot to the head. So… he isn’t concussed…. And he’s not going to play either… because he’s in “return to play” protocol. Call it whatever you want, but it looks like the Chiefs are trying to cover up quite the blunder, and consequentially Nick Foles will lead the Chiefs on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have given up a middle of the road amount of points to QBs this season, so it’s not an incredible matchup – but the price on Foles is great for ~200 yards and a TD, potentially two.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $7100 11.8% 15.1%
DraftKings $5400 10.8% 15.6%

McCown takes on a Dallas defense that held Carson Wentz to a very mediocre 200 yards for a TD on Sunday night. Hue Jackson isn’t afraid to let the veteran sling it – last week against the Jets he threw for 340, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. This week it looks like he will be getting Corey Coleman back, the rookie sensation that played one game with McCown before injuring his hand; against the Ravens he targeted Coleman 8 times for 104 yards and 2 TDs. McCown is The Huddle’s 6th ranked QB headed into Week 9, and 300 yards for 2 TDs isn’t a crazy expectation. Tremendous upside with the 11-12% price tag.

Other Considerations:  Colin Kaepernick has been as advertised – indecisive in the pocket, and lacking the downfield arm we once saw. That being said, he has still posted 16 and 18 points in his two outings, thanks mainly to his production on the ground. This week the 49ers come out of their bye to take on a soft Saints defense. Kaepernick’s price tag has remained fairly low, but he carries upside with rushing yards and the fact that he’s thrown a touchdown in each game so far.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5600 9.3% 15.3%
DraftKings $4400 8.8% 15.8%

The waiver wire steal of the week found himself on this column about this time last year; Jamaal Charles is officially headed to the IR, and Spencer Ware still finds himself in concussion protocol, making West the next man up. In the second half of last week’s game West carried the ball 14 times and was targeted 3 times. The Jaguars are 20th against the run, and while Foles might be a good bargain at quarterback, West will be the real value steal Week 9 – it’s not crazy to think he could end the game with 30 touches. 9% of your salary makes him a must-play, but you won’t be the only one making that move in tournaments – expect a very high % of other people playing him as well.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $7000 11.6% 15.3%
DraftKings $6400 12.8% 15.8%

Raiders have given up the 10th most points to opposing running backs this season. Booker has touched the ball 44 times in two weeks since taking over for CJ Anderson, and has a touchdown in each outing as well. While the 6-2 Raiders are tied with Denver for 1st place in the AFC West and appear to have turned a corner, Carr has struggled against Denver historically; if the Broncos get out to an early lead they could lean heavily on Booker to control the clock and get them out of Oakland quickly. The Huddle is predicting 130 total yards from Booker with at least a TD, making his 11-12% a fantastic value for the points.

Other Considerations: As the Broncos try to get in Carr’s head and force him into making bad plays, Latavius Murray could also be in for a big outing. Running backs have found success against the Denver defense so far this season, and Del Rio will try to exploit that to protect his quarterback. 100 yards on the ground with a TD.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5400 9% 15%
DraftKings $4100 8.2% 19.2%

The Buccaneers have had some trouble covering all of the wide receivers on the field, as Michael Crabtree showed us last week. Amari Cooper went off on Tampa’s secondary, but even in the moments they bottled him up, Crabtree exploited, bringing in 8 of his 16 targets for over 100 yards. Last week Sanu hauled in 9 of his 10 targets for 84 yards and a TD against the Packers. This week the Huddle has Sanu projected at 6/90/1TD. At 8-9% of your salary, he’s a fantastic play at WR2 that could hit big.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5600 9.3% 15%
DraftKings $4500 9% 19.2%

After his aforementioned Week 2 coming out party against the Baltimore Ravens (6/104/2TDs), Coleman broke his hand and hasn’t been seen since. It’s looking more and more like he might suit up on Sunday against the Cowboys, and it’s the first time since Week 2 that both he and McCown will be healthy and on the field together. He’s slotted at 9% in both Fan Duel and Draft Kings, which means that the value is better in Draft Kings as they tend to price wide receivers higher than FD. The Cowboys aren’t slouches against the pass, but Coleman presents some great value as a WR2.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5600 9.3% 15%
DraftKings $4200 8.4% 19.2%

It’s a risky play against the Carolina defense that looks to be toughening up, but considering the Rams will probably fall behind early, he’ll be the deep threat trying to keep them in it. Through the season so far the Panthers have the 3rd worst passing defense in the league against wide receivers. Before heading into the Week 7 bye, Austin caught 10 passes for 57 yards and a TD against the Giants, giving him 20 catches in three weeks. He’s not as much of a sure thing at WR2 as the others, but I like him as a low-end WR2 or a WR3 with big upside.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5200 8.6% 12.5%
DraftKings $3800 7.6% 12.4%

20 targets in two weeks is enough to get anyone’s attention, and for half the cost of Greg Olsen. This week the Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the NFL’s best rivalries. The Steelers have the 23rd ranked defense against tight ends this season, and Pitta should be in for a big outing. While the catches have been good, the yardage has been very underwhelming – making him a much safer bet in Draft Kings leagues that award a full point per reception.

Other Considerations: Jack Doyle has caught 17 catches for over 150 yards and 2 TDs over the last three weeks, making him a great buy-low, value candidate at TE. Packers/Colts matchups are usually shoot outs, and with some ailing injuries for the Colts’ WR corps, Doyle has stepped up his presence in the passing game. I like Doyle in tournaments a lot this week.


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