An early game in London and four teams on a bye leave us 10 games on the main fantasy football slate for this Sunday. Some of the most popular options are also playing in primetime, so you might need to dig a little deeper in the matchups as you set your Week 9 lineups.
If you find yourself stretched for salary, don’t worry — there are still plenty of options available at value pricing that should be set up for success. Here are my favorite affordable plays at each spot this week:
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Derek Carr, OAK vs. DET, $5,500 – Carr and the Raiders were ahead for most of the game in Houston before the Texans rallied for a late win. He still finished with a solid 23.4 DKFP to bounce back after an extremely costly turnover in Week 7 at Green Bay. Carr has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games while completing at least 60% of his passes in each contest. He also is getting more receiving options with Tyrell Williams ($5,900) coming back from a foot injury last week and Zay Jones ($3,000) making his Oakland debut. Carr gets a great matchup this week against the Lions, who have allowed the third-most DKFP to opposing QBs this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs. NYJ, $4,800 – When you’ve been around as long as Fitzpatrick, there are plenty of chances for revenge narratives, and another one is teed up this week as he and the Dolphins host the Jets. Fitzpatrick threw a pair of touchdowns on Monday Night Football and finished with 14.3 DKFP on 190 yards. He did turn the ball over three times but probably did enough to keep his starting job. He’ll get a good matchup against the Jets’ defense, which gave up three touchdowns and 279 yards to Gardner Minshew and also traded away pieces this week. Fitzmagic had 21.58 DKFP against the Bills in Week 7, and he’ll be a great value if he’s anywhere near that level of production again this week.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Devin Singletary, BUF vs. WAS, $4,700 – Singletary continued to impress with the opportunities he is given, and hopefully he keeps getting more work going forward. Singletary had an impressive 28-yard touchdown reception against the Eagles and finished with 14.9 DKFP on three carries for 19 yards and four catches for 30 more yards. Singletary played 68% of the Bills’ snaps this week even though Frank Gore ($4,300) still got more touches while playing just 29%. Singletary is the more dynamic threat and is trending the right direction after his hamstring injury earlier this season. He’s in what should be a great spot against the Redskins this week.
Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. IND, $4,000 – Samuels practiced in full before the Steelers’ game on Monday Night Football but still was inactive for a second straight game as he recovers from a knee injury. On Monday night, James Conner ($7,600; shoulder) and Benny Snell Jr. ($3,800; knee) both picked up injuries, which could leave a ton of work for Samuels if both are sidelined against the Colts. Samuels has looked good when given extra work and posted 23.54 DKFP against the Bengals in Week 4, when Conner had a different injury. In that game, he had 26 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and added 57 yards by hauling in all eight of his targets. His versatility and ability to be involved in the passing game gives him an even higher ceiling and lower risk if he’s the primary option for Pittsburgh this week.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
Danny Amendola, DET at OAK, $4,700 – While Marvin Jones Jr. ($6,000) and Kenny Golladay ($7,700) have alternated monster weeks the past two weeks, Amendola also has been very involved and finished with eight catches in each contest for an average of 100 yards. He had more than 17 DKFP in each contest even without scoring a touchdown. Amendola has become a trusted option over the middle for Matthew Stafford ($6,800), who will continue to have to throw a lot with Kerryon Johnson (knee) on IR. Amendola and the Lions have a great matchup against the Raiders, who have given up more DKFP to WRs than any other NFL team this season.
Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. IND, $4,500 – Johnson had a huge, momentum-changing touchdown on Monday Night Football and posted a career-high 84 yards on his way to 19.4 DKFP. Johnson has at least 7.7 DKFP in each of the past four games started by Mason Rudolph ($5,000), although he struggled with Devlin Hodges ($4,700). Johnson has three touchdowns in those four games and definitely brings a nice vertical element to complement JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,300).
Devante Parker, MIA vs. NYJ, $4,400 – Parker didn’t find the end zone Monday, snapping a three-game touchdown streak. However, he still led the team in targets and produced 11.9 DKFP on six catches for 59 yards. In a good matchup against the Jets, Parker could continue to connect with Fitzpatrick and provide a nice value combo this week.
Anthony Miller, CHI at PHI, $3,700 – Despite the struggles of the Bears’ offense as a whole, Miller has started to find a consistent role in the offense. He has posted 50-70 yards and 9.0-11.00 DKFP in three straight contests and led the team in receiving yards against the Chargers with a a season-high 67. He hasn’t gotten into the end zone or had an especially high volume, but the Bears are trying to keep the second-year second-round pick involved. He has a good matchup against a vulnerable Philadelphia secondary this week and has the potential to go off.
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
Jonnu Smith, TEN at CAR, $3,800 – Smith filled in extremely well for Delainie Walker ($3,900; ankle) and was one of my best value picks of last week, going for 19.8 DKFP on six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs. Walker is dealing with the same ankle he dislocated last season, so the severity of the injury is still a question mark. If Walker is out, Smith has shown he can fill in effectively and will get another chance to work with Ryan Tannehill ($5,300) as the Titans take on the Panthers.
Noah Fant, DEN vs. CLE, $3,000 – The Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers before their Week 8 game against the Colts, and Fant appeared to be one of the main beneficiaries. He had a season-high eight targets and hauled in five catches for 26 yards and 7.6 DKFP. With QB Brandon Allen ($4,100) getting his first NFL action, the Broncos’ offense is a big unknown, but Fant does have significant upside since he could step up as one of Denver’s main pass-catchers.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
TEN at CAR, $2,600 – The Titans had four takeaways and three sacks last week for 11.0 DKFP against the Bucs. They allowed 23 points to Tampa Bay after allowing 20 points or fewer in each of their first seven games of the season. They’ll take on Kyle Allen ($5,200) and the Panthers, who looked very ordinary last week in San Francisco. Containing Christian McCaffrey ($10,000) will be a tall task, but the Titans do have playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.
PIT vs. IND, $2,400 – The Steelers’ defense came out a little flat on Monday Night Football but ultimately came through with 13 DKFP on four sacks and four turnovers against Miami. They’ve collected at least 11 DKFP in five straight weeks, so they’re worth a look even in a tough matchup against the Colts. They have at least four sacks in three of their past four games and have forced multiple turnovers in six straight.
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