FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 9

Looking for this week's smart FanDuel plays? Pat Thorman has some suggestions.

| 8 months ago
(Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 9

Welcome to the mid-point of the season and the second straight week with six teams on bye. Last week, the narrowed field of players led to extra devastation during the season’s first “chalk apocalypse.” It also provided more opportunity for contrarian lineups to shoot up leaderboards.

There is one extra game on the main slate — and a couple more hours of sleep on Sunday morning — thanks to the London games mercifully ending. Yet, the same basic dynamic is in place, and popular players will be a bit more heavily owned than usual.

We still want exposure to games with high projected snap paces and point totals, and some chalk — especially the cheap kind — is still worth playing in tournaments.

Here are some Week 9 ideas to use in FanDuel tournaments. Good luck this week everyone!


Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, $7,600

With fellow Cowboys’ rookie Ezekiel Elliott the chalk of the week, Prescott’s ownership rate should be palatable relative to his juicy matchup and moderate price tag. His scoring output has been on the rise for three straight games, culminating in a career-best (statistical) performance against an Eagles defense that qualifies as the best he’s faced. That Prescott struggled for most of the game — he received his worst PFF grade of the season and Week 8’s lowest among quarterbacks — isn’t exactly what we want, but he showed another gear and higher ceiling.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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