Week 9 DFS Locks of the Week

The Cowboys' good offense draws the Browns' woeful defense this week, and Mike Tagliere says DFS players should take advantage.

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Week 9 DFS Locks of the Week


What a roller coaster the DFS season has been to this point. For many of the weeks, the chalk has lived up to expectations, while there have been a few weeks, like Week 8, where it seemed as if nobody did well. Well, you did, because you had Derek Carr. I mean, I hope you did

Here in the locks of the week, we attempt to find the values in DFS who aren’t priced as top-five options. It’d be really easy to put Julio Jones or Antonio Brown in the “locks” column, but that’s not the point. The idea is to give you a solid core of players who can anchor your DFS lineup at a fraction of the cost of those studs. And often, you’re able to fit in a few of those top-tier guys because we find as much value as we can, for as little as we can.

You won’t play every one of these players, because it includes two quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, and one tight end. That’s the beauty of it — you’re able read my reasoning on every player, and choose which ones will be the anchors of your lineups. Pair this article with the DFS fades of the week, and you have yourself a blueprint of what your lineups should look like.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at Cleveland)

As bad as Ryan Fitzpatrick was in the first half of Week 8 against the Browns, he turned it around in the second half, but unfortunately ruined the streak. You know the one, where the Browns had allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game? Fortunately for us, they have still allowed at least two passing touchdowns in 15 of their last 17 games, which is still an 88.2 percent success rate. Speaking of success rate, Prescott has continued his solid rookie campaign, and has now scored a minimum of 18 fantasy points in every game since Week 1. The most impressive part is that he’s doing it in a multitude of different ways, as you can see by his game chart below.

Week YPA Comp Att Pass Yds Pass TD Pass INT Rush Yds Rush TD FPts
1 5.04 25 45 227 0 0 12 0 10.3
2 9.73 22 30 292 0 0 6 1 18.3
3 10.33 19 24 248 1 0 36 1 23.5
4 7.66 23 32 245 2 0 3 0 18.1
5 9.46 18 24 227 1 0 4 1 19.5
6 9.15 18 27 247 3 1 6 0 20.5
8 7.36 19 39 287 2 1 38 1 27.3
 
Totals 8.02 144 221 1773 9 2 105 4 137.4

It’s almost as if he’s getting better every single week. After throwing just one touchdown in his first three games, he’s now thrown eight of them in his last four games. Since Week 1, his average fantasy output is 21.2 fantasy points. Also keep in mind that he didn’t have Dez Bryant for a majority of those games, and was throwing to Brice Butler and Terrance Williams as his outside options. He’s the real deal, and the Browns are, well, they’re the Browns.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

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