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Week 9 Daily fantasy picks: FanDuel tournament advice

By Tyler Loechner
Nov 2, 2018

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Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball as Tennessee Titans strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) chases during the game in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What are the best FanDuel tournaments and GPPs strategies and players for optimal lineups for Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season? This piece will run through each by offering up chalk plays, contrarian plays, and stack options — all from a tournament perspective.

All projected ownership figures come from our FanDuel ownership projections data file. Looking to play cash games on FanDuel? Be sure to check out Tyler Buecher’s Week 9 FanDuel cash game guide.


Chalk: Cam Newton ($8,600). Newton faces the Buccaneers, who have allowed 20 passing touchdowns against just one interception en route to ceding the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Newton is averaging nearly three total touchdowns per game over the last six weeks. This is a smash spot, and he deserves to be the chalk.

Chalk: Jared Goff ($8,400). Goff will square off against the Saints in New Orleans in a game with an over/under of 60. The Rams are actually underdogs, which means Goff should be throwing it more often than he has needed to so far this year.

Contrarian: Philip Rivers ($8,000). Seattle has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so Rivers isn’t a sure bet. But his projected ownership is below 2% and he’s been playing at a high level, averaging 2.5 touchdowns and over 285 yards per game.

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