Our Week 9 DraftKings tournament lineup features a stack of Ravens and several players whose arrows should be pointing upward as we approach the second nine of the NFL’s 18-week first season. The Buccaneers, the Lions, the Seahawks and the Washington all agree, so while some stallions are off the table, we have plenty of valuable potential DFS choices at our disposal. We think we have a nice mix of fantasy football day cleats and boom or bust a wideout value sleepers, which is usually the mix you want in GPP contests.
Before we analyze our picks, here are the most important scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full point PPR, Four-point passing TDs, three-point bonus for 100 yards on the run, 100 yards of reception, and 300 yards passing.
DraftKings Picks Week 9: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday master list, $ 50,000 budget
QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens vs. Vikings ($ 7,300). Jackson has performances of 37.3 and 45.9 DraftKings points this season, and another explosive show will be in the cards as Jackson and Ravens look to get back on the winning track.
RB Joe Mixon, Bengals vs Browns ($ 7,100). The Bengals took their foot off the gas last week and the Jets made them pay for it. Another disappointment is unlikely with so many races in Sunday’s divisional showdown. Mixon wasn’t the problem. He scored 25.1 DraftKings points – the second game in the last three has reached that threshold. It has received at least five achievements in each of these contests, a trend that bodes well for DK’s full PPR format.
RB Nick Chubb, Browns @ Bengals ($ 6,700). Chubb returned to the field lackluster after missing two games with a calf injury. It had some rust to take out against a sturdy Steelers defense, so 7.4 fancy points wasn’t exactly a shock. The Bengals aren’t a wet paper bag of a defense, but Chubb will be in a better position to perform at a high level another week after injury. With Kareem Hunt (calf) set to be sidelined for several weeks, Chubb is still destined for heavy workloads.
WR Marquise Brown, Ravens vs. Vikings ($ 6,000). Brown dominated target share, scoring 14 looks in the Ravens’ week 7 defeat. He finished with 19.0 DK points, but only managed a 5-80-1 line, so his final tally could have been much bigger. Coming out of a leak – with an extra week to get bored – Jackson, Brown and co. will shoot all cylinders. Brown has only been required to score single digits in DK on two occasions, so it’s been a safe DFS game this season.
WR Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins vs. Texans ($ 5,600). The goal tap continued to flow for Waddle in week 8, but there wasn’t much to show against a stingy defense from Bills. Waddle turned 12 targets into a measly 4-29 line and 6.9 DK points. This came on the heels of 29.0 and 15.3 points, so it will be a solid bet to get back on a productive streak against a much more forgiving Texan defense.
WR Kadarius Toney, Giants vs. Raiders ($ 5,200). Toney missed nearly two games with a sprained ankle before returning to the field on Monday night. Until Saquon Barkley is back in action and fit, which may not be until after week 10 of the Giants, Toney will be the most dangerous offensive weapon on the roster. As long as Toney’s hand injury on Monday night is not serious, he thinks he will continue to get a good amount of work.
TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. Chargers ($ 4,500). The Chargers will likely feature a much tougher opponent than the Lions, who forced the Eagles to attempt just 16 passes. Goedert commanded seven of these overtaking attempts and finished with 13.2 DK points. His production has been relatively modest in the two games since Zach Ertz’s sale to the Cardinals, but in a game that plans to require more volume of passes, he will be in a position to post a more conspicuous statistic this week and in upcoming games.
FLEX Jerry Jeudy, Broncos @ Cowboys ($ 5,000). Jeudy captured all four of his targets on his return to the field after a six-game layoff and finished with 39 yards. Her 7.9 DK points were nothing to be thrilled with, but her numbers should increase as she moves away from her high ankle sprain. His four targets were tied for team advantage, but it won’t be long before he can command a larger share of the team’s overtaking attempts.
DEF Carolina Panthers vs Patriots ($ 2,600). Despite a couple of bad outings, the Panthers have been one of the best fantasy defenses this season. They hit double digits twice and scored at least 8.0 DK points in six out of eight games. The Patriots, led by rookie Mac Jones, have shot the ball over 12 times, the fifth most in the league. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ 25.4% pressure rate and 21 sack rank in the league’s top 10.