NFL Week 9: DFS and Fantasy Football Players to Target

NFL Week 9: DFS and Fantasy Football Players to Target


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JuJu Smith-Schuster, Projected FanDuel points 10.42 ($6,900)

Smith-Schuster started the season with the Chiefs slow. But, in the last two weeks, he’s had over 112 receiving yards and a touchdown. He’s been a WR7 and WR4 in fantasy and has moved up to WR25 in fantasy points per game. 

Smith-Schuster has a 19.3% target share and is tenth in red zone targets (nine) in the NFL. This week he plays the Titans, who’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Titans have allowed nine receiving touchdowns this season. 

According to Sports Injury Central, The Titans have an 80.7 SIC Score, about nine points below Smith-Schuster’s (90) SIC Score.

Joshua Palmer, Projected FanDuel points 7.0 ($6,200)

Palmer is the definition of “in the right place at the right time”. Mike Willaims is out this week after suffering an injury before the team’s bye. Keenan Allen is questionable to play with an ailing hamstring injury. So, Palmer is the defacto WR1 for the Chargers this weekend, and they have a juicy matchup against a battered Atlanta Falcons secondary with a pass defense SIC score of 73.6.

According to The Pro Football Network, In the games, we’ve seen Palmer run a starter level of routes he’s scored 13 or more fantasy points. 

But not only will Palmer have increased usage, but he’s also facing a secondary with one of the lowest SIC scores (72.6) in the NFL, according to Sports Injury Central. This week just seems to be going in Palmers’ favor.

D.J. Moore, Projected FanDuel points 9.83 ($7,000)

Coming off a 6-catch, 152 yard performance – with a dramatic late touchdown – D.J. Moore gets another favorable matchup against the Bengals. Just like last week, he is facing a team without its top two cornerbacks. 

Chidobe Awuzie is a big loss for the Bengals after tearing his ACL Monday night against the Browns. Slot corner Mike Hilton is also out with a finger injury.

Cincinnati is 17th in passing yards allowed and gave up 459 yards to the Falcons in Week 7. The Bengals enter the contest with a pass defense SIC score of 77.2.

P.J. Walker is entering his third straight start and should be able to capitalize on the weak secondary.

Romeo Doubs, Projected FanDuel points 8.83 ($6,100)

The Packers have lost four games in a row while sporting an anemic passing offense that has averaged 216.25 yards and 1.75 touchdowns a game but have an opportunity for a get-right game against an even less productive passing defense.

Rookie receiver Romeo Doubs brought in four of seven targets for 62 yards and one touchdown against the Bills and will once again be in contention for a high target volume with the injuries to Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, and Allen Lazard. 

The Lions’ pass defense sports a 74.8 SIC score, the third-lowest score among teams this week, and they have allowed 266.4 passing yards per game and 12 touchdowns on a league-high 108.4 rating this season and gave up 382 yards and three scores against the Dolphins in Week 8. 

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