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Week 9 FanDuel NFL Recap

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

This was actually one of the quieter weeks of the season, as there weren’t a lot of ground-breaking headlines or surprising performances in Week 9. It was a higher scoring week, but that was mainly the result of the plethora of value plays that were available. For the most part, sans the injury to Malcom Floyd early in Monday night’s game, the week went as most would have expected.

 

 

Here's a look at the winning lineup for this week's “Sunday Million” tournament on FanDuel:

 

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Cam Newton

QB

34.6

$7,900

Adrian Peterson

RB

21.3

$8,400

DeAngelo Williams

RB

37.5

$6,500

Randall Cobb

WR

17.9

$7,400

Jordan Matthews

WR

23.8

$6,300

Antonio Brown

WR

37.1

$8,700

Delanie Walker

TE

27

$5,500

Josh Brown

K

17

$4,800

New York Giants

DST

13

$4,500

Total

 

229.2

$60,000

 

 

The winning lineup this week belonged to “rtoraine,” and his roster was an interesting blend of popular picks and sleepers, as has been the case with a few winning NFL lineups this season. Let’s start with the popular players that he chose this week. DeAngelo Williams checked in with a 26.5% ownership clip, while teammate Antonio Brown was close behind at 25.1%. Both the Pittsburgh players handsomely paid off this week, as Brown did a lot of the dirty work to get the Steelers close to the goal line while Williams generally polished off the touchdowns. This was a high-scoring, back-and-forth 38-35 game, and Williams was involved in the passing game as well. Brown had a phenomenal week, catching 17 passes (on a whopping 23 targets) for 284 yards. Somehow, a touchdown was not in the works, but his owners aren’t complaining.

 

 

Every other player on the winning roster was less than 7% owned. Both Josh Brown and the Giants Defense found their way onto rtoraine’s squad, and they also paid off as Brown scored a healthy 17 fantasy points and the Giants Defense put a defensive score on the board. Cam Newton and Adrian Peterson were both very solid tournament picks, as they checked in a 2.2% and 3% owned, respectively. Both players have the talent to produce GPP-winning type scores, and they both did well on Sunday. The combination of the low ownership percentage and those two players putting up almost 56 fantasy points was a nice boost to rtoraine’s squad.

 

 

The winning lineup was rounded out with three low-owned pass catchers in Randall Cobb, Jordan Matthews, and Delanie Walker. I love the Walker pick, as he was slated to see a lot of Brandon Browner in the matchup against the Saints (the worst coverage cornerback in the NFL per Pro Football Focus), and Walker paid dividends with a pair of touchdown catches. Matthews hauled in a game-winning touchdown in overtime, and he was the lowest-owned player on the whole roster at 1.4%. If not for that catch, the $500,000 prize would have gone to a different user. Cobb had a tough matchup but salvaged his day with a touchdown as well. All in all, the winner got solid production from every spot in the lineup and had a great week.

 

 

 

STLCardinals84: Week 9 Recap

 

I ran one main roster on FanDuel this week, an overview of which is posted below.

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Philip Rivers

QB

15.2

$8,600

Latavius Murray

RB

8.5

$7,000

DeAngelo Williams

RB

37.5

$6,500

Alshon Jeffery

WR

20.1

$7,900

Steve Johnson

WR

10.3

$5,400

Antonio Brown

WR

37.1

$8,700

Greg Olsen

TE

14.6

$6,400

Kai Forbath

K

4

$4,600

Atlanta Falcons

DST

5

$4,900

Total

 

152.30

$60,000

 

 

There was some really good and some really bad with this lineup. Like the Sunday Million winner, I anchored my squad with the popular picks of DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown. This was a great start for the team. Since I used this mainly in cash games, I was not afraid to ride the herd with some popular players. As a result, I included both Alshon Jeffery and Stevie Johnson from the Monday game. Both had extremely high ownership percentages, and the performances were adequate at best. Jeffery was the focal point of the Chicago offense and put up a respectable 20.1 fantasy point total, but Johnson was disappointing. Especially after Malcom Floyd’s first quarter injury, I figured Johnson was in for a big day. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Philip Rivers was on this roster, too, and he had his worst game in weeks.

 

 

The biggest regret I had as soon as rosters locked was playing Latavius Murray. I got sucked in by the shootout potential of the Oakland/Pittsburgh game, but Murray was not the way to go about it. I should have used a wide receiver like Michael Crabtree or Amari Cooper to get some exposure to Oakland. That one is going to have me kicking myself for a while. Greg Olsen secured an early touchdown for the Panthers, but he was relatively quiet in the second half as the Panthers tried to milk a big lead.

 

 

My special teams picks didn’t do much, as Kai Forbath managed just four extra points and the Falcons Defense was extremely disappointing against a bad San Francisco team. The good news is that the 152.3 score my team put up was respectable. It finished 15th out of 76 in the contest and was generally in the 65th percentile or so of scores this week. That was enough to cash in most head-to-head and 50/50 games, which made it a positive week. It could have been much better if I wouldn’t have chosen Latavius Murray. Live and learn, I suppose!

 

 

 

Stock Rising

 

1. Marcus Mariota

2. DeAngelo Williams

3. Adrian Peterson

4. Antonio Brown

5. Delanie Walker

 

 

Stock Falling

 

1. Kirk Cousins

2. Dion Lewis

3. Eddie Lacy

4. Malcom Floyd

5. Rob Gronkowski

Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.