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Week 9: NFL DFS Tiers

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: October 31, 2018, 6:41 pm ET

Expect updates when news starts flowing in. Please reach out to me on Twitter (@HaydenWinks) if you have questions about the game mode or about this slate.

Cash Game Considerations

There are 2,634,240 different ways to build a Tiers roster this week. These cash game considerations will help you narrow down your options for H2Hs, 50/50s, and Double Ups.

Remember to make in-Sunday lineup changes if you are losing and need to catch up to win. We can pivot in any of the three day games or in the high scoring Sunday Night Football game between the Packers and Patriots if we are behind after the morning games. For example, if you are drawing dead towards the end of the morning games, you can pivot off of the highly owned Todd Gurley to the low-owned Melvin Gordon in Tier 3. 

Tier 1

1. Patrick Mahomes (@ CLE)

2. Cam Newton (vs. TB)

Tier 2

1. Jared Goff (@ NO)

2. Drew Brees (vs. LAR)

Tier 3

1. Todd Gurley (@ NO)

2. Adam Thielen (vs. DET)

Tier 4

1. Christian McCaffrey (vs. TB)

2. James White (vs. GB)

3. Davante Adams (@ NE)

Tier 5

1. Alvin Kamara (vs. LAR)

2. Michael Thomas (vs. LAR)

3. Kareem Hunt (@ CLE)

4. James Conner (@ PIT)

5. Robert Woods (@ NO)

Tier 6

1. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. HOU)

2. Jarvis Landry (vs. KC)

3. Julian Edelman (vs. GB)

4. Brandin Cooks (@ NO)

Tier 7

1. Adrian Peterson (vs. ATL)

2. Tarik Cohen (@ BUF)

3. Kerryon Johnson (@ MIN)

4. John Brown (vs. PIT)

Tier 8

1. Kenny Golladay (@ MIN)

2. Phillip Lindsay (vs. HOU)

3. Devin Funchess (vs. CAR)

4. Lamar Miller (@ DEN)

Game Stacks for Tournaments

The different colors above represent different games. The idea here is for you to see which games go well together and the colors should help that process. These aren’t full lineup recommendations because I don’t think it’s optimal to only use players from two or three games to fill all eight spots. With that being said, we definitely need to be pairing some players together for GPPs. As Sam Hinkie says, “I can imagine that some of these sound contradictory… That yin and yang is part of it.”

LAR (29 implied points) vs. NO (31) - There are seven players spanning across four tiers from this game. … Both Drew Brees (22.8 FPPG) and Jared Goff (22.8) avoid the dreaded Tier 1, but DraftKings did bump the amount of quarterbacks in Tier 2 up to eight, which will limit the ownership for all quarterbacks here. Goff is playing the weaker defense -- the Saints have given up the most DK points to opposing quarterbacks -- but he is also playing on the road. Brees has lower touchdown equity with Mark Ingram in the lineup, but Vegas is projecting 60 points in this one. Both Brees and Goff are elite plays in Tier 2. … Todd Gurley (31.6) returns to Tier 3, and he’s a near lock. Don’t overthink this. … Tier 5 is where we have to make decisions. Alvin Kamara (27.7), Michael Thomas (21.8), and Robert Woods (18.7) are all grouped together, and all of these players are hurt by newcomers to the offense. Like mentioned before, Mark Ingram has put a dent into both Kamara and Thomas, but Woods will also be sharing target shares with Cooper Kupp again. Regardless, all three players are great options, especially in lineups with Goff or Brees. … Brandin Cooks (15.1) is sitting by himself in Tier 6, and he is an awesome stack with the quarterbacks and Todd Gurley.

GB (25.5) vs. NE (31.25) - There are eight players spanning across four tiers from this game. … Aaron Rodgers (22.7) and Tom Brady (20.9) are stuck with Patrick Mahomes in Tier 1, but both quarterbacks have a chance to outscore the GOAT (aka Mahomes) with Vegas expecting this game to shootout unlike the Chiefs versus Browns games. Rodgers has outscored Brady for most of the year, but I’m leaning towards Brady assuming running back Sony Michel is not at full health. The Patriots have the highest team total on the slate, and the Pats don’t have a goal line back without Michel, so Brady’s touchdown equity is sky high. … Tier 4’s James White (21.2) and Davante Adams (23.7) are elite stacks in Brady or Rodgers lineups. White, who is PPR’s WR14 overall if we just count his receiving production, will be slightly downgraded if Michel plays, but he is in play regardless. Adams, who has at least 16.1 DK points in every game this season, has a great blend of upside and floor. … Tier 6 includes receivers Julian Edelman (16.8) and Josh Gordon (10.2). Gordon is way too talented to not go crazy one of these games, but he is still just a tournament option. Edelman has a much higher floor, but he has enough upside to lead the tier in points this week. … Marquez Valdes-Scantling (7.8) and Rob Gronkowski (11.7) are both in Tier 7. I’m not too excited about Gronkowski, who is visibly injured. Valdes-Scantling could see upwards of eight targets however. MVS should be a low-owned tournament play with sneaky upside.

KC (29.75) vs. CLE (21.25) - There are six players spanning across five tiers from this game. … Patrick Mahomes has outscored everyone else in Tier 1 by over five DK points per game. The only thing to consider is if you want to go 100% Mahomes or save some room for Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Unlike the last few weeks, I will be making room for the others in tournaments. … In Tier 4, Tyreek Hill (21.6) has a groin issue, but the Chiefs are making it seem like a non-factor. Of course, any leg injury for a world class sprinter is an issue, so I have eliminated him from cash. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a great tournament option, especially in Mahomes lineups. … Kareem Hunt (21.4) has been smashing recently, but Tier 5 includes two other backs in great offenses (Alvin Kamara, James Conner). Ownership should be split pretty evenly here all for the right reasons. … Tier 6’s Jarvis Landry (15.2) has been woefully inconsistent (and arguably really bad) this season, but he will be in positive game script playing catch up with the Chiefs. Travis Kelce (17.7) is also in Tier 6, and he is one of the best options for tournaments, especially if Hill is slowed up at all by his groin injury.

Non-QB Game Stack Rankings for Tournaments

1. Todd Gurley (3) with Alvin Kamara (5)

2. Todd Gurley (3) with Michael Thomas (5)

3. Davante Adams (4) with Julian Edelman (6)

4. Adam Thielen (3) with Kenny Golladay (8)

5. Emmanuel Sanders (6) with Lamar Miller (8)

6. James Conner (5) with John Brown (7)

7. Kareem Hunt (5) with Jarvis Landry (6)

8. Mike Evans (4) with Devin Funchess (8)

9. Julio Jones (4) with Adrian Peterson (7)