Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football of Week 9. Tonight’s matchup is between the Patriots and Ravens, as New England is listed as three-point road favorites with an over/under of 44.5.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore
Jackson finds himself in a brutal matchup against a historically good defense, but he still needs to be considered for your MVP/Captain spots on this single-game slate. Admittedly, that strategy carries more weight on sites where you don’t have to pay the salary multiplier to earn the bonus (FanDuel). Jackson’s running ability is enough to leave him in that conversation despite the cringe-worthy draw. In fairness, this will be the most difficult task for New England’s defense at this point in the season, as the Ravens represent the best offense they’ve seen, and Jackson’s dual-threat profile provides a unique challenge. In other words, there’s hope that the Baltimore QB can break through with the top fantasy score of the game.
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Mark Andrews - TE - Baltimore
Yes, the Patriots have allowed next to nothing through the air this season, but selecting Andrews is more about volume than matchup potential. The Baltimore tight end has seen seven or more targets in every game this season, and that should continue to be the case in this Sunday night draw. WR Marquise Brown is expected to play, and his downfield presence could open more looks for Andrews underneath.
Mohamed Sanu - WR - New England
Sanu has had more time to get acclimated to his new home, and there’s a chance he’ll handle more targets as a result. His Patriots’ debut wasn’t impressive, taking just five targets for 23 yards on two receptions. Still, Sanu’s fantasy prospects will only climb from here, and he’s a dirt-cheap play on this single-game slate - especially over on FanDuel. It’s hard to find bargains with a respectable snap rate or fantasy potential, but Sanu fits the mold tonight.
Nick Folk - K - New England
Justin Tucker - K - Baltimore
There aren’t many reliable bargains on tonight’s slate, which has me turning to the kickers in cash games and some tournament formats. You could realistically take both in the same lineup (especially on DK), but Folk checks in with a marginally higher projection and a higher team total. Of course, price sensitivity is the main factor when deciding between them.
Smashing Tom Brady (QB - NE) into the same lineup with Jackson is certainly a viable strategy, especially when looking at cash games on FanDuel ... Julian Edelman (WR - NE) still represents his favorite target, especially coming off a sweet 8-78-2 showing against the Browns last week. Edelman warrants some MVP/Captain consideration, especially on DraftKings where his price is more agreeable in the top spot … James White (RB - NE) makes sense through all formats on all sites as well, given that he’s actively involved in the passing game (legitimate WR2 in this offense) while holding a mid-range salary that agrees with Jackson, Brady, and other vital pieces of this slate.
Marquise Brown (WR - BAL) is expected to play, and he’s a tournament only option. The rookie has undeniable big-play ability, but coming off an ankle injury to face one of the best defenses in the league doesn’t seem like the best time for a breakout … Phillip Dorsett (WR - NE) is in the similar “GPP only” conversation as his volume becomes more of a question with the addition of Sanu. Still, Dorsett’s snap rate should remain strong (66-of-69 last week), and he could translate that into a rewarding performance with touchdown potential.
Keeping the theme with tournament-only acquisitions, Sony Michel (RB - NE) and Mark Ingram (RB - BAL) fit that mold. Both running backs are expensive relative to their fantasy expectations. Michel admittedly has more upside while envisioning a scenario where the Patriots are trying to maintain a lead in the second half. From a game flow perspective, he can be used as a tournament lift while taking Jackson and a few Baltimore pass catchers in the same line.
Ben Watson (TE - NE) and Nick Boyle (TE - BAL) are nothing more than dirt-cheap fillers to round out a lineup on DraftKings. You aren’t expecting much of anything from either, simply punting the position, combining other top-dollar plays, and hoping for the best. Watson should see plenty of snaps with Matt LaCosse out and Ryan Izzo questionable, but that hasn’t translated to much fantasy success so far.
I’ll be avoiding the Patriots Defense tonight, as their salary has risen dramatically after beating up on turnover-prone offenses. As mentioned earlier, this is one of their hardest tests of the season, and I would be shocked if New England continues to rack up defensive fantasy points. If you are creating multiple entries (20+), they are worth mixing here and there, but that’s about it.