The best DraftKings cash games plays at each position on Week 9’s main slate. Using a combination of the players described in detail and the other options listed could make for a great Week 9 lineup.
QB: Cam Newton ($6600)
Through 7 games, Cam Newton has yet to score less than 18 fantasy points. Capitalizing in great matchups against Cincinnati (28.6) and Atlanta (29.6), Newton now gets his best one of the season against Tampa Bay (1st in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks). He is averaging 7.7 fantasy points per game on rushing alone. There isn’t much separation in price between the other top options at the position, so it makes sense to pay up for him for an almost guaranteed 20 points. Jared Goff, however, is also a great option as a quarterback in a 60-point over/under.
Other options: Jared Goff ($6000)
RB: Todd Gurley ($9500)
Todd Gurley’s price is yet to reflect his fantasy performance this season. His salary has decreased from last week, despite putting up 31 points and declining for a late-game touchdown. He does have a tough matchup against New Orleans, but his floor justifies playing him. He has yet to score outside of the top-10 at the position or under 30 in his last four games. With so many great values at wide receiver because of deals at the trade deadline, it would be foolish not to put Gurley in your lineup.
RB: Alvin Kamara ($7300)
This is a huge decrease in price for Alvin Kamara, despite a large volume of touches the last two weeks and a great game environment against the Rams. In games where New Orleans has scored over 20 and won by less than 10 points, Kamara has averaged over 10 targets a game. Yes, Mark Ingram is back, but it’s clear Kamara’s passing game role is massive when in close, high-scoring games. The 60 point over/under and +1.5 line for New Orleans suggest this will be much of the same. Kamara’s receiving outlook and touchdown equity in one of the highest over/under totals of the last ten years makes this an easy pick.
WR: Marvin Jones ($5300)
When Kenny Golladay was out five games last year, Marvin Jones averaged 17.54 points per game. Jones only scored 3 touchdowns in that period, but showed he had a high floor when there were only two legitimate targets in the Detroit passing offense. That trend should continue with Golden Tate now in Philadelphia, creating a new number of targets to split between Golladay and Jones. Jones’ three worst performances this season have also been his worst in terms of targets. Xavier Rhodes is a tough matchup, but Jones has proved he can handle him (28.9 points against Minnesota in week 12 last season). With a higher floor and huge upside (7.2 air yards per target, 13 end-zone targets), Jones is an exciting play in cash.
WR: Courtland Sutton ($3900)
Courtland Sutton’s outlook in season-long and for the rest of the season is questionable, but it’s hard not to like him here for his price. Denver doesn’t have any real pass-catching options outside of Sanders, so Sutton should see at least 5 targets against a Houston defense who has proved they can stop the run. Sutton could provide players with a 7-point game, but he also could put up 20 points. For his price, Sutton is a risk players should be willing to take in cash.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins ($8300)
Bradley Roby is out for Denver, so Deandre Hopkins will be getting one of the easiest matchups he has had all season. The only other soft matchups he had was against Indianapolis (32.9) and Tennessee (23). With Demaryius Thomas adjusting to his new team and Keke Coutee seeing a lot of Chris Harris, Hopkins should see a bump to his already gigantic 30.4% target share. Hopkins will see a lot of 35-year old Adam Jones and fourth-stringer Tramaine Brock.
TE: Kyle Rudolph ($3600)
Playing Rudolph is not necessarily something you want to do, but if you want to pay up for two or three elite running backs/wide receivers, it might be something you have to do. He has been a model of consistency his last two seasons with only five games below 7 fantasy points. He also could see a slight increase in targets with Stefon Diggs questionable to play. Rudolph has 8 end-zone targets this season, ranking 2nd among tight ends. Players should prepare for an average game from Rudolph but hope for him to convert an end-zone target into a touchdown.
Other options: Travis Kelce ($6600), O.J. Howard ($4300)
D/ST: Whatever fits
There are a lot of great options at the position this week, all at various price points. Chicago ($4100) has a great matchup against Nathan Peterman and the Buffalo Bills if you can fit them in. In the mid-price range, Kansas City ($2700) should continue a positive trend for D/ST’s against rookie Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Denver ($2300), Detroit ($2100), and Baltimore ($2500) are also in play among the cheaper options.