FantasyDraft Week 9: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends

Ben Davidowitz makes his picks for tournament and cash game play on FantasyDraft for Week 9 of the NFL season.

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Cash Game Options:


Russell Wilson, SEA ($13,900) vs TB

Russell Wilson is in an excellent position to put up big numbers this weekend against Tampa Bay. The Seahawks have the highest projected point total of any individual team this Sunday and most of the scoring should flow through Wilson. In Week 8, Wilson completed 70% of his passes with an average of almost 10 yards per attempt. That elite level of efficiency should continue in Week 9 against a poor pass defense.


Matthew Stafford, DET ($12,700) at OAK

Matthew Stafford has been on an absolute tear the past two weeks. He has thrown for seven touchdowns while connecting on 71% of his throws. The Raiders have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw all over the field and this Sunday, Stafford will have a chance at another career day. The Lions receivers will pose problems for Oakland’s secondary all over the field. Stafford should have plenty of opportunities for big plays and looks like a great cash play.


Tournament Options:

Kirk Cousins, MIN ($11,900) at KC

Week 8 was the first time in the past four games that Kirk Cousins failed to throw for over 300 yards. He has also thrown just a single interception since Week 2. In that same time frame, Cousins has thrown for 11 touchdowns. In Week 8, he also threw for a season-high 88.5 completion percentage while averaging 11 yards per attempt. Cousins should have Adam Thielen back in the lineup and Dalvin Cook will demand defensive attention. Cousins should be left to take advantage of single-high safety looks and utilize his dangerous receiving corps.


Josh Allen, BUF ($11,900) vs WAS

Josh Allen had some accuracy and ball security issues last week against the Eagles. In Week 9, he has a nice match-up against a porous Redskins defense. Washington has allowed opposing teams to put up almost 400 yards and over 20 points per game. Allen should be able to take advantage of the Redskins through the air and has the bonus of his running ability.


Wide Receiver


Cash Game Options:


Kenny Golladay, DET ($14,500) at OAK

Kenny Golladay was another Lion to have a prolific Week 8. He caught six passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Golladay has gone over 20 fantasy points four times this year and has an excellent opportunity facing him this weekend. Over the last four games, Golladay is averaging over 80 yards a contest and the raiders will give him every opportunity to extend that streak. The Raiders are allowing some of the most yards through the air and points scored of any team this season. Stacking Stafford and Golladay looks like a great strategy for this weekend.


Tyler Lockett, SEA ($13,500) vs TB

Last weekend, Tyler Lockett corralled all six of his targets for 100 yards but failed to make it into the endzone. Instead, it was his teammate DK Metcalf who got the looks in the red zone. In the last seven games, Lockett has had at least four catches for a minimum of 51 yards. The Buccaneers are allowing just under 300 yards through the air and have struggled against speedy receivers. A combination that Lockett should be excited about. He should be an excellent play in cash games.


Tournament Options:


Chris Godwin, TB ($13,700) at SEA

With the dominant performance turned in by Mike Evans in the last game, defenses should be game planning to limit the big receiver’s impact going forward. That should open things up for Chris Godwin who has already been having an excellent year. Godwin’s streak of 100-yard games came to an end in the last game but the Seahawks will give him the opportunity to begin a brand new one. Seattle has struggled to limit teams through the air. With Mike Evans’s big game and Godwin’s premium price tag, ownership should be down. I’m all over Godwin this weekend for Tournament play.


Keenan Allen, LAC ($11,900) vs GB

Keenan Allen played through a knee injury in Week 8 that limited his snap count but was still the recipient of ten targets. Allen should be closely monitored going into the weekend, but if he is active in practice leading up to the game he could be a sneaky play for tournaments. Ownership should be kept low due to the injury concerns, but Allen already showed the ability to be heavily featured while not being 100% healthy. Allen hasn’t gotten into the endzone since Week 3, a stat that is bound to change given his heavy target share. The firing of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt may further cast doubt on Allen’s ability to impact the game but teams often heavily feature their best players in times of change. If he’s healthy, I’m rolling with Allen for tournament play.


Tight End


Cash Game Options:


Darren Waller, OAK ($11,500) vs DET

Darren Waller had a down day last weekend as he was able to come down with just a small percentage of his targets but did make it into the endzone for a touchdown. In the past two games, Waller has three touchdown grabs. In Week 9 he will look to extend that streak against a Detroit defense that has had problems defending the pass. He is in a great spot for cash game-play this Sunday.


Hunter Henry, LAC ($10,500) vs GB

Hunter Henry was targeted six times last weekend making four catches for 47 yards but was the recipient of over 20 percent of Phillip Rivers throws. Allen should be good to go for the Chargers, but even a slight limitation for the receiver would create even more opportunities for Henry. He’s a great option for cash games this weekend as he should be heavily featured.


Tournament Options:


Noah Fant, DEN ($6,000) vs CLE

Noah Fant has had a rather pedestrian start to his rookie year catching 15 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown through the first seven weeks of the season. After trading away Emmanuel Sanders, Fant caught five passes for 26 yards in Week 8. Fant is an intriguing prospect with a plus size-speed combination. He should see his targets increase in a team lacking talent at the receiver position and has the chance to open eyes in the second half of the season. He is a great play for cap relief space in tournaments this weekend who has a chance to pop.


Zach Ertz, PHI ($8,700) vs CHI

Zach Ertz now has two back to back games with season lows in yardage. In that same span, Dallas Goedert has had tow games in a row with touchdown grabs. Chicago is a tough defense, but Ertz’s price is also down, which puts him in prime position for tournament play. He should start to find his way into the endzone and it has to be a priority for Philly to get their star tight end the ball.


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