Giants have been on my mind a lot this week. For one, I finally started reading Malcom Gladwell’s book, “David and Goliath.” Gladwell explores the phenomenon of underdogs and giants. Like many of Gladwell’s books, it is one I highly recommend.
Books are not the only recommendation you should heed from me. I also got multiple emails this week thanking me for my pick recommendations last week. Those of you who used them probably slayed a few giants yourself, as I know the reader emails I got did.
But it’s not just the metaphorical giants that have been on my mind. The New York Giants have been on my mind as well. The Giants didn’t lose last week thanks to a bye. Yet they continue to be a giant mess. Not only are they having trouble winning games, but the Giants are having off-field issues too. The Giants suspended Janoris Jenkins after he failed to return from the bye week in a timely manner; and the situation was handled with the grace of giant walrus. Ben McAdoo is losing control of his team and things have certainly become rotten in the state of Benmark. He is on the hot seat and has been referred to as McAdoo-doo.
We could go on, but the point is the Giants are looking like easy pickings in DFS games. They are currently the NFL’s 27th ranked defense. And that was with Jenkins. I don’t care if they are fresh and coming off a bye. So are their opponent this week, the Rams. Guess who I am loading up on this week?
But before we discuss the loading up, let’s start with the obvious cash game pick, who is not a member of the Giants.
Week 9 DFS Picks
Week 9 Obvious Cash Game Pick of the Week
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
The only reason not to use Deshaun Watson this week is the price. His price jumped after he threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns this past week against usually stalwart Seattle. And Indianapolis is not Seattle as the Colts defense has given up the most posts and the second most yards per game. The ceiling might not be as high this week, but few have a higher floor this week.
[UPDATE: Watson tore his ACL on Thursday afternoon. He should be taken out of your lineups immediately]
Week 9 GPP Pick of the Week
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
On the exact opposite end of the spectrum from Watson is Curtis Samuel. You could be looking at a fat zero with Samuel. Recall that Kelvin Benjamin was traded out of town; this means there is now a starting slot which I expect Samuel to fill. One of the problems with having an encyclopedic knowledge of available Fantasy players is that you sometimes don’t have a feel for who the public is aware of it and who they are not. I suspect however, that Samuel will be very low owned this week.
However, the Panthers are facing the Falcons, who are one of the Top 10 most generous defenses when it comes to giving up wide receiver Fantasy points. His price is much better on Draft Kings than Fan Duel for example, but he’s cheap enough on nearly every site that he’s worth the risk.
Week 9 Picks
While on the subject of risk, pricing feels soft to me this week on both Fan Duel and Draft Kings. Therefore, I am playing nearly the exact same lineup this week in both. However, I have also included a Flex and a Kicker to account for the two biggest sites.
QB-Drew Brees, Saints ($8300 FD $7000 DK)
As I said, pricing feels soft, so why not go with the stud quarterback playing at home against the team giving up the second most Fantasy points to quarterbacks? Many will still take Watson, and I suspect many will either grab Russel Wilson or pay down and take the better value in Alex Smith. I am going with Brees.
RB-Todd Gurley, Rams ($8100 DK $9100 FD)
The first of many players on my team playing the Giants. I presume I don’t need to give you reasons why Gurley is a strong pick.
RB-Carlos Hyde, 49ers ($5200 DK $6500 FD)
I’m not worried about Matt Breida. Nor am I’m worried about the Arizona defense who has been mediocre in stopping the run.
WR-Michael Thomas, Saints ($7600 FD $7200 DK)
I know he has not scored in four weeks. I think he does this week and he’s an easy stack with Brees.
WR-Cooper Kupp, Rams ($4500 DK $6000 FD)
Coming off a season high 10 targets last week, I think Kupp will see plenty of action against the middling Giants secondary.
WR-Curtis Samuel, Panthers ($3100 DK $4700 FD)
TE-Zach Ertz, Eagles ($6800 DK $7600 FD)
I have plenty of salary left. Therefore, I’m spending much of it here because Ertz is the top tight end in Fantasy football right now.
DST-Rams ($4800 FD $3100 DK)
Does anyone on the Giants really scare you? Me neither.
FLEX-Alex Collins, Ravens ($4600 DK)
The Titans defense doesn’t scare me either. Some other options here I liked as a Flex, but Danny Woodhead is not back yet. Collins should see more work this week:
Harbaugh said he expects Alex Collins to get more and more opportunities going forward.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 30, 2017
K-Greg Zuerlein, Rams ($5300 FD)
My stacking against the Giants includes the kicker.
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