Daily Fantasy Football Picks for NFL Week 9 (2020)
Last week was an overall waste for daily fantasy football fans. My NFL DFS picks largely did fine, as Aaron Rodgers, Derrick Henry, and Tyreek Hill all actually did quite well.
Heck, I even suggested using the New Orleans Saints defense, and they were plenty active with five sacks and an interception.
Unfortunately, I didn’t tell you to play Patrick Mahomes or Dalvin Cook, who combined for nine touchdowns and a crazy amount of yardage.
While I didn’t hit on the two best plays of the week, I did hand out some good daily fantasy football picks. If you went forward with that core in week eight, you had a shot at taking home some cash.
We can try to do it again this week, while also using early week 9 NFL odds to assist us. With that, here’s a look at my favorite NFL DFS picks for week 9.
Josh Allen, QB, Bills ($7k)
This week’s slate is loaded with viable DFS quarterbacks, so you’re obviously going to have to make some tough calls. That, or you’ll just play a bunch of them in a ton of daily fantasy football lineups.
Just make sure Josh Allen is part of that mix, and he’s without a doubt one of my top NFL DFS picks for week 9. He’s certainly slowed down in recent weeks, but let’s not forget that Josh Allen looked like an MVP candidate during a 4-0 start for the Buffalo Bills.
Allen can get back to that form, as he’s got a mouth-watering matchup against a bad Seattle Seahawks defense.
Jimmy G couldn’t hack it in this dream spot last week, but Nick Mullens of all people came in and carved Seattle up.
Jimmy Garoppolo had 84 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT on 16 attempts.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 2, 2020
Nick Mullens has 238 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs on 25 attempts.
Upon closer review, mobile quarterbacks have fared the best against the Seahawks this year, with their two best defensive efforts coming against Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Needless to say, I love a discounted Allen here. He has the big arm and weapons to burn Seattle deep, but it’s worth noting the Seahawks have also given up the fifth-most rushing yards to quarterbacks, as well as the most running scores (4) to passers.
There are a lot of NFL DFS quarterbacks to like this week, but when you look at the price, matchup, and upside, I’m not sure anyone trumps Allen.
James Conner, RB, Steelers ($6.9k)
Conner also has a dream matchup, as he faces a terrible Dallas Cowboys defense this week. The Philadelphia Eagles predictably couldn’t take full advantage of this spot, but Dallas otherwise hasn’t been able to stop anyone all year.
James Conner plays against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9— Adam Koffler (@AdamKoffler) November 2, 2020
The Cowboys have allowed their last three opponents to rush for 196 yards per game
Conner received 15-of-16 RB carries in Week 8 against a stout Ravens Defense
James Conner costs just $6,900 on DraftKings in Week 9 ?
We can feel pretty confident about Conner for a number of reasons. The first is that his role is rock solid, as he’s had 18+ touches in six straight games. Barring injury, the dude is a true feature back, he is active in the passing game, and he’s the main goal-line option for Pittsburgh.
The crazy part is Conner has also been vultured a lot this year, with Pittsburgh giving the rock to Benny Snell or opting for short passing plays inside the red-zone.
Despite that (as well as some difficult matchups), Conner has impressed with 14+ fantasy points in each of his last six outings. In fact, outside of week one (where he got hurt), he’s been one of the most reliable backs on the year.
The upside is there, too, with Conner topping 20+ fantasy points three times in 2020. I think he’s headed for another big week like that, as the Cowboys rank dead last in rushing yards allowed to running backs, and have coughed up eight scores on the season.
Marvin Jones, WR, Lions ($5.1k)
Normally I’d just toss Marvin Jones in with my favorite week 9 NFL DFS sleepers, but he might be a bit too much on everyone’s radar this week to get away with that.
I’d have been interested in him no matter what, but Kenny Golladay being injured cements it for me.
Jones is a terrific option in all formats, as he showed serious signs of life with two touchdowns last week, and now could have a featured role against Minnesota.
The Vikings allowed three touchdowns to Davante Adams last week, and still rank 30 against wide receivers on the year. Detroit probably will try to run the ball early, but this matchup (and price) are too good to ignore.
Noah Fant, TE, Broncos ($4.6k)
Travis Kelce is the top spend at tight end, but he isn’t cheap, and his date with the Panthers isn’t really alluring on paper.
You can still go that route, but as is the case most weeks, tight end feels like a pretty good spot to save some cash. I won’t go too far down for my favorite play at the position, though, as Fant comes in as the fifth most expensive option at the position.
It’s true that he’s splitting the workload with his backup to a certain degree, but I doubt that matters with the guy seeing 16 targets over his last two games. The PPR value is there, but if Fant can get into the end-zone, he’s going to crush this price tag.
I think there’s a good chance of that happening against the Atlanta Falcons, who rank dead last against fantasy tight ends in 2020. Nobody has given up more catches or scores to tight ends, while the Falcons have also allowed the second-most receiving yards to the position.
Fant is trending upward, and this week he feels like one of the best week 9 NFL DFS picks to roster at DraftKings.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense ($4.9k)
If you paid for the Kansas City Chiefs last week, you should be interested in the Pittsburgh Steelers. No other pricey defense really jumps out at you, and the Steelers have a very favorable matchup against a dreadful Dallas offense.
The Cowboys have gone off the rails ever since Dak Prescott got hurt, and there’s no end in sight. It’s worth noting Andy Dalton could make his return this week, of course.
Is that supposed to be a good thing, though? Dalton has led the Cowboys to 13 total points across two starts, and Pittsburgh is one of the best defenses in the league.
The Steelers come into the week with the second-best run defense, and also rank 7th against fantasy quarterbacks. In their plight to stay perfect, I doubt the Steelers come out flat against such an ill-prepared offense.
My daily fantasy football picks have been pretty good lately. This doesn’t always mean you have to build your lineups with all of these options, and I’m aware they won’t always be the top NFL DFS picks.
That said, the plays suggested here – as well as the analysis – should at least nudge you in the right direction. As the week goes on, you can also factor in my NFL DFS sleepers, and my final lineups.
Don’t forget to tie in the latest odds before you finalize your week 9 NFL DFS picks, either. Luckily we break down and predict every single game each week, and you can get access to those betting previews at our sports betting picks page.