Jets vs. Colts DFS Picks for Thursday Night Football – Week 9, 2021

| November 3, 2021 11:15 am PDT

Life comes at you fast, and after a stellar first career NFL start, Mike White is getting the nod on Thursday Night Football.

He went off against the Bengals last week, so he’ll lead his Jets into Indy to battle Carson Wentz and the Colts. A road game on a short week after raised expectations? What could possibly go wrong?

New York is a sizable betting underdog at the best NFL betting sites, so White and co. will have their work cut out for them in week nine. What does White’s presence mean for DFS, though? Let’s go over this Thursday Night Football Showdown slate to find out.

Top TNF DFS Captain Picks for Week 9

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts ($17.4k)
  • Michael Pittman, WR, Colts ($15.3k)
  • Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets ($11.7k)
  • Elijah Moore, WR, Jets ($9.3k)

JT is without a doubt the top NFL DFS pick on this slate. He’s been a monster for the Colts, notching 21+ fantasy points in each of his last five contests.

The only problem? He’ll likely be the highest owned player in Showdown contests, and that probably goes for the Captain spot, too.

It may not be the wrong idea, but in the name of getting different, I’d argue Taylor should be 100% rostered, but perhaps as a Flex.

Pittman also looks good here. Remember, DraftKings is very PPR friendly, and he has been crushing it lately. The surging wideout has 20+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, and he’ll only be aided by the absence of T.Y. Hilton.

On the other side, the Jets honestly look a lot more appealing than you’d think.

Mike White and Michael Carter deserve consideration (and probably need to be rostered), but guys like Crowder and Moore allow you to save some cash, and are still good options.

White put up 405 passing yards last week, and Indy has allowed the 9th most points to wide receivers in 2021. Crowder feels safer out of the slot in terms of catch count, but Moore offers more upside and could be busy with Corey Davis potentially out.

TNF Fantasy Sleepers to Target

  • Tyler Kroft, TE, Jets ($6k)
  • Keelan Cole Sr., WR, Jets ($3.6k)
  • Denzel Mims, WR, Jets ($3k)
  • Ashton Dulin, WR, Colts ($300)

The value isn’t amazing going into Thursday Night Football in week nine, but it could be worse. I’ll mention Kroft, who could be emerging after scoring last week.

Young quarterbacks rely on targets close to the line of scrimmage, as well as big targets in the red-zone, so Kroft could be interesting. It can’t hurt that the Colts rank 24th against fantasy tight ends on the season.

Most of the value resides with the Jets receivers, though. I would require Corey Davis being out again to feel great about these guys, but both Cole and Mims would be in play.

Mims is the hype train that constantly goes off the rails, but he is absurdly cheap here, and he saw three targets last week. If Davis plays, I wouldn’t look his way. If Davis is out, he’s a solid cheap option.

For the moment, it sounds like Davis could be a go.

That might put the focus on Dulin for me. He did nothing with his four targets last week, but he’s seen that many balls come his way in consecutive weeks. With Hilton out again, Dulin is a bottom of the barrel play that could allow you to stack the top options.

My Top TNF DFS Showdown Lineup

  • CAPTAIN: Elijah Moore, WR, Jets ($9.3k)
  • FLEX: Ashton Dulin, WR, Colts ($200)
  • FLEX: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts ($11.6k)
  • FLEX: Mike White, QB, Jets ($9.8k)
  • FLEX: Michael Pittman, WR, Colts ($10.2k)
  • FLEX: Michael Carter, RB, Jets ($8.6k)

I don’t see the logic in fading JT or Pittman on this slate. Both guys have been crushing, their roles are huge, and the matchup at home is good. The only trick is if you need to put them in the Captain slot or not.

My favorite Captain for Thursday Night Football is Moore, though. He has not had that big breakout game yet, but he’s heating up with 10+ fantasy points in back-to-back games.

That big game is right around the corner, and a favorable matchup with the Colts could deliver it. He won’t be a chalky play in the Captain slot, and he helps you save some cash.

Dulin is just way too cheap for a guy that is seeing the field. Hilton is out, so another four targets could be a very real expectation. You can even entertain sliding him into the Captain slot to stack everyone you want.

Carter and White both went off last week. Indy’s run defense can be tough, but Carter has PPR value and can score. I’d prioritize these guys over trying to get to Wentz, who feels like a good fade since he’ll be fairly chalky.

I love this lineup for week nine Thursday Night Football. Hopefully my NFL DFS Showdown picks serve you well. For more betting advice for this contest, check out the posts below.

Noah Davis

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