DFS Week 9: 10 Sleepers to Fill Your Tournament Rosters

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10, Non-Chalk, Sleeper Players You Could Plug-In For Large DFS Tournaments For Week 9

Thirsty 30:

I will list 30ish players that I am using as core players to make up my rosters for DFS games.

I’ll list twenty or so chalk players, and ten players who I think would make good, non-chalk tournament plays.

*Disclaimer-These articles sometimes take up to 24 hours to publish.  Please check the official starting statuses via social media, sports websites, or pregame shows, for the players you are rostering, as players sit/start, at a moments notice due to injuries, etc. and thus can substantially affect/wreck your roster.*

The picks below are specifically for DFS large tournament rosters, Sunday Main Slates, but can be inserted into cash lineups as well. They are in no particular order of preference.


DFS Tournament Plays:

Jameis Winston and Derek Carr being chalk, this week, is a bit disappointing, as those would be beautiful options if they weren’t projected as being in the top 4 in ownership.  So we’re looking for those low-owned QBs with good matchups, that almost everyone will be overlooking.

Sam Darnold:  He’s playing Miami, who have given up a ton of points to QBs, and everyone has lost faith in him…he’ll be about 1% owned.  I’ve been playing around with a Darnold/Bell/Anderson stack, and that might be one way to go. It’ll give you the potential for some big base points, AND still, leave you enough room to mix in a couple of stud RB and a stud WR and TE. If the Dolphins pattern holds, he’ll get 2 TD with the potential for a 3rd if the Jets give Bell a lot of targets.

Mitchell Trubisky: Yes, I just wrote Mitchell Trubisky.  As bad as Trubisky is, he smashes in games he should smash.  This year, he had NO and WAS; last year, it was MIA, DET, TB.  The Philly passing D has been mostly terrible this year.  The Eagles are coming off a game where they shut down the Bills, and Trubisky has been mostly not great this year.  These are the kind of games that come from nowhere to win people $$.

The Chalk:

Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, and Matthew Stafford


With James Conner looking like he’ll be out, Jaylen Samuels tops the list of chalk. He could be up to 40% owned, on some sites.  If he were a WR, I’d say to fade the 40% ownership, but since he’s an RB, I think you almost have to plug-and-play in the hopes you don’t get left behind if he hits it big, as he is at a low enough cost across DFS sites to not burn you if he doesn’t have a big game.

DFS Tournament Plays:

Josh Jacobs: On my list for the 2nd-week in-a-row. Jacobs goes against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, in a game that has an over/under of 50 points.  I can see him being THE weapon for the Raiders this week.  If you’re fading Carr, then smashing the hell out of Jacobs makes a lot of sense.

Le’Veon Bell: Bell will have 10%ish ownership, but that puts him in far behind the big chalk of Cook, CMAC, Chubb, etc.  The Dolphins still are one of the worst rushing defenses and Bell could destroy them in the air, as well.  Bell could get 30 touches, this game, and I expect a pissed off Bell after his name came up during the trade deadline, as well.

Melvin Gordon: I’m looking for guys who are low-owned and have the potential to score 2 TDs, in a good matchup…and Gordon fits that bill.  Is Hunter Henry or Ekeler going to steal red zone touches? The over/under on this game is 48, and it could turn into a slugfest between Aaron Jones and Melvin Gordon.  Gordon is more of a risky play than chalky Aaron Jones but could be a guy who pops and gets those 2 TDs.

Mix in 1-2 of these guys with your favorite chalk plays.

The Chalk:

Jaylen Samuels, Davin Cook, Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, and Christian McCaffrey


DFS Tournament Plays:

Robby Anderson:  Anderson has the most talent of the three Jets WRs, all of whom who have easy matchups against a bad Dolphins secondary.  When Anderson turns it on, he really can rack up the points. Revenge game for Gase, who is ready to embarrass his old team?

Danny Amendola:  We’ve seen Marvin Jones Jr go off in spots like this, and we’ve also seen Golladay eat his way through defenses like the Raiders, but Amendola will gather the least ownership but have the best-projected matchup, in the NFL, this week.  As I wrote with Josh Jacobs, the game has an over/under at 50.5 and

Diontae Johnson: Watching the Broncos game last week, I noticed Rock Ya-Sin could not cover Courtland Sutton.  This week, Ya-Sin is projected to shadow Diontae Johnson.  Johnson is no Courtland Sutton, but with the Colts are going to have to worry about JuJu and whoever is the Steelers starting RB, Johnson could once again get 5-6 targets and a TD.

The Chalk:

Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, Mike Evans, Marvin Jones Jr., Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay


Darren Waller‘s over/under for projected receptions is 5.5.  That’s a big # for TEs; he leads the way for the chalky plays followed by the usual suspects.

DFS Tournament Plays:

Greg Olsen:  Pretty good matchup vs. the Tennessee Titans.  He needs a score to be worth it.

T.J. Hockenson: The Raiders are bad vs. TEs.  I’m not sure how the Raiders slow down Golladay/TJJ/Amendola, and as noted above, in the Amendola blurb, this game has an over/under of 50 points…getting low-owned pieces, with great matchups (like Hockenson and Amendola) sets your roster apart from the herd.

The Chalk:

Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Hunter Henry, and Zach Ertz.

Hopefully, this helps with some of your DFS decisions this week.  Good luck!

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