Week 9 of the NFL season is upon us, and with it the DraftKings Millionaire contest. This $20 slate has a prize pool of $3.5 million, with the winner walking out with a $1 million prize. That sounds pretty good to me.
On FanDuel, the main slate is the $1.75 Sunday Million, a $5 entry with $300,000 going to first place. As always, you can expect the winning lineup to have some form of a stack. There is a lot of strategy when it comes to crafting your perfect lineup and finding the right stack could be the difference between winning a lot of money, or walking away with nothing. I do not know about you, but I would rather win money than lose money.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the best stacking options for Week 9 of the NFL season.
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants: QB Derek Carr ($5,900 DK, 7.5 FD), TE Darren Waller ($6,200 DK, 6.8 FD), WRs Hunter Renfrow ($4,800 DK, 5.6 FD) and Bryan Edwards ($4,100 DK, 5.3 FD):
Because of the tragic events in Las Vegas this week and the perception that the Raiders’ passing game cannot succeed without its top playmaker, there is going to be a lot of resistance to play these pieces in DFS lineups this week.
Losing one player, no matter how talented, should not take away from the pass-catchers that remain on the field for the Raiders. If anything, this should be a boost to the production of Waller, Renfrow, and Edwards. Their cheap price tags and expected low ownership make this a potentially slate-breaking stack if the Giants defense, on short rest, cannot contain them.
With how poor the Giants defense has been this season, there is a lot of value with the Raiders this week.
Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans: QB Tua Tagovailoa ($5,800, 7.3 FD), WR Jaylen Waddle ($5,600 DK, 6.1 FD), TE Mike Gesicki ($4,900 DK, 6.5 FD), bring-back TE Brevin Jordan ($2,500 DK, 4.6 FD):
The Texans can make just about any offense look like the run-and-shoot that Houston knew so well. But the fact is, Tagovailoa has been playing at a high level against bad teams for the past few weeks and Waddle looked terrific when Devante Parker missed time earlier in the season with shoulder/hamstring issues that landed him on IR Friday.
Gesicki has been solid with or without Parker. With this stack, you can bring it back with a minimum priced player in Jordan, who destroyed his salary expectation last week and should do so again with Pharaoh Brown likely to be sidelined again. This is another stack that will not attract much ownership, which makes it an ideal GPP play.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos: RB Ezekiel Elliott ($7,000 DK, 8.2 FD), Cowboys' Defense ($3,300 DK, 3.9 FD):
We’re still not entirely certain who is going to start at quarterback this week, but either way, with Von Miller off the Broncos’ defense, this is a great spot for the Cowboys to ride Ezekiel Elliott to a victory.
This will also give the Cowboys the opportunity to protect either the injured Dak Prescott or the inexperienced Cooper Rush from being exposed too heavily. Couple the stacking ethos that says pair a solid defense against a shaky offense with a bell-cow running back and the Cowboys are in a perfect spot to test the theory.
The Cowboys offense has been their bread-and-butter this season, and it should stay that way with or without Prescott. However, the defense should really round out your lineups this week.
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