Week 9 of the NFL is here, and Awesemo has a ton of great tools and NFL DFS rankings to tackle all the largest contests in DFS. This article will go through and highlight some of the week’s highest-projected Yahoo NFL picks at each position on the Week 9 main slate, all based on Awesemo’s projections and models. It will also provide insight into rostership projections and provide some other matchup information for optimal Yahoo NFL picks for daily fantasy lineups each week.
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Week 9 Yahoo NFL Picks, Grades & Values
Top Graded QB: Lamar Jackson | Grades: A, Values: A
The Ravens and Vikings have a game total here of 50 points and the Ravens themselves are set with the third-biggest implied team total at 28 points. Lamar Jackson rates out with the second best overall points projection on the slate but has a better value rating than the top-rated quarterback this week. The Vikings have been in the bottom half of the league in terms of yards per pass attempt allowed all season and Jackson has only run for less than 50 yards in a game once this year. There are a couple of interesting value options this week at quarterback but if you’re paying up Jackson provides a great floor in a game that has some of the best fantasy potential on the main slate.
Top Value QB: Tua Tagovailoa | Grades: B, Values: A
Tua Tagovailoa isn’t projecting with super chalky rostership numbers but he does have strong projection this week in terms of his overall points. The second-year quarterback is fifth in the projections at his position and should be happy that the drama of the trade deadline is now past. He’s taking on a Texans defense that rates out second-worst in yards per pass attempt against and has given up the sixth-most passing touchdowns this season. As I’ve outlined all week, the Dolphins may not be explosive through the air, but they make up for it with volume and Tagovailoa has now passed the ball an average of 43 times per game over his last three starts. If you’re looking for a solid pay-down option at quarterback for Week 9, this should be your first stop.
Top Graded RB: Ezekiel Elliott| Grades: B, Values: C
It’s a pretty tight battle for top-rated running back this week in the Awesemo projections, with no clear-cut winner. One plus about siding with Ezekiel Elliot though is that he’s projecting for a touch softer rostership numbers here than several of the other top plays — but rates out with the second-best points projection on this slate. The Broncos just finished clearing out one of the leaders on their defense and it was only two weeks ago they let a third-string running back go for 144 yards and 6.67 yards per carry against them. Dallas is second in rushing stats this year — behind only Cleveland — and should poke more holes in this eroding defense. Elliott’s a solid pay-up option who is trending with lower rostership than the other big names, in Week 9.
Top Value RB: Devontae Booker | Grades: B, Values: A
It does look like Devontae Booker is going to be one of the most popular players of this slate, but I’m not sure that should deter you from using him. He has played over 80% of the snaps for the Giants in three of the last four games and is coming off a 20-touch game where he averaged over 10 yards per reception. The matchup here with the Raiders could produce a good day on the ground, too, as Vegas allows 4.6 yards per carry, the fifth-worst mark in the league. Booker rates out with the best value score on Awesemo this week for his position and is essentially a gameflow proof, every-down back right now, who is only $15. It’s best to just eat this chalk as even a mediocre day will likely see him pay off in Week 9.
Top Graded WR: Stefon Diggs| Grades: A, Values: C
Like running back, the wide receiver position is very tight at the top in terms of overall projections. Stefon Diggs comes in fourth in the main slate in terms of overall rankings, but he’s within a point of the-top ranked player. We have other players with serious question marks around them this week — Davante Adams (quarterback), Deebo Samuel (injury) — but Diggs has a great matchup and is in a spot where he could easily go for multiple scores. The Bills have a 31.5 implied team total against Jacksonville and remain a pass-heavy team (39.6 passes per game). Diggs grades out very well and might be the best value among the top names (and has the least negatives against him this week). He’s an easy target here under $30 and may not even crack 20% rostered.
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Top Value WR: Brandin Cooks | Grades: A, Values: A
While the projections among the top plays at wide receiver is tight this week, the best value seems to be a one man event. Brandin Cooks may only have the fourth-best value score in the Awesemo model, but he also has the ninth-best points projection on this main slate and a matchup with the Dolphins, who have allowed the second-most touchdowns and third-most receiving yards to wide receivers through eight weeks. At under $20, it’s hard to find fault with Cooks in this spot either. He’s averaging over nine targets per game and has an elite 27% target share. The Texans just got rid of their top running back and have Tyrod Taylor returning under center this week, who connected with Cooks for 134 yards passing in Week 1. With him trending towards just 10% rostership, Cooks looks like a steal of play in Week 9.
Top Graded TE: Darren Waller | Grades: B, Values: C
The Raiders have had a tumultuous week, and for fantasy purposes it will be interesting to see where the targets that Henry Ruggs left on the field get distributed. Darren Waller has averaged about 7.6 targets per game prior to Week 9, but we should see his target share progress back to his 2021 levels as the season progresses, especially with Ruggs now out. He’s projecting as the most popular play of the slate at tight end but also leads the points projections on Awesemo at the position, and is available here at under $25. With the extra week of rest and the fact he’s completely off the injury report now — after struggling with knee and ankle issues — I’d expect the Raiders to lean on him heavily here as they try and get by a weak Giants team.
Top Value TE: Albert Okwuegbunam | Grades: C, Values: A
The Broncos look like they’ll be without Noah Fant this week, which should open up the field for second-year player Albert Okwuegbunam. Okwuegbunam played on 49% of the snaps last week in his first week back from injury and converted all three targets he saw into catches. He was limited in practice this week but takes on a Dallas defense against whom opponents have averaged 37.5 pass attempts against this season. If he plays, Okwuegbunam looks like he’ll be a pretty solid near-minimum-priced target as he rates out with the best value score by far at tight end on Awesemo this week.
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