How goes your NFL Week 9 DFS lineup building? If you're like most people, you're staring at the player pool and the individual match-ups and you probably sound like Spalding from Caddyshack. Forget the hamburger, the cheeseburger and the milkshake. It's more like, “I want a Jalen Hurts, I want an A.J. Brown, I want a CeeDee Lamb and I want a Saquon Barkley.” But instead of telling you that you'll get nothing and like it, we prefer to help you find ways to get the big boys into your lineups by digging through some of the top NFL DFS bargains available. I offered you some intriguing pay-downs in this week's DFS Playbook, but those are likely to be pretty chalky. For your GPP tournament lineups, we probably need to dig even deeper to unearth some strong but potentially low-owned options as well. So welcome to the NFL Week 9 DFS Dart Board.
If you're new to Fantasy Alarm, the DFS Dart Board is an add-on to the Playbook that I started several years ago. It came about when I was building GPP lineups and realized I needed more salary relief. As I dug through my notes to see who stood out the most among those players at a more affordable price, it hit me. When I put players in the Playbook, I am thinking primarily about cash lineup plays -- guys with a high floor who I could conceivably put into my core-group and build a lineup around. After those players, I would mix in a handful of guys who had boatloads of upside and were in soft match-ups, but I wasn’t paying as much attention to their salary as I should have. And that's where the Dart Board came into play.
Occasionally you may see a min-priced QB or TE in here, but more often than not, this space is reserved for running backs and wide receivers who are below $6,000 on FanDuel or $5,000 or lower on DraftKings. Also, while we call this a Dart Board, keep in mind that every player has been carefully researched. We're not up here picking players all willy-nilly, desperately hoping they hit. We're looking for the cheapest bargains possible who still have the strongest potential to give you at least a 3-5x return on what you pay.
All set? Great. Let's get to it and while you do, maybe give a listen to this week's NFL DFS Show with me & Jon Impemba!