Updated: Sunday, 11/6 at 5:30am ET

Who's ready for some NFL Week 9 DFS? I know I am. Last week, the Playbook absolutely crushed and at the perfect time as many of the chalk plays hit which always raises the pay-lines. So to have some of the key lower-owned plays in there that we did – guys like D'Onta Foreman, Alvin Kamara and DeAndre Hopkins – we were able to withstand the heavy action our opponents were on. This week presents itself as a very critical and tough week as well, but for different reasons. Not only do we have six teams on bye to lessen the player pool, but we have more marquee talent on the slate. That means we're going to have to pay up in certain places to use the elite-level chalk. Guys like Josh Allen, Aaron Jones and Justin Jefferson are going to be popular this week and while we are going to come up with plays to help carry us again this week, we're going to have to do it while plugging in some pricey chalk as well.

That's the beauty of playing DFS. There is always more than one way to build a lineup and there are always new challenges for us when it comes to picking the right players for your contests. Whether it's a smaller player pool, chalkier players to have to squeeze in or higher pay-lines to worry about, we try to keep you covered with the variety of selections. And that is actually going to be more of a thing for us this week, so pay close attention to which players in the Playbook are earmarked for GPP only and which ones can be used for cash. It's about high-floor versus high-ceiling and the last thing you want to do in cash is try to find success with a lot of high-upside plays who may be less reliable. 

OK, ready to get to it?



Now, before we get to the Playbook players, allow me to remind you what you should be doing leading up this step in your research.

Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches

QB Coach – Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777)

RB Coach -- Justin Vreeland (@JustinVreeland)

WR Coach -- Colby Conway (@colbyrconway)

TE Coach -- Andrew Cooper (@CoopAFiasco)

D/ST Coach -- Dan Malin (@RealDANlanta)

Step 2: Check out the rest of the relevant DFS content

In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with me and Jon Impemba, who also does the Contrarian Corner video and check out the DFS Bargains from Tera Roberts (@ItsTeraTime).


Also, our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be checking out the WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).

Speaking of tools, we have also done some major enhancements with our NFL tools. We continue to crunch the numbers and tweak our algorithms so that our daily fantasy football projections are the best in the industry and that, in turn, has improved things like our Lineup Generator/DFS Optimizer, our DFS Compare tool and even our NFL DFS Ownership Projections. Again, all right here on one site for your convenience.

Step 3: Make your own list of players

It's real easy to just sit and wait for the Playbook, but as you are doing your research throughout the week, it is important to make notes and list the players who interest you the most. Maybe they end up in the Playbook and maybe they don't. If they're there, then great, it should mean we are honing in on the same things that make him a strong play. If not, maybe you're onto something else that someone overlooked. We aren't perfect and if you uncover something different, maybe you're right. I would be careful of routine groupthink and hype from beat writers, but often times someone will tell me something they saw about their local team that I missed and I am always looking to investigate more if its there. If you do, then say something in our Fantasy Alarm Discord Chat, Talk it out and see what the rest of the #FAmily thinks. That's why the chat is there, isn't it?

With those three steps complete and discussions are in progress, you are ready to look at the Playbook players, make comparisons and finalize your list for lineups, so let's get to it.



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