Fantasy Football Week 9: DFS picks and strategy for Yahoo Sunday Baller

Fantasy Football NFL Week 9

Ten games are on the Week 9 NFL main slate, which gets underway on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT. Week 9 will see the Broncos, Jaguars, Lions, and 49ers on bye, while the Thursday Night Football (Titans vs. Steelers), Sunday Night Football (Bills vs. Bengals), and Monday Night Football (Chargers vs. Jets) games take place…

Ten games are on the Week 9 NFL main slate, which gets underway on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT. Week 9 will see the Broncos, Jaguars, Lions, and 49ers on bye, while the Thursday Night Football (Titans vs. Steelers), Sunday Night Football (Bills vs. Bengals), and Monday Night Football (Chargers vs. Jets) games take place off the main schedule. Yahoo has a ton of NFL DFS games scheduled for Week 9, but the biggest one is the Sunday Baller, which offers a guaranteed $150,000 prize pool to the top 1,774 finishers, with $15,000 going to the winner. This contest accepts up to 150 entries and has a maximum capacity of 8,800 entries. If it fills, it will still continue and you may receive improved odds of success, or overlay in other languages Fantasy Football NFL Week 9.

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Fantasy Football Week 9: DFS picks and strategy for Yahoo Sunday Baller

DFS picks and strategy for Yahoo Sunday Baller

While chasing upside is the goal when participating in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) events, high floors should be given priority in lineups designed for head-to-head, 50/50, or double-up formats. Though winning a GPP tournament typically requires finding a hidden gem or going against the grain in a spot or two, while building a solid base of the same chalk plays you would use anywhere, the players you want to target for these different contest types aren’t mutually exclusive. Plays that go against the grain usually feature well-known players in difficult situations or boom-or-bust scenarios with ambiguous roles.

Participate in Yahoo’s Week 9 Sunday Baller, with a $150K prize pool assured.

Remember that instead of using full PPR scoring, Yahoo DFS contests use 0.5 PPR scoring, which lowers the relative worth of running backs and wide receivers, in that order, with a focus on high volume pass catchers. One quarterback, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one FLEX (RB/WR/TE), and one D/ST unit make up your NFL $175k Sunday Baller lineup.

Several high-ceiling QB-WR stacks, two expensive RBs that are well worth the investment, and cheap options at WR and TE are recommended for Week 9.


While Stroud did not pass for 200 yards in either of his previous two starts, he did pass for at least 242 yards in his first five games and finished with a 9:1 touchdown to interception ratio in his seven NFL starts. The Buccaneers being in town provides a great opportunity for the 2023 second-overall pick to demonstrate that this recent slump isn’t the result of Stroud hitting his rookie wall, but rather a brief rough patch. Since Tampa Bay is allowing the 10th-fewest rushing yards (98.6) and the fifth-most passing yards (256.0), Houston will probably adopt a pass-heavy strategy right away rather than squandering time attempting to establish a rushing attack that has been mired in mud the entire season.

Kamara will probably have even more pass-catching opportunities against a Chicago defense that has given up the most receiving yards (497) and receiving touchdowns (five) to running backs. New Orleans typically makes checking the ball down to Kamara a key component of the offense. In just five games this season, Kamara has already caught 39 of 44 targets for 228 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he has been heavily used on the ground, gaining 320 yards and two touchdowns on 86 rushes. Expect Kamara to use his pass-catching prowess to help the Saints, who are favored by more than a touchdown, take an early lead and use his rushing ability to keep the clock ticking down.

In the four games since Taylor was taken off the PUP list, his snap share has increased gradually, rising from 15% in Week 5 to 42%, 50%, and finally 61% last week. It should come as no surprise that the former 1,800-yard rusher has produced more as his usage has increased; in his last two games, he has 217 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Taylor should continue to receive more opportunities in Indianapolis’ backfield than Zack Moss ($22), but both running backs could be in for big games against a Panthers defense that has given up a league-high 14 scrimmage touchdowns to the position and the third-most rushing yards (888) to running backs.

Indianapolis has simply performed poorly on that side of the ball, while Carolina’s defensive woes have been concentrated on stopping the run. The Colts’ 1,387 yards given to wide receivers rank seventh in the NFL, and they are giving up a league-high 28.6 points per game. In the Panthers’ otherwise boring offense, Thielen has been by far the best player, and in this advantageous matchup, he should continue to see a lot of playing time. Even though Carolina has already had a bye, Thielen has 57 catches, which ties him for sixth place in the NFL. He also has top-12 numbers in receiving yards (581), receiving touchdowns (four), and targets (70).

Houston’s top receiver, Chris Houston, has plenty of value on his own against a Buccaneers defense that is giving up the fifth-most receiving yards per game to wide receivers (189.1), so Collins is a must-have if you plan to use Stroud under center. Despite his inconsistent play, Collins has had some very impressive moments. In his two best games, he has amassed 314 yards and three touchdowns in addition to two other 80-yard outings. Collins is a great Week 9 GPP play because of his upside.

Douglas is in the perfect place here. Since returning from a concussion, the rookie speedster has received 13 targets and two rushing attempts in two games; this volume has resulted in 103 scrimmage yards. This looks like the perfect breakout opportunity for Douglas, as the Commanders defense, who has allowed the most receiving yards (1,579) and touchdowns (13) to wide receivers coming to town, has allowed teammate and receiving yardage leader Kendrick Bourne to tear his ACL last week. Douglas is only $3 above the minimum valuation, making him a low-risk, high-reward play.

Only one (the Rams) is scheduled to play on the Week 9 main schedule out of the six teams that have allowed the most yards to tight ends, so this is an excellent week to look for deals at the position. The Browns are predicted to find offense from somewhere against the Cardinals, who allow 26.6 points per game, as they are one of the two teams favored by more than a touchdown this week. Despite Deshaun Watson’s limited availability, Njoku’s usage has been trending up. He just had his best game of the season (four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on eight targets), and he also set season highs with 54 yards on nine targets in the previous game. As long as the injury to the ankle persisted When Sunday rolls around, Njoku, who was practicing on Wednesday, doesn’t limit the tight end and should be a nice value.

Because of their PJ Walker-led offense, the Browns aren’t overwhelming favorites in Week 9, but Deshaun Watson is now expected to start. The Cleveland defense is giving up a league-low 260.0 scrimmage yards per game, and after this home game against the 1-7 Cardinals, who are anticipated to start rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Tune at quarterback, that figure is probably going to continue to decline. Even in the unlikely event that Kyler Murray (knee) is activated for this game, Arizona is still without starting running back James Conner (knee). Cleveland’s defense should provide a strong play against a rusty quarterback who will be making his first start of the season. This Myles Garrett-led team not only restricts yardage but also accumulates counting stats, with multiple sacks six forced turnovers in the last two weeks, and in every game this season save one.

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