Welcome to week 9 my friends as we get you prepared for some great bargain plays this week. Let’s review last week’s bargain plays and see if they were a hit or a miss.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,500): 13.62 points

Kenny Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,000): 2.7 points

Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets ($4,900): 32.2 points 

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills ($5,400): 0 points

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos ($4,900): 7.9 points

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons ($4,200): 0 points

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,600): 0 points

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears ($5,400): 8.8 points

Philadelphia Eagles ($2,700): 21 points 

Trevor Lawrence came up with a pooper but it was crazy to see him do so badly with 54 attempts. His day is coming, but I had the right game, wrong quarterback. Could have saved $200 and went with Geno Smith ($5,300). Kenneth Gainwell on the other hand…uhhhh. Who knew it would be Boston Scott and Jordan Howard leading the way before Gainwell even came in. Either way, the Detroit Lions still suck (yes, I’m a Lions fan!). Welcome to the NFL Michael Carter! This is four games in a row where he went more than 3X and went over 6X! I hope you started him! He was the RB1 for the week. Emmanuel Sanders! You had me hooked! All that for a zero! I’m sorry folks, I was on that hype train too long and should have gotten off it after week 7. I went in too soon on Jerry Jeudy I feel. I thought the kid was just going to go off in week 8, not thinking the game would be a snoozer. I have a feeling that this will be the week he goes off and I’ll be wishing I wrote him in this week and not the previous. Russell Gage…. Talk about a wide receiver trap. I was pumped to hear that Calvin Ridley was going to be out (fantasy aside, I hope he gets the help he needs), thinking man, the money we all saved for a cheap WR1. Solid bargain! Nope! It was all who we expected it to be in Tajae Sharpe. Rob Gronkowski was soooo close to having a touchdown. Back spasms took him out of the game, so the zero makes sense. Looks like he may have come back earlier than he should have. Khalil Herbert… Didn’t know it was going to be a Justin Fields game. Congrats to him for finally having a good game! Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles defense. A hell of a call by me as they finished as the top defense and sacked Jared Goff 6 times, forced a couple fumbles and Darius Slay took one to the house. Wasn’t fun for me as a Lions fan, but the DK points made it fun!

Overall, 2/9 (22%)…. My worst work of the year to help you out! I hope you were able to use Michael Carter and/or the Eagles DST. Let me know in the comments below or on twitter, which you can find the link at the bottom of the page. Like I’ve said before, we get to brush off the week prior and start off with a clean slate. So let’s get you some bargains for week 9!

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos ($5,300)

Last week I thought Teddy Bridgewater would have played better against Washington, but that game was a boring game and it was more so a game-manager type of play. This week should be fun as the Denver Broncos are heading to Dallas. This game has shootout written all over it and I’m expecting Bridgewater to at least 4X this week.

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals ($5,300)

I like Edmonds this week over James Conner who is also the same price. Smart move here by DraftKings because it makes it hard to choose which of these two running backs to own this week. I’m going with Edmonds because at the end of the game last week Kyler Murray sprained his ankle. I think Kyler won’t be as mobile and will do plenty of dump offs between the 20’s, which makes Edmonds beneficial in DraftKings being all PPR.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,200)

I was excited last week to play Kenneth Gainwell and that bombed. This week Kenneth Gainwell ($5,000) is the same price and a good contrarian play if you’re looking to save a couple hundred bucks. Back to Scott, I see him being the main back in the backfield and the game plan will be different compared to last week’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders ($4,800)

Henry Ruggs III is no longer with the Raiders, which should lead to more targets for Hunter Renfrow. He’s averaging over seven targets a game and that number should go up this week against the New York Giants. Renfrow has one game with under 10 DK points and this week he should see an uptick in targets, receptions and a good chance for a touchdown.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens ($4,000)

How does Rashod Bateman stay so low in cost? Two games back-to-back with six targets, and with Sammy Watkins possibly being out again this week, we should see three weeks in a row with over six receptions. The Minnesota Vikings have been struggling against wide receivers and we are on the brink of Bateman breaking out; I feel this is the week he will and should 3X+ this week.

Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($5,700)

Over the last five weeks with Amari Cooper starting he’s averaged 46.8 yards, 3.4 receptions and 0.4 touchdowns. Really bad, really nothing fun to play for. I didn’t have Cooper as an option last week because I keep Thursday, Sunday and Monday night players out and stuck with the main slate bargains only. But last week Cooper smashed for 8 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown to give you 29.2 DK points, and that was with Cooper Rush. I’ve had Amari Cooper in my bargain plays already this season, and with the news of CeeDee Lamb ($7,200) spraining his ankle in Wednesday’s practice gives me more confidence in starting Cooper in lineups as Dak Prescott should have eyes for Cooper in this shootout.

Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings ($3,000)

Back-to-back games with over 10 DK points is what you like to see in a tight end, especially in a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens who are one of the worst against the tight end position. Baltimore has allowed a tight end to score in five games so far this season and allowing C.J. Uzomah to score two of them gives the tight end position six total against the Ravens. Tyler Conklin looks to be the third option in the passing game and has the chance to be the sixth tight end to extend the streak.


Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($5,700) 

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire more than likely out this week I am going with Darrel Williams as my bonus play this week. Everyone saw Frank Gore Derrick Gore out there early in the first half and then disappeared more in the 2nd half. Williams had 19 total touches in what should have been an easy matchup last week where the Chiefs ended up winning by just three. The Chiefs offense is in question to most fantasy players, but that’s because defenses are playing safeties deep and not allowing that big pass, forcing Patrick Mahomes to check it down to his running backs, hence Williams getting 6 receptions (6 targets) for 61 yards. Plus Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers is going to be interesting.


Cincinnati Bengals ($2,900)

Last week’s game most would like to forget as the Bengals lost to the New York Jets, but would you believe they still put up 7 DK points, which is good, but they should definitely improve on that total this week. A home game against an in-state and division rivalry should make this a good defensive, low scoring output from the Cleveland Browns. I can see the Bengals offense exploding while Baker Mayfield and the Browns take sacks and throw interceptions.

Best of luck this week and be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss our favorite against-the-spread picks for Week 9 of the 2021 NFL Season!

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