The best value plays in your DraftKings lineup for Week 9 of the NFL season

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Daily fantasy presents a new challenge every week, with football fans looking to put together the best lineup possible from a menu that offers literally every player taking the field on Sunday.

Last week was another hit-or-miss week for our value plays – Josh McCown was a top-four quarterback at a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay for one, and Mohamed Sanu found the end zone to end the day as a top-10 receiver. That said, other picks like Marquis Goodwin and Nelson Agholor didn’t pan out.

This week, we’re back at it, trying to identify the best, affordable players for your DraftKings lineup. Everyone wants to load their teams with studs sure to light up the box score, but it’s finding the undervalued players that allows you to max out your budget on the likes of A.J. Green and Russell Wilson this week.

Below we’ve picked some of our best value plays for daily fantasy this week. Consider them when trying to find a few extra dollars to upgrade elsewhere in your lineup.


QB: Carson Wentz, $6,100

At $6,100, Carson Wentz isn’t as great a value as is normally included in this column, but getting an MVP candidate and NFC player of the month at the eighth most expensive quarterback feels like a steal and will still save you an extra $1,000 compared to the top QBs on the board. Wentz is at home facing a Denver defense playing its third straight road game, so there’s potential for a breakout game.


RB: Derrick Henry, $5,000

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Derrick Henry has been feast or famine this year for fantasy owners, but at home against a Ravens team that sports the third worst rushing defense in the league he’ll have the chance to put together a solid performance. If he can get the touches, he’ll be a good addition to your lineup.


RB: Alex Collins, $4,600

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Last week Alex Collins ran for 113 yards as the Ravens routed the Miami Dolphins. Collins has the type of speed that is hard to believe with your own two eyes, and has always looks like he’s about to break out for a long touchdown.


WR: Devin Funchess, $5,400

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With Kelvin Benjamin traded to Buffalo, Devin Funchess is now the top wide receiver in the Panthers offense. While Cam and company have had their struggles this year, football fans know what that offense can look like when it’s humming, and Funchess is simply undervalued here considering his new position.


WR: Sterling Shepard, $5,200

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Sterling Shepard is going to be making his first appearance back with the Giants since going down with an injury back in Week 5. Coming off their bye, I expect the Giants offense to have a bit of pep in their step, and chances are they’ll look to get Shepard involved in the gameplan early and often.


WR: Ted Ginn Jr., $5,000

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The Buccaneers secondary has not been all that impressive this season, and Ted Ginn Jr. is just the type of deep threat that’s capable of burning them for a deep touchdown or two.


TE: Jack Doyle, $4,300

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Jack Doyle was the Colts top receiver last week, with 12 catches, 121 yards, and a touchdown. Facing off against a Texans team that gives the fifth most points up to tight ends in the league, he’s a good play this week as well.


DEF: San Francisco 49ers, $3,200

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There’s not a lot of great value plays on defense this week, so if you have the cash, splurge on the Jaguars. That said, the 49ers defense has proven that it can show up for games, and against Drew Stanton at home might be their best chance yet to make a statement.


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