Alex Smith (5%) – This game should be very high scoring and Smith has been having the best season of his career. A lot of people fade him on a week-to-week basis, but I don’t think this should be one of those weeks. Drew Brees will have very high ownership and I think Smith is a nice pivot if you’re looking to spend a little less at QB this week.
Derek Carr (4%) – Carr has a very low floor, but his upside is ridiculous and he could be a nice late hammer in your tournament lineup.
Drew Stanton (1%) – San Francisco is terrible against the pass. Stanton is far from safe and his upside is limited, but he could have a 250 yard/2 touchdown game giving him good value as a punt in a GPP this week.
Doug Martin (7.5%) – Winston is still banged up and the Saints are vulnerable against the run. Martin is worth a look in your tournament lineups this week.
Christian McCaffrey (5%) – Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Bills this week and who else will his targets go to other than the Panthers’ leading receiver?
Demarco Murray (4%) – The Titans are implied for 23.5 points, the seventh most out of 22 teams on the slate. The Ravens are good against the pass and terrible against the run. Somebody will have to score the points for Tennessee. I think Murray has a very good shot at scoring this week.
Joe Mixon (2%) – Jacksonville is allowing a league high of 5.2 yards per carry. The Bengals will struggle to throw against the Jags number one ranked pass defense and will need to lean on the run to move the ball in this game.
Alex Collins (2%) – Collins is averaging 6.0 yards per carry this season. He averaged 6.5 last week against the 5th ranked rush defense of the Dolphins. He’s worth a punt play if you’re in need of a cheap running back.
DeVante Parker (5%) – Parker is coming back from an injury and will draw a favorable matchup against David Amerson and the Raiders. I think he could be a top 5 or 10 receiver this week at low ownership.
Larry Fitzgerald (5%) – Nobody is going to want to play a Cardinals receiver with Stanton at QB which is why Fitz could be a nice GPP play this week. San Francisco is awful against the pass and I think Stanton will look towards his most talented receiver to guide him through this game.
Trent Taylor (0.5%) – Taylor was targeted 10 times in his last matchup against the Cardinals and it’s very possible he could see the same number of looks with Pierre Garcon out this week.
Ryan Grant (0.5%) – Jamison Crowder has been ruled out and his targets will have to go somewhere. Cousins is likely to struggle against the Seahawks and I think Grant will get plenty of looks in the slot this week after receiving a season high 7 targets last week against Dallas.
Donte Moncrief (0.5%) – Moncrief should be covered by Kevin Johnson for the majority of snaps. Johnson is allowing the most fantasy points per route of any cornerback on the slate and also has the lowest CB grade this week according to Pro Football Focus. Moncrief has height, weight and speed on Johnson and could be a great punt play if he receives enough targets. With everybody talking about T.Y. Hilton, Moncrief is going overlooked in this matchup.
Tyler Kroft (4%) – The Jaguars are allowing the 13th most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Nobody will want to target their pass defense which will make Kroft a very low owned option with solid touchdown upside.
Ed Dickson (2.5%) – Same reason as Christian McCaffrey. Benjamin’s targets have to go somewhere and Dickson would be an incredible value if he were to start getting 6-8 targets each and every week.
George Kittle (2%) – Arizona is average against the tight end, but Kittle should get more looks with Pierre Garcon out.
Tyler Higbee (2%) – Giants rank worst against tight end and have allowed 8 touchdowns to tight ends on the year. Higbee is an interesting option at minimum salary.
That’s it for my tournament picks for Week 9. Follow me on Twitter @joejberg where I’m available to answer all fantasy related questions.