For Week 9, the best kept secret in fantasy football is Dwayne Allen for $4,100 on DraftKings.
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The uncertainty behind Reggie Wayne‘s playing status ($4,600) created a lot of buzz for Donte Moncrief ($5,300) this week, but it appears Wayne is ready to return to action with two full days of practice. Aside from the rookie having a break-out game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 113 receiving yards and a touchdown, Hakeem Nicks ($3,000) also looks like an intriguing option as well. While a “revenge factor” doesn’t play into the pricing of players, Nicks will have extra motivation to prove that the New York Giants made the wrong decision in letting him go, and he did record a successful preseason game against his former team earlier this year. Even with Wayne returning, fantasy football players can’t forget about T.Y. Hilton ($8,100), who has averaged 7.6 receptions and 136 receiving yards over the last five games. He is the most expensive receiver on the Indianapolis Colts for Week 9, but he has obviously earned his price tag with his recent performances.
Looking at the prices, these are the thought processes running through fantasy players’ heads right now:
1.Pay up for T.Y. Hilton because of his recent production and great matchup.
2. Save money by drafting Reggie Wayne, as Wayne and Andrew Luck have a great chemistry.
3. Dontie Moncrief received 12 targets in Week 8, and posted seven receptions for 113 yards while also hauling in a touchdown. Even though Hakeem Nicks took over Reggie Wayne’s role, Moncrief hauled in six more receptions and saw six more targets than Nicks. Moving forward, Moncrief could see a more significant role in the offense
4. If Steve Smith Sr. and Greg Olsen are any indication, players facing their former teams can produce big points for their fantasy owners. Nicks was heavily covered throughout the game against the Steelers, but he only has two touchdown catches and hasn’t totaled more than 50 receiving yards in any game this year.If he can receive enough receptions, he could easily outproduce his cost, but that is a big if. With such a cheap price tag, however, Nicks is a super-sleeper pick if you feel like gambling.
The Giants’ defense ranks 25th against the pass, and Luck is currently averaging 341.4 passing yards per game. The odds of a Colts’ receiver going off seem high, but who will have the big day?
Even with a weak defense against the pass, the Giants have only allowed a total of 17.7 points per game to wide receivers in standard scoring leagues in the past two games. While wide receivers have struggled, tight ends have averaged 23 points per game against the Giants’ defense from Weeks 6-7. Allowing a total four touchdowns and 210 receiving yards to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys‘ tight ends, Allen ($4,100) has a great opportunity to put up big numbers.
While touchdown production can come from several sources for a team with as many weapons as the Colts, this is a matchup which Allen could be the recipient of multiple scores. He is facing a weak pass defense that has trouble defending tight ends, and Allen has already scored six touchdowns this season. His reception average for each game is on the low side, so he needs to find the endzone in order to have a big day.
For his price and matchup, Allen needs to find his way into your lineup for Week 9.
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