NFL DFS: Week 9 Monday and Thursday Night Playbook

Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers

Welcome back to the Monday and Thursday NFL DFS playbook! Last week my computer crapped out on me, so I sincerely apologize for not being able to get anything out to you guys and gals. Hopefully, I can make it up to all of you with stellar picks for the big games this week.



Philip Rivers

It’s hard for me to fade Rivers any week and this week is no exception. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he has a four touchdown night with over 400 passing yards. Melvin Gordon has been the anti-Todd Gurley, and their offensive line is a black hole. In turn, Rivers will be in the shotgun slinging the ball like he loves to do.

Jay Cutler

There is always an uncertainty of which Jay Cutler will show up each week. I have to think that coming off a tough loss last week and no Matt Forte means everything relies on Cutler. San Diego’s defense is on par of terrible with his own, and I can’t imagine where Jay Cutler doesn’t at least throw two scores. He may not be as sexy of a play as Rivers, but I think he makes for a nice alternative with almost as much upside.

 Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzmagic is my fade to the other two guys mentioned above. I was worried about his injury to his non-throwing hand, but he proved that he can still get it done yesterday against the Jaguars. While he doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Cutler and Rivers, it’s very possible he finished only a few points behind them. The Bills passing defense leaves much to be desired, and I expect the Jets to attack them through the air.


Running Back

Jeremy Langford

No Matt Forte leaves Langford first in line for touches. I’m not the biggest Langford fan, but it’s hard to fade him because of the volume he should see tonight. He didn’t look terrible filling in last week and the Chargers defense are a pile of turds. The one reservation I have with Langford is catching the ball out the backfield. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Antone Smith sprinkled in some drives because of his homerun ability.

 Danny Woodhead

I despise Danny Woodhead as a fantasy football player, but there is no denying he is the best back that the Chargers have at the moment. I do think Melvin Gordon will get his fair share of touches, but Rivers loves having him in the backfield and looks for him to dump the ball off when he is in trouble (which is all the time). His price tag is also very affordable to get the big names in there as well so Woodhead should be a solid play in DFS.

Chris Ivory/LeSean McCoy

I want some exposure to this game because I could easily stack the Monday night game and not think twice about it. The problem is deciding between these two. Gun to my head, I’m taking Ivory because he gets goalline carries and is the healthier of the two. Shady has looked better since coming back from injury, but Karlos Williams is doing his best to take the job from him. He did hurt his shoulder late in the game on Sunday, but word is that he should be fine for Thursday.


Wide Receiver

Steve Johnson/Malcom Floyd

These two are going to make fantasy players very happy tonight. I normally hate stacking receivers from the same team, but this week turns all of that on its head. No Keenan Allen means these two will be running the show at the receiver position. Floyd is the deep ball threat while Johnson will be more of a possession receiver tonight, but you can’t go wrong with either one. They are both so cheap that using both of them should still produce for your fantasy team.

 Brandon Marshall/Eric Decker

Both Marshall and Decker were hurt coming into last week, yet both managed to find the end zone. All Eric “Chris Carter” Decker does is catch touchdowns every week, and Marshall is the focal point of the passing game. Decker is my preferred option here, but there’s no denying Marshall’s upside to haul in 10 catches.

 Alshon Jeffrey/Marques Wilson

No Eddie Royal tonight and a bad defense means big things for Jeffrey and Wilson. Jeffery is the obvious choice since he has been one of the best receivers in football since returning from his injury. Wilson is a contrarian play that I really like for a cheap price. I don’t like this stack as much as the other two, but I think this one will be the one that could win more people money this week.


Tight End

Martellus Bennett

I expect a big night from Bennett against this Chargers defense. Also, he’s the number two option in the passing game. Cutler loves looking for him in the end zone, and I expect him to have many opportunities tonight to catch one to find paydirt. 

Charles Clay

Clay is an addition by subtraction play this week. Darrelle Revis will be hosting Sammy Watkins this week on Revis Island, which means Taylor will need to throw the ball somewhere else. Taylor has shown he can feed Clay when he needs to and I like him as a fade to Antonio Gates.



New York Jets

The Jets are the only defense I feel comfortable with this week. Like I mentioned before, Revis will be all over Watkins this week and that will force Taylor to throw the ball and not make mistakes. This Jets defense will force him to make bad decisions, and the opportunity will be them to make big plays. I wouldn’t argue with anyone for going with the Bills, but my sneaky play is the Chargers. For as bad as they have been, they have the athleticism to pick off Jay Cutler and take it to the house.



Robbie Gould/Josh Lambo

I’m sure you’ve noticed the trend that I think this game tonight will be a shootout. Either one of these guys should do you just fine. I give the slight edge to Gould because he’s been doing it longer, but you can’t go wrong with either one.


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