Fantasy Football Week 9 Sleepers & DFS: Trust Chiefs receivers, Deon Jackson, Joshua Palmer and more

The Chiefs‘ the receiving body should be different this week with the addition of Kadarius Toney. Although we don’t know exactly what role he will play or how involved he will be in the attack, I still expect a quality performance for Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman. I like both as week 9 sleepers against the Titans.

Ju Ju Smith Schuster should be the Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver. But Valdes-Scantling and Hardman are each playing well past Kansas City’s Week 8 exemption. Prior to the exemption, Valdes-Scantling played two games with at least 14 PPR points in his last three outings. In Week 7, he had three catches for 111 yards on four targets.

Hardman has scored at least 11 PPR points in three straight games, and he had a dominant Week 7 outing at San Francisco with four catches for 32 yards and a touchdown, as well as two carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t had more than four catches in any game this season, but the Chiefs are finding a way to make touches for him, especially near the end zone.

The reason to love Valdes-Scantling and Hardman this week is the game against the Titans. Tennessee is No. 6 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and nine receivers have scored at least 12 PPR points against the Titans this year, with nine touchdowns.

We’ll see what Toney does to potentially impact Smith-Schuster, Valdes-Scantling and Hardman. But I’m not worried about this week. Smith-Schuster is a go-to fantasy option in any league, and Valdes-Scantling and Hardman, in that order, are the No. 3 receivers with an upside.

Every Friday, you can find this column about sleepers and DFS games on DraftKings and FanDuel. I will also include our Friday show notes from fantasy football Today on CBS Sports HQ, which gives a game-by-game breakdown of starts, seats, favorite props and favorite DFS plays. This should help you with some composition decisions each week.

Week 9 Sleepers

Week 9 preview


These are game previews from our Fantasy Football Today show on CBS Sports HQ Friday from me, Adam Aizer and Dave Richard. Player accessories are from Caesars Sportsbook.

Las Vegas in Jacksonville (Adam Aizer)

Miami to Chicago (Jamey Eisenberg)

Indianapolis in New England (Adam Aizer)

buffalo to New York Jets (Dave Richard)

Los Angeles Chargers in Atlanta (Dave Richard)

Carolina in Cincinnati (Adam Aizer)

Minnesota to Washington (Dave Richard)

Green Bay to Detroit (Jamey Eisenberg)

Los Angeles Rams in Tampa Bay (Adam Aizer)

Seattle Arizona (Dave Richard)

DFS Compositions


QB: Trevor Lawrence (against LV) $5,200
RB: Aaron Jones (to DET) $7,400
RB: Rhamondre Stevenson (vs. IND) $6,200
WR: DeAndre Hopkins (vs SEA) $7,900
WR: Christian Kirk (vs LV) $5,500
WR: Joshua Palmer (at ATL) $5,100
TE: Evan Engram (vs LV) $3,300
FLEX: Kenneth Walker III (and PROPERTY) $6,200
Summer time : Buccaneers (etc. LAR) $3,000

I’m excited about it jaguars stack this week against the Raiders, and I expect Lawrence to connect well with Kirk and Engram. It’s the perfect game to get the Jaguars back on track with their passing game.

Jones should be excellent against the the Lionsand Stevenson should have a huge game against the Foals, especially if Damien Harris (illness) is absent. And I like Walker against the Cardinals after throwing for 110 yards and a touchdown against Arizona in Week 6.

Hopkins should get the chance to play another big game at home, and Palmer is one of my favorite games this week with the injuries to the Chargers receiving body. He should go against the Falcons.


QC: Tua Tagovailoa (at CHI) $8,000
RB: Rhamondre Stevenson (vs. IND) $8,000
RB: Onta Foreman (at CIN) $7,300
WR: Tyreek Hill (at CHI) $8,700
WR: DJ Moore (to CIN) $7,000
WR: Joshua Palmer (at ATL) $6,200
THE: Robert Tonyan (than THAT) $5,000
FLEX: Deon Jackson (northeast) $5,000
DEF: Jaguar (vs. LV) $3,800

I like dolphins battery for this range against the Bear, and it should be another big week for Tagovailoa and Hill. I expect this to be a high-scoring affair, which is why I have Justin Fields as the start of the week.

I’ll be playing Stevenson in this lineup as well, along with Palmer, and I like both running backs who will benefit from injury issues in Foreman and Jackson. Foreman should go against the bengals with Chuba Hubbard (ankle) out, and Jackson is a quality game at its price with Jonathan Taylor (ankle) against the patriots.

Moore should have his third straight game with a big stat line against the Bengals, who are beaten in their secondary. And I like Tonyan’s game against the Lions, and he had a touchdown in three straight games against Detroit.

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