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Best DFS stacks & blowup targets to target in Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season

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DFS success boils down to finding the highest-scoring fantasy football players at each position in a given week. With close to 20 playable options at quarterback and tight end, along with even more at the running back and wide receiver positions, it is a feat in itself to identify one position correctly.

To finish at the top of a DFS contest, you must hit on basically all skill positions and circumvent the randomness associated with selecting defenses. Doing all of this while also fitting under the confines of a salary cap makes DFS one of the most difficult setups to beat consistently, especially for large-field tournaments.

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One of the best ways to find value opportunities on a given slate is to start with the salary-adjusted expectation for all players. Because DraftKings has been around for over six years, we now have a worthwhile dataset of player salaries and their resulting fantasy performances. By figuring out the expectation based on each player’s salary and position, we can compare their salary-expected fantasy performance to PFF’s fantasy projections. Doing this highlights the best value plays based on salary.

Player Position Team DK Salary Salary Expectation Proj. Fantasy Pts Proj. Above Salary Expectation
Tee Higgins WR CIN 5300 11.13 16.13 5.00
Bryan Edwards WR LV 4100 7.34 11.85 4.51
D.J. Moore WR CAR 6400 14.61 19.04 4.43
Amari Cooper WR DAL 5700 12.40 16.75 4.35
Tyler Conklin TE MIN 3000 4.53 8.65 4.12
Jakobi Meyers WR NE 5200 10.82 14.82 4.00
Jared Cook TE LAC 3300 5.48 9.40 3.92
Hunter Renfrow WR LV 4800 9.55 13.37 3.82
DeVante Parker WR MIA 5300 11.13 14.92 3.79
Albert Okwuegbunam TE DEN 2600 3.27 7.01 3.74
Dan Arnold TE JAX 3400 5.80 9.12 3.32
Mecole Hardman WR KC 3900 6.71 9.88 3.17
Hayden Hurst TE ATL 3000 4.53 7.68 3.15
Tyler Boyd WR CIN 5000 10.19 13.15 2.96
Rondale Moore WR ARZ 4200 7.66 10.49 2.83


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