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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: T.Y. Hilton (13) warms up before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals (Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Week 9 NFL DFS

The 2017 NFL season is going by quickly. It's already Week 9, putting us past the official halfway mark of the fantasy football season. The NFL has been particularly crazy this year with a multitude of fantasy relevant players injured and forgotten. Also, the NFL doesn’t have any truly dominant teams. That's led to a high week to week variance in results. Week 9 in particular is unique because it gives us six teams on bye: the Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Vikings, Browns, and Bears. Some of the premier fantasy football talent isn’t available to us on the main slates of our DFS contests this week. These players include stars such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. A smaller slate of games makes it harder to find value, and will draw ownerships to a few specific players in good spots.

This article will be focused on showing you some of the better plays to put into your lineups on the week 9 slate of NFL games. Then, I will show you which players to keep out of your lineup to avoid those duds that keep you from cashing. During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare teams offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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