I've put together an NFL Week 9 Monday and Thursday DraftKings Classic Team. Monday night's battle has the Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers. Thursday's battle has Seattle traveling to Arizona. Check out my team!
QB – Matt Stafford, $6,500, Detroit vs Green Bay
Stafford averages 18.4 fantasy points per game. Since Staff and the Lions face an NFC North rival, I believe he scores massive fantasy points. Green Bay's defense is just okay while Stafford and the Lions' offense has no choice but to lean on Matt. He should throw 2 to 3 TD passes because Green Bay's going to score some points.
RB – Aaron Jones, $6,600, Green Bay vs Detroit
This is the way Green Bay should score points on Monday night. Adding QB Brett Hundley is too much of a risk. But, adding RB Aaron Jones isn't. The problem is that we don't know how much Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is going to go to WRs DeVante Adams and Randall Cobb. We do know he's going to use Jones, who can rush, or catch the football out of the backfield. Detroit's defense is good. Jones might be the only effective player from Green Bay's team.
RB – Adrian Peterson, $5,900, Arizona vs Seattle
In home games, AP averages 28.4 fantasy points. Seattle's defense allows 109.4 rushing yards per game while Arizona's offense, overall, wasn't bad with Drew Stanton at QB. Like Hundley, it's difficult to add Stanton because he just doesn't have the abilities that Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson have. Adding Stanton's workhorse RB is a no-brainer, though.
WR – Golden Tate, $6,700, Detroit at Green Bay
Tate averages close to 15 fantasy points per game. He could have a decent battle against the Packers on Monday night. Stafford has started to lean on Tate while Tate has responded with decent performances. I'll add him in hopes that the Stafford-Tate QB-WR combo is the best from these 2 NFL games.
WR – Paul Richardson, $5,200, Seattle at Arizona
Baldwin racked up 26.8 fantasy points in Seattle's loss to Washington this past Sunday. Baldwin could have a decent game versus the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. More than likely, CB Patrick Peterson is going to shade Baldwin all night. That leaves Russell Wilson to throw the football to Paul Richardson. Richardson could burn the Arizona defense for a couple of long TDs on Thursday night.
WR – Larry Fitzgerald, $5,400, Arizona vs Seattle
Fitzgerald didn't score a TD this past Sunday. He did catch 5 of 9 targets for 70 yards. That's not bad. If he can score at least 16 fantasy points, that's his average, I'll be ecstatic having added Fitz for only a $5,400 salary.
TE – Jimmy Graham, $5,700, Seattle at Arizona
Russell targeted Jimmy 8 times in the loss to Washington. Graham should be more effective versus Arizona's D with cornerback Patrick Peterson following Doug Baldwin around. Graham could have one of those special games.
FLEX – Ameer Abdullah, $4,100, Detroit at Green Bay
Abdullah faces a defense on Monday night that ranks 29th versus his position. Abdullah could have a decent game catching the football out of the backfield even though it's close to impossible to determine what he does rushing the ball.
DEF – Detroit Lions, $3,100, Detroit vs Green Bay
I've got the feeling that the Seattle at Arizona game on Thursday turns into a shootout. I don't know why. Just a feeling. I believe Green Bay's offense plays much better versus Detroit than it did versus the Saints' defense.
Still, it's hard for me to have faith in any other defense for this DraftKings Monday Night Showdown Contest. I'll ride with the Lions and hope for the best.