Another week, another chance to take your shot at winning a whole lot of money. While the daily fantasy football sites are all loaded with big games and great opportunities, there’s no way you’ll be able to get in a few of the key superstars unless you wind up finding some great sleepers. Fortunately, in Week 9 of the 2016 NFL season, there are once again plenty of great fantasy football options who won’t break the bank to get onto your roster. Let’s check out the four best daily fantasy sleepers of the week, starting off at the quarterback position.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
Hate to pick on the Cleveland Browns, but hey, everyone likes the idea of winning money. The Browns have allowed 277.8 yards per game through the air, which ranks No. 25 in the NFL, while also giving up 29.8 points per game, which is the third-most in the league. Now, Cleveland gets to try to stop a player in Prescott who almost took a step back in Week 8, but then he didn’t.
While Prescott didn’t look like his normal dominant self through the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, he wound up turning things around quickly, and still having a huge fantasy football game. Prescott scored three total touchdowns while throwing for 287 yards. No reason to overthink this one.
Charcandrick West, running back, Kansas City Chiefs
With the Chiefs placing Jamaal Charles on injured reserve, and Spencer Ware still dealing with a concussion, this means that it’s West’s turn to take over in the Chiefs backfield. In Week 8, West had to step in due to Ware’s concussion, and rushed 14 times for 52 yards, while catching two passes. This week, Kansas City draws an amazing fantasy football matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed 124.7 yards per game on the ground, No. 27 in the NFL.
Assuming that Ware is ruled out, there’s simply no reason to fade West in Week 9. He’ll be one of the higher-owned running backs in daily fantasy football, but he’s still an excellent play.
Tim Hightower, running back, New Orleans Saints
The question is, do you believe Saints head coach Sean Payton, or not? As Christopher Dabe of The Times-Picayune pointed out, Payton hinted that veteran Tim Hightower could be looking at additional carries after starter Mark Ingram was benched for an early fumble in Week 8. Hightower, who had tallied just 19 carries in the six games prior to last weekend, totaled 26 carries for 102 yards against the tough Seattle Seahawks defense in the 25-20 upset.
Hightower also gets an amazing matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, who have given up the most rushings yards per game to opponents with 185.1. Ingram is still going to get his touches, but it may not matter, because the ground game for the Saints should run over the 49ers, making Hightower a great, inexpensive daily fantasy football option in Week 9.
Eric Ebron, tight end, Detroit Lions
Ebron made his big return to the Lions in Week 8 against the Houston Texans, and was a huge factor, catching seven passes for 79 yards. Matthew Stafford looked his way 10 times, and best of all, the matchup against the Minnesota Vikings could wind up leading to many fantasy football players overlooking Ebron. While the Vikings have typically had a good defense, they’ve actually allowed 419 yards to opposing tight ends this season. Last game alone, we saw Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller total seven catches for 88 yards against them.
Jump on the opportunity to use Ebron, especially because he’ll be a great cost-effective option this weekend.