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Fantasy Football: Uncertainty in the Wake of Norv Turner’s Resignation

By Bo Mitchell

Anthony Maggio, John Tuvey and Bo Mitchell will be here all season delivering the edge you need to dominate your fantasy football league. Visit each Thursday for a new column and a new episode of the Fantasy Football Party podcast.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 31st-ranked offense hasn’t exactly produced a wealth of fantasy football options this season and the performances of the past two weeks have firmly cemented them as one of the least helpful offenses in the league.

From a fantasy perspective then, Wednesday’s sudden resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner was met with mixed feelings.

Are things so hopeless with the Vikings that even Turner – one of the most respected offensive minds in the game – can’t fix them? Or is interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is just the man to change things up and extract some life from this unit?

There can’t be an in-season overhaul of the terminology or playbook and there likely won’t be any quick fixes with just days to prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Lions. As things move forward, however, it will be interesting to see whether Shurmur incorporates modifications in an effort to help the Vikings offense succeed such as more three-step drops for Sam Bradford, more max protection up front, more outside runs, more Cordarrelle Patterson or Laquon Treadwell, etc.

Short-term, the Vikings could not have asked for a much better opponent this week. A home game against a below-average Lions defense will grease the wheels for any adjustments Shurmur has in store.

The Lions rank 21st in points allowed per game (23.8) and 23rd in yards allowed per game (370). They have allowed a 113.7 quarterback rating this season – by far the worst in the league – and their inability to cover tight ends is well-known in fantasy football circles. No team has allowed more receptions (50) or touchdowns (8) to tight ends this season.

Thus, in spite of the general murkiness surrounding the Vikings offense, for this week at least go ahead and use Kyle Rudolph; a touchdown is all-but guaranteed. Use Stephon Diggs as a third receiver or flex as you normally would – with six teams on bye, you don’t have a choice anyway. It’s best to limit your Vikings exposure to Rudolph and Diggs (and the team defense) and wait and see if any small improvements can be noted on Sunday, such as maybe giving Bradford a clean pocket for more than 1.5 seconds.

— Bo Mitchell

DFS Week 9 Values

Do you like to play Daily Fantasy Sports? Do you want to be your own boss? Then we’re here for you! Each and every week in this very space we’ll provide the best values at QB/RB/WR/TE for DraftKings, FanDuel and FantasyDraft—host of the weekly Fantasy Football Party listener league—to help you build a winning DFS lineup. Click here to sign up for the listener league; if you can beat two of the three hosts you’ll be eligible for a drawing to win a $50 Zubaz gift card! And if you’ve never played on FantasyDraft before, use the promo code FFParty for a limited time for free $5 FantasyCash. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Here’s what 2V has uncovered for Week 9 DFS success.

QB: Jameis Winston vs. Atlanta

DraftKings: $6,100

FanDuel: $7,700

FantasyDraft: $11,400

You’ll have to act fast to get the best quarterback value on the Week 9 board, as the Bucs play on Thursday night. But it should be worth it, as the Falcons are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing passing games in the league and Winston has back-to-back games with multiple touchdown tosses. Add in a depleted backfield—no Jacquizz Rodgers to load up with 30 carries—and the likelihood that Tampa Bay will be trying to match points with the Falcons and there’s plenty of upside to Winston this week.

QB: Nick Foles vs. Jacksonville

DraftKings: $5,200

FanDuel: $6,800

FantasyDraft: $10,200

With Alex Smith still recovering from a concussion, Foles gets the start against Jacksonville. The Jags haven’t been overly permissive, but they’re hardly a defense that strikes fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks or the fantasy owners who employ them. Like the Bucs, KC’s running game is also banged up which should mean more throwing. And after tossing three 30-plus yard completions in his limited play last week, Foles will have an entire game to go deep on Jacksonville.

RB: Theo Riddick at Minnesota

DraftKings: $4,900

FanDuel: $6,600

FantasyDraft: $9,800

Riddick seized the workload in the Lions’ backfield early on, missed a couple games with an injury, then picked up where he left off last week. The Vikings’ defense is no longer a no-fly zone for fantasy players, and if they have a particular soft spot it’s pass-catching backs; they’ve allowed four backs to catch four or more balls and 50-plus RB receiving yards five times. Last year Riddick posted 81 receiving yards in two games against the Vikings; he should get a jump start on topping that season series total this week.

RB: Charcandrick West vs. Jacksonville

DraftKings: $4,400

FanDuel: $5,600

FantasyDraft: $8,800

With Jamaal Charles on IR and Spencer Ware in the concussion protocol, West is looking at 20-plus touches this week as KC’s feature back. He filled that role three times last season and produced an average of 137 yards from scrimmage while scoring at least once in each of those games. The Jags just served up 225 combo yards and two touchdowns to Titans backs; that’s what West (and his fantasy owners) are eyeing this week.

RB: Derrick Henry at San Diego

DraftKings: $5,000

FanDuel: $5,900

FantasyDraft: $9,800

Speaking of those Titans backs, Henry is coming off 97 combo yards and a touchdown last week against Jacksonville. With DeMarco Murray nursing a toe injury Henry could be in line for an even bigger workload this week, against a Chargers defense that’s allowed a dozen running back touchdowns already this season. The value end of Tennessee’s “exotic smashmouth” is a bargain play with major upside.

WR: Tyrell Williams vs. Tennessee

DraftKings: $5,000

FanDuel: $5,600

FantasyDraft: $9,800

Coming off a disappointing one-catch performance against the Broncos, Williams should bounce back with a vengeance against a secondary that’s allowed big games to Stefon Diggs, Marvin Jones, Michael Crabtree, TY Hilton and Allen Hurns. Dontrelle Inman isn’t a bad value play if you’re scrimping and saving, but Williams has 7-140 and 5-117-1 in his last two games not played against the Broncos’ elite pass defense and seems the safer bet to exploit Tennessee’s shaky secondary.

WR: Donte Moncrief at Green Bay

DraftKings: $5,800

FanDuel: $6,100

FantasyDraft: $10,900

In the two games he’s both started and finished, Moncrief has 10 catches for 105 yards and two TDs on 16 targets. Indy will be throwing plenty on the Packers, and Green Bay’s banged up defense has allowed nine wide receiver TDs in the past five games. TY Hilton won’t be at full go, leaving Moncrief as Andrew Luck’s primary target in a game where he’s bound to be north of 40 attempts.

WR: Kenny Stills vs. New York Jets

DraftKings: $3,900

FanDuel: $6,000

FantasyDraft: $7,700

Used to be the Jets were considered a shutdown secondary, but the rapid decline of Darrelle Revis has left Gang Green’s secondary exposed. Of particular note is their play against the long ball: the Jets have allowed five passing touchdowns of 40 yards or more. That’s Stills’ speciality, so while Jarvis Landry works the underneath and Jay Ajayi goes for 200 yard game number three look for Stills to be running free behind New York’s safeties en route to a big play day.

TE: Delanie Walker at San Diego

DraftKings: $4,600

FanDuel: $6,400

FantasyDraft: $8,600

With Gronk on the bye, where can you spend your tight end money? Walker’s a top option, and he’s significantly cheaper than what you’re used to paying for Gronkowski—or even Greg Olsen, for that matter. The Chargers have seen maybe two legit tight ends thus far this season, and both topped 70 yards against them. Walker has 75 and 84 his past two outings and has scored in every other game he’s played—and he didn’t score last week, so he’s due.

TE: Austin Hooper at Tampa Bay

DraftKings: $2,500

FanDuel: $4,500

FantasyDraft: $5,000

Another Thursday night option, Hooper fills in for the injured Jacob Tamme in Atlanta’s potent offense. The Bucs surrendered 7-65 to the Tamme/Hooper tandem in their Week 1 meeting, plus they served up a tight end touchdown last week and are just a couple games removed from being shredded by Greg Olsen to the tune of 181 yards. Tamme-level production at Hooper-level prices is a nice way to start your DFS week.

Best of luck in Week 9! Check back next week for our Week 10 DFS values.

–John Tuvey

Anthony Maggio, John Tuvey and Bo Mitchell co-host the 1500ESPN Fantasy Football Party podcast. Bookmark the podcast page for upcoming episodes and subscribe to the podcast now! Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Maggio hosted Fantasy Football Sunday on 1500ESPN from 2012-2013 and is the Fantasy Football Editor at Mitchell is Vice President of Content for Sportradar. And Tuvey is Director of Content at SportsHub Technologies. All three men are kind of big deals, enjoy leather-bound books and have woodwork at home that smells of rich mahogany.

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