Hey guys, long time no see. I've recently found myself addicted to daily fantasy sports and I'm sure some of you are too. Part of the reason I'd like to start doing this is to improve my own game. What qualifications do I have to give advice? Well I haven't cashed it in big, but I did finish 300th out of 35k participants last week in one of their tournaments and generally win a great deal of my H2H and 50/50 games. Disclaimer: My picks are not golden,don't bet all your money because I said so. Even the most obvious picks put up a dud now and then. Remember that your H2H and Tournament teams should be constructed different. Some of my tournament players may not be the best for a H2H as you need to take more boom/bust in tournaments to climb the ranks. For every position I will list starters and a couple potential backup corners. Remember, these are not all the best players at their position. They are the best I could find as a unit to fit under the cap. I tried to make my backup choices lower tier guys will big game potential. You all know who the absolute best players are at each position, if you want them and can work your team around them go for it. NFL Week 9 Quarterback Starter: Phillip Rivers (8,600) Why: Rivers is on a tear lately and at 8,600 Rivers gives you a top tier QB without completely breaking the bank. Rivers lost his #1 target in Keenan Allen, but this is a positive. Why? Other players are going to back away from Rivers which means his % owned will be lower than usual. This is what you want in tournaments, Rivers should be able to spread the ball around between WR's Malcolm Floyd and Steve Johnson, while Antonio Gates should be on the field getting his share of looks. Backup Plan: Jameis Winston (6,700) Why: At 6,700 in salary Winston provides a steal in points per dollar. He is going up against a Giants defense which is susceptible to the pass. If you are looking for a cheap QB with the potential to fill the stat sheet Winston is your man. Running Back Starter: Devonta Freeman (8,900) Why: The Atlanta offense has struggled this year at times, but so has San Francisco. Freeman is the top back out there with Peterson and Gurley facing tough run defenses while Forte and Bell are sidelined with injuries. He carries a high salary, but I expect Atlanta to be nursing a 7-10 point lead the majority of the game ensuring touches for Freeman in both the running and passing game. Starter: Deangelo Williams (6,500) Why: With Bell on the sideline for the Steelers expect Williams to see the bulk of the workload. While Bell puts up nice fantasy numbers, I don't consider him a top NFL back generally. Williams should be able to step in and put up very similar numbers at a much lesser salary. I expect him to get 15-20 carries as well as 3-5 targets out of the backfield. He has the potential for a big game. Backup: Mark Ingram (7,700) Why: With Robinson out Ingram should see somewhere between 5-10 more touches than usual. He provides both pass catching ability and running ability. The Titans total run defense has been solid, but they are allowing 4.3 yards per carry. Wide Receiver Starter: Alshon Jefferey (7,900) Why: Jeffery is about as solid a pick as there is week to week at his salary. He see's an abnormal amount of targets for someone in his price range, and combines big play ability with redzone scoring potential. The combination of Forte on the sideline and a potent San Diego offense, the Bears figure to trail in this game and lean on the pass. Starter: Dez Bryant (7,900) Why: Bryant is what I call my contrarian pick of the week. Owners will tend to shy away from him with injury concerns and Weeden starting at QB. So why Bryant? As long as he suits up, Bryant will be the #1 target for Weeden and get a lot of looks. While losing Romo will definitely hurt Dallas as a whole, I don't expect much hit on Dez as he will be the security blanket and targeted often. There is some boom or bust potential here, but that is what you want in a tournament. Dez could put up 30 points this week or he could put up 5 points this week, but in the end is worth the risk. Starter: Michael Crabtree (5,800) Why: Michael is the best WR you can get at a bargain basement price. He faces a tough matchup this week, but is the top target for rising QB Derek Carr along with Amare Cooper. Last week Crabtree saw 12 targets, and I expect that to remain consistent as defenses focus more on the play making ability of Cooper. Backup: Randall Cobb (7,400) Why: Cobb is having a subpar fantasy season and facing a tough defense. No reason to play him right? Wrong. There is no way Rodgers has a week last his last, and someone is going to benefit from that. If I had the leftover salary, I'd play him instead of Crabtree. However with salary restraints in place I had to go with Michael. Carolinas pass defense has been weak against the slot this year and Cobb could have a very nice game for those gutsy enough to start him. Backup: Eric Decker (6,300) Why: Decker is generally better in H2H matchups due to his high floor. However Marshall steals touchdowns and targets from him, making Decker a risky pick in tournaments. If you are low on salary and like his matchup, he might be a good play. Tight End Starter: Charles Clay (5,700) Why: I originally had Ben Watson in this spot riding the coat tails of last weeks performance. That was until I read an interesting stat. Our Dolphins have allowed over 22 PPG against teams that actually use their TE as a main staple of the passing game. With Tyrod Taylor back and Sammy Watkins on the sideline, Clay should see a good share of both Red Zone and early drive targets. Not what Dolphin fans want to hear, but Clay may have a monster game. Backup: Ben Watson (5,700) Why: Watson is a growing part of the Saint offense and Brees seems to be finding his groove. Watson will be a hit or miss play most weeks, and the Titan defense has been surprisingly good against the Tight End position. Kicker Starter: Sebastian Janikowski (4,500) Why: He's a kicker with a big leg at the lowest possible salary. Its impossible to predict kickers, so just choose someone cheap with a strong leg. Defense Starter: New Orleans (4,200) Why: The Saint defense has been poor, but the Titan offense has been even worse. The Saints are at home, will have a low ownership percentage and have a chance to beat up on a very poor offense. Overall I hope this helps someone, as I feel it has helped me. Part of being a fantasy player is being able to explain WHY a certain player is a better choice than another. Doing this weekly should improve my game even if no-one reads it. Stay tuned for updates.