This week’s installment of Sunday Night Football provides a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIV. The then-St. Louis Rams eked their way to a victory over the Titans in that contest. Vegas sportsbooks are expecting another Rams victory, as they opened as 7.5-point favorites at some shops. The Titans will be without Derrick Henry (foot) for an extended period, so the nation will see how they adjust to their new reality. That provides plenty of potential DFS values for our Week 9 FanDuel single game lineup.
Here are the notable scoring settings for FanDuel single-game contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn’t cost any additional money like the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs, and there are no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games like on DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Titans vs. Rams
$60,000 budget, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points) WR Cooper Kupp, Rams ($16,000)
Kupp has been lights-out for the vast majority of 2021, only failing to crack double-digit FanDuel points on one occasion. He owns an absolutely staggering 36.4 percent of the Rams’ target share and leads the team with 10 scores. That dominance should continue on both fronts with No. 2 receiver Robert Woods slowed a foot injury.
FLEX RB Darrell Henderson, Rams ($13,000)
Henderson leads the Rams with 126 touches at a healthy 5.1 yards per carry. He’s eclipsed the 20-point plateau in two of the past three weeks and has reached double figures in each of his contests but one. The Titans allow 4.5 yards per attempt and own the 28th-ranked run defense per DVOA. Henderson has received at least five targets in three games, and he could do significant damage on the ground and through the air on Sunday night.
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FLEX WR A.J. Brown, Titans ($12,000)
Brown is in the process of erupting after an early-season hamstring injury contributed to a slow start. He’s scored 12.6, 23.3, and 26.5 FD points in Weeks 6-8, respectively. It’s likely that Brown will see a ton of star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Titans, however, aren’t going to have too much of a choice but to lean even more heavily on their own star with Henry sidelined.
FLEX RB Jeremy McNichols, Titans ($10,000)
McNichols will have an opportunity to embody the “next man up” mantra as the No. 2 back on the Titans’ depth chart. Most of McNichols’ work — 21 of his 28 touches, to be exact — have come through the passing game, so don’t expect him to be rammed between the tackles 20-plus times. The Titans will need to deploy his skills appropriately if they plan on winning Sunday and maintaining their playoff standing moving forward.
Alternate consideration: We’ve seen on numerous occasions that “next man up” doesn’t always come to fruition immediately. Of course, Adrian Peterson falls in the same boat, as he was just signed to the Titans’ practice squad this week. He’s cheaper at $8,500, is more likely to replicate Henry’s between-the-tackles role, and warrants consideration in this spot, as well.
FLEX WR Van Jefferson, Rams ($8,000)
Jefferson is quietly making an early case for 2022 sleeper status. He’s third on the team in targets (39), is averaging 16.3 yards per catch, and is corralling 61.5 percent of his looks. DeSean Jackson earned just 15 targets during his Los Angeles stint, but with his release, Jefferson stands to serve as the sole deep threat. If Woods’ foot injury limits his playing time, Jefferson will play a larger role within the offense.