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Week 9 NFL DFS: Triple Threat Thursday

Put your best foot forward in your Thursday night lineups by heeding the advice of Adam Ronis, the Fantasy Triple Threat.


QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan has multiple touchdown passes in six of eight games and has passed for at least 267 yards in every game except one. Ryan leads the NFL with 2,636 passing yards and is second with 9.45 yards per attempt. The Buccaneers have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and it could be worse if they didn't face Colin Kaepernick and Derek Anderson. Even Case Keenum and Trevor Siemian had good games against the Buccaneers. Ryan passed for 334 yards with two touchdowns against this defense in Week 1. The Buccaneers don't generate a pass rush with just 15 sacks and they allow 274.7 passing yards per game. They are especially prone to big plays, allowing 29 pass plays of 20-plus yards. PLAY

TE Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

Jacob Tamme has been ruled out for the game. Hooper will start at tight end, and the rookie played a season-high 73 percent of the snaps last week after Tamme departed. Hooper hasn't played much, but he has caught all 11 targets for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) with a touchdown. Hooper caught five passes for 41 yards against the Packers last week. Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, and Tyler Eifert are on bye this week. The Buccaneers rank middle of the pack against the tight end, and that's mainly because they faced a lot of teams that don't use the tight end much. The Falcons tight ends had seven catches for 65 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 1. Hooper is extremely cheap and saves you a lot of money, especially with six teams on bye. PLAY

RB Antone Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers backfield is a murky situation. This seems like a hot hand approach. Smith, Peyton Barber and Mike James are all going to get touches. James is familiar with the offense since he was with the team last season, Barber is a rookie, and Smith played with coach Dirk Koetter in Atlanta. Smith has never had more than four carries in an NFL game, and he's 5-foot-8 and 191 pounds. Jacquizz Rodgers is built similarly, and that didn't stop Koetter from giving Rodgers huge workloads. Barber had 12 carries for 84 yards with a touchdown in Week 7 against the 49ers, who are an awful run defense. Last week, Smith played 22 snaps and Barber played three snaps. Smith had five touches to one for Barber. Smith is the better option in PPR leagues with Barber likely getting goal line carries. Smith is intriguing because he's $3,000 on DraftKings and can be considered as a GPP play, but not in cash. There's a lot of risks since we don't know how the touches will be distributed. FADE

WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons

Sanu benefited from Julio Jones getting extra attention from the Packers defense with a safety over the top and Jones seemed to be hobbled by a knee injury last week. Sanu has been plagued by a few injuries this season and is now healthy. Sanu has scored and had ten targets in two of the last three games. The absence of Tevin Coleman, who played a big role in the passing game, opens up more targets for Sanu, too. The Buccaneers have allowed 11 touchdowns to wide receivers.  PLAY

WR Russell Shepard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Shepard had five catches for 77 yards with a touchdown in Week 7 and caught two passes for 24 yards with a touchdown last week. One problem is he's listed as doubtful with a hip injury after practicing in a limited capacity on Tuesday and Wednesday. The other issue is Shepard has played 36 percent and 38 percent of the snaps the last two games. Even if Shepard plays, there's too much risk. FADE

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