FanDuel Value Plays
Quarterback ($7500 or less)
Alex Smith ($6800) @ OAK: Oakland has given up the most passing yards in the league this season. Last season, Alex Smith averaged 21.56 fantasy points per game against this same defense. Vegas projects this game to be a pick-em, but I can easily see Oakland getting an early lead and causing Smith to go over 40 pass attempts again. I think this could be a somewhat sneaky value play against the 29th ranked team against the pass.
Running Back ($7000 or less)
Mark Ingram ($6700) vs. CAR: Do you remember what happened the last time the Panthers went into the superdome? Let me remind you, 79 total points and 831 total yards. This game projects to be the shootout of the week. You may need exposure in this game if you like money. Mark Ingram is a cheap way to get exposure. If anybody watched MNF this week, you saw Jacquizz Rodgers go bonkers against this Panthers defense. Now the same volume will not be there for Mark Ingram, but we can still project him for around 16-20 carries with at least 3-5 targets in there. This will most likely be a game with a lot of opportunities to score, and Ingram is a cheap and easy way to get some exposure.
Darren Sproles ($5300) @ WAS: Simply put, this price seems too cheap for a player against the worst run defense in the NFL. I know it is a committee in Philly, but Sproles actually out snapped Matthews last week. Sproles was on the field for 56% of the snaps compared to 41% for Matthews. The Redskins are far and away the worst team in the NFL against the run and Sproles should be able to hit his value in week 6.
Wide Receiver ($7000 or less)
Sammie Coates ($6400) @ MIA: Coates may be fairly high owned in week 6 after his big performance last week (28.90 points) against the Jets. This week, the Steelers head to Miami to face the 21st ranked defense against the pass. Now I would not consider Coates to be very safe, but if you are looking for a fairly cheap play with huge upside, Coates is your guy. He can easily break for another 72-yard touchdown against a burnable Dolphins secondary.
Jeremy Maclin ($6900) @ OAK: Maclin is not the best bargain this week, but he still is a fairly cheap WR1 in a really good matchup. He would be a good person to stack with Alex Smith. Maclin hasn’t seen less than 7 targets in a game all season, so the volume is there. If he can find his way into the end zone this week, he could be in for a solid game.
Tight End ($5500 or less)
Dennis Pitta ($5400) @ NYG: Last year, the Giants were terrible against the tight end. This year, they are ranked the 8th best. So why am I recommending Pitta in a tough matchup? Well because the volume will always be there for him. With his best bud Joe Flacco under center, Pitta should get at least 5-8 targets. I will most likely be paying up at tight end this week, but if I wanted to save some money, Pitta would be that guy.
DraftKings Value Plays
Quarterback ($6000 or less)
Andy Dalton ($5500) @ NE: Guess who leads the league in passing? Matt Ryan, but guess who is second? Andy Dalton with 1503 passing yards through 5 games. The Patriots are actually 27th in the league against the pass and this could set up as a good matchup for Dalton even though it is on the road. The Bengals should be losing, causing Dalton to throw many times and thus hopefully hitting his value.
Running Back ($5000 or less)
James White ($4100) vs. CIN: The one player who benefits most from the return of the GOAT is James White. He won’t get many carries, but you can easily pencil him in for 5-7 targets, giving him a good floor. If he can hit pay dirt against a Bengals team that is 24th in the league against pass catching backs, he can really smash his value.
T.J. Yeldon ($4400) @ CHI: T.J. Yeldon is a very frustrating player to roster. He just does not look very good out there, but he gets a decent amount of volume. Depending on game flow, he can get anywhere between 5-20 carries in a game with a few targets sprinkled in. He has been on the field for 70.3% of the team’s snaps this year. He is an every down back and even gets the targets to give his a decently high floor. If he can ever score a touchdown, he could really pay off big time.
Wide Receiver ($5000 or less)
Michael Thomas ($4300) vs. CAR: As I mentioned earlier (see Mark Ingram), you really want some exposure to this game. Michael Thomas is another cheap way to get exposure. The Panthers defense is not the same as it was last year. Thomas should get somewhere between 7-11 targets and could easily reach value.
Jeremy Kerley ($4000) @ BUF: The 49ers are a very bad team, but they still run a ton of plays. Kerley has been getting a good amount of targets this season, and I do not see a reason for that to stop this week against the Bills. Buffalo is not bad against the pass (15th) but the volume alone should be enough for Kerley to hit value.
Tight End ($4000 or less)
Zach Miller ($3800) vs. JAX: Brian Hoyer really loves to throw to his tight ends. This trend continued last week with Miller getting 8 targets. He gets a matchup against a Jags team that is actually pretty good at defending the tight end (7th). His price is way too low for the amount of volume he gets. If you feel the need to save at this position, he is the way to go.
Author: Rob Mazeika (Twitter)