FanDuel Bargain Bin Week 1
Each week I search for the cheapest viable options for your FanDuel lineups at every position. The plays are geared toward cash games unless otherwise indicated and I do try to use a price ceiling of $7000 for QB, $6000 for RB/WR, and $5500 for TE insomuch as possible.
Andy Dalton $6800: The Bengals typically start new NFL seasons strong with A.J. Green healthy, and this year they are invigorated by the improvement of John Ross and Joe Mixon as well as some offensive line upgrades. Tyler Eifert is back and poised for an all-fantasy-friendly role, making him a nice salary-saving TE option to pair with Dalton this week. I’m rolling out a big Bengals stack in some tournaments, as I think Dalton is more than capable of putting up points on a Colts defense that is shaping up to be one of the worst in the league.
Ryan Fitzpatrick $6200: Tampa Bay travels to New Orleans to play in one of the highest point total games of the week, where they are the biggest underdogs of the week. That sets the stage for a pass-heavy game plan, and the Bucs have nothing if not a lot of pass-catchers. I count four wide receivers and two tight ends who could be on the receiving end of Fitzpatrick’s competent arm. The Saints are a neutral matchup defensively, and the price on Fitz allows you to do a lot at WR/RB.
Carlos Hyde $5900/Duke Johnson $5800: It’s a bit of a hedge situation in the Cleveland backfield this weekend for me. I love Hyde overall, think he’s in a great position to succeed with his new team, and his numbers back it up. He isn’t a bad receiver either (59 receptions last year), but Johnson is expected to cut into his workload in passing situations. The Browns are big underdogs to Pittsburgh this weekend, but I still prefer Hyde over Johnson in most lineups.
Peyton Barber $5600: I love stacking Fitzpatrick with Barber on FanDuel this week. Both are so affordable, and I think the Bucs will put enough points on the board in New Orleans that I want a piece of all the TDs. Barber averaged almost six yards per carry with two touchdowns in the preseason, and clearly has the trust of his coaches. With a ton of high salaried options competing for spots in your lineup, Barber has the price/floor/ceiling combination I like to help fit them in.
James Conner $5000: With the failure of Le’Veon Bell to report to team meetings Wednesday, Conner becomes an instant value. Not only did he look good in the preseason, if Vegas is right, game script is likely to favor a run heavy second half for the Steelers. Conner averaged over 5 YPC, catching all seven of the passes thrown his way. There is still a path for Bell to take the field, so be sure to monitor this situation heading into Sunday afternoon.
Donte Moncrief $5200:My money is on Moncrief to be the top scoring wideout for Jacksonville this week. Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook should be involved, but Moncrief tied Westbrook with 11 targets and was on the field most after Marqise Lee’s injury. He’s the most experienced of the bunch, and the New York Giants were one of the most generous secondaries in the league last year for fantasy.
Cole Beasley $4800: The receiver situation in Dallas is as murky as can be, so rostering any of them is a tournament only play. That said, Beasley has been around, has rapport with Dak Prescott and is a great outlet guy. The Cowboys are in Carolina, who ranked fifth in fantasy points allowed to receivers last year. While Michael Gallup and Allen Hurns are going to be more popular plays, they also cost ~$700 more than Beasley, making him an extra nice pivot.
Danny Amendola $5100:With Davante Parker ruled out, I expect Kenny Stills’ ownership to rise a bit, but Amendola is my preferred target. A bit cheaper than Stills, and much more versatile, he’s already shown some preseason chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. This is a game I might end up wishing I had more of a stake in, as neither defense is scary from a fantasy perspective.
Charles Clay $5200: I hate doing this, but Buffalo is in such bad shape on offense. Clay has been a viable outlet for struggling Bills QBs for years, and I think it’s safe to say that Nathan Peterman will struggle in Baltimore, my favorite defense of the week and one of the legitimately good units in the NFL. I doubt it’ll be pretty but if you’re not paying up for Gronk, Clay is one of a few interesting bargain finds at TE.
David Njoku $5100: I’m a flat out believer in Njoku’s touchdown catching role with the Browns. A big target, capable hands, he’s the kind of player that gives a new QB confidence in the red zone. He had plenty of time to work with Tyrod Taylor before he hurt his hand, so I’m confident in their ability to connect this Sunday.
Arizona $4100: The Cardinals are at home, and though some of their defensive personnel are aging, they still have Patrick Peterson making things tough in the secondary. The game is one of the lower point totals (44), and I like the idea of using a defense facing a new look opponent. How comfortable is Alex Smith in Washington? How ageless is Adrian Peterson? I think there’s a chance things don’t go so smoothly in the Redskins road debut and the Cardinals are about as cheap a defense as I’ll go this weekend.