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 $6500 for QB, $6000 for RB/WR, and $5500 for TE insomuch as possible.
A.J. McCarron $6000: McCarron came into the game cold last weekend and threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions, but this was a great showing off the bench. The matchup is fair as the Bengals head to San Francisco, a team I prefer to target running backs against but who is also PFF’s eighth-worst pass coverage unit and overall defense.
T.J. Yates $6000: Yates has a couple things in his favor outside of his price. First, he has seen action before this season, including one start that he won. He’s thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions. The other nice thing is his matchup with the Colts, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. With Vontae Davis likely on DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts ($5600) could make for a nice stacking option in tournaments. Shorts had his best non-TD game the last time Yates started.
Bilal Powell $5300: As hard as it is to believe, Powell has carved out a role in this Jets offense that is loaded with other weapons. Even in a week where Chris Ivory ran for over 100 yards, Powell ended up with the receiving TD on five targets. That’s two in two games, and against the Giants, Powell had eight catches on 13 targets! If you’re playing a primetime slate, Powell is one of the best values out there.
James White $6400: Trying to think like Bill Belichick is usually a pretty pointless exercise. The man is a genius when it comes to game planning and that’s one of the reasons the Patriots are so hard to beat. However, if I were Bill, I’d want to do everything in my power to make sure Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman were in good shape for the playoffs. That could mean big first halves for those guys and Tom Brady, but a shift to a more conservative game plan in the second half. White is the passing down back, but did get a goal line carry last week after LaGarrette Blount left the game. I feel like White’s role could span the entire game plan, while Brandon Bolden’s role would be mainly in a clock-killing fourth quarter situation.
John Brown $6300/Michael Floyd $6100: I’m all in on the Cardinals this weekend in Philadelphia, where there are fantasy points aplenty for all the opposing receivers. Floyd has six touchdowns and four 100+receiving yard games in the last seven games–something no one in this price range can claim. Brown has at least 12 FanDuel points in eight of his last nine games. They’ve both been great and I’m fine with using either against a defense that gives up the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Willie Snead $6000: I think Drew Brees and the Saints have a good game ahead of them at home on Monday Night Football. I don’t pay attention to primetime for many quarterbacks, but Brees always seems to shine in the spotlight. I like Ben Watson this week quite a bit as he’s frequently leading the team in targets but Snead is always involved when Brees is really “on”. I think Snead is very likely to turn in one of his 100+ yard, 1TD games this Monday night.
Jacob Tamme $5100: It’s interesting that Atlanta is the underdog heading into Jacksonville this weekend after their hot start to the season. I expect this to be a high scoring, good game for the Falcons, one in which Matt Ryan and Julio Jones bounce back in a big way. Overlooked on the struggling Falcons is Tamme, who despite scoring only once (in Week 8) is still getting a fairly high number of targets, with 5,4, and 3 receptions over the last three games. The Jaguars are fantasy’s fourth best TE matchup.
Will Tye $4900: Going back to the well here, as I recommended Tye last week and correctly called his first TD. He has become a trusted option for Eli Manning and in order to succeed against the Panthers, Manning will need to spread the ball around. Tye has averaged around 5/50 over the past four games and I bet he scores his second TD this weekend as the Giants look to spoil perfection once again.
Pittsburgh Steelers $4600: When looking for cheap defenses, I turn heavily to the giveaway-takeaway ratio. The Steelers get one of the best as Denver has turned the ball over 23 times, while Pittsburgh has recorded 24 takeaways. Furthermore, the Steelers have the fifth-most sacks in the league. As Brock Osweiler and Co. try to keep up with the Steelers prolific home offense, the pressure and the chance for mistakes will increase.