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.
Teddy Bridgewater $6600: The matchup with the Giants is a good one in terms of fantasy; they have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Bridgewater has been up and down this season, dealt with a shoulder injury, and is coming off his best game of the year after a slump of tough matchups prior. I don’t expect four touchdowns again, but with Adrian Peterson likely to be somewhat limited by his ankle injury, Bridgewater’s passing volume could increase.
Jimmy Clausen $6100: Clausen managed a surprisingly satisfying fantasy day against the Chiefs last week, racking up 20 FanDuel points despite the two interceptions. After facing Seattle and Kansas City, a matchup with the Steelers secondary should be refreshing for Clausen, as they have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to QBs this season and even more recently. He’s obviously not without risk given the lack of real weapons and Pittsburgh’s powerhouse offense projected to blow the Ravens out. That said, your other choice in this range is Blaine Gabbert, who may have to throw 50 times again but will be doing it on the road against a better defense. I prefer Clausen.
Karlos Williams $5400: The ideal RB situations to target are that of Buffalo and Detroit, but both are muddy backfield timeshares this weekend. I think Karlos Williams will see more volume than Mike Gillisee, but Gillisee should have enough opportunity to break off a big run too against a Dallas defense that is the sixth-best matchup for running backs. Williams has been productive in Buffalo previously this season and that’s enough to tilt the scales in his favor for me this week.
Christine Michael $5500: Michael had 16 carries for 84 yards with his old/new team last week. Seattle takes on the Rams at home for Week 16, in a game with a low total and in which Seattle is heavily favored. While not a great matchup on paper, game flow and Seattle’s power passing game should open the door for Michael to see similar volume. He will also get any goal line carries the Seahawks offense produces. With a lot of uncertainty at running back this weekend, going cheap at one-or both-of your slots makes sense.
Stefon Diggs $6000: If you believe in Teddy Bridgewater this week, you better also believe in Diggs. Earlier this season Diggs enjoyed clear WR1 status and was the main man Bridgewater locked onto. Then Teddy got hurt and the Vikings faced a series of difficult passing defenses. Diggs caught two touchdowns last week on only four targets in Chicago last week and as mentioned above, gets a generous NY Giants pass defense for Week 16. I think Diggs regains his market share and that especially with the Peterson injury, his targets get back in the 8-10 range this weekend.
Jermaine Kearse $5800: Doug Baldwin gets all the credit and price hikes, but Kearse has been pretty instrumental in Russell Wilson’s and the Seahawk’s success lately too. While I think Christine Michael has a bigger role in the second half, the first half should belong to the passing game. Kearse is coming off his first 100+yard performance and has two consecutive 7-catch games. He’s dealing with a calf strain, but it doesn’t sound too serious as of now. Watch the news, but the #2 WR in Wilson’s arsenal is pretty valuable at this price.
Will Tye $5100: Going to make it three weeks in a row here with Tye. Someone will have to fill the acrobatic shoes of Odell Beckham Jr. this week, and while Tye certainly doesn’t have the theatrical finesses of OBJ, he does have 25 targets over the last four weeks, with 19 catches. Two of those have gone for touchdowns. If Eli Manning trusts him, why not us? In a week with lots of wide receiver options, I’m inclined to use Tye over Rueben Randle and save some salary cap in the process.
Darren Fells $4800: If you’re really looking to be different, Fells will probably remain the top tight end for a Cardinals offense that is one of the most prolific in football. He hasn’t caught a touchdown, but has been very efficient, catching seven of eight targets since Jermaine Gresham went down. Arizona takes on Green Bay at home this weekend, who allows the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Detroit Lions $4600: The San Francisco 49ers come to town with no run game and Blaine Gabbert at the helm. This is a team that has struggled to score all season, and averages the fewest points per game in the league. The Lions are 12th in sacks (tied with the Jets and Seahawks) and have forced 16 fumbles (though recovering only 8 of those, one for a TD). They’re a top option regardless of price.