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.
Brain Hoyer $6000: So last week Hoyer threw for 317 yards and two passing touchdowns though he fumbled twice vs. Dallas. This week he gets to face a tough Detroit run defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks through three weeks (including 10 passing TDs). His price in this matchup gives you plenty of upside at very little risk.
Jameis Winston $7100: Winston is tied for the league leading eight passing TDs and leads the league in passing attempts. He’s made his mistakes, to be sure (six INTs), but doesn’t deserve to be this cheap on FanDuel. Mike Evans and emerging young receiver Adam Humphries ($5000) are the primary beneficiaries along with bargain bin tight end Cameron Brate ($5300). Yes, that’s me sneaking in a couple extra bargain plays. If you use this cheap Tampa Bay stack in tournaments, you can fit the elite running backs and whoever else you want.
Jordan Howard $5600: I don’t love the matchup for Howard, but he’s got a lot going for him in terms of opportunity and talent. There simply isn’t much reliable value at RB this week, so if you need to save, the volume Howard is likely to see is your best bet.
Dexter McCluster $4500: On the other side of the value RB coin, McCluster is not likely to see a ton of action, but he’ll see it in the most fantasy-friendly setting of the weekend. New Orleans is the league’s best running back matchup for fantasy so far, and McCluster will have had an additional week to work with Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense. At this price, you’re hoping for 50 yards and a touchdown, easily achievable on 4-6 targets against this Saints defense.
Cole Beasley $5200: I held back from writing up Dak Prescott this week since his price is up to $7300, but I still love him and Dallas this week. If Dez Bryant is out or limited with the knee issue, Beasley will probably end up in all my lineups, but he’s been reaching value even with Dez out there. Leading the team in targets and receptions, it’s only a matter of time before Prescott finds him in the end zone.
Jamison Crowder $6000: There’s a lot of value at wide receiver this week. I love Adam Humphries and Kevin White, but there’s a lot to like about the Redskins passing game this week. Crowder is basically the safer Washington receiver at the lower salary. He’s seeing plenty of volume (7-10 targets per game) and has already caught two touchdowns from Kirk Cousins. Cousins’ passing attempts are fourth in the league, and there’s no reason for him to stop vs. the Browns, the league’s best wide receiver matchup for fantasy.
Hunter Henry $4500: One of a few value plays I like a lot in cash games this week is Henry. Rivers loves his tight ends and Henry is definitely a talented pass catcher. He went 5/76 last week in Antonio Gates’ absence, and should fill a much needed target role again vs. New Orleans. If you’re not paying up for Greg Olsen (a solid plan this week), Henry is the safest cheap guy.
Zach Miller $5000: Paired with Hoyer or not, Miller gets a great fantasy matchup this week. Of the 10 passing touchdowns Detroit has allowed, five have gone to tight ends. Hoyer seemed to trust the veteran Miller, which can only increase after he caught both of Hoyer’s Week 3 touchdown passes. We all loved Miller coming into the season to take over that robust Martellus Bennett receiving role in this offense, and maybe under Hoyer it will happen.
Baltimore Ravens $4400: If for some reason you can’t afford the Arizona Cardinals defense, the Ravens are really the only cheap option I can justify using. They’ve held opponents to about 15 points per game, recorded nine sacks and gotten five interceptions. Those aren’t “wow” numbers, but at the price is right, Baltimore is favored at home and while Oakland has pretty much played mistake-free football this year, I don’t think the Ravens defense will hurt an otherwise solid lineup.