FanDuel Bargain Bin Week 8
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.
Brian Hoyer $6900: He’s been really bad to watch but the past three weeks Hoyer has racked up over 20 fantasy points per game. The bottom line is what matters in DFS, and garbage time has been kind to Hoyer. His 11:3 TD: INT ratio is better than a lot of guys priced above him too. He potentially gets Cecil Shorts back this week, but DeAndre Hopkins is the main target in Houston, especially with Arian Foster done for the season. Expect the Texans to come out throwing again—there have been at least 30 pass attempts over Hoyer’s five games and he had almost 50 against Miami.
Jameis Winston $6600: I’d prefer to spend a little more and go with Ryan Fitzpatrick (cash games) or Eli Manning (tournaments), but if you really have to dig deep to build the rest of the roster you want, Winston is as low as I would go. He’s had an okay floor this season, with anywhere from 13-20 fantasy points. His best performance came off the Redskins this past week and while he didn’t like the Washington comeback as much as some people, we had to appreciate his improvement. He gets the Falcons this week, who can be a tough defense—they’ve held Zach Mettenberger, Brandon Weeden, and Kirk Cousins in check, while allowing big days to Eli Manning and Drew Brees. I think we know which category Winston has been in so far, but this game seems pivotal for both him and Mike Evans. Likely being without Vincent Jackson is a blow, but hopefully he’ll have Austin Sefarian-Jenkins back on Sunday, and those two had a nice connection in the season opener. I think 18-22 fantasy points is a fair projection for Winston in what should be a high scoring game with some garbage time for the Bucs.
Shane Vereen $5500: We saw Vereen be efficient in Week 7, rushing for 56 yards on just 4 carries, but he was hardly involved at all in the passing game. He needs that to reach value since he isn’t rushing for any touchdowns. The last time the Giants faced a notably bad pass offense, Vereen went 8/86/1 receiving against San Francisco. This week they face New Orleans in what should be a high scoring game down south. The Saints are a favorable matchup, allowing over 1100 total yards and 7 TDs to opposing running backs through seven weeks. I wouldn’t trust him in cash games, but Vereen could deliver big value for a couple tournament lineups.
Danny Woodhead $6100: Very close to the limit for the bargain bin we have Woodhead, who is still very affordable despite being an integral part of one of the most prolific offenses in football. The run game hasn’t gotten going with Melvin Gordon, but Woodhead has 187/2 on the ground and leads all running backs (by nearly 100 yards) with 408 receiving yards and two more touchdowns through the air. He’s going to be relied upon again this week as the Chargers go to Baltimore and take on their generous pass defense.
Kendall Wright $5900: Regardless of who starts for the Titans, Wright is the top receiving option in Tennessee. Typically considered a PPR monster, Wright has value on FanDuel as well at this salary. Houston hasn’t put up much defense at all this season and Wright makes a nice pivot from Stefon Diggs (who I’ve written up here the past two weeks) who will be higher owned this week, even at his increased price. Wright is not exciting, but has done just fine in good matchups, which he has for Sunday.
Marvin Jones $5400: Andy Dalton and the Bengals are in a favorable spot again facing the Steelers defense in what should be one of the higher scoring games of the week, particularly if Big Ben is back. Pittsburgh rates last in the league in pass coverage according to PFF. Jones has caught 14 of his 20 targets over the past two games and while he is a bit touchdown dependent, I think that’s a fairly safe bet this weekend.
Tavon Austin $5300: I know it’s kinda gross, but bear with me—he’s a bonus pick. Austin has had productive weeks this season, including a 2 TD, 96 yard performance at Arizona and is providing fairly steady production thanks to his run game and team leading targets, catches and receiving touchdowns. Not that that’s not saying much since this Rams team is no passing juggernaut, but this week they face the 49ers, who rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. He’s a bonus play for tournaments only.
Jason Witten $5500: I’m as in on the Seattle defense as everyone else as long as Matt Cassel is starting, but that doesn’t mean that Witten doesn’t still have value. He’s the team’s most experienced and most involved receiver, and finished with a fine 6/73 line in Week 7 with Cassel, better than he was faring with Brandon Weeden. This weekend he faces a Seattle defense that has given up the second most fantasy points to TE, despite facing the Rams, Packers, 49ers, and Lions (without Ebron).
Martellus Bennett $5700: A little over the bargain bin limit for TE, Bennett just has too much upside to ignore at this price. Minnesota just gave up over 100 yards each to Detroit and Kansas City and is overall allowing the seventh most fantasy points to TE. The Vikings are very good against every other position so the offense might struggle here providing more looks for Bennett, Jay Cutler’s safety outlet.
New Orleans Saints $4200: I was struggling to come up with a cheap defense this week until I talked to David Tuchman, who’s great with the sneaky defenses. I haven’t had to visit the bargain bin here in my lineups so far so treat this as a desperation play if you absolutely can’t change any other part of your lineup to go with a higher upside DST option. The Saints have forced 10 fumbles this year, recovering seven, and have four interceptions. They’re slightly above average in sacks (16), but face an offensive line that’s allowed Eli Manning to be sacked only nine times this season. They are at home, which helps, and Manning is coming off a bye and two weeks in which he failed to surpass 200 yards passing with only one touchdown. I do like Eli to bounce back this week, and the Saints defense hasn’t allowed fewer than 20 points all season, so like I said, this is for desperation purposes only.