FanDuel Bargain Bin Wild Card Weekend
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 $6400: If you’re saving at QB, McCarron is the guy. Facing the best passing matchup of the weekend, McCarron should be a popular play in all formats. I don’t see him having as much upside as someone like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers, but McCarron has certainly been serviceable with at least one touchdown pass in each of his four recent games. Against Pittsburgh this season, A.J. Green has 250 yards receiving with two touchdowns, and McCarron has established nearly as good a rapport with Green as Andy Dalton had.
With running back being very unappealing this week, we’re left with a decision of whether to spend up on Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch in a freezing cold environment where one is on the road and playing for the first time in seven weeks and the other is facing Seattle’s amazing defense. It makes sense to me to pay less for an equally questionable situation at RB this weekend.
Alfred Blue $5700: The Chiefs run D is no picnic to face, but it’s the same story pretty much everywhere unless you trust Eddie Lacy. Blue has volume—20, 15 and 21 carries in the last three weeks—and while he hasn’t scored in that span, should be the goal line back if the situation arises. Jonathan Grimes was hot last week, catching and rushing for his first touchdowns of the season, but saw only eight total touches. Controlling the clock is big in the playoffs and I think Houston will rely on Blue again this week.
Eddie Lacy $6000: In case you couldn’t tell from above, Lacy isn’t a player I’m excited to use this weekend. He’s let owners down more often than not, but the position is so gross on this Wild Card slate that I think we don’t have much choice but to consider the big guy. Washington is by far the best RB matchup this week and Lacy has put together a few 100+yard rushing games when given sufficient volume. He’s averaging just over 4.0 YPC with only five total touchdowns in 2015. At his cost, the upside is worth the risk, at least in tournaments.
Tyler Lockett $6200/Jermaine Kearse $6000: Russell Wilson is my favorite QB this week. The last time he was in Minnesota he threw 3 TDs and ran for his lone rushing TD of 2015. He’s been unstoppable, and it’s largely thanks to his arm and the play of Doug Baldwin. However, there is value to be had in Seattle too. Lockett had 7/90 against the Vikings in Week 13, and Kearse has been hot the past two weeks with a touchdown in each game. Look for Wilson to spread the ball around as all of his weapons are healthy and productive.
James Jones $5700: Jones is not really a good receiver and I haven’t believed in him all year, sometimes to my regret. However, over the past four weeks he’s seen 7, 9, 11, and last week 13 (!) targets from Aaron Rodgers. He’s caught only 19 of them, one for a touchdown, but that is an incredible amount of volume from one of the best QBs in the league. Despite having a down year, Rodgers still came in as the 7th best QB, with a 31:8 TD:INT ratio. I think he comes out very strong this week with a multi-touchdown effort and Jones looks to be in a good spot to take advantage.
Richard Rodgers $5200: It’s hard to not use Jordan Reed or Tyler Eifert this week, but if you absolutely have to save, Rodgers is the guy I’d trust most. He’s proven himself a reliable end zone target with 8 TDs this season, and since I think Aaron Rodgers has a strong day, I expect that to show up in Richard’s stat line as well.
Washington Redskins $4300: The cheapest defense of the week isn’t a terrible play. Aaron Rodgers is the fifth-most sacked QB in the league and the Redskins are above average in sacks (38) and takeaways (26). I prefer a defense at home in the playoffs and while I do like Rodgers and the Packers, they have allowed more fantasy points to opposing defenses per game than any other team this weekend.