FanDuel Bargain Bin Week 14
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.
Brock Osweiler $6500: It doesn’t get easier to write about Osweiler as the season has gone on. He’s put together a string of okay fantasy performances in the 14-17 point range, but how he’s gotten there doesn’t inspire much confidence. Nor does watching the Texans play. However, if you’re looking for a risk/reward option, Osweiler will be throwing around 35-40 times against a Colts defense that ranks third in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Being six-point underdogs suggests a game script that keep the pressure on Osweiler to make plays.
Matt Barkley $6200: The snow game didn’t suit Barkley or Colin Kaepernick, both popular Week 13 plays that disappointed. We won’t worry about snow at Ford Field this week, and Barkley has an advantage over guys like Bryce Petty in this range just because it will be his third start. Detroit, despite the spell they cast on Drew Brees last week, is still a very fantasy friendly defense.
Mike Gillislee $5300: Buffalo should almost operate with two full time running backs given the nature of their passing offense. It’s not good, to say the least. LeSean McCoy is the best receiver there, as well as the lead rusher by a wide margin. However, the role of Gillislee Sunday in Oakland was very fantasy-friendly. He saw only half as many carries as McCoy, but he was busy near the goal line and ended with two touchdowns. Given his talent (5.8 ypc) and nose for the endzone (six rushing touchdowns), I expect him to stay very involved vs. a Steelers defense that is far better at defending the pass than the run (sixth-most fantasy points allowed to running backs).
Tevin Coleman $5400: The state of the value running back this weekend is such that we’re looking at the short end of time shares in both cases. Coleman is working back from a hamstring strain and projects as a risk/reward contrarian play this weekend against the Rams. We just saw LeGarrette Blount destroy the Rams last week, and he’s not the first. McCoy comes to mind, as does Mark Ingram. Rushing touchdowns were fluky earlier this year in Atlanta, and I like the price of Coleman in a sneaky good spot.
Freddie Martino $4500: With Cecil Shorts and Adam Humphries looking doubtful (it’s early) for Week 14, consider the minimum priced Martino in your Bucs stack. Obviously there’s a lot to love with Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and Cameron Brate against the Saints giving defense, but if you’re looking to differentiate yourself in tournaments in part by fading those guys, you can still get a cheap piece of what is sure to be a lot of action with Martino. He actually caught his lone target for a touchdown in Week 13, but really appeared on the radar after the injuries to his teammates in San Diego when he caught all four of his targets from Winston.
Dontrelle Inman $5500: I’m slowly getting higher on the Chargers offense for this weekend. It’s hard to ignore that Carolina’s pass defense isn’t what it used to be, and Philip Rivers is right up there in the top six in both passing yards and passing touchdown. While Tyrell Williams has clearly become the WR1 here, Inman is equally clearly the number two, which equates to about 6-9 targets. Given the Vegas line on this game, he’ll ample potential to score.
Vance McDonald $4700: I wrote up McDonald last week (and maybe the week before(?), but did you see what Dwayne Allen did to the Jets out of nowhere? McDonald has been the 49ers leading receiver a lot lately, even though last week that meant two catches for nine yards. Never a good stat line when you have to type out the numbers…but look for a reasonable bounce-back performance this week. I’m not saying 30 fantasy points, but 12-15 is certainly in his range in a good matchup at home.
C.J. Fiedorowicz $5100: I’m in on Houston this weekend, it’s official. Fiedorowicz is the guy I trust most in the receiving game, and his target rate makes him safe enough for any DFS lineup. Indy is top 10 in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
San Francisco 49ers $4200: The Colts defense isn’t very good either, and they intercepted the Jets three times last week. The Jets score the fourth-fewest points in the league, and give up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. San Francisco is not a good unit, by any standard, but should have the opportunity to capitalize on what will surely be more mistakes in Week 14.
San Diego Chargers $4500: The Chargers lead the league in interceptions (15, two returned for touchdowns), have recovered nine of 14 forced fumbles, including two returned for touchdowns, and face a Carolina team that ranks fourth with 23 giveaways this season. They’re not a D/ST that stands out, but could be worth the discount this week.