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.
Brett Hundley $6900: Hundley has been terrible, but not wholly terrible. For instance, he ran for over 60 yards in the Packers last game. If he can get just a little bit better in the passing game, say like 200 yards and a touchdown pass, AND rushes for 40-50 yards, he reaches value. Playing Cleveland this weekend is enough to inspire some confidence, though I’m still leery of stacking his receivers.
Blaine Gabbert $6600: Gabbert has not been terrible for fantasy, and after opening in a good matchup vs. Houston, he held his own vs. Jacksonville and the Rams, two top pass defenses. He should be back near 20 fantasy points vs. a Titans defense that ranks eighth in passing yards per game. Pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald is something you can do in any format this weekend.
Jay Ajayi/LeGarrette Blount $5800: The Eagles at Rams game boasts the highest total of the Sunday slate, so while both defenses are high quality, you want to get some exposure. Doing so at a bargain price, at a positional weakness for the Rams (L.A. allows the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season), makes good sense. The hitch in the plan is that the Eagles have three viable running backs, if we include Corey Clement, who isn’t seeing enough action to warrant rostering. Blount is getting more carries, while Ajayi has been the bigger playmaker and is more involved in the short passing game. My preference is Ajayi, but there is an argument for Blount and his potential goal-line carries.
Frank Gore $5500: Gore is still trucking, something I never would have believed I’d write in Week 14 of 2017. There are multiple ways to attack and beat Buffalo, but no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Bills. Gore has done well especially against bad defenses, and is a good bet to score this weekend.
Mike Davis $5500: This is a plentiful range for running backs, which is good because there aren’t too many cheap WRs I like for Week 14. I genuinely believe in Davis, which is also something I didn’t think I’d be able to say given the confusion in the Seattle backfield this season. He’s been effective on the ground and in the pass game in the most recent two games, and should be involved in a close fought game in Jacksonville.
Corey Coleman $5700: Josh Gordon got 11 targets in Week 13, and still ended up disappointing people who used him in tournaments. His price rose significantly ($6700). Meanwhile, Coleman went zero-for-four. Of course, the Chargers are a terrific pass defense, so I’m not holding that against him going forward. Given Gordon’s increased salary and Coleman’s recent dud, both Browns guys make viable tournament targets vs. a Packers defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year.
Marquise Goodwin $5700: Goodwin gets a repeat billing after catching all eight of his targets in Chicago and averaging about 80 yards per game over the last four games. He’s scored only once in that span, but Houston is a favorable matchup, allowing the ninth-most fantasy points and 13 receiving touchdowns to wide receivers.
Hunter Henry $5600: The Chargers game has a high total and L.A. is a big favorite at home. While red-hot Keenan Allen may face off with Josh Norman, I think Henry builds on his big Week 13 game, where he saw a career high nine targets. The regime has officially shifted (fingers crossed) from Antonio Gates to Henry.
Stephen Anderson $4500: With C.J. Fiedorowicz on IR, Anderson saw a whopping 12 targets vs. the Colts last week. He now faces a San Francisco defense that is just middle of the road in passing yards per game and fantasy points to tight ends. So while the matchup isn’t quite as nice, if he maintains even three quarters of the volume of Week 13, he should be able to reach value.
New York Jets $4500: I was so close to recommending the Miami Dolphins vs. Denver last week, and got cold feet because they are such a bad defense. I feel the same way about the Jets, who are average in just about every defensive measure. However, Denver has now allowed opposing defenses more fantasy points than any other team in the league. I will have some Jets D/ST exposure this week.