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.
Jacoby Brissett $6800: It’s hard to believe Brissett is this cheap this week, given that he’s been great in good matchups and struggled in tough ones (Arizona, Seattle). Tennessee has given up 12 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks, so while Jay Cutler made the Titans D look staunch in Week 5, they are anything but. Brissett is far from fully developed, but adds a ton of value on his legs (leads all QBs with three rushing touchdowns), and has thrown for over 250 yards against similarly bad defenses (Cleveland and San Francisco). It’s worth making Thursday-Monday lineups to get him in something with T.Y. Hilton.
Carson Palmer $7100: Arizona is terrible without David Johnson, but Palmer is very viable in DFS. Averaging well over 300 yards per game passing with only two interceptions in the last four weeks, Palmer takes on a Buccaneers defense that ranks fifth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Tampa Bay is allowing 315 passing yards and two touchdowns per game to opponents. What’s more, Palmer is at home, where he has enjoyed a better passer rating, fewer sacks, fewer interceptions, more yards, and more wins throughout his career.
Alvin Kamara $5900: Kamara looks like the real deal to me, and this is not a reaction to the Adrian Peterson trade. AP wasn’t doing anything to hinder Kamara’s increasing involvement in the Saints’ potent passing game. While he’s not going to post a 100 percent catch rate every week, any running back at this price in as good an offense as New Orleans with a range that includes 10 targets is worth rostering.
Duke Johnson Jr. $5600: Johnson Jr. gets the “only in PPR” designation a lot, but at this salary he’s been reaching 3X value in 0.5 PPR scoring on FanDuel. I like Cleveland’s plan to start Kevin Hogan this week, and as horrible as it is that J.J. Watt is hurt, it will make the defensive matchup much friendlier for Johnson. It’s also worth noting that for as good as Houston as been against the run, they have already given up three receiving touchdowns to opposing running backs.
Adam Humphries $4900: Mike Evans has been saddled with some of the worst cornerback matchups in the league so far. In games where Evans has been limited by Xavier Rhodes, Devin McCourty and Janoris Jenkins, Humphries has benefitted. This week we expect Patrick Peterson to blanket Evans, again opening the door for Humphries to see valuable targets. In 2017, Arizona allows just 30 receiving yards per game to opposing WR1, but 51 yards to WR2 and 94 yards to other WR (per Football Outsiders). Humphries has seen as many as 10 targets (vs. Minnesota) and could be in line for something like 8/75 with a decent chance for a touchdown.
Ricardo Louis $4500: Louis has frustrated DFS players hoping to see something from Rashard Higgins this season, but with Hogan taking the reins for this week at least, I’m giving in and going with Louis vs. the Texans. He has more targets and more receptions than Higgins, and his stock appears to be trending upward week by week. I’m not predicting a huge multi-touchdown game, but do think he’s a solid piece for a cash game lineup in a game that could be more competitive than it looks.
Will Fuller V $6000: As long as his price isn’t skyrocketing, Fuller is very much in play for one of the highest projected scoring teams of the week. DeShaun Watson is on fire, the Texans are big favorites at home, and it appears there is plenty of offensive goodness to go around. Fuller looks like the big play/touchdown-dependent receiver you’d prefer to use in tournament lineups.
Tyler Higbee $4500: Higbee has 14 targets in the last two games and this weekend the Rams face a Jaguars secondary that has been brutal to opposing wide receivers. I believe in the Jags defense, and on a week with few defensive options I like, I’m using them a fair amount. Where I’m not, I like Higbee has a cheap TE play in an offense that has exceeded scoring expectations by a wide margin.
A.J. Derby $4600: Tight ends vs. the Giants have been nothing but money this season and fortunately for this column, many of them fall into the bargain range. If Week 4 can be trusted, and I’m not saying it definitely can, Derby is winning the tight end battle in Denver. He came up with a big 4/75/1 line vs. Oakland, another historically weak TE defense, while Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman were silent in the pass game. Derby’s a cheap tournament-only play in Week 6, but if he repeats a strong performance in this perfect matchup, his price will start to rise.
Washington Redskins $4700: Outside of the top three defenses, things get a little dicey. I was impressed with Washington’s prime-time defense against Oakland a couple weeks ago, and their being home to face another West Coast team, especially considering the 49ers low, low implied team total (approximately 18 points), puts them into consideration if you need to save a bit on your D/ST this week. This unit is averaging three sacks per game, has forced seven total turnovers, and scored one defensive touchdown. Meanwhile, Hoyer has thrown an equal number of touchdowns and interceptions (4), while fumbling three times in five games. There’s upside for the Redskins in this one.
Kansas City $4800: The Chiefs D/ST is notoriously better at home, and Big Ben is notoriously worse on the road. This sets up as a mismatch that could lead to a favorable turnover differential for the home team D. As it stands now, the Chiefs have seven takeaways and 14 sacks, while the Steelers have nine giveaways. Only Cleveland has more interceptions than Roethlisberger this season.