FanDuel Bargain Bin Week 9
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.
Case Keenum $6300: When I’m hunting value at quarterback, it’s matchup that drives my interest. Carolina has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and is also top five vs. wide receivers and tight ends. Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Carson Palmer have destroyed the Panthers’ secondary in three of the last four games. Keenum doesn’t have near the upside that those guys do, but at his price, in a good matchup, we’ve seen him produce (remember Detroit!).
Dak Prescott $7600: Prescott is well over my self-imposed salary cap for the bargain bin; I include him to let you know that he’s really the cheapest I’m willing to go this week outside of Keenum. Facing the Browns is as pleasant a matchup as you could get after Carolina (fourth-best for fantasy), and Prescott’s efficiency and overall production have continued to rise. Unfortunately so have his turnovers, but Cleveland has only had two interceptions over their last five games.
Charcandrick West $5600: The only man standing in Kansas City right now is West, with Jamaal Charles being a surprise move to the IR and Spencer Ware not likely to pass through the concussion protocol by Sunday. West was productive last season, even in some difficult defensive matchups, and should be in good shape to handle a full load against the Jaguars. The Chiefs are big favorites this week, and the formula for them has been and will continue to be a heavy run game and a stout defense.
Derrick Henry $5900: This will be a situation to monitor as the week goes on, because if DeMarco Murray is practicing in full and 100% healthy, I’m not using Henry, even in the plus matchup with the Chargers porous run defense. However, it seems like every time Henry touches the ball good things happen for the Titans, as he averages over four yards per carry in his limited opportunity. If Murray were to be out, Henry is a top value play this week.
Michael Thomas $5800: Just a quick blurb here to say: he’s still underpriced and the Saints are favored in what Vegas has as the second-highest scoring game of the week against a generous 49ers pass defense. Thomas has been the leading receiver two weeks in a row for New Orleans’ high volume passing offense.
Torrey Smith $5300: A new face in the bargain bin, thanks to the Saints, whose defense is as bad as their offense is good. They rank 31st in points allowed per game so far this season, and Vegas likes this one to be closer than you might expect. With Colin Kaepernick under center, Smith or even Quinton Patton ($4600) seems to have edged out Jeremy Kerley as the preferred option.
Dontrelle Inman $5500: If Travis Benjamin’s second opinion on his sprained knee involves a week or two off, I like Inman as the primary beneficiary. Tyrell Williams’ role hasn’t changed much all year (6-10 targets per game), but Inman’s peaks when a gap appears. San Diego’s implied team total, at home, is really attractive and coming off a quiet game against Denver, they could easily go under-owned.
Kyle Rudolph $5000: I refrain from going so far as to recommend Sam Bradford against the Detroit Lions this week—QB is too important—but they have given up more fantasy points to tight ends than anyone else too. If you’re choosing to save at the position, Rudolph is fourth among tight ends in targets and though he’s struggled along with everyone else on the Vikings the past two weeks, figures to be one of the first to bounce back. Detroit is the team to do it against.
Gary Barnidge $5200: I’m not as big a Barnidge fan as a lot of people, but if Josh McCown starts this game vs. Dallas, he could be the easy outlet receiver. He’s yet to score this season, but has provided a pretty steady 5/60-ish line most weeks.
Green Bay Packers $4400: It’s one of those weeks where I wish we didn’t have to use a defense at all. There are a lot of high totals out there, and the defenses you’d normally go after are costly. Even though Green Bay is involved in the highest point total game of the week (per Vegas), they face Indianapolis, who has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing defenses this year. Andrew Luck has been sacked a league-leading 31 times this season.
Baltimore Ravens $4400: On the premises that this AFC North rivalry often ends with a low score, the Steelers are not as good on the road, and that Ben Roethlisberger may be less than 100% healthy, a Ravens defense that has put up double digit fantasy points in three of their seven games might be worth a look at home this weekend. Again, I’d prefer to pay up for Minnesota, Carolina, or Miami if I can.