Each week this article will be dedicated to highlighting players who I perceive to be excellent values on FanDuel be it via a discounted price or due to an injury that opens up additional looks/touches.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings, $7,500 - If there was a Family Feud board for teams that are most likely looking forward to the end of the season, Chicago just might be the number one answer. If nothing else, they would without question be on the board. To put it simply, their season has been a disaster filled with disappointment and drama. Needless to say, I have a hard time seeing them get up for this week's game. As for Bridgewater, he's been sneaky steady, as he's scored at least one touchdown in his last nine games (with multiple TDs in four of his last five contests). According to the RotoGrinders Defense vs Position rankings, the Bears have given up the second most FanDuel points to quarterbacks on the season. I have a hard time not seeing the rookie out of Louisville both continue his scoring streak and ending the year on a high note.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, $6,600 - Hello old friend. The price is cheap enough and the upside is high enough that RGIII is worth consideration this week. While their season has long been over, Washington is coming off a game in which they played the role of Grinch to Philadelphia by handing them a significant loss. I have little doubt that the Redskins will be up for a game with another division rival, who might not even be playing their regulars the entire game. Las Vegas certainly seems to think something is up, as the Cowboys have dropped from a seven-point favorite, to just four currently, as their playoff seeding is out of their hands. As for Griffin, he can earn points via his legs, and I like his chances of connecting on a deep ball or two against a secondary that, in my opinion, is more vulnerable than the numbers suggest.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos, $8,300 - You certainly can't call Anderson a "value" play, as he's not exactly cheap, but I still think that you are getting him at a very fair price. Also, I just couldn't neglect the premium spot the Denver halfback finds himself in. The Broncos must win in order to receive a first round bye and they are massive two-touchdown favorites on the NFL odds board. Game script suggests this game will put on ice via the run, with Anderson playing the role of the bell cow. Only one other team has given up more fantasy points to running backs this year, so you can see why I'd be so bullish on Anderson's prospects.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers, $6,600 - Despite fellow running back DeAngelo Williams likely back for this game, head coach Ron Rivera has said that Stewart would receive the bulk of the carries. This is nothing new for Stewart, who has successfully handled the rock no less than twenty times in the last three weeks. In Week 17 you like to roster guys that have motivation, and this game means everything for the Panthers, as a victory would bring them a division title. It also doesn't hurt that no team has yielded more FanDuel points to RBs this year than the Falcons, according to the RotoGrinders Defense vs Position rankings. Under the assumption that he will garner another twenty plus touches, it’s hard to not see Stewart pay off his salary.
Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings, $6,100 - I've been rostering Johnson more than most of late, and I'm not going to pass up one last chance to click his name this season. He's been on the field for practically every offensive snap of late while seeing roughly seven targets per game. I just don't think the Bears will be into this game, and I really like Johnson's chances to catch a deep one vs. the 5th worst pass coverage defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Johnson hauled in 6 catches for 87 yards in their first meeting, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him improve on it come Sunday. I mentioned earlier that I like Teddy Bridgewater, and I most definitely plan on pairing the two together for a tournament or two.
Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers, $4,800 - There are deep sleepers and then there is Dontrelle Inman. Thanks to injuries, the former CFL star has been thrust into playing time for the Chargers. With No. 1 WR Keenan Allen out, Inman turned 7 of 9 targets into 79 yards last week vs. the 49ers. He was on the field for 65% of San Diego's offensive snaps and there is nothing to suggest this number will go down this week. The key to Inman is his salary, as thanks to it being so low he will assist you in paying up for a stud or two.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers, $6,400 - Pretty much all of the elite tight ends have warts on them. There is speculation as to how long Rob Gronkowski will play (if at all), Julius Thomas can't seem to stay healthy, and Jimmy Graham has been pedestrian of late and while likely playing hurt. As for Olsen, the playoffs are just a victory away for the Panthers, so you know he will be both motivated and relied upon heavily. Throwing out his most recent game, Olsen saw an enticing 44 looks in his previous four contests (one of which includes a previous meeting vs this week's opponent). This should come as no surprise, as he's seen the second most targets among all NFL tight ends and I'd expect him to continue to be Newton's go to guy this week.
Baltimore Ravens, $5,200 - Regular readers know that I like to pay up for my defense, and with so many excellent options this week, I once again feel strongly about this. The Ravens are a whopping 13.5-favorite in a game with a 39 over/under. This is Las Vegas basically saying that they don't expect the Browns to score much more than 13 points, and really, how could they? Both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are out, which leaves Cleveland down to their 3rd-string rooking quarterback in Connor Shaw. Oh, and their top offensive threat in Josh Gordon has now been suspended for the game. To call anyone else on the Browns a "skill" position player would be a liberal interpretation. Jordan Cameron and Isaiah Crowell are at least competent, but by no means are they to be feared. Expect the Ravens to get up in this game, and then for the defense to unload, as they will be heavily motivated to do their part in an attempt to grab a playoff spot.