Bargain Bin Week 11
Each week I search for the cheapest viable options for your DFS 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/$6000 for QB, $6000/$5000 for RB/WR, and $5500/$4500 (FD/DK) for TE insomuch as possible.
Josh Rosen (FD: $6500, DK: $4800)
Rosen appears here for the second week in a row, as 1) his salary hasn’t changed, 2) he gets another great matchup (with Oakland this time) and 3) he hasn’t played his best game yet. This is a guy that I said from the beginning would have growing pains but shouldimprove as the season wore on. I’m giving it one more chance to click for him against a flailing Raiders squad that has scored just nine total points in the past two games, while allowing no less than 20 points in any game this season.
Blake Bortles (FD: $6800, DK: $5100)
Very few fantasy players are willing to roster Bortles at this stage of his and their career. However, he occasionally comes though big at low salary and low ownership. This week is interesting because his price is depressed despite coming off two consecutive 20-fantasy point games and because his Jaguars are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers enter Week 11 as the sixth-best QB matchup for fantasy, and they’ve played Baltimore and the Browns twice each so far this season…so Bortles has upside. The fact that Leonard Fournette is healthy and productive. However, Pittsburgh has been a formidable run defense, which in combination with the Steelers’ balanced offensive prowess, should force Bortles to throw the ball more.
Doug Martin (FD: $6200, DK: $4500)
Martin is the only Raider to consider in cash games, as they, as I said above, are a struggling franchise right now. Martin looked reasonably good in Week 10 (61 rushing yards and 3-for-31 receiving) and certainly has a grip on the RB workload for the time being. The Cardinals are a tough passing matchup, but rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs.
Alex Collins (FD: $6000, DK: $4400)
There are two reasons to like Collins this week. One is the matchup. He went for over 80 total yards the first time these teams met, and the Bengals have since become the league’s second-most generous RB matchup for fantasy. The other is the possibility that the Ravens start Lamar Jackson this week. A new rookie QB’s best friend is a well-rested running back, which is what Collins is, coming off the bye. With Joe Flacco not looking promising and pressure to perform, Jackson looks like a likely candidate to take over this offense. Something else to consider is that Collins took a while to get it going last season, and he could be ready to push hard through the end of the season.
Bruce Ellington (DK: $3000)
Trading Golden Tate and letting Marvin Jones Jr. get hurt in the same 10 days has put the Lions in quite a pickle (I’m kidding about letting Jones get hurt of course). Enter Ellington, who could be in line for a lot of targets in the slot with Kenny Golladay receiving WR1 attention from the Panthers. Expect Ellington to be popular on DK, but he sadly did not make the FD player pool for this week.
Nelson Agholor (FD: $5300, DK: $4100)
Agholor has been largely forgotten since his early season heroics while Alshon Jeffrey was out, but he’s still a viable threat in this offense, with an average of six targets per game over his last five games. He hasn’t scored in that span, but has gone for over 80 receiving yards twice. He’s a name to note this week thanks to the aerial fireworks I expect between Carson Wentz and Drew Brees. Getting a cheap piece of a game with such a high point total could be the difference to the rest of your lineup.
Brandon LaFell (FD: $5500, DK: $3400)
Let’s not get too excited about Oakland; you’re certainly not rostering multiple Raiders outside of your 149th GPP entry. However, Martavis Bryant is out and Jordy Nelson appears doubtful to play at this stage. That leaves LaFell and Seth Roberts as the last men standing in the WR corps, aside from a couple of recent call-ups. Jared Cook should also benefit, but Derek Carr has shown willingness to feed LaFell, so he’s the bargain option to go after, if you’re super desperate.
Jonnu Smith (FD: $, DK: $2700)
The past two weeks Smith has finally shown the promise we thought he held in the wake of the Delanie Walker injury. Marcus Mariota has looked poised and in command those two weeks, and his rapport with Smith has to be growing after throwing back-to-back touchdown passes to the second-year TE. Smith always looked like an athletic end zone threat, so if you’re looking to save at TE this week, Indianapolis is one of the teams allowing TEs an average of over 10 fantasy points per game.
Ricky Seals-Jones (FD: $5200, DK: $2900)
Opposing TEs are having their way with Oakland, and Seals-Jones is emerging at the right time. Coming off a nine-target game in Kansas City, it looks like he is gaining comfort and confidence with his rookie QB. I feel fine about spending up for Zach Ertz, Greg Olsen or even Austin Hooper this week, but I also think it’s a fine week to punt at TE with one of these super cheap guys that allow you to do more at RB/WR.
Tennessee Titans (FD: $3400, DK: $2500)
Defense isn’t looking good down near the bottom of the salary ladder, but coming off a defensive win over New England, and back-to-back games in which they’ve held their opponent to under 15 points, the Titans are an option. They have eight sacks in those last two games, and while Andrew Luck is among the more consistent QBs in the league, he has thrown nine interceptions (T-5th). It’s not a safe, go out and get defense, but if it allows you to get the RB/WR combination you want, it’s typically worth spending down on a D/ST (and the Bills are off this week, so there’s no must-play squad).