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.
Dwayne Haskins, Jr. Washington Redskins vs. Detroit
I misplaced my Washington love last week in Terry McLaurin, who had a relatively disappointing effort, but wasn’t wrong on Haskins’ ability to improve in a good matchup, at home. He gets a chance to build on the success he had vs. the Jets with a Top 4 QB matchup in the Lions. Though he wasn’t mistake-free, Haskins’ two touchdowns made his 18-fantasy point day.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants
Oh, boy. Cheap QB isn’t pretty but it’s not like you’re using someone like Trubisky outside of a multi-entry big tournament anyway. He definitely has proven upside, and has generally met value in very good matchups like he gets this week. I’m assuming that Trubisky’s hip pointer won’t hold him back, but it’s early in the week and that is something to be mindful of as Sunday approaches. Consider pairing him with Taylor Gabriel, a bargain WR option who had 14 targets Week 11, as the Giants rank second in fantasy points allowed to receivers this season.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo
A bit pricey for this article, but I really think Denver has the best chance to move the ball on the ground against Buffalo. While not a great matchup, given that Buffalo is one of the best real football defenses in the league, Lindsay is still getting the bulk of the work in Denver, is at home, and is once again averaging nearly five yards per carry.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami
Hunt’s salary has crept up on DraftKings, but it’s still in a very playable range. He’s done everything asked of him without impacting Nick Chubb too much (Chubb is still averaging over 100 rushing yards per game in the last two). Given that most of Hunt’s action has come in the passing game, he makes more sense on DraftKings, but in this fantastic running back matchup, I’m getting some exposure on every site.
Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins vs. Detroit
Part of Haskins’ success in Week 10 streamed through Guice, who caught his first touchdown in Week 11. Healthy and primed to become the player we expected before his ACL tear in 2018, Guice is still cheap enough to roll with in any lineup this week. Detroit is the league’s second-best RB matchup for fantasy.
Sony Michel, New England Patriots vs. Dallas
Going a little overboard here, but I’m not sure the Patriots will be able to rely solely on their defense this week, and after watching Bo Scarborough run well against the Cowboys, Michel is my GPP pick from the New England backfield. It’s risk/reward all the way, as with any Pats back.
James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati
It’ll be easy to love Washington if both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are out with concussions and those are the conditions it would take for me to trust him in cash games. He hasn’t always taken advantage of the good matchups and opportunities he’s seen this season, but as a big play guy, that’s to be expected. When he hits, he hits big. That said, he’s been Pittsburgh’s best wide receiver over the past four games, and has an 80 percent catch rate over the last three.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh
As a GPP play, I love Boyd this week. He’s coming off a terrible performance with a terrible offense and facing an interesting defense. Though they’ve been great for fantasy, the Steelers are not a shut-down defense, allowing an average number of yards and points per game. The Bengals should realize that he’s their best player after Joe Mixon and plan on getting him the ball more this week. With his recent salary drop, he is a risk/reward option at WR.
Old guys week? Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon are both available cheaply in good receiving matchups (Oakland and Philadelphia, respectively). Gordon has had an extra week to learn the playbook, but caught both of his targets – key ones at that – in his Week 10 debut with the Seahawks. Thomas is good for about 4-5 catches a game for 40-60 yards, so all he needs is to find the end zone to make you happy at his price.
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Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia
It’s been three weeks since Hollister took the game by storm, helping to elevate Tampa Bay to near Arizona status when it comes to TE matchups. Hollister scored twice on six targets in Week 9, and followed it up with one score and eight catches on 10 targets in Week 10. It sounds like Tyler Lockett will play and there’s still DK Metcalf in the mix, but Russell Wilson has demonstrated a willingness to keep a TE involved this season, and the Eagles are a team you need to throw on. He’s not the cheapest, but he’s cheap enough for me.
Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati
One of the more reliable options deeper into bargain range, McDonald would also be in line for an increased workload in a nice matchup if one or both wideouts in the concussion protocol miss the game. Like many TEs in his range, a touchdown really tips the balance, but McDonald gets more targets than most (seven in each of the last three games) and has the huge game upside I like at his price.