Some call me cheap, others stingy. I prefer thrifty. And in the world of daily fantasy sports, finding the best bargains can lead you to the promise land of those jubilant $3.60 pots at the end of the pretend football rainbow.
These are my bargain bin dumpster dives for the upcoming NFL week.
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Mark Sanchez ($5,800) @ GB
Two consecutive weeks of Mark Sanchez. How ’bout a round of applause for head coach Chip Kelly?
probably isn’t a world beater, but Kelly’s offense is a systematic work of art that’s beginning to show us its capability as a plug-and-play scheme.
The Eagles will be tested this week against a solid Packers pass defense, but Sanchez provides decent potential at this price.
Teddy Bridgewater ($5,900) @ CHI
When you hear the comparison of the Chicago Bears and a dumpster fire, those comparisons are pretty accurate, which is why Teddy Bridgewater is a solid option this week against a pitiful defense allowing an opposing quarterback rating of 107 (second-worst only behind the Jets).
Alfred Morris ($5,400) v. TB
As mentioned last week, a capable Robert Griffin III helps the Redskins rushing attack, and Alfred Morris is receiving a huge boost with the return of his quarterback.
Tampa Bay’s rush defense has been better the last three weeks since their bye, but they still remain a susceptible unit. Meanwhile, Morris’ 19 carries and two touchdowns last week serve as a sign pointing in the right direction for a friendly $5,400 this Sunday.
C.J. Anderson ($4,800) @ STL
With Ronnie Hillman out with a foot injury, and Montee Ball dealing with an injury of his own (although he should play), C.J. Anderson is the next man up in Denver.
The Rams are giving up nearly 125 rushing yards per game and $4,800 is good value for a guy who’s sure to get some run.
Frank Gore ($4,500) @ NYG
Not to chug the Kool Aid, but the Giants run defense is bad to the tune of 145 yards allowed per game, making old man Frank Gore a viable starting option this Sunday for one of the lowest salaries of any starting running back this week.
Brandin Cooks ($5,800) v. CIN
The Bengals pass defense looks decent on paper, but the team as a whole doesn’t have much momentum after dropping an ugly game at home last Thursday.
The Saints, on the other hand, are coming off a loss too, but one that would seem to spark more flame than fizzle. New Orleans lost in overtime to San Fran following a questionable OPI call to end the game and they can’t afford to lose any more games (especially at home) if they want to remain the favorites atop the embarrassing NFC South.
To me, more Brandin Cooks is better for your offense. Sure the Bengals have only allowed 10 passing touchdowns all season, but Cooks should get his targets because the Saints should want to get the ball in his hands.
Roddy White ($5,500) @ CAR
The Falcons might suck, but Julio Jones and Roddy White remain one of the top wide receiver duos in the league. Jones himself will only set you back $7,000 this week, which is a solid play in itself, but having Roddy for just $5,500 could carry even more value.
Roddy is averaging 19+ fantasy points over his last three games and the Falcons guarantee you they’re passing the ball (that rushing attack/OL is blah).
Against a Carolina defense allowing more than 250 passing yards per game and tied for third-worst with 19 passing touchdowns allowed, Roddy gives you plenty of upside this week.
Kelvin Benjamin ($4,900) v. ATL
Speaking of bad defenses, Atlanta has one too. Somehow the over/under on this game is only 47.5, but perhaps that stems from Cam Newton’s recent struggles.
Kelvin Benjamin bailed us out last week with two late touchdowns, but points are points. He’s the key receiving target in Carolina (alongside tight end Greg Olsen) and the Falcons are bad to the point of Newton getting back on track this Sunday.
Greg Jennings ($5,000) @ CHI
Again taking advantage of the struggling Chicago Bears, Greg Jennings serves as an interesting option this week. Clearly the Bears can’t stop anyone, but a bulk of Jennings’ value stems from his consistency over the past few weeks (13.7, 12.8, 13.6). He appears to be one of Teddy’s most trusted pass-catchers, and he’s good for a handful of catches every game — and against this defense, very capable of a score too.
Pierre Garcon ($4,000) v. TB
This week’s wildcard will be Pierre Garcon. He’s been a huge disappointment this season with DeSean Jackson gobbling up his targets, in addition to the roller coaster ride of a quarterback situation. But good news for Garcon — with RG3 back in the fold, the Washington offense has its most potential, which hopefully reunites the QB/WR duo again for at least a handful of catches per game.
Dwayne Allen ($4,200) v. NE
Yes, Dwayne Allen is very touchdown reliant. But when you have seven touchdowns through nine games, it kind of starts to become a thing.
Admittedly so, starting Allen still rattles me a bit because I’m always waiting for the wheel to tilt the other way, But New England isn’t exactly stout against tight ends and the Colts have other receiving weapons to help spread things out.
Travis Kelce ($4,000) v. SEA
No one but Andy Reid has answers as to why Travis Kelce isn’t more involved, but the big red coach might not have a choice against Seattle this weekend.
Not only is Anthony Fasano (the other, other tight end) questionable for the game with an injury, but the Seahawks secondary feasts on wide receiver groups like the one in Kansas City. By process of elimination, that leaves my main squeeze Travis Kelce to be the Chiefs’ focal point in the passing offense (as he should be no matter the situation, anyway).
Jordan Reed ($3,300) v. TB
Jordan Reed brings lots of upside and is typically a huge part of the Washington offense. However, with RG3 easing his way back in, it’s hard to preach consistency anything close to when Reed gave us 17, 10, and 11 in consecutive weeks. Like Garcon, Reed is a bit of a wildcard play.