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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Tyrod Taylor ($5,200) @ NE
The matchup obviously isn’t ideal, but this is a fair number for a player of TyGOD’s skill and the Patriots are allowing better than 18 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks. If this game — for whatever reason — gets into any kind of shootout, we’ll take our chances there. Remember Taylor’s last game against New England in Week 2? Sure, they picked him off three times, but TyGOD also threw for three scores, ran in a touchdown, and finished with 29 fantasy points.
Derek Carr ($6,300) @ DET
Derek Carr has missed the 22-point mark just three times this season (including one against Cincy in Week 1 and another against Denver in Week 5) and he’s slingin’ the ball a ton. Detroit meanwhile is giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (20+) and the Raiders are a two-point favorite on the road in a high-lined (48.5) game.
Brock Osweiler ($5,000) @ CHI
No need to preach about this shot in the dark, but the Bears are allowing nearly 18 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks, Denver has some receiving weapons, and it’ll only set you back five grand. Chicago coaches are sure to have their own reads on Brock Osweiler, but hey — you get what you pay for, right?
Charcandrick West ($4,500) @ SD
The price here is a bit surprising given Charcandrick hasn’t sunk below 22 points in his last three games. Not to mention, San Diego is allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (26.4). The line in this one (KC giving three on the road) should cause some flirtation on the Chargers side, but a Chiefs blowout victory wouldn’t surprise anyone, right? Gimme all the Charcandrick.
Matt Jones ($4,000) @ CAR
We took a flier on Matt Jones last week against a porous New Orleans defense and wouldn’t ya know it — BAM — 31+ fantasy points. Things aren’t assumed the same this go’round, but Carolina (albeit a very good defense) are actually giving up more than 22 FPPG to opposing rushers, which isn’t great. As mentioned in weeks past, Jones is the most explosive (and fantasy friendly) back in Washington, and he’s the guy called on if/when the Redskins get things going on the ground. And as a bonus, he gives you something in the screen game too (see: last week).
LeGarrette Blount ($5,000) v. BUF
Although LeGarrette Blount plays a different position, the loss of Julian Edelman will force the Patriots to rely on other skill players and that’s where Big Body Blount could come into play. Buffalo is allowing just over 20 FPPG to opposing running backs, which puts them somewhere in the middle of the league, and seemingly something for Blount to work with. It may not be a play to fall in love with, but the price is right.
Rishard Matthews ($4,700) v. DAL
With all the love that’s sure to be poured over Dallas with the expected return of Tony Romo, feel free to play against the grain with this one. Rishard Matthews has created a pretty strong floor for himself and neither team can afford a loss here, so gunning for points we shall have. Matthews is averaging just over 15 FPPG this season, and that’s good enough at this price point.
Brandon LaFell ($4,300) v. BUF
He may have been a disappointment last week (just two catches), but Brandon LaFell receives an uptick at this point for obvious reasons (the loss of Julian Edelman). The Fighting Rex Ryans are allowing more than 32 FPPG to opposing wideouts, which is good for seventh-worse in the league. No one forgot about Rob Gronkowski, but Tom Brady will need his receivers too.
Jamison Crowder ($3,800) @ CAR
I promise it’s not homerism; I just can’t quit Jamison Crowder this season. His price point is entirely too low for how big of a part he plays in the Washington offense and he provides the potential big play YAC on nearly every short throw. With more attention focused on containing DeSean Jackson and keeping him from going over the top, it’s Crowder who’s there to gobble up the low-lying fruit. All day, ya’ll.
Danny Amendola ($4,000) v. BUF
The last time these two teams met, Julian Edelman went in on the Bills with 11 catches and two scores. Edelman is of course injured this time around, but Danny Amendola can step in as a poor man’s version. Awesome price, here.
Jordan Reed ($4,900) @ CAR
Another young stud I can’t help but lush over. Until his price creeps above $5,000, Jordan Reed is an easy play each week regardless of opponent.
Crockett Gillmore ($3,300) v. STL
The receiver group in Baltimore is a mixed bag of day-old bagels, which bodes well for Crockett Gilllmore, and especially so in daily fantasy stuff and things. The price is right and this game could get weird (no surprise here if Baltimore blows the doors off St. Louis).
Eagles ($3,100) v. TB
They’re not necessarily sneaky, but the Eagles defense has been a solid producer this season despite not being talked about too much. They’re one of only a few units averaging double-digits this season and they’re at least $500 less than the others playing this week (Seahawks, Broncos, Rams).
Ravens ($2,700) v. STL
No one’s saying the Ravens are good, but they have the makings of a decent streaming option this week. The total is way low in this one, the Rams are shuffling quarterbacks, and Baltimore has to be beyond pissed off following last week’s game.