It was another day of hits and misses for our daily fantasy picks last Sunday.
Blaine Gabbert was a quality play at quarterback for quite a cheap price, throwing for three touchdowns for just $US4,900. Unfortunately, we missed our pick in “Patriots running back roulette,” with Dion Lewis beating out James White as the man with the ball as New England ran up the score on the Raiders.
This week, we’re back at it, trying to identify the best, affordable players for your DraftKings lineup. Everyone wants to load their teams with studs sure to light up the box score, but it’s finding the undervalued players that allows you to max out your budget on the likes of Kareem Hunt and Tom Brady this week.
Below we’ve picked some of our best value plays for daily fantasy this week. Consider them when trying to find a few extra dollars to upgrade elsewhere in your lineup.
QB: Marcus Mariota, $US6,300
In the Titans first game against the Colts this year, Mariota threw for 306 yards and a touchdown. To that total, the Titans added five field goals. Should Tennessee be able to convert on more of their scoring possessions, Mariota could easily find himself as a top five quarterback play this week.
RB: Joe Mixon, $US4,400
Joe Mixon has found the end zone in two of his last three games, and against a Browns team that tends to beat itself, expect the Bengals to keep the ball on the ground in an attempt to limit their own mistakes.
RB: C.J. Anderson, $US3,900
C.J. Anderson has lost a portion of his carries to up-and-coming Devontae Booker, but against a Raiders defence that is giving up more yards than you can count, he should still be a solid play even with limited touches.
WR: Cooper Kupp, $US5,000
Cooper Kupp has emerged as one of Jared Goff’s favourite targets this season, and you can expect him to see the ball plenty in a game against the Saints that feels like a lock to be a shootout.
WR: Eric Decker, $US3,500
If you’re looking for a good player to pair with Mariota at quarterback, Eric Decker is cheap this week, and is due to find the end zone some time soon.
WR: Torrey Smith, $US3,300
The Eagles passing offence has been unstoppable this season, and against a struggling Bears team they’re expected to air it out once again. While it’s tough to predict who will break out as Philadelphia’s star receiver on a game-to-game basis, Smith is a cheap flyer who could be good for a touchdown or a few long receptions.
TE: Jack Doyle, $US4,500
It’s an odd week for tight ends this week, but Jack Doyle is a reliable, not all that expensive option and had seven receptions including a touchdown the last time the Colts met the Titans.
DEF: Browns, $US2,500
Despite being winless on the year, the Browns defence has been nothing to sneeze at of late, and is currently ranked 13th in the NFL according to Football Outsider’s Defensive DVOA. The Bengals aren’t exactly an offence that strikes fear in the hearts of opponents.