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Week six presents many opportunities for bargain hunters playing on FanDuel. We’ve had some success uncovering them over the first five weeks. Let’s try to do the same for this weekend’s slate of games.
Keep in mind that these suggestions are made for GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments with more than 50 participants where players are looking for bargains to fill out their lineups after already inserting their “studs” for the week. Many of them are risky plays and shouldn’t necessarily be considered in head to head or 50/50 games.
Eli Manning, QB NYG
Since completing just 18-of-33 passes for 163 yards and tossing two interceptions in week one (and looking absolutely dreadful in the preseason), Manning ($7,200 on FanDuel) has thrown multiple touchdowns in each of the last four weeks and averaged more than 250 yards per contest over that span. This week he faces the Philadelphia defense that is giving up 274 yards per game through the air and has allowed a league high 13 touchdown passes.
Despite his improving numbers and tasty matchup against the Eagles in week six, Manning’s listed as just the #18 highest priced quarterback this week. He’s the best bargain among signal callers on FanDuel this weekend and will be in many of my lineups.
Charlie Whitehurst, QB TEN
After Jake Locker ($6,800) went out of the Titans’ week five game against the Browns, Whitehurst ($6,700) played well, completing 13 of 21 passes for 194 yards and a pair of scores in just over a half of play. At this point, it’s questionable if Locker be ready for Tennessee’s week six tilt with the Jaguars’ last-ranked defense that is giving up more than 300 yards passing per game and allowed a dozen touchdowns.
There’s also rumors swirling that Zach Mettenberger ($5,200) could get the nod under center for the Titans which would be just as good or better for those looking for a FanDuel bargain. No matter who gets the start this weekend for Tennessee, they’re worth consideration in a dreamy matchup.
Other Options: Mike Glennon ($6,400) and Teddy Bridgewater ($5,900)
Lamar Miller, RB MIA
The last time Miller ($6,900) took the field he faced Oakland, the league’s second-worst defense in the league and came through with two touchdowns. This week he gets even nicer matchup, facing the Packers who rank last in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (160) and are allowing 4.6 yards per carry while giving up six scores on the ground.
The latest out of Miami suggests that Knowshon Moreno ($6,700) may return from his elbow injury to play this weekend against Green Bay. Even if he does, he’ll likely be eased back into the rotation which should give the speedy Miller a majority of the carries and I’d expect close to 100-yards and at least one score from the Dolphins’ starter.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB IND
Bradshaw ($6,200) has been featured regularly in this article and has proven to be a bargain nearly every week. He’s averaging more than 80 yards from scrimmage per week and 14.2 fantasy points per game on FanDuel.
In week five Bradshaw got more touches than Trent Richardson for the first time this year which could signify a changing of the guard in the Indianapolis’ backfield. He’s already the preferred option in the passing game and around the goal line and this week, the Colts face the Texans who have given up 233 total yards and 16 receptions to tailbacks over the last two weeks.
It seems to me that the Colts are ready to give a lion’s share of the touches out of the backfield to Bradshaw and if that’s true, this week may be the last chance to get him under $7,000 on FanDuel.
Branden Oliver, RB SD
[inlinead]I also featured Oliver ($6,200) in this week’s edition of the Rookie Report Card. If you read it, you know that I think he’s here to stay.
After Donald Brown went down with a concussion on Sunday, Oliver shined. He ran for 114 yards on 19 carries (6.0 yards per carry) and hauled in four passes for 68 yards and two total touchdowns.
This week, Oliver and the Chargers face Oakland’s putrid rush defense that is giving up nearly 160 yards per game to tailbacks and five total touchdowns through four games. Even if Brown returns from his concussion in time to play this week, Oliver should be featured both in the running game and passing attack. He’s in line for 20-plus touches on Sunday so feel good putting him in your lineup as your RB2 on FanDuel. I souldn’t be surprised if he scores as many fantasy points this week as he did in week five.
Other options: Justin Forsett ($6,300), Andre Williams ($6,300), C.J. Anderson ($5,200) and Storm Johnson ($4,800)
Victor Cruz, WR NYG
After back-to-back 100-yard games against Houston and Washington, Cruz ($6,800) was held to just 22 yards on three receptions in week five against the Falcons. He played third fiddle behind Rueben Randle ($5,900) and rookie Odell Beckham ($6,000) but that shouldn’t continue in week six against the Eagles defense that is giving up nearly 200 receiving yards per game and allowed eight touchdowns to wide outs so far this year.
The Giants’ offense has looked good in recent weeks and Cruz is due to explode at any point. I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes this week in Philly, where he’s averaged more than 100-yards per game and scored three times over the last three years.
Wes Welker, WR DEN
The Jets are giving have given up 12 touchdowns through the air so far in 2014 and Peyton Manning has thrown a dozen of his own. All that adds up to is the Broncos dominating through the air once again in week six and daily players will want a piece of that action.
Welker ($6,800) is the cheapest among Manning’s receivers and has been targeted 18 times in the last two games but hasn’t found the end zone yet this year. That could change this week as the Jets have given up five touchdowns to receivers out of the slot. Welker could flirt with double-digit catches this week and if he’s the preferred target in the red zone, he could prove to be a huge bargain on FanDuel on Sunday.
Golden Tate, WR DET
So far through five games this year, the Lions are putting the ball in the air more than 35 times per game. Tate ($6,400) is already leading the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards and is coming off back-to-back games with at least seven catches and 116 yards. Now with all signs out of Detroit pointing to Calvin Johnson sitting out this week against the Vikings, those numbers may balloon even more.
Brian Quick, WR STL
Quick ($6,300) was listed here a week ago and delivered five catches for 87 yards and two scores against the Eagles. Considering his big game on Sunday and that he’s scored in consecutive games, it was a bit of a surprise that his price only rose by $300.
Quick’s matchup this week with the 49ers’ secondary that is giving up just 216 yards per game through the air isn’t ideal, but they’ve also allowed nine touchdown passes on the season. No matter the opposition, I like riding the hot hand and Quick qualifies. He makes for a nice value in week six.
Devin Hester, WR ATL
All signs point to Hester ($6,200) having a massive game in week six, the most obvious being him facing his former team. The ex-Bear went nuts against the Buccaneers in week three for two touchdowns and that was just against his former head coach, Lovie Smith. Imagine how jacked he must be to take on Chicago on Sunday.
On top of the personal motivation that Hester has, Roddy White is banged up which should give him a few more opportunities as a receiver and the game will be played on the fast track that is the Georgia Dome which does nothing but boost his big play ability. When you consider that Hester shouldn’t be highly owned in most tournaments and that Vegas expects the Falcons’ matchup with the Bears to be highest scoring game of the week, it’s easy to consider Hester for your WR3 spot on FanDuel.
Other Options: Kelvin Benjamin ($6,600), Mike Wallace ($6,500) and Justin Hunter ($5,900)
Martellus Bennett, TE CHI
One lousy game where Bennett ($5,900) catches three balls for just 17 yards and his price drops by $1,400? That’s crazy! His price was $7,300 just one week ago so we’re probably looking at the bargain of the week right here.
Before last week, Bennett had between 13.2 and 19.9 fantasy points in each of the Bears’ first four games. He entered week five as one of the top scoring tight ends in fantasy football and my bet is his week six stat line reverts back to those of his first four. Play Bennett with confidence this weekend – I know I will.
Charles Clay, TE MIA
Clay ($4,900) has been a bit of a disappointment this year, only catching 14 passes for 111 yards. A knee injury has slowed him over the first month of the season but coming off a bye, he should be as healthy as he’s been all year.
Clay caught 69 balls for 759 yards and six touchdowns a year ago and is far too talented to continue at his current pace. He’s a risky play this weekend but he won’t be very highly owned this weekend and could prove to be a steal against the Packers defense that is vulnerable in the middle of the field. It’s kind of a gut feeling, but I’m going to find room for Clay in a couple lineups this weekend.
Other options: Zach Ertz ($5,200)
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