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Last week was a good week for daily bargains and week 13 presents another opportunity to capitalize.
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
Manning ($7,200) is coming off his best game of the season on Sunday night against the Cowboys. He completed 29 of 40 passes for 338 yards and a trio of touchdowns in the game and now has a juicy matchup against the Jaguars this week. With Odell Beckham Jr now taking over as a true number one receiving threat and Rashad Jennings finally looking healthy in the backfield, Manning has the weapons to put up respectable numbers. He should be good for 280-plus passing yards and multiple scores against the Jags.
Drew Stanton, QB ARI
Stanton ($6,500) is coming off a dreadful performance against the Seahawks in Seattle where he completed just 14 passes for only 149 yards and no touchdowns despite playing from behind for nearly the entire game. Instead of playing the Legion of Boom in Seattle this week, he gets to take on Atlanta’s dreadful pass defense. He’s a risky play as his downside is under 200-passing yards and no scores, but his upside is 250-plus passing yards and multiple scores. With his low price creating cap space for some big time playmakers, he may be worth the risk.
Other Options: Zach Mettenberger ($7,000), Shaun Hill ($6,200) and Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,000)
Tre Mason, RB STL
Mason ($6,000) has now handled the rock at least 17 times in each of the last four games. Although he hasn’t turned those touches into any huge fantasy days, he’s been good despite playing some of the toughest defenses in the league against tailbacks. This week though, he faces the Raiders who are allowing 116.9 rushing yards per game to tailbacks and have given up some big numbers in the passing game to running backs in the last handful of weeks. Mason hasn’t found pay dirt since week seven. That drought should end on Sunday at home against Oakland. He’s my favorite value play of the weekend in the backfield and his price will help make room for Le’Veon Bell ($9,200), who has a dynamite matchup against the Saints this week and is my favorite overall running back for week 13.
Dan Herron, RB IND
Listed in this space a week ago, Herron ($5,800) came through with 96 yards from scrimmage and 12.1 fantasy points on FanDuel. While that output certainly didn’t win anybody a million bucks, it was a sign that the Colts plan on trusting Herron to take over for Ahmad Bradshaw as their primary receiving back and part-time ball carrier. This week he’ll take on the Redskins’ defense that has been good against the run but allowed some big plays to pass catchers out of the backfield. Herron will have to make a big play in the passing game to make a big impact for fantasy owners, but I wouldn’t bet against him to do just that.
Terrence West, RB CLE
In week 12 I was high on Isaiah Crowell ($6,900) because he carried the lowest price tag among Browns tailbacks and he came through with 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This week, West ($5,400) is the bargain in the Cleveland backfield despite getting more touches on Sunday than Crowell. Although I think Crowell is by far the more talented runner, the Browns’ coaching staff seems hell bent on splitting carries between the two. It could very well be West getting into the end zone this week against Buffalo’s tough run defense.
Other options: Denard Robinson ($7,200), Fred Jackson ($6,400), Darren Sproles ($6,000) and Jerrick McKinnon ($5,500).
Mohamed Sanu, WR CIN
I highlighted Sanu ($7,000) here last week and although he scored in the first quarter and put up good numbers, he didn’t have the big game I was expecting. This week he’ll get another chance against Tampa Bay’s secondary that is among the worst in the league stopping the pass and allowing 175 passing yards per game to receivers. The Buccaneers will likely do everything they can to slow down A.J. Green which should free up Sanu to make an impact.
John Brown, WR ARI
With Larry Fitzgerald nursing a knee injury and Michael Floyd ($6,800) being held under three receptions in six of the Cardinals’ 11 games so far (including two where he was shut out), Brown ($6,500) is most attractive receiver in the desert for daily players. The Falcons’ pass defense is awful and Brown has been the most consistent receiver for the Cards over the last few weeks. My bet is that the speedy wide out comes through with a nice game on the fast track that is the Georgia Dome turf on Sunday.
Charles Johnson, WR MIN
Johnson’s ($6,300) is another name that was listed here a week ago. He seems to be the preferred target of rookie Teddy Bridgewater over the last two weeks and this week he gets to face Carolina’s Swiss cheese pass defense. Last week Johnson was on the field for all but two of the Vikings’ offensive snaps against the Packers and he’s led Minnesota receivers in both targets and receptions in consecutive weeks. Now he’s fulfilling some of the potential he’s had since entering the league a year ago and it seems like a good bet that he’ll build on his success in week 13 against the Panthers.
Markus Wheaton, WR PIT
Wheaton ($5,300) is a bit of a dart board throw coming off a one catch for six yards effort before the bye but he has a tasty matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed big games to Steve Smith, A.J. Green, Anquan Boldin, Randall Cobb and Golden Tate over the last handful of weeks. Wheaton isn’t in the same class as any of those receivers, but if you’re looking for a lightly owned cheap option as your WR3, he could be your guy.
Marqise Lee, WR JAX
Lee ($4,800) is another bottom of the barrel option at receiver who carries upside. With Allen Robinson out of the lineup due to a broken foot, Lee has taken over as Jacksonville’s number three receiver. He hauled in just three passes in week 12 against the Colts but one of them was an impressive slant late in the game where he burst through Indy’s secondary for 37-yards and came within inches of scoring. He played 35 of the Jags’ 55 offensive snaps and looked like the most explosive receiver on their roster. With them clearly looking towards 2015 at this point, they should give Lee a chance to show what he can do.
A breakout game is coming for Lee and it very well could be this week against the Giants. Those looking for an incredibly cheap WR3 could do much worse.
Other Options: Kenny Britt ($6,500), Marquez Colston ($6,000) and Andre Johnson ($6,300)
Jason Witten, TE DAL
If you’re playing on FanDuel on Thanksgiving, Witten ($5,700) makes for an excellent value at tight end. Coming off back-to-back games where he scored, he now gets to face the Eagles that have been ravaged by injuries at linebacker. Although Witten’s no longer the force he once was and hasn’t had more than 70 receiving yards in a game this year, he looks like an excellent start in week 13 and the best option for those the three game slate on FanDuel on turkey day.
Travis Kelce, TE KC
The Broncos are among the worst defenses in the league when it comes to stopping the tight end, allowing more than 60 yards per game and six total touchdowns including four in the last four weeks to the position. Head coach Andy Reid has finally come around and made Kelce ($5,300) a fulltime player. He’s been on the field for 95% of the Chiefs’ plays over the last two weeks and is once again looking like a TE1. The Chiefs will have to air it out to keep pace with Denver this week so Kelce’s sure to get some action on Sunday night. If you’re going to stay away from Rob Gronkowski ($7,700) or Jimmy Graham ($7,500), Kelce is a good option.
Other options: Tim Wright ($5,400) and Kyle Rudolph ($5,000)
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