Last week was a pretty good one for bargains as Josh McCown, Justin Forsett, Dion Lewis, Todd Gurley, James Jones, Willie Snead and Tyler Eifert all played well and outperformed their salaries.
Keep in mind that these suggestions are made for GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments with more 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.
Matthew Stafford, QB DET
It may sound crazy to suggest Stafford ($6,900) as a potential bargain after he threw three interceptions and was benched for the super-talented Dan Orlovsky last week, but there’s reason to believe he may be in for a bounce back performance.
Over the last three weeks Stafford and the Lions have faced three tough passing defenses in Denver, Seattle and Arizona – who have allowed 12 touchdown passes combined in 15 games this season. This week Detroit faces the Bears defense that has already given up 11 touchdown passes in five games.
While I’m not a big fan of Stafford as a dynasty quarterback, I have no problem playing him on FanDuel in week six. He’s a worthy option for those looking for a bargain under center.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB MIN
Although Bridgewater ($6,600) hasn’t looked particularly sharp early on this season, averaging just 194 passing yards per game and throwing just two touchdowns through the first four weeks, he has a delicious matchup this week against the Chiefs this week and had the extra week to prepare as the Vikings are coming off their bye. Kansas City has been the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks, giving up 311 passing yards per game and 13 touchdowns through five games.
Rostering Bridgewater is extremely risky but as the 26th highest priced quarterback, doing so could free up a lot of cap space to bolster your roster elsewhere.
Other Options: Andy Dalton ($7,600) and Blake Bortles ($7,300)
Eddie Lacy, RB GB
Lacy ($7,300) still hasn’t had a 100-yard game this year and hasn’t found the end zone since week one. Fantasy owners everywhere are souring on him and his price on daily sites is plummeting. Now’s the time to take advantage.
After being listed with a top-three salary at his position earlier in the season, Lacy is now listed as the 11th highest salary on FanDuel. With a cupcake matchup this week against a San Diego defense allowing 121 rushing yards per game to running backs and has given up five rushing touchdowns to the position on the year, Lacy is nearly a lock for 100-yards and a score in week six. He’s my favorite bargain at running back and is well worth the investment.
Charcandrick West, RB KC
West ($6,200) is sure to be on most bargain lists this week after the injury to Jamaal Charles but he has to be mentioned here.
Although Knile Davis ($5,500) is still in Kansas City and will be in the conversation for carries, all signs point to West getting the first shot at starting for the Chiefs. Facing a Minnesota defense that is allowing 4.7 yards per carry and 110 rushing yards per game to running backs, he has a quality matchup.
Although West may be owned by many hoping to capitalize on his low price, he’s certainly worth considering when putting together GPP lineups.
Shane Vereen, RB NYG
Although Vereen ($5,600) hasn’t been great so far in 2015, he’s coming off his best game of the season with 110-yards from scrimmage and scored his first touchdown of the season against the 49ers on Sunday night.
This week he faces the Eagles (who have been good against opposing running backs), but Vereen being listed as a bargain this week is less about matchup and more about opportunity. The top three wideouts for the Giants, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz, are struggling with injuries and there’s a possibility that Vereen could enter their matchup this week as New York’s best and most accomplished pass catcher.
The Giants are at their best when Vereen is part of the game plan. He should touch the ball 15-times against the Eagles and makes for a great bottom of the barrel option at running back on FanDuel.
C.J. Spiller, RB NO
Spiller ($5,300) is another extremely risky play because he’s not seeing the field nearly as much as he should be. His matchup is extremely good this week, however, as he faces the Falcons on Thursday night, who are allowing more than 10 catches and 90 receiving yards per game to running backs.
Although he hasn’t touched the ball more than seven times in a game this year, it’s only a matter of time until Sean Payton realizes he needs to use his best pass catching running back.
Sure to have an extremely low ownership percentage, Spiller could be a nice contrarian play this week.
Other Options: Danny Woodhead ($6,000), Ameer Abdullah ($5,900) and Duke Johnson ($5,900)
Donte Moncrief, WR IND
[inlinead]After a so-so game in week four against the Jaguars and an absolute bummer last Thursday against the Texans, Moncrief ($6,200) has had his price tag go down to the point where he’s a bargain once again. That comes just in time for Andrew Luck to return to the lineup.
In Luck’s three starts this year, Moncrief has averaged 5.6 catches for 66.7 yards and caught a touchdown in each of those games. Now the two of them will match up with New England’s defense who is allowing big numbers to receivers.
While I won’t be forcing Moncrief into my tournament lineups, he’s a nice option considering the price.
Allen Robinson, WR JAX
Robinson ($6,700) is coming off a strong game against the Buccaneers where he caught seven of nine targets for 72 yards and two scores and this week he, as well as running mate Allen Hurns ($6,500), get a nice matchup against the Texans defense that has given up big games to Mike Evans (seven catches for 101 yards), Leonard Hankerson (six for 103 yards and a touchdown) and Andre Johnson (six for 77 yards and two scores) over the last few weeks.
Both Jacksonville receivers should be considered bargains at less than $7,000 this week.
James Jones, WR GB
Despite another big touchdown catch in week five, Jones’ ($6,600) price didn’t go up a cent. Averaging 15.78 fantasy points per game so far this year, he should be priced above $7,000. I can’t figure out why he’s still such a bargain but I’m happy to take the savings again this week.
The Chargers’ defense has been very strong against opposing wide outs but I’ll trust Aaron Rodgers to continue to feed his favorite deep threat. Don’t be surprised when Jones once again posts 15-plus points and outscores his salary.
Kamar Aiken, WR BAL
Aiken ($6,000) looked good in week five, catching four passes for 78 yards, and now has three solid outings on the season of at least four catches for 77 yards in each. This week he faces the 49ers’ defense that has struggled to stop opposing receivers all year.
Some may shy away from Aiken if teammate Steve Smith ($6,700) returns from injury but that may not be a good reason to avoid him. After all, two of those solid outings came with Smith lined up on the other side of the formation.
Whether Smith is active or not, Aiken is worth consideration against the 49ers’ Swiss cheese pass defense.
Danny Amendola, WR NE
If you’re looking for an extremely cheap option for your third wide receiver spot this week, Amendola ($4,800) is worth consideration. Although he caught just two passes for six yards last week against the Cowboys, he could’ve had a much bigger stat line had he not had two big plays called back due to penalty.
Because Amendola played just 31 of the Patriots’ 60 snaps in week five, it’s difficult to rely on him. But it appears he should be in line for a handful of targets against the Colts’ shaky pass defense which puts him on the radar of daily players looking for GPP bargains.
Other Options: Jordan Matthews ($6,600), John Brown ($6,100), Willie Snead ($5,900) DeSean Jackson ($5,700) if he plays and Marquess Wilson ($5,400) if Alshon Jeffery doesn’t.
Tyler Eifert, TE CIN
For those looking to fade Rob Gronkowski ($8,200) but still wanting the chance at elite production, look no further than Eifert ($6,000). Despite being the second highest scoring tight end on FanDuel this year (14.46 per game), he’s still listed as just the fifth highest priced option at the position.
Buffalo’s defense has firmed up against tight ends since giving up a pair of touchdowns in week one and two but that shouldn’t keep anybody from rostering Eifert.
Antonio Gates, TE SD
Gates ($5,500) looked sharp on Monday night coming off the suspension and the Packers have historically struggled against quality tight ends, including allowing nice games to Martellus Bennett (five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown) and Travis Kelce (six for 80 yards) this year.
The San Diego offense should be playing from behind and forced to throw on Sunday and it’s clear that Philip Rivers still trusts the 35-year old Gates to be a playmaker. He should be targeted early and often against the Packers.
Other options: Martellus Bennett ($5,800) and Jacob Tamme ($5,100)
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