Over the next 17 weeks (and into the post-season), I’ll be highlighting some of the best bargains on the best daily site in the industry, FanDuel.
Keep in mind that these suggestions are 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 reflect good choices for head-to-head or 50/50 games.
Jared Goff LAR ($6,500)
Line: LAR -2.5
What? Goff again? Yes, two weeks in a row now and I expect similar results. Last week against the Indianapolis Colts he was good for 21 of his 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. That turned into 16.4 FP out of the quarterback position.
Last week, the Redskins gave up 30 points to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Carson Wentz finished with 307 yards and two scores. With this line, Vegas is saying there are going to be some points rolling in, take advantage while you can.
*Option: Mike Glennon CHI ($6,600)
Tarik Cohen CHI ($5,400)
Line: TBY 7.0
Cohen wont bowl over defenders, but if the man is a great option out of the backfield and will carry the ball in certain situations. He was “gadgeted” in week one. Cohen took snaps as a running back, slot receiver, outside receiver, and in the wildcat as a quarterback. Last week he had five carries for 66 yards, and caught eight balls for another 47 with a score. That amounted to a combined 113 yards of offense and total of 21.3 fantasy points.
Now the Bears will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their horrid defense. They finished 31st in all categories last year. Also, the Bucs are a touchdown favorite, and if that should hold up – look for Cohen to be involved late in garbage time.
Chris Carson SEA ($5,200)
Line: SEA -14
The Seattle Seahawks may not have a choice but to give the ball to rookie Chris Carson. Eddie Lacy is horrible, gaining just three yards on five carries last week and with Thomas Rawls injured and C.J. Prosise a third down back, it leaves Carson. He played well in his debut racking up 39-yards on six carries and catching one pass.
This week the Seahawks take on the poorly staffed San Francisco 49ers defense. San Francisco gave up 116 yards on the ground last week to a similar offense as Seattle, the Carolina Panthers. If Seattle is dominating as they should, (14-point favorites) they will keep it on the ground, meaning a garbage time fest for Carson.
*Option: James White NEP ($5,700)
Allen Hurns, JAC ($5,600)
Line: TEN -2.0
Allen Hurns will replace Allen Robinson in the lineup as the former Pro-Bowl player tore his ACL and will be out for the season. Sorry, I know that stings. Hurns has shown that he can be a dominant player when given the chance. In his first two seasons he caught 115 passes for 201 yards and 16 touchdowns. Last year, he fell off the map and lost his job to Marqise Lee. Now it’s time for redemption. Against Houston he caught four passes for 42 yards.
Mostly what I like about Hurns this season is the addition of Leonard Fournette. The bruising running backs makes defenders stack the box. This should leave Hurns in the clear against the 18th-ranked passing defense of the Tennessee Titans. I’m not a big fan of the over/under in this game and the two-point separation is also meaning a close game throughout, but Hurns should score in this game.
Cooper Kupp, LAR ($5,400)
Line: LAR -2.5
I like this stack play with Jared Goff against the Washington Redskins. Last week Kupp was clean on four of his six targets and totaled 76 yards and a touchdown. Even though I think Kupp is more of a PPR player than a standard, he should still get some secondary looks behind Sammy Watkins.
The defense of the Redskins is not much better, if at all better, than the Indianapolis Colts. The Rams are favorites, but I think that more of an over-reaction from Vegas, after last week’s victory. Those 45 over/under points are very tasty indeed.
J.J. Nelson, ARI ($5,300)
Line: ARI -7.0
The Arizona Cardinals draw the Indianapolis Colts this week, and if you saw the Rams tear them up, the Cardinals should do nearly the same, if not better. Out of the group of receivers, J.J. Nelson is the best for this kind of DFS play option. I have talking him up all off-season, and last week against the Detroit Lions he caught five passes on six targets for 43-yards and a touchdown.
Look for him to keep rolling this week in Indianapolis. Nelson will have to put up most of his points before the fourth quarter, as Arizona is a touchdown favorite. Without David Johnson, the Cards may utilize the air game more in the red zone to help offset a potential blow out.
*Option Adam Thielen ($5,800)
Coby Fleener, NOS ($5,300)
Line: NEP -6.5
As long as Willie Snead is suspended, Coby Fleener will have more opportunities to capitalize. After last week he earned that, and Drew Brees targeted the talented tight end six times against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Fleener pulled in five of those for 54-yards and a score.
His touchdown was an excellent catch of concentration off a very pretty pass from Brees. He went up and snared it right about the reaching hands of the defender. This game should have plenty of scoring, as Vegas has the over/under at a high of 56 points, and there is no reason that Fleener can’t capitalize.
*Option: Cameron Brate TBY ($5,300)