During the entire season (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. Stats provided by FanDuel.
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Jacoby Brissett, IND ($6,500)
Line: CLE -1.5
I watched the Colts game last week and I came away impressed with Brissett. He was not erratic on too many throws and many of his incompletions came from the fact that Indianapolis receivers decided they didn’t want to catch the ball. He should be even more comfortable with the playbook this week, which should open things up for him. In the six quarters Brissett has been under center, he has completed 22-of-40 passes for 267-yards and thrown just one interception. I also like the fact he can run with the ball. On the season, he has six carries for 22 yards. Look for him to get his first touchdown against Cleveland and 300+ total yards.
*Secondary Option: DeShone Kizer CLE ($6,900)
Chris Thompson, WAS ($5,600)
Line: OAK -3.0
The Raiders are only three-point favorites in this game, but I like what Chris Thompson has done with the football this season. Washington has used him in a variety of ways and the PPR system is in effect with FanDuel. Thompson has three touchdowns already on the year, two of them have been rushing. He is 14th in receptions (7) and ninth in targets (12) for running backs as well. Don’t look for many carries out of him, which is his biggest knock. He has only six totes on the season, but he has turned those into 81 rushing yards. Oakland has the 19th ranked defense against the run and 12th against the pass, so look for Thompson to exploit that.
Ameer Abdullah, DET ($6,100)
Line: ATL -3.0
I debated between both Ameer Abdullah and Chris Carson, but Carson’s lack of history with receptions is what made the bigger difference to me. Also, Detroit and Atlanta should be a pinball game. Vegas says the over/under is 50 points, whereas Carson’s game has an over/under at 42. So, we will spend an extra $100 and go with Abdullah. The Falcons defense is ranked at #16 for rushing defense, but 25th against the pass. Abdullah is also middle of the pack in rushing yards with 116 (16th), and with 32 carries he also finishes middle the road (13th). He only has three receptions this year, which is more due to Theo Riddick than his inability. I expect at least one reception against the Falcons. Against the Giants he rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries (5.05 yards per carry). He should duplicate this effort and could break off a long distance score. At this cost, it’s worth the risk.
*Secondary Option: Chris Carson SEA ($6,000)
Rashard Higgins, CLE ($5,100)
Line: TEN -1.5
The Colts defense is a disaster and that means Cleveland could have the ball a lot and put up points. It isn’t a highly touted warfare type of game as Vegas is only giving this game an over/under of 42 points with a point and a half to Cleveland. However, Corey Coleman is out for many games, and this should open the door for “Hollywood” Higgins to do some damage. The Colts haven’t been able to stop anyone and Kizer will look often toward his new number one receiver. Higgins scored 13.4 FP against a much tougher defense in Baltimore. Look for more of the same.
Kendall Wright, CHI ($5,600)
Line: LAR -7.5
The Chicago Bears have been decimated by injuries at the wide receiver position and their quarterback (Mike Glennon) seems to play at the same mediocre level all the time. Still, one needs to rely on the other and we saw that happened when Glennon took on his old team in Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Wright was successful and scored 10.4 FP. He has ten receptions on the season (16th) on 14 targets (22nd) but he has not scored a touchdown. Wright only has 100-yards on those ten receptions (31st). The Steelers are an obvious favorite in this game and Vegas think they should win by at least a touchdown, which means garbage points down the stretch for Wright and his owners.
Brandon Coleman, NO ($5,500)
Line: CAR -5.5
This should be a high scoring game for both Carolina and New Orleans as Vegas has the score set at 46.5 points, which is one of the top over/under placements. Coleman did some good damage against the New England Patriots, catching four passes on six targets for 82 yards and a touchdown (16.2 FP). The Patriots defense has been swiss cheese for the most part this season. The Panthers are a different story as they have solidified a unit that was awful last season. Still, the Saints can score on anyone. After the solid game against the Vikings, he saw his playing time increase, as he was on the field for 89% of the snaps – that should continue. Against Minnesota, Coleman scored 2.3 FP, but he should do more damage against Carolina. I see a middle ground between the Patriots and Vikings. Look for eight or nine FP out of the young receiver.
*Secondary Option Kenny Golladay ($5,900)
Eric Ebron, DET ($5,300)
Line: ATL -3.0
Eric Ebron was heavily targeted against the New York Giants last week and it paid off as he caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford continued to look his way and it paid off. He led the Lions in all major receiving categories. This week he will face the Atlanta Falcons and they are struggling against the pass. Ranking 25th, Stafford should go to his tight end again in this matchup and his 12.7 FP against the Giants are definitely in reach against the Falcons.
*Option: Evan Engram ($5,100)