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. Stats provided by FanDuel.
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Case Keenum, MIN ($6,800)
Line: MIN -2.0
Sam Bradford dominating in the Vikings offense was somewhat surprising, but Case Keenum? The veteran will get another go at it this week while Bradford is mending that bone bruise. He did struggle against a Pittsburgh passing defense in week two before busting out against the Buccaneers last week for 369 yards and three touchdowns. In week four, Keenum will get another soft defense in the Detroit Lions. He should be just as good as he was against Tampa Bay, but expect fewer yards and possibly one less touchdown.
*Option: Jacoby Brissett, IND ($6,700)
Joe Mixon, CIN ($5,600)
Line: CIN -3.0
Any time that I see a cheap buy against a defense that is just rotten, I jump on it. Usually, it’s not a great plan for GPP, but with someone like Joe Mixon, people are likely to stay away because of the crowded backfield in Cincinnati. However, I see Mixon climbing the charts and getting more playing time as this season has progressed. Last week, he had 18 carries for 62 yards and three receptions for 39 yards against a solid defense in the Green Bay Packers. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is a big reason why this change may have taken place. Mixon doesn’t have the greatest numbers, but at this price he should be able to capitalize against the 14th ranked defense of the Browns.
Jamaal Charles, DEN ($5,800)
Line: DEN -3.0
Do you hear that creaking sound? It’s the footsteps of Jamaal Charles surpassing C.J. Anderson in carries and touches. Charles has flashed visions of his old-self, and is just as dangerous around the goal line. Last week, against Buffalo, he carried nine times and gained 56-yards and added one catch. He also scored a touchdown, using his fantastic balance, and one-cut ability to slash through the defense for his first score of the season on a 12-yard run. It won’t be a sure thing for Charles to be a bell cow, and I don’t think Denver wants that anyway, but he is getting the touches over Anderson near the goal line, and enough carries to make his price tag well worth the purchase. Plus, the Raiders defense has struggled against the rush, ranking only 21st.
*Option: Bilal Powell, NYJ ($6,100)
Kenny Golladay, DET ($5,500)
Line: MIN -2.0
Kenny Golladay was a huge rage up and through preseason. When game one of the regular season was here, he torched the Arizona Cardinals for 69 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions. Since then, in the last two-weeks, he has only three catches for 33 yards and zero touchdowns. How big a difference? That was a week one fantasy point total of 20.9 compared to the total of the next two weeks of 4.8, Yikes! Now the Lions will be facing the Minnesota Vikings, and their defensive backfield has not been up to task. At this point they are 29th and with Golladay’s speed, he could torch them for a deep score. Add a few receptions in there and you have something outpacing his cheap price tag.
Devin Funchess, CAR ($5,400)
Line: NE -9.5
Cam Newton is struggling to be the quarterback he is not. Carolina has the shackles on his running and his short game is not great, but it’s nothing too shocking to any one paying attention to his play over the years. Now, Panthers will face the putrid defense of the New England Patriots. New England ranks last in both pass and overall, and 26th against the run. Look for Newton to try to use Funchess in more of a possession receiver role this week. Against New Orleans, he was targeted ten times and hauled in four passes for 58-yards in the blowout loss. Most of these came after Kelvin Benjamin departing the game. Benjamin does return this week, but, I still think Funchess is going to play a key role here. His price tag is well worth it too.
Terrance Williams, DAL ($4,700)
Line: DAL -6.5
In a game that should yield many points, look for Terrance Williams to be active in the passing game. In two of his three games, he has scored 6.2 and 9.8 FP while averaging 6.6 FP per game. With his price tag, those points are good enough. Last week he caught three of four passes for 47-yards and he should match that this week as well. He is not someone many shoot for just because he is so pedestrian. His 13 receptions on the season is 28th in the league, so he is doing something right.
*Option Taylor Gabriel, ATL ($5,500)
Jesse James, PIT ($5,100)
Line: PIT -3.0
Let’s face it, Ben Roethlisberger loves his tight ends. Jesse James is his tight end and only at $5,100 he should be yours too. On the season, he has 87-yards receiving (17th) 12 receptions (11th) and is second in touchdowns with two. In result, James is putting up verge starting tight end numbers. There are 16 tight ends above him and only six are averaging a higher FP score.
*Option: Evan Engram ($5,200)