Each week I search for the cheapest viable options for your FanDuel lineups at every position. The plays are geared toward cash games unless otherwise indicated and I do try to use a price ceiling of $6500 for QB, $6000 for RB/WR, and $5500 for TE insomuch as possible. For Thanksgiving, I’ll give one player for the Thursday only slate and one for Sunday-Monday at each position.
Mark Sanchez $6700: I am not a fan of Mark Sanchez and everyone knows it. He’s a great opportunity for opposing defenses, to be sure, but he also manages to be fantasy relevant most of the time. Detroit isn’t a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and this game is looking like a close one according to the Vegas line. Try to focus on the stuffing instead of the turnovers and just count the fantasy points at the end of the day.
Josh McCown $6300: Baltimore is a disaster right now on offense and their defense is the second best in terms of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. That should spell plenty of time of possession and opportunity for McCown to meet value. He’s averaging over 40 passing attempts in the six full games he’s played with multiple touchdowns in five of those.
Darren Sproles $5000: I maintain that the Eagles offense is more effective with Sproles in it, and the fact that Ryan Mathews is not progressing well through the concussion protocol bodes well for his increased usage on Thanksgiving. Detroit is the softest running back matchup of the day, but with the inconsistency of the Eagles run game, I expect ownership of both Sproles and Murray to be lower than it should be. It’s encouraging that one of Sanchez’ two touchdowns last week went to Sproles.
Thomas Rawls $6300: Rawls will be a popular play this week, but buyer beware: Pittsburgh has only allowed two rushing touchdowns to opposing backs and gives up the fewest fantasy points to the position. He was great last Sunday, and the job is clearly his, but a repeat performance seems unlikely.
Spencer Ware $6100: Also sure to be a popular play as the Chiefs running back roulette continues, Ware looked great against the Chargers. I maintain that most of my RotoWorld colleagues would look great against the Chargers too. That isn’t to say that Ware won’t find success against a Buffalo defense that has allowed six rushing touchdowns over its last six games and now ranks 15th in fantasy points allowed to RBs.
Devin Funchess $5900: There has been an opportunity in the Carolina receiving corps and Funchess appears to be grabbing it. With Cam Newton having an MVP season, there is a need for Funchess to continue to step up to keep defenses honest. In the past three games he’s caught two touchdowns and seen 14 targets over that span, including eight in Week 11.
Robert Woods $5100: Tyrod Taylor hasn’t really locked on to any one receiver, and doesn’t have a super high passing volume, but the Chiefs are too good of a matchup to overlook. Kansas City has allowed more fantasy points than anyone to WRs, and Woods leads the team in targets and receptions (thanks mainly to being on the field in all 10 games). Sammy Watkins ($6800) hasn’t been much better, so give me the discount exposure to this soft secondary.
Zach Miller $5100: With Martellus Bennett ruled out and Alshon Jeffrey a game time decision on Thursday, Miller becomes a great value play. He had the big two touchdown game a couple weeks ago, and remained involved in the loss to Denver in Week 11, though it understandably didn’t amount to much in terms of fantasy value. Green Bay has been pretty favorable to opposing tight ends, allowing the seventh most fantasy points to the position.
Derek Carrier $4900/Jordan Reed $5800: Reed practiced on Wednesday, but it would be surprising to see him on the field Sunday. If Reed can go, he’s obviously a terrific play, but if not, Carrier could be a sneaky value on Sunday. The Giants allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and we know that Cousins likes to look their way (Reed has 65 targets this season). Carrier hasn’t really had an opportunity to shine and all the Redskins wide receivers are healthy too, so I view Carrier only as a punt play in a tournament lineup, whereas Reed would be a solid cash game play.
Detroit $4400: The cheap plan on D/ST is to target Mark Sanchez on the road for the Thursday slate. The Lions are above average in sacks and forced fumbles, and Sanchez isn’t shy about turning the ball over (84:84 TD:INT ratio, with 50 fumbles in 71 career starts).
Cleveland $4600: At the risk of being all in on the Browns Monday night, they do face a ramshackle Ravens team at home this week. Matt Schaub hasn’t started a game since 2013. Vegas has this as the lowest scoring game of the week, and the Browns have managed 15 takeaways, recovering 9/12 forced fumbles and six interceptions. We’re basically counting on a Ravens offense that hasn’t played together at all to make some mistakes Monday night.