FanDuel Bargain Bin
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 use a price ceiling of $6500 for QB, $6000 for RB/WR, and $5500 for TE insomuch as possible.
Tyrod Taylor $6300: I liked what I saw from Taylor and the Bills in Week 1. Finally, they appear to be using a mobile QB to his strengths. The numbers weren’t gaudy, but he was mistake-free and effective both through the air (74% completion rate, 195 paYds) and on the ground (4.5 YPC, 41 ruYds). Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 paYds against this New England secondary in Week 1, while Pittsburgh still managed a very effective run game with DeAngelo Williams. The Bills are feeling confident, at home, and Vegas has this game as a pick em.
Ryan Mallett $6500: It’s not official at the time of publication, but it sounds like Mallett will start against Carolina this Sunday. Given the chance last week, he went 8/13 for 98 paYds and a touchdown. Not a bad quarter, and the Chiefs defense is no slouch either. DeAndre Hopkins basically can make anyone look good, and we’ve seen Mallett have some success before. QB is very top heavy this week, with plenty of value options at RB and WR. Going bargain at the position is likely to be a lot more contrarian in Week 2.
Chris Johnson $5700: This is the most obvious play of the week as Andre Ellington is likely sidelined with a sprained knee, CJ looked decent in his limited game action vs. New Orleans, and the Cardinals face an average-at-best Bears run defense that just gave up 99 total yards and a touchdown to Eddie Lacy. I wouldn’t rely fully on Chris Johnson in every lineup, because we’ve all been led down this garden path before, but he makes for a nice value at RB2.
Bishop Sankey $6500: I cheated a little on the price here because you can do well at WR for much, much less salary and I feel the matchup warrants mentioning. Sankey is not a guy I liked AT ALL last year, I literally never rostered him. It’s only one week to go on, but it appears that with a competent QB in Marcus Mariota, he may start living up to the hype. Sankey averaged over 6 YPC, caught a touchdown pass, and gets a Browns defense that just got lit up by Chris Ivory, and allowed the second most rushing yards to RB in 2014. I’ll be trusting him a little bit in Week 2.
Brandon Coleman $5000: I really like the Saints at home vs. Tampa Bay and Coleman is the cheapest way to express that love. Targeted by Drew Brees seven times in Week 1, he proved reliable enough with four catches including one for a beautiful touchdown. He’s in a nice position with Brandin Cooks the clear number one receiver demanding more defensive attention, insomuch as the Bucs defense can be considered attentive.
Pierre Garcon $5400: With DeSean Jackson being out with a hamstring strain for a couple weeks, Washington’s Week 1 leading receiver Garcon is in line for even more opportunity. He caught six of eight targets for 74 yards in the losing effort at Miami. He gets a matchup with the Rams who were above average in fantasy points allowed to WR in 2014 and last week vs. Seattle; they also graded negatively for pass coverage according to PFF. Garcon should be a fine volume play and possesses reasonable touchdown upside as well.
Jordan Reed $5000: Everything I just said about Garcon is true of Reed except that I like him for more end zone looks. It might be lazy, but it’s all true with the exception of fantasy points allowed last year. The Rams were quite stingy to TE, allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to the position. Reed can make things happen when he’s healthy however, and Kirk Cousins certainly looked his way a lot last week as he led the team with 11 targets. Look for more of the same in Week 2.
Richard Rodgers $4700: Even though James Jones stole the show in Green Bay for Week 1, touchdowns are hard to predict, particularly in an offense such as that run by Aaron Rodgers where Davante Adams and Randall Cobb both saw more targets than Jones. Richard Rodgers caught all three of the targets that went his way and in this potent offense, there’s a decent chance every week that one comes his way in the end zone. The Seahawks tied for third most touchdowns allowed to TEs last year (11 TDs) and if anything, their defense looks a little less stout than in recent history. With Seattle on the road, I’m not avoiding Packers at all.
New York Giants $4100: I like three things about the Giants, maybe four. They’re at home, they intercepted Tony Romo twice Sunday night and nearly forced a couple fumbles, their price is low, and their matchup with the Falcons and Matt Ryan, who just threw two interceptions in Philadelphia Monday night. Honestly the Giants’ D looked pretty good, and as you know if you read me regularly, the opportunity to create turnovers is one of the key things I focus on. The Falcons will score, don’t be naïve, but giving up the difference in fantasy points for keeping the score at 20 vs. 28 is negligible in the face of a favorable turnover differential.
Detroit Lions $4300: Minnesota did not look good on Monday Night Football, and while I hesitate to base plays on one week, there were few to no encouraging signs to fear from a defensive standpoint. I suppose it’s possible that the 49ers are a better unit than we expected, but I have to acknowledge that maybe this is still a young team that hasn’t played together enough to generate consistent drives. Young teams make mistakes, and the Vikings were the fourth most intercepted team last year, while Detroit had the third most interceptions on defense. While also effective against the run, Detroit should be able to keep the score low and create a turnover or two on the road this weekend.