FanDuel Bargain Bin Week 3
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 $7000 for QB, $6000 for RB/WR, and $5500 for TE insomuch as possible.
Andy Dalton $6800: Andy Dalton is better than this. He isn’t Tom Brady or Drew Brees, or even Trevor Siemian apparently, but he isn’t as bad as he’s played in the first two games of 2017. With a new offensive coordinator and a hungry A.J. Green, I think this could be the week he returns to something like 250 yards and 2-3 TDs in Green Bay. I love Dalton and Green in a tournament lineup as I think the Bengals emphasize the pass game, streamline the run game, and spotlight their star receiver.
DeShone Kizer $6900: Kizer was awful in Week 2 after a debut that indicated he had promise in this league. Sure, he still has a lot to learn and will make mistakes, but his instincts will sharpen and allow his mobility and strong arm to make the right plays more and more often. This weekend he won’t be facing an above average defense for the first time. However, the point total on this game is gross, and despite the Browns being small favorites on the road, I can’t recommend using Kizer too much. He’s a decent contrarian option for tournament lineups in which you feature stud RB and WR or TE.
Ameer Abdullah $6100: I like to draw my cash game plays from the games with the highest point totals. If Vegas thinks a ton of points will be scored, I want a piece of that action. While Matt Stafford, Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate will be popular plays, along with Eric Ebron, Abdullah is a great value play this week. He’s received 15 and 17 carries in the Lions’ first two wins, with three catches in Week 1. He looked good against the Giants in the second half and this week should match up well with the Falcons, who continue to be one of the league’s top running back matchups in terms of fantasy points allowed.
Chris Thompson $5600: Sticking with the theme of high scoring games, you can also get great value with Thompson in a game with a 54-point total. Playing at home vs. a Raiders defense that doesn’t scare me, Thompson could be in line for more work this week. Rob Kelley is dealing with a rib injury and Samaje Perine was largely ineffective in a lead back role. Thompson’s advantage is his ability to break the big play, either out of the backfield or in space as a receiver, as well as his experience with Cousins and this offense. The game script looks favorable for a player of Thompson’s skill set and his ability to score (three touchdowns in the first two games) will be critical if Washington hopes to keep pace with the Oakland offense.
Marvin Jones Jr. $5900: As I said above, I like this game and when it comes to receivers, I like Jones Jr. over Golden Tate. The price difference of $1500 is greater than the production difference I expect. While both receivers should be busy, I think Desmond Trufant is more likely to cover Tate, and Stafford has looked to Jones in the endzone—and found him in both games so far.
Russell Shepard $5100: The whole Carolina offense was disappointing vs. Buffalo in Week 2, but Shepard was effective in the slot in Week 1 and is a likely beneficiary of more action given Greg Olsen’s broken foot. New Orleans is the top fantasy matchup, as they have been for a while, for wide receivers and the Panthers have one of the highest implied team totals of the week. Shepard is a fairly safe WR play in this price range.
Geronimo Allison $4600: Allison wasn’t great after Jordy Nelson left the Week 2 game with a quadriceps injury, but he was on the field (3/5 for 24 yards). With Randall Cobb also less than 100 percent, Allison is in a great spot to increase his production vs. the Bengals this weekend if Nelson is indeed ruled out. The Packers are huge favorites at home, and Allison has been fantasy relevant before when one of the star receivers is hurt. I trust him less than Shepard, but you probably want some exposure to Allison in tournaments given that Aaron Rodgers might throw 4-5 TDs this week.
Jack Doyle $5300: I fear a curse on my house for recommending a Colt here, but tight end is not all that appealing in the bargain range this week and Doyle is coming off a perfect game. Catching all eight of his targets, he led the team in receiving yards and receptions. A young quarterback needs a security outlet, and if Jacoby Brissett learned anything in New England, it’s throw to your tight end. Doyle is not Rob Gronkowski, but he is a very nice play against a Browns defense that fails to limit opposing tight ends for the second year running.
Ed Dickson $4500: We’ve seen Dickson perform at a high level in Baltimore, but it’s unclear that he will step right into the Greg Olsen role in Carolina. The price is right for a tournament flier, and the Panthers offense should show a lot more vs. New Orleans than they did vs. Buffalo, but Dickson is not someone I trust enough for cash games.
Philadelphia Eagles $4500: The Eagles defense has four turnovers (three fumble recoveries, one interception) through two games, tied for fourth in the league. They’ve recorded four sacks in each of the first two games. This weekend, they take on Eli Manning and the Giants in Philadelphia. Manning has thrown an interception in each of the first two games and lost a costly fumble vs. Detroit Monday night. I like the upside of the Eagles defense at low ownership and relatively low cost this week if you want to fade the Ravens, Broncos or Patriots.
Cleveland Browns $4400: Going even lower, the Browns get the Colts this weekend, as noted above. No team has given up more fantasy points to opposing defenses so far this season than the Colts (LA Rams and Arizona Cardinals), and even though it’s now Brissett under center, he still turned the ball over twice in Week 2. The Browns defense is an average unit in a decently opportunistic situation. With both teams struggling mightily on offense and looking for their first win, I think defense will play a big role in this game. Advantage Cleveland.