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.
DeShone Kizer $6600: It’s Kizer again, because there is literally no one I’d rather use under $7K. He gets a soft matchup with the Bengals, has been as good or better than any number of more expensive quarterbacks in two of his games, and will keep getting better. He’s averaging 16.5 FanDuel points per game despite throwing SEVEN interceptions through three games. If he cuts the mistakes in half, and makes no further improvements, he’s going to give you 3X value at this price. I do happen to think he improves on offense too, and will continue to use him as salary relief in good matchups.
Case Keenum $6800: Am I all in after last week’s surprising showing (369/3)? No, not at all, but I’d be surprised to see Sam Bradford back on the field in Week 4, the Vikings are home against the Lions, and he has the league’s best receiver to throw to. I do love Stefon Diggs, and miss writing about him in this bargain article. Darius Slay, the Lions talented corner, has been in shut-down conversation this year, but with Adam Thielen, Diggs, Jarius Wright, and Kyle Rudolph to choose from, Keenum should be able to reach value this weekend.
Wendell Smallwood $5300: It’s clear that Smallwood should be the major beneficiary of Darren Sproles’ unfortunate injuries, but he’s not without risk, even at this price. Carson Wentz and the Eagles could easily elect to rely strictly on LeGarrette Blount and the pass game, mixing Smallwood in to block and run a few times. His large uptick in snaps after Sproles went out plus his versatility in college argues that he will have the opportunity to pay off his low salary this week. The Chargers have given up the second-most rushing yards per game so far this season, though Kareem Hunt is the only back to score on them. I still like the matchup.
D’Onta Foreman $4900: This is a super cheap play for tournaments only, but Lamar Miller has been awful in good spots so far and Foreman has made a case for more work. I’m not privy to Houston’s coaching philosophies, but Foreman gained 90 total yards on 11 opportunities in Week 3—a big uptick—and this Sunday gets Tennessee in a game Vegas likes to be competitive (Titans minus-2). In other words, the game script should call for “mixing it up” as Foreman showed he can do.
Paul Richardson $5000: If Doug Baldwin’s groin strain keeps him out of the action Sunday night, Richardson is almost a must-play at this price. While I wrote about the good correlation play of Chris Carson and the Seattle defense in yesterday’s starting points article, the Vegas total for the Seahawks strongly supports rostering a passer as good as Richardson at this price. He’s got great hands, a touchdown in each of the last two games, and that was with a dislocated finger.
Cooper Kupp $5600: With all attention on Todd Gurley, and some fantasy owners sour after a disappointing Thursday night game, Kupp may fly under the radar this week. Sammy Watkins is still in the concussion protocol, and Kupp is by far a more dynamic option than Robert Woods. I expect the Rams to have to throw the ball in Dallas, and Kupp should be closer to 10 targets this week.
Cameron Brate $5300: Brate is my favorite non-Gronk, non-Kelce tight end play this week, but I like him for the same reasons as Travis Kelce. Mike Evans can expect to have a rough go against Jenoris Jenkins this Sunday, which should funnel the ball to Brate like it did vs. Minnesota when the tight end caught all four of his targets including one for a touchdown. In fact, the Giants have allowed opposing tight ends the third-most fantasy points this season, to quality players like Jason Witten, Zach Ertz and Eric Ebron. Brate and Jameis Winston have chemistry, and bigger games are ahead for him.
David Njoku $4900: If you’re going to pray for a touchdown from your non-Gronk, non-Kelce tight end, you might as well do so with less salary on the line. Njoku now has two touchdowns on seven receptions (10 targets) and could hold down his end zone threat role vs. Cincinnati this week. Fit whomever else you want if you start Kizer-Njoku.
Charles Clay $5300: Just a weekly reminder that he’s the Bills’ and Tyrod Taylor’s main security blanket, and he’ll be facing a Falcons team that I like the Bills to move the ball against this weekend.
New York Jets $4100: The Jags are back in America, and that means that Blake Bortles has a chance to turn the ball over at will once again. The Jets defense is coming off a three-sack, two-interception game at vs. Miami, and remain home this weekend. My preferred play is the Jaguars defense (with Leonard Fournette), but if you are scraping for salary like I am with those expensive running backs in such good spots, the Jets offer some upside in what Vegas has as the lowest scoring game of the week.
Pittsburgh Steelers $4500: I like to take defenses at home and there are several that jump out in the higher price range, but the Steelers could make for a sneaky option even at Baltimore. Coming off a disastrous London exhibition, the Ravens don’t pose much offensive threat against a Steelers unit that many believe could be this year’s Giants. Meanwhile, the Joe Flacco has thrown for almost 100 yards fewer than any other starting QB, including those like Jameis Winston and Jay Cutler who have played only two games, and four of his 69 attempts have been intercepted. I’m listing them here for their talent, their opponent/low opponent team total, and because I’d rather compromise on defense than offense for my main DFS lineups.