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.
Jay Cutler $6700: I let defense inform the majority of my bargain quarterback plays, and Tennessee is topping the list this season. They share the league-lead in passing touchdowns allowed (11) with New England, and have allowed an average of 285 passing yards per game (fifth in the league). Jameis Winston and Dak Prescott are reasonable mid-priced options I love this weekend, but if you’re looking to go ultra-cheap with a little bit of confidence, smokin’ Jay could be the guy. I think he rebounds from the London atrocity as the Dolphins get a much needed home game at last.
Josh McCown $6800: Before facing the Jaguars last week, I would say that I was surprised at McCown’s fantasy mediocrity given his lack of surrounding talent (e.g. I expected far worse). He should bounce back into the 14-17 fantasy point range against a generous Cleveland defense this week.
Andre Ellington $5400: He saw 14 targets in Week 4 alone for over 100 total yards. I don’t want to get sucked into the Arizona run game but this Week 4 stat line is difficult to ignore. Ellington is clearly the best weapon the Cardinals have right now out of the backfield and I think they’re going to find themselves in some third down/passing situations again in Philadelphia. You can tell by his price that FanDuel is as reluctant as I am about this situation, but he has double digit fantasy points in each of the last two games.
Eddie Lacy $4600: I’d rather speculate on the Seattle backfield than the Vikings’, especially this week. Although C.J. Prosise should be back to handle third/passing down work, Lacy profiles as the workhorse against a Rams defense that is ranked number one in fantasy points allowed to running backs. It’s been a long time since I believed in Eddie Lacy, but I can use him at this price in this matchup.
Will Fuller V $5700: He looked great in his return to action, and reports that Fuller and Deshaun Watson had made special efforts to get on the same page prior to Week 4 made sense when watching the game. With DeAndre Hopkins bound to garner the majority of the Chiefs defensive attention, Fuller could be primed for a big Sunday night. I would say that given his price and my respect for Marcus Peters, Hopkins is the contrarian option this week.
Martavis Bryant $5700: A tournament play on the cheaper side for Week 5, Bryant has not been the touchdown machine we know and love. Part of that is on Ben Roethlisberger, but as I wrote yesterday, Ben is going to have that big game and it will be at home. While Jalen Ramsey and the rest of the Jaguars defense has made it tough on opposing passers and receivers, I suspect they will be focused on Antonio Brown. If Big Ben has time and protection, this could be the week he and Bryant connect on some long TD passes.
Nelson Agholor $5100: The Eagles’ team total caught my eye this week, and while Alshon Jeffrey is very reasonably priced at $7100, Vegas thinks there are points to go around. Agholor is playable for two reasons: Arizona has been very stingy to opposing tight ends (only Jack Doyle recorded more than 35 receiving yards), and Patrick Peterson is likely to cover Jeffrey. Jeffrey will probably get his, given his size and capable hands, but Agholor will probably have an easier path to success.
Adam Humphries $4800: Humphries was relied upon in key situations on Sunday and gets the league-best fantasy matchup with the Patriots. If you’re playing the Thursday slate, throw Humphries into an otherwise stacked lineup…I think he’ll top 10 fantasy points.
Andre Holmes $4600: With Jordan Matthews out, and Buffalo facing a Bengals defense that doesn’t scare me, Holmes should be Tyrod Taylor’s number one WR. Of course, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay are still ahead of him, but Holmes is dirt cheap and playing for a hot Bills team looking to extend its AFC East lead.
Hunter Henry $5200: In exchange for so many cheap wide receivers, I offer just one tight end. Henry or Antonio Gates get the week’s top tight end matchup with the Giants. For the same reasons Cameron Brate appeared here last week—the Giants talented cornerbacks tend to funnel activity to the tight end, which they cover far less effectively—you need some San Diego TE action in your lineups. I wish there was no choice here, but we saw two tight ends succeed in Week 4 (Brate and OJ Howard), and there’s a definite chance both Henry and Gates are viable. My first choice is Henry, who I stubbornly believe deserves a larger share of Philip Rivers’ targets.
Baltimore Ravens $4500: The Ravens, a great fantasy defense and real life defense in the USA, for the first two weeks anyway, get to face E.J. Manual and the Raiders this week. With a low game total of 40 points, the Ravens should have every opportunity to force fumbles, pick off poorly thrown passes and keep scoring to a minimum.
New York Jets $4300: This game also has a nice low point total (39) and the added advantage that Cleveland is a proven fantasy boon for opposing defenses, allowing them the second-most fantasy points per game this season (similar to last year and the year before that). The Jets defense is better than average and should be a solid value play this week.