Daily Fantasy Football: Some Week 5 Bargains for FanDuel Leagues
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If you play daily fantasy football (and who doesn't these days?), you realize the key to your success is uncovering salary-cap values.
Here are some bargains in FanDuel leagues for Week 5:
QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. PHI), $6,600 salary: It's been a rough start for the Giants this season as their offense has been nearly as bad as their defense. Fortunately for Manning and his fantasy owners, he gets an extremely favorable matchup this week against the Eagles, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
QB - Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD), $6,600: After missing last week's game with a concussion, Pryor will be under center for the Raiders this week. While Eli has a great matchup, Pryor has the best matchup. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs this season than the Chargers.
QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at OAK), $7,400: Only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have scored more fantasy points this season than Rivers, who has the 15th-highest salary in Week 5. Only Manning has a higher passer rating and Rivers has thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions in four games.
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RB - David Wilson, New York Giants (vs. PHI), $5,600: The Giants released Da'Rel Scott this week and that likely means that Wilson will continue to see an increase in his workload. After carrying it only seven times in Weeks 1 and 2, Wilson had 11 and 13 carries in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively. Although the Eagles defense isn't as fantasy-friendly to RBs as it is to QBs and WRs, they have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET), $6,000: After sustaining a concussion in Week 2, Lacy returns to action this week with an extremely favorable matchup. Of the teams playing this week, only the Rams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Lions. In four games, the Lions have allowed a total of seven TDs — five rushing and two receiving — to backs.
RB - LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at CIN), $4,500: With Stevan Ridley out and Brandon Bolden questionable with a hamstring injury, Blount should get a significant workload today in Cincinnati. In fact, he was already getting the largest share of the work in the past two weeks as Blount (23) has one more carry than Ridley (22) during that span.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD), $5,200: Perhaps even more so than Blount, Jennings will get a large workload as the team's other backs deal with injuries. Both Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Marcel Reece (knee) are expected to miss tonight's game. Jennings had only 45 yards on 14 carries last week, but he also caught eight passes for 71 yards as well.
WR - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at STL), $5,500: Blackmon returns from suspension and although there is no reason to have any confidence in the team's quarterback situation, he was productive down the stretch. In his final seven games last year, Blackmon had 38 receptions for 615 yards, tied for fourth-most in the league, and four touchdowns.
WR - Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs. PHI), $5,900: Teammate Victor Cruz has been highly productive with three 100-yard games this season, but Nicks has struggled the past two weeks with only three receptions for 33 yards. While Cruz is more expensive ($7,500), he is a bargain as well this week. Both Cruz and Nicks should be able to exploit an Eagles secondary that has allowed nine TDs to WRs in four games.
WR - Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (at DAL), $6,500: With Peyton Manning throwing 16 touchdowns in four games, it has allowed all three of the team's main receivers and tight end Julius Thomas to be productive. Manning & Co. have made it look easy and Decker is on pace for 96 receptions for 1,360 yards and four touchdowns. The Cowboys have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season.
TE - Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (vs. BAL), $4,500: Through four games, Clay is on pace for 80 receptions, 980 receiving yards and four receiving TDs. In addition, he has also scored a rushing touchdown. While I would likely go with a stud like Graham at TE this week, Clay is a cheap option if you look to load up on studs at other positions.
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