Daily Fantasy Football: Some Week 8 Bargains in 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.
As you identify and save with bargains, it allows you to then afford and load up with studs, such as Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles or Dez Bryant, as examples, at other spots as you fill out your roster.
Here are some bargains in FanDuel leagues for Week 8 (sorted by position and then salary, lowest to highest):
QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at PHI), $6,800 salary
Considering I like the matchups of the several of the top options at quarterback, I'm more likely to go with someone like Matthew Stafford (vs. DAL) or Robert Griffin III (at DEN) than I am to look for a cheaper option like Eli.
That said, the Eagles have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Although Manning has not scored 20-plus fantasy points since Week 1, the Eagles are giving up nearly 20 points per outing.
While Manning is the 16th-most expensive quarterback, he is my 12th-ranked quarterback of remaining QBs still to play this week.
RB - Peyton Hillis, New York Giants (at PHI), $4,500
With Brandon Jacobs (doubtful) unlikely to play, Hillis could be in line for a featured role again as the Giants face the Eagles. While Hillis averaged only 2.0 YPC last week, he had 23 touches in his first game with the Giants and a scored a touchdown. There are very few running backs priced at $4,500 that should expect to get 20-plus touches this week (or any week, for that matter).
RB - Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (at JAX), $4,500
Teammate Frank Gore, who leads the NFL in rushing over the past four weeks, is an excellent value as well this week at $7,400. That said, I could certainly envision a scenario where the 49ers establish a large lead relatively early in this game.
While that will lead to plenty of garbage-time opportunities for the Jaguars receivers, it also bodes well for Gore's backup. Hunter has only 12 carries in his past three games combined, but he has scored in three of his past five games and could be in store for a larger workload.
RB - Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (vs. ATL), $5,200
With Rashard Mendenhall doubtful for Sunday's game, Ellington is expected to get his first-ever career start. On a per-touch basis, Ellington has been highly effective, much more so than Mendy. As a comparison, Ellington has averaged 6.4 yards per carry, which is more than double Mendenhall's 3.1 YPC average.
That said, the team has appeared intent on giving Ellington only a change-of-pace workload. Provided he surpasses his career high of 12 touches, Ellington is a nice value play this week.
RB - Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (vs. BUF), $6,600
Whether or not Jimmy Graham plays, Sproles is one of the most targeted players in the Saints passing game. With 32 receptions in six games, Sproles is on pace for 85 receptions this season. No running back has more receiving yards per game (61.0) than Sproles this season. Only four teams have allowed more rushing yards per game this season than the Bills.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN), $6,800
With at least 22 carries in each of his past three games, no running back has more rushing yards (301) during that span. After having two difficult matchups (Ravens and Browns), Lacy gets a much more favorable matchup this week as he faces the Vikings, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Lacy is my seventh-ranked fantasy RB yet has only the 14th-most expensive salary.
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WR - Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (at DET), $4,600
Beasley had season highs last week of six receptions, seven targets and 53 yards against the Eagles last week. In his past three games, he has 14 receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown. FanDuel's cheapest salary at wide receiver is $4,500 so Beasley is only $100 more expensive than the cheapest option as he continues to become more involved in the team's passing attack.
WR - Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (at CIN), $5,300
Kerley is coming off his best game of the season as he had eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. With Santonio Holmes expected to miss at least another game, Kerley should continue to see a large number of targets from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. With a salary of just $4,500, teammate Stephen Hill is a nice value as well.
WR - Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (vs. PIT), $5,400
Moore does not have a favorable matchup against the Steelers, who rank fourth in the NFL in passing defense, but he has been highly productive in his previous four games before the bye. During that stretch, Moore has a total of 20 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdowns and at least 66 yards in all four games.
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SF), $6,100
Shorts has at least 11 targets in every game he has finished so far this season and as noted earlier, there is an excellent chance that the Jaguars fall behind early and need to air it out. On the season, Shorts has 39 receptions for 491 yards and one touchdown. In leagues that award a half-point per reception (like FanDuel leagues), he is my 14th-ranked fantasy wide receiver, but his FanDuel salary is only the 23rd most costly.
WR - Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (vs. WAS), $6,500
Among the Broncos wide receivers, Decker may have the third-most fantasy points, but he is still one of the top-10 fantasy wide receivers in scoring so far this season. In fact, only Torrey Smith (629) has more receiving yards than Decker (627) this year. The Redskins have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so it should be another productive game for all three Broncos receivers.
WR - Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at OAK), $6,700
Brown had a modest performance of six receptions for 50 yards against the Ravens last week, but he has at least 50 yards in all six games this season. Through six games, he has 47 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns and is on pace for 125 receptions and 1,461 yards this season.
TE - Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (at NE), $4,700
Clay had only one reception for seven yards last week against the Bills, but that one reception was a touchdown. He now has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games.
TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at DEN), $5,400
Reed is coming off the best game of his young career (9/134/1), but he has at least 50 receiving yards in three consecutive games. In what should develop into a shootout against the Broncos, Reed has the tremendous upside this week.
TE - Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (at ARI), $5,600
Without Julio Jones and Roddy White in the lineup, it seemed likely that Matt Ryan would target Gonzalez early and often last week. After all, he double-digit receptions in both of his previous games, but Gonzalez finished with only two receptions for 30 yards. This week, the Falcons face the Cardinals, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
For a sortable grid of FanDuel values, check out our salary-cap analysis for all players.
Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings:
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- Week 8 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 8 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 8 Fantasy Football TE Rankings