Daily Fantasy Football: Week 6 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.
Here are some bargains in FanDuel leagues for Week 6 (sorted by position and then salary, lowest to highest):
QB - Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN), $5,300 salary: As four-TD underdogs, it will be nearly impossible for the Jaguars to keep up with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. That said, Henne will need to sling it all over the yard especially if they fall behind quickly. Largely in part to their high-powered offense, no team allows more passing yards per game than the Broncos (347.0).
QB - Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (at DAL), $8,200: Among the more expensive options, Griffin III is still relatively affordable with the 12th-highest salary. Although he has looked rusty through the first quarter of the season, the 'Skins are coming off a bye and get a favorable matchup. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs than the Cowboys.
RB - Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET), $4,800: The bad news first: McGahee is averaging a pathetic 2.6 yards per carry and he has no receptions this season. That said, he has seen his carries increase in all three games of his Browns' tenure: eight (Week 3), 15 (Week 4) and 26 (Week 5). The Lions have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points and a total of seven touchdowns to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF), $6,100: Unlike the Lions, the Bills have allowed only one touchdown to a running back this season, but that happened last week. In addition, they rank 22nd in the league in rushing defense with 116.0 yards per game allowed. He had a season-high 13 carries last week, but Bernard (4.6 YPC) should continue to see his role expand as he's been much more effective than BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2.9 YPC).
RB - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at MIN), $6,300: Only four running backs have averaged more rushing yards per game than Williams (82.5) this season. Only the Steelers and Redskins have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI), $6,900: The Cardinals have one of the league's better rush defenses as they limit opposing RBs to the third-fewest fantasy points. As a double-digit favorites, the 49ers will look to establish the running game behind Gore early and he has been very productive recently. In his past three games, he has 48 carries for 316 yards (6.6 YPC) and two touchdowns.
RB - DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS), $7,800: Through five weeks, Murray ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (399) and is tied for sixth in receptions (22) among running backs. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than Washington.
WR - Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND), $4,500 each: Both Brown and Allen have been productive recently. Brown has seven catches in the previous two weeks including 117 receiving yards last week. In those games, Allen has been even better with 11 receptions for 195 yards and a score. They are both solid options at the bottom of the salary-cap barrel ($4,500 is the cheapest player salary) of FanDuel leagues.
WR - Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (at KC), $5,000: After being held without a catch in Week 2, Moore has three consecutive games with at least 66 receiving yards. During that three-game stretch, he has 15 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN), $6,200: Blackmon returned from suspension last week and scored on a 67-yard touchdown as he finished with five catches for 136 yards. As noted above, the Jaguars are huge underdogs and will likely be in a position where they have to throw early and often.
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN), $6,300: The trio of Henne, Blackmon and Shorts give the Jags three members of the All-Waste Management Team as it will be garbage time early on in Denver. With garbage team coming early in Week 3, Shorts had eight receptions for 143 yards against the Seahawks. No player has more targets than Shorts (62) through five weeks.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET), $6,500: Since returning from suspension, Gordon has 18 receptions for 303 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Over the past two weeks, the Lions have allowed opposing WRs to haul in 27 receptions for 449 yards and three TDs.
WR - Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at DAL), $7,000: The second receiver from Mount Union to make this list, Garcon has at least six receptions in all four games played this season and has a total of 29 receptions for 339 yards and two scores. So far this season, only the Broncos have allowed more receiving yards per game than the Cowboys.
TE - Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (vs. STL), $5,100: Graham has scored a touchdown in three of five games this season. With Owen Daniels out for a while with a broken fibula, Graham should see his targets increase and he's an excellent value if you're looking to spend your money elsewhere.
TE - Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB), $4,500: This is more a roll of the dice as Joe Flacco targeted me as much as he did Clark last week, but Clark had nine more targets than I did in Week 4. Assuming he gets targeted in the 8-10 range this week, he may have a productive week against the Packers, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. (Or he may not.)
For a sortable grid of FanDuel values, check out our salary-cap analysis for all players.
Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 6 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Rankings