Daily Fantasy Football: Some Week 13 Values 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 values in FanDuel leagues for Week 13 (sorted by position and then salary from lowest to highest):
QB - Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (at MIN), $6,100 salary: McCown threw for a season-high 352 yards last week and now has seven touchdowns to only one interception on the season. Only the Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Vikings, who have allowed 17 or more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in all but two games this season. In addition, no team has allowed more passing touchdowns than the Vikings (24).
[Related: The Bears' QBs have the most favorable fantasy strength of schedule from Weeks 13 to 16.]
QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at WAS), $6,500: As poorly as Manning has played this season, I can understand why anyone would be reluctant to start him this week. That said, he's my 13th-ranked quarterback yet to play, but his salary is only the 19th-highest of remaining signal-callers. Only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and two of those three teams have already played this week.
QB - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB), $8,600: Not as cheap as McCown or Manning, Newton is still a relative bargain, though, with the eighth-highest salary at the position. During the team's seven-game winning streak, Newton has scored 15 touchdowns — 11 passing and four rushing — with only four interceptions.
RB - Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. ATL), $5,600: With some tougher matchups recently, Jackson has failed to a score a touchdown in his past three games, but this week's matchup is more favorable. Over the past five weeks, the Falcons have allowed a total of six touchdowns to running backs. On the season, they have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. ATL), $5,700: Like Jackson, Spiller is a value as well. Coming off the bye, Spiller recently said that he is "getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion." He's had a disappointing season, but he has ability to change that with a strong performance down the stretch and he has a nice matchup, as noted above.
RB - Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. STL), $6,800: The only team that has allowed more fantasy points to running backs than the Rams this season has been the Cowboys. Earlier in the season, Gore was able to exploit this matchup as he rushed for a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown in his first matchup against the Rams in Week 4.
RB - Andre Brown, New York Giants (at WAS), $7,100: As I wrote in my Start'em, Sit'em column this week: "In his three games since returning from IR, Brown has 69 carries for 308 yards and a touchdown plus eight receptions for 42 yards. Brown has at least 18 carries in each of his games and should get another big workload in a favorable matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season." In addition, Brown has rushed for nine TDs in his past 12 games.
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WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI), $4,500: Against the Packers last week, Patterson had eight receptions for 54 yards, both of which are season highs. Over his past two games, he has been targeted a total of 20 times. The Vikings are finally making a concerted effort to get the ball into his hands and that trend should continue in Week 13.
WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (at WAS), $5,100: While the team's other receivers have struggled to find the end zone, Randle has scored six touchdowns in the past seven games. The Redskins have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
WR - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. DEN), $5,300: While not spectacular, Bowe has scored in back-to-back games including in his first matchup this season against the Broncos in Week 11. Over his past five games, he has at least 51 yards in four of those games. At a relatively low salary, Bowe should be able to outproduce his cost.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at MIN), $6,200: As my WR6 (based on my rankings) and only the WR20 (based on salary), Jeffery is not only a value but a must-start in my opinion. He will be on every one of my FanDuel teams this weekend. The Vikings have allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in every game since Week 1.
WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at WAS), $6,500: In the first four games of the season, Cruz was dominant with three 100-yard games and four touchdowns. Since then, however, he has only one 100-yard game and no touchdowns. That said, he has a favorable matchup this week as noted earlier.
TE - Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB), $5,800: When it comes to comparing ranks and salaries, both Olsen and my other TE on this list are ordered properly. In other words, Olsen is my fifth-ranked TE and has the fifth-highest TE salary. That said, $5,800 is a relatively low salary for a top tight end and Olsen has scored a touchdown in four of his past five games including his first matchup against the Bucs.
TE - Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (vs. JAC), $5,700: In his breakout season, Cameron's past three games have been anything but special. A matchup nightmare with excellent athleticism, Cameron could get back on track in Week 13 against the Jaguars, who have allowed the second-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 13 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 13 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 13 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 13 Fantasy Football TE Rankings