Daily Fantasy Football: Week 12 Bargains in DraftKings Leagues
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Earlier this morning, I wrote a post featuring some bargains that can be found in Fanduel leagues for Week 12. Since salary caps aren't universal among sites, I will create posts based on DraftKings and DraftStreet salaries as well.
Here are some bargains in DraftKings leagues for Week 12:
QB - Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (at STL), $6,200 salary:
With his low salary, McCown gives you the opportunity to load up elsewhere. One of the best things about McCown, who has a 5-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio so far this season, is that the Bears are loaded with weapons with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery (who appears on this list below) and Forte as a receiver out of the backfield.
QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. DAL), $6,700:
Despite the disappointing season for Manning, he had his best game, by far, against the Cowboys in Week 1 with 450 yards and four touchdowns. Fast forward a couple of months and it's their second matchup of the season.
No team has allowed more 400-yard passers (four) or fantasy points to opposing QBs this season than America's Team.
QB - Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. DEN), $7,200:
Brady had only 13 fantasy points last week against the Panthers, but he threw for 296 yards and the Panthers have one of the league's best defenses. In his past two games, Brady has 728 passing yards and five touchdowns and a full complement of weapons again. Although Brady is my fourth-ranked quarterback this week, he has the 10th-highest salary in DraftKings leagues.
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RB - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT), $3,500:
Just shy of 100 yards from scrimmage last week, Ogbonnaya saw a bump in his workload, as expected, as he carried the ball eight times for 69 yards and had six receptions for 30 yards. With daily fantasy football leagues awarding a half-point per reception, the fact that Ogbonnaya has at least five receptions in back-to-back games and in three of his past five games enhances his value.
In addition, Ogbonnaya has a favorable matchup as the Steelers have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at DET), $5,000:
There is no way that Rainey duplicates his performance from last week of 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but he's had two productive games and is clearly the guy in Tampa. That said, the Lions rush defense is excellent and they have not allowed a touchdown to a running back since Week 4.
RB - Shane Vereen, New England Patriots (vs. DEN), $5,000:
There are a number of factors that could lead to Vereen getting many more touches than he had last week in his first game back after coming off of short-term IR. Even though he had just one carry last week, Vereen had a team-high eight receptions on 11 targets and this game could develop into a shootout. In addition, Stevan Ridley has had share of fumbling issues and that could lead to more early-down work for Vereen as well.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (vs. TEN), $5,500:
No player has more yards from scrimmage than Jennings over the past three games. During that stretch, Jennings has 57 carries for 340 yards and two touchdowns plus 11 receptions for 91 yards.
Not only have the Titans allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, but they have surrended multiple touchdowns to running backs in five consecutive games.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. CHI), $6,200:
Since becoming the team's featured back six weeks ago, Stacy has been extremely productive. Over the past three or four weeks, he's been even more productive. Stacy has at least 26 carries in three consecutive games and has 462 yards from scrimmage and a total of four touchdowns in his past four games.
The Bears have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, they have allowed six 100-yard rushers this season including one in three consecutive games and in four of their past five games.
WR - Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins (vs. CAR), $3,200:
Near the minimum salary of $3,000 for the position, Matthews has his two best games of the season in his past two games. In those two games, he has 15 receptions (on 19 targets) for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders (vs. TEN), $4,200:
I'm not crazy about the matchup against the Titans, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, but Streater had a nice game last week with Matt McGloin under center. Streater finished with six receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown. With Denarius Moore out this week, Streater could see even more targets and put up a respectable stat line in a tough matchup based on volume.
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU), $5,300:
Shorts was right when he said that it was "f---ing dumb" that he did not see his second target until there was seven minutes to go in last week's game. In many cases, we have seen one a team's better skill players complain about not getting the ball that he gets the ball the following week. I think it's fair to assume that he gets his second target well before the fourth quarter.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at STL), $5,900:
The only receiver with more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery since Week 4 is Calvin Johnson. You know you're doing well when you're more productive than everyone other than Megatron. Jeffery has 41 receptions for 714 yards and three touchdowns plus 10 carries for 81 yards since Week 4.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT), $6,400:
Gordon has four 100-yard games this season and is on pace for 70 receptions for 1,314 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games (since he was suspended for the first two weeks). Gordon is my ninth-ranked receiver in half-PPR formats yet he has only the 13th-highest salary among wideouts.
TE - John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings (at GB), $3,300:
In his past two games, Carlson has 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. At such a low price, it should be relatively easy for Carlson to outproduce his salary.
TE - Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT), $3,900:
Here are two statements that seem to contradict each other: (1) I'm not big on Cameron this week against the Steelers and (2) I think he's a great value in DraftKings leagues. Cameron has only 33 yards on seven receptions in his past two games, but he's too talented to have only the 17th-highest salary among TEs. Based on talent alone, he's worth the game with such a low salary.
TE - Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (vs. JAC), $4,000:
No tight end had more fantasy points last week than Graham, who had a season-best seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. While he may not duplicate those numbers, he has a favorable matchup this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year.
For a sortable grid of DraftKings values, check out our salary-cap analysis for all players.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 12 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 12 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 12 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 12 Fantasy Football TE Rankings