Daily Fantasy Football: Week 12 Values in DraftStreet Leagues
To help you put together your rosters in daily formats, I have written posts on players that are solid values based on the site's salaries.
Here are some bargains in DraftStreet leagues for Week 12:
QB - Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU), $8,116 salary:
If you really want a cheap quarterback, it won't get much cheaper than Henne. That said, he has failed to reach 13 fantasy points in every game he has played since Week 2. I have him ranked as the 21st quarterback among the remaining options for this week and his salary is the 31st-highest of those left to play.
QB - Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (at STL), $11,258:
McCown has been solid so far this year with five touchdowns and no interceptions and is averaging 7.5 yards per pass attempt. McCown also has the ability to pick up a few points rushing as his seven carries for 52 yards illustrates. Perhaps the best thing about McCown is that the Bears are loaded with weapons with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte as a receiver out of the backfield.
QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. DAL), $12,023:
Despite the disappointing season for Manning so far, 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 time for their second matchup of the season.
Perhaps he won't put up 28 fantasy points again, but no team has allowed more 400-yard passers (four) or fantasy points to opposing QBs this season than America's Team.
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RB - Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (at KC), $6,570:
Against the Dolphins last week, Mathews rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries. It was the third time in five weeks that Mathews rushed for at least 100 yards. While the matchup isn't nearly as favorable this week, I could see the Chargers giving Mathews a heavy workload in an effort to neutralize the Chiefs' pass rush, which is probably the team's biggest strength.
RB - Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at DET), $8,437:
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 - Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. SF), $9,701:
As you can see in our site's consensus running back rankings, I am higher on Morris than our other rankers. One of the things that I really like about Morris is his consistent production. Ranking third in the NFL in rushing (918 yards), Morris has 90-plus rushing yards in five consecutive games and at least 71 yards in all games except the opener. Like last year, Morris has seen his workload increase in the second half of the year as he has three consecutive games with at least 22 carries.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (at NE), $10,377:
Like with Morris, I am higher than my counterparts on Moreno. Even if some are concerned by the fact that Montee Ball — not Moreno — rushed for two touchdowns last week, Moreno had a season-high 27 carries last week. He is going to get a huge workload and I'm not ready to assume that Ball will get all of the goal-line carries this week. Plus, Moreno ranks eighth among running backs in receptions (37) this season.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (vs. TEN), $10,860:
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 - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN), $11,407:
Ending a six-game streak of at least 22 carries last week, Lacy could be in store for another healthy workload against the Vikings. In his first matchup against the Vikings, Lacy carried the ball a career-high 29 times for 94 yards and a score.
The Vikings have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but they have also struggled against the pass as well (third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks), which may keep them from stacking the box.
WR - Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (at NYG), $3,983:
Not only has Austin played in only five of 10 games this season, but he has not had any receptions since Week 3. With the Cowboys coming off their bye, Austin will be active again and Terrance Williams has struggled recently with only five receptions in his past three games combined. As a relatively cheap option, Austin has some upside potential and had 10 catches for 72 yards in his first game this season against the Giants.
WR - Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins (vs. CAR), $4,839:
With the lowest salary of the Dolphins top three receivers, 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 - Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (at OAK), $8,380:
Wright has a +7 differential between my rank (16th) and his salary among WRs (23rd). Even though he has only one touchdown this season, he has received a ton of targets and has at least 69 receiving yards in five consecutive games. Wright should be a lock for double-digit points (six-plus catches, 70-plus yards).
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT), $10,248:
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 15th-highest salary among wideouts.
WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. DAL), $10,931:
In the first game of the season against the Cowboys, it was like a Celia Cruz concert for Victor as he scored three touchdowns on his five receptions. He finished the game with 118 yards.
For the first time since Week 4, Cruz had a 100-yard game last week against the Packers. Perhaps for the first time since Week 4, Cruz finds the end zone this weekend against the Cowboys.
TE - Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (at KC), $3,021:
Better in dynasty leagues over re-draft formats (much less weekly leagues), Green is an athletic tight end coming off the best performance of his career. Against the Dolphins last week, Green had four receptions for a career-best 81 receiving yards.
TE - John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings (at GB), $5,190:
In his past two games, Carlson has 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. At a relatively low price, Carlson should get enough targets to outproduce his salary.
TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at NYG), $8,587:
Witten had his best fantasy performance of the season in Week 1 against the Giants with eight receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. With Jimmy Graham having already played this week, Witten is my second-ranked tight end still to play this week with the fifth-highest cost.
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