DraftKings NFL Bargain Plays – Week 6
Quarterback – below $6,500
Marcus Mariota – TEN at CLE – $6,200
Marcus Mariota is coming off one of the strangest stat lines you’ll seen from an NFL quarterback. He managed to go 20 for 29 with just 163 yards passing but three touchdowns. This is obviously impossible to repeat. Luckily for Mariota, he should get plenty of opportunity to put up more passing yards this week against the inept Browns’ defense. The Cleveland defense has given up 1,488 yards passing on the year with 13 scores and rank 28th in passing DVOA from footballoutsiders.com. While owners shouldn’t chase off a performance like last week, similar results shouldn’t be far off for Mariota in this spot.
Brian Hoyer – CHI vs JAX – $5,800
Brian Hoyer is averaging 273 passing yards per game so far this year. He’s been efficient and spread the ball around the Chicago Bears offense throughout his starts. This week Hoyer gets a decent Jacksonville Jaguars pass defense. While not a slam dunk of a matchup, Jacksonville has given up a 66% completion percentage on the year and this game does boast one of the higher over/unders of the slate. Hoyer and young wide receiver Cameron Meredith make for a very low priced stack that will allow you target most any running back you want.
Alex Smith – KC at OAK – $5,700
On the year, the Oakland Raiders secondary has yielded 1,690 yards and 13 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve allowed a completion percentage of 65% and a pass DVOA that ranks 29th in the NFL according to FootballOutsiders.com. Smith has never been a trustworthy high end quarterback, being seen much more as a “game-manager” throughout his career, but we know the potential is there. Las Vegas only has Oakland as a minus-1 favorite at present, which should indicate this game stays close. Jamaal Charles is back and it looks like Kansas City will score some points.
Tyrod Taylor – BUF vs SF – $5,300
Tyrod Taylor’s season has not gone as smoothly as some might have hoped. He’s been robbed of his top receiver most weeks, as Sammy Watkins continues to deal with foot issues. Last week though, Taylor returned 3x value in the road win over the LA Rams and now he returns home to face a San Francisco defense that has been middle of the pack against the pass on the year. It should be a game that allows Taylor to return value fairly easily, with a potential for more upside.
Running Back – below $5,000
Ryan Mathews/Darren Sproles – PHI AT WAS – $4,900/$4,400
The matchup is ideal. The opportunity is real. The potential plays are disappointing. It’s been hard to get a real read on how the Eagles will play their run game this year and each game has been a bit of a guessing game. Ryan Mathews feels like he should be the better play here but has yet to do anything of real significance on the year. Darren Sproles is a continued part of the passing game, but Washington has really struggled against runners this year. If forced to make a choice, lean towards Mathews.
Deandre Washington – OAK vs KC – $4,200
While the Oakland backfield situation continues to be a bit muddled, the value is a bit thin at the position so Washington gets the call. Last week, he had nine rushes and six targets. He snagged five of those targets for receptions. On a PPR site like DraftKings, if his increase in targets continues, he should be the top option for the Raiders for any Daily Fantasy owner.
Wide Receiver – below $5,000
Sammie Coates – PITT at MIA – $4,700
Sammie Coates broke through last week against a porous New York Jets secondary for six receptions on 11 targets. He posted 139 yards, 2 tds, and a whopping 34.9 DKPTs. While a similar output would be tough to target, Coates remains in a good spot to contribute to your fantasy lineups here in week six. The Steelers travel to the Miami Dolphins who have struggled against the pass a bit this year. Miami sits as a heavy underdog in this game and shouldn’t put up much of a fight.
Michael Thomas – NO vs CAR – $4,300
Michael Thomas has shown himself to be more than capable this year for the New Orleans Saints. He has been a red zone favorite of Drew Brees so far on the season and has seen his target share rise over the first four games for the Saints. This week, Thomas gets the Carolina Panthers secondary that was torched by two weeks back by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Thomas may not be on the same level as Brandin Cooks as of yet, he could see a healthy outing this weekend without any trouble.
Cameron Meredith – CHI vs JAX – $4,100
As stated earlier, a Brian Hoyer-Cameron Meredith pairing on DraftKings allows you a lot more freedom to pay up at running back and find the other plays you like at wideout. Meredith is coming off a gigantic outing converting 12 targets into nine receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss at Indianapolis. With Kevin White on IR and Alshon Jeffrey continuing to struggle with injuries, Meredith should continue to see plenty of snaps for the Bears and be a key cog in the offense. While Meredith is the upside play preferred here, Eddie Royal remains in a good spot as well at $4,000.
Breshard Perriman/Kamar Aiken – BAL at NYG – $3,000/$3,000
Injuries have started to set in for the Baltimore Ravens. Steve Smith is expected to be out against New York on Sunday and Mike Wallace is currently practicing in a non-contact jersey. Expectations are Wallace will suit up, but obviously some snaps and targets are up for grabs between Kamar Aiken & Breshard Perriman. Aiken feels like the more likely benefactor of this news, but the situation should be closely watched as Sunday rolls around.
Tight End – below $4,000
Coby Fleener – NO vs CAR – $3,500
What could go wrong? Coby Fleener has disappointed us a couple of times this year, but shows up, once again, in a prime spot against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers sit at 29th in passing DVOA against the tight end position on the year. The Panthers have given up 21 receptions to tight ends on the year, including four touchdowns.
Richard Rodgers – GB vs. DAL – $2,900
The Dallas Cowboys have given up 397 yards on 36 receptions and three scores to tight ends so far this year. While Richard Rodgers has thrown up more than a few duds over his career, the matchup and his price tag put him in play. If he can convert at a better percentage than one in five, he should easily return value.
Defense/Special Teams – below $3,400
Titans – TENN at CLE – $3,300
The Cleveland Browns are most likely running out an injured Cody Kessler at quarterback this week and rank in the middle to the bottom of most offensive categories on the season. Tennessee sits at seventh overall in DVOA heading into this week and should have a fairly easy time containing the Browns.