DraftKings NFL Bargain Plays – Week 9
Quarterback – below $6,500
Dak Prescott – DAL at CLE – $6,100
The Cleveland Browns have been our punching bag all season long. Dak Prescott, while the darling of the Dallas Cowboys fans, hasn’t put together a truly big fantasy performance on the year. Last week, he managed to drive the Cowboys down the field in overtime for the win. While he continues to push Tony Romo into a backup role, we continue to wait on a true, breakout performance. This should be the week. The Browns rank 30th against the pass and 31st against the run on the year according to Football Outsiders DVOA. Prescott is in a great spot and could be paired with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.
Colin Kaepernick – SF vs NO – $5,600
If you look to punt quarterback in cash games, Colin Kaepernick may be the man for you this week. Kaepernick, much like Prescott, has yet to have that one defining game. Now, with Kaepernick, we have a far more limited sample size this season. While the 49ers offense has struggled on the year and Kaepernick is winless in two starts, this may be his best opportunity to breakout. New Orleans 28th against both the pass and the run on the year. Kaepernick’s floor is buoyed by his ability to run the ball. Over his two starts, he’s rushed the ball 17 times for 150 yards.
Ryan Tannehill – MIA at NYJ – $5,600
There have been plenty of times to target the New York Jets secondary on the year. They’ve ranked consistently at the bottom of the league in pass defense and have been very susceptible to the deep pass. In week eight, the Jets D was yet again proven to be lacking against the pass, as Josh McCown did his best to dice up New York. Buster Skrine was out last week for the Jets and no word has come out saying he’ll be in. Tannehill has struggled at times this year, but this is a plus matchup that allows us to pivot off of Prescott or Kaepernick.
Running Back – below $5,000
Terrance West – BAL vs PIT – $4,700
Terrence West is coming off his worst performance of the season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though that West was held in check by a Jets defense that has been elite against the run on the year. This week, West gets a plus matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Pittsburgh still, somehow, carries the mystique of a great defense, they are not. According to DVOA, they are 22nd against the rush on the year. West is in line to bounce back this week and you should be able to utilize him to save some cash.
Charcandrick West – KC vs JAX – $4,400
Charcandrick West is the next man up for the Kansas City Chiefs. There is still a possibility that Spencer Ware could make an appearance, but as of today he has not passed concussion protocol. The matchup is one that West should be able to exploit as the Jaguars rank 27th in DVOA against the rush. With Nick Foles at quarterback, most likely at least, the Chiefs may look to lean even more so on their running game.
Wide Receiver – below $5,000
Kenny Britt – LA vs CAR – $4,400
Kenny Britt has seen a nice increase in targets as the season has rolled along. Over the past three weeks, he has seen 24 targets and hauled in 15 receptions including two touchdowns. We’ve all seen the struggles the Carolina Panthers have had this season. While Case Keenum isn’t necessarily going to the Pro Bowl, he’ll have to pass as the Carolina D has been very stout against the run. There are a few low priced options this week that Britt could be a nice pivot off of if you need.
Kendall Wright – TEN at SD – $4,400
Kendall Wright’s resurrection has been a sight to behold. The wide receiver was buried deep on the Titans depth chart but has found his way into an increase in targets over the past few weeks. He has two touchdowns in three weeks and gets a good matchup against San Diego. The Chargers have actually be pretty good against the pass this year, but definitely play at a higher pace. Marcus Mariota has been looking to Wright and Rishard Matthews more and more over the past couple of weeks and that shouldn’t change in this contest.
Tyreek Hill – KC vs JAX – $3,400
Tyreek Hill now has three touchdowns in his past four games for a Kansas City Chiefs offense that struggled mightily in the past with wide receivers scoring touchdowns. His athletic ability is clearly outstanding but translating it to success with his quarterbacks had proved a bit elusive to start the year. Hill saw six targets last week but his targets have fluctuated wildly all year. At just $3,400 he doesn’t need a lot to make him hit value.
Tight End – below $4,000
Gary Barnidge – CLE vs DAL – $3,900
Gary Barnidge has seven passes thrown his way last week but only was able to haul in three of them. The targets should continue heading into this week’s matchup with Dallas. The Cowboys have struggled to contain tight ends on the year, ranking 31st in DVOA against the position. Barnidge and Josh McCown clearly have a connection that should continue to be exploited this week.
Jason Witten – DAL at CLE – $3,700
Welcome to the tight end show, Dallas v Cleveland. While Gary Barnidge is in a great spot, so too is his counterpart Jason Witten. Witten and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott connected on the game winning touchdown last week for the Cowboys. Somehow, Witten was wide open. Witten’s target total was down last week but he made his presence known with the touchdown. Cleveland is bad against pretty much every offensive position. A Dak Prescott/Jason Witten pairing could allow you to go most anywhere you want with roster construction this week.
Julius Thomas – JAX at KC – $3,200
With the Jacksonville Jaguars moving on from Offensive Coordinator Greg Olsen, there could and should be some changes in their offensive scheme this week. New OC Nathaniel Hackett, held the same position for the Buffalo bulls a few years back. In his offense, Scott Chandler lead the team in receptions in 2013. Julius Thomas has the talent and the matchup to make his presence known on Sunday. It’s a bit of a gamble with a new coach in place, but may be one that really pays off.
Defense/Special Teams – below $3,400
Steelers – PIT at BAL – $2,900
The running joke around fantasy football and the NFL is whether or not Joe Flacco is, in fact, elite. While there isn’t enough time to delve into that topic overall right now, there is time to tell you that over the past four weeks he’s been anything but elite. Flacco has struggled mightily with just two touchdowns over that four week span. The Steelers defense is not nearly what it used to be, but their pressure should cause Flacco some significant problems this weekend.