By Luke Grilli, DFW Senior Writer and Co-Owner @LGrilli88
Want to win some cash this week? Well I’ve got your back. My Daily Fantasy strategy is this, load my team up with the likes of Antonio Brown and Julio Jones ($9,000+) to get the guaranteed points, while filling out my rest of the roster with cheap player who are in a prime position to outscore their salary. Each week, I scour the bottom of the Draft Kings and Fan Duel buckets to get YOU the best bargains around. Follow along and let’s win some money!
Draft Kings Salary: $6,100
Fan Duel Salary: $7,800
I know Kaep has been on this list a ton, and all politics aside, he continues to be overlooked in all fantasy formats. I got him for a song from our very own Burgandy a few weeks ago and he’s still dirt cheap in all DFS formats considering the season he has had. Since taking over the starting role in Week 6, Kaep has averaged more fantasy points per game than Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethsliberger and a whole litany of other signal callers. He is a true fantasy QB1 and now he gets the Bears who have failed to slow opposing QBs the past three weeks. Marcus Mariota, Eli Manning and Jameis Winston have all passed for 2 TDs against the Bears. Kaep should do the same, but also find room to run and scamper for pay dirt as well.
Draft Kings Salary: $5,000
Fan Duel Salary: $6,800
When I drafted or traded for Todd Gurley everywhere I could this offseason, I never envisioned that I would have him in my “Bargain Bin” article, but after 12 games of watching Jeff Fisher using his start Running Back like a battering ram and without any semblance of creativity, well here we are. However, if you listen to The Never Ending Glory Podcast, you’d know that we talk about Gurley often and we like him as one of our #PointPounders this week. Gurley and the Rams travel to New England to face a defense that has allowed plenty of chunk yardage and struggles to get off the field on 3rd down. If Gurley can find some running room, he has the talent to get into the open field and make a big play. I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw Gurley’s biggest play of the season in Foxboro on Sunday.
Draft Kings Salary: $3,800
Fan Duel Salary: $5,000
Speaking of running backs playing football in New England, the Patriots will need Dion Lewis to step up if they want a chance at the Lombardi Trophy for the 2nd time in 3 years. With news that Rob Gronkowski is out for the foreseeable future following back surgery, the Patriots need Lewis to be 100% ASAP. While James White has been serviceable as Lewis recovers from a torn ACL, he does not have the same impact as Dion. We have seen Lewis come back in a lesser role the past few weeks, but I think Week 13 against the Rams is where Coach Belichick and McDaniels take the training wheels off. At a low price of $3,800/$5,000, Dion Lewis could win you a ton of money this week.
Draft Kings Salary: $4,500
Fan Duel Salary: $5,600
It seems like forever ago that Will Fuller started his pro career with a 19/323/2 stat line through the first four games. Since then, he has failed to score a touchdown or gain over 60 yards receiving. A bad knee and even worse QB may be the reason for that, but it sounds like he is at least over the knee injury. The QB issue? Well that may plague him for the next 3 years. This week against the Jags, I like Fuller to get back on track and score the 3rd touchdown of his young career. He is the fastest player whenever he steps on the field and he will remind us of that on Sunday.
Draft Kings Salary: $4,000
Fan Duel Salary: $5,400
Marquess Wilson, handpicked as the heir apparent Brandon Marshall in Chicago, unfortunately never panned out due to injuries and would tease us every now and again with 100+ yard games. It seemed like 2016 would be no different when he hurt his foot in the preseason and was placed on the IR with the designation to return. In his 2nd game back from that injury, and 3rd string Matt Barkley’s first start as a Bear, the Barkley to Wilson connection was on fire to the tune of 8/125/1 and the receiver was targeted 11 times. Obviously there is a chemistry between the two players and that should be on display against San Francisco. Wilson offers great WR3 with upside this week and for the rest of the season.
Draft Kings Salary: $3,300
Fan Duel Salary: $4,600
After taking a a huge hit on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed is out with a dislocated shoulder. Enter Vernon Davis who was marvelous the first time Reed missed an extended period of time in Week 5 and 6 of the season. The match up isn’t great against Arizona, but the price is. Davis is at the same price points as players on the IR who are yet to play a solid role on any fantasy teams in the whole wide world. I was able to put together a lineup in Fan Duel with Vernon Davis and Colin Kaepernick as my two buy lows, and paired them up with Julio Jones, Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown. If that roster doesn’t get me in the money, I’m rioting.
Green Bay Packers
Draft Kings Salary: $2,900
Fan Duel Salary: $4,500
Call this one a hunch, but Green Bay’s defense played well against Philadelphia and now they welcome Brock Osweiler and the Texans into Lambeau, so I like them this week. They are relatively cheap in comparison to other DSTs of their caliber, so I’m rolling with them this week and saving money to put together my WR Super Trio.
And there you have it. Find any better bargains in the Draft Kings or Fan Duel cache of players? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments!