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: $6,600
Fan Duel Salary: $7,900
If you have kept the faith in Cam Newton even during his struggles, hopefully you started him last week and gave him the chance to win you some money in DFS. This week in an AFC South showdown with the Falcons, I love him at this price point. We haven’t seen a QB put up elite numbers against the Falcons since Aaron Rodgers threw 4 TDs against them, but then again, the QBs the Falcons have faced since then are Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz (and Palmer!), Alex Smith, Jared Goff and Colin Kaepernick. Needless to say, Canton isn’t getting their HOF Gold Jacket size anytime soon. I like Cam to continue his late season surge and put up 3-4 TDs as the Panthers try to play spoiler.
Draft Kings Salary: $4,100
Fan Duel Salary: $5,100
Dion is a bargain in both Draft Kings and Fan Duel this week against a Jets Defense that is more worried about picking up the lady folk on Snap Chat than playing a game against AFC East rivals. Last week against the Broncos, many expected LeGarrette Blount to lead the Patriots in rushing, but it was Dion who paced the squad with 95 yards on the ground, which was a career high. Patriots fans expected Dion to fall back into his pass catching role upon his return, but Bill Belichick had different plans. How will he use Dion against the Jets? Time will tell, but I can guarantee that Bill will use him and he is a bargain at his current price point. You can do yourself a great service by using Dion as your RB2 or FLEX and spend money elsewhere on a Top QB or WR.
Draft Kings Salary: $4,800
Fan Duel Salary: $6,000
Surprise, surprise, Frank Gore is being disrespected in Fantasy Football circles yet again. What does this guy have to do that get into the $6,000 DK/$7,000 FD salary range? Ah well. Anyways, Gore is fresh off a 100 yard performance against the Vikings and draws the Raiders this week, who are in the bottom 10 in rush defense. Gore should come in and push about 80 yards while catching his normal 2-3 passes finishing as a strong RB2. If he is able to find the end zone, he should be a sure thing RB1. Draft him with confidence this week.
Draft Kings Salary: $5,200
Fan Duel Salary: $6,600
In 2015, DeAndre Hopkins was the one constant in my DFS lineups. Week in, week out, Nuk and I won a ton of money. It was awesome…then Brock Osweiler happened and his 2016 season was all but lost from a fantasy standpoint. In Week 15 though, the most amazing thing happened. The Texans finally benched Osweiler for Tom Savage and DeAndre actually got catchable balls thrown his way. Amazingly enough, Tom Savage looks like he will be a better option at QB if fantasy owners want to see consistent production from DeAndre Hopkins. The needle for Hopkins is pointing up because A) Savage is starting this week B) Houston plays a mediocre Bengals team and C) Draft Kings and Fan Duel haven’t wised up to the QB change, so they are keeping DeAndre at a price point that is well below his potential. I’m confident saying that DeAndre will turn in a vintage 2015 performance with Savage chucking him the rock this week.
Draft Kings Salary: $5,200
Fan Duel Salary: $6,100
As impressive as Mitchell has been over the 2nd half of the season, I was fading him last week against the Broncos, and for good reason, as he only recorded one catch for 14 yards against a tough Broncos Defense. This week, he’s pitted against the Jets who he has already burned for a 5/42/2 stat line earlier this season. Mitchell made a disinterested Darrelle Revis looks like a bench warmer and not a future hall of famer. I don’t expect Mitchell to have another 2 TDs, but he should definitely catch 5-6 balls and flirt with 100 receiving yards.
Draft Kings Salary: $2,600
Fan Duel Salary: $5,100
Fellow DFW-er Josh Johnson will certainly put his stamp of approval on this pick. Since Sims has become the starting TE in Miami, he has taken the opportunity and ran with it. Over the past 5 games, he has found the end zone 4 times and is averaging 11ppg in both Draft Kings and Fan Duel. No, the numbers won’t win you a tournament for that week, but they won’t lose you one either. In Draft Kings, he is an absolute steal at $2,600 and I suggest picking him up as much as you can. In Fan Duel, he starts to get a bit pricy at $5,100 and there may be better options, but you could definitely do much worse.
Green Bay Packers
Draft Kings Salary: $3,300
Fan Duel Salary: $4,600
The Packers are a team that are getting hot at the right time. This week, the resurgent defense is matched up with a Vikings offensive line that is essentially a turn style. Green Bay’s secondary isn’t great, but they will do enough to keep you from losing too many points. Meanwhile, the Packer pass rush should get to Sam Bradford a few times. I am expecting a solid 10-12 point performance from the Packer D on Saturday.
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!