FanDuel Value Plays
Quarterback ($7500 or less)
Tyrod Taylor ($7400) @ OAK: Value Quarterbacks are hard to come by on this slate, but I like Tyrod for a solid play at $7400. His floor is always higher because of his running ability, so he does not need to pass as much to hit value. He gets a good matchup against a Raiders pass defense that is 24th in the league. The Bills may be trailing here too, so Tyrod may have to throw a little more to keep them in the game.
Running Back ($7000 or less)
Theo Riddick ($6500) @ NO: This game will easily be the highest scoring game of the week and I love almost everybody to be honest. Theo Riddick may be too cheap for this matchup against a terrible Saints run defense. They also are 29th in the league against pass-catching running backs. Riddick should be very involved in the highest scoring game of the week.
Devontae Booker ($6400) @ JAX: Even with the talks of Kapri Bibbs taking away some of his work, Devontae Booker still had 24 rushing attempts each of the last two games. This week, he gets an excellent matchup against a Jaguars defense that is ranked 23rd against the run. The Broncos should be winning big in this one and Booker is a great player to pair with the Broncos’ D/ST.
Wide Receiver ($7000 or less)
Tyler Boyd ($5400) & Brandon LaFell ($4900) vs. PHI: Since A.J. Green got injured, his targets have been equally distributed to Boyd (17) and LaFell (18). I like LaFell slightly more because he will line up with Nolan Carroll on 40% of his snaps and Carroll is not good at all. The Eagles are decent against the pass, but with 8+ targets going to each guy this game, this volume cannot be ignored.
Willie Snead ($6500) vs. DET: This game will easily be the most popular game of the week, but with good reason. Snead has the best matchup on the board for the Saints. He gets to line up in the slot against Quandre Diggs who is one of the worst corners in the league. Snead should go overlooked for the likes of Brandon Cooks and Michael Thomas, but that makes me like him even more.
Tight End ($5200 or less)
Zach Ertz ($5300) @ CIN: Ertz is never really a high upside guy, but he has a fairly safe floor and a good matchup this week against the Bengals. The Eagles are coming off a short week, so that is always a little concerning. The Bengals are 28th against tight ends so we can project Ertz in the 6-8 points range on FanDuel. If he somehow gets a touchdown, he could have an extremely good fantasy score.
DraftKings Value Plays
Quarterback ($6500 or less)
Colin Kaepernick ($6100) @ CHI: I will keep recommending this guy until his price rises. He is not the best quarterback, but he has such a high floor every week because of him production with his legs. We saw him go absolutely off last week for 37.10 points, and even got the 100-yard rushing bonus. This is an even better matchup for him this week and should be a solid play again.
Running Back ($5000 or less)
James Starks ($4400) vs. HOU: Houston is absolutely terrible at covering running backs out of the backfield. The Chargers did not take advantage of that last week, but they didn’t need to. The matchup sets up perfectly for James Starks. He should get at least 5 targets and 13+ carries in this one and could lead to a huge fantasy day.
Tim Hightower ($4800) vs. DET: He is a fairly risky play, but has put up over 18.50 DraftKings points in each of his last two games. He gets an excellent matchup with Detroit who also can’t contain running backs out of the backfield. This game will be an exciting one to watch, so we want as many pieces in it as possible.
Wide Receiver ($5000 or less)
Brandon LaFell ($4300) & Tyler Boyd ($4800) vs. PHI: Since A.J. Green got injured, his targets have been equally distributed to Boyd (17) and LaFell (18). I like LaFell slightly more because he will line up with Nolan Carroll on 40% of his snaps and Carroll is not good at all. The Eagles are decent against the pass, but with 8+ targets going to each guy this game, this volume cannot be ignored.
Tavon Austin ($3900) @ NE: Tavon Austin is the slot receiver for the Rams, and when you roster him, just don’t watch. He’ll catch a ball 3 yards down the field and try to run for 70. The Patriots bleed points to the opposing slot receiver though and Goff seemed to like throwing to Tavon. He only had 4 targets last week, but he made use of them for 45 yards and a score on a rare red zone target. He is a risky play this week, but in a great matchup.
Tight End ($4000 or less)
Eric Ebron ($3900) @ NO: Man, did Ebron let me down on Thanksgiving. He was open all game and Stafford just would not give him the ball. He gets an even better matchup this week against the Saints (27th vs. TE), but there is always the risk that Stafford will not give him the ball. I think he comes back this week and has a good game against the Saints in the shootout of the week.
Author: Rob Mazeika (Twitter)