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Before taking a gander at this week’s values, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that the Lions and Saints are on bye this week, so remove those players from your re-draft league lineups and target them for trades if teams are in a bind with too many bye week guys.
Now then, let’s run through some players at each position who stand out in one way or another for DFS use by using the modeling tool at FantasyLabs.com. All scoring projections/rankings are from their cash model for Week 6.
Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Tampa Bay $12,700
Ryan is one of seven quarterbacks that will cost you between $12,000 and $13,000 to use in your lineup this week at FantasyDraft, and none of them have a softer matchup. Enjoying a resurgence of sorts this season, Ryan will be at home against the worst pass defense in the league this Sunday. The Buccaneers are allowing 358 (!) passing yards per game and ceding the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. They have permitted an NFL-high 13 touchdown passes even though they have already had a bye. Start Ryan and anyone you can stack him with in your DFS lineups this week.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers at Atlanta $11,000
Actually, give me either of the quarterbacks in this game! If Ryan is too expensive, take Winston. Better yet, set multiple lineups and use them both. In Vegas, this game has the second-highest over-under of the week (57.5) behind only the Patriots and Chiefs game. That seems about right. Fantasy Labs has Winston slated as their No. 4 quarterback value this week; even if you don’t trust me (why are you reading this then?) you have to respect the DFS mavens at Fantasy Labs.
James White, Patriots vs. Kansas City $11,400
Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Kansas City $11,300
At these prices, you can’t go wrong with either Patriots running back. As noted above, this game has the highest over-under of the week (59) so all the sharpies are projecting copious touchdowns. Michel has emerged as the Patriots feature back, with 210 rushing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns the past two weeks. Meanwhile, White already has 32 receptions and has scored five touchdowns in five games. That’s money talking.
Austin Ekeler, Chargers at Cleveland $7,900
Here at the Fantasy Football Party, we are envisioning a weird and wacky game in Cleveland this Sunday. The Chargers will be playing at 10 a.m. on their internal clocks against a defense that leads the NFL in takeaways and quarterback hurries. A shoot-out between Philip Rivers and Baker Mayfield is what our Spidey senses suggest. Give me Ekeler at this price in that scenario, as he will get his share of touches in both the running and passing game. His two-game scoring streak is a solid bet to continue.
Ito Smith, Falcons vs. Buccaneers $6,000
The rookie has touchdowns in two straight games and received a good chunk of the touches (including at the goal line) even with Devonta Freeman back (temporarily) last week. Freeman now has a foot injury, leaving his status in doubt. If you are making DFS lineups on Sunday morning and Freeman is inactive again, Smith is a beautiful plug-and-play option. As noted already, there are a lot of points to be had in this matchup. Even better, the $6,000 price tag is literally the lowest for running backs at FantasyDraft. That, my friends, is value.
Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers $12,300
Only seven teams have allowed more receiving yards and only two have allowed more touchdown receptions to wide receivers this season than the Chargers defense Landry faces this Sunday. The last time Jarvis faced a pass defense roughly this lousy was back in Week 1 when he caught seven passes for 106 yards from some long-forgotten quarterback named Tyrod Something-or-other. Watch for the Mayfield-to-Landry connection to heat up, especially with Rashard Higgins nursing a sprained MCL.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Pittsburgh $11,300
The Bengals-Steelers game has the third-highest over-under in Vegas this week at 53. There will be plenty of points scored in this one, so deploy Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and A.J. Green with confidence but also consider using Boyd. He’s averaging five receptions for 79 yards per game and has already found the end zone twice this season – slightly better numbers than the aforementioned Jarvis Landry. More impressive numbers are on the way this week and Boyd will cost you a whopping $3,000 less than Green.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons vs. Tampa Bay $9,400
Remember way back to the beginning of this list when I described how juicy this matchup looks for the Falcons’ passing game? Clearly, Julio Jones ($14,900) and Calvin Ridley ($11,600) make for quality DFS plays, but Sanu will cost you thousands less. Over his three most recent games, Mo has 14 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns. For the math-impaired, that’s about five catches for 73 yards and 1.5 touchdowns against teams that are not as awful as the Buccaneers are at stopping wide receivers.
Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Tampa Bay $7,000
At the risk of beating a dead horse, Hooper makes another fine option for stacking with Ryan. He exploded last week for season-highs of nine receptions and 77 receiving yards. On average, no defense is allowing more fantasy points per game to tight ends than the Buccaneers. That is all you really need to know.
C.J. Uzomah, Bengals vs. Pittsburgh $5,900
If high-priced Falcons receivers have limited your budget this week, please consider Uzomah as your tight end in DFS. The Steelers have allowed the most tight end receptions (40), second most yards to tight ends (424) and are tied for the second most touchdowns allowed to tight ends (three). In his first game playing the role of Tyler Eifert for the Bengals, Uzomah had two receptions for 43 yards while teammate Tyler Kroft has no catches.
Houston Texans vs. Buffalo $6,900
J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are a problem for opposing offensive lines again. A massive problem. To the surprise of precisely nobody, Watt is tied for the league lead with 6.0 sacks. Unfortunately for the Bills, they have allowed an NFL-high 22 sacks this season. Fortunately for you, the Texans aren’t the highest-priced defense at FantasyDraft this week. It’s close. They have the third-highest price tag. It’s worth it this week.
Chicago Bears at Miami $6,400
A well-rested Bears team that ranks second in the NFL with 18 sacks and is tied for second with 11 takeaways — even though they had a bye last week — is taking its Monsters to South Beach this Sunday. There they will encounter Ryan Tannehill hiding behind an offensive line that has already lost two starters to Injured Reserve. Best of all, they cost even less than the Texans this week.
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