Top Daily Fantasy Football Bargain Buys For Divisional Round
The end is near for daily fantasy football leagues, but we still have one more intense week of NFL playoff action. After that is the Pro Bowl and just the Super Bowl, which as one-game NFL events limits what we can do from a DFS perspective.
The countdown to the end of daily fantasy football has officially begun, but we still can take advantage of some GPPs over at DraftKings to win us some cash. In order to do that we’ll need to be all over the top bargain buys. Let’s take a look at each position and see which options appear to offer the most bang for their buck this week:
QB: Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.8k) and Peyton Manning – Broncos ($5.5k)
You only have four fantasy quarterbacks to choose from, so you are only going to find so much value. Palmer is the top pure value play of the week, though, as he’s just as capable as Tom Brady ($7.4k) and Cam Newton ($7.2k), yet far cheaper. Manning drops you way down to $5.5k so he clearly gives you the best savings, but after producing just 10 fantasy points last week and enduring a regular season to forget, I’m not sure he’s worth even that. If you’re punting the position to spend everywhere else, that’s fine, but with few elite options at running back, even doing it for that reason lacks great logic.
RB: David Johnson – Cardinals ($6.5k), Jonathan Stewart – Panthers ($5.9k), James White – Patriots ($4.6k), C.J. Anderson – Broncos ($4.4k) and Steven Jackson – Patriots ($3k)
Johnson is the priciest running back this week, yet he’s still probably the top overall value at the position. He’s just that good and he’s somehow still this cheap. He’s been blasting on a high level ever since he took over the starting gig over a month ago and he’s never really slowed down. His matchup isn’t amazing, but no one’s is this week.
The same goes for Stewart, although I’m not enamored with him. I don’t see a repeat of last week’s sick 100+ yard and 2-score performance, but you just never know. Either way, his price is fairly low and he does carry upside within a sweet role at home.
White and Jackson sandwich Anderson to close out a very weak positional group. White is super PPR dependent, which either will require the Pats to go in right away with him as a huge part of their passing game or the Pats will need to be playing from behind all day. It’s possible neither happen, but if so, he’d be quite the bargain at under $5k. The same goes for Jackson, who could help grind out a win and/or score on a short touchdown. I don’t trust him at all and Denver’s run defense is strong, but he costs nothing and allows you to do whatever you want with the rest of your daily fantasy football roster.
There is C.J. Anderson, too, who is a good price and murdered the Patriots in an overtime thriller earlier this year. He was good last week, too, (15 fantasy points), so he even has momentum in his favor.
WR: Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos ($6.3k), Michael Floyd – Cardinals ($5.3k), John Brown – Cardinals ($5.2k) and Ted Ginn Jr. – Panthers ($4.3k)
Sanders lit up the Patriots for six catches and 113 yards last time he faced them, so I like his price and upside in this matchup. I’m banking on New England trying to take Demaryius Thomas out of this game, so Sanders should be busy and end up paying off.
Floyd and Brown are about the same price and both feel safe and also carry quite a bit of upside. After Larry Fitgerald dominated the Packers last week, I have to think Carolina sicks stud corner Josh Norman on him. Just because of the sheer possibility of that happening, I’m finding myself fading Fitzgerald and instead using his two cheap teammates. Both were good last week and can go off fairly easily.
Ginn has caught exactly one ball in his last two games and will likely have Patrick Peterson shadowing him, so I’m probably pulling the fade here personally. That being said, he may be needed in this one and as we’ve learned time and time again with Ginn, it only takes on deep value for him to pay off.
TE: Greg Olsen – Panthers ($7.1k)
I won’t be using any tight ends not named Rob Gronkowski or Greg Olsen this week. With Olsen being cheaper and having the slightly better matchup, he gets the nod as the top tight end value of the week. Taking dives for guys like Owen Daniels or Darren Fells is a foolish GPP dream.
DEF: New England Patriots ($3.1k)
I’ll stick with one defense here, too, as the Pats are by far the cheapest unit and I’m not sure any of these four completely wrecks, anyways. Facing a beat up and pedestrian Manning, it’s entirely possible New England racks up sacks and a few turnovers – even on the road. The real likelihood has this game being low-scoring with two teams battling for field position, so even if that’s the case they should at least get 4-6 points, win or lose.
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