Daily fantasy football may be ready to embrace it’s best week of value yet. Last week wasn’t awful, as we suggested quality options like Antonio Gates (top tight end of the week), DeAngelo Williams (24 fantasy points) and Marcus Mariota (21 fantasy points), among other solid plays.
Gates wasn’t our only elite call of the week, either, with Sammy Watkins absolutely crushing with over 38 fantasy points. Naturally, last week’s success has us giddy about week 13 due to a ton of sweet sleeper plays that could pan out in a big way. If you use the right ones, you could form quite the majestic DFS squad. Let’s take a look at the best value buys at DraftKings this week and you can decide which ones you want to roster for week 13:
QB: Russell Wilson – Seahawks ($5.6k), Ryan Tannehill – Dolphins ($5.3k) and Ryan Fitzpatrick – Jets ($5.2k)
Wilson has been afire the past two weeks, as he woke up from a season long coma to produce 25 fantasy points in week 12 and then erupted last week with 38 fantasy points thanks to a career high five touchdown passes. I know he’s on the road against a good Vikings defense, but he clearly has his mojo back and when you consider his rushing ability and the upside here, his price tag feels absurdly low.
Tannehill is always a risky play due to awful awareness and a spotty o-line, but he had 15+ fantasy points in his last four games and even blew up last week for a cool 27 fantasy points. He’s still not very good, but for a cheap price, the production is decent and fairly consistent. He gets a truly bad Ravens pass defense at home this week, so there are worse chances to be taken.
Fitzmagic is quite possibly the safest cheap play at the position for the entire year, as he’s put up at least 14 fantasy points in every game he’s finished. Last week he tossed four touchdowns, too, and it looks like he’s finally put a nagging hand issue behind him. This week he gets a porous Jets defense, so there’s little reason to hate on him – especially at this price. Keep in mind there are numerous other cheap fantasy passers this week (Johnny Manziel potentially being one), but the three I mentioned here are probably the best ones below $6k.
RB: LeSean McCoy – Bills ($5.7k), C.J. Anderson – Broncos ($3.5k) and David Johnson – Cardinals ($3.4k)
Shady is just a super consistent and reliable source of fantasy points. He had a really tough road date with the Chiefs last week, yet he still found the end-zone and got you 18+ fantasy points for the fourth game in a row. He’s got another tough matchup with the Texans going into Buffalo, but he’s an elite player who can blow up against anyone. He’s worth a shot at this cheap price.
Now for the true bargains, as C.J. Anderson and David Johnson are feature backs at ridiculously low prices. Anderson officially stole the starting gig fully back last week, as he had his second strong game in a row, capped by a clutch 48-yard touchdown run to hand the Patriots their first loss of the year. In week 13 he faces a horrendous San Diego run defense, which helps make him quite arguably the top value buy of the week. Johnson isn’t far behind, as injuries to both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington give him a huge role. He already has 10+ fantasy points in each of his last two games and there’s a good chance he doubles that versus the Rams this week.
WR: T.Y. Hilton – Colts ($5.7k), Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($5.6k), Jeremy Maclin – Chiefs ($5.2k) and Danny Amendola – Patriots ($4.7k)
I personally am not shooting for value at wide receiver this week, and see week 12 as the week to have done so. Hilton, Bryant and Maclin (heck, Sammy Watkins, too), all were solid to elite last week and all remain well under $6k. That makes them killer value plays with huge upside and not much more needs to be said.
Amendola sat out last week with a mild knee sprain, but he’s expected to return to action this week. He has a cool 19 catches and 40 fantasy points over his last two games and with Rob Gronkowski likely out for week 13, he’s shaping up as a super cheap stud. He’s at home versus a bad Eagles defense, so if you do want to go cheap at wide receiver, he may be the best one to do so with.
TE: Travis Kelce – Chiefs ($4.7k) and Scott Chandler – Patriots ($2.5k)
With Gronk and Jimmy Graham out and Tyler Eifert not 100%, you may have to re-think what you do at tight end this week. Due to that and some rough matchups, I like Kelce and Chandler the most going into week 13. Kelce finally woke up with a strong outing last week and this week gets an Oakland pass defense that is shaky in general, but specifically bad against tight ends. Delanie Walker just shredded them for a nice 6-91 line, so I doubt Kelce has much trouble returning value.
Chandler is the real play, as he was already getting involved last week (5-58-1 line) due to so many injuries and now that Gronk is banged up he could have a real shot at elite production this week. The Eagles are pretty good against tight ends by he numbers, but with so few weapons to work with, Tom Brady can’t help but get his big tight end involved.
DEF: Chiefs ($3k), Texans ($2.5k) and Buccaneers ($2.5k)
Defenses again failed me in week 12, as the normally reliable Chiefs only got 5 fantasy points and producing 10+ in their four previous games. Because of course. I still like KC this week, as they’re only $3k and face a Chargers team that has gotten shutdown a couple times recently. Philip Rivers is good for 1-2 turnovers and San Diego’s o-line is trash, so some sacks can also be expected.
I’m starting to think you either want to spend up on the defense with the absolute best matchup (probably Arizona this week), or go really cheap. The Texans and Bucs have solid matchups and are just $2.5k, while Houston has actually be borderline elite for three weeks in a row. They’re on the road against the Bills, but Buffalo isn’t exactly an unstoppable force.
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