Week 6 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Value Buys at DraftKings
If you want to win in daily fantasy football consistently, you have to hit on your value buys. They go by many names (cheapies, bargain buys, sleepers, value picks), but they all mean the same thing and to be consistently profitable, the guys you pick that are somewhat under the radar need to pan out.
How you find them and decide on them is up to you, but we’re one good source. Last week was further evidence of that, as a ton of our picks panned out. Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Todd Gurley and Vincent Jackson helped get the job done, while suggestions like Doug Martin and Allen Robinson absolutely crushed.
Bye weeks and injuries shake things up a bit heading into week six, but per usual on daily fantasy football sites like DraftKings, there is major value to be had. We like taking a look at DK especially week to week, as they have some of the best pricing in DFS. There are oddly very few minimum value plays (players priced as low as possible at the position) this week, but a ton of value remains, nonetheless.
Let’s go over which options you should most consider for week six:
Note: All of our value plays are at $6k or less.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($6k)
Bradford looked awful for the first three weeks but he’s really looked a lot more comfortable lately and has 5 touchdowns in his last two outings. He’ll be at home on MNF this week and he faces a Giants pass defense that hasn’t been formidable in the least. He should return killer value for his price, which happens to be a cool $2.1k less than the top-priced passer in week 6.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($5.7k)
Dalton continues to get no respect in daily fantasy football, despite leading Cincy to a 5-0 start and averaging over 25 fantasy points per game. His production is insane and while a matchup with the Bills this week isn’t necessarily ideal, they are still giving up the 25th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Dalton should be good to go this week and his price is absurdly low for the elite QB1 numbers he’s been putting up.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers ($5k)
Trusting in Kap is an easy way to lose your money fast, I know, but the guy has produced 20+ fantasy points twice now and gets a sweet matchup at home against the Ravens this week. He’s also the minimum, which makes him a pretty low risk for a guy who faces a defense Josh freaking McCown just burned for 457 yards and three scores.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($6k)
Murray isn’t the easiest running back to trust but the woeful production we saw through the first two weeks looks to be behind him. He’s not averaging over 4.3 yards per carry in each of his last two games and could be a bargain buy in a huge NFC East clash with the Giants. Murray is active in the passing game and is a lock for 15+ touches and goal-line work. He’s too good of a value to pass up completely in daily fantasy football this week.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots ($5.8k)
Few running backs are as reliable as Lewis, who has yet to dip below 16 fantasy points in any game this year. He’s just too involved in New England’s offense to fail, as he sees carries, catches passes and is constantly in the red-zone packages. This week Lewis gets a bad Colts defense, too, so there is plenty of reason to like him despite a salary price jump of $1k.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets ($5.1k)
Ivory does have a tough matchup this week with an often stingy Redskins run defense, but he’s got a massive role and has been very productive in two of three starts this year. The Redskins did just get carved up by Devonta Freeman last week, too, so for this price we shouldn’t let matchup rankings dictate how we look at Ivory.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars ($4.8k)
Yeldon is a little banged up going into week six (hamstring) but if he’s a full go you have to consider him against a bad Texans team. Yeldon’s value is all about role and price, as you’re not paying up for a guy who really has a floor of 10 fantasy points these days.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins ($4.3k)
Miller has been a total fail across the board this year, as Miami in general has been borderline unwatchable and he hasn’t produced even one game of 10+ fantasy points. That could change this week, as Miller gets a pretty leaky Titans run defense. Miller is still a versatile and explosive rusher and with a full week off to figure their issues out, he and the Dolphins could potentially have a big week. He’s easily one of the bigger risks on this list, but the value is potentially insane.
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5.9k and $5k)
The Jaguars are an offense worth targeting in daily fantasy football. There, I’ve seen everything. It’s funny, but it’s also true. Blake Bortles makes both of these guys viable DFS plays, as both have cemented roles and have proven their worth in the red-zone. Hurns is the better pure value, but both of these guys are worth using this week.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets ($4.9k)
Decker has scored a touchdown in every game he’s played this year and he’s under-priced. With the Redskins surely focused on stopping Chris Ivory and Brandon Marshall firs tin week 6, he just might be the top value play at the wide receiver position.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals ($3k)
Floyd has been trash for most of 2015, but a lot of his lack of production actually has to do with a hurt hand and game flow. Two weeks ago he got 10 fantasy points and was actually involved, but last week the Cards were all over the Lions early and he simply wasn’t needed. He’s too talented to go scoreless for much longer, too, and with him being the minimum he’s a pretty solid shot in the dark this week against a very beatable Steelers defense.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals ($4.9k)
Why pay over $5k at tight end when you can get a total beast for $4.9k? With two games with two scores and give overall, Eifert is a red-zone monster and even has two games with 8 or more catches. He gets a good matchup against a Bills pass defense that has allowed a ton of yardage in 2015, too, so the value is there across the board.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers ($4.6k)
Gates definitely made his presence known in his return from a suspension last week, as he racked up 9 catches for over 90 yards and two scores. There’s no guarantee he does anything like that again this week, but it’s quite clear Philip Rivers missed him and doesn’t mind force-feeding him. He has a decent matchup against the Packers this week, who are better against receivers on the outside than they are against TEs.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins ($3k)
It’s always fun to find a really talented player at a super low price. That’s Cameron, who was supposed to be enjoying another career year in South Beach, but along with the rest of the Fins, has disappointed. He’ll have a chance to rectify that this week, as he gets a really nice matchup by the numbers with the Titans.
New York Jets Team Defense ($3.1k)
Need a beastly defense but don’t want to pay top dollar? Try the Jets, who draw Kirk Cousins and the Redskins at home, yet are still a solid $700 cheaper than the top-priced Seahawks. Cousins is good for 1-2 turnovers usually, so the Jets are a pretty safe play and naturally also carry a good amount of upside.
Minnesota Vikings Team Defense ($2.9k)
The Kansas City Chiefs have been floundering on offense in 2015 and now they have to visit Minnesota with Jamaal Charles (torn ACL) on the sidelines. Advantage: Vikings.
Hopefully some of these daily fantasy football sleepers help you win the big bucks this week. Remember to come back here later this week as we check out three solid DFS lineups to consider for week six. Good luck in your games this week!
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