Below I will highlight a few guys that I perceive will provide value for their price on DraftKings for Week 6 in the NFL.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals ($6,600): Palmer is the 7th highest priced QB despite having the 4th best fantasy points per game with 22.3. He has a great matchup this week against Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s pass defense is in the bottom half in the league allowing 70.4 completion percentage (29th), 257 passing yards per game (20th), and 9 touchdown passes allowed (T-22nd). Palmer has been an exceptional 50/50 play each week with a minimum of 18.34 fantasy points per week. Start Palmer with confidence.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears ($5,200): If you want to go cheaper at QB this week, Cutler is the play against the Lions. In the 3 games Cutler has started and finished this season he is averaging a solid 17.3 fantasy points per game. He should do even better this week against the poor Lions pass defense. The Lions are worst in the league allowing 76.6% completion percentage and 9.2 yards per attempt. Take advantage of Cutler being over $1,000 cheaper than the other elite QB options. He is the play if you want a cheap QB option and great as a high upside GPP play.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers ($6,300): Lacy is just too cheap to ignore. He has not been great this year, but is too good to ignore as the 8th highest priced running back. Lacy has a nice matchup against the San Diego rush defense that has allowed the 4th most rushing yards per game at 132.4 yards per game, in addition to a league worst 5.1 yards per rush. Fire up Lacy this week.
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots ($5,800): Lewis has maintained the top running back spot on the Patriots. He continues to out-snap Blount by a large margin, last week Lewis played 71% of the snaps to only 29% for Blount. Continue to roll out Lewis with confidence, especially with DraftKings point per reception scoring. Lewis is a great play with his 23 receptions over the first 4 games. With his minimum of 16 fantasy points each week, Lewis is a steal at his $5,800 price tag.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos ($4,500): Anderson has been terrible this season. He has not passed 50 rushing yards in a game this year and has yet to score a touchdown. That said, he gets an exceptional matchup against the Browns. The Browns have given up the second most rushing yards a game this season of any team in the NFL at 149.4 yards per game and the second worst yards per rush attempt with 5.0 yards per carry. Also, Anderson’s backfield mate, Ronnie Hillman, is a bit banged up. This is Anderson’s last chance to prove himself as the lead back and I think he proves it against the poor Browns defense.
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets ($7,100): Marshall has had an exceptional start to the season with at least 18.2 fantasy points in each game. Marshall has averaged 7.5 receptions and 100 yards per game and has been targeted on 31% of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s throws, highest on the Jets. He also gets a nice matchup this week against the banged up Washington secondary. Washington has given up an average of 267 passing yards a game the last 3 weeks. Brandon Marshall should excel against Washington and make for a great play.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals ($7,000): Fitzgerald has been fantastic this season with a per game average of 7 receptions, 98 yards and 1.2 touchdowns or 25 fantasy points per game (2nd highest of wide receivers). Yet he is the 12th highest priced wide receiver. He also gets a nice matchup this week against the poor Pittsburgh secondary. As I mentioned in Palmer’s section, the Pittsburgh pass defense is in the bottom half in the league allowing 70.4% completion percentage (29th), 257 passing yards per game (20th), and 9 touchdown passes allowed (T-22nd). Palmer and Fitzgerald make for a great cost effective stack.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans ($5,200): Wight has been targeted on a team leading 20% of Mariota’s passes and is averaging 4 receptions and 61 yards on 6.75 targets a game. His opponent, the Dolphins, have showed a vulnerability to the pass allowing the 5th most yards per attempt at 7.9 and the 24th most fantasy points to wide receivers. Wright should have a nice day against the Dolphins.
Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packer ($3,100): Rodgers has increased in price to $3,100. That is still extremely cheap. Rodgers continues to be a phenomenal GPP upside play at his low price. He has set season highs in receptions and targets two straight weeks. He has scored 10.5+ fantasy points in 3 of the 5 games and continues to see more action every week on a high-powered offense. Rodgers has the third most targets of anyone on the Packers and continues to be a must play at his cheap price.
Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins ($3,000): Cameron has had a poor start to the season, but is due for a breakout. Cameron is second on the Dolphins in targets averaging 7 targets a game. In addition he also has 7 red zone targets through 4 games. The volume is there, all he needs is a little better throws from QB Ryan Tannehill. Cameron also has a solid matchup against the Titans who have given up the 21st most fantasy points to tight ends. Cameron makes for a nice tight end play, as well as a cheaper flex option.
REMINDER: Check all lineups before the games start to ensure your players are in their team’s lineup.
*All prices from DraftKings.com
Kevin is a recent UCLA graduate and is currently in the process of achieving his Masters in Sports Management from Long Beach State. He is a stat geek who thrives on taking advantage of the numbers in all aspects of sports and life. You can follow him on Twitter at @KevTom21 or reach him through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or feedback.