– John Bandinelli
Week Six is upon us and I’m back with some more DraftKings picks for you to consider for your lineups. My high price picks last week worked out a lot better than the bargains, go figure. Finding great value at a low price can be difficult but that’s the name of the game. Find the cheap guy that’s going to earn 6-8 times his projected value so you can plug all the big stars that you know will do well. This week looks like it’s going to be another tough week to find that bargain player. Last week it was Cameron Meredith and Sammie Coates. Both of these guys are reasonably priced this week and will likely see similar workloads. Although defenses won’t be caught off guard by them again now that we’ve seen what they’re capable of. Plus, I don’t like chasing points from last week. I might have them in one or two lineups just because they fit well, but otherwise I won’t have a ton of them. Now, let’s find that sleeper and get some solid picks into your lineups.
Drew Brees (NO) – $7900
The Saints are in the dome at home this week against the returning Cam Newton and the Panthers. Brees’ home and away splits are absolutely ridiculous. 35.42 and 29.94 fantasy points at home and 13.88 and 14.52 away this year. You can even go back to last season or even his entire career really. The dude just plays better at home. Brees is a must start in front of the home crowd.
Russell Wilson (SEA) $6900
Alex Smith (KC) $5700
Both of these guys are playing against the bottom two defenses for points allowed against QBs this season. BUT, my only issue with the games right now is the weather forecast. There is a weather front moving towards/through the west coast right now that’s the remnants of a typhoon. Reports are saying light rain with 10-15 mph sustained winds. Now, it’s possibly things change. Great matchups, I’ll be checking weather reports Sunday morning. As of right now they will most likely stay in my lineups. Check the notables for guys to switch to.
Colin Kaepernick (SF) $5000
It’s pretty rare that you get a starting QB at the minimum price. I wouldn’t expect a huge return from him this week because he plays the top ranked, most expensive, biggest, baddest defense this week. But it’s possible that Chip Kelly’s offense might actually work for Kaepernick. The price allows you to pay up elsewhere. I think 15-20 is totally doable for him this week which makes for a good value at 5k.
Aaron Rodgers (GB) – $7300
Marcus Mariota (TEN) – $6100
Brian Hoyer (CHI) – $5800
Le’Veon Bell (PIT) – $7900
DeMarco Murray (TEN) – $7700
Two juicy matchups for two guys that are pretty much matchup proof. Bell goes up against Miami who has allowed over 650-yards rushing this season and Murray goes up against Cleveland who’s allowed over 530-yards rushing through 5 games. Take your pick or pick both, either should have solid games. I will definitely be paying for these two this week.
LeSean McCoy (BUF) – $6900
The 49ers are allowing an average of 133-yards per game to running backs. That is the most is the league. Shady has had two 100+ rushing performances this season and I believe that he will get his third this week in front of the home crowd. He has averaged 24.4 points on Draftkings in the past 3 weeks under the new offensive coordinator. I will have plenty of Shady this week and that’s not just the Bills fan talking.
T.J. Yeldon (JAX) – $4400
I really don’t like a lot of the cheaper options at RB this week and will most likely be trying to find my value play at WR this week. Yeldon sticks out for me this week though. Jacksonville OC said that Yeldon has taken ownership of the featured back role. Before the bye week he had his best week of the season. He has a solid matchup against the Bears who have allowed 5 rushing TDs in the last 4 games. Yeldon is the only back below 5k that I like this week.
Jordan Howard (CHI) – $6800
Todd Gurley (LA) – $6700
Frank Gore (IND) – $5200
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) – $7500
Hopkins price has gone down significantly since the start of the season. This presents an interesting opportunity to grab a player who may be worth more than advertised. The Texans play the Colts in Houston. The Colts have allowed an average of just under 200-yards a game and just over 40 points on Draftkings to wide receivers in the last 3 games. Hopkins could be in for a great game in front of the home crowd support. With the current pricing of some of the big time receivers I think DeAndre could be overlooked and have a low ownership giving you an advantage in tournaments if he goes off this week.
Doug Baldwin (SEA) – $6800
Jeremy Maclin (KC) – $6300
I have these guys stacked with their respective QBs. Again I really dig the matchups here but there’s the weather scenario. So if it looks bad come Sunday morning be prepared to switch these guys out. Right now I’m like 80% sure that I will keep them in my lineups.
Jarvis Landry (MIA) – $6800
If you’re looking to switch from Baldwin, Landry is an easy straight exchange for the same price. Pittsburgh is in the bottom third of the league as far as pass defense. Miami will likely be playing from behind forcing Tannehill to throw the ball more.
Tavon Austin (LA) – $3900
Kenny Britt (LA) – $3700
Either of these 2 gentlemen could have a game against Detroit this week. The Lions are giving up about 40 fantasy points on average to wide receivers this season. They’ve also given up 7 passing TDs. If Keenum can get them the ball, both could be in for solid games.
Chris Conley (KC) – $3100
Conley is basically a WR3 behind Maclin and Kelce but has that weather dependant game in Oakland. The Oakland defense has been laughable against any and all passing games. If Conley gets involved for one big week this season, it could be this one. Not my favorite Bargain out of the three here this week, but still in play for me.
Breshad Perriman (BAL) – $3000
If the weather doesn’t work out I’ll be switching more of my lineups over to this man. With Sam Smith Sr. ruled out this week Perriman slides up in the depth chart and into the WR3 spot behind a banged up Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken who will likely be in the slot. He’s at the minimum price against a Giants team that has allowed 955-yards total to wide receivers this season.
Delanie Walker (TEN) – $5500
Walker faces the worst team in league against TEs. Cleveland had allowed over 500-yards and 5 TDs to tight ends so far this season. Walker is in a great spot if you’re willing to pay.
Jesse James (PIT) – $3000
The Pittsburgh TE is averaging just over five targets a game with an average of one red zone target per game. Not great, but not terrible either. Miami is in the bottom third of the league against tight ends in receiving yards and TDs allowed. Jesse has three touchdowns on the season so far. With Markus Wheaton out he could see more targets.
Jimmy Graham (SEA) – $4900
Travis Kelce (KC) – $5000
Buffalo Bills – $3700
Currently tied for second in the league in sacks behind the Broncos who have already played this week. Tied for third in interceptions and tied for first in fumble recovery. And finally first in the league for defensive TDs with three so far. Playing against Kaepernick who hasn’t played a regular season snap this year. Looking at last season, in 9 games played Kaep threw for 6 TDs, rushed for one and threw 5 INTs. Not the easiest return game for Colin. I’ll be paying for the Bills defense this week.
Philadelphia Eagles – $3100
This Eagles defensive unit has allowed the least amount of points in the entire league at 51. 13 sacks in four games played. Hard to argue with that. I’ll have my fair share of the Eagles this week against Washington.
That’s all I’ve got for you this week. Be sure to check back next week. As always feel free tweet me or comment in the section below.
– John Bandinelli (Twitter)