Top FanDuel Football Values Week 10
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If you’ve never played weekly salary cap games, you’re missing out on an exciting game to play throughout the NFL season. The game that we’ll be breaking down in this weekly article is for the website FanDuel.
For those of you that have never played a salary cap game before, I’ll quickly go over the rules so you can understand how these games work. Each player is given a monetary value based on statistics, matchups and that player’s hype. You then try to create the ideal lineup using as salary cap, such as $60,000.
The purpose of this weekly article is to point out the best values each week so you can make the most ideal lineup. A few positions you’ll never see on this article is defenses and kickers. With these positions you’re just basically looking for the most ideal matchup, whether that’s a rookie quarterback for a defense or a terrible defense for a kicker.
With all this information, let’s now take a look at some of the most ideal matchups over at FanDuel. We’ll also give you an ideal lineup using these bargain players while also breaking down a handful of huge upside plays for the riskier folks out there.
Ideal Matchup at Each Position
Quarterback – E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills
Manuel is returning to the Bills lineup after missing the past four weeks. His absence for the past few weeks has lowered his cost to a friendly $5,900 this week.
He gets to play the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, the 10th-worst overall defense in the league. The Steelers are also coming off a performance where they gave up four touchdowns to Tom Brady, so it’s definitely possible to put up points against this defense.
While there may be some rust this week, look for Manuel to have a strong showing with both his arm and legs against the Steelers.
Running Back – Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders
With Darren McFadden still fighting through a hamstring injury, Jennings looks like he’ll get the majority of the snaps this week for the Raiders. Last week he played in 74 of 97 snaps and totaled 176 yards and a touchdown.
With 102 of those yards coming on the ground and 74 through the air, Jennings proved that he is a true dual-threat running back. This week Jennings plays the New York Giants, who haven’t been very good on either side of the ball this year.
At a cost of only $5,700 this week, Jennings has the best value at the running back position.
Wide Receiver – T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Did anyone see what Hilton did last week against one of the best defenses in the league? In case you didn’t, he went off for 121 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for the year, Hilton has clearly become the No. 1 target for quarterback Andrew Luck. Last week that resulted in a total of 11 targets and a +2.7 grade on the game.
Hilton only has a cost of $6,000, which is ridiculously low. It’s definitely possible that he puts up similar numbers this week like he did last week.
Tight End – Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Few tight ends have been as solid as Bennett has been this year. He only costs $5,600 this week, which seems way too low.
While Bennett has been overshadowed by wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, he’s definitely held his own in the Bears offense. He currently has the sixth-best passing grade for a tight end in the league.
With quarterback Jay Cutler potentially returning this week, look for Bennett to have another solid performance this week.
Ideal $55K Team
With a $55K team, you really need to pick your players wisely. It’s likely that you’ll only be able to grab one or two top-tier players, so you need to pick wisely.
Let’s take a look below at an ideal team at the lowest salary possible at FanDuel:
QB – Seneca Wallace, Green Bay Packers ($5,000) – There is no doubt this is a risky pick, but we saw last week that the Packers simply can’t win by only running the ball. Wallace should be a little more comfortable this week and has an ideal matchup against the porous defense of the Philadelphia Eagles.
RB – Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders ($5,700) – We already talked about Jennings value, but the Raiders really don’t have any offense weapons outside of quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Jennings should get plenty of touches to put up huge numbers.
RB – LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles ($8,600) – The Eagles play the Packers this week. Green Bay gave up 179 total yards to Matt Forte last week. McCoy is one of the most talented backs in the league and the Packers simply won’t be able to stop his dual-threat ability.
WR – Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos ($8,300) – Thomas gets a great matchup against the San Diego Chargers this week. The Chargers have the second-worst passing defense in the league. Look for Peyton Manning and Thomas to get back on track this week with a great offensive showing.
WR – T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts ($6,000) – Anytime a receiver has three touchdowns in a single game, he’s probably worth putting on your roster. That becomes even truer when that receiver is currently the favorite target of one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
WR – Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys ($5,700) – Williams’ play has declined in recent weeks, but at his cost, he still has great value for this roster. He’s also got a great matchup against the New Orleans Saints. It’s possible that there are 100 combined points in this game, giving Williams some serious potential to put up points this week.
TE – Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears ($5,600) – Even if Bennett is receiving passes from Josh McCown again this week, he still has plenty of value. With a game against the Detroit Lions, the Bears should have no trouble moving the ball through the air.
K – Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints ($5,100) – The Saints-Cowboys matchup should be the highest scoring game of the week. Hartley’s cost is what gives him the edge as the kicker to go with.
DEF – Philadelphia Eagles ($5,000) – This is a risky pick because the Eagles have been horrid on defense. However, the Eagles play the Packers who will be starting Seneca Wallace at quarterback. There is definitely an opportunity for a big game from this defense this week.