These cheap plays will lead you to a big pay-day.
The crop of cheap plays is not quite as plentiful this time around. Week 8 was filled with injuries to key players that opened up touches for players who were still priced as backups. Those players are now more expensive and no longer give you the all-important cap space you need to fill your lineup with studs.
On the bright side, since there are less obvious cheap plays this week, there will be more opportunities to put yourself ahead of the field. All of the players below are the top value plays of Week 10 according to my NFL DFS model.
Blake Bortles (FanDuel - $7800 // DraftKings - $5600): Bortles has had quite the fantasy season so far and his FanDuel price reflects that (7th most expensive QB). Bortles price on DraftKings is significantly cheaper (13th most expensive QB) and is truly a bargain. If Allen Hurns (foot) cannot play Sunday then Bortles won’t be quite the home run play, but even if Hurns sits, Bortles should have little trouble validating his price against a porous Ravens’ secondary.
Kirk Cousins (FD - $6500 // DraftKings - $5200)
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The Saints have been absolutely atrocious against the pass this season, allowing more yards and touchdowns to opposing QBs than any other team. Playing New Orleans at home is as good of a matchup for a QB as there is right now. Cousins hasn’t been great in 2015 and for that reason Bortles is a bit more appealing on DraftKings, but Cousins price on FanDuel is enticing.
James Starks (FD - $6000 // DK - $4900): Eddie Lacy has been arguably the biggest disappointment in fantasy football this season, and Starks has taken advantage of Lacy’s ineptitude. Green Bay Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed this week that Starks is the Packers starting RB for the foreseeable future. Against a mediocre Lions defense, Starks is in prime position to get in the end zone. He is the same price as a few other viable options on DraftKings, but his price on Fanduel is exceptional and much lower than any other top option.
Giovani Bernard (FD - $6300 // DK - $4700)
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The presence of Jeremy Hill puts a damper on Gio’s upside, making him a less than desirable option for tournaments. However, in a matchup at home against the Texans in which the Bengals are favored by 11 points, Bernard has good odds of getting in the end zone and seeing at least 15 touches. He’s a solid cash game play this week.
Kamar Aiken (FD - $5400 // DK - $4500)
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Now that Steve Smith is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, Kamar Aiken is the WR1 in Baltimore. When Steve Smith sat out the Ravens’ Week 5 game, Aiken saw nine targets. Double digit targets are well within reach for Aiken against a suspect Jaguars secondary. Fire him up with confidence on both sites.
Brandon LaFell (FD - $6200 // DK - $4100): While he hasn’t done much with his targets, LaFell has seen eight, seven, and nine targets in the three games he’s played this season. It’s difficult to project exactly who will pick up the touches that Dion Lewis previously handled, but LaFell is a good bet to see a slight uptick in targets. His consistent involvement over the last three weeks provides a reliable floor while the Patriots offensive prowess should give him a chance or two to get in the end zone.
Jordan Reed (FD - $5800 // DK - $4600)
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Jordan Reed didn’t have a big game last week but he did salvage his day with a late touchdown. His matchup at home with the Saints is a juicy one. New Orleans has bled points to opposing tight ends this season, allowing the most yards (725) and the second most receptions (54). Reed will bounce back strong this week.
Crockett Gillmore (FD - $5000 // DK - $2800): If you play Fanduel only, look away. Gillmore’s price on Fanduel is nothing special, but he’s a steal on DraftKings. Gillmore has averaged five targets per game this season and that number should rise with Steve Smith out for the season. He’s a bit too volatile for cash games but is perfect as a cheap TE option for tournaments.
N/A: There were a few teams in consideration for this spot, but none of the D/ST with a price tag in the bottom half will be in any of my lineups. The D/ST units appear to be priced accurately on both sites and the most expensive plays are worth the minimal increase in price.
Edited by Jeremy Losak.
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