Last week was a bit of a bummer, as I had many a quality team completely ruined by Ryan Fitzpatrick succumbing to a hand injury. It was to his non-throwing hand, too, so I got 3 fantasy points from FitzTRAGIC because he couldn’t handle the pain.
Okay, maybe I’m missing he bigger picture there, but hey, my daily fantasy football teams don’t know that. All they know is they got sacked by one of my favorite quarterbacks for week eight.
That’s DFS, though, and with week 9 already coming our way, we can’t dwell for long. I personally will dwell until Saturday, surely, but I still can point out some quality value when I see it. Let’s take it to FanDuel to see which guys make for stellar value buys this week:
Quarterbacks: Derek Carr – Raiders ($7k) and Ryan Tannehill – Dolphins ($7.4k)
Carr has been really strong for pretty much the entire year, while he’s specifically been ablaze in his past two games (7 TDs). It’s hard not to love him at this price, and though he’s on the road the Steelers don’t have a scary pass defense. He should be a great value play. The same goes for Tannehill, who regressed a bit last week, but that was on the road against the undefeated Patriots. Before that, Tanny had put up 6 scores in his previous two games. He got you 18 fantasy points last time versus the Bills, but the Dolphins seem better than they were then. I don’t know if they win on the road, but I think Tannehill plays better this time around and gets you 20+ fantasy points.
Running Backs: C.J. Anderson – Broncos ($6k) and DeAngelo Williams – Steelers ($6.5k)
FD really priced up some of the guys I thought would be great value plays, but Anderson and D-Will still give you solid value this week. Anderson finally busted out with 100+ yards and a score last week (his first of the year) and gets another soft run defense in the Colts in week nine. He’s still losing work to Ronnie Hillman but if he’s got his mojo back, look out.
Le’Veon Bell is down for the count (knee), so the ageless wonder that is D-Will is in for a monster role. He crushed in the first two weeks when Bell was serving a suspension and he looked spry again last week after Bell went down. He’s got a great role, a nice skill-set and can still ball, so he’s going to be great to use the rest of the way as long as the price is nice. It surely is this week and he gets a beatable Raiders defense at home, so fire him up.
Wide Receivers: Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($6.9k) and Stevie Johnson – Chargers ($5.4k)
Bryant is so explosive and he gets a pretty bad Raiders pass defense at home this week. Big Ben should be a little more comfortable and no Le’Veon Bell could mean a little more throwing for Pittsburgh, anyways. I think he’s in for a big game, as are the Steelers, all around. Johnson lacks that same upside but in PPR formats he could be a great play – especially at this price. Keenan Allen is done for the year, so his role spikes quite a bit and he gets the Bears at home and they’re terrible at defending the pass.
Tight Ends: Jordan Reed – Redskins ($5.7k) and Heath Miller – Steelers ($5.8k)
Not a whole lot of value to be had at tight end. You could take a dive for Vernon Davis ($4.9k) with his new team (Broncos), but his role and actual talent is shaky at best at the moment. Jordan Cameron and Martellus Bennett are also at $5.4k or cheaper, but they’ve been shaky lately. I prefer Reed and Miller. Miller got back on track last week with 10 catches, while he gets an Oakland defense that hasn’t covered tight ends well all year (dead last vs. the position in terms of fantasy pts allowed). Reed has a tough matchup, but the ‘Skins are going to throw all day and Kirk Cousins loves him some tight end.
Kickers: Ryan Succop – Titans ($4.5k) and Chris Boswell – Steelers ($4.5k)
I don’t like paying up for kicker or even talking about kickers, so let’s make it quick. The Titans are facing a Saints defense that just gave up 49 points at home, so I reckon one way or another Succop is going to get some points. The same goes for Boswell, who was weak last week but should be better against the Raiders.
Defenses: Jacksonville Jaguars ($4.3k) and Carolina Panthers ($4.4k)
The Jets don’t have a quarterback at the moment with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith both banged up. If either of them start, the Jags drop down slightly, but they were pretty great two weeks ago and they’re still a solid value, regardless. Carolina might be the real buy, as they created turnovers last week and get a Packers offense that appears to be in a bit of a decline. Green Bay managed just 77 passing yards last week and is on the road against another stingy pass defense.