There’s nothing like nailing a minimum priced player in daily fantasy football. Last week you had a shot at several, as the Rams defense was almost the lowest priced team defense and they performed better than expected in Green Bay, Washington tight end Derek Carrier was among the cheapest tight ends and scored 10 fantasy points and Lions scat-back Theo Riddick was the lowest you can go at running back ($3k) and he ripped off 10 catches and put up over 20 fantasy points.
Oh, and then there was Saints receiver Willie Snead, who was also just $3k and produced over 20 fantasy points, as well.
If you played it right, you could have used a combination of those dirt cheap plays to pair up with elite players like Le’Veon Bell and Odell Beckham Jr. to dominate the DFS landscape. Who knows, if you use the right minimum plays in week six, you might will all of the money.
You can’t know until you try it, but if you’re going to, you best be prepared. We take a look at the top minimum plays at each position and gauge the value and whether or not they’re worth the risk:
Quarterbacks: Michael Vick – Steelers ($5k), Ryan Fitzpatrick – Jets ($5k), Colin Kaepernick – 49ers ($5k)
Vick was pretty spare for the second week in a row and borderline inept for the first three quarters on MNF, but he DID come around and get the Steelers a win. He can run still and has tons of weapons so as long as Big Ben doesn’t return this week he’ll be in the mix as a deep sleeper in daily fantasy football. I don’t love him against the Arizona Cardinals, but there is value there potentially.
Fitzmagic could have it rough this week against a Redskins defense that usually stuffs the run and even can get after the quarterback. Matt Ryan only put up 9 fantasy points at home against the ‘Skins last week, so that should tell you a lot. You probably can’t feel amazing about Fitz, but he does have some really nice weapons and has been super consistent with 14-17 fantasy points in every game he’s played this year. That’s been plenty good enough at the QB spot to win big in past GPP contests.
Last, but not least, oddly, is Kap. Kaepernick has been dreadful more than he hasn’t, but he has now produced two very strong performances and last week actually resembled a quarterback. That should have been huge for his confidence and now he’s back at home, where the Niners as a whole seem to be at their best. It helps that he gets a Ravens defense that just got absolutely obliterated by Josh McCown. Kap is going to be the top deep sleeper quarterback to target here, without a doubt.
Running Backs: Toby Gerhart and Bernard Pierce – Jaguars ($3k), John Kuhn – Packers ($3k) and Andre Williams – Giants ($3k)
Yuck. Theo Riddick and the top cheapies that had been here at the running back spot are gone. In past weeks you could have paid the minimum for some solid tries, but now you’re stuck with these sorry sacks. If T.J. Yeldon sits (groin) you’d have a mild shot with either Gerhart or Pierce, but even they would be too risky to roll with. Kuhn and Williams don’t have roles but can be good for the random short-yardage touchdown. It doesn’t look like you can save big time at running back and get away with it this week. Not for the minimum, at least. For the top value buys, be on the lookout for our week 6 DraftKings value buys column.
Wide Receivers: Andrew Hawkins – Browns ($3k), Michael Floyd – Cardinals ($3k), Chris Givens – Ravens ($3k), Kenny Stills – Dolphins ($3k), Robert Woods – Bills ($3k), De’Anthony Thomas – Chiefs ($3k) and Jaelen Strong – Texans ($3k)
Most of these guys can be ignored, but they’re without a doubt the best of the minimum lot and all of them at least have a chance to pay off at these low prices. Strong is banged up and his value hinges on the health of the other Houston receivers, but he did score twice last week and could be in for more playing time. Stills has had some nice play of late, too, while Woods could eventually produce if Sammy Watkins remains out this week. Thomas is in for a role increase one way or another with Jamaal Charles going down, but how much is anyone’s guess. Givens just got in Baltimore last week via trade, but he could get much more involved in week six if Steve Smith remains out.
The top two plays are Hawkins and Floyd. Cleveland is throwing the ball about 70% of the time these days and while their week six matchup with Denver is as bad as it gets, the upside is there if Josh McCown goes with the underneath game. He may have to. Floyd is the best upside play at the minimum price, though. He was a bust last week largely because Arizona was up 28-7 over the Lions so fast, while two weeks ago he had a solid 10 fantasy points with 5 catches and 50 yards. His first touchdown of the year could easily come this week.
Tight Ends: Derek Carrier – Redskins ($2.5k), Brent Celek – Eagles ($2.5k), Garrett Celek – 49ers ($2.5k), Tim Wright – Lions ($2.5k)
The only guy I actually like here is Carrier, who actually scored last week and has a decent role as long as Jordan Reed remains out with a litany of injury issues. Behind him are the Celek brothers, who don’t have huge roles but start and are red-zone threats. Wright also has a role in Detroit for as long as Eric Ebron (knee) is on the shelf. None of these guys are safe at all but Carrier is the best play and should carry the most upside. Last week he would have just about matched Rob Gronkowski’s production and you’d have paid $5,000 less for him.
Team Defenses: San Francisco 49ers ($2.1k)
When we say the minimum, we mean the minimum. The 49ers actually have been a very good defense on their home field this year, as they’ve allowed just 20 total points to the Vikings and Packers. With the offense showing signs of life last week, it’s not crazy to think San Francisco’s defense could be a decent play in week six – especially at this price. With how shaky defenses can be from week to week, the Niners aren’t that bad of a play against a Ravens team that could once again be one-dimensional with Steve Smith potentially out for the second week in a row. They’re not safe by any means, but the price has to be tempting.