The 2015 fantasy football season has been a wild ride. At least three top shelf running backs have, in one form or another been total busts. Eddie Lacy has one rushing touchdown on the season, Jeremy Hill has zero games with 70+ yards rushing and C.J. Anderson has been, well, an utter disappointment.
That’s just scratching the surface of the horrors of 2015 fantasy drafts, too. There are the tales of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck, that all in their own way have hand-delivered a certain level of suck this season. It’s not just at running back and quarterback, either. Jimmy Graham has been a sack about as often as he’s been good, Travis Kelce has rewarded you with one truly elite week and Antonio Brown has felt the impact of not having a top shelf quarterback – hard.
Man, there is so much filth to work your way through when you look back at the first six weeks of the year, but luckily we still have daily fantasy football to hang our hat on. Breaking Football caters to both the season long and DFS scenes, but this column will focus on both at the same time. Kind of. You can catch my week 7 fantasy rankings in the cool table from FantasyPros.com (below), which shows you how I rank guys for the week and how that correlates to daily fantasy value over at DraftKings.
You can peruse through my rankings and what it means at DK yourself, but I’ll also hit up each position and quickly point out the top bargains if you only have time for that. Either way, good luck in all fantasy football leagues this week!
Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers are very likely going to be the two most owned quarterbacks this week. They both have great home matchups, have both been awesome all year and also are severely under-priced. My next favorite value ends up being Ryan Tannehill, who is a top-15 guy and is also coming off a solid week. He gets a very beatable Texans defense at home this week, too. Andrew Luck and Drew Brees are good plays in a likely shootout, but they’re a little too pricey for my liking. The dirt cheap play of the week is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hasn’t dipped below 14 fantasy points in a single game all year. Zach Mettenberger is the minimum and is worth considering if you’re going for the millions, but keep in mind he’s still Zach Mettenberger.
Everyone is going to use Todd Gurley.
Ev. Ree. One.
He’s been mashing, is at home and gets the Browns, who are absolutely poopy (dead last) against the run. Even though the ownership is going to be insanely high everywhere you play, he’s too cheap ($5k) to avoid. LeSean McCoy, Doug Martin, Frank Gore and Lamar Miller are the other top values that are similarly priced. All are worth a shot. Latavius Murray is a little more expensive but he’s facing a really weak Chargers run defense, so it’s tough not to like him. I’m obviously into Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster, as well, but they’re quite expensive. I’m not into the Christine Michael love, since Dallas has kind of backtracked on his role.
Antonio Brown could be the value play at wide receiver this week even though he’s $7.9k. Big Ben probably isn’t back but he has an amazing matchup and a guy this talented cannot be this bad for much longer. There is much better value to be found, of course, as Brandin Cooks, Donte Moncrief, Jarvis Landry, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are all $6.2k or cheaper and are either super safe or in a likely shootout. Two super cheap plays that could carry some upside are Michael Floyd and Jamison Crowder. Eric Decker and Pierre Garcon are two nicely priced guys who seem to get it done at a moderate level every single week, as well.
Rob Gronkowski has become a poor value, as his play has dipped and he has a tough matchup with a strong Jets defense this week. He’ll oddly be a sick contrarian try, though, as he won’t be highly owned because of said reasons. I’m probably fading him completely, as Ladarius Green is the play of the week at just $2.9k. I honestly might use him even if Antonio Gates (knee sprain) does play. Green has remained pretty involved (8 catches, 1 TD) in the past two weeks with Gates back and if Gates is limited or out, he could beast out against Oakland, who happen to give up the most points to TEs in the league. Travis Kelce is a strong value, too, as he’s a solid price, at home ad goes up against a Steelers defense that isn’t great against the position. Jordan Cameron is still dirt cheap and after scoring last week could offer some upside going into week 7.
It’s the Rams and everyone else this week, as they’ve slowed down some impressive quarterbacks and are at home against the Browns. More specifically, they’re super cheap and are probably the top value of the week as far as defenses go. You could also try the Redskins or Browns, who are just as cheap and could pay off, as well. Arizona could be worth paying up for at home, but it’s not like the Ravens haven’t scored in 2015. I don’t trust them as much as I trusted Seattle going into Thursday night. Carolina and Philly are both worth a shot, while the Falcons could be dialed up against Zach Mettenberger. Jacksonville and Buffalo boast the lowest total of the week in London, too, and either one could easily crush the opposing offense. Buffalo seems safer but there’s something fun about a cheaper Jags defense against E.J. Manuel.
That does it for my breakdown of DraftKings value this week. For the rest, pour through the numbers and see for yourself who might be worth using in daily fantasy football leagues this week: