Hi everyone. I’m here once again to take you through the doldrums of the Draft Kings player pool for Week 6 and pick out a few possible cheap plays that can help you stack your winning team elsewhere. Really don’t have much to add to this opening paragraph. *awkward pause* Guess we should begin.
All of these “bargain” plays are below $5k on Draft Kings. Other than QBs, because the cheapest QBs are $5k. Duh.
Logan Thomas, Arizona Cardinals – $5k
Do not use Logan Thomas. He’s a mid-round rookie that wasn’t even supposed to sniff the field this year. But here he is, likely Arizona’s starter by Week 6 due to injuries to both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. But if you’re really in the market for a cheap passer, then maybe look his way. He’s certainly got enough weaponry around him, and his 81-yard TD pass to Andre Ellington last week was a thing of risky beauty. The Redskins are not a good team, so maybe Thomas could put up a few points. Not betting the house on that, though. It’s not a given that Palmer and Stanton are out for sure, either.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars – $5.7k
It hasn’t resulted in any wins, but Bort has actually been fairly impressive in each of his first two NFL starts. You don’t often see rookies that will willingly throw the ball downfield, but Bortles is averaging well over eight yards-per-toss thus far. That’s promising. He’s facing the Titans this week, which is also promising, because the Titans are a dumpster fire. You can do worse than Bort this week, but you can also definitely do better.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $5.9k
I like Mike Glennon! He’s pretty solid! If nothing else, he’s a hell of a lot better than that fraud Josh McCown was, and the Buccaneers have actually had some semblance of an offense since Glennon has regained the starting gig. He made some amazing throws in Tampa’s OT loss in New Orleans a week ago, though he faces a tougher test this week at home with Baltimore coming to town. Fortunately, the Ravens’ defense is weaker in defending the pass than the run, so there’s reason for optimism.
TOM FREAKING BRADY IS $6K
Look, I know it’s not 2007 Tom Brady anymore. It may not even be 2010 Tom Brady anymore. But Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, which means he’s still pretty good. He was terrific in Sunday evening’s demolition of the Bengals, and appeared to actually develop a bit of a rapport with some of his spare-ass pass-catchers. The Pats are heading to Buffalo this week, and Buffalo boasts a pretty salty defense. But TOM FREAKING BRADY IS $6K. You gotta use him at least once. C’mon.
Storm Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars – $3k
Tobinbo Gerhart is out this week, which means the Jaguars’ backfield is pretty wide open. Considering Gerhart isn’t even good, it should probably be open in the first place, but I digress. Gus Bradley said that the rookie Johnson may get a shot a starting, meaning he may be worth a shot on your roster at the minimum price. Jacksonville’s offense is not good and their offensive line absolutely cannot block, but you never know what these guys will do given the opportunity. Use Storm and stack elsewhere.
Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons – $3.4k
Feeling risky as balls? Then use Antone Smith, who keeps making huge plays and taking them for touchdowns in limited opportunities. Smith has a grand total of 17 offensive touches all season, but has reached double-digits on DK in all but Week 2’s disaster in Cincinnati. Big-play guys like this are always major dice rolls, but maybe you’re feeling lucky.
Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans – $3.5k
The terrible Shonn Greene is listed as “doubtful” for Sunday’s tilt with the Jags, meaning the rookie Sankey is finally going to get the workload he needs to succeed. We all know the Jaguars can’t stop anyone, which means Sankey could be in for a monster day if the Titans feed him dat ball enough. Strong play here.
Joique Bell, Detroit Lions – $3.7k
Bell practiced fully the other day which seems to indicate that he’s ready to roll after suffering a concussion a couple of weeks ago. With Reggie Bush seemingly doubtful to play against a Vikings defense that was absolutely shredded by Green Bay, Bell appears to be in-line to be the lead dog in the Detroit backfield this week. He’s proven to be quite the TD machine when he’s in the lineup, so I’m liking his chances, especially with no Bush.
Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns – $3.5k
Benjamin caught a couple of TD passes in the Browns’ big comeback win over the Titans last week, and was obviously the primary beneficiary of Brian Hoyer’s stellar outing. However, he did have only four total catches on the day, and caught a combined three passes in Weeks 2 and 3. I’m not jumping on the Benjamin train quite yet, but he is a name to watch.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles – $3.7k
Matthews’ stat line wasn’t anything to write home about (why you’d be writing a letter about a random NFL receiver’s outing and mailing it to your own house, I have no idea), but it appears as though he’s going to be a major player in this Philly offense going forward. He was second on the team in targets behind Jeremy Maclin in the Eagles’ win over the Rams, and Nick Foles seems to like what Matthews is bringing to the table. Considering Foles is erratic, Matthews’ numbers may be erratic, as well, but the Eagles put up points. Matthews may as well be scoring some of them.
Odell Beckham, Jr, New York Giants – $4.2k
The highly-touted rookie finally made his debut in the Giants’ win over ATL, and he made his presence felt. He caught 4 passes for 44 yards, but one of those went for a touchdown. New York has a showdown with Philadelphia on the docket for this Sunday night, and we know the Eagles haven’t exactly been stopping anyone. Could be a solid evening for Odell.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons – $4.8k
Rowdy Roddy White hasn’t been the model of consistency this season. But neither have the Falcons. Matt Ryan threw the ball a ton against the Giants last week, but targeted White a grand total of 4 times. 4! For Roddy White! Ridic. Anyway, Atlanta gets a crappy Bears defense this week, which should mean that Roddy and Ryan will have more opportunities to hook up. The fact that the game is in the Georgia Dome gives me additional hope.
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins – $4.9k
Jackson was Kirk Cousins’ best friend on Monday night, leading Washington with 5 catches for 167 yards and a score. Arizona has a tough defense, but Jackson seems to be able to free himself up for a big play every now-and-then.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – $3.2k
Reed has missed the last several weeks with an ankle injury, but may get back into the lineup this week. Keep an eye on that. But if he does play, there’s a good chance for success against an Arizona defense that has been vulnerable to opposing tight ends.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – $3.6k
Witten hasn’t done a damn thing in terms of receiving production this season, but could do a bit of damage on Sunday. Seattle’s defense is designed to make you beat them by incrementally moving down the field rather than being able to run or go over-the-top for a big play, and that’s where Witten can do his damage. Tony Romo’s long-trusted safety valve could see an uptick in targets this week. Let’s hope.
Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens – $4.3k
Daniels has been featured pretty prominently in the Ravens’ passing attack since Dennis Pitta was lost for the season, having caught 9 passes on 13 targets in that span. He’s yet to find the end zone, but a 5-catch, 70-yard outing last week was solid for his price.
The Patriots ($3.4k), Lions ($3.3k) and Chargers ($3.4k) all have matchups against inept offenses this week, meaning they could all be in for productive days. The Packers ($3.3k) feasted on the inept play of Christian Ponder a week ago, and get another questionable passer in Ryan Tannehill in Week 6. Speaking of questionable passers, it’s also tough to not like the 49ers ($3.2k) against Austin Davis on Monday Night Football.
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