Draft Kings? Or Draftkings? DraftKings, perhaps? WHO KNOWS.
As always, these are some cheapies you can try and slide into your lineup for Week 7. Cheapies, but goodies? Some of them. Crappy cheapies? Probably most of them.
All of these guys are at or below $5k on DK, except for QBs, because none of them are less than $5k.
Big Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5.7k)
So it’s been a bit of a rough go of late for Benny and the Steelers, and it probably won’t get a whole lot easier with J.J. Watt bearing down on them come Monday night. However, the rough times of late have corresponded with a fairly tough portion of the schedule for the Steelers, as well. This week, they’re at home. In two home games, Roethlisberger has racked up 21.4 and 26.36 DK points, respectively. Outside of Watt, the Houston defense isn’t really that scary, as evidenced by TY Hilton and the Colts running amok on them last Thursday. Given the price, Ben is probably worth a look.
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns ($5.6k)
Hoyer has been in this thing just about every week, and with good reason. It’s not that he’s really killing it (he’s scored at least 15 points in just two of the Browns’ five games), but he’s steady. Plus, this week the Browns get the gift of the Jaguars, so there’s reason for optimism. Hoyer finally discovered last week that Jordan Cameron exists, so we can hope that those two will start a beautiful relationship together. One with many connections for touchdowns, and such.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions ($7k)
Usually I won’t go this high with prices, but Stafford at $7k stands out. This is a guy that’s typically in the neighborhood of $8k, so there’s a chance at a major steal this week. The Lions are at home, which is a plus, and they’re playing what has been an absolutely god awful Saints defense, also a plus. Perhaps the Saints figured a few things out during their bye week, but that seems rather doubtful. Calvin Johnson will likely sit, which hurts Stafford, but it’s not like he doesn’t have other decent weapons at his disposal. I’d still rather use Roethlisberger, but can’t blame you if you’re wanting to jump at the chance for some cheap Stafford.
Fat Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers ($4.7k)
Fat Eddie Lacy has looked fat, slow and useless in just about every game so far this year, but he has faced some pretty stout defenses along the way. The Carolina Panthers were one of the NFL’s illustrious Ds a year ago, but those days are long gone at this point, it appears. The Panthers can’t stop anyone from running this year, as evidenced by Gio Bernard’s 10000-yard TD run a week ago. There’s a good shot for Lacy to get his fat rump back on track this week against Carolina at home.
Alf Morris, Washington Redskins ($4.7k)
Oh, how I wish Alfred Morris went by “Alf”. Alas. Alf has been fairly useless so far this season, as well, but, again, the Redskins have endured a fairly difficult schedule. Alf and his Redskins draw the Titans this week, and the Titans are one of the 10 worst run defenses in the league. His complete lack of pass-catching ability is maddening, but he’s still the Bell Cow.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts ($4.7k)
Viva the $4.7k running backs! Bradshaw has been (by far) Indy’s best threat out of the backfield this season, having scored double-digit fantasy points in every game so far. All five of his TDs this season have been on receptions, which gives him five times as many receiving touchdowns as Andre Johnson. The Colts loooooove to throw the ball (despite Pep Hamilton apparently thinking they’re a “power running team”), and they get a Bengals defense that has looked pretty porous for a few weeks now.
Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos ($4.8k)
The former San Diego State great stepped-in for the injured Montee Ball last week and impressed, running it 24 times for 100 yards and a score. He did this against the Jets, which happens to be one of the stingiest run units in the NFL. So, impressive. They get another stingy D with the 49ers coming to Colorado this weekend, but that doesn’t mean Hillman can’t do some THINGS again. After all, he’s a bit of a scat back, meaning he could be featured a bit in the Broncos’ passing attack, too.
Andre Williams, New York Football Giants ($4.5k)
Look, I know what you’re thinking. There’s no New York Baseball Giants anymore, making the New York Football Giants a needless distinction. I know what you’re also thinking, and that is “why the eff should I trust the Giants to do anything in a road divisional matchup after they sucked so hard in the same situation a week ago?” To answer your question: I don’t know. Alls I know is that Williams is a pretty good talent, and there’s no way the Giants can be that bad two weeks in a row. Right? RIGHT?!?!?!?
The Corpse of CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills ($3.7k)
Remember CJ Spiller? Me neither, but apparently he’s something that exists. Barely. The former first-round pick is all the way down here at $3.7k this week even with a favorable-looking matchup on the docket with the Vikings. Unfortunately, considering Spills had just six totes a week ago, it seems as though old man Jackson has taken CJ’s gig. There’s always the chance that Spiller can break a big one, but he, ya know, has to actually be on the field to do such a thing. Do if you dare.
Storm Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars ($3.4k)
Tobinbo is out of the lineup once again this week, so the starting job goes to the rookie. Storm didn’t do a whole lot with this job last week, but he did manage to find his way into the end zone against the Titans. The Browns are obviously a more imposing matchup than the Titans were, but there’s always a chance he can sneak into the end zone again.
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins ($5k)
Kirk Cousins has been developing a bit of a rapport with DeSean Jackson lately, but Pierre Garcon is still here, too. He scored last week, but that was really the only thing he’s done in any of his last three games. The matchup with Tennessee is favorable.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals ($4.8k)
Fitzgerald lives! Carson Palmer lives! Palmer returned from his injury rather unexpectedly last week and immediately resurrected Larry Fitzgerald in the process. Fitz caught six passes for 98 yards with a TD in the win over Washington, which leads me to believe that he’s not completely useless quite yet. With a Palmy revenge game coming up in Oakland, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Fitzgerald produce another strong outing this week.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers ($4.6k)
Despite the Chargers having been able to do pretty much whatever they want on offense all season long, Keenan Allen has been MIA. He has a total of six catches for 52 yards over the last two games, and hasn’t found the end zone once this year. Other than the 10-catch, 135-yard effort against the Jags, Allen hasn’t done anything at all. But we know what he’s capable of doing, and at $4.6k he’s highly tempting. The Chiefs are a middle-of-the-road pass defense, but Allen did enjoy two productive games against them in 2013.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers ($4.5k)
With Michael Crabtree having been slowed by a nagging foot injury, it’s been Bolding doing much of the damage for the Niners. He was up to his normal tricks with seven catches for 94 yards and a score on Monday night, though this week’s showdown in Denver should be a tougher test. But he has to be the No. 1 guy in this offense at this point.
Wes Welker, Denver Broncos ($3.7k)
Wittle Wes Welker was absent last week against the Jets, hauling-in just one ball for a whopping eight yards. It’s too early to say he’s falling out of favor (he had 13 total catches for 118 yards in the other two games), but Emmanuel Sanders seems to be a burgeoning option for Peyton Manning. With the Thomas non-brothers also out there, Wes could have a tough time finding any balls coming his way.
Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans ($3.7k)
Hunter did nothing to start the year, but he does have a double-digit output in two straight games, which is promising. It’s looking like Charlie Whitehurst will be under center again this week against Washington, and I’m optimistic that Hunter can keep improving. If Jake Locker is healthy enough to go, though, I’m probably looking elsewhere.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns ($4.6k)
Cameron awoke from a long slumber in last week’s thumping of the Steelers, as he caught three passes for 102 yards and his first touchdown of the season. He finally seems to be fully healthy, and the aforementioned matchup with Jacksonville this week provides plenty of reason to believe he can keep doing damage.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers ($4.9k)
Gates’ receiving totals haven’t been overly impressive since Week 2 (no more than four catches in any game since), but he keeps scoring touchdowns. He’s scored three in the last two games, and is pretty much matchup-proof when it comes to finding the end zone. KC has defended opposing TEs fairly well, but Philip Rivers obviously knows where to find Gates when it counts.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs ($4.8k)
The Chargers have been the league’s No. 1 defense in defending opposing tight ends, but Kelce has scored in each of his last three games. Without a bevy of reliable options in the passing game, I would imagine Alex Smith will keep looking in Kelce’s direction, matchup be damned.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts ($3.7k)
It’s been Allen, not Coby Fleener, that has enjoyed the majority of the success for Colts tight ends this year. Despite not having more than four receptions in any game, last week’s win over Houston was the first in which Allen didn’t put up double-digit fantasy points. The Bengals (Indy’s opponent this week) have been the WORST unit in terms of stopping the TE this year, so Allen may be able to get back on track.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys ($3.6k)
Witten lives! The future Hall-of-Famer scored a touchdown for the first time all year in last week’s win over the Seahawks, though it was one of just two catches on the afternoon. With the Cowboys being so run-heavy these days, Witten’s not really had to be relied-upon at all in the passing game. He’s still typically good for a handful of catches on a weekly basis, but I’m not holding my breath that TD No. 2 is coming this Sunday.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams ($3.6k)
The fantasy enigma known as Jared Cook finally appears to be tapping into some of that massive potential. He’s caught at least four passes in every game so far, and, while he still hasn’t scored, he appears to have earned the trust of Austin Davis. And god knows we all yearn to earn the trust of the great Austin Davis. The Seahawks have been pretty mediocre in limiting tight ends, but I would also imagine they plan on bringing the heat against the Rams’ young QB. If he deals with pressure better than he did against the 49ers, there’s a chance Cook could find some success as his safety valve. Seattle’s defense is designed to make you beat them with underneath routes, so perhaps that’s the key to success for the Rams.
Larry Donnell, New York Football Giants ($3.5k)
I’m not jumping off the Larry Donnell train yet. Mostly because jumping off a train would mean certain death. Donnell has caught ONE PASS FOR SIX YARDS in the two games since his Thursday Night touchdown extravaganza against Washington, which is….not good. Without Victor Cruz available, however, perhaps Donnell may start seeing more chances. Dallas is 31st in the league against TEs, as well. C’MON LARRY.
The Bills have been the NFL’s best run defense so far this year, and at $3.3k against an offense as spare as Minnesota’s, ya gotta like their chances this week. The Seahawks haven’t been particularly productive in terms of fantasy, but $3.2k and a matchup with Austin Davis makes me optimistic. Eli Manning committed six turnovers the last time he traveled to Dallas, so there’s a chance the Cowboys can do some things for just $3k.
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