Aiming high in GPPs over at DraftKings this week? Solid, balanced lineups actually have been doing quite well, but some weeks you need to make bold moves to finish with an elite score. That, or you just need/want as many top priced studs as you can get.
One great way to get the team you covet is to use a minimum priced guy. You don’t want to just go grab any cheapies for no reason, but if the logic is sound enough, it could make for one killer roster. Last week, for instance, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Colin Kaepernick were both the minimum at DK and both ended up putting up over 20 fantasy points.
That’ll do, fellas. That’ll do.
They weren’t the only deep sleepers we hit on last week, either. Michael Floyd remained the minimum and had a solid game with a touchdown, while the 49ers were the cheapest defense on the board and ended up paying off if you used them.
That’s four hits over an entire deep sleeper article. Not an amazing number, sure, but this is the risk you take when you aim high in GPPs. Some of these guys will work out. It’s up to you to figure out which ones. With that, let’s dive into the top minimum plays at each position at DraftKings in week 7:
Quarterbacks ($5k): Zach Metteberger – Titans, Kirk Cousins – Redskins, Matt Cassel – Cowboys
Our boy from last week – Fitzmagic – only jumped up to $5.2k and he’s probably the best cheap play at quarterback this week. However, if you want to go all the way down to the minimum at the position, these are the three guys you’re looking at. You can’t consider Cassel and you probably shouldn’t roll with Cousins. Cassel checks down too much and doesn’t have many weapons (unless Dez returns), while Dallas should try to run the ball all day. Cousins does have some upside, plus Jordan Reed could be back, but he’s just a turnover machine too much of the time. Mettenberger is the only one I’d consider, and that’s only if Marcus Mariota (sprained knee) is out. Mettenberger has put up some stats in the past, has some weapons and is at home against a shaky Falcons pass defense. That’d be enough for me to give him a try if he ends up starting. Ideally, I’m using Ryan Fitzpatrick, Philip Rivers or Carson Palmer this week, however.
Running Backs ($3k): Christine Michael – Cowboys, Khiry Robinson – Saints
Running back is a total wasteland at the bottom, so when there is a legit option at this price, you almost have to use it. Robinson doesn’t really qualify, but if you want to get ridiculously contrarian he does touch the ball 7-9 times a game and gets a weak Colts defense in week seven. I’m not into that, though, as Michael is the clear winner if all this chatter about him starting and getting “unleashed” is legit. It’s tough to trust, but he’s a heck of a talent and the dude has been waiting for three years now to finally get a chance to prove himself. That might happen in a huge NFC East battle with the Giants, who can be run on. He doesn’t even need to dominate to pay off thanks to being so cheap, so the risk is small. Plenty of people will be all over him, but don’t let that prevent you from using a guy with this much value and upside.
Wide Receivers ($3k): Riley Cooper – Eagles, Justin Hunter – Titans
Michael Floyd is no longer the minimum and Chris Hogan/Robert Woods are $3.3k a piece. That really just leaves Cooper and Hunter at the minimum. You’ll probably want to just pay up at wide receiver this week, but keep in mind that the Eagles have brought the deep ball back over the past three weeks. Cooper has at least 70 yards and a touchdown in two of those three games. Hunter has seen his role pick up the past two weeks in Tennessee, too (7 catches), while he’s had some success in the past with Zach Mettenberger, who could start this week. Ultimately, these aren’t guys to trust in, but they do have a little upside in their roles and they’d be as contrarian as it gets.
Tight Ends ($2.5k): Crockett Gillmore – Ravens
I’m not even messing around with other options like Josh Hill, Mychael Rivera and Tim Wright. They all have small roles but Gillmore beats them all in role and upside. He returned last week and was meh with just six fantasy points, but he has blow up potential. Granted, he’s facing a tough Cardinals defense on the road, but hey, upside is upside. Derek Carrier would be a decent second option if Jordan Reed remains out, but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.
Team Defenses ($2k): New Orleans Saints
The Saints suck on defense. This is true. However, it’d be interesting to see if you can get away with them as your defense and win big this week. For one, they looked better last week when they put up 19 fantasy points in a win over the Falcons and three times this year they’ve registered at least 7 fantasy points. They’ve been awful the rest of the way, but consider that they also face Andrew Luck. Luck looked much better last week but previously was a walking turnover machine.