When playing daily fantasy football on DraftKings, you must find players you like at a cheap price. Last week, I selected my
The Value Bin Team (Salary - $32,400/$50,000, -$17,600)
Shaun Hill Min@StL ($5,000) It appears that Sam Bradford (knee) is out for the season, again. Hill should slide into the starting job, unless the Rams make a very quick move to get a new signal caller. Hill gets a prime matchup at home in Week 1 against one of the worst passing defenses in the league. He has shown in the past that he has the potential for putting up big numbers when coming in as a backup. At $5,000, he makes a great value as a starting quarterback against a really bad pass defense. I would not use him in head-to-head or 50/50 contests, but you should take a flyer on him for some of your Guaranteed Price Pool (GPP) contests.
QB Alternate: Chad Henne Jax@Phi ($5,200)
Danny Woodhead SD@Ari ($3,700) Woodhead was a point-per-reception (ppr) monster in 2013 with 81 receptions. That is a huge boost on DraftKings because the site awards a full point per reception. He is a great price and should pay off with his receptions alone. The rushing and potential for touchdowns is a nice added bonus. Woodhead should be an option in all contest types.
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Andre Williams NYG@Det ($3,700) The word out of Giants camp is that Andre Williams will be their main goal-line back. If that is the case, Williams makes a very strong GPP play. He will probably not accumulate many points with yards or receptions, but he could put up a touchdown or two.
RB Alternates: Legarrette Blount Cle@Pit ($3,800), Jonathan Stewart Car@TB ($3,300)
Doug Baldwin GB@Sea *Thursday Game ($3,500) Baldwin is a very good value at $3,500. He should be Seattles starting wide receiver in Week 1 and gets a decent matchup at home against the Packers.
*Thursday GPP Contests When playing GPP tournaments that start on Thursday night, I generally like to fade (not use) the players in the Thursday game. These players will be higher owned than they should because people like to have some action on the game. If you fade those players and they underperform, you are instantly at an advantage over a good portion of the field.
Markus Wheaton Cle@Pit ($3,300) Wheaton is a very popular breakout pick among fantasy prognosticators. He is a big-play guy, so he is better suited for GPP contests over head-to-head and 50/50s until he can prove to be a reliable fantasy option on a weekly basis.
Marqise Lee Jax@Phi ($3,500) The Jags receiver corps is already banged up. Lee may be the last one standing by Week 1 against my No. 1 easiest pass defense, the Eagles. Philly should be able to put up points against the Jaguars, forcing the Jags to pass a lot. Lee should be a huge benefactor.
WR Alternates: Rod Streater Oak@NYJ ($3,400), Jordan Matthews - Jax@Phi ($3,800), Kenbrell Thompkins NE@Mia ($3,800)
Ladarius Green SD@Ari ($3,200) Green gets a great matchup in Week 1 against the worst defense versus tight ends in 2013. Green has big-play ability and makes a very solid GPP play at a reduced salary.
TE Alternate: Travis Kelce Ten@KC ($3,200)
Jordan Matthews - Jax@Phi ($3,800) I really like this kid. He has the ability to do just about anything on the field. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will find a way to utilize Matthews skills.
Minnesota Vikings Min@StL ($2,700) As indicated above, the Vikings get to go against a backup quarterback in Week 1 (Hill). The Vikings defense is not good, but they are a solid value at the fourth cheapest defense.
DST Alternate: Cowboys SF@Dal ($1,900)