Well, the DFS Accounant is "traveling" this week. Not sure if this has anything to do with the Accountant movie coming out in a couple of weeks or if he's just on a beach somewhere. Either way, I am his understudy... the Number Cruncher, and this gives me the opportunity to show what I got in terms of picking DFS bargains. You know the saying "one man's trash, another man's treasure". I've known this for a long time, as my gramma used to drag me with her on Saturday mornings to garage sales. Not only did this instill in me the importance of a good bargain, but it got me up early enough on Saturdays to watch college football pretty much all day. In my book, that's a win-win. Below I will detail a group of players below their positional average that should vastly outperform their prices. Adding a couple of these names to your FanDuel lineup will allow you to splurge at other positions.
Brian Hoyer (vs. DET, $6,000): Jay Cutler's thumb is likely to keep him out another week and the Bears face a Detroit defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to QBs. The Bears will be breaking in a rookie RB and Hoyer's numbers against Dallas (317 yards, 2 TDs) should be achievable again against the Lions.
Cody Kessler (@WAS, $6,300): Honestly, I'd prefer Hoyer out of these two QBs but if Cutler somehow comes back this week and you are hunting for another QB bargain, Kessler is a dice roll. The Redskins just lost another DB and you know that the Browns can't stop anyone on D so they're likely to be playing from behind.
Blaine Gabbert (vs. DAL, $6,400): If Kessler isn't your idea of a good gamble, Gabbert home against the Cowboys could be OK. For now he's the starter and with a decent outing here he may hold off Colin Kaepernick. Dallas just let Brian Hoyer go for 300+, so hoping that the Chip Kelly offense works quickly and Gabbert can get at least 250/2.
Duke Johnson (@WAS, $5,400): Prefer him a little more in a full PPR format but at this price he's a bargain. The Redskins' D is a mess and Cody Kessler may look to check down with the pass catching back in Johnson.
Cameron Artis-Payne (@ATL, $5,700): Don't let last week's numbers fool you. Even against a stout Viking front seven, he was close to 4 ypc. If the Panther offense was able to do ANYTHING, those numbers would have been much better. Expect much, much more against a weak Falcon defense as the Carolina offense really gets back on track. They don't forget Week 17 of last year.
Spencer Ware (@PIT, $6,200): Right about the FanDuel average for RBs this week, and a guy we'd like more in a full PPR, Ware will be a busy guy against the Steelers. They allow opposing RBs to find the end zone and allow them space to catch the ball out of the backfield. Those stats alone lead us to believe Ware (if Jamaal Charles does indeed sit again) will be a solid play.
Michael Thomas (@SDC, $5,300): Love, love, LOVE the matchup in sunny San Diego against the Chargers, who are just not good defensively. If Willie Snead is back, you might want to rethink this but if Snead sits, Thomas could have a huge game.
Cole Beasley (@SFO, $5,200): No one in this price range gets anywhere close to the number of targets Beasley gets. With Dak Prescott under center, Beasley is turning into a poor man's Edelman, catching little slants and outs that are essentially just running plays. Except Beasley gets a half of a point every time he catches the ball. To boot, Dez Bryant will be playing on a bum knee.
Jamison Crowder (vs. CLE, $6,000): Right about average for a WR in FanDuel this week, Crowder is another guy who is target-rich with a superb matchup. Super safe play, with upside.
Coby Fleener (@SDC, $5,400): Guess it will take a week or two before FanDuel catches on. Drew Brees loves his TE, Willie Snead is probably out again, and this is an awesome matchup. The Chargers can't defend opposing TEs, just like the Falcons last week.
Garrett Celek (vs. DAL, $4,500): If you really, really need to tighten up your budget, Celek is a gamble that might pay off. Niners starting TE Vance McDonald hasn't practiced this week and is likely out against the Cowboys. Celek is hurt too but should play. If the news is favorable on him as the week develops, he could be a viable bargain TE.