Hi Who2Start Nation, it's your buddy the Number Cruncher here again. The DFS Accountant is on bye week (along with SIX NFL teams, yikes), so I will be presenting some value DFS plays this week. With six teams on bye, you are going to need to scrape the bottom of the barrel for DFS value plays. But trust me, they're out there. I am constantly crunching NFL stats to figure out the biggest value plays every week. This week, you get one at each position at FanDuel.
QUARTERBACK: I hope I don't lose y'all right from the outset here. Just hear me out. Brock Osweiler is one of the cheapest starting QBs this week ($6,600). Only the "Cleveland QB" is cheaper (Josh McCown, I guess) and is only $200 cheaper at that. In Osweiler you have a much-maligned QB who is supported 100% by his coaches. What better way to prove your worth than a home game against the defense allowing the most points to QBs? The Lions give up 2+ TDs to ALL QBs. Something has to give here. Our bet is that Osweiler gets cookin' here.
RUNNING BACK: This one's too easy. C.J. is out this week - possibly longer - and the talented Devontae Booker takes his place. Booker has already looked great in "kinda-sorta RBBC" duty with Anderson, and now as the #1 back for the Broncos, his price tag of $5,600 is just silly. Especially against a Charger team that definitely gives up their fair share of fantasy production to RBs.
WIDE RECEIVER: With Vincent Jackson now on IR, the Bucs have looked to Russell Shepard as their #2 WR. He responded last week, converting 6 targets into 5 catches for 77 yards and a TD. This week, the defense that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs should allow Shepard to have a solid outing. At just $4,500, he's a tremendous value. The OAK/TBB game should feature a ton of passing and scoring.
TIGHT END: Going to double-down here with the Houston passing game. C.J. Fiedorowicz has 15 catches in his past three games and has looked equally impressive against good defenses as he has against weaker ones. This week, the Lions, who give up the third-most fantasy points to TEs, should allow him to continue his streak of good outings. At just $4,900, he represents this week's best TE value.
KICKER: At just $4,500, Matt Prater is among this week's cheapest options at kicker. What's not to like here? Indoor game, already averaging over 8 ppg in FanDuel scoring. Houston's run D has been pretty leaky, but it's not like the Lions have bangers that can get short TDs in. We like Prater's chances at at least a couple of FGs and a couple of XPs.
DEFENSE: Kind of a thin set of options for "value" DEFs this week. We'll plug the Texans in here, playing at home against an offense that will try to air it out regardless of the strengths of the defense it plays against. The Texans' D, for all of its faults this season, have allowed the third-fewest points to both QBs and WRs. Expect them to rush Matthew Stafford hard and sack him at least 3 times, and maybe force a turnover or two. At just $4,300, it's the best value on the board.