OK folks, six teams on bye yet again this week so the bargain hunting will be in full effect. You got yourself a solid lineup on DraftKings from the DFS Accountant yesterday, so let's take a look at what we have in FanDuel. We are entering a $1 contest - the $200K Sun NFL Dive. Over 235k entries are likely, so we will again want a very unique lineup with high upside.
Defense: Our favorite that'd be considered a "cheaper" option this week is Baltimore. It looks like Big Ben will suit up and play, but already a fairly statuesque QB, he will have even more trouble moving around in the pocket come Sunday. Expect the Ravens to unleash the helldogs on Big Ben. Worth a shot at just $4,300.
Kicker: Our #1 kicker for Week 9, Wil Lutz, is just $4,500. Sounds good.
Tight End: Dennis Pitta has 20 targets in his past 2 games. The yardage has been somewhat low but with the Steelers one of the worst teams at covering opposing TEs, figure Pitta will be very busy come Sunday. At just $5,200, we will plug him in and hope that the targets translate into higher yardage totals and possibly a score.
Running Back: With Spencer Ware ruled out for KC, their #1 WR hurting and rolling their backup QB in this week, Charcandrick West ($5,600) is going to be a massive bargain. Jacksonville is fairly terrible against the run and there's no one to compete with West for carries or looks out of the backfield in the pass game. Great value here.
Value WR: We're going to want to go big with our QB/WR stack this week, so in order to save some cash, we went bargain-hunting at WR. We typically don't like going RB/WR from the same team, but when both said RB and WR are relative values based on matchup/injuries to starters, it sometimes means big production. In this case, we like the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill at just $4,700. He's definitely a boom-or-bust prospect this week but had most of his production last week with the backup QB under center (who will again be this week). Nice matchup, so we're rolling the dice.
Running Back: We've seen enough savings with our first four selections that we can go in price here for a RB likely to a) have a huge game and b) might be off some folks' radars given the price tag and the "chalk" at this price point going on Ezekiel Elliott. Le'Veon Bell ($8,700) will play infinitely better with Big Ben under center, and with the aforementioned QB being a little banged up, Bell could see even more volume. We're plugging him in and think he's in for a huge game.
QB / WR Stack: Going off Vegas over/under numbers here, looking for a QB/WR combo that is almost certain to have monster stats. The likes of Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Drew Brees (who will all be widely-owned this week) are just too expensive. Yes, we initially saved cash in the beginning of our roster construction for a pricier QB option but think that the way to go here is with Colin Kaepernick ($7,200). The Niners come off their bye well-rested and now face a Saints defense allowing gaudy stats to opposing QBs. What we really like is the running potential; Kap has 66 and 84 rushing yards in his two games as a starter. The passing yardage has been low but that's likely to change against the Saints. And WR-wise, it appears as if Torrey Smith ($5,300) is his #1 target. Smith's skillset lends itself to getting downfield and the Saints will have trouble covering him. A unique 1-2 punch for sure. If it hits, we feel good about cashing.
Wide Receiver: He's going to be widely-used, but with over $14k remaining, we'd be fools to not plug Antonio Brown ($8,700) in. Yes, we already have Bell at RB and we've said it's normally not wise to go RB/WR off the same team, but in this case we are fine with the exception to the loose rule. No other defense yields as many TDs to WRs than Baltimore. With Big Ben back, Brown will be busy.
Value Engineering: With plenty of cash left over, we upgrade from Baltimore to Kansas City at DEF. Jacksonville's offense has been putrid and the Chiefs' D will need to be on point at home with so many injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Expecting them to pound the Jaguar offense hard.
QB - Kaepernick ($7,200)
RB - Bell ($8,700)
RB - West ($5,600)
WR - Brown ($8,700)
WR - T. Smith ($5,300)
WR - Hill ($4,700)
TE - Pitta ($5,200)
PK - Lutz ($4,500)
DEF - KC ($5,100)