The key to winning consistently at daily fantasy is finding points for cheap. Everyone and their brother is going to play Gronk, Adrian Peterson and all of the other expensive studs. The way to separate yourself is through your cap-saving players.
In most cases, cheap players that have the potential to score highly are in that position due to an injury to a teammate. This is why, in the NFL especially, it is crucial to keep track of every injury that is made public. Here is a link to a database of injuries I have created for the 2015 season that covers training camp through today.
The guys on this list will be the cheap studs you need to cash out this week.
Brian Hoyer – Hoyer’s value is in his volume. The Texans have averaged 48 pass attempts per game, an astonishingly high number. While that number can be expected to decline with the return of Arian Foster, 40+ pass attempts is still very possible. For only $6700 on Fanduel and $5100 on DraftKings, Brian Hoyer offers the potential of 40 pass attempts against the Jaguars pass defense. Stack him with DeAndre Hopkins for upside in tournaments.
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The Ravens are banged up on defense and are not currently playing up to the classic Baltimore standard. Kaep showed some improvement last week and should find success against the Ravens highly questionable secondary. He’s not cheap on Fanduel ($7300) but for the QB minimum on DraftKings ($5000) he is a solid value.
Charcandrick West – Everyone’s favorite waiver wire add will be heavily owned in DFS this week. If he sees the majority of snaps in the KC backfield his volume alone should make him a quality play for only $4000 on DraftKings and $6200? on Fanduel.
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Riddick leads all running backs in catches through five weeks with 30. His role as the pass catching back makes him more valuable on DraftKings in full PPR than on Fanduel which utilizes .5 PPR. Ameer Abdullah fumbled twice last week and could see a reduced workload which would further add to Riddick’s upside. Joique Bell could cut into the snaps at RB, but if the Lions fall behind Riddick will likely be heavily involved.
Chris Thompson – Much like Theo Riddick, Thompson is the clear pass catching back for the Redskins and is more valuable on DraftKings than Fanduel. The Redskins are unlikely to find success running between the tackles with Matt Jones suffering from a toe injury and stud DL Sheldon Richardson returning from suspension for the Jets. If the Jets build a lead and Redskins can’t establish the run game, Thompson could see double digit targets and put up a quality point total for only $3300 on DraftKings.
Michael Floyd – Floyd is a shot in the dark, but one that could pay big dividends. Floyd was injured to start the season, but has slowly eased his way into the starting lineup and could see more snaps after John Brown missed practice this Wednesday. For super cheap on both DraftKings ($3000) and Fanduel ($4900) you have the opportunity to stack Floyd with Carson Palmer and hope that Floyd catches a TD and puts you in a great position to cash in a GPP.
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Boldin had an impressive game last week but is still only $4300 on DraftKings. Stacking him with Kaepernick on DK will provide you with a QB/WR pairing that will give you plenty of cap room to fill the rest of your lineup with studs.
Ted Ginn Jr. – The Panthers, on the road in Seattle, find themselves facing what is one of the toughest matchups in the league. However, Ginn has quietly emerged as the clear second option for Cam Newton in the passing game. He has averaged 6.3 targets per game this season and could see more on Sunday if the Panthers fall behind. Ginn’s consistent volume can allow you to be comfortable slotting him into your tournament lineups.
Jordan Cameron – The Dolphins have been really, really bad in 2015. For that reason, their starting TE, who has the talent to put up a solid score is only $3000 on DraftKings. Cameron is not nearly as appealing on Fanduel with a price tag of $5400. If you’re looking to save money at TE on DraftKings, Cameron is your guy.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings have one of the more talented defenses in the league and are welcoming in a Chiefs offense that was average at best and before losing Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs offensive line is among the worst in the league and will be exposed on Sunday.