As injuries mount up around the NFL, the potential for uncovering FanDuel bargains in the world of weekly fantasy football continues to grow. Especially at running back, there are ample options for snagging one or two cheap, yet productive players and then loading up on elite talent to fill the balance of a roster. Let’s dig into week 13’s best buys and get down to the business of making some money…
Eli Manning ($7,500): Eli looked sharp last week in his return to action following the Giants’ bye week, and he gets a juicy matchup this week to keep his mojo rolling. Washington gives up huge points to fantasy quarterbacks (3rd most per game) and Eli has no shortage of weapons to expose their secondary. 14th in price this week at his position, Eli is a great buy.
Colin Kaepernick ($6,900): Kaepernick was decent last week and showed why he could be a mainstay in the fantasy game, by running in a touchdown on the ground. $6,900 is a reasonable enough price to give him a whirl once more and see what the youngster can do with another start.
Chad Henne ($6,500): Henne will continue his magical midseason heater, as he gets another soft defense this week, in the Buffalo Bills. With Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon emerging as legitimate weapons, Henne will be effective once again. $6,500 is dirt cheap in the world of FanDuel quarterbacks, so slot Henne in as your QB and stack up elsewhere.
Bryce Brown ($5,800): Brown looked great last week (aside from the fumbles) while replacing Shady McCoy, and will get another crack at the starting gig this week at Dallas. 19 carries for Brown last week, who is mighty cheap considering his expected workload and the talent he showed in week 12. Solid buy.
Knowshon Moreno ($5,300): Moreno was resurrected from the fantasy grave last week and received a healthy workload (24 touches). Moreno is priced down among the split backfield type running backs in FanDuel this week, making him (along with the other two backs listed here) a nice buy due to pure touches alone.
Rashad Jennings ($5,200): Yes, Jennings did absolutely nothing in his stint as Jacksonville’s starting back this season, but with Jalen Parmele out for the season, Jennings gets another shot at glory. Helping Jennings’ cause this week is the Buffalo defense, which gives up the 2nd most points to opposing fantasy running backs. If you run out of dough after locking up some top flight receivers, check Jennings out.
Stevie Johnson ($6,200): Johnson has averaged six grabs for 90 yards over Buffalo’s last three games, and has put up decent numbers despite not cracking 100 yards until week 12. This week, the Bills face Jacksonville, who are not stout defenders of wide receivers by any means (9th most fppg allowed). 21st in price amongst wide receivers is a nice buy for a guy like Johnson.
Denario Alexander ($5,800): Alexander continued his “fanduel bargain” ways last week, as he secured five passes for 74 yards (9.9 points). Alexander is now a large part of San Diego’s passing game and will get a sizeable workload again this week. The key here is the price, which finds “DX” priced below guys like Danny Amendola and T.Y Hilton.
Pierre Garcon ($5,300): Garcon caught four passes last week for 86 yards and a score, but most importantly received no setbacks to his injured foot. It appears as if Garcon’s FanDuel price hasn’t quite caught back up to his actual value. Golden Tate? Andre Roberts? Both priced above Garcon. Nice value here, and a great cheap option to save you some money for a big time running back.
Jason Witten ($5,800): Witten has been an absolute animal this season, averaging over seven catches per game, and hasn’t caught less than seven since week seven (that is a lot of sevens…or lucky sevens, shall we say?). Witten is the top available option with Graham playing on Thursday, and he is cheaper than Vernon Davis and Owen Daniels.
Martellus Bennett ($5,300): The “black unicorn” hasn’t done a ton lately, but he does get the ‘Skins this week, who are the 2nd worst at defending fantasy tight ends this season. Eli seems to be heating back up and this is a week where Bennett could easily snag a red zone score.
Dallas Clark ($5,200): Clark is my tight end bargain of the week. Coming off two solid weeks, Clark and Bucs face the Denver Broncos, who give up the most points to opposing fantasy tight ends among NFL defenses. I fully expect Peyton Manning to torch the Tampa Bay defense, meaning lots of passing game action for the Bucs and Clark.
I usually endorse keeping kicker and defense selections to $5,000 each until you figure out the balance of your lineup, however there aren’t many $5k options at either position this week. Dan Carpenter vs. NE ($5k) and Houston at Tennessee ($5,100) are the top cheap options. If you have a few pesos left after picking the remainder of your roster, go ahead and bolster your special teams picks.