Fanduel Bargains: Week 14
December 7, 2012 | Jeff
The FanDuel world is ripe for the pickin’ this week, which means it’s time to get out the duffel bags and rubber bands, because we are about to get paid. Some great cheaper options are matched up with some terrible defenses (Eli/SJax/Garcon) and will make fantastic building blocks for lineups this weekend. Scroll down for the money making Fanduel bargains…
Josh Freeman ($7,900): Freeman is enjoying a solid season and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in 7 of his past 8 games heading into this week’s matchup against Philadelphia, who give up the 2nd most points per game to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. A quarterback with weapons like Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams is worth a shot in a gravy matchup like this.
Eli Manning ($7,500): Eli has had two serviceable games since returning from the Giants’ bye week and officially looks like he is back in form. This development comes in perfect time for a home matchup against the buttery soft New Orleans Saints. Of course, the Saints weren’t very kind to Matt Ryan last week, but I will bet against them giving a repeat performance. This is the quarterback buy of the week.
Brandon Weeden ($6,000): At the bottom of the bargain barrel, we have Brandon Weeden. Weeden has thrown his fair share of picks this season (15), but racked up some decent yardage last week in a decent matchup (364 yds @ Oak), and gets another nice setup this week vs. Kansas City. If you are desperate at QB and are left with lint in your pockets, try Weeden.
Bryce Brown ($6,900): Tied for 18th in price among FanDuel running backs is no place for Bryce Brown, who has simply dominated since taking over for injured Shady McCoy in Philadelphia. 347 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2 games is some crazy production, and Brown deserves another shot, even despite a tough run matchup.
Steven Jackson ($6,200): In our running back pick of the week, we have a throw back running back in Steven Jackson. Buffalo gives up the 5th most points per game to fantasy backs, and is primed to give up huge chunks of yardage to SJax, who has surprisingly had a solid season. Jackson is averaging over 92 yards per game over his last 4 outings and is in for a HUGE workload this week. Great buy.
Vick Ballard ($5,600): $5,600 is dirt cheap for a ball carrier that will get the lion’s share of his team’s touches, which is exactly what Vick Ballard will receive this week. In addition to a guaranteed workload, Ballard gets to feast on the lowly Titans defense, which gets roasted by opposing backs weekly. Ballard is a nice choice for those going with a high priced running back to headline their team.
Torrey Smith ($5,600): Smith has been shackled by his flaky quarterback this season, but is still capable of some huge performances (144 yards in week 12). This week, Smith is in line for another monster with the extremely suspect Washington pass defense on tap. The ‘Skins secondary gives up the 2nd most fantasy points per game to wide outs, making Smith is a great buy for a mere $5,600.
Chris Givens ($5,500): With Danny Amendola ailing, Givens has been a monster over the last 2 weeks, averaging 8 catches for 104 yards. Even with Amendola a game time call this week, he likely won’t be at full speed, giving Givens a good shot to torch the mediocre Buffalo defense. A nice, cheap selection…
Pierre Garcon ($5,300): For our wide receiver buy of the week, we have Pierre Garcon, author of two spectacular games since returning from a foot injury. RGIII loves him some sweet, sweet Pierre and so should you. Priced down with the Jeremy Kerleys of the world (yuck), Garcon is a tremendous week 14 purchase that will leave you lots of dough left over for a nice helping of Megatron.
Kyle Rudolph ($6,000): Rudy the red nosed tight end is riding a nice 3 game stretch of at least 5 catches and 51 yards with a trio of touchdowns. What is the common theme of these games? The absence of Mr. Percy Harvin. Harvin is now done for the season, so Rudy will continue to shine.
Martellus Bennett ($5,300): Bennett is as steady as they come at the tight end position, and gets to team up with Eli against the suspect Saints defense this week. The unicorn is 12th in price amongst FanDuel tight ends this week, which makes this top 10 option a great purchase.
Dennis Pitta ($5,000): Pitta is a questionable play lately, catching 5, 1, 6, and 1 passes over his last 4 games. This week, the Pitta man will be back on his game as he gets the same sweet matchup with Washington as his boy Torrey Smith (above). If you went nuts in the RB/WR departments and are running low on cash, plug in Pitta.
As usual, we like to keep those kicker and defense selections to 5K each until the rest of our dynamite lineup is intact. If there are a few extra pesos left over, go ahead and bolster those picks if you see fit. This week’s best dirt cheap options are Steven Hauschka vs Arizona and Jacksonville vs the New York Tebows.