2012 FanDuel Bargains

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FanDuel Bargains: Week 4

posted by Jeff

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This week, we are busting out a brand spankin’ new format for the best bargains FanDuel has to offer. Below, I will outline three options at each position. This installment will have a hoops theme: Alley-Oop (high price), Mid-Range Jumper (mid price), and Three Ball (cheapies). No matter which position you are filling, there are options below for splurging and penny pinching.





Aaron Rodgers ($9,400): Rodgers is the 2nd highest priced QB this week (Brees, $9,600) and one could make a solid argument that this price is a ridiculous deal. Sure, Rodgers hasn’t been great this year, but this play has nothing to do with stats. This play has everything to do with an angry Packers team coming home to face a terrible defense. This is the week the Pack erupts. If you want to go big at QB, this is the guy.

Mid-Range Jumper

Matt Ryan ($8,500): Can someone explain to me why the 2nd highest scoring quarterback is facing a mediocre defense and is tied with Eli and Vick as the 7th highest priced QB? This isn’t right. Instead of telling FanDuel about the error, just start him and win some dough.

Three Ball

Kevin Kolb ($6,000): For the QB bargain shoppers, we’ve got Kevin Kolb who is facing a Miami Dolphin defense that has given up 309 passing yards a game through three weeks. Even better, Kolb seemed to remember that he has Larry Fitzgerald on his side last week. Not a horrible pick if you spend all your money in the RB and WR aisles.


Running Back



Maurice Jones-Drew ($8,500): MJD was a monster last week and now gets Cincinnati, who’s buttery soft defense has coughed up 155 rushing yards a game in 2012. As an added bonus, he will save you $1,100 compared to Arian Foster.

Mid-Range Jumper

Cedric Benson ($6,900): Sticking with the “angry Packer” theme, Benson is another solid play this week. New Orleans’ defense is getting smashed on this year, and we all witnessed what Jamaal Charles did with the Saints last week. Benson is no Charles, that is for sure, but he should still be able to rumble to a nice stat line for a decent price.

Three Ball

Mikel Leshoure ($6,000): Leshoure waltzed into week three an unknown commodity and emerged with a role as an NFL featured back. While the Lions were taking their size 10 boot and kicking Kevin Smith to the curb, Leshoure finished with 134 total yards. That workload for $6,000? Check please.


Wide Receiver



Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400): Fitz emerged from his coffin last week and proved, yet again, that he can produce with a lower tier quarterback. As discussed in the Kolb blurb above, the Miami pass defense is suspect (at best) and Fitzgerald will continue his roll. This is a good way to spend the money you saved by swiping a bargain running back.

Mid-Range Jumper

Percy Harvin ($6,700): FanDuel awards .5 points per catch, and Harvin leads the NFL in catches. The league’s leading pass catcher for the 11th highest price is what we call VALUE, people! Build your lineup around this guy.

Three Ball

Leonard Hankerson ($5,000): Mr. Hanky hasn’t quite blown up yet in 2012, but he has been decent, and the ‘Skins have awarded him with a starting gig. A nice matchup (Tampa Bay) and RG3 huckin’ the pigskin makes this youngster a nice gamble if you spent the rest of your money on candy and comic books.


Tight End



Jimmy Graham ($7,200): Each week, there is no better buy than Jimbo Graham. Brees loves throwing to his tight end, especially in the red zone. With Graham, you can be certain your FanDuel lineup will get top notch production at the TE spot.

Mid-Range Jumper

Brandon Pettigrew ($5,600): Pettigrew is 4th in catches and 4th in targets among tight ends this season, but is 9th in price this week. As long as Stafford is good to go, Pettigrew should be as well.

Three Ball

Jacob Tamme ($5,200): Oakland’s soft defense should be just what Tamme needs to get rolling, as the silver & black got roasted by Heath Miller last week. Not a bad choice in the tight end bargain bin.




Once again, please stay at $5k with your defense and kicker. With that in mind, Garrett Hartley and Nate Kaeding are nice $5k kicker options. At defense, Houston (vs TEN) and Seattle (@STL) are the top options on the cheap.


Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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