Now lets get into the best value plays at FanDuel this week. Below you will find the most profitable picks at each position, allowing you to maximize your lineup:
Eli Manning ($8,300): Eli is the 9th highest priced quarterback this week at FanDuel, and gets to face Cleveland, who is giving up 286 yards per game through the air. Don’t worry too much about another possible no-show from Nicks, as Dominek Hixon proved he could fill in nicely in week 4 (more on that below). Go with Eli and save the $1,400 by skipping Brees/Rodgers.
Jay Cutler ($6,200): Cutler is a wild card, for sure, but he did look better on Monday night and is priced very low in the quarterback section. When you scroll down, you will find Cutler priced somewhere in between Busch Light and Keystone Light. The Bears play the Jags this week, and Jacksonville isn’t too tough on the pass (20th in ypg allowed), which should allow Cutler to find his pal Brandon Marshall early and often. Cutler makes a nice and cheap quarterback play here.
Brandon Weeden ($5,900): If you really go big at running back and receiver this week, Weeden is the best of the bunch in FanDuel’s QB clearance bin. Weeden’s yardage totals have been respectable and the Browns should have to throw to keep pace with the Giants this week. Give him a whirl if you are short on dough at your QB spot.
Stevan Ridley ($6,900): 9th in the NFL in rushing yards and 15th in FanDuel price makes Ridley a nice buy in week 5. Don’t sweat the Brandon Bolden stat line from last week, as the Pats tend to use crazy running back rotations from time to time. Ridley is still the man in New England and is cheaper than Cedric Benson and Frank Gore.
Alfred Morris ($6,700): Morris continues to do his thing week in and week out for the Redskins. Another highly productive week is on the horizon for old Alfie, as the ‘Skins host Atlanta. Morris is priced too low due to his lack of name value, so scoop him up at $6,700 and spend your cash on other positions.
Jackie Battle ($5,400): If you’re a true gamblin’ man (or woman), Battle is the FanDuel buy for you in week 5. Much has been made about Battle’s week 4 explosion and the subsequent mind games between the Chargers and Ryan Mathews, and whether Battle is actually the starter. The truth is, it might not matter due to San Diego’s matchup this week with the New Orleans Saints. The Charger ground game should be rolling, and even if Mathews plays 50% of the Charger snaps, Battle could provide a nice profit for a dirt cheap price.
James Jones ($5,400): Leading our trio of wide receiver steals is James Jones. Jones has back to back games with 5 catches, and found the endzone twice last week against the Saints. This week, with Greg Jennings doubtful, Jones should be able to step up and fill in as one of Green Bay’s top targets.
Leonard Hankerson ($5,200): Although Garcon was back in limited fashion in week 4, Hankerson did have himself a solid week, catching 7 passes for 57 yards and receiving plenty of looks from RGIII. Any wide receiver capable of snagging 7 passes is a nice buy for $5,200 and Hankerson is also a good candidate for a deep ball periodically. Priced down among the T.Y Hilton and Mario Manningham types, Hank is a great week 5 pick up.
Dominek Hixon ($4,700): This week’s #1 bargain buy is Dominek Hixon. With Nicks out in week 4, Hixon hauled in 6 catches for 114 yards, and Nicks has already been ruled out for week 5. Want more good news? Hixon’s competition for catches, Ramses Barden, is out with a concussion! Want MORE good news? The Giants play the Browns this week! That’s all I’ve got in the good news department, but that should be plenty to convince you to build your team around a $4,700 STEAL at wide receiver.
Brent Celek ($5,400): The NFL’s top tight end in terms of receiving yardage does not deserve to be priced below Jermaine Gresham and Scott Chandler. Celek hasn’t found the end zone yet, but his yardage total have been solid. For those who like to stay cheap at tight end, Celek is a fantastic value.
Dennis Pitta ($5,000): Even with last week’s absolute disappearance, Pitta is still tied for 4th among tight ends in targets, and should be able to bounce back nicely this week. Pitta was one of the NFL’s hottest tight ends just one week ago, and for $5,000, you can’t go wrong here. Pitta is priced evenly with Dante Rosario. Don’t let this slip by!
As always, keep those kicker and defense purchases at 5K each, unless you have a couple hundred extra dollars left at the end. Once again, Garrett Hartley is a nice 5K kicker, and Green Bay or Pittsburgh are worth a shot this week as 5K defense plays.