Bye weeks are in full force this week, giving us slimmer pickings in the FanDuel world, but also providing some additional options for cheaper value plays. Before we get into the money making picks for week 7, make sure you sign up for the Week 7 The Fake Football $200 FanDuel contest. The cost is one crisp U.S. dollar (ok, ok, it doesn’t have to be crisp), and the contest pays out a total pot of $200. SIGN UP HERE!
Now, without further ado, the best week 7 FanDuel bargains:
Eli Manning ($8,200): Eli has a dream matchup this week, facing the Redskins (who give up 328 passing yards per game) at home. Victor Cruz has been incredible this season, Nicks is getting healthier, and even Domenik Hixon is proving to be a solid target, giving Eli ample weapons at his disposal. Tied for 7th in QB price this week (with Andy Dalton), Manning is a great buy for those wanting a safe quarterback play.
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($7,100): Fitz has been pretty bad recently, but to his credit, he was facing a couple formidable defenses in San Francisco and Arizona. Prior to those two stinkfests, Fitzpatrick had some decent stat lines against softer defenses. Right on cue, the Titans roll into Buffalo giving up just under 300 passing yards a game. Not a bad option for those going cheap at QB.
Jay Cutler ($6,700): After a disastrous pair of games in weeks 2 and 3, Cutler bounced back by averaging 284 yards and 2 passing touchdowns in his next 2 games. Cutler is no Tom Brady, but the whiny Chicago quarterback does NOT deserve to be priced below Jake Locker (seriously) and Carson Palmer. Great cheap option if you go big at RB/WR.
Doug Martin ($6,300): Martin has been unspectacular in 2012, but he has been receiving a steady workload and he draws the Saints in week 7. With New Orleans not even pretending to want to stop the run, Martin is a nice pickup at $6,300.
Felix Jones ($5,600): Your FanDuel bargain of the week is Mr. Felix Jones, who is filling in for DeMarco Murray in week 7 against a baby soft Carolina defense. The only thing that can stop Felix from providing monster value this week is his brittle self. Lock him into your lineups.
Vick Ballard ($4,500): Vick was the pick last week, but never got a chance to get rolling as the Colts got spanked by the Jets. Now Ballard gets a chance to face another gentle defense and should get more work, which will provide a nice fantasy point total. GREAT value at $4,500.
Dez Bryant ($6,700): Dez has been a target hog lately and that is the recipe for weekly fantasy game success. The Cowboys get the Panthers this week, which should provide Bryant with another great chance for elite fantasy production. Dez is the 16th highest priced WR, a slot he will easily outperform.
Kendall Wright ($5,300): Wright has recorded 15 catches over the past 2 weeks, and has been a nice option for the Titans. Although the improving health of Kenny Britt may take looks from Wright, he still should score more than enough against the weak Buffalo defense to warrant a $5,300 price.
Donnie Avery ($4,800): Avery has averaged over 4 catches per game this season, and is coming off a decent week 6, in which he caught 4 balls for 60 yards. This week, Indy gets Cleveland, who should provide more opportunity underneath for Avery. $4,800 is like the FanDuel dollar menu, making Avery a tasty selection.
Owen Daniels ($5,600): Daniels is 2nd in receiving yards among tight ends this season and is tied for 6th in tight end price this week (along with 4 other players). Daniels is instant value this week strictly based on price level, but also gets to face the depleted Baltimore defense.
Jason Witten ($5,200): Witten is averaging 9.5 grabs for 100 yards in his past 2 games and faces Carolina in week 7. Priced 13th among tight ends this week, Witten is a tremendous buy and will easily outscore $5,200.
Brandon Myers ($4,700): If you went nuts at RB and WR and have only a few bucks left from this week’s lawn mowing money, Myers is a decent tight end option. Myers has caught at least 4 passes in 4 of 5 games in 2012, and Oakland faces Jacksonville at home this week. Not a bad option from the bargain basket.
Remember to try and keep your kicker and defense selections to 5k unless you have a few extra bucks left over after crafting your lineup. This week’s best 5k kicker and defense options are Shayne Graham and the Oakland Raiders.