The calendar has flipped to November, and the holidays are quickly approaching. As you begin to sift through the Christmas list your son or daughter made in July, think of how nice it would be to have a little extra scratch in your wallet. That is where we, at The Fake Football, come in. For week 9′s FanDuel action, we have dug deep into the caverns of FanDuel prices to shake out the best values to maximize your FanDuel lineup and bring in as much money as possible. Let’s take a peak at this week’s FanDuel bargains…
Joe Flacco ($6,800): Baltimore is coming off a bye week, and off a demoralizing beat down in week 7 prior to that unfortunate turn of events. Flacco had a week to rest up and now gets to face the Cleveland Browns defense that gives up about 260 yards passing per game (8th worst in the NFL). Flacco hasn’t been great lately, but a bounce back is in order here.
Jay Cutler ($6,500): Cutler was mediocre, at best, in a good matchup last week, but gets another shot in week 9 against an even worse squad in Tennessee. Cutler is cheaper than Christian Ponder, and priced just slightly ahead of Matt Hasselbeck, which means he is the bargain of the bunch. Scoop him up at quarterback and watch Cutler dice up the Titans with his best bud, Brandon Marshall.
Russell Wilson ($5,900): If you are going to battle with Arian Foster and Ray Rice at running back, you may need a dirt cheap quarterback option, and Russell Wilson is just that type of fella. Wilson has been turning a bit of a corner lately and put up a decent stat line against Detroit in week 8 (236 yards, 2 touchdowns). Wilson now returns home to face the Vikings and should provide some value for $5,900.
Alfred Morris ($6,900): This one is easy, folks. Alfie Morris is 3rd in the NFL in rushing. Not fourth, not fifth, but THIRD. In FanDuel this week, Morris is 16th in price at running back and faces the soft Carolina defense. You can’t get value like this on black Friday.
Jonathan Dwyer ($6,200): Dwyer is the author of back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances and for the very reasonable price of $6,200, I would be willing to see if he can make it a hat trick. Pittsburgh faces the Giants this week, which is a mediocre matchup, so Dwyer should be able to rumble his big frame to another nice point total and hopefully sniff out the endzone.
Rashad Jennings ($6,100): Jennings is really the last workhorse running back on the FanDuel price list before we enter the land of time shares and full backs. Despite not setting the universe ablaze with his rushing numbers since taking over for MJD, Jennings has been extremely involved in the Jacksonville passing game, catching 13 passes over the past two weeks. Pass catching running backs are an added bonus, so grab Jennings at this discount price and beef up elsewhere.
Brandon Marshall ($7,000): 80 targets through 7 games is a ridiculous stat in itself, but Marshall isn’t letting them go to waste as he has already racked up 675 yards and 4 touchdowns. Simply put, there should not be 11 wide receivers priced higher than Marshall this week. Stick this #1 option in your lineup for the very reasonable price of $7,000 and rake in the cash.
Jeremy Maclin ($6,200): I never get tired of typing this: The New Orleans Saints do not even PRETEND to play defense. This week, it’s the Eagles that get to march up and down the field on New Orleans and somebody has to catch the passes in the SuperDome this week. Maclin is in for a monster day and $6,200 is just the right price. Eat up.
Cecil Shorts ($5,400): In this week’s edition of “The Adventures of Cecil Shorts,” Cecil faces the Lions and looks to build on his two week run of dominance. Even with Laurent Robinson returning from injury, Shorts should be the recipient of numerous Gabbert passes as the Jags try to keep up with Detroit. At $5,400, you can’t do much better in the bargain barrel.
Greg Olsen ($5,200): The tight end facing the NFL’s worst pass defense is usually a decent bet, and Olsen should put up a nice game this Sunday as the Panthers take on the ‘Skins. Olsen hasn’t been too involved in Carolina’s passing game lately, but let’s just see if a juicy matchup is the cure.
Brent Celek ($5,100): Celek is priced extremely low this week (lower than Scott Chandler, Dallas Clark, and Jacob Tamme) and faces the New Orleans defense, which we touched on above. Skip Jimmy Graham and grab Celek, then take the extra $1,900 you saved and upgrade your squad at running back.
As usual, try to keep your kicker and defense selections to $5,000 each, unless you have some spare change after constructing your lineup. In that case, go ahead and beef up you choices. The best 5K choices for week 9 are Garrett Hartley at home vs. Philly, and Detroit at the Blaine Gabberts.