FanDuel Bargains: Week 15
December 12, 2012 | Jeff
Did your team get bounced from the fantasy playoffs? Were you the unfortunate victim of the Seattle Seahawks’ incredible fantasy scoring effort last week? GOOD! That means you have more time and energy to devote to making some money in the world of FanDuel this week. Check out our best buys for week 15 below, and get working on earning your league entry fee back…
Josh Freeman ($7,900): Let’s get this out of the way: The Saints are not good at defense. Now that we have that established, please load up on a bevy of Bucs this week. Freeman will be looking toward Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams early and often on his way to a huge week 15 performance. $7,900 is a nice price for a quarterback with this type of ceiling.
Eli Manning ($7,700): Eli is averaging over 260 yards passing per game since the Giants’ week 11 bye, and has also tossed 8 touchdowns in that stretch. Manning is the 13th highest priced quarterback this week, a slot that he will SURELY out produce. Nice value here.
Colin Kaepernick ($7,300): Kaep has been doing his thing in the ground game since taking over for Alex Smith, which keeps him relevant in the fantasy game no matter what his passing numbers look like. This week, Kaepernick holds the still reasonable price of $7,300, making him a good bet for value.
Knowshon Moreno ($6,200): Moreno has averaged over 120 total yards per game since taking over for the injured Willis McGahee and is still priced too low considering the amount of touches he receives. The most appealing feature that Moreno possesses is his receiving ability, which is critical in the FanDuel game (.5 pts per catch). Moreno has caught 4 passes in each of the last three games and should continue that trend this week.
Vick Ballard ($5,600): Vick is now the main man in Indy, as both Donald Brown and Delone Carter are out with injuries. With nobody to take away Ballard’s passing down or goal line work, you have one workhorse back who is worth a play, despite a tough matchup.
DeAngelo Williams ($5,100): Williams has played decently since taking the featured role in the Carolina backfield. Jonathan Stewart will miss another game this week, giving Williams another shot at creating some solid FanDuel value. $5,100 is dirt cheap, so snag Williams if you went big at wide receiver and need a cheap option.
Marques Colston ($6,200): Colston, as well as the rest of the New Orleans passing game, is in for a big week as the Saints face the Bucs. Tampa Bay gives up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, making Colston a great play for week 15. The extra frosting on this FanDuel cake is the fact that Colston carries a VERY attractive price tag. Saddle up.
Mike Williams ($6,000): Opposing Colston this week will be Tampa’s Mike Williams. As well noted throughout this piece, the Saints are not good at the age old art of defense and Williams will capitalize on that fact this week. Mikey has already found the end zone 7 times this season and will look to pile onto that total against the Saints.
Josh Gordon ($5,900): For our best FanDuel buy of the week, we have the Browns’ Josh Gordon. Gordon has been a BEAST over the last two weeks (14 rec./202 yards) and Weeden has targeted the young wide out in bunches. This week, Gordon gets the weak Washington secondary and will provide big time value for just $5,900.
Martellus Bennett ($5,500): The black unicorn has caught 10 passes and 2 touchdowns over the last two weeks and will looks to continue his roll this week at Atlanta. Bennett is surely a top 10 tight end this week, which makes him a decent value as the 11th priced tight end.
Dallas Clark ($5,200): Clark had a clunker last week (1 catch, 19 yards), but had a decent three game stretch before that contest. This week, Clark travels to New Orleans, which generally means fantasy points aplenty.
Dennis Pitta ($5,100): Three of Pita’s last five games have been very solid (sandwiched around a couple stinkers), and this week Baltimore gets Denver, who gives up the 3rd most points per game to opposing tight ends. Pitta could easily repeat his 5 catch/46 yard/1 touchdown performance from week 14.
As always, keep those defense and kicker selections to $5,000 each preliminarily. After you assemble the rest of your star-studded lineup, go ahead and boost up your kicker/defense if you have some extra dough leftover. This week’s best dirt cheap options are David Akers at New England and the Detroit Lions are a fantastic play at lowly Arizona.