The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 4. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones most weeks. What can bring home the money in DFS is finding players who will produce at a lower salary but might not be on many lineup cards.
Here’s a look at some players in Week 4 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Trevor Siemian, Broncos
Siemian operated as a game manager in the first two weeks. The Broncos relied on him more against the Bengals and Siemen responded with 312 yards and four touchdown passes.
Siemian has the matchup to make it two strong fantasy games in a row on Sunday. The Buccaneers come in allowing the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tampa Bay’s defense is giving up an average of 279.7 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks through three games. The Buccaneers allowed Case Keenum to throw for 190 yards and two touchdowns last week. Matt Ryan lit them up in Week 1.
Siemian got the ball more to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders against the Bengals (20 combined targets). He scored 32 DK points last week. He may not hit that number again but 20+ are a realistic goal against the struggling Bucs defense.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
Flacco is the classic DFS quarterback. He’s not productive enough to be a starter in redraft leagues but Flacco can be used when the matchup is right. It’s right this week.
The Raiders are allowing the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Oakland’s defense is giving up an NFL worst 344.3 passing yards per game. Drew Brees (423/4) and Matt Ryan (396/3) both had huge games against the Raiders.
Flacco hasn’t been a great DFS start in his first three games. He’s scored 13, 21 and 13 fantasy points. Flacco won’t be highly owned this week, despite his appealing matchup. He’s worth a look at his low salary. If Flacco is going to have a big game, this will be the week.
Dwayne Washington, Lions
Washington only rushed 10 times for 38 yards against the Packers but there were some encouraging takeaways from the game. He got 10 carries in a game the Lions trailed from the start. Washington also had a couple of good looking runs where he showed off his combination of power and speed.
Theo Riddick is a great receiver out of the backfield but Washington is going to be the guy who replaces Ameer Abdullah. The Lions coaching staff said they want to get Washington the ball more this week. It makes sense. It’s hard for a running back like Washington to get going with only 8-10 carries a game.
Washington has a great matchup to exploit this week. The Bears defense is a dumpster fire right now. Chicago allows the eighth most fantasy points to running backs after three games. Running backs are averaging 121.7 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game versus the Bears defense.
It should be noted that the one area the Bears have done well in at defending running backs is limiting receptions. Chicago is giving up just 3.7 receptions per game to backs, so this matchup is better suited for a between the tackles runner like Washington rather than a receiver like Riddick.
Washington should see more touches this week in a game the Lions may be playing with the lead in the second half. He’s one of the highest upside backs with a salary under $4,000 on DraftKings.
Jordan Howard, Bears
Howard replaced an injured Jeremy Langford last week and rushed for 45 yards on nine carries. He also caught four passes for 47 yards. Now with Langford out 4-6 weeks with a sprained ankle, Howard is the clear-cut No. 1 back in Chicago.
The Lions allow the eighth fewest fantasy points to running backs. However, they just gave up over 100 yards to Eddie Lacy. The Bears defense allows an average of 97.3 rushing yards, 45.3 receiving yards and six receptions to opposing running backs. The Lions lofty ranking is because they have yet to allow a touchdown to a running back this season.
Howard has looked much better early in the year in limited opportunities than Langford. He’s certainly worth throwing in lineups this week even though Howard will likely be highly owned because of his low salary. He’ll dominate touches.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers
Williams caught 6-of-9 targets for 69 yards against the Colts. His role in the offense continues to grow with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead out for the season. Williams has been targeted a team-high 15 times over the last two games.
Williams has a favorable matchup this week against the Saints in what should be a high-scoring shootout. The oddsmakers have set the total for this game at 53.5. That’s by far the highest total of the week. The Saints allow the 10th most fantasy points to receivers, so this is a matchup Rivers and Williams can exploit.
Sometimes DFS players can take advantage of a situation where a price hasn’t caught up to a player’s usage in the offense. This is one of those times. Williams is getting the looks and he faces a defense that gives up a lot of fantasy points to receivers. He’s one of the top lower-salary options at any position this week.
After two quiet games, the Browns utilized Pryor as their main offensive weapon against the Dolphins. Pryor threw for 35 yards, rushed for 21 yards, caught 8 balls for 144 yards and scored.
Whenever a team goes to a new quarterback, you don’t know which receiver will become his favorite option. With Corey Coleman injured, Pryor dominated looks from rookie Cody Kessler with 14 targets.
The Redskins have been torched by receivers through three games this year. Washington’s defense allows the fourth most fantasy points to receivers. On average, opposing receivers are catching 14.3 passes for 227.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game against the Redskins.
Pryor has a favorable matchup as a receiver but he brings added value if the Browns continue to use him as a goal line quarterback like they did against the Dolphins. Even if Pryor doesn’t produce the 35 points he put up last week, he’s still a great option on DraftKings at his $4,300 salary.
Dennis Pitta, Ravens
Pitta caught six balls for 42 yards against the Jaguars. It wasn’t a huge game but Pitta has been targeted 20 times in the last two games. Joe Flacco loves throwing to this guy. As long as Pitta stays healthy he’s going to see his weekly share of targets.
Those looks should continue to come Pitta’s way this week against the Raiders. Oakland’s defense is allowing the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. The Raiders got a break last Sunday when Titans starting tight end Delanie Walker was inactive. Two weeks ago the Falcons duo of Jacob Tamme and Austin Hooper combined for eight receptions, 159 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets.
Pitta’s salary ranks ninth among tight ends. That’s good value when you consider the matchup and the amount of targets Pitta is seeing in the Ravens offense. Flacco and Pitta make for a low-cost stack that has a chance to pay off big this week.
New York Jets
The Jets defense hasn’t been rewarded DFS players the last two weeks. That should change on Sunday. The Jets are getting Seattle at the right time. Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL but he’s expected to play. If Wilson does start, his mobility will be limited. The Jets defensive front also matches up well with Seattle’s shaky offensive line. New York’s defense registered seven sacks in Week 1 but just two in the last two games. Expect a much better effort from the Jets on Sunday with Wilson less than 100 percent. They offer the highest ceiling out of all the lower-salary defenses this week.