Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 6

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 6


Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 6

One of the most frustrating parts of DFS is not being able to fit all of your star players under the designated salary. Each week The Huddle will look at several value picks and sleepers at each position that could help you free up some valuable cap space for the studs you want to play.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $7300 12% 15%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 16.2%

We’ve talked about him here before, but the value continues to look good. Paxton Lynch on the other hand, did not. So – Siemian takes the stage against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football, as long as his questionable tag is removed and he is cleared to play. The Chargers are playing on a short week, just lost a heartbreaker in Oakland, and have the 27th ranked passing defense in the NFL. This game will be a shootout, and we will really get to see what Trevor Siemian can do. His value is much better in Draft Kings than in Fan Duel, and there is a wider disparity in DK as well.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6800 11.3% 15%
DraftKings $5700 11.4% 16.2%

The Oakland Raiders have the worst defense in the NFL. If Phillip Rivers can start the game with two interceptions and still end with one of the week’s top fantasy QB performances, Alex Smith can also put up decent numbers. I don’t like that he cost more than Siemian in Draft Kings lineups, but that’s probably due to no injury tag and more consistency. The Raiders have the 32nd ranked passing defense in the NFL, and the Huddle is expecting a solid 280 yards with 2 TDs from Alex Smith on Sunday afternoon.

Other Considerations:  Colin Kaepernick is back! In what has been one of the most bizarre seasons we have ever seen for a QB, Kaepernick will take the field on Sunday against the Bills, and he is dirt cheap. It’s a tremendous gamble – we don’t know if he is truly as bad as the 49ers front office has been making him sound, or if they were just fronting the fact that they were RG3-ing him due to his injury clause… either way, the injury clause is now gone, and Kaepernick should be in his element in Chip Kelly’s read option attack.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5800 9.6% 15.5%
DraftKings $3500 7% 15%

Still no Arian Foster in Miami, so Jay Ajayi will continue to shoulder the load. This week the Dolphins face the Steelers 25th ranked rushing defense. Even is the Dolphins fall behind early (which is what most of us are predicting), they will continue to use Ajayi to keep drives alive and keep them in the game. Last week Ajayi had 13 touches. This week The Huddle is projecting 50 total yards and a TD, with a few receptions sprinkled in. He’s a great RB2 option at 2/3 the cost of Johnson or Bell. Consider him a nice flex option in Draft Kings lineups as well.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6000 10% %
DraftKings $4400 8.8% %

The Raiders have shown that despite their talent at wide receiver, they are committed to pounding the rock. Last week, Murray was a scratch with turf toe. This week he remains questionable, but because of last week’s scratch and the questionable tag, his price has dropped to a great “upside” candidate at running back. The Chiefs have the 26th ranked running defense, and if Murray is able to play he could be a big part of the Raiders ground-and-pound attack.

Other Considerations: Tevin Coleman. Just can’t say enough about this guy as a viable fantasy option for an RB2 or Flex role. The price tag continues to remain low as long as he is in the mix with Devonta Freeman, but Coleman’s role in the passing game has become a huge part of the Falcons’ success. Seattle has a stout running defense, so it isn’t tough to imagine the ground game getting stuffed and the Falcons shifting to Coleman through the air.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6400 10.6% 16.1%
DraftKings $4700 9.4% 20%

It’s finally happened. I’ve been watching it trend over the last few weeks thinking it might, but it finally did – a player has reached a 20% salary price tag. In Draft Kings, Antonio Brown will now cost you $10,000 of your $50,000 budget. Meaning all of your other positions average out to 10% each. Stay away from Antonio Brown for now, and instead look to his teammate Sammie Coates. The Steelers face a Miami defense that has failed to cover the pass, and Coates’ deep threat ability has made him a great option for Ben to push the ball down the field. And at only half the cost of Antonio Brown, The Huddle is predicting 5 catches for 80 yards and a TD.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5800 9.6% 16.1%
DraftKings $3700 7.4% 20%

Also one of the worst passing defenses in the league, the Lions 26th ranked passing defense has allowed teams to hang with them by getting it done through the air. Britt has led the Rams in receiving yardage over the past few weeks, averaging 5 targets a game and last week, he put up 75 yards against the Bills’ tough defense. We’re expecting the Rams to try and get it done through the air on Sunday, with Britt being one of the main beneficiaries. 6 catches for his first 100-yard game of the season and a TD could be in store for the well-priced wide out.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5400 9% 16.1%
DraftKings $4300 8.6% 20%

Carolina’s defense is having some problems lately, and the Saints are hoping to come off their bye week to take advantage. In the past two games, Thomas has been targeted 20 times by Drew Brees, grabbing 11 of the targets for 115 yards and 2 TDs. He has become a reliable choice for Brees in the red zone. This week he costs significantly less than Brandon Cooks, and could be a valuable underneath option for the passing game. The Panthers have the 5th ranked passing defense in the league, but The Huddle is still projecting 4 catches, 50 yards and a TD form Thomas. He falls into that “under 10%” range for your lineup, making him a prime WR2/3 candidate.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5300 8.3% 14%
DraftKings $3300 6.6% 14%

Barnidge has 26 targets over the past four weeks, whether it’s Kessler or McCown throwing to him. Last week he put up 76 yards against the Patriots defense, and could be upward of 60 again on 5+ catches. The current state of TEs places pretty hefty premiums on guys like Gronk and Olsen, so finding those diamonds in the rough that will give you consistency at an affordable cost are great options. Barnidge is very well priced this week as the Browns look to take advantage of a Titans’ linebacking corps that lacks standout coverage over the middle.

Other Considerations: Dennis Pitta is a little more expensive than Barnidge, but has been near the top of the team’s targets over the past few weeks. The Huddle likes Pitta for 5 catches and 50+ yards this week as the Ravens square off with the New York Giants.

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