The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 6. 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 6 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Marcus Mariota, Titans
Mariota is coming off his best fantasy game of the year. He threw for 163 yards and accounted for four touchdowns against Miami. Mariota has a good opportunity to make it two strong games in a row. The Browns allow the fifth most fantasy points a game to quarterbacks.
Cleveland’s defense gives up an average of 297.6 yards and 2.6 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Carson Wentz, Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady have all scored at least 18 fantasy points when facing the Browns defense.
Mariota has posted three good fantasy games and two poor ones. He has a premier matchup and with a DraftKings salary at just over $6,000, Mariota is worth strong consideration this week.
Brock Osweiler, Texans
Brian Hoyer ripped the Colts pass defense for 397 yards and two touchdowns last week. Meanwhile, Osweiler was running for his life against the Vikings defense. Osweiler has thrown at least one interception in every game this year. Needless to say, Osweiler won’t be heavily owned this week, but he’s worth a look given his matchup.
The Colts defense is allowing the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Indianapolis’ defense gives up an average of 307.2 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Hoyer, Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford all scored 20+ DK points when facing the Colts.
Osweiler has scored 17 DK points twice this year against the Bears and Titans. Both of those games were at home against weaker opposition. He’s in a similar situation this week. Look for the Texans passing game to take off Sunday versus a reeling Colts defense.
Darren Sproles, Eagles
The Eagles backfield can be a crapshoot but Sproles has been used more in the passing game the last two weeks. Based on the matchup, that trend should continue on Sunday.
Sproles has caught all 10 of his targets in the last two games. He’s scored 27.7 and 10.8 DK points in those contests. This week Sproles faces a Redskins defense that allows the fourth most fantasy points to running backs.
While teams can run the ball on Washington, they also give up a lot of catches to running backs. The Redskins allow an average of 6.4 receptions and 41.6 receiving yards per game to opposing running backs. Sproles should certainly be able to exploit this weakness.
Sproles and Ryan Mathews both have a chance to put up strong fantasy numbers against the Redskins. Sproles’ salary is $500 cheaper on DraftKings and he’s averaging 3.5 more fantasy points per game. This matchup sets up well for Sproles to have a big day.
James White, Patriots
It took all of one game with Tom Brady under center for White to have his most productive fantasy outing of the season.
White caught four passes and gained a total of 89 yards against the Browns. It was his highest yardage total of the season. In his last two games White has nine receptions for 113 yards on 11 targets.
The Bengals allow the 16th most fantasy points to running backs. However, they give up an average of just under five receptions per game to opposing running backs on seven targets.
White will continue to take on a bigger role in New England’s offense with Brady back. He’s scored a season-best 11.2 and 12.9 DK points the last two weeks. He’ll have a good opportunity to eclipse those numbers on Sunday.
Cameron Meredith, Bears
With Kevin White on IR, Cameron Meredith exploded on the scene last week. He caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 12 targets against the Colts. Meredith will continue to see an increased role with White out and Alshon Jeffery less than 100 percent.
Meredith gets another favorable matchup this week. The Jaguars allow the fifth most fantasy points to receivers. Jacksonville’s defense gives up an average of 12.8 receptions, 156.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game on 19.8 targets.
Meredith has seen 17 targets and four red zone targets in his last two games. Brian Hoyer has thrown the ball an average of 42 times since taking over as the Bears starting quarterback three weeks ago. He’s topped 300 yards in all three starts. Meredith will have opportunities to have a big game for the second week in a row.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
Lockett is off to a slow start in 2016. He’s only topped 10 DK points once in the first four games.
Lockett has been limited by a knee injury but he should be healthier coming off the bye week. Seahawks coach Peter Carroll said he expects Lockett to have a bigger role against the Falcons than he has so far early in the season. It comes at a perfect time.
The Falcons allow the 10th most fantasy points to receivers. Atlanta’s defense is giving up an average of 14.2 receptions, 163.2 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game on 23.4 targets. Lockett has the matchup to break out of his slump on Sunday.
Lockett’s slow start will guarantee that his ownership numbers are low. He’s also a bargain right now at $3,600 on DraftKings, despite having a Top 10 matchup. If you’re looking for a low-cost receiver with a high ceiling this week, Lockett is the guy.
Charles Clay, Bills
Clay has seen more passes come his way with Sammy Watkins out of the lineup. In his last two games, Clay has caught 10 balls and been targeted 12 times.
Clay doesn’t have a huge ceiling because of the Bills conservative offense but he does have a beatable matchup this week. The 49ers allow the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends. Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen each recorded a 100-yard game and scored versus San Francisco.
The Bills don’t have much at the receiver position right now. Clay has caught five passes in three of five games this year. There are better options on the board but if you load your lineup and are looking for a low-salary tight end, Clay is worth a look at just $2,900 on DraftKings.
The Lions defense is only averaging five DK points but they have a matchup at home against the Rams this week that could help them improve that average.
Last week against the Bills defense sacked Case Keenum four times, picked him off twice and scored a touchdown. The Lions defense has put up at least seven DK points three times this year. They also laid two eggs against the Packers and Colts. The rams aren’t the Packers and Colts.
The Lions are an average fantasy defense that beat up on bad offenses. They have a bad offense at home on Sunday. Detroit’s defense is a good bet to put up 10+ DK points this week.