Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 13

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 13

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 13

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.

MATT BARKLEY, QB, BEARS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6000 10% 15.5%
DraftKings $5000 10% 15.2%

Last week the Bears’ wide receivers spoiled Barkley’s first NFL start by setting the NFL record for number of drops in a game with 10, including a game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter. This week, Barkley takes on the San Francisco 49ers, who currently give up the 4th most points to fantasy quarterbacks. That being said, he’s a total wild card play and his price reflects that. For 2/3 of your salary you are getting a quarterback that we know very little about with an ideal matchup for the position. The upside could be substantial – as The Huddle has him predicted at 260 yards with 2 TDs and an INT, but there’s very little certainty. A true gamble this week, Barkley is a great pick for your tournaments where you are shooting for a unique lineup.

BROCK OSWEILER, QB, TEXANS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6500 10.8% 15.5%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 15.2%

After a tough home loss to the San Diego Chargers where Osweiler threw no touchdowns and three interceptions, the Texans hit the road and head to Green Bay. While Aaron Rodgers might be clicking again, the Packers defense is still very soft. Over the last two weeks, Wentz was able to put up 250 for no TDs and Cousins hung 375 for 3 TDs and no INTs.  This week the Huddle has Osweiler projected to throw for 230 yards and 1 TD – at slightly more than Barkley. Osweiler provides a little more stability and a little less chance than Barkley, at still very much an affordable QB cost. It’s true, Brock is 1-4 on the road so far this season – but he will surely be passing a lot.

Other Considerations:  Alex Smith has found some weapons and he is slinging it. More than 30 passes a game for the last three games, and he’s facing a Falcons defense that gives up more points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks than any team in the NFL. Add in their recent loss of cornerback Desmond Trufant and Smith has himself a pretty great matchup at a really great cost for you.

DARREN SPROLES, RB, EAGLES

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5500 9.1% 15.5%
DraftKings $4400 8.8% 19%

If you’re playing in a full PPR format like Draft Kings, Sproles is a great play at RB2/Flex this week as the Eagles take on the Cincinnati Bengals. With Mathews out Sproles did little to solidify himself in the Eagles’ passing game, but he has become one of Wentz’s go-to receivers, seeing 7, 10 and 9 targets in the last three full games he has played. The Huddle has Sproles projected at 6 receptions for 50 yards and a TD – a very probable projection with the Bengals giving up the 9th most points to fantasy running backs. For less than half of Le’Veon Bell in Draft Kings, roll the dice on Sproles.

JEREMY HILL, RB, BENGALS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5800 9.6% 15.5%
DraftKings $4300 8.6% 19%

Staying in the same Bengals/Eagles matchup, Jeremy Hill has found a place in the Bengals passing attack in the absence of AJ Green. Last week, despite leaving briefly during the first half, he brought in all six of his six targets for 61 yards. His salary is up slightly from last week in both DK and FD, but is still staying safely away from premier running back money. The Huddle has Hill projected at 100 combined yards this week with a TD, but there is an upside of 120 yards, and 3-5 more points in catches. The absence of Giovani Bernard means the Bengals will lean more on Hill in all facets of the game, and the Eagles will be a great test to see if he can carry the load for the Bengals.

Other Considerations:  Matt Asiata continues to get the goal line carries in Minnesota. The Vikings have a tough Thursday night matchup against the Cowboys, and if Bradford is able to get the offense close to the goal line, Asiata will at least get the opportunity. He has three touchdowns over his past three games.

TYREEK HILL, WR, CHIEFS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5800 9.6% 15%
DraftKings $4600 9.2% 18.2%

Hill is emerging as an elite fantasy wide receiver. On Sunday Night Football scored on a kick return, an end around carry and a quick slant catch. He finished the game with 1 carry and 9 catches on 10 targets for 32.5 total points in Draft Kings and 28 points in Fan Duel leagues. Two weeks ago he was targeted 13 times. Heading into this week, the Falcons are lacking Desmond Trufant and give up a substantial amount of points to opposing wide receivers. This week the Huddle has Hill projected as the second ranked wide receiver with a potential for 8 catches, 100 yards and a TD. Hill is a great WR2 price for WR1 upside.

TAYLOR GABRIEL, WR, FALCONS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5700 9.5% 15%
DraftKings $4000 8% 18.2%

After Gabriel caught four passes for 75 yards and 2 TDs on some quick bubble screens, the Falcons were quick to tweet their thanks to the Browns for letting Gabriel go. What will be interesting to see is whether he is a legitimate threat in the Falcons passing attack (he has 5 catches a game over the last three weeks), or if last week was just a flash in the pan. He has a valuable asset in Julio Jones, who is able to stretch defenders down the field and open up lanes underneath for Gabriel to do his thing. This week we have Gabriel projected at 5 catches for 70 yards and a TD, at just a slightly cheaper price tag than Hill.

DONTRELLE INMAN, WR, CHARGERS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5200 8.6% 15%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 18.2%

If Inman hadn’t been evaluated for a concussion at the end of last week’s game he would have been on track for his third consecutive game with nine catches. This week the Chargers take on a very tough Tampa Bay defense that shut down Seattle’s offensive attack last week – limiting Doug Baldwin to 31 yards on a whopping seven catches. The price point is very comfortable for a WR2, and the Chargers will be slinging it once again. This week The Huddle has Inman confidently projected at six catches for 70 yards and a TD.

AJ DERBY, TE, BRONCOS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $4500 7.5% 12.5%
DraftKings $2500 5% 13%

Derby is a huge sleeper for the rest of the seasons… he made his way to Denver from New England and has already become a key component to the Broncos passing attack, with all four of his catches last week happening on 3rd down. It’s not a stretch to imagine that the Broncos will start looking his way in Red Zone situations as well. The Jaguars are great at covering TEs, but we still have Derby projected 4 catches for 30 yards and a TD. For 5% of your salary in DK or almost half of Jordan Reed money in Fan Duel, take a flier on him this week.

Other Considerations: Coby Fleener is set for a great game against the Detroit Lions, who are coming off of giving Kyle Rudolph nine catches for 64 yards. His price tag is a little bit higher than Derby’s, but having Drew Brees at QB and playing one of the worst TE coverage teams in the league might be worth the cost of insurance.

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