The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 16. 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 16 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Matt Barkley, Bears
Last week against the Packers, Barkley threw for 362 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s topped 300 yards in two of his four starts. Barkley has a favorable matchup this week against the Redskins in a game where he’ll likely have to throw a lot.
The Redskins allow the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Washington’s defense gives up 277.1 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Six of the last seven quarterbacks that played the Redskins defense put up at least 20 fantasy points. The only one who didn’t was Carson Wentz.
Barkley has scored 20+ DraftKings points in two of his four starts. There are better quarterbacks to use this week but if you’re looking for a bargain basement play, Barkley is an intriguing option given the matchup.
Derrick Henry, Titans
Henry only got nine carries on Sunday but he made them count. He ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns. It was Henry’s best fantasy performance since Week 8 when he faced the Jaguars. That’s the same opponent Henry gets this week.
The Titans ran all over Jacksonville in their first meeting, as both Henry and DeMarco Murray put up big fantasy numbers. It could be a repeat performance this week, especially with Henry starting to get some goal line carries.
The Jaguars allow 91.4 yards per game on the ground but tend to struggle more against physical offensive lines like Tennessee. The last time the two teams met the Titans rushed for 214 yards and 5.0 yards per carry. Henry has rushed for at least 42 yards in his last three games and has scored three touchdowns over that span. He’ll have a big role this week against the Jaguars.
Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots
Mitchell had a down game last week when he was held to just one catch for 14 yards. That kind of performance was expected though against the Broncos tough secondary. Tom Brady only threw for 188 yards as the Patriots opted for a more conservative ball control attack.
Prior to that game, Mitchell had scored 19.8, 21.2, 16.2 and 14.1 DK points. He has a much easier matchup this week against a Jets defense that allows the 11th most fantasy points to receivers. New York’s defense gives up 12.9 receptions, 173.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game on 20.1 targets to opposing receivers.
The last time Mitchell faced the Jets back in Week 12 he caught 5-of-7 targets for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He’s nice value this week at just $5,200 on DraftKings. Expect a bounce back game from Mitchell against a struggling Jets pass defense.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
Wow, how the mighty have fallen. Hopkins has gone from first-round fantasy stud to bargain basement DFS play. Thank you Brock Osweiler.
There is a bit of optimism for Hopkins heading into this week, however. The fact that Osweiler is no longer the starting quarterback, for one. Hopkins saw a season-high 17 targets last Sunday. Many of those targets came after Osweiler was benched in favor of Tom Savage. Hopkin’s eight receptions were his most since Week 6. His 87 yards the most since Week 2.
The Bengals have been tough on receivers this year but getting Hopkins at this price with Osweiler no longer under center is worth a shot. Savage is an unknown but he can’t limit the offense any more than Osweiler was when he was the quarterback. The Bengals could also be flat after losing a big lead to the Steelers last week. It’s time to show Hopkins some love again.
Hunter Henry, Chargers
The Browns are horrible when it comes to covering tight ends. Cleveland’s defense is so bad at covering tight ends that Charles Clay caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against them last week.
Overall, the Browns allow the most fantasy points to tight ends. Cleveland’s defense gives up 6.0 receptions, 64.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game to opposing tight ends. The Browns have allowed an NFL worst 12 touchdowns to tight ends this season and three of those scores came in the last two games.
Henry doesn’t see a ton of targets but he’s scored in four of his last five games. There’s a good chance he finds the end zone again this week against a Browns defense that has no clue how to cover tight ends.
The Falcons defense has been playing better of late. Granted, Atlanta has faced the Rams and 49ers in its last two games, but the Falcons get another good matchup this week.
The Panthers allow the eighth most points to team defenses. Carolina’s offense gives up an average of over eight points per game to team defenses.
The Falcons defense has five sacks, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in its last two games. The competition takes a step up this week but the Panthers offense has struggled for much of the season. Atlanta’s defense isn’t a bad play at just $2,700 on DraftKings.