Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 3

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 3

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 3


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 $7400 12.3% 15.3%
DraftKings $6200 12.4% 15.8%

Tannehill got off to a rough start against the Patriots defense on Sunday, but when the coaching staff turned him loose, he delivered. By the end of the game he had put up 389 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. This week he should pick up right where he left off as the Arian Foster-less Dolphins take on a Cleveland Browns team that has all but punched their ticket for the 1st overall pick of the 2017 draft. The Huddle has Tannehill projected as the #2 QB this week, hanging 300+ yards on the Browns, with 3 TDs to boot. He isn’t your cheapest QB option by any means, but the price/points ratio could hands down be the best available.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6800 11.3% 15.3%
DraftKings $5800 11.6% 15.8%

Look, I know he’s a game manager… but we also wrote off Tyrod Taylor before he faced the Jets last Thursday, and he had one of the best games of his career. The Jets pass defense is currently one of the worst in the league (25th) and Smith has been airing it out the past two weeks, by Smith standards anyways. There will probably be an interception or two – it might not be the prettiest game in the world – but Smith could be a very sneaky play in a tournament where you’re looking for a unique lineup with potential. He’s got 500+ yards and 3 TDs in two games so far – let’s see if he can put up some Tyron-TNF-esque numbers this week.

Other Considerations: Brian Hoyer is back! – The last time I wrote this sentence in this column, Hoyer was with the Texans and they were about to make a playoff push. It didn’t go very well. But Hoyer is with the Bears and steps into a pass offense that has the potential to be very strong. Jeffery, White… there’s lots of potential there. Hoyer is the absolute cheapest starting QB this week, and I’ll be you he finishes better than 32nd among QBs by Tuesday AM. That’s worth something.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5700 9.5% 14.6%
DraftKings $4300 8.6% 15.4%

In what has become a head-scratcher of a RBBC system in Cincinnati, Bernard’s price tag has plummeted in favor of the workhorse Jeremy Hill. Last week’s numbers (17 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 11 targets, 100 yards, 1TD) were no fluke, folks. Our pre-season numbers liked Bernard as the primary beneficiary to the Sanu/Jones departures in the passing game, and it took the Bengals a week to get on that path. Bernard will continue to play an important role in the Bengals passing game. Take advantage of his price tag, which is almost half the cost of Johnson/DeAngelo) before the DFS pricing catches up with his production.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6300 10.5% 14.6%
DraftKings $4900 9.8% 15.4%

For now, Doug Martin is out. Charles Sims steps into a very favorable situation for a pass-catching RB, as the Bucs take on a confusing Rams team. We’ve spotlighted Sims before, but as a change of pace back that played an increasing role on 3rd down and in the passing game. This time, Sims will see a bulk of the caries. Over the past two weeks (with a healthy Doug Martin) Sims had 13 carries and 8 targets in the passing game. Owners should expect at least that on Sunday. I like his value a little better in DK leagues, where his price is 1% cheaper, and he will receive a full 1 PPR, instead of Fan Duel’s ½ PPR.

Other Considerations:  Fozzy Whittaker is the hot play this week following JStew’s injury, and should get a good bulk of the carries. That being said, the Panthers have stated they plan on using RBBC with Cameron Artis-Payne and Whittaker. For his low cost however, it wouldn’t hurt to take a gamble or plug him in as your RB2 to afford more expensive WRs.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5800 11.6% 15.8%
DraftKings $4700 9.4% 19.2%

Despite the addition of Sean Smith. Reggie Nelson and rookie Karl Joseph, the Raiders’ secondary continues to look awful. The Titans are coming off of a big win against the Detroit Lions, and Sharpe is already putting together a great rookie campaign. In two weeks he has 18 targets from Marcus Mariota, and is poised for a monster game this Sunday. The Raiders have given up huge games to Brandon Cooks, Willie Snead and Julio Jones already, so while Sharpe isn’t the cheapest option available (though an incredible deal in Draft Kings tournaments) he is a pretty safe bet for a great return on cost/points.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6500 13% 15.8%
DraftKings $5500 11% 19.2%

The rookie wide receiver spotlight continues as we look at Shepard, who has stepped into the Giants offense without missing a beat. He benefits tremendously form having Beckham Jr. line up across from him, but even with the return of Victor Cruz, Shepard has put up 11 catches for 160 yards and a TD in just two weeks. This week he’ll face a division rival in Washington, and will have some great opportunities to prove himself against the widely discussed Norman/Breeland duo. A little more expensive than you’d like to pay for a WR3, he offers some great upside at WR2.

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6500 13% 15.8%
DraftKings $4800 9.6% 19.2%

Like Shepard, Fuller has had his way with single coverage thanks to Hopkins. In two weeks he has 9 catches for 211 yards and a TD. He’ll line up against the Patriots pass defense on Thursday night, which is currently one of the worst five pass defenses in the league. Expect a lot of looks and some solid numbers. He isn’t really worth the price tag in Fan Duel leagues, but I think he is a must-play in Draft Kings lineups at only 9.6% of your salary (10% less than Antonio Brown).

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5100 8.5% 13%
DraftKings $3100 6.2% 13.6%

Say what you will about Sam Bradford (it’s already been said) but I’m ready to finally believe … at least in his ability to find a talented pass-catching TE down the field. Rudolph is a great red zone target, and a fantastic route runner on those mid-range downs. Hill looked his way 8 times, and Bradford looked his way an additional 8 times. This week the Vikings will face a very stout Carolina defense, and Bradford will need his TE to help bail him out of some tough spots. Love the upside for the cost.

Other Considerations: While I had predicted he would hit the ground running, Vance McDonald has been a slow start for San Francisco. He only has five targets in two weeks, but this should be a great week for him to take advantage of the middle of the field, and help Gabbert in the red zone. He’s a gamble, but could have some great upside in tournaments.


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