Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 5

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 5

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 5


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 $5000 8.3% 15.5%
DraftKings $5500 11% 15.8%

17 of 23 for 172 yards for two touchdowns and two interceptions is not bad for coming in off the bench and trying to keep up with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones’ 500/300 yard performance. If Cam (concussion protocol) isn’t able to go on Monday night, the Buccaneers have the 26th ranked passing defense, giving up big games to Matt Ryan, Carson Palmer, Broncos’ quarterbacks, and…. Case Keenum. So even Anderson has an opportunity to succeed. Currently, the Huddle has him projected to throw for 280 yards and 2 TDs. Not a bad value at QB – especially for half the cost of Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers in Fan Duel lineups.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6800 11.3% 15.5%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 15.8%

Atlanta has given up more yards through the air than any team in the NFL. As of Wednesday, Trevor Siemian isn’t practicing with the team. When Lynch stepped in for relief on Sunday, he looked sharp – throwing 14/24 for 170 yards and a TD. The Huddle currently has Lynch predicted to throw for 250 and 2 TDs. While the price tag is a little more expensive than Anderson, the matchup is better. In the event the Broncos tough defense isn’t able to keep Ryan and Jones at bay, Lynch’s numbers will benefit from trying to keep up through the air.

Other Considerations:  Drew Stanton is not necessarily an appealing play this week, but if you want to gamble against a San Francisco defense that is playing on a short week and lacking Navarro Bowman, then this is your guy. With the price of starting quarterbacks staying around 12-15%, Stanton is a great option to save some money and stack up more expensive players at the skill positions.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5100 8.5% 15%
DraftKings $4000 8% 15.8%

Matt Forte is limited this week, and he was a bit of a non-factor last week as Powell started to make his push for the starting job. As is the case in today’s NFL, neither of them will ever truly be the every down back for the Jets – but Powell’s role was increased to four carries and nine targets last week against the Seahawks. This week, with an ailing Forte and a 26th ranked Pittsburgh rushing defense. Even if Forte is healthy, it’s not unlikely that the Jets fall behind and try to get Powell involved in the passing game. The Huddle is predicting 6 catches for 70 yards, another 10 on the ground, and a TD.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6200 10.3% 15%
DraftKings $4000 8% 15.8%

McKinnon is currently the Huddle’s 13th ranked PPR RB heading into Week 5, predicted to bring in 100 yards and a TD. The Vikings will face the Texans’ middle of the road rushing defense as they continue to keep their perfect record alive. While Asiata is involved in the running game, McKinnon has received the bulk of the work and should continue to do so. Last week he had 21 touches; expect to see the same from him this week as the Vikings keep pressure off of Sam Bradford.

Other Considerations:  Ryan Mathews has practiced in full this week, and while his mystery injury concerned people against Pittsburgh (namely, the Eagles resistance to declare it…), it did lead to his price tag dropping. The price is close to 10%, and he could be a very sneaky play this week against a Detroit Lions’ defense that gave Eddie Lacy 100 yards.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5700 9.6% 16%
DraftKings $4200 8.4% 19.6%

While he is still listed as questionable, Eddie Royals’ role looks to increase now that Kevin White is headed to the injured reserve. Last week White was thrown to nine times; with Cutler looking like he will be out again, Hoyer will continue to look away from the extra coverage Jeffrey receives and give the ball to other options. Royal and Miller should both benefit tremendously from this. In Draft Kings leagues, he will run you a whopping 11% cheaper than Antonio Brown – that’s the price of a starting quarterback! Some of the best upside of the week as a WR3.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6000 10% 16%
DraftKings $3900 7.8% 19.6%

In standard fantasy leagues many owners have started dropping Garcon, as his catch share is not what it should be in the Jackson/Reed/Garcon/Crowder timeshare… but it’s only a matter of time until we start seeing the numbers. Fortunately, especially in Draft Kings leagues, the price tag has also started to drop on Garcon – making his match up this week against the Baltimore Ravens especially appealing. Last week the Ravens focused all of their energy on Amari Cooper and let Crabtree run rampant in their secondary for 3 TDs. While that would be a stretch for Garcon, he is due for a big outing.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $4500 7.5% 16%
DraftKings $3000 6% 19.6%

The Huddle has Louis slated to grab 3 catches for 40 yards and a TD against the Patriots on Sunday. With Coleman still sidelined, Louis has served as a great intermediate option for Cody Kessler, who targeted him 5 times on Sunday. Louis is undoubtedly a reach…. But also a very strategic one – if you assume the Patriots will cover their spread and the Browns will be trailing from behind, there will be ample opportunity for Louis to bring in some garbage time numbers. In lineup formats like Draft Kings that call for a flex player, 6% of your salary isn’t a bad option at all for decent looking upside.


Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5200 8.6% 13.3%
DraftKings $2700 5.4% 13.2%

Clay finally appears to be getting healthy, and Sammy Watkins has been sidelined for the season. Enter Charles Clay. Clay caught five of his seven targets on Sunday, and played 91% of the Bills’ offensive snaps. The Rams have a very stout defense that will keep Tyrod Taylor on his toes and looking to his intermediate receiving specialist to help bail him out. The Huddle has Clay looking at 5 receptions for 50 yards, but I also think there is TD upside there as well. With Reed/Gronk costing 13%, 9% in Fan Duel could be a little bit of a risk. 5.4% is very appealing in Draft Kings lineups, however.

Other Considerations: With Larry Donnell in concussion protocol, and questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Packers, Will Tye should see more looks from Eli Manning against the Packers’ 26th ranked passing defense. He is much more of a sleeper, but the price tag on him is so low that it’s a good gamble if it allows you to add a better wideout or running back.


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