The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 12. 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 12 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Tannehill was shut down by the Rams defense for most of the game last week until leading two late touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. He finished with 172 yards, two scores and an interception.
Tannehill will find the going much easier this week when he takes on the 49ers Swiss cheese defense. Jay Ajayi will see plenty of work against the NFL’s last ranked rush defense but San Francisco’s can also be exploited through the air. The 49ers allow the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. San Francisco’s defense allows an average of 258.7 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Tannehill has thrown two touchdown passes in each of the last two games. He should have one of his best fantasy performances of the year this week.
Rex Burkhead, Bengals
The pickings are slim for bargain basement running backs with three games on Thursday this week. One intriguing option is Burkhead.
Giovani Bernard is out for the year with a torn ACL. Jeremy Hill will take over as the lead back but he’s not much of a receiver. Hill has nine receptions this season, compared to Bernard’s 39.
The Ravens defense allows the second fewest fantasy points to running backs but that’s because they give up just 67.6 yards per game on the ground. Pass catching backs actually have more success against Baltimore. Opposing running backs average 5.5 receptions and 41.4 receiving yards per game versus the Ravens defense. They’ve allowed at least four receptions in a game seven times this season.
This matchup doesn’t set up well for a power back like Hill. Burkhead is expected to take over Bernard’s role in passing situations. With both Bernard and A.J. Green out, Burkhead should make an immediate impact in the Bengals offense.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins
Parker was Tannehill’s favorite receiver for the second game in a row against the Rams. He caught 8-of-10 targets for 79 targets and a touchdown. In his last two games, Parker has 13 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Parker should continue to stay hot Sunday when he faces a 49ers defense that’s atrocious against receivers. San Francisco allows the second most fantasy points to receivers. The 49ers defense gives up an average of 12.7 receptions, 166.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game on 21.5 targets. They’ve allowed 18 scores to receivers this year.
Parker started off the season strong then disappeared. However, he’s scored 18.3 and 21.9 DraftKings points in his last two games. Parker is set up for another strong game this week. He’s a nice low-price option to stack with Tannehill.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals
The Bengals are decimated by injuries right now on offense. Green is out with a hamstring injury and Bernard was lost for the year with a torn ACL.
Boyd caught six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bills. He did most of his damage after Green went out. He’s now been targeted 19 times in his last three games.
Boyd and Brandon LaFell will see more targets with Green injured but Boyd looks to be the better option of the two. LaFell has a total of six receptions for 47 yards in his last three games.
The Ravens are a favorable matchup for Boyd’s first game without Green in the lineup. Baltimore’s defense gives up the fourth most fantasy points to receivers. Opposing receivers average 12.2 receptions, 156.6 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game on 20.6 targets versus the Ravens.
Boyd and Tyler Eifert should be Andy Dalton’s top two targets this week with all Cincinnati’s injuries on the offensive side of the ball. His salary likely won’t be this low again.
Austin Hooper, Falcons
Jacob Tamme is out for the season, so Hooper takes over as the Falcons starting tight end. Hooper has a tough matchup on paper this week against the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense allows the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. The Cardinals defense has yet to give up a touchdown to a tight end this season.
One area where Hooper could be a factor though Sunday is in the red zone. Matt Ryan has been targeting the tight end in the red zone this year. Hooper has already been targeted four times in the red zone with one touchdown. Tamme was been targeted 11 times with three scores. If you combine their 15 targets, Hooper and Tamme would rank tied for first among tight ends in red zone targets.
Coming off their bye week, look for Hooper to be much more involved in the Falcons offense. He’ll be owned by virtually no one given his tough matchup but if you need a tight end under $3,000 on DraftKings this week, Hooper could surprise.
The Bears offense is in shambles right now. Alshon Jeffery is suspended. Zach Miller is out for the year. Jay Cutler suffered a shoulder injury and likely won’t play Sunday. The Titans aren’t usually a great fantasy defense but this week should be the exception.
Tennessee’s defense has scored 10 or more DK points three times this season. They have a great opportunity to record their fourth on Sunday against a wounded Bears offense. At only $2,800 on DraftKings, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better bargain for a defense this week than the Titans given the matchup.