Value plays this week can be found at every position. Player’s roles are changing with injury and performance. Charles Clay was the value play I used most last week and it paid off for me even though he had a TD called back by penalty. I like him again this week with all the Buffalo injuries. The reason these value plays are important is for salary relief during lineup construction. A value play or two in your lineup allow you to pay up for a stud you really want to play in your lineup. Check out my other weekly article DFS5s where I give you 20 guys to play this week.
Value QB Plays
Josh McCown - GoDraft Price $10,600 - I think all the numbers line up for McNown throwing early and often this week vs the Ravens. The Baltimore defense is good vs the run but ranks in the bottom third vs the pass. Cleveland has not had much success running the ball and Duke Johnson has emerged as a good pass catching threat out of the backfield. McNown is coming off two performances of over 340 passing yard and 2 TDs. He has played well so far and is clicking with his pass catchers. Cleveland should be playing from behind at Baltimore so you can stack him with a pass catching threat like Travis Benjamin, Barnidge at TE, or Duke Johnson at RB.
Jay Cutler - GoDraft Price $11,500 - We all know that Jay Cutler is feast or famine. My concern is the Kansas City defense pressuring Cutler as they have the DEs to do so. That being said the Chiefs are allowing 23+ fantasy points per game to QBs and rank last allowing the most fantasy points to opposing offenses per game. Cutler played very well vs Oakland last week and early reports have him getting Alshon Jeffrey back this week. You can stack Cutler with Bennett at TE and a sneaky cheap stack with Marquess Wilson WR if Jeffrey is out.
Also consider: Michael Vick $9,000, Alex Smith $11,000
Value RB Plays
Ronnie Hillman - GoDraft Price $4,850 - Hillman is in a 2 man committee in Denver. He had 12 touches this week and produced 20 fantasy points. He has scored a TD the last two weeks. I can project 10-15 touches with confidence in this game vs Oakland. Oakland is the 2nd worst overall fantasy defense statistically. I can see Denver getting ahead in this game at home and running the ball late in the game. Being Hillman is in a committee he will be fresh late in the game and can exploit this Oakland defense.
Anthony Dixon - GoDraft Price $4,850 - Boobie Dixon has 8 carries on the year but is in for a bunch of work this Sunday at Tennessee. With the Buffalo injuries at the RB position it is very likely that McCoy and Karlos Williams will be out of this game. Dixon is next up and could be in line for 15-20 touches. Cierre Wood may also get some run for Buffalo this weekend.
Also consider: Antonio Andrews $4,850, Chris Thompson $4,850, Darren McFadden $4,850
Value WR Plays
Leonard Hankerson - GoDraft Price $7,700 - Another week and another TD for Hankerson. He led the blowout of the Texans with 8 targets for over 100 yards. Vegas is projecting Atlanta for 28 points this weekend vs a Washington team that has limited RB fantasy points but has been beat in the air. Hankerson is primed for another 7 to 10 targets.
Kamar Aiken - GoDraft Price $6,100 - Baltimore has a bunch of injuries at the WR position and Aiken is seeing more targets as a result. I expect 7 to 10 targets for Aiken vs a Cleveland defense that has been beat in the air all season. Cleveland ranks as the 3rd worst defense in total fantasy points allowed per week.
Jamison Crowder - GoDraft Price $4,800 - Low priced and ready for an even bigger role now with the injury to Jordan Reed. Reed is out and all indications are that Desean Jackson will not be back. Crowder is coming off a week where he saw 12 targets and that should continue as Washington should play from behind vs Atlanta.
Also consider: Marlon Brown $4,600, Marquess Wilson $4,800, Anquan Boldin $7,900
Value TE Plays
Antonio Gates - GoDraft Price $4,400 - Gates returns from suspension and the Chargers need him. They have injuries at WR so Gates should see 5 to 8 targets in his return. Gates scored 12 TDs last year and has always been a red zone target for Rivers.
Also consider: Garrett Celek $4,000, Max Williams $4,000, Gary Barnidge $7,900
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Written by Steven Ricciardi