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Okay, I understand you aren’t here for some cheap plugs, but you are here for some cheap options to play in this NFL slate where we can’t rely on teams like Seattle, Arizona, Kansas City and Tampa Bay so it’ll be interesting to create some unique lineups.
The prices below will reflect DraftKings unless I remember to add FanDuel before sending this to one of our lovely editors.
Let’s dive into this and find some cheap options to give us some flexibility and cash in the bankrolls.
QB: Alex Smith ($5,300)
In a slate where all the quarterbacks are sorta bunched up together, Alex Smith at $5,300 seems like one of the better plays. He is coming off a game where he threw for 390 yards but no touchdowns or interceptions against the Lions. This week, he goes up against the Bengals don’t defend to the point of where it scares me off.
Smith is a low-ceiling play but really gives you the leverage of getting another stud skill position player on this slate. The Bengals average two points on DraftKings and do not get to the quarterback well. Plus, Smith is gaining confidence after realizing he was a Chase Young rookie mistake away from a potential win.
Smith had 55 passing attempts last week and will probably check down to J.D. McKissic a lot but he has receivers like Terry McLaurin, who should be able to beat up on this weak Cincy secondary. If you want to load up with other positions and willing to get a cheaper quarterback option where the touchdowns aren’t there but the opportunities are, go with Alex Smith.
QB: Jameis Winston ($5,900)
A little less of a sleeper option, but he is the 13th-highest QB salary on the board. He should get the start with Drew Brees being hurt and don’t forget how good of a fantasy option Winston ended up being last year with a comparable set of skill guys. The threat is Taysom Hill taking a few snaps but last time Brees went down, Sean Payton realized Hill now became the backup and treated it as such so I’m not afraid of Hill gadget plays looming.
In a plus matchup against the Atlanta Falcons secondary with guys like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas healthy? Sign me up for some crab legs and Famous Jameis. He has thrown his most career touchdowns against the Falcons in his career (25) and knows how this team plays. Look for Winston to be a high-reward guy if you don’t want to spend up on some other quarterbacks on this slate.
RB: La’Mical Perine ($4,400)
This is more of speculation than going off the numbers. Adam Gase has said this week that he is focused on getting the younger guys more game reps so Frank Gore, look out. Perine is averaging just 10 touches per game in the last four outings. The Chargers have a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense allowing 117.4 rushing yards per game and Perine hasn’t averaged much yardage on the ground, but this is a feel play and at least one of my lineups will have him as a running back option.
He gets targets in the passing game and with Joe Flacco under center for the second consecutive week, it could be time for Perine to get some shine in this miserable Jets offense.
WR: Allen Lazard ($4,600)
This matchup isn’t great but the opportunities should be there if Lazard ends up as a play. The issue is how many snaps will Lazard get after not playing since Week 3.
In the games he has played in to begin the year, Lazard was proving to be a great second option for Aaron Rodgers and he should take some shine away from other guys like Valdes-Scantling and other secondary receivers in this Packers offense.
They have one of the tougher matchups going up against Indianapolis but Rodgers should find a flow after a bad-optic game against the Jaguars and in order to do so, he needs guys like Lazard to step up. If healthy enough to play, he could get some red-zone targets and has the touchdown opportunity as the Colts focus on Aaron Jones and DeVante Adams, leaving him open more often. Adams is also questionable for this game after being limited in Wednesday’s practice so there’s that. This gives you the opportunity to add a guy like Michael Thomas to complement your lineup.
WR: Mike Williams ($5,100)
Did you guys forget to check the matchups this week? He is playing the Jets. I wanted to write just that but I’m contractually obligated to give you more reasoning.
Somehow, he is outside of the top-25 highest salaried wide receivers on the slate and should get some action against the abomination of a defense left in New York coming off a bye week. The Jets allow the fourth-most passing yards per game and that leaves a lot of options available for Williams to get some targets. Williams hasn’t been in the endzone for three consecutive weeks and this could end on Sunday.
Herbert hasn’t gotten him involved much as they are focusing on other receivers. He had five targets against the Dolphins last week but this defense is another few tiers below and should be able to take advantage of the Jets in this game. He has a risk of being a dud but the opportunity of solid production is there as well. Package him with one of the top players and you should have yourself the chance for some big winnings.
Usually this would have at least one tight end or defense but I don’t necessarily feel any of them that aren’t in the top couple of options this week. But if you can get some of these guys into your lineup, you have the opportunity to pay for other positions and leave you with guys who have either plus matchups or feel like their fantasy points per dollar will be higher than most guys people will be targeting in their lineups.
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