What are the best bargain plays this week? From Tuesday morning through kickoff, it’s easily the question we get the most each week. With that in mind, we decided to create a recurring bargain barrel article for both FanDuel and DraftKings that identifies the top value targets you should have in your player pool for each week.
By nature, these plays are always riskier than your typical $6,500-$9,900 player. Their role is often changing in some way, whether that is a result of injury, or just depth chart changes. Our advice is to try and limit each lineup to just one or maybe two of these plays if you feel confident they can reach value.
Our FanDuel picks for this week will come from the full week slate of games that kicks off tonight. As you can see below, kickoff is just 12 hours away, and there is a ton of overlay in the lobby.
Our Favorite Week 5 Bargain Plays for FanDuel
FanDuel Price: $4,700
If Latavius Murray is ruled out, Deandre Washington will finally get his shot at being the lead back for the Raiders. Washington is currently averaging over 6 ypc and is a reliable pass catcher, capable of breaking any carry or target for a touchdown. The Chargers have been solid against the run this season, but at just $4,700 there is no way they can keep a starting Washington from hitting 3x value.
FanDuel Price: $5,500
If you think Tom Brady is coming back to the Blount-heavy offense the Patriots were running with Beef Briskett at quarterback, think again. Look for White to finally get a shot at filling the role Dion Lewis carved out in this offense last season. The Browns allow the 9th most FanDuel PPG to opposing RB’s at 24, and Blount has been limited all week in practice with another hip injury.
FanDuel Price: $5,700
With Kevin White once again on the IR, and Jeffery once again hobbled, it will be the veteran Royal that sees a significant bump in snaps and targets in a favorable week 5 matchup with the Colts. At his current $5,700 salary, Royal has hit value in 3 out of 4 games this season including a 20 point performance last week.
FanDuel Price: $5,300
There are four players worth a look in the $5,000-$5,300 range: Chris Hogan, Brice Butler, Sammie Coates, and Robert Woods. We love the role and upside of Butler, but Cinci is a top 10 pass defense, and that is a tough spot for a rookie QB and a receiver making his second start. Woods will give you the most targets of the group, but the matchup isn’t great and he arguably has the lowest ceiling of the group. Hogan will see his numbers return to what they were with Jimmy at QB (11 FanDuel PPG or 2.2x value) and Cleveland is certainly a favorable matchup. However, Sammie Coates has stepped into the #2 role, providing the big plays Martavis Bryant once did in this Steelers offense, and I think he’s the best play of the group. Coates has seen his snap and target count climb each week, and this week faces a Jets defense that is giving up the most points in the NFL to opposing #2 receivers.
FanDuel Price: $5,000
The injury to Jared Cook leaved Rodgers as the Packers starting tight end again, and he should parlay that into immediate production. The Giants were and all-time-bad def vs tight ends last season, and are trending back in that direction this year. Despite playing a fairly soft tight end schedule, they find themselves on the bottom half of the DvP again this season, have a banged up secondary, and gave up 5/55/1 to Rudolph last week
FanDuel Price: $4,700
We remain Doyle-believers, and weren’t scared off by his week 4 performance. The Jags have been really solid against the TE position throughout Gus Bradley’s tenure and are top 5 again this season, so we weren’t touching either Colts tight end last week. The Bears secondary is more than beatable, and we think at $4,700 Doyle may be the safest tight end play available for the week 5 slate.