It’s safe to say the crew from the Loaded Box Podcast got off to a rough start last week with this daily fantasy sports bargain collaboration piece as just one of our selected players had a respectable game.
But hey, that’s the risk you take when you listen to a bunch of guys with beer, football and girls on their mind, all trying to predict the cheapest bargain play that’ll help you win your daily fantasy sports contest.
The way we look at it is that we can only go up from here, so I think you’re going to want to pay extra close attention this week, as we once again collaborate to bring you our daily fantasy sports bargain plays of the week.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (pick made by DJ Premo)
FanDuel: $6,600 / DraftKings: $5,300
Oakland has no pass rush or secondary. Tannehill should have plenty of time in the pocket. I expect this game to be back and forth and would highly recommend stacking Tannehill with Kenny Stills this week. Lock it in as all I do recently is give out winners.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
FanDuel: $6,200 / DraftKings: $5,400
Breida is listed as one of my start ’ems in my latest Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em article for the week after exploding against the Giants. He draws an easy matchup against a Chiefs team that couldn’t stop a midget-league football player. Breida should run with confidence and could be in store for a significant amount of targets out of the backfield in this game. His price tag is incredible for a guy that has legitimate RB1 upside in week three.
Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $5,600 / DraftKings: $3,900
Sure Michel rushed for just 34 yards on 10 carries against the stout defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, but up next is the Detroit Lions. Over the last two weeks the Lions have given up 177 rushing yards to the Jets and 186 to the 49ers. For $900 less than James White, and $200 less than Rex Burkhead, be prepared for the Patriots to unleash their first-round pick against the Lions. Just as I told you this offseason in regards to the 49ers’ running back situation, take the least-expensive running back in these RBBC’s and reap the rewards.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions (pick made by Robert Molnar)
FanDuel: $6,600 / DraftKings: $5,900
Golladay remains an inexpensive option in DFS, but for no good reason. Dominating the Lions’ receiving corps in targets, Golladay has become Matthew Stafford’s go-to receiver this season. Receiving a favorable matchup against New England this week, look for Golladay to potentially go off and provide you with some extreme value for your buck.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $6,200 / DraftKings: $5,100
Guess who’s turn it is to dominate with Patrick Mahomes this Sunday? If you guessed Sammy Watkins, then great minds must think alike. We’ve seen Mahomes step into the role of starting quarterback for the Chiefs and completely dominate, throwing an NFL-record 10 touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season, and I don’t see him slowing down this week against the 49ers. The prime benefactors of Mahomes’ success has been Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but Watkins quietly hauled in six of seven targets last week for 100 yards, and it’s just a matter of time until the touchdowns start rolling in. With Kelce and Hill combining for three touchdowns last week, it’ll likely be the priority of the 49ers to take away these top-two producers, leaving Watkins in several single-coverage situations, which we all know he has the talent to take full advantage of. Lock Watkins into your starting lineups against San Francisco as my top bargain play of the week.
Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts
FanDuel: $5,500 / DraftKings: $3,400 (pick made by Ben Morgan)
The number-one thing you look for from a bargain tight end is the likelihood they find the endzone the week you use them. Through two weeks Eric Ebron has done just that, scoring a touchdown both weeks, and now entering week three as the only Colts’ tight end likely to see targets as Jack Doyle has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Ebron has made the most of his opportunities so far this season, bringing in seven of his nine targets, and is a prime candidate to continue doing so in week three as Andrew Luck has proven to make average NFL tight ends fantasy relevant throughout his career. Play Ebron as a bargain tight end that is just as likely as any other tight end, not named Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce, to score.
For more DFS plays and our in-depth, week-three preview, check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast!