Hopefully you took a look at our bargain picks from last week as each player provided great return on investment either scoring a touchdown or producing over 100 yards. Overall, the six players we chose produced 95 points on FanDuel, meaning each selection averaged nearly 16 fantasy points on their own – not bad for some bargain plays.
We’ve decided to continue with the tradition of bringing in a guest picker to contribute to our bargain-play article, and this week we are fortunate enough to have the savvy mind of Kyle Bennett of Underground Sports Philadelphia to join in the selection process.
What do ya say we keep the hot streak going? Here are this week’s selections!
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (pick made by Kyle Bennett)
FanDuel: $7,000 / DraftKings: $5,500
Yes. Blake Bortles is a must-play in DFS this week. Kansas City may have the firepower on offense, but its defense is lackluster and beatable. With the Chiefs lack of defensive back play, Bortles should be able to spread the ball around to Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief and T.J. Yeldon. Bortles is going to have a bump in usage in the Jaguars’ offense again this week with Leonard Fournette being out with an injured hamstring. Bortles has performed well in the absence of Fournette this season (excluding the game against the Titans), as he’s thrown the rock for a combined 919 yards and six touchdowns. Those are great numbers for any quarterback, but spectacular when it comes to Bortles. Expect this game to be a shootout, and with everyone flocking to Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff, take advantage of Bortles’ hot streak and price tier and your winnings will be off the charts.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $6,100 / DraftKings: $4,300
This will be Jones’ third game back from suspension and he’s performed very well in the two games he’s been able to play. Despite just 12 touches last week, Jones accumulated 82 yards and a touchdown against the Bills after averaging seven yards per carry in his first game of the season against Washington. This week, Jones gets the Detroit Lions who rank dead last in the NFL allowing over 157 rushing yards per game. Sure the Packers have a three-headed monster at running back, but Jones has been the best of them since returning to the team, averaging over six yards per carry. To get what I like to call a “freebie” at this massive value, you can’t go wrong.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $6,500 / DraftKings: $5,500
Despite being a 32-year-old running back, Lynch has either put up a touchdown or 100 yards on the ground each of the first four weeks of the season. His season low for fantasy points came week one against the Rams, which he still posted 12 points, but he’s floated between 14-17 fantasy points per week ever since. The Chargers are only average against the run, ranking just 17th in rushing yards allowed per game, and you know Lynch is going to be the Raiders’ running back who’s number is called when it comes to running the ball this season. Expect Lynch to finish around 15 fantasy points again this week, providing quality return for the dollars you’re investing into him.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
FanDuel: $5,900 / DraftKings: $4,700
Westbrook draws an extremely positive matchup this week against the Chiefs, a team that has had absolutely zero defense through the first quarter of the season. Westbrook has emerged as Blake Bortles’ No. 1 option at receiver with nearly 30 targets over the first four games, and he should be kept busy again this week. He’s also had a relatively safe floor, gathering double-digit points in all but one game, averaging 14 PPR points per game. His ceiling is through the roof this week, making him a prime candidate for a big week at a bargain price.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (pick made by DJ Premo)
FanDuel: $6,300 / DraftKings: $4,200
Williams’ low price tag makes no sense to me. The Chargers are playing against a Raiders’ defense that couldn’t stop my 3-year-old son from putting up 150 yards and a touchdown. Philip Rivers will feast on this bad defense as his he’s been getting great protection from his offensive line. Multiple receivers on this team could have big games. Get out your lotion after you put him in your lineup because his numbers are about to blow your mind.
Tyler Kroft, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $4,500 / DraftKings: $2,900
For the second week in a row Ben has taken on the position of tight end, and for the second consecutive week he’s selected the starting tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals. After Tyler Eifert cashed in a 12-point performance in a game cut short due to injury last week, Tyler Kroft is the pick this week as he steps into the void Eifert has left. Kroft is no stranger to Andy Dalton and the Bengals’ offense after scoring seven touchdowns in Eifert’s absence last season. Making this pick even more enticing is the fact that Tyler Boyd has come on this season and will soon demand more attention of the opposing team’s secondary, creating more space for Kroft to produce as A.J. Green already draws two defenders on most plays. You won’t find this much potential any cheaper at the position this week; Kroft is a must-use if looking for a bargain tight end.
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys get you set for week 5 in the NFL with their daily fantasy picks, stacks and bargains to go along with their weekly against the spread gambling advice!