After a couple of solid weeks with our daily fantasy sports bargain plays, the recent success we’ve found came to a screeching halt last week. So while we understand if you’re a little hesitant to follow along, we ask you to forget last week, add some funds to your FanDuel or DraftKings account, and get ready for the Loaded Box to make a quick turnaround.
Why, you may ask? Well one of the reasons is because we have been graced with the presence of Andrew Erickson of Gridiron Experts this week and he is personally guaranteeing that his selection provides significant return on investment. And if it doesn’t, well you can yell at him on Twitter by clicking here.
Let’s get started!
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $7,100 / DraftKings: $5,500
Sure he’s a rookie and it has shown. But Mayfield is averaging over 40 passing attempts 300 total yards in his first two starts. This week he gets a Chargers’ defense that hasn’t exactly been living up to offseason expectations; plus they have to fly across the country for a 1pm start on Sunday which should help bolster Mayfield’s odds of finding success and provide great value compared to the QBs that are more expensive than him. Mayfield is only the 13th-most expensive quarterback on DraftKings and is definitely the QB I plan on building my lineup around in GPP.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $6,200 / DraftKings: $6,500
The fact Howard only has one touchdown this season may scare you off, but I believe the Bears will finally start getting their most complete running back more involved following their bye week. Howard only ran for 25 yards in a blowout win against the Buccaneers the last time Chicago played, but part of that lack of production is due to the fact that Tampa Bay couldn’t even come close to slowing down Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears’ passing game as the second-year quarterback threw six touchdown passes. This week Howards faces a Dolphins’ defense that ranks just 20th against the run and will once again be without some of their best run defenders on the defensive line. Let the fact that Howard only has one touchdown work to your advantage as you’re getting a high-quality running back, who several may be scared to use, at a bargain price.
Bilal Powell, Running Back, New York Jets (pick made by Andrew Erickson)
FanDuel: $5,800 / DraftKings: $4,500
With Isaiah Crowell being a possible miss for Sunday’s game against the Colts, that surely opens a large opportunity share for Powell to produce against the Colts who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to the running back position this season. Powell is already coming off a 20-attempt, 99-yard rushing game, so he can definitely handle the workload to have a productive outing. The Colts’ defense is also very weak against pass-catching RBs. They have allowed the fourth-most receptions, second-most targets, and fourth-most receiving yards to running back this year. Powell leads the Jets in targets in the passing game.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
FanDuel: $5,900 / DraftKings: $4,400
In a game that should quickly turn into a shootout, Godwin will be poised for a big role. Atlanta is missing nearly half of its defensive starters as they come into a matchup against a very fresh Jameis Winton who is dying to show the Bucs that he’s still their guy. Godwin could prove to be Tampa Bay’s most effective receiver this week since he will undoubtedly be getting the second-string scrubs in coverage. He’s an extreme value play this week and could be a cheap and final piece to your DFS team.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders (pick made by DJ Premo)
FanDuel: $6,400 / DraftKings: $5,200
Look, I get it. You are hesitant about Cooper because he is as inconsistent as any player in the league. And I don’t blame you, but I’m here this week to help ease your nerves just a little bit. Let’s start with reason number one. Cooper is on an every other week scoring trend and last week was his down week. Let’s assume that trend is going to continue because he is playing against a Seattle defense that is not good and an offense that should put up some points this week. I expect this game to be a shootout from the beginning. And this is where I 100% convince you to use Cooper. Jon Gruden was freaking out about this flight because he “isn’t a good flyer.” Apparently he flew overseas to his son’s wrestling match in the past and got really bad vertigo that knocked him on his ass for days. That being said, this game is being played in London. If this flight goes as horribly as we hope it does, Gruden shouldn’t have any input in this game, giving me hope that Cooper will be supremely involved in this week’s game plan. If you want to win, put Gruden on that same airplane that Post Malone was on that was flying in circles. Just fuck his brain up and you have a chance to win. Lock it in.
Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $5,800 / DraftKings: $4,500
Two Chicago Bears in the same fantasy football article? While that is the case this week, and yes it’s been a long time since you could count on multiple Bears to be fantasy relevant, remember that this is a bargain recommendation article and you should pick and choose the bargains that you agree with and then fill your roster with studs who routinely get it done on a weekly basis. Burton is the prototype new-age tight end who is fast and athletic, creating mismatch issues for opposing team’s defenses. It seems likely that the Bears’ No. 1 receiving target, Allen Robinson, will see a lot of Dolphins’ top CB Xavien Howard, meaning Trubisky will have plenty of opportunities to target his new tight end in Burton. Tight end has been a pretty difficult position to predict this year. Just look at the most expensive option this week on the main slate of games on FanDuel. It’s Eric Ebron who prior to this year has been a solid player to avoid in fantasy football. With the top guys not available in the majority of DFS contests this week (Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz), plug Burton in if you’re looking for a bargain tight end.
Interested in more daily fantasy sports content? Check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys give their DFS bargains, stacks and advice for week 6 in the NFL!