If you followed along last week hopefully you made the right choices with your bargain picks as about half of our plays produced while the other half left you wishing you would have went with the expensive option.
Once again we’re continuing the strategy of bringing in a guest picker as this week we are joined by TL of The Line Sports Talk Podcast. TL’s pick ended up making it that we have three bargain picks from the same team this week, so here is your reminder to make sure you don’t use each of these guys in the same DFS lineup. Rather, pick out a couple you agree with and put them into some lineups with studs that produce on a weekly basis.
Let’s take a look at some bargain options for Week 7 in the NFL.
Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $7,100 / DraftKings: $5,800
I’m going with Mayfield again after a total whiff on him last week. Unfortunately he’s $300 more expensive this week compared to last, which isn’t too bad considering the quartebacks on bye this week. Now he gets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who rank dead last in passing yards allowed and passing yards per attempt. I have faith in this “get right” game for Mayfield as he also presents a good stacking opportunity with Jarvis Landry and/or David Njoku when building your lineups this week.
Tarik Cohen, Running Back, Chicago Bears (pick made by DJ Premo)
FanDuel: $6,600 / DraftKings: $5,100
Cohen’s usage has gone up the last two games, and with that, the Bears’ offense has played much better. Now they run up against one of the worst defenses in the league in the Patriots and if you remember back to week 1 of last season, head coach Matt Nagy blitzed the Patriots with similar weapons as the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs. To me, Cohen presents the biggest mismatch problem because you can move him all over pre-snap to find favorable matchups. Cohen is like Dexter Morgan. He strikes when you least expect it. The only way the Patriots are leaving Soldier Field is wrapped in plastic.
Nick Chubb, Running Back, Cleveland Browns (pick made by TL)
FanDuel: $4,800 / DraftKings: $3,600
Pleasant Sunday nights are often made so by those ace decisions you pointed and clicked into existence on Sunday morning. Committing to that bargain DFS player takes some homework and most times some gusto. This week’s trigger to pull is Nick Chubb. As Carlos Hyde is on his way to Duval County, the door swings open for the former Georgia Bulldog. Chubb hasn’t carried the ball more than three times in any game this season, but he’s amassed 173 yards on 16 carries… more than half of that against a Raiders’ defense that’s been pretty offensive. The Buccaneers’ defense, sans the former highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL, shouldn’t show a whole lot of improvement stopping much of anything. If Chubb has a day you won’t see him this cheap anytime soon. Buy low… it’s good advice.
Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $6,400 / DraftKings: $4,900
From watching every snap from each Dolphins’ game this season I can tell you that opposing teams are going to target the boundary cornerback not named Xavien Howard. While Golden Tate may be a nice play as the WR working the slot for Detroit, my bargain pick at receiver this week is Marvin Jones. Jones will likely see some of Howard throughout the game, but he will also have his hands full with second-year breakout receiver, Kenny Golladay. We haven’t seen Jones top 70 receiving yards yet this season, but that could change very soon as the Dolphins are coming off a game against Chicago where they allowed Taylor Gabriel to rack up 110 receiving yards after catching all five of his targets. A Matthew Stafford/Jones stack might not be a bad play this week, but regardless, I’m finding room for Jones in my DFS lineups this week.
Josh Reynolds, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $5,100 / DraftKings: $3,500
In the event you’re looking for a massive bargain that still has potential for a solid week thanks to an expanded role, look no further than Rams’ receiver Josh Reynolds. With Cooper Kupp sidelined for at least this week against the 49ers, Reynolds will fill in as the team’s third option at receiver behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. It may be a little risky to use a guy with just three receptions all season, but you have to believe the 49ers’ primary objective on defense will be to limit Todd Gurley and the two proven receivers mentioned above. Not only will Reynolds likely see a season-high in targets this week with Kupp out, but he also gets the luxury of facing the 49ers’ 25th-ranked passing defense. Utilize Reynolds as an extreme bargain play this week if you’re a fan of some of the higher-priced players that will eat a ton of your salary cap.
David Njoku, Tight End, Cleveland Browns (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
FanDuel: $5,700 / DraftKings: $4,200
Tampa Bay might be the worst team in the entire league against opposing tight ends. In fact, they’ve let up top-six tight end numbers in all but one of their games so far. Not only that, but Njoku and Mayfield finally clicked last week, connecting for a touchdown in a game where Njoku had over 17 PPR points. I’m liking his chances of, at the very worst, repeating his numbers from last week.
For more daily fantasy talk be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys breakdown their stacks and bargains plays along with their weekly against the spread gambling picks!