Hello my friends and welcome to this week’s DraftKings Bargain
Bin Fillers Plays! Last week my bargain bin fillers were a disaster. This week, I looked at what players you are getting for a steal… well, a really good deal for how I think they will perform, but you will be the decider of that.
Last week’s Bargain Bin Fillers was a meh performance. Let’s review what was a hit and what was a miss.
Teddy Bridgewater ($5,400): 24.2 points
Chase Edmonds ($4,900): 12.5 points
Ronald Jones ($4,800): 4.6 points
Anthony Schwartz ($3,300): 0 Points
K.J. Hamler ($3,800): 1.5 points
Cedric Wilson ($3,100): 4.5 points
Jamaal Williams ($4,400): 8.4 points
Adam Trautman ($3,000): 0 points
Eagles DST ($2,400): 1 point
Eww. That’s a lot of red. Where did I go wrong? Well, just like you, if you played any of these plays outside of Teddy Bridgewater, Chase Edmonds and MAYBE Javonte Williams, you may have cashed in. I looked at the players I recommended and looking back, I will admit I missed big on players who are true bin fillers. So I looked at what I could do this week to make this article more meaningful to all of you guys. I looked at every player, and came out with a better plan, hence why the title is now bargain plays. No more getting cute, but more getting you players who actually mean something that are at a lower cost than what they should be.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,500)
Watching Trevor Lawrence drop $500 since the beginning of the season is great, especially after putting up 8.8 fantasy points in week 2. This offense does not run the ball like it should with James Robinson as the Jaguars look like a lost team. Well week 3 doesn’t look better as they should be 0-3 but get to take on the red hot Arizona Cardinals who have been putting up points like crazy. Arizona’s front 7 is solid, no lie there, but to keep up with them Lawrence is going to have to throw, throw and throw some more. This is a good start to a lineup that just needs to 2X.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants ($6,500)
The 8th highest priced running back at this cost? Isn’t Saquon Barkley known as a “generational talent”? Didn’t most of us (I did) think he would start back slow? Barkley showed us that burst we loved back in week 2 when he had that 41-yard run against the Washington Football Team and gave us future hope. With 10 days of rest, Barkley will be ready to take on the Atlanta Falcons who can’t seem to stop anyone. Barkley is 24 years old, not some 30 year old scrap. Enjoy this price now because this will more than likely be the lowest you’ll get him at this season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($4,800)
From $6,700 in week 2 to $4,800 in week 3 you HAVE TO figure out a way to get CEH in a lineup. The $1,900 savings definitely has my attention especially against the Chargers and this game is at home. This should be a get right game for Edwards-Helaire and to get him this cheap, against a division rival should be a great value play.
Robert Woods, WR, LA Rams ($5,700)
Bobby Trees has been the same price 3 weeks in a row now. Matthew Stafford and the offense have been exploding with the likes of Cooper Kupp ($6,800) who has been the WR1 for the Rams. Don’t let Kupp’s success deter you away from Woods who had 9 targets in week 2 compared to Kupp’s 11. Woods’ time is coming and with what we saw from the Cowboys in week 1, the Rams should follow suit.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($4,700)
I like all Cincinnati receivers this week with Ja’Marr Chase ($5,400) being the most expensive. But it’s Boyd this week who I really like. Yes he’s the cheapest, but with the injuries piling up on the Pittsburgh defense, Boyd should take advantage of the slot as Pittsburgh gave up 14 points in week 1 to Cole Beasley and 10.7 points in week 2 for Hunter Renfrow. This should be another step forward as Boyd looks for continued success off his week two 9 target game for 7 receptions for 73 yards. You get a touchdown, his cost is definitely worth the money.
K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings ($3,500)
If I told you a wide receiver on the Minnesota Vikings has 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown through two weeks you would think I was talking about Justin Jefferson. But it’s been K.J. Osborn who has been lighting it up. I was high on K.J. Hamler last week, but it was the other K.J who has now put up back-to-back 14+DK points. To only see his cost go up $500 since the week 1 minimum of $3,000, you might as well stay with the hot receiver who is truly at a basement price.
Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers ($3,900)
I love division rivalries! They are some of the best shootouts and there is nothing better than going up in a shootout against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs know how to move the ball and score fast. The Chiefs have been giving up yardage to tight ends for 2 consecutive weeks and last week Jared Cook would have had a touchdown, but it was negated by a penalty in the red zone. When the Chargers get close to the end zone, I am seeing Justin Herbert looking for big bodied Jared Cook.
BONUS PLAY OF THE WEEK:
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills ($4,200)
The Bills offense hasn’t looked like it’s 2020 version thus far. That’s more likely due to the improved defense. Last week Sanders wasn’t needed as much as the Bills shutout the Miami Dolphins, 35-0. He had six targets for the game and finished with 2 catches for 48 yards. This week going up against Washington, I can see him being used more as Washington’s defense is better than that of Miami and will have to keep the ball in the air as Washington’s defensive line is pretty tough. Sanders should see somewhere between 8-10 targets this week and look for his first touchdown as a Buffalo Bill as this game has shootout written all over it.
Defense I’ll Play with Confidence:
Las Vegas Raiders ($3,400)
By playing the Raiders you’re getting to face the Dolphins without Tua Tagovailoa who is out for week 3, which gives Jacoby Brissett the start for the week. Tua hasn’t looked great so far this season, but I don’t expect Brissett to look much better as the Raiders defense should be able to eat them up this week!
Best of luck this week and be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss our favorite against-the-spread picks for Week 3 of the 2021 NFL Season!