It’s time for another week of some daily fantasy bargain basement picks. Some of last weeks picks proved to be profitable while others well, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. The two weeks of bye week madness have ended so you should have a bit more flexibility when picking your daily fantasy rosters. Regardless of availability though you still may want to spend big in some areas which can leave you vulnerable in others. If you find yourself in that sort of position and are looking for some help in finding a bargain or two then this is the column for you. Here are my week 10 DFS bargain basement picks.
**All cash values are obtained through Draft Kings**
**Points scored is based on Draft Kings scoring**
Carson Wentz – PHI ($5,400): The rookie quarterback sits in one of those positions where he isn’t just a bargain, he may be a start of the week. Wentz looked like gold in the early part of the season and that was partly due to having a pretty favorable schedule. Two of the teams he played in the first four weeks as of today have given up the 2nd and 3rd most points to opposing quarterbacks. The hype has quieted down while the Eagles have dropped their last two out of three. While Eagle fans will tell you it’s due in large part to Doug Pederson’s play calling on third and fourth down, it’s also the opponents they have been playing. Their opponents over the last three weeks have given up the 6th or fewer points to opposing quarterbacks. Not to fear though because the Atlanta Falcons are here! The Falcons are giving up the most points to quarterbacks than any other team in the league. In Draft King scoring formats, they have given up 15 more total points than the second worst team. They are allowing 2,739 yards passing as well as 23 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions. Given what you usually may pay for a good matchup this is an absolute steal. I like Wentz to come up big this weekend!
Kapri Bibbs – DEN ($4,000): Ever since the CJ Anderson injury, Kapri Bibbs has been getting noticed in Denver. Last week he touched just three times but managed to turn that into 80 yards of total offense and a touchdown. That had Bronco fans and fantasy owners licking their chops. Since that performance, there has been plenty of talk about how he has earned more touches and you might have also heard him refer to himself as a “home run hitter”. Who better to have a shot to hit that proverbial home run against than the New Orleans Saints. The Broncos will travel to the Superdome to take on a team that in draft kings scoring formats are allowing the fourth most points to opposing running backs. The Saints have been doing their best to make running backs like DuJuan Harris look like superstars. They have done this by allowing 762 yards rushing and 480 yards receiving to backs. On top of that they have also allowed 14 total touchdowns to the position. This could be the start of something special for Bibbs and he may not be so cheap for much longer.
Darren Sproles – PHI ($4,300): Disenchanted owners of Ryan Mathews have to be feeling sick right about now. The tide is turning on the Eagles depth chart and it’s in favor of Darren Sproles. Last two weeks for Sproles have seen him get 36 total touches for 174 yards of total offense and no scores. Those games were against a Cowboys team that has allowed the fewest points to running backs and the Giants whom have allowed the 12th fewest. As previously mentioned, the Eagles will not play the Falcons and it’s a nice matchup for a dual threat like Sproles. Now only have they allowed 7 touchdowns on the ground for 636 yards but they have also allowed 547 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air to backs. Sproles and his 9.6 average yards per reception will look to take advantage of his matchup and you should do the same.
J.J Nelson – ARZ ($4,200): The Arizona Cardinals will be coming off of their bye week and will happily welcome in the 49ers. The lowly 49ers have been an absolute mess in all facets on the defensive side of the ball. The 49ers have allowed 15 touchdowns to wide receivers this season and really show no sign of slowing down. They are also allowing 38.4 points per game to wide receivers and that’s plenty to go around for the Red Birds. Nelson himself was doing rather well for himself just before the bye week. In that week before the bye he hauled in 8 of his 12 targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The week before that he had 7 targets so this may an upward trend more than a mirage. The 49ers are bad enough that multiple Cardinals can help you out, you may as well go with the bargain that’a been producing.
Kenny Britt – LA ($4,900): If you’re having trouble finding a real bargain you may as start with the Rams because they don’t employ a pass catcher that’s too pricey. Sorry to the Rams faithful but it’s true. I specifically like Kenny Britt going up against the Jets this week and that is in part due to his size. A few weeks back the Browns played the Jets and Terrell Pryor had his way with Revis in the first half. Revis sometimes has trouble with receivers on the larger size at Pryor sitting at 6’6 and weighing 240 fits the bill. Kenny Britt is a little smaller at 6’3 and weighing 215 but I still like his size against the artist formerly known as Revis Island. Britt hasn’t seen less than 6 targets a game over the last four weeks and has scored three touchdowns in that span. The Jets are allowing 181.6 yards per game to opposing receivers and have allowed 10 touchdowns this season. If you need anymore useless incentive, Britt will be playing at the Meadowlands which is just 15 miles from his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. If you hadn’t heard that here then someone on FOX would have spoiled it for you.
Zach Ertz – PHI ($3,700): Yes, I like the Eagles against the Falcons this weekend. Vegas didn’t accidentally give this game an over under of fifty points. The Falcons have allowed the fifth most points to the tight end position in draft kings formats. There is reason to be optimistic about Ertz for more reasons than just his opponent. Last week he received more targets than he had in any other game this season (8). He was able to turn those targets into 97 yards receiving which not only lead the Eagles pass catchers but was more than he has had in the last four weeks combined. Ertz put on that performance against the Giants who are ranked right around 16th in the fewest points given up to the tight end. Perhaps there is some chemistry building between the rookie quarterback and his tight end. If so it was just a matter of time. All rookie quarterbacks eventually gravitate towards their tight end. More expensive players like Olsen and Reed have some tough matchup so this might fall right into your bargain wheelhouse.