We are full speed into the home stretch of the football season. It is now time for week 11 and while some folks are scrambling to make the playoffs, you’re just trying to make your first million through some daily fantasy. If there is anything that is more rewarding that winning some money in daily fantasy it is winning money in daily fantasy while playing a bargain. Going against the odds is where the glory really is! If you’re looking to get rich while looking smart then you should give this column a read.
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**The rankings are taken from standard formats**
Colin Kaepernick – SF ($5,200): Most folks are naturally assuming the the 49ers are going to be completely gutted this week against a Patriot team that was just beaten in primetime by the Seahawks. Not so fast though because this is still a Chip Kelly offense. The 49ers have scored 20 points more in the last two games and ESPN standard scoring has had Kaep finishing in the top 10 of scoring among quarterbacks. The Patriots are currently giving up the 13th most points to opposing quarterbacks. While that might not seem like the sexiest number it is important to keep in mind that three out of the four teams on bye in week 11 are ahead of the Patriots in points allowed to quarterbacks. This bumps up Kaep’s value from a matchup standpoint. The controversial quarterback is averaging 234.5 yards passing in the four games that he has played in and on top of that has thrown for at least one touchdown in all of those games. The last thing to keep in mind when considering a quarterback like Kaep is that the Patriots have allowed the 6th most rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks. After playing in just four games this season, Kaepernick is already 4th in the league among rushing yards for quarterbacks (228). This game reeks of garbage time!
Isaiah Crowell – CLE ($3,900): Crowell had his fantasy owners giving each other high fives after the first four weeks of the season as he had put of two games with 100 or more yards of rushing and three touchdowns. Since that time his workload decreased and he has only had one game of more than 50 yards rushing. That stretch of games has seen some tough opponents, especially the last two weeks with games against the Cowboys and the Ravens. The declining number of carries has been noticed as head coach Hue Jackson indicated on a conference call this week that he would like to get back to running the ball more. Crowell now finds himself in the best matchup he has had in weeks when the Browns welcome the Steelers into the DawgPound. The Steelers are allowing the sixth most points to the running back position this season. They are just one of seven teams to allow 10 rushing touchdowns or more and are also allowing an average of 95.5 rushing yards per game. This is also the same Steelers team that was demolished by Ezekiel Elliot in week 10.
James Starks – GB ($4,200): The Ty Montgomery honeymoon is all but over. The dual threat Packer was non existent in the team’s loss to the Titans this pass Sunday. The twitter darling Christine Michael was picked up by the Packers after being shockingly let go by the Seahawks. So while Michael gets acclimated to the offense and Montgomery falls out of favor with his fantasy owners, it’ll be time for at least one solid week of James Starks touches. When you’re playing bargains like this it is important to capitalize on opportunity and that is exactly what this situation screams. Starks had only seven carries last week but averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Now that he has survived the return week it may be time to take the training wheels off and who better to do that against than a team like the Washington Redskins. The team representing the nations capital has allowed 962 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns to tailbacks. It is a nice cushy matchup for the thirty year old running back to have. This is a sneaky bargain.
Tyreek Hill – KC ($4,500): Tyreek, Tyreek, Tyreek! The Kansas City pass catcher wasn’t on many fantasy owner’s radars but now we are all a little bit smitten. As of this writing, Jeremy Maclin has been ruled out of this Sundays matchup against the Buccaneers and that leaves the floor completely open for Hill. Last week, Hill hauled in 10 of his 13 targets this week for 89 yards and a touchdown. The opportunity is there for him to have another standout performance against a Bucs defense that is allowing just over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. This may be one of the last weeks that you can get Hill this cheap. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Rishard Matthews – TEN ($5,100): When combing the landscape of potential bargain playmakers I did a double take when I saw Matthews where he was. The Tennessee Titans have been on an absolute roll lately! The Titans have put up a wild 202 points in their last six games and Matthews has been a part of that. His yards on a per game basis haven’t been jaw dropping but he has also scored 4 touchdowns in the last three weeks. Matthews has also had four games this season in which he has caught 100% of his targets. All a quarterback wants nowadays is for his pass catcher to pull the ball in. Once there is reliability, the sky is the limit. The Colts are in the middle of the pack in regards to allowing yards to wide receivers (1542) but Vegas has this game with the highest over under of the week at 53. The sky (should) be the limit in this matchup.
Charles Clay – BUF ($2,600): This week the Buffalo Bils are going to Cincinnati for a matchup with the Bengals. It is a good matchup for Clay against a Bengal team that has allowed the third most points to opposing tight ends. They have allowed the second most yards to the positions (689) are also just one of nine teams to allow 50 receptions or more to tight ends. Clay has had a tough schedule in the last two weeks before the bye against the Seahawks and Patriots who aren’t tight end friendly. Tyrod Taylor has been playing well and picking up steam over the last few weeks. His productive play mixed with the matchup might just be what Charles Clay needs. The tight end pool is more like a cesspool this season so this might not be your worst option.