By Mike Hauff, Contributor
Trying to budget a daily fantasy lineup is a lot like managing a budget in real life situations. You have a specific amount in your wallet with not a lot of wiggle room and you have to try to get the most bang for your buck. Striking a good sale at the store could make you a hero with your significant other but in daily fantasy, hitting a bargain could mean you cashing in on some big winnings. If plucking some bargains out of the sky was easy then everyone would be a winner but unfortunately it’s easier said than done. If you are looking for some bargains that could turn profitable then you have come to the right place! Here are bargain basement picks that you can throw into your Week 9 lineup.
**All cash values and projected points are obtained through Draft Kings**
Ryan Tannehill – MIA ($5,600): The Dolphins signal caller is the 15th among quarterbacks in cash value and is going to be welcoming in the New York Jets this weekend. The consistently inconsistent Tannehill hasn’t had a 300 yard passing performance since week three but last two opponents have given up a combined total of 16 touchdowns. The incoming Jets have given up 15 all on their own and have given up the eighth most points to opposing QB’s this season. Last week the Jets allowed McCown to air it out for 341 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Revis Island is more like smoke and mirrors nowadays as Terrelle Pryor had 101 yards receiving last week. If the Jets challenge the running game by stacking the box then the Dolphins might be able to get some downfield shots to Landry, Parker, or Stills.
Tim Hightower – NO ($4,000): Hightower is currently sitting as the 30th most pricey running back in Week 9 and is coming off of a 102 yard rushing performance against the Seahawks. Ingram put the ball on the ground last week which had opened the door for Hightower and put Sean Payton in a position to ride the hot hand. They’ll be plenty of running back love to go around this weekend when the Saints head to Santa Clara to take on the 49ers. No team has allowed over 1,000 yards rushing so far this season except the 49ers. The per game average is right around 162.7 yards and they are also sharing the unfortunate top spot of allowing the most rushing touchdowns (10). Even if Ingram takes back his starting role I still like the Saints to keep Hightower rolling off of his week 8 momentum. If Ingram happens to put the ball on the ground again then Hightower could become an investment to remember.
Charcandrick West – KC ($4,400): The Chiefs offense is looking a little bit like the walking wounded right now. Jamaal Charles has ended up on the IR. Spencer Ware has been missing practice this week as he is still in concussion protocol. You can also add Alex Smith to that list as he will be unavailable this week as well. West is one of the able-bodied Chiefs left that will go toe to toe with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Like most Chief running backs, it is safe to assume that West will be needed on the ground through the air. In the last four games before week 8, Spencer Ware was averaging 20 total touches (pass+run) per game. Those sorts of touches at just $4,400 is a value that is not easy to come by. The Jaguars haven’t given up a ton of yards to opposing running backs but have allowed 7 rushing touchdowns. With the Jaguars being the unpredictable mess that they are this may be a nice little play for folks.
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Tyreek Hill – KC ($3,400): I would just like to open this by saying that Phillip Caldwell at Eat.Sleep.Fantasy was sounding the alarm on Tyreek Hill before it was cool. This week the Chiefs will take on the Jaguars in Arrowhead and Nick Foles will be under center. The yards may not have always been there but Hill has snuck out a touchdown in three out of the last four weeks. Last week when Foles was involved, Hill had more catches (5) and yards (98) than he had in his previous two games combined. Hill is reaching the end zone on about 21% of his catches and will face a borderline bewildered Jacksonville squad that is allowing the 12th most points to opposing wide receivers. The Jags are also one of eight teams to give up ten or more touchdowns to wide receivers and I like Foles and Hill to take advantage of that.
Dontrelle Inman – SD ($3,100): Both Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams are dealing with some injuries this week that may limit their availability this weekend against the Titans. Injuries to the wide receivers have never really stopped Philip Rivers before and I don’t suspect that it will now. This could leave Inman as one of the sneakiest and promising starts in DFS this week. Just last week, Inman was able to haul in four of his seven targets for 72 yards. That was against the Broncos who have given up the fewest points to wide receivers this season and now he goes up against a Titans defense that has surrendered 7th most points. They are giving up an average of 168.5 yards per game and that should be juicy enough for Philip Rivers to do his worst. Don’t be shocked if this bargain pays off.
Lance Kendricks – LA ($2,900): This week the Carolina Panther will visit LA for the first time to take on the Rams. It is a nice matchup for Kendricks as the Rams have given up the eighth most points to opposing tight ends this season. The Panthers have allowed 6 touchdowns to tight ends and will try to contain Kendricks who has had seven or more targets in three out of his last four games. The Rams tight end is catching 72.2% of his passes when he is playing in front of the home crowd and he could prove to be a matchup nightmare for the defending NFC Champions.