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DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 11

terry mclaurin dfs bargain hunting week 11

Cutting coupons. It’s a tedious task. You sift through the online ads, or sit at the dining room table with your scissors and circular. You go to the store with your clippings or print outs and search for your items. It’s not fun by any means, but the work is justified by the money you save at the end of a trip. Some people will even go as far as to shop around at several stores to truly find the best deal. Some think it’s crazy. Why not fork over a little extra money to save some time? Trust me, I get it. However, I will never argue with anyone who is trying to save a little extra change, especially in DFS. And thankfully, we aren’t doing any actual grocery shopping this week. Let’s jump into DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 11.   

QUARTERBACK – Kyle Allen

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $5,300 $50,000 10.6%
Fanduel $7,200 $60,000 12%
FantasyDraft $10,500 $100,000 10.5%

Kyle Allen has done reasonably well in Cam Newton’s stead. He has posted a couple of duds throughout his share of starts, but has been able to eclipse double-digit fantasy points in 5 out of 7 of those games. In those 5 double-digit games, he has also topped 15 fantasy points 4 times. This week, Allen could be in for more success than usual as he gets a home matchup against a Falcons team that has been ripped apart by opposing QBs this season. His rapport has grown with all of the Panthers’ weapons. Even though Christian McCaffrey remains the engine of the offense, Allen has gotten great production out of both D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel and even more recently with Greg Olsen. Allen should be able to thrive at a discount in one of the higher total games of the week. 

RUNNING BACK – Brian Hill

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $4,800 $50,000 9.6%
Fanduel $5,900 $60,000 9.8%
FantasyDraft $10,200 $100,000 10.2%

Devonta Freeman had come on strong recently for the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately, it sounds like he will be on the shelf for at least this week and possibly another. After Freeman left last week’s game against the Saints, the Falcons leaned on Brian Hill to protect their lead. Hill carried the rock 20 times for 61 yards against a stout Saints defensive line. He also saw two targets in the passing game and hauled in a touchdown. I think it is fair to expect more targets for Hill in a closer game. We have highlighted before how the Panthers have been gashed on the ground this season, allowing opposing backs to average almost 137 yards per game against them. If you needed any more reason to fire up Hill, there you have it. Also, consider Miles Sanders. 

WIDE RECEIVER – Terry McLaurin 

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $4,200 $50,000 8.4%
Fanduel $5,600 $60,000 9.3%
FantasyDraft $8,300 $100,000 8.3%

Terry McLaurin had taken the league by storm in the season’s early going. Recently he has cooled off a bit from a fantasy perspective, but the volume has still been solid. Washington is coming off a bye week and will look to McLaurin’s Ohio State teammate Dwayne Haskins Jr. to lead the way. Haskins and McLaurin developed great chemistry in college, but we haven’t seen it totally unlocked yet this season. I think this could be the week where Washington fans get a glimpse into what the future might hold. The Jets secondary has been abysmal this season. Fellow rookie quarterback Daniel Jones posted an unreal fantasy day against them last week while missing both Sterling Shepherd and Evan Engram (hats off to Darius Slayton and Golden Tate). Not to mention, Saquon Barkley was a total non-factor. If Jones did it, I have faith that Haskins and McLaurin can find their rhythm here.  

TIGHT END – Dallas Goedert 

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $3,200 $50,000 6.4%
Fanduel $5,000 $60,000 8.3%
FantasyDraft $5,500 $100,000 5.5%

The Eagles’ receivers are in shambles. DeSean Jackson is out after having abdominal surgery, and it is increasingly more likely that Alshon Jeffrey does not suit up for this game against the Patriots. This means Carson Wentz will be looking to target guys like Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside against a difficult Pats’ secondary. Scratch that. He’s going to be looking Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert’s way quite a bunch this week. There has been speculation that Stephon Gillmore might even handle Zach Ertz given the Eagles total lack of pass-catchers. That would leave Goedert in somewhat of a plus spot to see more targets with a better matchup. At his price, I think he works across the board. 

DEFENSE – New Orleans Saints  

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $2,900 $50,000 5.8%
Fanduel $4,800 $60,000 8%
FantasyDraft $5,700 $100,000 5.7%

The Saints are coming off of arguably the worst loss of the season by any team. They were unable to handle the hapless Falcons last week. The Falcons’ defense only let up 9 points and was able to generate 6 sacks against a perennially great Saints team. I think it is safe to say the Saints will be looking to save a little dignity when they go on the road to Tampa Bay. Even though their defense will be missing star corner Marshon Lattimore, I still think they can generate turnovers against one of the most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the league in Jameis Winston. Their defensive line should also prove to be too much to handle for this mediocre Bucs unit. Although the Saints are going on the road and will be facing two of the best receivers in the game, I think they should still be able to generate enough points to be worth their price.

 

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