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DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 12

ben watson dfs bargain hunting week 12

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. Here’s DFS Bargain Hunting Week 12.

QUARTERBACK – Carson Wentz

DraftKings $5,600 $50,000 11.2%
Fanduel $7,300 $60,000 12.1%
FantasyDraft $10,900 $100,000 10.9%

There are not many enticing options this week if you are looking to pay down at quarterback. In that lower tier, there is a mix of guys like Nick Foles, Mason Rudolph, and Ryan Tannehill among others. One name that stuck out to me was Carson Wentz. Although the Eagles have been somewhat of an enigma this season, a home matchup against a weak Seahawks defense could quell some issues. Wentz’s performances have been mediocre at best over the past few weeks. It doesn’t help that he’s had to face the Bills, Bears, and Pats who maintain some of the league’s best defensive units. This seems like a get right spot here for a guy who has been under a lot of scrutiny. The Eagles could also be without Jordan Howard again this week, leaving Miles Sanders to handle a greater workload. We saw the Eagles skew their game plan to the air for much of the game, even though it was close the whole way. Another Howard absence could lead to another week of heavy usage for Wentz. 

RUNNINGBACK – Miles Sanders 

DraftKings $5,000 $50,000 10%
Fanduel $5,600 $60,000 9.3%
FantasyDraft $10,200 $100,000 10.2%

Speaking of Miles Sanders, this could be another week where we see him handle the majority of the Eagles’ backfield touches. Jordan Howard has yet to be cleared for contact which doesn’t sound great for his chances to play on Sunday. While Jay Ajayi didn’t log a touch last week, I think it would be safe to expect him to at least factor somewhat into the running back work. With that said, Sanders would end up being the go-to guy. Ultimately, you would like for Sanders’ price to be just a bit cheaper, but if he can get into the endzone Sunday, he could end up smashing. 

WIDE RECEIVER – Chris Conley

DraftKings $4,100 $50,000 8.2%
Fanduel $5,700 $60,000 9.5%
FantasyDraft $8,100 $100,000 8.1%

Chris Conley has had a solid year from a fantasy standpoint. Many had awaited this kind of production while he was still a member of the Chiefs. While he hasn’t been the most consistent fantasy player, he has had the spiked weeks that could make his cheap price well worth it this week. In Nick Foles’ first game back, he targeted Conley 8 times. That would make four games in a row where Conley has seen 7 or more targets. He also played on 97% of the snaps against the Colts last week. His price doesn’t reflect a player who has been getting consistent volume. Some may consider this to be a thin play, but it could be perfect timing. 

TIGHT END – Ben Watson

DraftKings $3,100 $50,000 6.2%
Fanduel $5,300 $60,000 10.6%
FantasyDraft $6,500 $100,000 6.5%

Of course, when you think of Patriots’ tight ends, you immediately think of Rob Gronkowski. Unfortunately, his playing days appear to be over, at least for now. The Pats have shuffled the position around in his absence, but look like they now trust Ben Watson to take over. Watson has at least 4 targets each of the past four weeks and now could have an even bigger opportunity with all three of Mo Sanu, Phillip Dorsett, and Julian Edelman questionable against the Cowboys. It also helps that the Cowboys find themselves in the bottom third of the league when it comes to allowing fantasy points to the tight end position. Tight end is a wasteland this week, so rolling with Watson could be wise. 

DEFENSE – New England Patriots

DraftKings $3,300 $50,000 6.6%
Fanduel $4,600 $60,000 7.6%
FantasyDraft $6,000 $100,000 6%

The New England Patriots have dropped significantly in price. This could be a great opportunity to take advantage of that as they will draw a home matchup against a team that has played 7 of their 10 games indoors this season. If the Dallas Cowboys want to win this week, they will have to do it outdoors in Gillette Stadium. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys can look real good at times, but they aren’t immune to having things go the complete opposite. I think this matchup comes down to a coach’s game, and the Patriots have the outright advantage there.


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