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DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 5

DFS Bargain Hunting

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.   Enjoy Week 5 DFS Bargain Hunting.

Week 5 DFS Bargain Hunting

DFS Bargain Hunting


DraftKings $5,900 $50,000 11.8
Fanduel $7.700 $60,000 12.8%
FantasyDraft $11,000 $100,000 11%

The Falcons 1-3 start has not affected Matt Ryan’s fantasy production in the slightest. So far this season he only has one game under 20 fantasy points, while also having two games with 25+. If you dig a little deeper into what might be aiding Ryan’s consistent fantasy performances, look no further than the fact that he has played 3 out of his 4 games this season in a dome. We all know this is something we love to target in DFS. Guess what’s on tap for the Falcons this week? Another dome game. This time it will be against the Houston Texans. The Texans have been decent against the pass, but some of that has to do with facing Kyle Allen last week and a week two Gardner Minshew II making his first NFL start. In their other two games, Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers had no issues putting up points. I think that is a more likely scenario for Ryan and the Falcons. DraftKings and FantasyDraft provide the best value for Matty Ice. 

RUNNINGBACK – Leonard Fournette

DraftKings $6,400 $50,000 12.8
Fanduel $6,900 $60,000 11.5%
FantasyDraft $12,100 $100,000 12.1%

I can’t help but put Leanord Fournette on the Bargain Hunting list once again. His price is totally broken, plain and simple. The workload he has received mimics that only of some of the top backs in the league. Fournette had suffered from an efficiency standpoint up until last week when he shredded the Denver defense for 225 rushing yards. His passing game involvement was scaled back slightly, but he still caught two balls for 30 yards. This week he will face a Carolina defense that has been getting beaten on the ground. They are allowing just over 130 rushing yards per game. I think it is safe to say we won’t see 225 rushing yards again this week, but the three-point 100-yard rushing bonus is squarely in play. Shockingly, Fournette is still yet to find the endzone this season. I think he is playable everywhere, but he is cheapest over on Fanduel. 


DraftKings $4,500 $50,000 9%
Fanduel $5,700 $60,000 9%
FantasyDraft $9,300 $100,000 9.3%

The obvious choice here for a bargain wide receiver is Golden Tate. He will be returning to the Giants lineup this week after serving his four-game suspension. If you are thinking of going in a different direction or want a cheap tournament play with slightly more upside, Will Fuller could be your guy. He has consistently underperformed so far this season which should help him fly under the radar. If you are box score watching, you would fail to see that Fuller and Watson have left some big plays on the field this season. Even though this could be flimsy reasoning, I can’t see that trend lasting much longer. It also helps that Fuller find himself in a game with the second-highest total this week which means Vegas is expecting some fireworks. Never a bad thing. Fuller is almost identically priced percentage-wise on each site so I think he is playable everywhere. 

TIGHT END – Noah Fant

DraftKings $2,800 $50,000 5.6%
Fanduel $4,900 $60,000 8.1%
FantasyDraft $5,600 $100,000 5.6%

Noah Fant has not been a huge factor for the Broncos this season. While Fant’s stats haven’t jumped off the screen, his role has remained consistent. He has at least three targets in every game so far this season, and four in three of their four games. Fant also found the endzone last weekend against the Jaguars which will do nothing but boost the rookie tight end’s confidence. As I said, Fant has not been anything special so this recommendation comes strictly from a strategy standpoint. None of the top options this week stand out to me outside of maybe Darren Waller. For that reason, I think Fant is a smart punt. He doesn’t need to do much of anything to hit value, and the savings he provides allow you some spending money. 

DEFENSE –  Carolina Panthers

DraftKings $2,600 $50,000 5.2%
Fanduel $4,400 $60,000 7.3%
FantasyDraft $5,000 $100,000 5%

Now, this recommendation may seem counterintuitive to my Leanord Fournette recommendation above, but I do think there is a scenario where both Fournette and the Panthers defense can have success. Playing a quarterback and an opposing defense in the same lineup is probably where I would draw the line. The Panthers defense has been a sack machine so far this season. They have at least one sack in each of their first four games, and 5+ in two of those four. It helps that the Jags rank in the bottom half of the league in sacks allowed per game with 2.5. The outside and backend of this defense have also contributed with four interceptions. This week they will face Gardner Minshew who could be a little gimpy as he’s been dealing with a knee issue. Don’t get me wrong, Minshew Mania has been nothing short of amazing, but a road game in Denver, followed by one in Carolina might have me tempering expectations here. Fire up the cheap Panthers defense with confidence.

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