DFS Football Value Plays – Week 6
With Week 6 of the NFL season upon us, let's take a look at who sets up to have the most value based on their salary in daily fantasy for DraftKings and FanDuel. With injuries opening up expanded roles for certain players, and favorable matchups determined after five weeks of action, we have a solid list of value plays this week. Value plays are centered around players who are below the average salary cost for their position and will produce the most points per dollar spent. Below are a list of some highlighted players on both platforms, but to see a full ranking of players and their value this week, visit our Optimizer
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Each player is listed with their salary and projected points for the week.
Our top value play at quarterback this week comes in the form of a $72 million dollar man from Houston. Osweiler will take the field Sunday against the Colts looking to silence his early season critics against a defense that allowed 397 yards and two touchdowns last week to Brian Hoyer (who made this list). Brock has had limited success this season, throwing only six passing touchdowns through five games. However, Osweiler enters Sunday against a Colts team that has allowed 29.6 points per game this season. With DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to throw to and Lamar Miller in the backfield, I expect Osweiler to have a bounce back week against the division rival Colts.
Tyrod Taylor makes his first appearance of the year on our value play list as he heads into the weekend set to face a San Francisco secondary that has allowed 10 passing touchdowns in the last four games. Taylor has struggled to put up good passing yard numbers this season, but has made up by scoring in other categories. Over the last four games, Taylor has rushed for at least 25 yards in each, as well as throwing for six touchdowns and rushing for one. Though he may not be an automatic 250 passing yards and two touchdowns guy, Taylor has consistently put up solid fantasy weeks with his contribution in the ground game and his ability to score touchdowns.
Powell makes our list this week after putting up some solid receiving numbers the past three weeks. Also, over the last two weeks, Powell has out-snapped Matt Forte 75 to 71, and has locked himself in as the Jets' main passing down back. The Jets head to Arizona to play the Cardinals on Monday night, and after losing their last three games by a combined 49 points, the Jets are in line to be playing from behind again this week. Also, even though the Cardinals defense has been stingy against opposing running backs on the ground, they have allowed the last two opposing backs to catch all of their 11 targets for 85 yards. Look for Powell to have an impact this Monday night catching passes out of the backfield.
Austin had a nice bounce back week against the Bills last week, and therefore has made our list for the second week in a row. After catching seven passes for 59 yards and rushing for 26, Austin ended up with 15.5 DraftKings points, which was 3.2 points higher than our projections. He'll try to outperform our projections again this week against a Lions defense who has allowed the fifth most DraftKings points to opposing wide receivers thus far. With Austin still being the primary target in the passing offense and also being a threat for some rushing yards (50 yds on season), Austin is in line to have another productive week for the Rams.
Davante Adams enters Week 6 with touchdown receptions in three out of his four games so far this year. Coming off the bye week, Adams had his best game of the year, catching five of his eight targets for 85 yards and a score. He'll square off against a Cowboys defense who has been tough against opposing WRs thus far, but with both teams averaging around 25 points per game, we are likely in for an offensive battle. Adams brings great value to the table this week, as Randall Cobb sits at a salary of $6,000 even though Adams is only .8 points behind Cobb on the DraftKings leaderboards thus far.
Enunwa and the Jets head to Arizona this weekend after just putting Eric Decker on the IR Wednesday. The Jets new number two wide receiver hasn't had much production the last few weeks, but has shown he is capable of posting solid numbers as he had 33.6 combined DraftKings points in Weeks 1 and 2 this year. With Brandon Marshall likely to be covered by Patrick Peterson on Monday, it appears that Enunwa will be in line for even more looks than usual. Expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to target Enunwa plenty on Monday night and for him to have great value for a cheap salary of just $4,900.
Fiedorowicz seems to have established himself as the primary pass catching tight end for the Texans over the past couple weeks. He's seen 13 targets in the last two games, catching eight of those for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Texans will square off against a Colts defense who is middle of the road against opposing tight ends so far, but allowed seven catches for 73 yards last week. With the minimum salary for a tight end, Fiedorowicz looks to post great value for your lineup again this weekend.
Clay enters Week 6 against the 49ers trying to build upon the momentum he's had since Sammy Watkins went on the IR. Clay has received 12 targets over the last two weeks, catching 10 of them for 120 yards. In two games on the road this year, San Francisco has allowed 231 receiving yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends. With Clay's workload continuing to increase, along with his favorable matchup against the 49ers, I expect him to have a productive week and give great value at the tight end position this weekend.
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After a mediocre start to the season, Mariota finally displayed his range of talent last week against the Dolphins where he completed 20 of 29 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns, including 60 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown as well. Mariota lead all FanDuel quarterbacks in scoring last week as he was the only one to go over 30 points. He gets a nice matchup in Week 6 as well as he squares off against a Browns defense that has allowed the fifth most FanDuel points to opposing QBs so far this season. With Tom Brady throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns last week, the Browns have now allowed three passing touchdowns in each of their last three games, and are up to 13 allowed on the season. Even though Mariota isn't likely to throw close to 300 yards this week, I expect him to be responsible for at least three or four touchdowns.
With Landry failing to make at least seven receptions for the first time all season, his salary dropped from $7,500 to the lowest it's been in three weeks. Landry was only targeted three times, the fewest amount of targets he's had in his career, which was matched only one other time in Week 7 of the 2014 season. Therefore, I expect Tannehill to target Landry early and often, especially against a Steelers team who has scored 74 points in their past two games. The Dolphins are going to need a bounce back game from nearly everyone on their roster, and it starts with Landry.
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Pitta has been a target machine at the tight end position since Week 2, averaging 8.25 targets a game over the last four. The Ravens travel to play the Giants on Sunday, and the Giants have given up some big games to tight ends so far, including Jason Witten who caught nine passes for 66 yards and Kyle Rudolph who caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Pitta is the main receiving tight end for the Ravens, and as long as Crockett Gillmore doesn't poach another TD from him, Pitta will likely have another solid week against the Giants.
Witten makes our list for the first time this season as he enters Week 6 ready to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Witten has had his ups and downs already this season, but is likely to see plenty of work this Sunday against a Packers defense that has allowed the 8th
most FanDuel points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Also, Witten has yet to find the end zone, which could change as Green Bay has allowed two touchdowns to tight ends on the season. With this Sunday being Dak Prescott's first big game on the road, I expect Witten to be a popular target as Dak's safety net.