FanDuel Bargain Buys - Week 12
by Heath Cummings
November 23rd, 2012

Week 11 was rough with Andrew Hawkins getting scratched before the game and John Skelton getting yanked. Still, we found a few diamonds in the rough...or at least in Green Bay. Both Jermichael Finley and the Packers defense had stellar showings and Steven Jackson outperformed his price. Even better were the Best Bang for your Buck picks with Matt Schaub and Marcel Reece performing like the studs we'd hoped they'd be. The holidays threw a little kink in our schedule, but we're back in Week 12 looking at Sunday-Monday match ups. In case you're new to this article, the Best Bang for your Buck focuses on players that David Dodds has projected to score much higher than their current cost. The FanDuel Bargain Buy digs just a little deeper to find someone under the radar that I personally believe could perform much higher than their current cost. Here are our Week 12 picks.

Quarterback

  • Top Priced Player - Aaron Rodgers at $9,800
  • Average Priced Players - Philip Rivers at $7,700
  • Best Bang for your Buck

    Colin Kaepernick vs. New Orleans (Cost: $5,500) You know a quarterback has done something special when he causes the starter who has completed 70% of his passes to be benched. Kaepernick was outstanding in his debut and his reward is a match up against a pitiful Saints defense. We have him as the eighth best quarterback in week twelve against the Saints.

    Eli Manning vs. Packers (Cost: $7,400) You can just feel one of those surprise performances coming for the Giants can't you? Manning has been pretty terrible for the last month but with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz against a less than stellar Packers secondary it may just be time for a breakout game. It's about time for another late season Giants run.

    Fan Duel Bargain Buy

    Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Indianapolis (Cost: $7,200) Fitzpatrick has quietly put together a nice string of games over the last month and you get the feeling he'll need to throw the ball a lot this week to keep up with Andrew Luck and the Colts. C.J. Spiller has finally been named the starter in Buffalo and that should only help the team move the ball even better than they have. I'm thinking 250+ yards and multiple touchdowns for Fitzpatrick this week.

    Running Back

  • Top Priced Player - Adrian Peterson at $8,900
  • Average Priced Players - Matt Forte at $7,300
  • Best Bang for your Buck

    Marcel Reece vs. Cincinnati (Cost: $6,400) Reece's value went up by $500 his week on FanDuel, but it's not enough to keep him from being a great value against the Bengals. We have Reece as our #5 running back in week twelve in PPR formats as the Raiders have thrown the ball to their backs a ton this season. He may not be quite as good as he was last week but he should still be a very solid option.

    Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Packers (Cost: $6,600) This one is a little trickier. We're assuming Bradshaw will play this week, it's nothing new for him to skip practice for a majority of the week. If he does we like him to be a league average back, if not then get Andre Brown ($5,600) into your line up. The Giants and Packers look to be gearing up for a shootout and there will be a lot of big fantasy performances in this one.

    Fan Duel Bargain Buy

    Bryce Brown vs. Carolina (Cost: $5,800) Brown will be another late decision but it's looking very unlikely that LeSean McCoy will be active on Monday night against the Panthers. Carolina was starting to look a little better against the run until they gave up 138 yards to Doug Martin, and with Nick Foles at quarterback you'd have to think the Eagles are going to try even harder to establish the run.

    Wide Receiver

  • Top Priced Player - A.J. Green at $8,300
  • Average Priced Players - Eric Decker and Larry Fitzgerald at $6,700
  • Best Bang for your Buck

    Danny Amendola vs. Arizona (Cost: $6,300) Amendola was slightly disappointing last week, but what you saw there is probably the floor for him against Arizona. That floor of 7 catches for 41 yards is higher than just about anyone else in this price range. There's an excellent chance we see another monster performance out of Amendola, who has 23 targets in his last two games.

    Jordy Nelson vs. New York Giants (Cost: $6,400) I said it above and I'll say it again, this game has shootout written all over it. Nelson has been a huge disappointment in 2012 due to injuries and the Packers slow start, but I like him to have a strong finish to the year. The Giants are in the bottom third of the league in terms of passing yards allowed and Aaron Rodgers has been on fire as of late. Start Nelson with confidence.

    Fan Duel Bargain Buy

    Steve Johnson vs. Indianapolis (Cost: $6,000) Johnson has certainly laid his share of eggs this season, but he's the number on target on a team that figures to move the ball with relative ease this week. Johnson's had 25 targets over his last three games and no touchdowns. That's a trend I think is likely to change in week 12.

    Tight End

  • Top Priced Player - Jimmy Graham at $7,300
  • Average Priced Players - Scott Chandler, Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark at $5,200
  • Fan Duel Bargain Buy

    Joel Dreessen vs. Kansas City (Cost: $4,900) The Chiefs have been bad at many things, but stopping tight ends has to be towards the top of the list. Dreessen's main value has come in the red zone, and I'd anticipate the Broncos will all but set up camp there in this one. He's just going to have too many opportunities to score for me to pass up on.

    Defense

    Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (Cost: $5,000) The Steelers are reeling, starting Charlie Batch at quarterback, and facing a near must-win game against the Browns. Their defense knows that they'll have to win this game for the offense, and they're good enough to do it. A lot of times I like to roll the dice looking for the big plays with defenses, but I think the odds of the Steelers completely shutting down Cleveland are too good to do that this week.

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