Welcome to Fanduel Value-Play Rankings!
Each week we ask 10 staff members to rank their top players at each Fanduel position. These rankings are based on what our DFS staff believe are the best players at each position with respect to total points they will receive compared to the dollars that they cost. These rankings can be used to help you round out your cash game and GPP lineups, or just provide a guideline for what the Footballguys.com staff believe are the best value-plays to target
If Staffers submitted Comments, they are included below the tables as well.
Each Staffer was asked to rank 8 QBs, 12 RBs, 12 WRs, 8 TEs, 5 PKs, and 5 Defenses. For the purposes of calculating an average rank, if a player was not ranked by a particular staffer, they received a weight that was 1 point higher than the players they ranked. For example. if only 2 staffers ranked a particular quarterback, the other 8 staffers were weighted as giving that quarterback a '9' for average calculation purposes.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: QUARTERBACKS
Aaron Rodgers tops the value charts again this week, despite being the most expensive QB on the slate. This week, Green Bay travels to Tennessee where the Titans have given up a staggering 10 passing TDS against 0 interceptions and over 1300 yards passing in their last four games. Add in the fact that the Green Bay running game is still being powered by Ty Montgomery instead of Eddie Lacy or John Starks, and it’s easy to see why Rodgers is the guy everyone is using in their cash lineups. They ‘only’ have an implied team total of 26 points this week which isn’t the largest on the slate, but it’s still high enough to project Rodgers to have at least 2 TDs for this game. Add in that Rodgers has three or more TDs in each of his last three games and he makes for a great option at QB this week, even with his price.
If you’re looking to save money at QB this week, look no further than the Dallas – Pittsburgh matchup. Both Dak Prescott and Ben Roethlisberger are just 7700 and both should have a pretty solid game this week. Prescott and the 7-1 Cowboys have exceeded all expectations this season, and his workmanlike style has the Cowboys rolling. He’s had 3 TDs in each of his last three games, and he’s averaging over 260 yards passing per game as well. This isn’t just last week against Cleveland, but also against the Eagles and the Packers. Prescott faces a Steeler defense that ranks 24th in passing yards allowed per game at 276 yards per game, and he should do fairly well given his reasonable salary. Roethlisberger is back from his knee injury, but he didn’t look 100% against the Ravens last week. He managed to rally the Steelers in the 4th quarter, and finished with 264 yards passing a TD and a pick, but he also had a rushing TD. This week he faces a banged up Cowboy defense that has given up just 405 yards passing over the last two weeks, but they will most likely be without their top CB Morris Claiborne. Both Ben and Dak should have clean games with multiple TDs and be in the mid 200’s for passing yards. Not bad for a 7700 salary on either side.
If you’re looking to go even cheaper at QB, Jay Cutler might be your best option. The Bears travel to Tampa Bay, a team that’s given up a whopping 850 yards passing and 8 TDs in their last two games. Granted, Cutler isn’t going to put up 400 yards passing in this game because the Bears just don’t have the weapons, but he proved last week against Minnesota that he’s not afraid to throw the ball downfield. Cutler had 250 yards passing and a TD, but narrowly missed on some deep throws that would have given him a fantastic fantasy day. With two weeks to practice and shake off the rust, Cutler should be ready to roll and the weak Tampa defense should give Cutler plenty of opportunities to blow up his 7000 salary.
It's a toss-up between him and Brady as the week's top high-dollar cash guy, but I give the slight edge to Rodgers. With his red zone dominance and rushing production, his floor is a little more able to survive more than one game script.
Anyone who doesn't pay up will be buying Prescott, who carries a solid cash floor and faces an attractive matchup. Follow the chalk in your cash games and fill out your non-Rodgers and non-Brady lineups with him.
I am expecting a shootout in Steelers/Cowboys game. Targeting QBs and other positions from that game.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: RUNNING BACKS
|Melvin Gordon III||MIA@SD||8300||4||6||2||5||2||2||3||1||6||3||3.4|
|Mark Ingram II||DEN@NO||6300||13||13||13||13||11||7||13||13||13||13||12.2|
Like Aaron Rodgers at QB, David Johnson is the most expensive RB to roster this week and yet he’s also the ultra-chalk play. Johnson is coming off a bye week, but he’s one of the top running backs in the league and he’s facing a 49er defense that is giving up 193 yards rushing a game. Yes, you read that correctly: San Francisco is the worst rushing defense in the league, and they are giving up 50 more yards per game than the next weakest defense (Cleveland). The last time Johnson faced the 49ers, he blew up for 180 yards from scrimmage and 2 rushing TDS. This week it’s a good bet that Johnson will crush their division rivals again this week, and his 9400 salary shouldn’t scare you off.
Melvin Gordon III the TD machine comes in second for value-based running backs this week. Ok, maybe not a machine, but he has been cranking out the numbers over the last few weeks. Gordon has over 630 yards from scrimmage and 4 TDs over his last four games. Last week against the Titans, he had over 250 yards from scrimmage, but only reached the end zone once. This week Gordon faces a Miami defense that gave up 148 yards from scrimmage and a TD to Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Gordon is the feature back for the Chargers, and he should get the bulk of the carries against the Dolphins this week. The Chargers have a projected total of over 26 points this week and Gordon is more reasonably priced than Johnson at just 8300.
If you’re looking to cut back at RB, Darren Sproles is your man. Sproles checks in at just 5100 this week, despite putting up reasonable numbers for the Eagles, and playing more than 60 snaps per game over the last two games. Sproles isn’t a guy who is going to crank out 150 yards from scrimmage anymore, but between his rushing and receiving yards, he could top 100 against the Falcosn, a team that gave up 127 combined yards to the three headed monster of Peyton Barber, Antone Smith and Mike James from Tampa last week. At his current price though, Sproles doesn’t need a monster game to reach cash-game value, especially if he can get into the end zone.
Which RB is playing the 49ers this week? Oh, the best fantasy RB in the league...sign me up!
Gordon brings the best combination of floor, ceiling, and salary relief on the board. He's way too far behind David Johnson in salary.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: WIDE RECEIVERS
|Odell Beckham Jr Jr.||CIN@NYG||9000||13||13||13||13||13||12||5||13||6||13||11.4|
|Steve Smith Sr||CLE@BAL||5400||13||13||13||13||13||13||6||13||13||5||11.5|
Until someone figures out how to stop him, or his price tag goes through the roof, Mike Evans is going to be one of the top DFS receivers every week. The guy has had 10 or more targets per game since week 2 and he’s coming off a 11 catch, 150 yards, 2 TD performance against the Falcons last week. This week he and Tamp Bay face a mid-grade Chicago defense that has been improving as of late, but they are still just an average group against one of the NFL’s best. Jameis Winston was back at practice and should play this week, which makes Evans a must-start against the Bears. Evans is a bit expensive at 8500, but he’s worth it given the mountain of targets he pulls down week after week.
Larry Fitzgerald has a nice mid-range salary at just 7200, but he should see a decent amount of action this week against the terrible 49er defense. Fitz is coming off a bye week, but in his two previous games, he had 25 targets, 19 receptions for 147 receiving yards. He hasn’t reached the end zone since week 5, but that was against the 49ers and he’s facing them again this week. San Francisco has given up two or more receiving TDs to wide receivers in each of their last five games, and with the Cardinals expected to win this game by multiple touchdowns, Fitzgerald should be a great option for a reasonable price.
If you need to save money, look to Jordan Matthews at just 5900. Matthews has 24 targets and 17 receptions over his last two games, and he’s posted 153 yards receiving and a TD in that same span. This week, the Eagles face an Atlanta defense that gave up 150 yards and 2 TDs to Mike Evans last week, and even surrendered a TD to Adam Humphries in their game against Tampa Bay. The Eagles need a big game from Matthews this week, and at just 5900, he’s a great value play at WR.
WR pricing is loose this week. No WR over 9K. Antonio Brown 4th highest WR.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: TIGHT ENDS
Rob Gronkowski tops the list of value tight ends this week. Although he’s the most expensive TE at 8000, he is poised to have a great game. Over the last three weeks, Gronk has been on fire, posting 16 receptions for 364 yards receiving and three TDs over his last three games. He faces a Seattle defense that isn’t particularly vulnerable to TE production, and they only give up 233 yards per game and have only surrendered a total of 6 receiving TDs all season. The key from a value point of view is that Gronk is such a key component of the Patriot offense that he is bound to receive a ton of targets this week and has a reasonable chance to score again. If you’re looking to pay up this week, look no further than Gronkowski.
Tyler Eifert makes great sense from a dollars per points view. Eifert’s early season injury kept him off of the fantasy radar for the first few weeks, and now that he’s back, his salary doesn’t match his production. Last week, he went crazy with nine receptions for over 100 yards and a TD receiving. His Salary jumped almost 10% after that performance, but he’s still almost 2000 behind Gronkowski and about a 1000 behind similar production TEs like Greg Olsen or Travis Kelce. This week Eifert faces an average New York Giant defense that is surprisingly consistent when it comes to opposing TE Play. Look for 5-7 catches from Eifert this week for around 55 yards, but the key here is will he get into the end zone. Andy Dalton like to target Eifert in the red zone, and this could be the difference maker for him this week.
Kendricks is dominating the Rams' target share of late, yet he remains priced at the TE minimum. You can question his upside, but not his ability hit 8-9 points with this usage.
Eifert is too cheap at $6100. He will be more involved moving forward.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: KICKERS
With the Cardinals playing at home with almost a 2 TD spread, it’s easy to see why Chandler Catanzaro tops the PK charts this week. At 4500, he’s basically someone you plug into 90-100% of your lineups and move on. With a 31 point implied team total this week, everyone will have Catanzaro as their starting PK, especially in cash games.
If you’re looking for a little differentiation, Wil Lutz and the Saints represents a possible option. He’s the same price at Catanzaro, a home favorite and playing in a dome with an implied team total of almost 26 points this week against the Broncos. If you’re not a Saints fan, Mason Crosby is just 100 more, and he’s on the road, but Packers are a 2.5 point favorite and also have an implied team total of 26 points. Neither of these options are as compelling as Catanzaro this week, but both should do pretty well and give you someone that most of the field will not have in their lineup this week for about the same price.
Sturgis is strong-legged and projects to kick for a solid 25-point team this Sunday. Those 25 points could be a floor, too, against such a shaky defense.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 10: DEFENSES
Arizona’s expensive this week at 5200, but playing at home after a bye week against the 49ers means that Vegas is all over this game, and the projected total for San Francisco is just 17 points. With limited options running and catching the ball, look for the Cardinals to be all over the 49ers this week and to hit value despite being this expensive.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks at defense as well, consider Houston at Jacksonville or the Rams at the Jets this week. They are 4700 and 4600 respectively, yet both face offenses that are struggling and can turn over the ball. Jacksonville can’t run, and this week they face the #1 pass defense in Houston. Not a recipe for success for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars. Look for Houston to be all over them, and their sack and turn over totals to get a bump for the year. LA travels west to east, and we’ve seen the early game have an impact on those west coast teams. But this is the Jets that we’re talking about, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick trying to ‘play through’ a knee injury, you can expect the Rams to throw everything they have at him. Fitzpatrick has been known to turn the ball over under pressure, and the Rams have one of the better defenses in the league. This could get ugly pretty quick, and with the Rams at near minimum pricing, they have a great chance to meet or exceed cash game value.
It looks like a week where you will want to pay up for defense.
They've scored 10+ in 4 straight games, plus a 35 in Week 4 for the fun of it. This is a splash-play unit that carries an awesome ceiling against the relatively turnover-prone Panthers.
Good luck this weekend!