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 4: QUARTERBACKS
It’s hard to find better value than a 7400 quarterback facing the worst passing defense in the league. That’s why Blake Bortles ranks at the top of the FanDuel Value Plays this week. The Raiders held Alex Smith in check last week, surrendering only 224 passing yards passing and no TDS. Despite that, the Raiders are still the #32 ranked passing defense, allowing an average 312 passing yards and 2 passing TDS a game. Bortles has done Ok in his last two starts, but because the Jaguars have a terrible rushing attack, he’s still going to get 30-35 attempts a game.
Tom Brady is the most expensive QB on FanDuel again this week, but he’s probably worth it facing a Pittsburgh team that doesn’t have Ben Roethlisberger this week. The Patriots are a 7-point favorite, even though they are on the road, and we’ve seen that Brady is in top form already, throwing for almost 800 yards and six passing TDs with no interceptions in his first two starts. The Steelers are ranked #29 in passing yards allowed per game, and they have just one interception in their last five games, despite facing weak QBS like Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Brady should have an easy time with them this week.
If you’re looking for high output, look no further than the Falcons against the Chargers this week. These teams both rank in the bottom third in passing yards allowed, and both have allowed 10 or more passing TDs this season. Vegas has this game pegged to score almost 54 points, and the Falcons are a 6.5 pt favorite at home. Ryan’s had over 1100 yards passing, 8 Passing TDS and only 2 INTs in his last three starts. Ryan has almost 1200 passing yards, 7 passing TDs and only 3 INTs in his last four starts. These two teams are going to come out of the locker room throwing and will be throwing the ball for the entire game. Ryan has the bigger upside and weapons (like Julio Jones or Tevin Coleman ), so his salary is pretty steep at 8700. Rivers is a little better at 7800, and his rushing attack isn’t as threatening, but he doesn’t have a standout like Jones. Either of these guys will be good for your team, depending on how you want to construct the rest of your lineup.
Ryan is ablaze, of course, and the Chargers are struggling mightily to stop QBs when on the road. The last three have hung an average of 337 yards on them.
Taylor faces a decimated and talent-deprived Dolphins defense - one that won't have Reshad Jones - and is set up well for cash value. His legs provide a better floor than many think.
Expect the Chargers and Falcons game to shootout. Both QBs are at the top of my board this week.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: RUNNING BACKS
|Melvin Gordon III||SD@ATL||8000||8||7||3||13||3||4||8||8||13||6||7.3|
|Mark Ingram II||NO@KC||6600||13||13||13||10||8||8||13||13||13||10||11.4|
|Duke Johnson Jr||CLE@CIN||5300||13||13||8||12||13||13||13||13||13||13||12.4|
DeMarco Murray completely underperformed last week against the Browns with just 65 rushing yards on 21 carries. But he managed to reach the end zone, and saved himself from a complete bust. This week he faces a weak Indianapolis run defense, fresh off giving up 178 yards and 2 TDS to Lamar Miller last week. The surrendered 163 yards from scrimmage and a TD to Jordan Howard the week before. Murray should bounce back this week and unload on the Colts. He’s a great cash game play, and the bias of last week’s performance might make him an interesting GPP play as well
As mentioned above, the San Diego at Atlanta game should be a treasure trove of fantasy points this week with a whopping 53.5 points of projected based on the Vegas line. Devonta Freeman struggled last week against the Seahawks, but has been a solid runner all season before then. Look for him to rebound as well in this game, and he’s 1200 cheaper than Murray this week. The biggest difference is that he will lose some touches to Tevin Coleman who also makes are list at just 6200 this week. Both of these guys will have a low floor this week, and are solid cash plays.
Jaquizz Rodgers doesn’t scare anyone, and he’s nothing more than a backup running back in most standard fantasy leagues. But this is FanDuel, Rodgers is only 5600 and he is facing the 49ers this week. This is a team that gave up over 200 yards and 4 rushing TDs to the Bills last week. The 49ers have given up over 700 yards rushing, and 9 rushing TDS over their last four games. At this point, Tampa could recruit a senior from a local high school and he’d have 100 yards rushing and a TD. Rodgers is basically a must start this week in any cash game.
If Doug Martin does not play, Jacquizz Rodgers is a must start for me this week. Martin still has yet to practice this week. In the last game Jacquizz Rodgers had 35 touches of the football and is now facing the worst run defense in the NFL. This is a great opportunity for Rodgers if Martin is out this week as people still won’t start him as they fear the name but don’t realize that the matchup and the volume are going to be too great this week.
The Colts can't stop anyone, and Murray is a certified king of both volume and touchdown opportunity. Falling below cash value would be an upset.
Even with Jamaal Charles getting healthier, Kansas City can't deny Ware's awesome efficiency in his place. He's topped 5.5 yards per rush in every game but one, giving him a floor that's well-insulated in case his workload dips.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: WIDE RECEIVERS
|Marvin Jones Jr||WAS@DET||7700||11||13||13||13||13||9||12||13||10||6||11.3|
54 targets in his last four games. 449 receiving yards and a TD in 4 out of five games. It’s no wonder why Mike Evans is the top rated value WR this week. The 49ers are so bad against the run, that it’s easy to forget how many receiving TDs they give up as well. They’ve given up 10 receiving TDS to wide receivers over the last five games. They don’t typically give up a ton of yards, but the chance for multiple scores makes Evans a very attractive play at WR this week.
A.J. Green isn’t cheap at 8500, but against the Browns this week, he’s almost a must-start this week for cash game plays, and he makes an interesting stack with Andy Dalton. The Browns gave up 133 receiving yards and a TD to Kendall Wright, a guy who had just 23 yards total coming into that game. They gave up 114 receiving yards to Chris Hogan the week before. Green is averaging over 10 targets a game over his last four starts, but he’s only reached the end zone once since the first game of the season. Green is too involved in the Bengal offense and the Browns are so poor against opposing WRs that Green should be a great play this week.
Julio Jones is the most expensive WR on FanDuel this week, but as the best talent at WR in the shoot-out between the Falcons and the Chargers this week, he still has a solid chance to reach cash game value. If you can construct the lineup around him, Jones makes an interesting play. If you’re looking to save a little money at WR, consider the opposite side of the ball and Travis Benjamin. Benjamin is just 6100 this week. Benjamin hasn’t scored since the second week of the season, and had just 3 receptions for just 17 yards last week, but in a shoot-out with the Falcons, he has a high ceiling this week.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: TIGHT ENDS
Kyle Rudolph is back this week, and the Vikings are facing a tough match-up against the Eagles. The Vikings are red hot, and coming off a bye week. The Eagles have a decent defense, but are coming off a tough loss to Washington last week. Rudolph is a key component of the Minnesota offense, and the Vikings should use him a lot this week.
Rob Gronkowski is looking 100% for the first time this season, and he’s been on a tear the last two games. With 12 receptions for 271 yards and a TD, he’s proving why he’s the top priced TE. This week the Patriots are on the road, but they are a big favorite against the Steelers. Pittsburgh gave up over 100 receiving yards to a bunch of unknown TEs from Miami, so between Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, both should have a big game this week as well.
Bennett took a backseat in Rob Gronkowski's Week 6 eruption, but shrewd DFSers aren't concerned. He sees similar usage to Gronkowski's, and he's a fine candidate for chunk plays and TDs in his own right. The Steelers huff and puff when covering TEs, so either Patriot is a fine start in any format. But Bennett's massive discount looms.
Barnidge can't stop meeting or approaching cash value from the bottom of the starters' salary ranks. His matchup with a Bengals defense that's been gutted by TEs all but assures he'll at least threaten 2x value - and he carries the upside to exceed it.
TE Plenty of TE options this week. Travis Kelce is in a great matchup at home vs the Saints.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: KICKERS
Kickers who are less than 5000, at home and heavily favored continue to dominate the top FanDuel value kickers week after week. This week’s options are Matt Bryant (4700), Cairo Santos (4800) and Mike Nugent (4600). Atlanta is a 6.5 point favorite at home against the Chargers, and the Falcons are projected to score over 29 points. Kansas City is a 6.5 point favorite at home against the Saints this week, and they are projected to score over 28 points this week as well. Finally, the Bengals are a whopping 10 point favorite at home against the Browns, and they are projected to score 27.5 points this week. You can’t go wrong with any of these guys in your lineup.
Bryant will kick in a dome, in the week's highest-projected game (53.5 points) by far. He comes just $200 above the PK minimum, so don't overthink things.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: DEFENSES
The Patriots are on the road, but facing backup QB Landry Jones with Ben Roethlisberger out for several weeks. Pittsburgh will try to run the ball to control the clock, but when Jones has to throw, you can bet the Patriots are going to get after him. Expect a low scoring game with a lot of turnovers. At 4400, you should just plug them in and be done with it this week.
If you’re looking for a little variance, consider the Vikings against Philly or the Broncos on Monday night. The Vikings are the toughest defense in the league, and they are coming off a bye week. The Eagles took a tough loss last week and facing Minnesota isn’t going to make things any better. The Broncos lost last Thursday to the Chargers, and are more than happy to face former QB Brock Osweiler in prime time after a long rest. Osweiler folds like a card table under pressure and the Broncos will throw everything they have at him.
They're a bit too cheap for an aggressive defense that's facing Landry Jones. Already allowing just 11.5 points per game over their last 4 games, they look like sheer gold here.
DEF New England and Minnesota are my top 2 options this week. Then Buffalo in a tier by themselves, then a steep drop off at the position.
Good luck this weekend!