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
Andrew Luck tops the list of value-based QBs this week. Luck is only 7900, but he’s coming off a 350 yard, 3 passing TD game against the Titans. Over the last four games, Luck has over 1150 yards passing, 8 passing TDs against just 2 Ints. This week Luck is at home, facing the Kansas City Chiefs, a team with an average passing defense, that is surrendering 257 yards passing a game (15th in the league). But they are trending downward, giving up 892 yards passing, 9 passing TDs and notching just 2 Ints over their last three games. Luck is especially tough at home, passing for 1038 yards, 7 TDs and only 1 Int in his three starts at home this season where he will be this week. Luck looks like a strong play for your cash game lineups.
If you’re looking to save even more money at QB this week, consider Jameis Winston at home against the Raiders. By now you probably know that the Raiders have the worst passing defense in the league, and they are the only team surrendering more than 300 yards passing each week. They have been tough these last two weeks though, giving up just 470 yards passing, 1 TD and 2 Ints. But the Raiders have angered the NFL schedule makers, and last week they traveled west to east to face the Jaguars, and this week they travel back to Florida to face the Buccaneers. Winston isn’t going to throw for a ton of yards, but he does have 488 passing yards and 4 TDs against 1 Int over the last two weeks. Winston is value priced at just 7400 and against the Raiders, he has a good chance to reach value.
Matt Ryan isn’t a cheap option, but he ranks high on our value-based list this week because the Falcons have been on a tear as of late. He has 1378 passing yards and 9 passing TDs over the last four games. He faces the Packers who are coming off a big blowout of the Bears at home last Thursday, but the week before he gave up 247 passing yards and 3 TDs to Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. The Falcons are at home this week, and they have the highest implied team total points (27.5) based on the Las Vegas line (2.5 favorites). Ryan should have a decent game this week, and if you’re going to pay up for a QB, Ryan is a good option.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: RUNNING BACKS
|Melvin Gordon III||SD@DEN||7200||9||12||13||12||11||8||5||9||11||6||9.6|
|Mark Ingram II||SEA@NO||6200||13||13||13||13||13||13||13||12||12||12||12.7|
Devonta Freeman tops the list of value-based RBs this week on FanDuel. He’s only 6900, and as we mentioned above, the Falcons have an implied team total of almost 28 points this week. Freeman normally splits time with Tevin Coleman, but Coleman suffered a hamstring strain last week and is not expected to play. Freeman’s the #12 fantasy back this season despite splitting touches with Coleman and he had 100 combined yards last week against the Chargers. This week, he faces a stingy Green Bay defense, but as the only back for the Falcons, his floor is pretty high. Given his RBBC price, he has a great opportunity to reach cash game value.
Spencer Ware is also a great value-priced RB at just 7400 this week. Ware has been seeing the bulk of the touches for the Chiefs as Jamaal Charles continues to battle his knee issues. Ware has 390 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs over the last three games. He’s facing the Colts this week, a team that has allowed 100 yards rushing to the last three primary running backs that they have faced (Jordan Howard, Lamar Miller and DeMarco Murray). Ware isn’t as cheap as Freeman this week, but he still has a pretty high floor and his upside against the Colts is much higher. Many cash game lineups will pair Freeman and Ware this week.
If you’re looking to pay up at RB this week, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliot are your best options. Johnson has been on fire over the last three games with 494 yards from scrimmage and 5 rushing TDs. Even against the stingy Seahawks last week, Johnson didn’t reach the end zone, but posted over 170 yards from scrimmage. Ezekiel Elliott is coming off a bye week, and before his off week, Elliot had a great three game stretch. Elliot posted over 500 yards from scrimmage and 3 TDs over those previous three games, and this week he faces a Philadelphia defense that surrendered 135 rushing yards to Matt Jones two weeks ago and gave up 130 yards from scrimmage to the three headed RB from Minnesota last week despite the fact that the Vikings trailed the Eagles for most of the game. Johnson and Elliot should both post solid games this week, despite their higher price tags.
Spencer Ware is 4th in the league in scrimmage yards for a running back this season. Going up against an Indianapolis team that has allowed three straight 100 yard rushers. WIth Jamaal Charles still not 100%, Ware is going to keep running the ball at a high volume and is in a great matchup in this one.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: WIDE RECEIVERS
|Marvin Jones Jr||DET@HOU||7600||13||13||11||13||13||13||13||13||12||13||12.7|
Until his price catches up to his performance, Mike Evans continues to be the top value-priced WR on FanDuel. Evans has seen double-digit targets since week two of this season, and he has 185 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs over the last two games. This week he faces the road weary Raiders who are surrendering over 300 yards passing a game. With back to back west coast to east coast trips and an early start this week, the Raider passing defense is looking like a great match up for a ball hog like Evans. At 7900, he’s almost a must-start in your cash games this week.
Randall Cobb is an even cheaper option than Evans at just 6800. Not only has Cobb been averaging over 12 targets over the last three games, but he is also getting more opportunities to run the ball with the injuries to the Green Bay running backs. Cobb has over 250 receiving yards and 2 TDs over his last three games, and he’s facing an Atlanta defense that ranks 31st in the league in passing yards allowed (294.3 yards per game) and they have allowed 15 passing TDs this season (tied for 30th in the league). Coming off a Thursday night thumping of the Bears last week, Cobb will be well rested for this game and he is great value this week on FanDuel.
If you’re looking to pay up for a WR this week, look to the other side of the ball in the Atlanta – Green Bay game. Julio Jones is the most expensive WR on FanDuel this week at 9200, but he still has a decent chance to reach value. Jones had the big 300 yard game against the Panthers four weeks ago, and crashed hard the next week against the Broncos with just two receptions for 29 yards. But over the last two weeks, Jones has posted 24 targets, 16 receptions, 313 and a TD over the last two weeks against the Seahawks and the Chargers. The Packers aren’t especially easy on opposing teams, averaging just 242 passing yards allowed per game, but Jones is one of the best receivers in the league right now, facing the Packers at home after a tough loss to the Chargers last week. The Falcons need a strong showing this week and Jones will benefit from the extra focus.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: TIGHT ENDS
Jimmy Graham tops the tight end list this week with a #NarrativeStreet return to New Orleans. Most folks remember Graham was one of the top TEs in the league during his time with the Saints, but his value bottomed out when he moved to Seattle. Graham has looked better over his last three games, with 17 receptions and 255 receiving yards, but hasn’t reached the end zone. The Saints are ranked 30th in the league, averaging 287 passing yards a game. Graham’s ceiling isn’t particularly high, but his 6700 yards is more cap-friendly than guys like Rob Gronkowski (8100) and Greg Olsen (7400), and Graham should have a decent game against his former team.
Jack Doyle (4900), Kyle Rudolph (5100) and Gary Barnidge (5000) are great examples of TEs that you can get at a cheaper price who all have good potential to reach value this week. Doyle has a great match-up at home against the Chiefs this week, and he’s had 131 receiving yards and 2 TDs over the last two weeks. Rudolph requires playing the Monday Night slate, but he faces a Chicago defense that gave up over 300 passing yards to the Packers last Thursday night. Rudolph hasn’t been particularly strong over his last two games, posting just 70 receiving yards and no TDs, but he has a great chance to bounce back this week. Gary Barnidge is one of the ‘best’ receiving options on the Browns this week as the face a Jet defense that is allowing 282 passing yards a game. Barnidge is another guy who hasn’t reached the end zone in a while, but he does have 21 receptions and 258 receiving yards over the last four games. The key for Barnidge is that Josh McCown has been cleared to play this week, and if he starts, he tends to lock into Barnidge as his top receiving option. At just 5000, Barnidge is a reasonable cash game option, and if McCown locks in to him this week, he could hit GPP value, especially if he reaches the end zone.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - Since Week 4, Fiedorowicz is quietly the cumulative TE5 on FanDuel, yet he remains priced as the TE19 in the grandfather of all positional matchups against the Lions. Only Dennis Pitta and Zach Miller have more targets than Fiedorowicz’s 22 over the last three weeks.
FANDUEL CONSENSUS RANKINGS, WEEK 4: KICKERS
Matt Bryant tops the value PK list this week at just 4800. He’s the perfect plug-and-play PK, with a high team implied total (almost 28 points), and a 2.5 point favorite at home. He is also kicking in a dome which is always a bonus. Cairo Santos and Mason Crosby are both on the road this week, but at just 4600 each both having more than a 25 point implied team total, they make good alternatives to Bryant and will save you a couple bucks. They both will be kicking in a dome (Santos in Indy and Crosby in Atlanta) as well this week.
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
If you’re looking for strong defenses this week, you’ll have to pay up a bit this week. The Vikings are still one of the best defenses in the league, and the face the Bears this week on Monday night. They are very expensive at 5200, but against the Bears, they should be worth it if you want to include the Monday slate.
San Diego travels to Denver this week, where the Broncos are coming off a strong showing against the Texans last week. The Broncos faced the Chargers in San Diego just two weeks ago, but they held the Chargers to just 178 passing yards, and 99 rushing yards. Although they only allowed 1 passing TD in the first quarter, their offense couldn’t get going and they lost a field-goal filled game 21-13. In front of their home crowd, in a must-win division game, the Broncos should be even tougher.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks on defense this week, check out the Jets at just 4700 against a struggling Cleveland team looking for their first win or the Patriots at 4500 against their hated opponents the Bills. Neither Cleveland nor Buffalo are offensive juggernauts with the Browns ranked 16th in the league averaging just 348 yards per game and the Jets ranked 23rd averaging just 333. The Jets have a league low 12 Interceptions thrown and the Browns are tied for 26th with 7.
Minnesota and Denver make up the top tier at defense. Pretty big dropoff after them this week.
Good luck this weekend!
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