Week 6 Daily Fantasy Football Value Picks
Ugh, what a rough outing for me last week. Fantasy Football can be just as frustrating and annoying as it can be fun and rewarding. All signs pointed toward a big week for Owen Daniels, who I hyped up all week. Because of this, he predictably fell flat on his face against Oakland. However, the beauty of daily fantasy is that every week allows you the opportunity to choose new players and get back in the game.
With that, let’s dust ourselves off and get to the best values for week 6. Again, all prices come from DraftKings.
QB: Andy Dalton – $5700 STEAL OF THE WEEK
Here’s a list of the quarterbacks averaging more points than Andy Dalton in games played: Tom Brady. That’s the list. In DraftKings scoring Andy Dalton is averaging about 25 points per game and is absolutely on fire right now. He has a large collection of weapons to throw the ball to, and is playing the best football of his career. At this point, you have to roll out Dalton until his price rises to a point where it doesn’t make anymore sense from a value perspective. Quick addition: Joe Flacco is also a great play this week. Both QBs are playing lower ranked passing defenses this week and cost less than $6000. Play either and you’ll do well.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Flacco ($5900), Sam Bradford ($6000)
RB: Charcandrick West – $4000
Another running back pick that could blow up in my face like Boobie Dixon did last week, but the value is far too enticing. Completely unproven in Kansas City, West is in line to get the bulk of the work with Jamaal Charles injured. When you can get a running back who is going to start for this cheap and pair him with top-tier guys, you can do well in daily.
Honorable Mentions: Danny Woodhead ($4700), Darren Sproles ($3800)
WR: Donte Moncrief -$5000
Nothing too exciting with this pick and he isn’t super cheap either. However, I have my reasons for choosing him. It’s more likely that Andre Johnson’s performance from last week was a flash in the pan than a consistent trend. With the return of Andrew Luck this week, expect him to look Moncrief’s way quite a bit. Plus, the Colts are playing New England who will likely force the Colts to play catchup all game.
Honorable Mentions: Eric Decker ($4900), Mike Wallace ($4500)
TE: Tyler Eifert – $4900
Nothing too exciting from the tight ends this week in terms of value, so I went with a guy who won’t break the bank but has the potential to top the list when all is said and done. Like Dalton, Eifert has a surprisingly tasty matchup on the road this week against Buffalo, who rank 27th against tight ends in DraftKings scoring. Unlike the Owen Daniels pick last week, Eifert is an integral part of the Bengals offense and often sees plenty of targets. Plus, this brings the popular daily fantasy strategy of stacking into the discussion, where someone plays a QB and a skill position player (often WR or TE) from the same team if they feel like they could have big weeks. With Dalton and Eifert both being relatively cheap, a huge game from the Bengals likely means huge games from both of them.
Honorable Mentions: Martellus Bennett ($4800), Zach Ertz ($2900)
DST: Minnesota Vikings – $2900
Playing at home against a struggling Chiefs team who just lost their best player and coming off of a bye, I think the Vikings have tons of potential at their current cost. They’ve averaged 8.8 points per game, which isn’t terrible, and generate an average amount of turnovers. However, I do have a huge disclaimer. Earlier, I recommended Charcandrick West as a value play based on the sheer workload that he was going to get as the new starter. DO NOT start the Vikings defense and West in the same Daily Fantasy lineup. Although not impossible, it is highly unlikely that both will score a lot of points this weekend, as one will likely do well at the other’s expense. You can get away with this in normal lineups, but not in daily ones.
Honorable Mentions: Detroit Lions ($2500), Chicago Bears ($2400)
Kyle Kirby covers Fantasy Football for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @couch_qb