|Written by Sean Morris||Edited by Ernie Estrella|
If you like fantasy football, you are probably aware of the rising popularity of daily fantasy football. Gone are the days in which you draft in August, manage your season long team until the end of December and hope none of your high draft picks get injured. Instead, fantasy football has seen a makeover and the â€œcoolâ€ thing to do is play daily. You pick your lineup for Week 3 and once the games are over you either win or lose and youâ€™ll move on to pick a brand new lineup in Week 4. No more being married to your players for 17 weeks. Itâ€™s all about speed dating and hoping you get lucky on the first try.
Strategy is the key to success in FanDuel. You get $60,000 to start a QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K and DEF. Each player has a set weekly salary and you need to put together what you think is the winning lineup while fitting under the salary cap. You can go cheap at one position and expensive at others or you can spread your money out evenly throughout all positions. There are many, many ways to play daily games, however one thing is for sureâ€¦ if you donâ€™t find bargains you are not going to be able to put together a quality lineup. So with that in mind, letâ€™s take a look at some bargain buys in Week 4 using FanDuelâ€™s generated salaries.
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Elite Level Bargains
Quarterback â€“ Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, Salary $9,900 | BUY NOW
Normally itâ€™s very hard to justify spending this much money on a single player, but in Manningâ€™s case the inflated salary is still well worth his services. After his complete decimation of the Oakland Raiders on Monday, Manning is now scoring four FanDuel points more every week than the next best quarterback option, Michael Vick. The best part is that Manning comes up against Vick’s Eagles this week. Theyâ€™ve allowed the fourth-most passing yards in the league, having faced Robert Griffin, Phillip Rivers and Alex Smith, who combined to average almost 350 yards passing against the Eagles. Just imagine what Manning will do?
Running Back â€“ Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, Salary $8,500 | BUY NOW
Forte is currently fourth among running backs in both yards from scrimmage and total fantasy scoring. Though Michael Bush continues to handle short yardage and goal line duties (ineffectively), Forte still has elite value. This week he comes up against a struggling Detroit Lions club allowing an average of 130 yards and two touchdowns to opposing running backs. Forte is a bargain at his current price and should be widely owned this week.
Wide Receiver â€“ Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, Salary $7,300 | BUY NOW
Bryant was fairly quiet in Week 3 largely because the Cowboys got out to an early lead. Still, you canâ€™t ignore that he was the target of 25% of Tony Romoâ€™s passes. The Cowboys should have to pass more often this week against the Chargers, who havenâ€™t been able to contain any quality receivers this year. They surrendered 21 receptions for 339 yards and touchdown to Andre Johnson and DeSean Jackson alone. The icing on the cake was that the mediocre Nate Washington shredded San Diego for 131 yards last week. Bryant is going to have a field day!
Tight End â€“ Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, Salary $7,800 | BUY NOW
If you want to get the best bang for your buck at the tight end position there is no reason to consider anyone other than Graham. Having caught 19 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the last two weeks alone, Graham is head and shoulders above the rest of the tight ends. The nice part is that his price still isnâ€™t too bad on a per point basis. He draws yet another excellent matchup this week against the Miami Dolphins that has already been carved up by the likes of Jordan Cameron and Colby Fleener. Expect another solid 18+ point performance this week.
Quarterback â€“ Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, Salary $8200 | BUY NOW
Romo was brutally efficient in destroying the St. Louis Rams at home in week 3, tossing three touchdowns despite only attempting 24 passes. He completed more than 70% of his passes for the third straight game and travels to San Diego in Week 4. Philip Rivers is no slouch this season and the game will be very competitive, meaning Romo will have to throw plenty. Since the Chargersâ€™ defense has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, Romo should do just fine this week. Heâ€™s a recommended play.
Running Back â€“ Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders, Salary $7,300 | BUY NOW
McFadden was completed bottled up by the Denver Broncos last week but that was mostly because of Peyton Manning putting the Broncos so far out front. McFadden touched the ball just 12 times on Monday after averaging nearly 22 touches per game over his first two games. Expect the Raiders to get back into the swing of things this week against a much more squishy Redskinsâ€™ defense. Theyâ€™ve allowed more yards to running backs than any other team in the league. The matchup is about as cushy as it gets.
Wide Receiver â€“ Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins, Salary $7,000 | BUY NOW
It appears that regardless of how well Robert Griffin III is playing, Garcon is still going to plenty of chances for fantasy production. Garcon is second only to Cecil Shorts in targets; so far heâ€™s racked up 23 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rush for 10 yards last week. No matter how the Redskinsâ€™ play, they will find a way to get the ball to Garcon and now he sees the Oakland Raiders on a short week, who were destroyed by Manning last week. Theyâ€™ve also been embarrassed by Reggie Wayne and Shorts who lit them up for 189 yards and a touchdown in the first two weeks. Garcon is a very safe mid-range option this week.
Tight End â€“ Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots, Salary $6,900 | BUY NOW
Itâ€™s generally not a good idea to trust a player in his first week back but an exception has to be made for Gronkowski. Tom Brady is starved for reliable targets right now and the return of Gronkowski could mean a ton of production even if he plays limited snaps. Heâ€™s a touchdown machine when healthy and is a good bet to find pay dirt even while heâ€™s being eased back into the offense. If youâ€™re willing to take a risk, monitor his status this week and if he looks like heâ€™s healthy go ahead and grab him at his current salary which is the cheapest youâ€™ll be able to get him all year.
Note: Rob Gronkowski will not play in Week 4. Make sure he is out of your FanDuel lineup
Quarterback â€“ Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders, Salary $6,300 | BUY NOW
No basement bargains have reared their heads at quarterback so we look back to Pryor for value. He obviously has the feet to be useful in fantasy but in Week 3 he actually looked good passing the ball for once. Pryor sent several guided missiles downfield including a 73-yard pass to Denarius Moore and finished the day with 281 yards and a touchdown in addition to the highest completion percentage of his NFL career. Pryor is improving every week and this week that should continue against a terrible the Washington Redskins, who allowing an average 356 yards and 2.7 touchdowns through the air per game this year.
Note: Terrelle Pryor will not play in Week 4. Make sure he is out of your FanDuel lineup
Running Back â€“ Bilal Powell, New York Jets, Salary $4,700 | BUY NOW
We know from the success of the plodding Shonn Greene last year that the Jets create nice running back production every year. Chris Ivory went down in Week 3 with the latest in his long line of injuries, this one is another hamstring pull. That leads Powell as the lone ball carrier in Week 4. Powell played outstanding as the lead back with Ivory gone. He finished the day with 158 yards on 29 touches. Powellâ€™s 3.1 yards per carry prior to last Sunday is a warning not to expect too much, but his matchup is neutral this week and he still has a ton of value at this salary as long as he continues to get goal line touches.
Wide Receiver â€“ Santonio Holmes, New York Jets, Salary $4,700 | BUY NOW
Holmes isnâ€™t what he used to be, but it was clear on Sunday that heâ€™s still going to be the focal point of the Jetsâ€™ passing game. He led the Jets with 10 targets of which he caught five balls for 154 yards and a touchdown. Besides a 69-yard score, Holmes was also targeted on a fair share of third downs proving that he has earned the trust of rookie signal caller Geno Smith. Heâ€™s not an ideal play this week but given his price and how Smith played last week, he seems like a safe bet to outplay his salary this week.
Tight End â€“ Charles Clay,Miami Dolphins, Salary $4,600 | BUY NOW
Clay has been an outstanding fantasy option this season and continues to be one of Ryan Tannehillâ€™s favorite safety valves. Among tight ends this season Clay is 8th in the league in receptions, 12th in targets and 4th in receiving yards. Heâ€™s been a steady and reliable option so far and the only thing holding him back is a lack of touchdowns. With as many targets as heâ€™s been seeing, itâ€™s only a matter of time before he gets in for six. If youâ€™re looking to save money at tight end this week look no further than Clay.
Bargain Defense of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs, DST, Salary $5,300 | BUY NOW
Normally itâ€™s not recommended to spend more than the minimum on defenses in FanDuel contests but the Chiefsâ€™ defense makes it worthwhile this week. For one, their offense does not turn the ball over which is a big plus for a defense. Then, not only have the Chiefs been more dominant than any fantasy defense ever through three weeks, but they also have far and away the best matchup a defense can have this week. Eli Manning has been sacked 11 times and the New York Giants have turned the ball over 13 times in three games and have allowed Manning to be sacked 11 times. Theyâ€™ve given up three DST touchdowns and scored only 18 offensive points per game. This could be a truly historic week for the Chiefs.
Bargain Kicker of the Week
Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears, Salary $5,000 | BUY NOW
Gould has quietly been very productive this season despite having only four field goal tries so far. He checks in as the 10th best kicker this season and heâ€™s averaging a very solid 8.3 fantasy points per game. Thatâ€™s all fine and well but itâ€™s his matchup this week against the Detroit Lions and that has us excited. The Lions have allowed seven field goal tries in three games this year despite playing some below average offenses. The Bears should have no trouble cutting up the Detroit defense and with the defense working its usual magic, Gould always has added opportunities. Heâ€™s the best of the $5000 options at kicker this week.
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