Welcome to Roster Resource’s weekly fantasy article based on the best and worst values we find on FanDuel and DraftKings. Remember, we are not making season-long recommendations. These suggestions on who to start and who to scrap help you win each Sunday and get paid on Monday in your DFS leagues or tournaments.
Tom Brady – FanDuel $9,000 – DraftKings $
We have seen Brady and Belichick destroy teams and run up scores when they feel they have an axe to grind. That’s what we’re looking at this week against the Colts. It wouldn’t be surprising if Brady goes for five touchdowns because the Patriots will not take their foot off the gas on a fast track against a bad secondary in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Carson Palmer – FanDuel $8,000 – DraftKings $
Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers all scorched the Pittsburgh defense and it’s Palmer’s turn this week. Carson has thrown for at least three touchdowns in three of his five games this season and has done so in both of his road games thus far. Palmer is still priced well behind the big name quarterbacks and could end up outscoring most of them this week.
Eli Manning – $7,800 – DraftKings $
The Giants quarterback has thrown for three touchdowns in each of the last two games and went for 441 yards last week on 41/54 passing. Eli is playing well right now and the Eagles defense has allowed at least 265 passing yards and a touchdown in every game this year. Look for a high scoring rivalry game on Monday Night Football.
Stay away from:
Andrew Luck – Luck is priced just below Brady and has show zero signs of providing a return on that investment all season long.
Cam Newton/Russell Wilson – These two square off in Seattle this week. Cam will be on the road, across the country, against a very strong Seattle defense. The Seahawks offense simply hasn’t been good and the Panthers get their captain Luke Kuechly back this week.
Arian Foster – FanDuel $8,500 – DraftKings $
Everyone was shy on Foster his first week back and all over him last week. However, Foster has disappointed with his performance so far and now has Brian Hoyer, who looked great last week, back at quarterback. Doug Martin went crazy against the Jaguars defense last week and a motivated Foster is on deck. Watch out for Foster this week.
CJ Anderson – FanDuel $6,600 – DraftKings $
Peyton Manning just doesn’t seem to be the same, which is why Anderson isn’t the season-long play most hoped but he is a solid play this week. Cleveland has allowed the Jets, Raiders and Ravens, not exactly elite teams, to run for over 150 yards and a touchdown each. This is Denver’s best matchup of the year and this could be Anderson’s breakout week. His price has dropped to a point where there isn’t much risk to playing him.
Lamar Miller – FanDuel $6,400 – DraftKings $
Miller has the brutal AFC East to play throughout the season … but not this week. The Dolphins are on the road against Tennessee and new coach Dan Campbell has made it clear that he wants to establish the run. Miller also made some personal criticisms and is looking to make adjustments this week.
Stay away from:
Le’Veon Bell – The Cardinals are 6th against opposing running backs this year and have only allowed one rushing touchdown on the season.
Marshawn Lynch – Lynch still may be sidelined but he has been practicing. If Lynch suits up, not only will he fetch top dollar, he’ll be behind an offensive line that has been beaten up all year.
DeAndre Hopkins – FanDuel $8,500 – DraftKings $
Hopkins has eight catches and 98 yards in four of his five games this year and this could be his best matchup yet. Brian Hoyer hit Hopkins for two touchdowns in week one and is back at the helm this week at Jacksonville.
Jordan Matthews – FanDuel $6,600 – DraftKings $
Matthews started the season with a pair of touchdown games but settled into a lull against a few decent defenses. This week Mathews has a shot at a weak Giants secondary on Monday night. The Eagles have begun to have success in their offense and Matthews is poised for a big game with his fellow wideouts still struggling to get going.
Dwayne Harris – FanDuel $5,300 – DraftKings $
Harris is an excellent deep tournament play this week. Folks are still focused on Rueben Randle who Harris has outscored in both of his games as a Giants starting wide receiver. The Philadelphia defense is ranked 30th against opposing receivers and their attention will be squarely on ODB.
Stay away from:
Antonio Brown – It pains me to say this but Brown is almost unplayable in all formats until Ben Roethlisberger gets back under center for the Steelers. Brown has eight catches for 87 yards in two games with Vick after having at least nine catches and 133 yards in the first three games.
AJ Green – Green is on the road in Buffalo and despite the Bengals’ recent success, Green only has one game of over 100 yards this year.
Rob Gronkowski – FanDuel $8,200 – DraftKings $
There is a solid chance that Gronkowski ends up as the highest scoring pass catcher this weekend. Brady and the Patriots have every reason to be motivated and Gronk is his absolute favorite target in the red zone. Gronk has gone without a score since week three against Buffalo and quarterbacks like Brady never forget to feed the beast for too long.
Antonio Gates – FanDuel $5,500 – DraftKings $
Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates are among the all time leaders in quarterback to tight end touchdowns and they didn’t miss a beat over the offseason and suspension. Gates got right back into the end zone on San Diego’s first drive last week. Green Bay can score and they play fast. If the Chargers are playing from behind all afternoon, Gates could be a monster play this week.
Jordan Cameron – FanDuel $5,400 – DraftKings $
Cameron has been a complete let down thus far but that’s mainly because of the turmoil in Miami. Well, the Dolphins have a new coach. His name is Dan Campbell and his former position was tight ends coach. Miami is desperate for a get right game and the best way to do that is run and throw it short over the middle. Campbell has made it clear that he plans to do just that.
Stay away from:
Martellus Bennett – The odds are either Eddie Royal or Alshon Jeffery will be back this week. Bennet’s only big game came against the Raiders and Oakland is notoriously bad against the tight end.
Gary Barnidge – Not only should he be avoided because of how many owners will by the hype and play him this week, Barnidge also has a plain old bad matchup against a strong defense.
Rob Heinemann is an avid sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since 1998. Heinemann, a New Yorker, has covered high school, college and professional sports since 2010. Follow @NFLRosters and @RobMSGV on Twitter and feel free to shoot your fantasy-related questions our way. Be sure to check back each week for information on who to start and who to scrap in your DFS leagues.