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.
Cam Newton – FanDuel $8,100 – DraftKings $6,600
Newton has been an absolute stud thus far and this week he could be the safest quarterback in fantasy, which makes him great for small formats and head-to-head. The Panthers offense is inept outside of Cam and that led to the big quarterback averaging over ten carries per game and three rush touchdowns so far. That, in addition to his floor of 150 yards and a touchdown through the air, make him a no brainer this week.
Philip Rivers – FanDuel $8,000 – DraftKings $6,500
There are eight quarterbacks more expensive than Rivers in FanDuel, which is absolutely insane. Rivers is sixth in the NFL in touchdowns, 12 in six games, with two of the quarterbacks ahead of him, Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton, on bye. Rivers is first in the NFL in passing yards. I know what you’re thinking. That’s a product of a 503-yard game last week, right? Wrong, it’s not close. Rivers has 355 more yards than the next best NFL quarterback.
Landry Jones – FanDuel $6,000 – DraftKings $5,100
You’re rarely going to find a starting quarterback for the price of a low level running back. Jones will have the ball in his hand the entire game with Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger still sidelined. Also, the Chiefs have allowed at least 249 yards and a touchdown to every quarterback they’ve faced. Jones was 8/12 last week and with targets like Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell, the former Sooner has high upside.
Stay away from:
Andrew Luck – Luck didn’t appear to be completely out of the woods with his shoulder issue and you can have Carson Palmer, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton or Philip Rivers for cheaper.
Sam Bradford – Carolina has made opposing quarterbacks pull their hair out all season and Bradford’s performances have been all over the map.
LeSean McCoy – FanDuel $7,700 – DraftKings $5,500
Last week gave us the return of Shady McCoy to fantasy relevance, and he did it in the perfect way. McCoy established himself as healthy and capable of being the go-to back for the Bills and did so against a strong defense. The 90 yards on 17 carries and four targets are enough to prove that he’s back but not enough to grab everyone’s attention. Play him this week before you find him in every lineup next week.
Todd Gurley – FanDuel $7,400 – DraftKings $5,000
This beast of a rookie has put up 305 yards rushing in two career starts and the Rams are rested off the bye week. Cleveland has allowed 142 yards and a touchdown to opposing rushers in each of their three road games this season. It would be surprising if Gurly doesn’t hit those numbers at home off the bye.
Doug Martin – FanDuel $7,200 – DraftKings $4,900
Doug “Don’t Call Me Muscle Hamster” Martin looked great in preseason and is in the middle of a contract year on the most talented offense than he’s ever been a part of. Martin burst out for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries over the last two weeks. He’s also caught eight balls for 72 yards and a touchdown over that span. Get “Dougernaut,” as he’s asked to be called, in your lineups.
Stay away from:
Chris Ivory – Ivory is a beast and will be a great play for most weeks but not against the Patriots. Belichick is known for taking away your strength and Ivory is the Jets’ go-to option.
Calvin Johnson – FanDuel $8,400 – DraftKings $7,700
There are cheap values all over this week and not a lot of reliable options at the top but Megatron at home against Minnesota is a great safety play. Johnson has at least five catches in every game this season and that includes games against Denver, Seattle and Arizona. The competition has been tough for Detroit and Calvin is poised to break it open this week.
Martavis Bryant – FanDuel $6,900 – DraftKings $4,700
The Steelers offense isn’t likely to have Ben Roethlisberger back this week but they have a capable quarterback in Landry Jones. Bryant has looked great since his return and has solid matchup against a Kansas City defense that has been shredded by opposing wide receivers.
Stefon Diggs – FanDuel $5,800 – DraftKings $4,200
The Minnesota offense has been mostly useless outside of Adrian Peterson through the first quarter of the season but this rookie wideout has emerged as a real target for Bridgewater. Diggs has 13 catches for 216 yards in the only two games he’s ever played. Look for this to be the week that Diggs gets into the end zone in a matchup against a high powered Detroit offense.
Stay away from:
Keenan Allen – Allen has relied on his ability to cut and be in the perfect position for Rivers to use as a safety valve. He can’t be very safe if he’s got a bad hip.
Jordan Matthews – The Carolina defense has been great all year and Matthews has kind of been lost in the shuffle in a Philadelphia offense with about eight capable pass catchers.
Greg Olsen – FanDuel $6,400 – DraftKings $6,100
Olsen has been Newton’s No. 1 option since Kelvin Benjamin went down in the preseason. Devin Funchess may take a few targets but Olsen is the guy Cam relies on under fire. On third downs and red zone, Olsen is getting the first look. With the Eagles potentially putting points on the board, why not own Carolina’s best offensive weapon. Other than Cam of course.
Travis Kelce – FanDuel $6,000 – DraftKings $4,900
It looked like Kelce was going to take the NFL by storm after week one but that production, along with the hype, has subsided. Most owners will pass on Kelce due to recent mediocre numbers but Jeremy Maclin is in the concussion protocol and hasn’t been cleared. Without Jamaal Charles and potentially Maclin as well this week, Kelce is a great play in all formats.
Charles Clay – FanDuel $5,500 – DraftKings $4,300
There was plenty of cause for concern with EJ Manuel taking over last week and he’ll be calling the signals again this week. However, Manuel hit Clay nine times on 13 targets. The chemistry remained under the radar because of the low yardage total, 62 yards, and lack of a touchdown. Any smart owner will take a tight end capable of getting ten-plus targets per game and run with it.
Stay away from:
Gary Barnidge – Barnidge has been great and had success against Denver, but it’s getting to the point of fluky and the young tight end has another tough matchup this week.
Julius Thomas – Thomas had his first productive performance of the year last week but he’s up against a tough Bills defense this week and he’s priced higher than much safer options.
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.