Today we are going to take a look at some players that should be able to exceed their value at Fanduel.com for week 5. For those of you who are not familiar with Fanduel.com, it is a daily fantasy sports site that you make no commitment with and are able to draft a new team each week while playing in contests that range from free to $500. Let’s jump right into it and see what players look like value plays this week.
Phillip Rivers ($7,400): The price-tag on Rivers has me scratching my head. Rivers is averaging 23 fantasy points per game at Fanduel.com this season while sporting a 73.9% completion percentage, 299.8 yards per game and 2.75 touchdowns per game. This week Rivers will face a Oakland Raiders secondary that is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 72.09% of their passes this season with an average of 237.5 yards allowed per game through the air and 1.8 passing touchdowns allowed per game. This might be the last week we can take advantage of the reasonable price-tag on Rivers as he should see his price rise if he continues having the season he is.
Eli Manning ($6,600): Do not be sacred off by Manning’s 2.25 interception per game average. Manning is still averaging 287 yards per game with a 56.3% completion percentage and 1.5 touchdown per game average. This week we should see Manning start to turn things around with a matchup against a Eagles defense that averages just 0.5 interceptions per game this season while allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 325 yards per game with a completion percentage of 70.24% and 2.2 passing touchdowns per game.
Rashad Jennings ($5,200): Jennings is going to bring great value to your team if he gets the start this week. Darren McFadden is battling a hamstring injury which is making him questionable this week. If Jennings gets the nod look for him to be able to do some damage to the Chargers run defense that is allowing opposing offenses to average 120.5 yards per game on the ground and 5.2 yards per carry. Oakland’s pass offense ranks in the bottom ten for most offensive passing categories, which means they will need to rely on that run game. Keep an eye on the injury report and if you see McFadden is out Jennings could exceed his value as the starter.
Matt Forte ($8,600): You may be thinking that $8,600 is not a value play. If I tell you that Forte has a $455.03 $ per point this season ranking him fourth amongst running backs for $ per point and gets a matchup against the New Orleans Saints who are allowing a league worst 5.5 yards per rush and 112.2 rushing yards allowed per game; are you thinking otherwise. Those are just the running stats that are going to favor Forte I have not mentioned his receiving stats that include six catches per game for an average of 39 yards per game through the air that goes along with his 4.6 yards per carry average this season. Forte is a huge part of this Bears offense and even at $8,600 he still has some value to him with this weekend’s matchup.
Victor Cruz ($7,500): Some people may think $7,500 is not a value play but if you look at the price per point Cruz has this season you will see he is bringing some value to the table. Cruz this season is averaging 20 fantasy points per game this season, and now gets to face that Eagles Defense that has gotten burned through the air this season. Eli will make sure Cruz is involved in this contest like he has all season in which Cruz is averaging 10.75 targets per game, 6.50 receptions per game and 106.25 yards per game this season. This is a great week to handcuff Eli and Cruz while sitting back with a smile as they both should feast on this Eagles secondary.
Kenbrell Thompkins ($5,900): Thompkins is becoming Tom Brady’s favorite target as of late in which he has 18 targets the last two games with nine receptions and three touchdowns. The question mark for Thompkins this week will be if Gronk and Danny Amendola will play this week. If those two guys play Thompkins loses targets and value; if those two do not play you might want to plug Thompkins in, Tom Brady likes to throw the ball and for this price Thompkins should exceed his value.
Charles Clay ($4,500): $352.94 is Jimmy Graham’s price per point; Charles Clay is second to him at $384.62, which is telling me Clay is producing at an outstanding level for his price-tag. Clay gets a matchup with the Ravens defense this week who is allowing 239 passing yards per game, a 61.76% pass percentage allowed and 2.0 passing touchdowns per game allowed through the air. The TE is a young quarterback’s security blanket and with Tannehill being in just his second season behind center he will continue to use that security blanket he has.
Brandon Myers ($4,500): Myers started the season looking like he was going to be TE stud with 13 catches, 140 yards and a touchdown in his first two games. The last two games we have seen Myers go on a decline with just three catches for 33 yards. If you dig a bit deeper you will see Myers faced a Chiefs defense that is ranked in the top five for passing defense and a Carolina defense that has allowed just 0.7 receiving touchdowns per game this season. This week Myers gets a shot at that Eagles defense that was just manhandled by the Broncos passing game. By no means is the Giants passing offense as good as the Broncos but they do have some talent and Eli is not afraid to use the TE which we should see this week.