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Week 4 Daily fantasy picks: Values and bargain plays

By Dan Schneier
Sep 28, 2018

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Running Back James White #28 of the New England Patriots has a long gain against the New York Jets on November 27, 2016 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 22-17. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

We’re heading into Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season, and now it’s time to identify our top fantasy football bargains for DFS players this week. With fewer injuries projecting guaranteed volume for backups, it is harder than in recent weeks to find glaring free spots, but our goal is to find the best possible values per dollar that we can.

This week is loaded with quarterback and wide receiver plays, but we’ll all have to dig a little deeper for bargains at running back and tight end.

We will specify what games to use each bargain in and how to capitalize on them in each given week.

High ownership is to be expected from some of these bargains, and we will touch in that in the writeup, so they should be used in cash games. However, some of these players are also excellent buys for tournaments and won’t have high ownership percentages. Generally speaking, quarterback is the one position where ownership tends to be spread out the most — in other words, feel free using these bargains both in tournaments and cash games.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Manning is starting to get the hang of Pat Shurmur’s offensive scheme and it showed in Week 3, as he picked apart the Texans secondary (25-of-29, 297 yards, 2 TDs). The key was getting Manning on the move on bootleg and rollouts to negate the ineptitude of the Giants pass protection. They’ll try that again this week against a Saints defense that has allowed the most points per game and ranks No. 30 in pass-coverage grades.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

The Raiders are a pass defense you’ll want to target the rest of the season — No. 28 in pass coverage and No. 30 in pass rush. Just like in Vegas with the line on this game, DFS has yet to adjust to Mayfield from a pricing standpoint. He completed 73.9 percent of passes and threw for 201 yards in just over a half of football in his debut after dominating college football with 43 touchdown passes in 2017.

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