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The top DFS bargains for Week 6

By Dan Schneier
Oct 13, 2017

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ARLINGTON TX, JANUARY 3: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), center, prepares to throw a 1st quarter touchdown pass to Washington wide receiver Jamison Crowder during the Washington Redskins defeat of the Dallas Cowboys 34- 23 in Arlington TX, January 3, 2016. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Finding bargains and values in DFS is the key to any winning roster, both in cash games and tournaments. Our goal is to find you those best bargains for your cash games and tournaments. 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.

DraftKings and FanDuel

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

Cousins has massive upside to be one of fantasy’s top QB scorers in Week 6 in a home matchup (coming off the bye week) against a 49ers pass defense that currently grades out No. 31 in pass coverage with their top three cornerbacks all grading out among the 15 worst in the NFL through five weeks. The 49ers have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as well. If that’s not enough, the Redskins have one of the highest implied points total, per Vegas odds, and that’s always a great sign for touchdowns. Cousins is an even better play on FD as he is just the 10th-most-expensive QB.

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Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon is a must-play in both GPP and cash games on both FD and DK. Although the Vikings gave Latavius Murray a chance to start in Week 5, it didn’t take long for them to realize they needed to make McKinnon their lead back. McKinnon had 146 yards and a score last week on 21 touches and he should be in the 25-30 touch range this week. At just $4,100 on DK and $5,600 on FD, you won’t find a better value at any position.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

The squeaky wheel often gets greased, especially come off the bye week. The Redskins were on bye and when they returned head coach Jay Gruden talked about designing plays to get Crowder more involved. Crowder will also benefit from the 49ers’ 31st-ranked coverage unit and their three struggling cornerbacks. The best part about buying Crowder is his price — just $4,000 on DK and $5,400 on FD.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

Watson is an excellent play for Week 6, but he’s one you might want to avoid in GPPs. He works best in your cash games over GPPs because he is expected to be the highest-owned quarterback on the slate after his Week 5 explosion against a stingy Chiefs defense. This week, Watson draws the Browns in a matchup against a defense that ranks No. 32 in pass rush and No. 19 in coverage. The Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Watson is just $6,700 on DK and $7,900 on FD — his price hasn’t caught up yet with his production.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos

This is not your 2016 Giants defense that allowed the fewest touchdowns of any team in the NFL. This defense is injured across the board with starters Landon Collins and Jonathan Casillas added to an injury report that already includes Olivier Vernon. Jason Pierre-Paul is playing hurt and generating no pass rush and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is suspended. This has the look of a blowout that no one is talking about and Siemian will have his choice of attacking Giants cornerback Eli Apple who has already allowed four touchdowns, practice squad nickel cornerback Donte Deayon, or whoever is defending the tight ends and running backs. The Giants have already allowed eight passing touchdowns to running backs and tight ends this season.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

Throw out last week’s goose egg from Engram as the Giants are set to feature him in Week 6 with the losses of Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and likely Sterling Shepard as well. Engram was forced to play wide receiver and never settled in against the Chargers. The Broncos are so dominant at the cornerback positions that teams aren’t even targeting them on the outside. The middle of the field is the only way to move the ball against a Broncos defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Engram has a ton of upside.

A.J. Derby, TE, Denver Broncos

The Giants have allowed a comical stat line to opposing tight ends this season on route to allowing the most fantasy points to the position. Derby has rin more routes than supposed Broncos starter Virgil Green. In Week 6, he will join the likes of Hunter Henry, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate as the fourth tight end to score a touchdown against the Giants in a span of three weeks.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Season-long fantasy players jumped on the waiver wire looking for Adrian Peterson after news broke that he was traded to the Cardinals. DFS players should be hopping on to buy as many shares of Ingram as possible. With Peterson’s departure, Ingram makes for a nice contrarian play as owners look to load up on talented rookie Alvin Kamara. Ingram racked up 18 touches in Week 4 before the bye week and he enters Week 6 at home in a game where the Saints have a high implied point total (and are favorites), per Las Vegas.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Gabriel costs you next to nothing on both DK and FD, checking in at $4,600 and $5,800, respectively. What makes Gabriel such an excellent play is the fact that Mohamed Sanu is not practicing and likely out for Week 6. This means Gabriel’s role in the passing game will grow and that will provide him enough of a floor to add to his upside at his current pricing against a Dolphins defense that ranks No. 25 in pass coverage.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen is another wide receiver who should benefit from a heavier workload due to injuries. Top playmaker Stefon Diggs is banged up, and even if he suits up, Thielen projects to be the top target of Case Keenum in Week 6. Despite his dominant Week 1 performance, Thielen’s price tag hasn’t risen too high on either site. He makes for a solid bargain on DK at $6,000 and an excellent bargain on FD at $6,500.

Ravens defense

It’s always good to grab a defense against a rookie quarterback, but that’s especially true against a rookie quarterback making his first road start. The Ravens defense has been predicated on better pass coverage than anyone expected and they currently grade out No. 6 overall in coverage. Mitch Trubisky will have trouble finding any open receivers and more turnovers like we saw from him in his rookie debut are likely.

Broncos defense

The Broncos defense hasn’t scored like fantasy owners expected, but this is the week they get rolling. Fresh off the bye week, at home, and as 11-point favorites against a team that just lost its top three wide receivers who accounted for 89 percent of the team’s receptions, this is a no-brainer. Watching Giants right tackle Bobby Hart try to block Von Miller one-on-one (because Giants head coach McAdoo doesn’t offer his tackles much help) will be worth the price tag alone on just two or three plays.

DraftKings

Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

If you’re looking for a very high-floor play, roll out Vereen on DK only. This Giants-Broncos game has a very good chance of looking a lot like the Giants’ blowout loss to the Cowboys in Week 1. In that game, the Giants turned to Vereen as the Cowboys dropped into prevent and the running back racked up 10 targets and nine receptions. DK rewards target hogs.

FanDuel

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins

Even after the bye week, Rob Kelley was deemed not healthy enough to return for Week 6. Perine will step into his place and draws a 49ers defense that was historically bad against the run in 2016. The 49ers have improved in 2017, but they still rank just No. 20 against the run and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Perine is just $4,900 on FD.

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