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Week 6 Daily fantasy picks: Values and bargain plays

By Dan Schneier
Oct 12, 2018

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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers dives out of bounds after a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 3rd quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

We’re into Week 6 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.

Finding bargains and values in DFS is the key to any winning roster, both in cash games and tournaments. Our goal today is to find you the 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 write up, 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.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston draws his first start of the 2018 regular season fresh off a bye week, with all three of his top wide receiver weapons healthy, and against a Falcons defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the fifth-most to opposing wide receivers. Winston is one of the cheapest quarterbacks on the slate — not including the lower-tiered options matching up against the top defenses of the Jaguars and Bears. He’s a lock bargain of the week.

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Rolling out Bortles is a little more unorthodox against a middle-of-the-pack Dallas pass defense, but in a week with very few bargains at quarterback, the other factors push him over the top. Those factors center around the Jaguars’ abandonment of the run game with Leonard Fournette sidelined. In Week 5, Bortles threw for 430 yards and 61 attempts because that’s all Jacksonville could do to move the ball. Look for another high-volume game at a cheap price.

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